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William Shakespeare lived in the _______ centuries.

I don't understand his explanation. It's all _______ to me!

Try not to eat too many sweets. You can have _____________.

Judy is very open with her friends about her feelings. She _________________.

When meeting new people in a training session, it's a good idea to _________.

Romeo and Juliet were very unlucky in love. They were ________ lovers.

She has made a complete mess of the project. I've never known someone get into such a _____.

I can't wear this old cardigan anymore. It has definitely ____________.

I think we must be lost. We passed this shop an hour ago. We've obviously come _________.

He gets angry very easily. I'm not comfortable with such ________ people.


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Thank you Gill!

Friday, July 10th 2015

    I didn’t know all these expressions came from Shakespeare’s work until now. In fact, they’re very common nowadays.

    You made a good point when noticing that he was the first one to put these phrases in black & white (He didn’t coin them). Probably they had been in use long before.

    Absorbing lesson Gill, it was a nice brush on literature.

    Regards
    Have a marvelous weekend!

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks a lot Gill.The phrases are very useful and very similar to the Spanish ones. Your pronunciation and the way you teach are really good and clear.
Thanks again

Friday, July 10th 2015

Thank you very much

Friday, July 10th 2015

Thank you! :)

Friday, July 10th 2015

I really didn’t notice all those expressions are originated from William Shakespeare!
Thank you for the clear-cut lecture.

Friday, July 10th 2015

Thank you very much

Friday, July 10th 2015

What a brilliant lesson! Why didn’t you debut on EngVid whith that instead of the grammar one? Anyaway congratulations and thanks!

Friday, July 10th 2015

Thank you Gill! I want to see more videos with your lessons.

Friday, July 10th 2015

I like the expression ‘in a pickle’, ‘it’s Greek to me’ and ‘star-crossed.’ I imaged ‘star-crossed’ meant ‘happy’ but it meant ‘unhappy.’ Really interesting lesson! Thank you, Gill :)

Friday, July 10th 2015

very helpful lesson, thank you gill waiting for your next videos,I really appreciate

Friday, July 10th 2015

good lesson…….i got 100………thanks so much
i will try to apply these phrases ….

Friday, July 10th 2015

    do you got skype? we can help each other in english … my skype is cadutavares3

    Tuesday, July 21st 2015

Thank you, Gill for teaching us many interesting expressions of William Shakespeare. I could not believe that I have learnt those expressions inventing by the Poet Shakespeare. I am honored to be your student, teacher. I wish you all the best.

Friday, July 10th 2015

Nice to meet you again,Gill :-)
I found this lesson very amazing as well as unique.Thank you Gill for this interesting video.

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you very much. I love your lessos.

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Very interesting and useful. It was fascinating to understand the relation with old culture. Please give us other lessons ASAP. I can’t wait.

Saturday, July 11th 2015

9/10

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks a lot for the lesson.Very useful!

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you for another helpful lesson. With EngVid.com English won’t be Greek to many students all over the world :-)

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Hello! I don’t underststand what you didn’t like in my previous comment. Yes, I made mistakes but I enjoyed your lesson. The mistakes mayby because of my tidness. I liked your lesson very much but if my short comment, don’t suit, I’ll will not write anything, though I like your presentation very much. Thanksba lot!

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks Gill for this cultural and useful lesson

In Portuguese we have some expressions that are literally the same, I think they are translated from English to Portuguese a long time ago and now is a common use expression in both language and, maybe, in much more languages.

Globalization has been happening since much time ago.

I can list some retranslated:

– Breaking the ice
– This is greek to me
– This house saw better days

Saturday, July 11th 2015

    A few of those expressions are using in turkish as well. It’s good to know where it comes from. It deserves respect

    Thanks for this interesting lesson again.
    I can’t wait to see your next lesson

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

    You’re right :)

    Sunday, October 18th 2015

Hi Gill,
I like your lessons, in particular the topics you choose.
This one about Shakespeare’s expressions was very interesting to follow. Great personalities deserve to be always remembered and taken as good examples.

