The following video details the story of old English from the arrival of the first Germanic tribes until the Norman invasion. Watch the video starting at the 3.50 mark until the end. Then answer the questions below.
1. Where is Friesland and why does the story start there? 2. Note down a few words that are the same in English and Frisian. 3. Which letters in Frisian are equivalent to "ch" in English? 4. Who invaded England centuries before the Jutes, Angles and Saxons? 5. How many Celts were in England when the Germanic tribes invaded? 6. What does "ing" mean in an English place name? 7. How was the word "ground" pronounced in Old English? 8. How many words does the average desk dictionary in English contain today? 9. How many words does an average educated person have in their active vocabulary? 10. Which language gave English its letters? 11. Why were runes written with straight lines? 12. When was Old English first written down? 13. Who was Beowulf? 14. What was a "war board"? 15. Who showed up at the end of the 8th century to plunder and then invade? 16. Where was Alfred the Great from? 17. Can you say "Chippenham" and "Wiltshire"? 18. What word does the host use for "won"? 19. What was the Danish word for "farm"? 20. At the 33rd minute of the video there is a conversation at a cafe. Write down all the words that you can understand. (You may want to save this task for last) 21. What's another English word for "skin"? 22. Why did English start to use prepositions like "to"? 23. You know the man. You know the year. You know the battle. Or I don't know you... 24. Who was Harold and how did he die? 25. What language did English kings speak for 3 centuries?