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Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

Today I’m going to talk about William Shakespeare and with a funny mini-story, you will practice your English speaking.

Before I get started, let me thank you for listening to the podcast and for all your amazing comments on iTunes, Facebook, youtube, and on my website.

I also want to say hi to the Speak English Now community.

OK. Now let’s get started!

So, who was William Shakespeare, and why is he famous?

You know, I find it very hard to believe that you’ve never heard of William Shakespeare, but just in case I’ll give you a brief introduction.

Although most people believe that William Shakespeare is the most celebrated British writer of all time, only a few know that he was also an actor.

And even though it’s been over 400 years since he died, people still celebrate his work all over the world. 

His plays were the most popular at the time, and I’m sure you’ve already heard of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.

Well, I guess now you know who I’m talking about. 

That’s great! Let’s continue! 

So what else do we know about Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564.

We’re not really sure the exact day he was born, but we do know he was baptized on April 26 that same year.

Did he get married?

In 1582, he married Anne Hathaway, and the couple went on to have three children.

Wait a second. Anne Hathaway?

Yes, Shakespeare’s wife’s name was Anne Hathaway. But obviously, I don’t mean the beautiful contemporary American actress.  

So, what else do we know about Shakespeare?

We know he was a writer and wrote 37 plays.

Shakespeare wrote histories about the lives of kings and famous figures from history.

He also wrote comedies that end with a marriage and tragedies which end with the death of the main character.

Shakespeare also wrote plenty of poetry and, published a book of 154 sonnets.

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