Saturday, July 11th 2015

To be or not to be!) Very interesting phrases I need to use some of them… Thanks

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks a lot, Gill!

Saturday, July 11th 2015

It’s a wonderful lesson!

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Sorry Gill, have I heard you voice on BBC Radio or am I mistaken?

Saturday, July 11th 2015

    hey, write to me ;)

    Friday, August 7th 2015

Thank you very much. Very useful for me.

Saturday, July 11th 2015

OMG! Awesome lesson! Thank you Gill!

Saturday, July 11th 2015

greet lesson thnx alot

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Hi, this was my first lesson in this web page. I think it’s very helpfull. Thank you very much Gill

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Wow! Amazing lesson! Thank you so much, Gill!
I’ve come across with some expressions, but it never occurred to me they could be Shakespeare’s. It’s good to have this knowledge now. I thought they were just expressions people came up with, but coming from Shakespeare, it gets more exciting to study. :D I hope all people know they’re from him.

If you can understand Greek and are fluent in it, you can use “it’s Greek to me”. Haha! Just a joke. A very bad one.

Bye!

Sunday, July 12th 2015

Thanks alot

Sunday, July 12th 2015

I’m an hot-blooded but this lesson gave to me a moment of calm and relax.
Thanks very much milady Gill.

Sunday, July 12th 2015

Very interesting lesson. Thank You very much!

Sunday, July 12th 2015

It’s an amazing lesson. Thanks Gill.

Sunday, July 12th 2015

Great! Thanks a lot Gill. I’m waiting for your lesson.

Sunday, July 12th 2015

A very useful lesson. Thank you :)
All’s well that ends well … another expression coined by Shakespeare

Sunday, July 12th 2015

    hey, how are you? :))

    Friday, August 7th 2015

Thanks a lot ^^

Sunday, July 12th 2015

9/10. thank u very much mrs. Gill! love u

Sunday, July 12th 2015

Oh , i can not forget Hamlet , Who can

Sunday, July 12th 2015

To be honest Shakespeare isn’t my cup of tea. But the expressions considered are really interesting . Thanks , Gill.

Sunday, July 12th 2015

thanks

Sunday, July 12th 2015

Thank Gill!

Sunday, July 12th 2015

thank you so much!

Sunday, July 12th 2015

Thank you Gill Your lesson is very useful .

Sunday, July 12th 2015

wow, i didn’t know before that wear my heart on my sleeve created by William. It’s so good knowing the meaning of it phrase. Thank you for this learnings, now I’ve got another light insight

Monday, July 13th 2015

I’ve appreciated, I’ve enjoyed your new lesson in a full way! It seems you are a very nice person too…. I know, two short videos are not enough to judge a person, but your particular way to represent things and situation seems to be from some good English way to be, rich of politeness, respectful but that goes right to the claimed result: in this case to teach same good B.E. enjoying yourself doing it.
Nice when you blushed… Speaking about the meaning of “the heart on your sleeve” :-)… I think you’ll achieve a big success in engvid and in YouTube, almost like our beloved Jade had. I think so because you (and her) tech English not like something impersonal but dressing it with some humanity…. bye

Monday, July 13th 2015

Thanks Gill

Monday, July 13th 2015

I find this video very interesting and useful for everybody. Thank you !

Monday, July 13th 2015

Thanks a lot Gill) quite informative)

Monday, July 13th 2015

very useful lesson. thank you.

Monday, July 13th 2015

very interesting lesson, teacher Gill. Thank you very much…

Monday, July 13th 2015

Thank you. I liked so much!

Monday, July 13th 2015

I have not seen it yet.but tanks a lot

Monday, July 13th 2015

Hi Teacher Gill thank you very much for teaching me about shakespare special words even it is very hard to catch it at once I will study it gradully .thanks a lot.

