Shakespeare, Dickens and more... Britain's literary history is world class, and Richard speaks to experts about some of the country's greatest writers.

Task 1

Which of these things does Richard do?


Task 2

Which sentences are true?


Task 3

Make sentences from the video by putting the words in the correct order.


Task 4

Use must/can/might + present tense for present possibilities, and must/might/can + have + past participle to talk about possibility in the past. Use the negative if you need it.





Hello ritesh,

'so' is a conjunction here; if you look it up in the dictionary (see the handy search box on the right) and scroll down until the entry that says 'conjunction', you'll see a definition and example there.

The original Globe Theatre no longer exists; the one you see in the video was built in modern times, though it is meant to look like the old one. You can learn more about this in our Shakespeare London videos.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I remember when I was in secondary school I spent lots of time reading. I was one of those kids who wear glasses and always have a book in their hands. I can't imagine how I would grow if there was no book. I could end up being a different version of me, and roaming in another universe. Books told me so many things. They let me see the world through other people's eye and made me learn about myself. They helped me get to today's place which I might never be able to reach by my own strength.

Some of the British writers I know are Jane Austen who wrote Pride and Prejudice, Conan Doyle who created the fantastic detective Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie who planned so many murders than solved them all.

And there are so many great Chinese writers I like. The whole generation of authors, including Lu Xun, Hu Shi, Xu Zhimo, and Zhang Ailing who came under the spotlight after the New Culture Movement flourished with great literature and creativity. It was a time of bursting talent.

Thank you LearnEnglish Team with these kind of discussion I motivate myself to learn more with these kind of topic because I don’t like reading. William Shakespeare is the most popular writer I know and in my country is Dr. Jose Rizal.

I'm hearing from video and watching transcript "We do about 300 performances every year, about 1,500 people attend every performance ". What I hear is "500 people attend ". Transcript is wrong?

Hello lamth,

The transcript is correct here but the speaker (Dominic) uses an alternative way of saying the number. Instead of the more common 'one thousand five hundred' he says 'fifteen hundred'. This is a correct form in English, though less common than the alternative.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Why cannot I watch it??? There is a black rectangular instead of the video!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Help me

Hello VEGAN18,

I would suggest that you update your Flash player. To do this, search the internet for "update Flash player" and follow the instructions there.

After you do this, if you're still not able to see the video, please let us know. It would be very helpful if you could tell us what kind of device you're using, what operating system it uses, and what browser you're using.

Thanks for your collaboration.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Oh, my goodness. I loved this video! I think both English and Spanish literature are great. Well... all literature is amazing, no matter where it comes from! :)

Thanks for video,briefly and expressive. William Shakespeare is an actual playwriter in all the times. Yeh, that man was absolutely right the Love,Jealousy, Betrayal, Honesty - are themes for human life once and ever .

Shakespeare's plays teach us to be kind,to have great love to life, to be strong and other high
feelings ...
Thank you Great Shakespeare for your Great work!