Have I mentioned The Story of Language, by Charles Laurence Barber, first published in 1964? Another cheapie that I picked up for a dollar, but interesting for all that.
I’m up to where it—he—demonstrates how English has changed over the years. To illustrate, he gives the same bit of the bible as it was written in 1961, 1611, 1350-ish and approximately 1000 A.D.
It becomes more ‘foreign’ the further back you go. You need to approach it the same way that I gloss over European languages. There’s progressively more and more that you need to get used to.
Today: J2 F2 D1 G1 Mo1
Total: J381 D166 G67 P38 F35 Sp23 A8 M8 Da1 R1 Mo1