Monday, July 13th 2015

how can i get the other lessonses quiz

Monday, July 13th 2015

Hi Gill, thank you very much for such an interesting lesson. I was quite suprised when I found out that some of these expressions are in use in my language (Polish) too, like ‘there’s a method in my madness’, ‘break the ice’, ‘catch a cold’, ‘heart of gold’, ‘hot-blooded’ or ‘full circle’ in slightly Polish version of ‘closed circle’ in meaning something between Shakespear’s ‘full circle’ and English ‘catch 22’. Once again – thanks.

Monday, July 13th 2015

It’s very interesting,thanks.

Monday, July 13th 2015

Thanks a lot, Gill

Monday, July 13th 2015

Gill, thank you very much for this lesson! It’s very interesting to me!!!

Tuesday, July 14th 2015

Both thumbs up for you, Gill. I found the lecture very interesting. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 14th 2015

Hi everyone — thank you all for your kind comments about my lesson. Shakespeare is a favourite subject of mine, so I’m glad you liked it :-) Katrin, to answer your question, I may have spoken on the radio once or twice, but only as a guest, not as a regular presenter. Maybe one day … !!!

Tuesday, July 14th 2015

Hi, Gill !`m ver anxious to see you again, this lessos was one of the best i`ve ever seen Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, July 14th 2015

Thanks Gill, I really enjoy your classes!

Tuesday, July 14th 2015

Gil congratulations and welcome again to Engvid.com again you sound sweet. Listen to you speaking in fact is very ….? Tranquilizing?! Maybe that’s the word.
About Shakespeare, yes of course he was and still is the most recognizable writer ever and the sentences you choose are very unique ” that’s method in my madness” …. But the one, the universal, the sentence that everybody never doubted, about who had written, that one, is of course “to be or not…..”

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

“There’s method in my madness”

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

How come William Shakespeare lived in the __16th and 17th_____ centuries.
when he was born in 1564 and died in 1616. ??

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

    It’s a bit confusing, isn’t it?

    The first century was the years 0-99; the second century was 100-199; the third century was 200-299…etc. So the century’s number is always one ahead of the number the years start with.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

      Thanks for removing my confusion. :)

      Saturday, July 18th 2015

    XX century between 1900 / 1999
    XXI century between 2000 / 2099
    Now we are living in the XXI century 2015, cheers

    Thursday, July 16th 2015

It’s been very interesting to note the expression used by The bard of the English language. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, July 16th 2015

Very useful!Thanks!

Thursday, July 16th 2015

Thank you, Gill :)

Friday, July 17th 2015

10/10 thanks Gill.

Friday, July 17th 2015

Well done Gill. A very pleasant, interesting lesson

Friday, July 17th 2015

May Allah reward you :)

Friday, July 17th 2015

Thank you.

Friday, July 17th 2015

Very helpful lecture

Saturday, July 18th 2015

Yeppppp 100%. Thank you dear Teacher

Sunday, July 19th 2015

Thanks a lot, Gill! :)

Sunday, July 19th 2015

your voice sounds greatly,such an interesting lesson
!

Monday, July 20th 2015

Hi Gill.
I enjoyed a lot this lesson! I like english peotry.
I noticed we had a lot common idioms beetwin english and french. To break the ice or to have a heart of gold for example. I suscribe to your lessons on Youtube. Have a nice evening.

Monday, July 20th 2015

Sorry for the mistakes, I had a lot of problems with my tablet. I just wanted to say to you that I suscribed to your channel on Youtube. Many thanks, have a nice evening.

Monday, July 20th 2015

Great lesson Gill. I am a regular user of your videos as a resource for all my ESL classes from the A1 level (Ronnie is an expert on those) to the C1. However I am facing the prospect of imparting a C2, and have been looking for materials to use with not too much success, I must say. Adding some lessons like this one will help me a lot in that endeavour.

As I told my coworkers, teaching a C1 is one thing, but when you are teaching a C2, not only you are in a different ball game ……….. you are in a different stadium altogether.

