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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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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


It's true that there are lots of movies based on Shakespeare's plays and lot of people like them but I really don't know if non-British people like it more than the British people, I suppose yes because there are lots of books about the plays and movies around the world and also lots of plays from him in theatres of all over the world, so despite maybe not British like his plays very much it seems it's a world wide recognized author.
Although I saw some of the movies based on his plays I didn't read any of them. Actually, I don't like the theatre very much and I didn't have to study Shakespeare at school neither. I haven't got a favorite play because I'm not very keen to plays but I think 'Romeo and Juliet' it's his most famous work.
One of the most recognized writer of Uruguay was Florencio Sanchez, it's considered one of the founder fathers of the theatre of River Plate region, he lived between 1875 and 1910.

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!!

Actually I don't know if non-British like Shakespeare more than British do. I learned something about him at school as far as I remember. To tell the truth I'm not really into his plays.

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.


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.


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.


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.