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March 25, 2020

What Did Our Ancestors Sound Like 500 Years Ago

Have you ever wondered what our ancestors really sounded like? This 500 year old poem being read aloud is very cool

NOTE: Do not push the > arrow on the image, it does not play. Instead use the link below:

A Middle English reading of John Skelton's poem "Speke Parrot". Find the full poem, with notes and glosses on


Unknown said...

I cant find a play button. I really want to hear this!

GeneBugGrams said...

Yes, how can we hear this. All I find is text.

Olive Tree Genealogy said...

I'm confused why folks can't find the link to listen - just click the link on the words "A Middle English Reading" in the post

Anonymous said...

I certainly had no problem finding the link and listening to the poem - but I wonder how the people making the recording knew what the accent was like back then?

Doug Gordon said...

If you have a lot of time and want to hear the entire history of our language, check out (episodes available on iTunes and other podcast services). Very long series, very detailed!