Monday, July 20th 2015

It’s astomishing in France we use some of these expressions from Shakespeare !
This writer makes me think of Moliere because these men are modern.
Thank you for this interesting lesson and congratulations for your accent and diction

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

adore your british accent ,Best regards for you and may Allah (god)reward you .

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

I think it is very interesting lesson and I loved it. I’d like to see this kind of lesson more and more.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

Hil Gill, I’m a student, I like studying English so much, and until now I all self-study English, sometimes I make many mistakes when I use English for speaking and writing. Can you give me your email I will send to you some sentences and when you have free time, please to help me correct them if they have mistakes. Thanks very much!

Thursday, July 23rd 2015

gill ,can you please suggest me book for learning english.

Tuesday, July 28th 2015

good and today I got 90 points for this qize

Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Hello, Gill, may I ask you, do you have a private classes as a tutor by Skype?
Thank you.

Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Thank you Jill.

Thursday, July 30th 2015

What a fantastic lesson! Thank you very much indeed. I did enjoy watching it and found it very inspirational. Thank you, Gill. :)

Thursday, July 30th 2015

So interesting subject
please Mrs Gill continue on especially in literature ( poems , authors , novels and plays ) I love it so much

Thursday, July 30th 2015

Thank you Gill. I was afraid of this lesson but I loved it. It’s interesting that most of these expressions exist in my mother-tongue. (However, things are not all ‘Greek’ but all ‘Chinese’ to us.) I assume they have come through by Hungarian poets who had created similar expressions in Hungarian and (of course) also translated Shakespeare. It’s good listening to You, I’m looking forward to your next lessons.

Friday, July 31st 2015

iv’e learn so much about shakespeare thank you gill i will definately tell others about
this

Saturday, August 1st 2015

thank you gill

Saturday, August 1st 2015

Thanks you Jill. I’ve learned a new interesting information about the English language.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015

Great explanation, Gill. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015

Here in Brazil, we have many of those expressions transcripted to portuguese language, and still used for us every single day.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015

Gill, thank you so much. Such an interesting and useful information! There are the similar expressions in russian langiage too, Shakespear is the master of language! :)

Friday, August 7th 2015

Very, very interesting lesson. Thank You Gill

Saturday, August 8th 2015

Thank you Gill. You are so clear!

Sunday, August 9th 2015

10/10,good to know. but,to me,it seems hard to use these phrase properly.

Tuesday, August 11th 2015

thank you so much :D
I liked it a lot

Tuesday, August 18th 2015

thank you so much :D
very interesting I liked it a lot

Tuesday, August 18th 2015

Thank you so much :)

Thursday, August 20th 2015

Dear Professor Gill,
First of all thank you so much for this interesting and unique lesson, and for your patience and peacefulness while teaching, that’s a lot of positive energy for students.

I found surprisingly interesting that when in UK somebody doesn’t understand something that’s Greeek whereas in Italy it’s Arabic.
Languages and their words and expressions are deeply fascinating ^^
We have to keep up the good work!

Thanks to every professor and to this lovely community.

Thursday, August 20th 2015

It’s very curious to know that all this expressions are related with Shakespeare’s books. Some of this frases, i already knew, but most of i learned with you Gill. Thanks of for this lesson!

Friday, August 21st 2015

thank you

Saturday, August 22nd 2015

Thank you, Jill for the lesson

Monday, August 24th 2015

Thanks Gill, I really enjoy your classes!

Tuesday, August 25th 2015

Hello Jill….I would like to have a teacher as you close to my house. Do you have just four lessons? I don’t see more.

Wednesday, August 26th 2015

This is my favorite lesson. Shakespeare, Pushkin and Bulgakov are my favorite writers. Thank you very much, Gill! Please give us more lessons. You’re so nice.

Sunday, August 30th 2015

You’re a very good teacher!!!

Monday, August 31st 2015

Thanks a lot!
This was my first lesson and I loved it.
Gill is a great teacher =D

Monday, August 31st 2015

thanks for teaching

Saturday, September 5th 2015

Good lesson. Thank you for teaching.

