Old Norse "Class," pt. 1: Pronunciation, Vital Vocabulary

Old Norse "Class," pt. 1: Pronunciation, Vital Vocabulary

Learn Old Norse for free with an experienced expert instructor. This information-packed first lesson covers basic tips for historically accurate pronunciation, plus the most foundational vocabulary you’ll see every time you open a page in Old Norse.

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43 Replies to “Old Norse "Class," pt. 1: Pronunciation, Vital Vocabulary”

  1. Hi Jackson and all other people here!! Thanks for the wonderful online classes… Can you recommend a band or musician, opera, in which Old Norse is sung in a truthwul-sounding way? 🙏😊🙏😊🙏😊🙏

  2. Love the Sagas. Have the Heimskringla, the Sagas of the Icelanders, Volsungasaga, (and I'm not even sure what language this one is in,
    originally). Egil is my hero, love Grettirsaga, and others, and have always wanted to learn to read them in the original… if I could at least read the Eddas, that would be enough, thanks for this.

  3. Hey, I have a question I'd really like answered. In this video and others, you explain that in Old Norse 'I' is pronounced 'i' like in "deed". Examples of this are 'Loki' and 'aldri'.
    However, in listening to your pronunciation of several Old Norse words, such as 'Oðin' and 'illa', the vowel shifts to 'ɪ'' like in 'sit'.
    I have to assume that this vowel shift is accurate and not an oversight on your part, but that you have simply left out any explanation as to this shift.
    I would love to hear your explanation for this shift, and whether there are any rules as to when or why 'I' will shift to make the different sound. Or, whether it's simply a case-by-case basis where an exception to what was once a rule became common at that point in Old Norse. (And, if there are examples, when and why other Old Norse vowels might make similar shifts.)

  4. I find it interesting that we have the vowel pronunciations, ö, y, trilled r, and stress on first syllable also in Finnish, although that’s a completely different language family, and we were never part of Scandinavia. Thank you for this video, very insightful!

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