Learn some poetry and some Old English with us. The text these kids recite is from the authorised version of the Bible, King James Version (KJV), written in 1611, so the language is archaic sometimes and it will help us see some old English things.
This poem (Psalm 23) is originally a praise song written by King David (year 1000 B.C.), second king of Israel and ancestor of Jesus, and it is one of the most beautiful psalms in the Bible and one of the best pieces of poetry from the ancient world.
You can also watch a child reciting the whole part in one go: Cute Kid Recites Psalm 23.
Old English can still be seen in some religious texts and songs, in old literature and in many poems, old and new, so it is good to know at least the basics of it.
This conference, hosted by the British Council, is not about religion but about the English language. Sit back and imagine you really are at a conference in England. If you want to skip the boring introduction stuff and go straight to the meaty part, jump to minute 6:12, the real conference starts there.
On 7 July 2011, the British Council invited Professor David Crystal to speak at the English-Speaking Union in London about the influence of the King James Bible on the English language and especially its idioms.
The King James Bible, usually referred simply as KJB or KJV (King James Version), is called the Authorized Version, and it is an English translation of the Bible made for the Church of England in 1611. You can read more in this Wikipedia article: King James Version.
Curious about what English sounded like 1,000 years ago? But, is this really English? The Lord's Prayer in Old English from the 11th century, in standardised West Saxon literary dialect of Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon).
Modern English comes from a mixture of Anglo-Saxon dialects (of Germanic origin) and Norman French (of Latin origin), roughly 50%-50% (see Old English). The language of this video is almost 1000 years old, and English has changed so much since then that modern English speakers cannot understand it at all. Anglo-Saxon is to English the same as Latin is to Italian or Spanish, only that Anglo-Saxon is 1000 years younger but yet, even harder to understand to modern English people than Latin is to modern Italians. That's because English was and is a language changing very quickly.
You can even watch a video showing the original runes /ru:nz/ in which Anglo-Saxon people wrote before they got the Latin alphabet from the Church.
You can learn more about runes here: Runes.
Here's the Lord's Prayer in modern English: The Lord's Prayer.
Complete wedding ceremony with transcription: His Royal Highness Prince William, son of the Prince of Wales and grandson of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has wedded Miss Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.
All the best for them and may they be more lucky than his parents.
(you can also see the balcony appearance with 2 kiss moments here)
The most beautiful Christmas carol with a great song and a beautiful video with explanations.
ABOUT THE SINGER
David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American Latino pop singer-songwriter. At ten years old he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.
ABOUT THIS SONG
The origin of the Christmas carol we know as "Silent Night" was a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf, the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind. The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass. Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time!
On this video, the first line is missing. If you want to listen to the whole carol complete, you can listen to the famous Libera choir's version: Silent Night.