Teach Yourself Old English (Teach Yourself Complete Courses)
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Teach Yourself Old English (Teach Yourself Complete Courses)

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'Teach Yourself Old English' will be the first choice for independent adults wanting a self-access course and accompanies the book of the same title.
Published (first published September 1st 2006)
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If you’re not headed into a deep, technical class on Old English, this is the best book on learning Old English that I’ve seen.

Atherton has done ordinary folks a huge service with his work on this. In addition to presenting the language from the very beginning, in itself rare, he also gives a lot of cultural context. This context is critical, since you can’t visit Old England the way a student of Spanish or Danish can visit Spain or Denmark. He really takes a gentle approach to the inflection of...more
Feb 08, 2009 Zaiga added it
So I'm not fluent in Old English. But I CAN say "Cnut cyning gret his arcebiscopas"...which is obviously useful as a pick-up line.
Of all the Teach Yourself series, this one may be the best.
Kathryn  Bullen
Well laid out - only gripe is it feels very different from the usual teaching yourself books as it is all based on reading and understanding texts from the time and it would have been nice to have some idea of general conversation (although of course I don't expect to meet an Anglo Saxon tomorrow!). Useful to understand where English has come from.
John Campbell
May 17, 2007 John Campbell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anglo-Saxonists, historical linguists
If you intend to do some serious reading of Anglo-Saxon literature, this is very helpful. It also provides nice insights into modern English and its historical development. This is definitely not for impressing your friends, unless you can somehow work the first paragraph of Beowulf into the conversation.
Andrew Higgins
used to referesh grammar and reading skills. Big emphasis on prose and reading land grants!! good for beginners or as a refresher.
Really useful book, although the audio is a little drab. Overall pretty helpful and fun. No "plowing through."
Feb 14, 2014 Naomi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not a great fan of the modern Teach Yourself series but this looks quite good.
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