This is an awesome series that explains where the English language comes from and how it became the most widespread and common language (especially for trade and diplomacy) in the world today. Really enjoyable. Highly recommended. Full of interesting facts about English history too.
Melvyn Bragg travels through Britain to tell the story of how an insignificant German dialect, which only arrived in the country in the fifth century, evolved into a language which is now spoken and understood by more people than any other around the world. We trace English from its humble roots to its flowering in the writing of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
English is a global language. Every day, in cities all around the world, English is used in encounters between people of different countries. It is estimated that well over a thousand million people around the world speak, or have a working understanding of, English.
This is its story. It's a story that really reads like an adventure of extraordinary survival, invasion, near extinction on more than one occasion, and astonishing flexibility.
Birth of a Language
English Goes Underground
The Battle for the Language of the Bible
This Earth, This Realm, This England
English in America
The Language of Empire
Many Tongues Called English, One World Language
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