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The History of English in 10 minutes - Chapter 1 (OU)



  1. Which groups that invaded Britain are mentioned here, where did they come from and approx. when did they arrive?
  2. What is the difference between the type of words in English that come from Latin and those from Anglo-Saxon?
  3. About when did Christianity arrive in Britain?
  4. What type of words did the advent of Christianity bring into English?
  5. What type of words came from the Vikings?
  6. When the lecturer says that the Vikings were “into give and take” in terms of language, what does he mean? (tip: loan words)


The Vikings introduced many words into English. How many English words can you think of which are used in Norwegian today?

Suggested Further Reading

  1. The Origins of the English Language
  2. Why So Much Variety in English?

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