What happened when a French-speaking king took over the English crown. By English with Stephen

Reasons for English: 1066 and all that language

Last week, we looked at the events of the year 1066. This week, we examine how the English language changed after a French-speaking king took over the English crown.

Two knights galloping on horseback. Text: Reasons for English - The Year 1066 by English with Stephen

Reasons for English: The year 1066

They didn’t know it at the time, but the year 1066 was going to change everything in England; the king, the culture, the government, and the language.

The origins of the words "hello" and "goodbye". By English with Stephen

Word Stories: Hello and goodbye

Today we tell the story of two of the most common words in English: Hello and Goodbye! Used by people who have never studied English, and, of course, by The Beatles!

A woman holding different flags of countries that speak English. Text: Reasons for English - English as a lingua Franca by English with Stephen

Reasons for English: Why is English the world’s language?

Why do you have to study English? Why not Fench or Arabic or Chinese or some other language. In fact, why do we have one global language at all? Listen to find out.

The effect the Vikings had on the English language. By English with Stephen

Reasons for English: The Vikings and English

The Vikings had a significant impact on the development of the English language and are the reason for one good thing and one terrible thing for English language learners.

Where does English come from, by English with Stephen

Reasons for English: Where does English come from?

In this episode, we look at the origins of English. Where did it come from? Why did it start on the island of Britain? Who were the Anglo Saxons?

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