English is one of the most rewarding languages to learn, but it is also one of the most difficult. Today, let’s take a break from vocabulary and grammar and learn some fun facts about the history of English.
It’s Changed a Lot Over the Years
Modern English is based on earlier versions of English. The earliest spoken English is what scholars now call Old English. It’s completely unreadable for most modern readers. Later, the language changed to what scholars call Middle English. This is more familiar to modern speakers, but it still sounds more like a foreign language when read out loud.
It Borrows From Many Other Languages
English is also built on many different languages. Many of the words in English originally came from French, Latin, and various Germanic languages. This can be helpful to people studying English because they may run into some words they are already familiar with!
Its Oldest Word Is “I”
English has changed a lot over the years, but there has been one constant: the word “I.” In fact, “I” is the oldest word in English and the most commonly used. “I” is also part of the shortest sentence in English: “I am.” This works as a sentence because it contains a subject, a verb, and a complete thought.
It’s Constantly Growing
One reason why English can be challenging to learn is that it’s constantly growing. Several words are added to the English language every single day. To make it more difficult, these words are often American slang or pop culture references. However, even if you don’t live in the USA, you can keep up with these new words by watching American movies or TV shows, or by listening to English language music.
These are just four of the countless interesting English language facts out there! No doubt, as you keep learning how to speak the language, you’ll learn more fun facts as well.