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#275 Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare for Beginners


Hi! I’m Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. My mission is to help you improve your fluency.

Today, I will discuss Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet,” but don’t worry because I’ve made it very easy to understand.

Before we start, get the transcript for free at SpeakEnglishPodcast.com/podcast

Let’s start!

Today, we’ll explore the famous play ‘Romeo and Juliet‘ by William Shakespeare, written over 400 years ago. This play is divided into five acts, like chapters in a book. I’ve prepared a short summary for each act. In this episode, we’ll focus on Acts 1, 2, and 3, and in our next session, we’ll continue with Acts 4 and 5.

In the play, Shakespeare explored important things like love, family, and problems that were important back then and still matter to people today.

Now, let’s start with the first three acts of this classic story.

[Act 1 – A Tale of Two Families]

Okay, picture this: we’re in a lovely place called Verona, Italy. There are two big families there, the Montagues and the Capulets, and they don’t get along.

But guess what? A young guy named Romeo, from the Montague family, and a girl named Juliet, from the Capulet family, meet at a fancy party and fall in love, unaware of the enmity between their families.

And so Act 1 ends with a big surprise. Romeo and Juliet find out who each other really is. This is a big shock because they’re from enemy families. This surprise begins a sad and complicated story with many problems that happen next.

[Act 2 – Balcony Magic]

In Act 2, the story becomes more romantic. Romeo sneaks into Juliet’s garden, and they talk from her balcony.

They declare their love and plan a hidden wedding with the help of Juliet’s Nurse.

Tybalt, who is Juliet’s cousin, challenges Romeo to a fight. This happens because Tybalt is angry with Romeo. Their clash is a significant moment in the story.

As a result, the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona. The act concludes with Romeo and Juliet apart, encountering fresh difficulties, and their secret marriage adding more complexity to their love tale.




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