Tess & Ravi

To negate or not to negate? Shakespeare and negative verb forms are the topics the team speak about in this week's episode.

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Leave a comment below!

  • Is Tess right – do non-British people like Shakespeare more than the British do?
  • What do you think of him?
  • Did you study Shakespeare at school? Which is your favourite play?
  • Tell us what you think of some famous writers from your country.

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


I love Shakespeare plays. But I've only watched (Tempest, King Lear) ou read (Hamlet, Tempest, King Lear, Henry IV, Romeo and Juliet...) them in Portuguese. I'd like to read them in English someday, but in modern English.

Actually, I have never watched Shakespeare's play, I just heard that he was very famous and the "Romeo and Juliet" is very famous.

Good evening everyone.
To be honest I don't know much about Shakespeare, even I haven't seen any movies in my country but I think I saw plays theatre ,Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.
I know it's a bit embarrassing but I will try to have learn more about him due to the fact that William Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the world and I must know more about his life or maybe his operas. I will try to find some movies and some plays of the theatre of him.

Hi there,
The podcast is very nice, i enjoyed it so much. But i'm very confusing the phrase "i'm not sure, i'd go that far". Can you explain about it?
Thank you,

Hi Lotustran,

This phrase means 'I agree with you, but only up to a point'. We use it when we don't disagree with someone, but we think that they are exaggerating, or giving too strong an opinion. For example:

I think that film was the best film ever!

I'm not sure I'd go that far. It was good, but not the best ever.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.. How is it going guys? I want to know what shakespare means??

Hello ariana01,

Shakespeare is the surname of the famous English writer William Shakespeare. See our Shakespeare section to learn more about his life and work.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Actually I am not a fan of Shakespeare because all of his plays are too complicated and they always come to an end with tragedy!!

I am not a fan of Shakespeare. But I loan the book which includes eleven stories (such as King Lear, A Wild cat for a wife) of Shakespeare from the library. And also British Council(Yangon) are going to hold the event "Welcome to BRITAIN" on 30-Jan. There will be so many programmes such as Shakespeare Play Competition. and then I might go there if I am free.

Hi to everybody and good time to you .
Thank you Adam and all LearnEnglish team!

William Shakespeare is fantastic I think. I haven't read any of his works completely but I have happened to read a good deal of his quotes. We don't study him in school if I'm not very much mistaken. I like classical Literature and I'm improving my English so that I could read Shakespeare one day.

Persian literature is a very sumptuous one and we have got lots of amazing writers and poets. I'd like to mention Saadi here who lived in 11th century and wrote lots of rich poems and prose.

Thank you