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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Anglo-Saxon Books; 3rd edition edition (Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898281386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898281382
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 16.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lew Archer Investigations on 11 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
This is currently the best introduction to Old English (though I have not yet seen McGillivray's "Gentle Introduction to Old English). Pollington has taken Mitchell & Robinson's "Guide to Old English" and greatly simplified it, making a complicated grammar easy and fun to learn. This has two benefits: it encourages the student to master the basics which are presented in a daunting manner by Mitchell & Robinson; and, when the student dips into Mitchell & Robinson (and all serious students will do so at some point), much of their book will now appear more clear thanks to Pollington's thorough explanations. Highly recommended. The only other book which comes close is Mark Atherton's "Teach Yourself Old English". This approaches the subject as if it were a modern language and is not nearly as thorough in covering the grammar.
Charlie Friel.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Anne E. Pitcher on 30 Nov 2010
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This is an interesting and well laid out book - as yet I am only on Ch. 3, partly because being 64 learning takes longer! I have been very surprised to find how hard it is to learn a language with no clue on pronouncing its vocabulary though, I had no idea that was such an integral part of language study. So, there is a useful section on vowel and consonant pronunciation, but I will definitely be investing in the OE cd's by Mr Pollington.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Comet on 15 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful start point in Old English. It took me some time to find and decide on the book I wanted to start with and I am delighted with my choice.

I bought both the book and the CD and I think that the CD is critical from the point of view of pronunciation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Baker on 16 Jan 2012
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This is an essential companion to Stephen Pollington's book "First Steps in Old English". It is only by hearing readings from the book (and other texts) that you will understand how Anglo-Saxon was pronounced. It's a beautiful language and hearing it spoken is a great pleasure.
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