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Literature is GREAT - Part 1

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.





I absolutely love to read, be it classics or contemporary. Life would certainly be different for me if books weren't part of it. I love to read Classic novels/poems because there is richness to how the writers played with words. I mean the romantiscism, humor and profoundness of the words in classic novels are fascinating to me. I have a long list of my favorite Classic English writers but these are the ones who easily came to mind- Jane Austen, Francis Hodgson Burnett, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, Lewis Carroll, Brontë Sisters, H.G. Wells, and Charles Dickens. I can recall two Classic writers in my country and they are Jose Rizal and Francisco Balagtas.

Hello LearnEnglish Team,

Thank you for the great job you are doing!
I just wonder if the video-related tasks in PDF format were removed from some "Listen&Watch" sections or if it is just a temporary technical problem. Here (Literarture is Great), for instance, the tasks in PDF do not appear.
Hope this problem can be solved :)

Best of luck to the whole team!

Hello Ludmilsybilla,

At the moment we are busy with the new layout and functionality of the site but it is possible that the pdf versions of the tasks will return in the future.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,

why Julia start answered to Richard with ''So''.
what is mean by the glove is a recreation of Shakespeare's theatre.

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