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Shakespeare Speaks

Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.

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3rd June 2016 at 12:00PM

Shakespeare Speaks is a brand new series of 20 animated shorts, each looking at a popular English phrase or expression, as coined by William Shakespeare yet still very much used today. The English language is brought to life, explained and practised by The Bard himself with the help of a cast of imagined characters including his actor friends and ditzy daughter. Modern day examples and celebrity quotes are showed alongside snippets from plays such as The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet as well as interesting information about Shakespeare's life and times.

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Each episode explains the meaning and use of a well-known modern English expression that appeared in Shakespeare’s work, such as: "The world’s mine oyster", "A tower of strength", "In a pickle" and "All that glisters is not gold". For non-native speakers of English, the series is particularly suitable for learners of English at intermediate level (CEF B1) and above.

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What do these famous people have in common with William Shakespeare? Thierry Henry, Bob Marley, Liam Hemsworth. Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Learning English Shakespeare Speaks is produced by BBC Learning English in partnership with The Open University, with a new episode made available every Friday for 20 weeks. Supplementary quizzes, games and activities that reinforce the educational aspect of the materials are provided on the BBC Learning English website, and OpenLearn will have exclusive additional content and behind the scenes video. Social media conversations give the chance to practice language in action using the #ShakespeareSpeaks hashtag on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Discover Shakespeare's language

Discover Shakespeare's language

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