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Episode 17

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

Tess & Ravi

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Exercise

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.

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Intermediate: B1

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The only information I know about shakespears is he wrote poems and published some books thats it . actually I am not big fan of plays specially english plays might i watched some arbic plays so I do not following any things about it . I had not got any things about shakespears in school .

Tess said foreigners like Shakespeare more than British. I can’t say cause I don’t know anybody who would like to read his plays. I used to read Hamlet at school but in my native language and it seemed to be boring for me. Perhaps, that’s much more interesting to watch Shakespeare plays than read. All their plays are classical literature and indeed, there are always people who like it.
By the way, one of the most famous writer in my country is Alexander Pushkin. He’s considered to be very talented and interesting writer to read, at least many people think so but I can’t say I do cause I’ve never been interested by classical literature. I more prefer history and science.

Hello

About Shakespeare:

I didn't read Shakespeare at school.
I don't read very old text because the language is then probably obsolete.
The oldest language coarse which I did was from 1982 all other materials which I use are more recent.

Bye

Shakespeare - great playwriter without any doubt. His plays, that were written 400 years ago, still continue to excite us.

I have never watched Shakespeare's plays. I only know his name and thing that he wrote many plays very long time ago. but I see many parodies, films and TV commercials. I like the one was played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

i think that Shakespeare is a good writer. i have recently read a "A Midsummer Night's Dream". I liked it

also i like watching Shakespeare plays. it's different from the others films, its very original.

Shakespear, yes his English is old and quite difficult to understand, but for me, non-native English speaker, his English is still English, and from Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says from a balcony to Romeo, "Oh Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" sounds much romatic than to say, "Oh Romeo, why are you Romeo?". Anyway, I am not a big fan of him, just take a glance at Romeo and Juliet, and Mabeth, or Hamlet etc. I would rather read modern writers, indeed.

Hello,

I would like to thank you very much for the podcast and the exercises. I've read a lot of texts written in English language on these last years, but I really don't know about the following: when should I use or not to use 'contractions'? I always read can't, but also
cannot, I have and I've, have not and haven't, do not and don't, I would and I'd, they are and they're... and so on. Are there rules for contractions? It's very strange for me, because it is rare in my written language, Brazilian Portuguese, and I have never heard a good explanation for the issue. Sometimes I think that the contractions are more "correct and modern", but in some texts they are not used; thus I actually don't know if they are more "informal and popular", or not... Aaahhhh, and just to fun: I imagine that Shakespeare would say: 'To use or not to use contractions?'. Thanks in advance.

Hello Gabriel Ferraz,

Contractions are a reflection of how English is spoken and they are very common in speech. In fact, if someone did not use contractions while speaking it would sould very unnatural, extremely formal and possible rather robotic.

We use contractions in informal writing but generally we avoid them in more formal writing.

 

I hope that helps to clarify it for you. The more you read, the more you will develop a feel for when such stylistic devices are appropriate.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, tnx for your useful podcasts,
About your question, i should telll you in my opinion continues assessment system is better than exam system, because exam system will be forget after while.

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