The closest we Nerdy History Girls come to time travel is exercising our imaginations, based on what we find in historical materials. As to actual time travel—I’m not sure I want to go there without inoculations against a host of diseases. Also, I’m not sure how well I’d cope with the smells. My fantasy is a sort of bubble, in which I’m invisible to others, and which contains a translation device that allows me to understand what people are saying. This would include speakers of English, whose pronunciation not only varies depending on locale, but has also changed over time.
While not in English, this video gives a hint of what it might be like in that bubble, walking through a part of Paris in the 1700s.*
*My thanks to author Lauren Willig, whose Facebook post I stole it from.
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