The Old English language is at once recognisable and unfamiliar: many words resemble ones that are used today, but their meanings are not always the same, and they can take many more forms than in the modern language. Liberation Philology Old English helps you master these complexities by practice.
Wherever you have your phone handy, it is ready to drill you on Old English vocabulary and grammar with a continuous multiple-choice test. Your answers are immediately confirmed or corrected, and reinforced through repetition.
• Vocabulary: 150 levels of general vocabulary, each testing the translation of 10 words between modern and Old English. A further 330 levels cover the vocabulary of Beowulf in approximate sequence. Interspersed among these are cumulative levels reviewing what has been learned earlier (giving a total of 542 levels).
• Nouns: Tests your ability to parse and decline all classes of Old English nouns.
• Verbs: Tests your ability to parse and conjugate a full range of weak, strong, and irregular verbs in Old English.
A further Reference module allows you to review the vocabulary word-list and the noun and verb paradigms.
Minor corrections in the Nouns module.
Ratings and Reviews
It was pretty expensive for an app but well worth it, as learning old English is a mighty task at hand and studying with a dictionary is boring at best. This app however; removes all the tedious work that goes into guessing what an old English word truly translates into and sets you up with some core vocabulary and knowledge that will allow you to truly start learning old English on your own afterwards. For those who wish to undertake the long challenge of learning an effectively dead language for academic purposes, to discover your roots, or just to have fun, this app will be great for getting you a ground level to start. It’s not really that complicated or over the top good, just simple multiple choice the entire way through, but to have it all clustered in one spot makes casual learning possible; unlike the dictionary lol. Anyway highly recommended for beginners. ƿes þū hāl
Excellent for how it bills itself.
This app tells you exactly what it will do for you. No, it *won't* make you proficient in the Old English language. That would likely take years of dedicated study (as it has for my study of Latin). However, one key component of learning any new language is the drudgery of rote memorization that comes of vocabulary building. In the case of an inflected language such as Old English, there is also the intimidating work of conjugation drills and noun declension paradigms. That's where this cute little package really shines. It automates and expedites the rote process, and it does so via "temporal scavenging;" by building the process inside time already otherwise committed. Waiting for a pickup order at your local restaurant? Practice a few strong verbs while you're at it. Standing outside the store, while your significant other is finishing an errand? Pull out your touch screen device and try seeing if you can remember what "cynng" or "swiþe" means. [NOTE: never use while driving; be safe!] Immediate response, gentle correction and endless repetition ensure you'll eventually get it all and probably be seeing the thorn symbol in your sleep. Cheap, easy, exactly what it promises. If you're a language enthusiast, especially for archaic or historical languages, you can't go wrong!
Could use adjective declension
The app overall is quite good, however with the addition of an adjective declension key/practice, the app would be so much better. This would especially help for someone who has most difficulty in adjectives and needs practice in it, or for those who would like to revisit their knowledge of adjective declension. It is an important feature that would be necessary to completely fulfil the apps educational potential. The app in all other aspects however is quite functional, the conjugation and adjective declension as well the vocabulary features are perfectly splendid and reach the utmost degree of satisfaction, because they are not only efficient but user friendly. If an adjective declension feature were to follow this pattern, no doubt this app would be even more useful and spectacular.
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- David Arthur
- 1.3 MB
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.