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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, Jeremy
I have got a problem from Task 2 question 2/6. The original Globe was built in the late 1500s. Why is the answer check Ture ?

Hi asimus,

The names we give to centuries are slightly counter-intuitive in English.  The first century (of our era) runs from the year 0 to year 99.  The second century is from 100 to 199; the third from 200 to 299, and the sixteenth from 1500 to 1599.  In other words when we say 'the sixteenth century' we mean that fifteen full centuries have come before it.

I hope that explains it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir,I work with your advice when you told me to try this sereis because it's easier for me than Britain is Great . Yes it's so,I could understand 75% of the video without reading the transcript ,and I understood 99% of the text . My tasks were 90% correct . So do you think that Word on Street is suitable for me? And what do think my average in E is? and how can I develop my  E? Thanks a lot for your help and advice. 

Hello suad!
I'm happy that you found Word on the Street a little easier to understand! It sounds like it's about the right level to help you - but if you want to work on your listening, make sure that you listen first before reading the transcript. I'm afraid I can't really tell you what your 'average' in English is - we're here to help you practice, not test you! 

If you want to keep on developing your English, carry on exploring the site. After you've finished watching the Word on the Street videos, you could try our radio soap opera, Big City Small World. If that's a little too easy, try some of our audio magazine articles, or some of our stories. You can use these to practice listening and reading.  
Don't forget to leave comments on the different pages! Many have discussion questions - try answering those to practice your writing.
Good luck with your studies,
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Many than from british coucil team honestly very very usefull for some one to learn english . I hpe one day i speak very good english the english launguege is the best & best launguge in the worth . Thanks

I watched it because my english teacher said to me. I realised she was right. We need it for a lesson hour. How can I download it? I really need it.

Hello Sarah,
Please see Jeremy's reply to curro below for the answer to your question.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Jeremy I tried this one too in different browsers and have problem yet, Never mind about me because I think I am not a lucky man to see this videos due to living in IRAN.

Did you try both methods of watching the video (the normal method and clicking on 'Can't see this video')?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Dr Sanginabadi:
I live in Iranian and had problems the same as you. If I had your E-mail address I would tell you how to watch the videos! Jeremy, is that possible? sharing Emails?