Posted by: crisdiaz24 | October 30, 2010

THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH – BIRTH OF A LANGUAGE

THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH

BIRTH OF A LANGUAGE

  1. Where can we still hear a language that sounds close to the ancestor of English?

2. What words sound familiar to the English ear?

3. Why can we recognise these words?

4. What were the West-Germanic tribes who invented these words like?

5. How far is the English coast from the island of Terschelling?

6. When did these tribes make sail to look for a better life?

7. Who were the first people who invaded Britain?

8. Why did they abandon these islands?

9. What happened at Pevensey Castle in AD 491?

10. What did the word “Wealas” mean?

11. How much of mainland Britain did these Germanic tribes occupy in the sixth century?

12. What do the following endings mean?

-ing:

-ton:

-ham:

KEY

1. In the Netherlands / in Friesland.

2. Frost, mist, freeze, blue…

3. Modern Frisian and modern English come from the same family, the Germanic family of languages.

4. warlike.

Adventurous.

Greedy for land.

5. 250 miles to the South-West behind him.

6. In the fifth century.

7. The Romans.

8. The Roman Empire had crumbled,leaving the native tribes, the Celts, to their fate.

9. Germanic invaders laid siege to the castle and slaughtered the Celts / the people / the foreigners and slaves that had taken refuge there.

10. It lives on in our modern language as “Welsh”.

11. 1/2 of mainland Britain.

12. -ing: the people of.

-ton: enclosure, village.

-ham: farm-


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