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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


Hello.. How is it going guys? I want to know what shakespare means??

Hello ariana01,

Shakespeare is the surname of the famous English writer William Shakespeare. See our Shakespeare section to learn more about his life and work.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Actually I am not a fan of Shakespeare because all of his plays are too complicated and they always come to an end with tragedy!!

I am not a fan of Shakespeare. But I loan the book which includes eleven stories (such as King Lear, A Wild cat for a wife) of Shakespeare from the library. And also British Council(Yangon) are going to hold the event "Welcome to BRITAIN" on 30-Jan. There will be so many programmes such as Shakespeare Play Competition. and then I might go there if I am free.

Hi to everybody and good time to you .
Thank you Adam and all LearnEnglish team!

William Shakespeare is fantastic I think. I haven't read any of his works completely but I have happened to read a good deal of his quotes. We don't study him in school if I'm not very much mistaken. I like classical Literature and I'm improving my English so that I could read Shakespeare one day.

Persian literature is a very sumptuous one and we have got lots of amazing writers and poets. I'd like to mention Saadi here who lived in 11th century and wrote lots of rich poems and prose.

Thank you

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