The Sound of Ancient Languages

Surfing on Youtube as always, I've came across with the following video about the sound of famous ancient languages. Perhaps this video contains a lot of misspelling words and the pronounciation of the guy who recorded it isn't so great, but you can have a slight idea of how Ancient Greek or Ancient Egyptian used to sound. I hope you guys enjoy it! ~~

March 31, 2017


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I saw that video before and I think many of the Ancient languages sound cool. A lot of people complained in the comments of that video, however, they were complaining about the Ancient Greek (terrible accent, I gather). But, as you said, it gives you an idea of the nature of the language.

If you're interested, here are some cool videos of other ancient languages:

Beowulf in the original Old English:

Translation of Green Eggs and Ham into Old Norse:

How we know what Latin sounded like:

What Montezuma's Aztec sounded like (and how we know):

A video about a modern Greek dialect closer to Ancient Spartan Greek than Standard Modern Greek:

Also here are some videos about how we know what Shakespearean English sounded like, which I think is really cool, even though I know it isn't ancient the process of figuring out the original pronunciation is similar to techniques they use to gather that information in older languages:

What Shakespeare's English sounded like:

Shakespeare in OP (with David Crystal and Ben Crystal):

March 31, 2017

Thank you a lot!

April 1, 2017

Sort of unrelated, but a couple years ago we were reading Beowulf, which was written in Old English, which sounds almost nothing like modern English. So, when time came to change classes, we stay a couple extra minutes while the teacher played a recording of it being read in old English. We pretended we understood it while the next class came in and really confused them!

March 31, 2017

An interesting video but AFAIK there is no way of proving them right or wrong.

April 1, 2017

Whenever I listen to something like this I like to imagine each rendition is backed by a consensus of linguistics even though there probably isn't.

April 2, 2017

I like this video. I like sounds.

March 31, 2017
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