Well, I am ready to put weeks into it.
I early realized that I am VERY prejudiced about language. I have been known to say that if I could get into a time machine and travel to any when that I wanted, I would not hesitate for a moment and travel to 1066. I would tell Harold the Saxon to not look up (in order to avoid that arrow in the eye).
German, I feel, is the very heart and soul of the English language. What the Normans brought in was, for the most part, just extra. Now, regarding science and law, I will admit that the Saxon speech may have been inadequate, but what does that matter when it comes to heart, soul, and poetry?