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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Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

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Task 8


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


yes ,non British like Shakespeare, but the modern adoptions of his work because old English is extremely difficult even for native speakers
my favorite play writer in my country is Naguib Mahfouz especially his novel Awlād ḥāratinā ( Children of the Alley) in Arabic اولاد حارتنا which was banned in Egypt for a time

Good afternoon to all! I am a new English council's member..My name Is perla (pearl in English) from Italy.I Would practice very much English language in writing And in speaking because I think that The better way to learn a foreign language Is with practice...Thanks a lot for The possibility that You give to us to learning..I hope to speak a lot with all of You... Bye Pearl

Actually, I can't tell anything about Tess's opinion. But, I think that the most people of the world know about Shakespeare. He's the greatest writer in the world history. His plays the most famous and they have played every famous theater of the world too. I saw his one of the most popular play in my countries. It was musicale of 'Romeo and Juliet and the music by Gérard Presgurvic of France.
I named the most favorate play's writer of my country is Lkhagvasuren Bavuu. His play 'The state without seal' is most famous in my country.

I have listen all the Episodes of Elementary Podcast.... But I still face problem in long or difficult words, I can't get the meaning of that word without using Dictionary.
Is there any series to improve my Vocabulary ?

Hello Dhananjay,

Most people won't learn much new vocabulary simply by listening to podcasts. I'd suggest you be more systematic about it – there is advice on how to do this on our Frequently asked questions page. If you don't already do it, it's a good idea to do the exercises for each episode as well.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'll try my best to follow your suggestion. Thanks a lot for the suggestion Mr. KIRK, :-)

I think you'd listen to this Podcast from series 1 - 4. Your vocabulary will improve after 3 or 4 months later. See you then

Thanks for your suggestion but I tell you, I had listen all the podcasts from series 1 to 4.... My English improve, but my vocabulary remain same.

Hi, everyone!
I don't like Shakespeare very much. I think his plays quite boring. Though in our country (and in all countries of former USSR) he is a vey famous.
In Ukraine Taras Shevchenko is considered the greatest national poet.

wait a long time,but still no voice,