April 23 – Talk like Shakespeare Day

Today we celebrate the birthday of The English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. He was born April 23, 1864.

Today is a day fine reader that we must embrace like no other, for today doth shine brighter than that of the sun! Step out of thy comfort zone and into thee limelight, for all the world is a stage!

For many English speakers, Shakespeare is credited with what we have come to consider common phrases. For Example, the one used above: All the world is a stage – this comes from his play – As You Like it, Act 2 Scene 7.

A few others I bet you would recognize:

All that glitters is not gold (The Merchant of Venice)

For goodness’ sake (Henry VIII)

It smells to heaven (sometimes said, smells to high heaven) (Hamlet)

Kill with kindness (Taming of the Shrew)

Many of these common phrases are considered idioms. One of my FAVORITE subjects to teach! I absolutely love figurative language!

I created an easy to use power point with 6 common idioms from Shakespeare that learners can illustrate. There is an easy to understand definition of idiom. Each sample is used in a sentence to increase understanding.

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If ‘t be true thee just wanteth to has’t some excit’ment, tryeth this online English to Shakespeare translat’r!


Simply type in your sentence, and it “translates” it to Old English style.

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If you would like the complete set of 7, it is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!

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