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Shakespeare Scene 1

Stephen's got a job as an actor, and he and Ashlie go to the Globe Theatre in London to pick up his costume – and to find out about England's most famous writer, William Shakespeare.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello kader05,

I'd recommend you listen to a video like this one a couple of times and then, after that, listen to it again while reading the transcript a couple of times. Then listen to it again the next day and see if you understand it better. Make a note of the kinds of words and phrases that you found difficult and study them. Then watch another video and repeat this process.

At first, your progress will probably be slow, but if you keep to this method, you should find that your listening comprehension improves over time.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Peter ,

I think I've got that .

Have a nice day ,

Helo Teachers ,

I realize that I'm not in a position to alter Shakespeare's poetry , of course I'm not :) , but in other cases could I change 'are mere' with 'merely' in the line : The whole world is a stage and all men and women are mere players ?

Thank you ,

best regards ,

Hello iliya_b,

The actual line is slightly different in the original:

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

Remember that this is spoken poetry and the rhythm and cadence of the language is key. Purely in terms of meaning, it is possible to change 'merely' to 'mere' but the meaning is slightly different. 'Merely' is an adverb and tells us that being players is nothing special; 'mere' is an adjective and tells us that players are not important people. It is a very subtle difference, more of emphasis than meaning, but there is a slight difference.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Unfortunately I can’t watch the Task 3. It’s ok with Task 1, 2, 4. But it is problem with Task 3.
Please, could you give me any recommendations?

Hello Alexandra,

I've checked that task and it appears to be working correctly. Could you try again to see if it was a temporary issue? If not, please let us know what you see when you try to do the task.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you. It's working today correctly. And I'm happy about it.

I can't watch the video!!! I want to watch it!!!! :(

Hello Karina,

You should downloand and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. That normally solves this kind of problem, but if that doesn't work, please let us know what you see instead of the video and we'll do our best to help you.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello there! am a new member here in this site :-) i want to learn english , but still don't know how could i start,and from where??i'm currently listening and watching scenes from "word in the street" !! it's right way to start or what?