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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! ~~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kZ-8wmDqqk

March 31, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CpKlEiahtI

Translation of Green Eggs and Ham into Old Norse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDUZz6Qp7Gw

How we know what Latin sounded like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_enn7NIo-S0

What Montezuma's Aztec sounded like (and how we know): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-dQdASWkDU

A video about a modern Greek dialect closer to Ancient Spartan Greek than Standard Modern Greek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nxD4GDJXCw

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeW1eV7Oc5A

Shakespeare in OP (with David Crystal and Ben Crystal): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9s

March 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Liebert_

Thank you a lot!

April 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/idkhbtfm

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

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

April 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr_Patriot

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Casper_duo

I like this video. I like sounds.

March 31, 2017
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