The Adventure Of English

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The Adventure Of English: Birth Of A Language
Birth Of A Language
Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS2  |  November 17, 2009

The way in which a few tribal and local Germanic dialects spoken by a hundred and fifty thousand people grew into the English language - spoken and understood by about one and a half billion people - has all the characteristics of a tremendous adventure. An adventure of tenacity, luck, near extinction on more than one occasion, dazzling flexibility and an extraordinary power to absorb.

The way in which a few tribal and local Germanic dialects spoken by a hundred and fifty thousand people grew into the English language - spoken and understood by about one and a half billion people - has all the characteristics of a tremendous adventure. An adventure of tenacity, luck, near extinction on more than one occasion, dazzling flexibility and an extraordinary power to absorb.

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