The History of English – in 10 minutes

Back in 2011, The Open University produced a fun series of short videos called The History of English in 10 minutes.

Produced by the Open Learn section of The Open University, these videos are a fantastic free resource to anyone interested in the evolution of English.

So, what can you expect to learn? The OU’s describes the series as:

‘The History of English’ squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.

That’s a lot to pack into 10 minutes – but somehow they manage it. Here is the full set:

If you’d rather savour them one at a time, then go to the OUlearn YouTube channel here.




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