The Old English language is at once recognisable and unfamiliar: many words resemble ones that are used today, but their meanings are not always the same, and they can take many more forms than in the modern language. Liberation Philology Old English helps you master these complexities by practice.

Wherever you have your phone handy, it is ready to drill you on Old English vocabulary and grammar with a continuous multiple-choice test. Your answers are immediately confirmed or corrected, and reinforced through repetition.

• Vocabulary: 150 levels of general vocabulary, each testing the translation of 10 words between modern and Old English. A further 330 levels cover the vocabulary of Beowulf in approximate sequence. Interspersed among these are cumulative levels reviewing what has been learned earlier (giving a total of 542 levels).

• Nouns: Tests your ability to parse and decline all classes of Old English nouns.

• Verbs: Tests your ability to parse and conjugate a full range of weak, strong, and irregular verbs in Old English.

A further Reference module allows you to review the vocabulary word-list and the noun and verb paradigms.

What's New

Version 1.3.3

Updated for the latest devices and systems.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Absolutely incredible.


Fantastic app. Thousands of pre made flashcards, and super high quality parsing exercises. I have bought several apps from this series and fully intend to buy more.

Excellent for how it bills itself.


This app tells you exactly what it will do for you. No, it *won't* make you proficient in the Old English language. That would likely take years of dedicated study (as it has for my study of Latin). However, one key component of learning any new language is the drudgery of rote memorization that comes of vocabulary building. In the case of an inflected language such as Old English, there is also the intimidating work of conjugation drills and noun declension paradigms. That's where this cute little package really shines. It automates and expedites the rote process, and it does so via "temporal scavenging;" by building the process inside time already otherwise committed. Waiting for a pickup order at your local restaurant? Practice a few strong verbs while you're at it. Standing outside the store, while your significant other is finishing an errand? Pull out your touch screen device and try seeing if you can remember what "cynng" or "swiþe" means. [NOTE: never use while driving; be safe!] Immediate response, gentle correction and endless repetition ensure you'll eventually get it all and probably be seeing the thorn symbol in your sleep. Cheap, easy, exactly what it promises. If you're a language enthusiast, especially for archaic or historical languages, you can't go wrong!

OK, but needs a revision


I like the concept very much. Good grammar review. A problem is that the vocabulary questions are too few in number for such an app. Each vocabulary section tests about three or four words per level, asking the user to translate from OE to ModE, then it tests the exact same words from ModE to OE. An option in which one could continue to the next level without having to click back and insert the desired level would be nifty. If the author produces an update with these things in mind, I would be pleased and might submit a revised review.


David Arthur
1.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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