Watch a video about the history of English spelling. For questions 1 to 8, decide if the sentences are true or false. You can see the transcription after submitting your answers.

1When Christian missionaries arrived in England, they started to use spellings that didn’t reflect how words were pronounced.

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2Words like cough, enough, though or thought were originally pronounced with the same sound at the end.

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3When the printer was invented, the changes in pronunciation had finished.

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4The pronunciation of English vowels changed a lot.

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5A big part of modern spelling is due to how words were pronounced in the past or how they were spelled in French.

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6Latin started influencing spelling in the late 1500s, when English spelling was still undergoing big changes.

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7Latin was responsible for the introduction of letters that are written but not pronounced.

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8The pronunciation of the word colonel comes from Italy.

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