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Old English Phrases for the Traveler to Anglo-Saxon England [Kindle Edition]

Mary Savelli
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Have you ever wanted to visit Anglo-Saxon England, but were afraid you’d get lost on the way to the battlefield? Fear no more. Now you can ask directions in Old English. With this book, you can learn all the important phrases for your visit to Merry Olde England. Learn how to get the best room at the inn and join in the fun at the feast hall. This book is divided into useful sections including Shopping, Sightseeing and Amusements, so you can prepare for the best vacation in history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 43 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FAKLA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars PHRASE BOOK FOR TIME TRAVELLERS 17 April 2012
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Wyrd biš ful aręd (fate is relentless) is just one phrase I love quoting from the Old English (c 5th-11th centuries) I learned at university just because I can, and of course, to impress my friends. This book is written like any modern phrase book for travellers but the difference here is that this is for time travellers. It is full of useful words and phrases and has a pronunciation guide as well as pronunciation for every Old English word. There are also word lists of numbers, place names, etc. Invaluable phrases such as "I need a new wheel", "My wagon is stuck in the mud" and "I wish to buy a horse" mingle with the more familiar "Do you have a room for one/two/three persons", "I do not like it", "waiter", "waitress", "Would you like to dance",etc. This really brings the old, no-longer-spoken language to life and into everyday usage instead of it being locked into a few examples of a bygone literature. Even though we can't be sure of its authenticity as a spoken language, the book is immense fun while a lot can be learned. Downloading a book to my Kindle seemed strangely at odds with the Old English content, but also rather wonderful. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat entertaining but lacking in substance 20 May 2013
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The novelty value of this book certainly outweighs its educational value.

The pronunciation guide is incomplete and inconsistent (not only with itself but with several other guides I have found), and much goes unexplained. If you already know the basics of Old English and want some novelty 'tourist' phrases, then I would recommend this book. Otherwise, I would steer clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for education. 23 Dec. 2013
By Egbert
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I purchased this book thinking it could help expand my vocabulary, as well as a bit of a laugh.

However, the authors understanding of the pronunciation seems lacking.

Trying to find out what her qualification in this field seems impossible.

Please remember, if you choose to purchase this book, it is mostly accurate but has many faults. Without prior knowledge, these will be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy little e-book 11 July 2013
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As a reenactor, this book is great for finding phrases to use at events.
It is full of everyday questions and answers such as "Where is the battlefield" or "Do you have a Brooch?", that are handy to drop into conversations in front of the public.
Ok, the pronunciation guide isn't fantastic, it's only 2 pages, so you really need another book to help with this, but i have serveral of these, so that's not an issue for me.
Overall, a handy little referance to carry on my tablet.
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