Appendix:Old English phrasebook

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Here are basic words and common conversational phrases in Old English:

Translation Phrase IPA Comments
English Englisc IPA(key): /ˈɛŋɡlɪʃ/
hello wes hāl
wesaþ hāl
IPA(key): /wɛz haːl/
IPA(key): /ˈwɛzaθ haːl/;
to one person
to more than one
goodbye god þē mid sīe IPA(key): /ɡɔd ðeː mɪd ˈsiə/ Literal: God be with you
please iċ bidde IPA(key): /ɪt͡ʃ ˈbɪdːə/ or understood; see usage note.
thank you iċ þancie þē IPA(key): /ɪt͡ʃ ˈθaŋkiə ðeː/
that one ġeon IPA(key): /jɔn/
how much? hū fela? IPA(key): /huː ˈfela/
yes ġēse IPA(key): /ˈjeːzə/
no IPA(key): /noː/
where is the bathroom? hwǣr is þæt gangsetl? IPA(key): /ʍær ɪz ðæt ˈɡaŋsetl/
where do you come from? hwanon cymst þu? (?) IPA(key): /ˈʍanon kymst ðuː/
do you speak English? spricst þu Englisce? IPA(key): /sprɪt͡ʃəst ðuː ˈɛŋɡlɪʃə/
I don’t understand iċ ne understande IPA(key): /ɪt͡ʃ ne ʊndɛrˈstandə/
  • *No word directly corresponds to the word “please”. Old English expressed the concept of politeness in a request in various ways.