Adults: 6 Minute English - Shakespeare

  • 2015.12.08 Tuesday
  • 14:51

Is Shakespeare better in plain English?

A Shakespeare festival in Oregon has commissioned 'translations' of his plays into plain English. Plain English is the term we use when we want simple English to be used, instead of high level or poetic English. Of course, the language of Shakespeare's plays can be difficult, but is it a good idea to change his plays into simple English? Listen to experts talking about Shakespeare and learn new vocabulary.  

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to pay writers for their work

words in another language

(here) simple, easy


to have strong feeling or impression

many different types

the sense
the general meaning

the speed something is done


This week's question

What was the first language that Shakespeare's plays were translated into?

a)    French

b)    German

c)    Portuguese

Check your answers by checking the transcript here.

Bonus question: Have you ever read any of Shakespeares works? If you have, write a short paragraph about the story. Did you enjoy it? Was it difficult for you to understand?