Ever wondered what ancient languages sounded like? Well, wonder no more, for a video series made using artificial intelligence (AI) can show you.
The videos are created by YouTube channel Equator AI, which states that it strives "to preserve and revive the past of mankind, making it closer and more understandable for people of our era.” The videos demonstrate Old English, Akkadian, Sumerian and Old Chinese, among many others.
Of particular note, at least to English speakers, may be how different Old English is from modern English. This is partly due to what is known as the Great Vowel Shift. From the 15th to 18th century, English speakers began to pronounce their long vowels differently, making Old and Middle English sound pretty alien to modern English speakers.
Couple this with structural and grammatical changes to the language in Old English, a Germanic language, and you'd find it difficult to understand the gist of the conversation if you somehow arrived in the 12th century. But it is, along with Sanskrit and Aramaic, quite interesting to listen to.