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Question about English’s History

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Studies: French

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22 April 2009 at 4:31am | IP Logged 
Dear Dr. Alexander Arguelles,

Has English been influenced at all by the Dutch language? I feel that it has because of all the similar words, of modern English, maybe not old English, but modern. For example, Hij- He, Zij- She, Zijn-they, Jou- you, Wij- we. There have been a lot of other things that I saw that I can't think of right now. Thanks a lot!

Also how did English lose the guttural G such as in Dutch, German, and Arabic?

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Northern Ireland
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Speaks: English*, Lowland Scots*, French
Studies: Dutch

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24 April 2009 at 8:31pm | IP Logged 
English is a descendant of the same language which both dutch and German evolved from. The reason English is so different is the strong influence of the Norman language (a constituent ancestor of French). But originally, the speakers of each all spoke the same language.

Research "Old English", also known as "Anglo-Saxon".
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