Is it useful to learn Old English? / Leornende Eald Englisc

Why can't Duolingo put Old English as a course? Is there a point in learning an extinct language that no one speaks? For me I personally prefer that they revive Old English and make it be taught so we can start speaking our original Anglo-Saxon version of the language.

Although it is harder than the simplified modern English, I like Old English, it sounds more Germanic, and is structurally similar to German and Dutch. Or why can't Duolingo add a Frisian course? It is the closest related language to English that is still spoken today.

August 13, 2019, 12:39 AM


No one wants old English. It’s dead and impractical.

August 13, 2019, 12:44 AM

It's dead but don't be discoraged, if you want to learn it then learn it, you'll have more fun if you learn a language you want to learn vs learning a language because it's "useful". Even learning old English may get you a few careers at some point. Have a great day :-)

August 13, 2019, 1:18 AM

Also, I agree that Duolingo should 100% add more dead languages (although I'm not particularly interested in any dead languages I still hope that they will for the people who want them)

August 13, 2019, 1:20 AM

Didn't they revive Hebrew , Cornish and Manx? I know some people who want to revive Old English, wanting to speak the language of their Germanic Anglo-Saxon ancestors, the french Normans invaded England and changed the language and gave it a lot of French vocabulary as it evolved into Modern English.

August 13, 2019, 1:57 AM
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