Learn Shakespearean English with Mango’s Latest Course.

March 23, 2015 / by Jillian Rodriguez

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Dear Mangos, we’re siding with Shakespeare (or more specifically, we’re siding with Malvolio, reading Maria’s letter in Twelfth Night) on this one. We think you were all born great, will achieve greatness, and because we really love you, we’re here to thrust greatness upon you.

With Shakespeare’s 451st birthday just around the corner, we couldn't be more excited to debut our latest language course: Shakespearean English. Literary buffs, theater enthusiasts, and historians rejoice ― you can now immerse yourself in Shakespearean English through the lens of the classic romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. With this course, you’ll learn Shakespearean vocabulary, word order, and cultural insights. You’ll discover the thousands of words and phrases that Shakespeare introduced into the English language, and explore the historical context of his works. You’ll get to closer than ever to the love and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, all while learning about the aristocratic family dynamics and culture surrounding the Shakespearean era. Before you know it, you’ll be using Shakespearean pronouns and vocab in everyday conversation, and even tossing the occasional Shakespearean insult like Big Willie himself.

If you’re looking for a quick crash course on what makes William Shakespeare so important, consider us your one-stop shop in all things Billy S. We’ve gushed about him before, but with the debut of our new course, we’re knee-deep in Shakespeare praise. Join us in a journey to yesteryear ― to London 1592, amid the English Renaissance. There begins the rich, prolific career of the English language’s greatest writer. Penning over 38 plays and 150 poems, the Shakespearean tradition is an impermeable presence in the English language and serves as the backbone of modern Western literature. Over 400 years later, Shakespeare’s influence is known the world over, with his works translated into every major language and his plays performed and reimagined in theaters around the globe. To boot, Shakespeare crafted these masterpieces without the aid of any existing dictionaries or an established, organized grammar system, yet his works boast an impressive 17,000 unique words, more than four times the vocabulary of the average, well-educated man of his time.

Ready to get Shakespeare smart? We’ll be at ACRL Portland showing off our new course and giving away 100 Shakespeare-themed goodies to all of the Bard’s earliest birds. For the rest of you, put away your poisons and your daggers, this isn’t one of those stories ending in unfathomable woe. Get your fix on dramatic tragedy and star-crossed lovers, all while building brains and gaining insight into some of the most important texts in English-language history.


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Topics: Public Libraries, Language Learning and Culture

Jillian Rodriguez

Written by Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian is a writer and editor out of Detroit, Michigan. She loves connecting people through new ideas, interesting stories, and good conversation. In her free time, Jillian loves to read, write, and listen to podcasts - in Spanish and in English!

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