Naturally, I can only assume that most of you reading this are well familiar with the English language. However, it has come to my attention that many of you reading this may be using a language applet in order to properly translate into your own primary language — and, just for you, the next sentence shall be a selection of complete gibberish in order to confuse and disorient you: Frankly, rhubarb is quickly, chicken the now otter pop rabidity and guise, too. You’re welcome.
Now, if you think some people might have had a hard time with that, imagine what it was like for an entire country of individuals — from peasants to kings alike — to adapt and adopt a language that would eventually become the most widespread language in the world. But enough about Klingon — let’s talk about English.
We speak it. Breathe it. Live it. Some of us even try to teach it to others — preferably without massacring it. And yet, most of us know next to nothing about our own language. When did it come into being? How did it begin? The Adventure Of English is a fascinating eight-part documentary series from the U.K. that answers those questions — and loads you up with even more information in the process.
Hosted by author Melvyn Bragg, The Adventure Of English begins with the early roots of our language and takes us to our modern technology-fueled age. Bragg, with the assistance of several renowned authorities, shows us how our language has come such a long way in a short 1500 years, trotting all over the world in the process. There have been wars, plagues, and major changes in the culture that have threatened to wipe it out completely. But, in the end, English (which is almost depicted as a people at times as opposed to a language) has always managed to prevail.