How far back in time could you go and still understand English?

by sikbitz

Yestervid has raised a very good point with this video, how far back in time could you go before you couldn’t understand English?

If you went back in time to the 1800’s and 1700’s, you’d probably still be okay.
The 1600s is the time of Shakespeare.
In the 1500s people essentially speak like the Bible.
Before about 1400 AD, you’d hear Middle English, and you would hardly understand anything, written or spoken.
If you went all the way back to 1000 AD, you’d hear Old English.


I personally love old english the most – below is a native language reading of the epic poem “The Battle of Brunanburh” which was composed in the 10th century, to give you a better idea of what it sounded like!