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How Far Back in Time Could a Modern English Speaker Go and Still Communicate Effectively?

How Far Back in Time Could a Modern English Speaker Go and Still Communicate Effectively?

By Daven Hiskey

There are a shocking number of dialects of English in England alone despite being a relatively small area. Along with a smattering of Latin, this mix ultimately gave us a large percentage of what is Old English. In modern English, this translates to:The island Britain is 800 miles long, and 200 miles broad. In fact, it’s estimated approximately 50% of the core of the modern English language derives from words in Old English. This, perhaps, isn’t that surprising as another accent OP is often thought to sound like is the West Country English accent, which in turn directly inspired the way Hollywood has pirates talk.