Buying a Cow in Old English


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The Frisian language is spoken by about half a million people in the Netherlands and Germany. It is the closet surviving relative of Old English, the tongue of Anglo-Saxon England. How mutually intelligible are the two languages? In this clip from the documentary series Mongel Nation, Eddie Izzard, speaking only Old English, tries to buy a cow from a Frisian-speaking farmer. -via Ace of Spades HQ

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Had to laugh at that one ... I was born in the area and also grew up there, so I know quite a bit of Frisian. Actually, there are different variations of Frisian Language. This guy has spoken the East Frisian Low Saxon variation ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisian_Language ) which I'm familiar with although I can't speak it perfectly. In our area it's called "Plattdüütsch" or simply "Platt".
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