I was reading a magazine today and it gave passages in Old English, Middle English and Modern English.
What shocked me was that I was able to figure out what the Old English was. Now I must say the only reason I could do this was it was a passage. (For example one was the lord’s prayer)
My question is I really couldn’t even get one word of the Old English. But was I able to figure it out from the pattern (in otherwords the fact I realized it was a famous passage), possibly that I took German many years ago in High School (I don’t remember much of it)
Or is it some subtle way of actually being able to read Old English as a whole? Again I realize that if I wasn’t familiar with the passage in Modern English I couldn’t have gotten it.