This was a very fascinating essay about the history of English. I still like the analogy that English beat up other languages and stole bits of grammar and words and now I know that other languages beat up English. I'll have to listen to it again when I can concentrate more on it.
This is educational text, so if you're looking for a fun story this isn't it. I found it incredibly interesting and fun and actually makes me curious to find out about my ancestry DNA profile. It also helps to explain a lot of the complexities of both my native English language but also the many others I've struggled to learn. Understanding the context of the differences makes it even more interesting to learn a new language. I'm inspired by this book to learn more!
A different story
I like didactic books and enjoy learning odd facts but this book was a disappointment.
but it helps.. I cover a lot of books on all different topics, and found this on gave me at fundamental education not just on the origins of English, but most European languages.
more than expected
The section on the vikings was especially interesting to me and the overall implications of English being changed by non native speakers.
The book feels very much like a college lecture. The author is passionate an convincing about his topic. At first I was worried that he wouldn't be able to pull some of the larger assumptions together, but I was able to suspend parts of my disbelief until he could more fully explain later on. He seems to have a ridiculous amount of knowledge. His Japanese pronunciation and cadence needs some practice though :p
I enjoyed the material and the narration. The first chapter seemed to cover, over and over, the author's position on the impact of the Celtic languages on modern English. Ad nauseum. Once I got through the last half of the first chapter, I enjoyed it.
Don't read this unless you have a school assignment on the topic and you need material. It reads like the most tedious lecture from the most self-worshiping professor, where you would rather be doing anything else besides listening to him repeat the same phrases in every language he knows. Hard to follow, boring as hell.
A look at linguistic "archeology" and what it can unearth about the origins of our civilizations. If nothing else, I came away impressed at how little we know of the deep roots of human cultures and societies. A fascinating journey.
this does not draw the listener in as one would expect. seems you must have basic historical linguistic understanding to keep it interesting. thankfully it wasn't too long. also helps to have a good understanding of world/European history. appreciate the effort and I did pick up some interesting information.