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Shakespeare Scene 1

Stephen's got a job as an actor, and he and Ashlie go to the Globe Theatre in London to pick up his costume – and to find out about England's most famous writer, William Shakespeare.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hi, I can't see the preparation task...thanks!

Hello Beatriz,

There is no exercise under Preparation for Word on the Street – it's just those questions that are designed to help prepare you for viewing the video.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, it was a great experience , i really have learned much :)
I really have a problems with listening , how can i resolve this point .

Hello kader05,

I'd recommend you listen to a video like this one a couple of times and then, after that, listen to it again while reading the transcript a couple of times. Then listen to it again the next day and see if you understand it better. Make a note of the kinds of words and phrases that you found difficult and study them. Then watch another video and repeat this process.

At first, your progress will probably be slow, but if you keep to this method, you should find that your listening comprehension improves over time.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for the advice !

Thank you very much Peter ,

I think I've got that .

Have a nice day ,

Helo Teachers ,

I realize that I'm not in a position to alter Shakespeare's poetry , of course I'm not :) , but in other cases could I change 'are mere' with 'merely' in the line : The whole world is a stage and all men and women are mere players ?

Thank you ,

best regards ,

Hello iliya_b,

The actual line is slightly different in the original:

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

Remember that this is spoken poetry and the rhythm and cadence of the language is key. Purely in terms of meaning, it is possible to change 'merely' to 'mere' but the meaning is slightly different. 'Merely' is an adverb and tells us that being players is nothing special; 'mere' is an adjective and tells us that players are not important people. It is a very subtle difference, more of emphasis than meaning, but there is a slight difference.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Unfortunately I can’t watch the Task 3. It’s ok with Task 1, 2, 4. But it is problem with Task 3.
Please, could you give me any recommendations?

Hello Alexandra,

I've checked that task and it appears to be working correctly. Could you try again to see if it was a temporary issue? If not, please let us know what you see when you try to do the task.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team