Appendix:Old English phrasebook

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

Translation Phrase IPA Comments
English Englisċ IPA(key): /ˈeŋɡliʃ/
hello wes hāl
wesaþ hāl
IPA(key): /wes ˈhɑːl/
IPA(key): /ˈwezɑθ ˈhɑːl/;
to one person
to more than one
goodbye god þē mid sīe IPA(key): /ˈɡod θeː mid ˈsiːy/ Literal: God be with you
please iċ bidde IPA(key): /it͡ʃ ˈbid.de/ or understood; see usage note.
thank you iċ þancie þē IPA(key): /it͡ʃ ˈθɑŋkie θeː/
that one ġeon IPA(key): /jon/
how much? hū fela? IPA(key): /huː ˈfelɑ/
yes ġēse IPA(key): /ˈjeːze/
no IPA(key): /noː/
where is the bathroom? hwǣr is þæt gangsetl? IPA(key): /ˈhwæːr is θæt ˈɡɑŋɡsetl/
where do you come from? hwanon cymst þu? (?) IPA(key): /ˈhwanon ˈkymst θuː/
do you speak English? spriċst þu Englisċ? IPA(key): /ˈsprit͡ʃst θuː ˈeŋɡliʃ/
I don’t understand iċ ne understande IPA(key): /it͡ʃ ne ˌunderˈstɑnde/
  • *No word directly corresponds to the word “please”. Old English expressed the concept of politeness in a request in various ways.