It is really tought trying out accents you don’t know well. Some people don’t put a lot of work into their accents and it shows. Make sure you don’t try accents you don’t know that well to native speakers of that accent 😀 But if you wanna have a laugh with some friends, just give it an accent a try and see what happens 🙂
Obviously Beowulf is really important to the history of English and to understand how English came to be. But it probably shouldn’t be read with a lot of pomp and circumstance. It was just a story people would tell around the fire. It was a story to entertain people late at night. It had word play and cool turns of phrase, but really it was about the characters and the story, not about pronunciation everything in a bombastic way.
Shakespeare lived during the late 1500s and early 1600s. This period is known as Early Modern English. For the most part people living today can understand Shakespeare’s work but some parts will need to be explained. But one thing that has changed a lot since then is pronunciation.
People have been painstakingly reconstructing the pronunciation of the language at that point through things like letters where people sometimes made spelling mistakes which reveal how they thought something should be spelled and also by looking at rhymes. Now that we know how the language at that time was spoken, people have been performing Shakespeare in the original pronunciation.
I think emojis are an interesting development in communication. Having recently been aded to unicode, they are now even more widely available. Some have started using the eggplant emoji in a sexually suggestive way, which has lead instagram to ban them. What are you thoughts on this?
What do you call the evening meal? I normally call it supper, but sometimes I also call it dinner, although dinner sounds a bit more classy to me. Is there variation in the names of the evening meal where you live? I live in South Africa, and there is a lot of language variation here. We have 11 official languages and many more languages spoken here besides 🙂
How language began is a question we have been asking ourselves for a very long time. And there are many proposed answers for it. In the video in this post, they present some possibilities. My idea is that language emerged once humans were intelligent enough to recognise sounds, and had the physical apparatus to make the same complex sounds repeatedly. The rest of language can be built on top of that system.
Don’t criticise the way people talk in their native language. All languages change and evolve, and if this mode of speaking sticks around it will be because it serves some kind of purpose. People who don’t like “uptalk” are simply not aware that language changes all the time
It is so weird for such an accomplished actor to not be able to say such a simple word. I mean, it’s just penguins. Although, now that I think about it, it is not a word we say very often. But what kind of problem is there with the word. It is not a very hard word to say. This video is still hilarious though 😀
What is your opinion on pickup lines? Do they work on you? I think a pick up line only works if it gets a conversation going. No one is ever gonna start a relationship with you just because you have a good line, but they could choose to want to get to know you better if you are funny 🙂
This is an awesome video! I love hearing old music. It comes from a long forgotten time where everything was very different. It feels like I am listening to back to the beginning of civilization. Also, this song is in the language it was originally written in. It must have taken a lot of work to get the pronunciation just right 🙂