Monday, September 2, 2013

Fact of the Day: Angleterre

When William the Conqueror became King of England, an old dialect of French (Anglo-Norman) became the official language of the country for hundreds of years. William I was from Normandy (present-day France), and French was his main language. Because of William I, the Germanic English language's vocabulary received many borrowed words from French or Latin origin. 

25 comments:

  1. That's impressive, surprising too, that French was the official language in England for centuries. Who knew? Not I. Thanks for the info.

    xoRobyn

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  2. One reason English is such a cool language!

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  3. the same situation as with Serbian and Turkish language....

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  4. Somehow borrowing words into english, just made things easier. ;)

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  5. That is why it is such a rich lanuage!

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  6. Really very interesting!! Anglaterre ...anglo-land. Kisses:)

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  7. It's very interesting how languages evolve over time.

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  8. The English language became richer for it!

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  9. The above comments have said it all! I'm glad I'm a native English speaker and didn't have to learn it as a second language!

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  10. I feel like I am back in school when I read your post. So informative. Love the tree scene.

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  11. So interesting...
    I love our English language and realize we use a lot of other country words..."biscuit"....I never knew until a few years ago that it was a French word. :))

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  12. In other words England was a colony of France.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. not exactly, William was not a king of France, but rather a duke of Normandy. His biggest role of power was as king of england.

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  13. Very interesting. Makes me wonder how much more languages will develop and change over time.

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