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Now, time for Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English.

 

William Shakespeare is probably the most famous English-language writer ever.

 

Historians think Shakespeare was born on April 23 in 1564. They believe he died exactly 52 years later, on the same day!

 

But historians and the rest of us actually know very little about the personal life of Shakespeare. Some researchers even suggest that he did not write all the plays that are credited to him.

 

But, let us put all the mystery aside.

 

What we do know is this: the language of Shakespeare is alive and well in modern, everyday English.

 

Even if an English-speaker knows nothing about Shakespeare, they will surely know some of his expressions. And I am not talking about sayings like “to be or not to be” or “wherefore art thou Romeo.” Most people know those lines come from Shakespeare.

 

The playwright invented many more words and expressions that we continue to use every day.

 

Perhaps this is best explained as a theatrical production.

 

As Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.”

 

Let's pretend two friends are in a crowded theater. They are waiting for a performance of Shakespeare to begin. One is a Shakespeare buff who knows a lot about the playwright. The other person thinks he knows very little about Shakespeare. But he may know more than he thinks.

 

Before the curtain rises,  let's listen to their conversation.

 

A: What took you so long? The play is starting soon.

 

B: I wanted to buy something to eat, but that turned out to be a wild-goose chase. This theater does not have any food!

 

A: I thought you went home.

 

B: Why would I leave?

 

A: Because you do not like Shakespeare.

 

B: It’s not that I don’t like Shakespeare. I just don’t know Shakespeare.

 

A: I suspect you know more than you think.

 

B: What do you mean?

 

A: Well, the term “wild goose chase” comes from Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet.” Years ago, it meant a kind of horse race. But now, it means a hopeless search for something you cannot find.

 

B: Well, I wish you would have told me that this theater doesn’t serve food before my wild-goose chase. I’m so hungry! A friend has been staying with me for the past month and he’s eating me out of house and home! There's nothing left in my house to eat.

 

A: That is another expression from Shakespeare! It comes from the play “Henry IV.”

 

B: What expression, “I’m hungry!”?

 

A: No! To eat someone out of house and home. It means that someone eats all the food in your house, like you’re friend. In Shakespeare’s play, Mistress Quickly says to the king, “He hath eaten me out of house and home; he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his … !”

 

B: That is exactly what is happening … just like in Henry IV!

 

A: So, why has your friend been staying with you for so long?

 

B: He says he got into a little trouble with the law and needs to lie low for a while.

 

A: Staying out of sight until trouble passes is great advice! In fact, Shakespeare wrote that advice for Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing. The exact words were, “If he could right himself with quarreling, some of us would lie low.”

 

B: When you start talking Shakespeare I really get lost. It’s all Greek to me. I just cannot understand any of it.

 

A: Well, you must understand a little because you use his expressions all the time. “It’s Greek to me” is from the play Julius Caesar! And it’s a one way to tell someone you don’t have a clue what’s going on. 

 

B: I have to say I am a little jealous that you know so much about Shakespeare. And I’m not one to fall victim to the green-eyed monster.

 

A: Guess what?

 

B: Don’t tell me? That expression is also from Shakespeare? I thought it came from the fact that feeling bitter kind of makes you feel sick. And sick people often look green.

 

A: You are right. Before Shakespeare’s time, the color green was most commonly linked with bad health. In his play Othello, Shakespeare turned the idea of being sick with a disease into a condition -- being sick with jealousy.

 

B: You know there are many other playwrights out there. Shakespeare is not the be-all and end-all of English writers.

 

A: No one ever said he was the most important person in the English-speaking world. But now that you said it -- be-all and end-all is my favorite Shakespeare expression. And it comes from my favorite play, “Macbeth.” As Macbeth is preparing to kill the King, he says, “That but this blow / Might be the be-all and the end-all.”

 

B: I really didn’t know that Shakespeare was such an influence on the way we speak today. I just thought he was for old college professors and people who do nothing but go to the theater.

 

A: Hey!

 

B: Seriously, it is fun to find out that so many of his words and expressions are still used today.

 

A: Did you know, he even invented the knock-knock joke.

 

B: Really?!

 

A: Knock, knock!

 

B: Who’s there?

 

A: Orange.

 

B: Orange who?

