Learn english phonetics. Learning a dead language seems to be very different to learning a living one. I’ve had classes in varying degrees in French, Spanish, German, Old English, Old Norse and Latin and the following was true:
- The special position occupied by 10 stems from the number of human fingers, of course, and it is still evident in modern usage not only in the logical structure of the decimal number system but in the English names for the numbers. Thus, eleven comes from Old English endleofan, literally meaning “ten and one left over,” and twelve from.
- Numbers are a common element in text. They are used to indicate dates, times, addresses, measurements quantities, prices and other data. In typography, the symbols used to represent numbers are commonly referred to as figures or numerals. Oldstyle figures are one of two styles of numerals, the other being lining figures.
Old English terms that represent or relate to numbers of various kinds. Category:Old English cardinal numbers: Old English terms that are used to count objects. Category:Old English ordinal numbers: Old English terms that specify the ordering of objects within a sequence.
- Living languages: hello, goodbye, my name is, colours, animals and numbers.
- Dead languages: Here are some sentences from actual texts. Please translate them.
Examples Of Old English Numerals
I suppose it makes perfect sense, since you’re supposed to use the living language to communicate with people and the dead one to read old texts, but it just always made me smile. When I came home from uni and said that I was learning some Old English, people who had only studied living languages would ask me to say something in the language, or to recite the numbers 1 to 10.
So, now I will!
(Proving my case, I didn’t have this information in any of my old notes that I could find and had to look it up online.)
1 – 10 in Old English
- tƿeġen (twegen, masculine. In neuter it was tu and in the feminine case it was tƿa)
- Þrēo (threo)
- fēoƿer (feower)