The Adventure of English, CD-Audio Book

The Adventure of English CD-Audio

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English is the collective work of millions of people throughout the ages.

It is democratic, ever-changing and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures.

English runs through the heart of world finance, medicine and the Internet, and it is understood by around two thousand million people across the world.

Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years.In this book Melvyn Bragg shows us the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language.

Embracing elements of Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi and Gullah, this 1500-year story covers a huge range of countries and peoples.

THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH is not only an enthralling story of power, religion and trade, but also the story of people, and how their day-to-day lives shaped and continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.


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I am no linguist, but found this book absolutely fascinating. Bragg manages to treat the English language as an entity which goes on the most amazing adventure. All English teachers should have a copy and children should be encouraged to read this at school. The language is accessible, easy to read and very exciting. I love the way that Melvyn Bragg brings what would appear to be difficult subjects into the realm of the average lay person. A great a piece of writing.

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Started this several years ago and adored it but somehow never finished it.

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