Early Middle English for today

learn Early Middle English

Learn to read, write and speak Early Middle English as it was spoken in the East Midlands around 1150 AD, without really trying.

Early Middle English, as it was spoken in the East Midlands in the mid-12th century, is easy to master. Its grammar differs little from Modern English. To the uninitiated it looks and sounds like a foreign language. But just a few simple tips will make it much more familiar.

Meet the lost words

Meet a hoard of everyday words like swi_t`e (very), micel (big), swi_ken (to deceive), e_k (also), fremen (to perform), t`olen (to endure), swink (effort), and swencen (to oppress), that have fallen by the wayside, but were once common in Early Middle English. Start reading now. (Tip: click or tap any word for a translation).

Meet the ancestors

Audrey If you're Anglo-Saxon, englesaxe might be the perfect way to connect with the world of your ancestors. On Jan 1 2023, join Audrey as she embarks on just such a quest, and learn Early Middle English as you go. At just three new words a day. Swi__t`e go__d!