 

A: Orange (Aren’t) glad I didn’t quote Shakespeare again?

 

B: Yes. Yes, I am. Now be quiet. The play is about to start and I don’t want to miss a word.

 

We hope you enjoyed this special Words and Their Stories celebrating the writer William Shakespeare. Have fun using the Shakespearean expressions that you heard today.

 

I'm Anna Matteo.

 

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2016-05-01

Now, timee for Worlds and Their Stories from VOA Learning English.

Wallim Shakes Bill is probably the most famous English language writer ever. His stories thing shakespeare was born 0n April 23 in 1564.


Histroicans think Shakespeare was born on April 23 in 1564. They believe he died exactly 152 years later on the same day. But his stories and rest of us actually know very little about the personal life of Shakespeare.


Some reaserchers even suggest that he did not write all the places that are created to him. But let us put all the mystrous aside, what we do know is this, the language of Shakespeare is a lot and while in modern everyday English. Even if an English speaker knows nothing about Shakespeare. They will sure know some of his expressions and I am not talking about things like to be or not to be. Or where for otido Romio?


Most people know those lines come from Shakespeare. The play writer invented many more words and expressions that we continue to use everyday.


Perhaps this is best explained as the theritical production. As Shakespeare wrote all the words a stage and all the men and women mierly players.


Let's protend 2 friends are in the crowded theriter.  They are waiting for a performance of Shakespeare to begin. One is a Shakespeare buff who knows a lot about the play writer. The other person thinks he knows very little about Shakespeare. But he may know more than he thinks before the cotern writers let's listen to the conversation.


What took you so long the play is starting soon.


I wanted to buy something to eat but that turned out to be a wild goose cheese.


Stiter does not have any food.


I thought you went home.


Why would I leave?


Because you don't like Shakespeare.


It's not that I don't like Shakespeare, I just do not know Shakespeare.


I suspect you know more than you think.


What do you mean?


Well, the term wild goose cheese came from Shakespeare play Romio and Juliant years ago it made a kind horse rise. But now, it means a hopeless search for something you can not find.


Well I wish you would have told me that the sterter does not serve food before my wild goose cheese. I am so hungry friend has been staying with me for the pass month and he is eating me out of house and home. There is nothing left in my house to eat.










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Well I wish you would have told me that the theater doesn't serve food before my wild goose cheese, I am so hungry. A friend has been staying with me for the past month and he's eating the out of house and home. There is nothing left in my house to eat.

That is another expression from Shakespeare, it comes from the play, Henry IV.


What expression? I am hungry?


No, to eat someone out of the house and home. It means that someone eats all the food in your house like your friend. In Shakespeare's play, mistrss quickly says to the king. He had eated me out of  house and home. He has put all my substence into that fat bally of his.


He's exactly what is happening just like Henry IV.


So why has your friend been staying with you for so long?


He says he got into a little trouble with the law and needs to lay low for a while.
      
Staying out of the side untile trouble passes is a great advise.


In fact, Shakespeare wrote that advise for Antonio in much a do about nothing. The exact words were if you could write himself with querrling. Some of us would lie low.




When you start talking Shakespeare, I really get lost, it's all great to me, I just can't understand any of it.


Well, you must understand a little, because you use this expressions all the time. It is great to me is from your play . And it's one way to tell someone, you don't have a clue what's going on.


I have to say I am a little jealous that you know so much about Shakespeare and I am not want to for victirm to the great niu admongst.
                  

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[Homework]Words and Their Stories 2016-05-01

now, time for words and their stories from VOA learning english. william shakespeare is propally the most famous english writer in england ever.the historiens think that he was born april 23rd in 1564.they believe he died exactly 15 years later on the same day.but the historians and the rest of us acturally barely know the persernal life of shakespeare.some reseacher even suggust that he did not write all the plays the corrected to him. but let us put all the misteries aside. we do know is this,the language of shakespeare is a lot and wild in modern english language. even if a english speaker knows nothing about shakespearem, they were surely know some expressions and i am not talking about themes like to be or not to be  or where is the arch for romio? most people know those lines from shakespeare. but there more words and expressions we continus to use everyday. perhaps this is the best plain for production.as shakspeare wrote all the world stage all the man and woman
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