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Why didn't we speak French after Norman Conquest?

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Throughout history, when two cultures fight, the winners give their culture to the losers. So after the Norman Conquest in 1066, why don’t English people speak French?
Bez, Notting Hill

Answer

Name:  Simon, Hackney
Qualification:
Answer: The answer is that when the Normans arrived, they didn’t speak French. They spoke Norman French, which is a very different dialect. It is still spoken a little in Jersey. The Normans were then assimilated into the British culture and English seeped through to the French rulers and English remained the language of the country.