Old English

Old English Table of Contents

KEYTERMS A set of key terms necessary for the study of Old English.
VOWEL CHART An interactive drag-and-drop exercise that asks you to place the vowels of Old English in the appropriate place on a diagram of the mouth.
TRANSCRIPTION An exercise in pdf format based on an Old English translation of the story of the Tower of Babel.
i-MUTATION An exercise in pdf format to help you learn i-mutation.
GENDER Information and some exercises on grammatical gender.
INFLECTIONAL SURVIVORS There are some surprising survivals of Old English inflection in Modern English. Read about some of them. The last two ask you to do some investigative work.
STRONG AND WEAK VERBS An exercise on distinguishing strong and weak verbs, using the Tower of Babel passage. A link on this page will let you print out the Babel passage again if necessary.
VERB INFLECTION After examining the section in our textbook on the inflection of strong verbs, print out and complete the questions here.
SYNTAX Using the Tower of Babel passage, this exercise will ask you to determine the syntactical order of Old English parts of speech.
SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION Three interactive text-entry exercises ask you to translate simple sentences from Modern English into Old English. The links take you to workbook pages from an earlier incarnation of this course.

LISTEN TO A  BEOWULF :excerpt

 This link will download an audio file. The reading is by an Old English scholar from the first half of the twentieth century, who has, shall we say, a distinctive style, but his articulation of words is clear.