Where did English come from?

Where did English come from?

Have you ever wondered why there are some words in English that you automatically understand, or some words whose meaning you can guess just from the shape of them?

As you’ve probably worked out by now, English has a complicated vocabulary system. And the spelling often seems to have no connection with the pronunciation!

This is because English has been influenced by many other languages and has evolved over time, with sounds shifting and changing and lots of words ‘borrowed’ from those other languages.

This fascinating short video will give you an overview of the origins of English and show that languages across the world belong to groups or families.

So we are all linked in some way, and that can help us all to connect and communicate!

Where did English come from? By Claire Bowern


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