Thursday, August 9, 2012

King Alfred's English

Hello Neighbors!

Here is our next TOS Crew review!  I personally was interested in King Alfred's English.  Especially the part about the Bible being translated.  I still am not sure if I will use this for my children or not, but it is a very interesting read for those who wish to know more about where our English came from and why we use some of the words we use.  I personally love English.  History is not really my favorite subject, but my daughter LOVEs it.

The book was written by Laurie J. White.  Here is a little information about Laurie:
I am a teacher, writer, speaker and former homeschooling mom of 3 grown kids. My husband and I live in a log house in the middle of the woods outside of Atlanta, GA. The books, the timeline, and other materials on this site are being used by homeschool and Christian school students as well as adult Bible classes. My hope is that these materials and articles will help you and your children to consider history, language, and grammar in new ways–with fewer dry facts to memorize and more of the huge story God has told–and to appreciate just how intriguing the lives lived before us really are.

The book, King Alfred's English is a history of the language we speak.  Reading the book will give you and your children quite a bit of history like, "Do you know why England has two names?"  It also covers much about the battles that went on to control England, and because of this the changes we see in the language.  Overall it is an informative book.  There is one thing though that I did not care for, and that was some of the words used in the book.  To some I may seem too hard, but I try to keep certain words out of my children's vocabulary.  Even the older ones.

You can find more information on King Alfred's English on Laurie's website, The Shorter Word.  The book is recommended for ages 12 to adult.  You can purchase this book online, the lowest price presently being on CBD for $14.89.  It is available for Kindle for $5,95.

Some interesting facts just to get you interested:

  •  The English were NOT the British. In fact, they fought each other…a lot. And still today, if you call an English person British, he might very well correct you even though he knows you probably won’t understand.
  • You probably don’t pronounce the word “when” like your parents. When you say “when” and “win,” do these words sound the same? If you’re under 50, they probably do. If you’re older, you may still pronounce the sound of the “h” and the words sound slightly different. I still pronounce the “h,” do you?
  • The Brothers Grimm compiled German fairy tales, but they were also famous philologists (and what IS a philologist?)
  • There’s a law for the way languages change that backs up Intelligent Design.
  • For over 300 years the official language of the English court was…French! Seriously. But the English were always fighting the French. That’s true. Find out why.

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Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are mine.


Darlene said...

I am not a big fan of history myself, but I love to read so I do think this would make an interesting read.

Danielle S said...

This looks like an interesting read. Thanks for the review.

Olivia R said...

Now, even more than ever, English is losing to technology. Texting, has not only taken over conversation ettiquite, but grammar as well. I would love or is hate to be a middle school english teacher and have to read a report. And with all the use of keyboards, I am left to wonder if society is learning how to type. Do they even teach typing in school anymore? Just think you could text faster if you took typing