Saturday, September 12th 2015

1564-1616 :)
shakespeare died on his birthday..
i didn’t know this..just googled.

Thank you Gill, pleasure. :)

Thursday, September 17th 2015

Thank you very much Gill. Could you keep talking about Shakespeare? it was a really good lesson for me. I love the way you teach and your British accent

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015

    Hi where are you from precisely?

    Tuesday, October 20th 2015

thank you Gill for the amazing lesson. i heard these expressions before but it was unclear to me but now i can even use it in my speech

Tuesday, September 29th 2015

8/10
Pleased to meet with a new good teacher.

Saturday, October 3rd 2015

Excellent ! Thanks a lot !

Thursday, October 15th 2015

Thanks a lot!

Sunday, October 18th 2015

Brilliant!

This is the first lesson i watch for you, and I’m totally into your magnificent method of teaching.

Such a cool and quite voice, and a heart-calming way of explaining.

Keep it up!

Saturday, October 31st 2015

Hello Gill!
Thank you very much!
I liked this leeson very much, and I think I can use it nowadays. They are all new to me.

Monday, November 16th 2015

Very interesting and make me feel more educated. Thanks, Gill.

Tuesday, November 17th 2015

Thank You Gill

Tuesday, November 17th 2015

i love this lesson!)

Friday, November 27th 2015

thanks alot mrs gill you are very useful for us i downloaded all your videos on my laptop and i hope u make a video to how to show your skills in a job interview to make the interviewer get impressed of my skills

Saturday, November 28th 2015

Thanks , now I know who was Shakespeare and did he add to English language and to the world as well

Sunday, November 29th 2015

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    taqveem.arain

    Wednesday, June 8th 2016

magnificient!

Saturday, December 12th 2015

Dear Gill! Thank you for your interesting and useful lesson. I have learned a lot of new phrases and I’m going to use them in my daily life. I’m also going to read Sheakespeare’s masterpieces. I’m not afraid it might be too much of a good thing. With love from Moscow.

Sunday, December 13th 2015

Thankssssssssssssssss.

Monday, December 14th 2015

Hi Gill,
Thanks to this lesson I’m thinking of reading Sheakespeare. In english, of course!
Expecting new lessons from you…

Thursday, December 31st 2015

Very knowledgeable teacher and knows to get ideas interestingly even if they seem not interesting in the beginning. Thanks.

Friday, January 1st 2016

10! Thank you Gill! I am not getting in pickle anymore! This lesson was brilliant, Shakespeare its my favorite!

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

I really like the way how you teach English through literature.
thank you very much.

Monday, February 1st 2016

thangs for the lesson

Friday, February 12th 2016

thank you soo much. you made things so easy to follow and simple..

Sunday, February 28th 2016

Thank you for the wonderful lesson. Make, please, these lessons on the effects of such great English poets as Lord Byron, William Blake and Rudyard Kipling. Thanks in advance, good luck to you all.

Sunday, March 6th 2016

Hi everyone — as you may already know, 23 April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A lot of events are taking place to commemorate this. If you would like to access a short daily reading from Shakespeare’s plays and poems, please go to the following page on Facebook and click Like: Shakespeare 400 Daily Reading. The page will run for one year, from 23 April 2016 to 23 April 2017. Thank you :-)

Monday, March 14th 2016

Thanks a lot, mrs. Gill!

Saturday, March 19th 2016

good job ! Give more lessons like this , purticulary usefull and vacabulary .

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

It is always nice and relaxing to start a day listening to your lesson. Thanks Gill.

Saturday, March 26th 2016

Thank you Gill, these idioms are very interesting. I am waiting more lessons for you…

Wednesday, April 20th 2016

good lesson Ms. Gill, i got much known from it. :)

Saturday, May 14th 2016

Thank you Ms .Gill.

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Excellent Gill

Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Thank you. I’m surprised to know that those expressions came from Shakespeare. The only expression I thought I knew about Shakespeare is to be or not to be.

Sunday, June 5th 2016

Thank you ever so much. Your teaching is so clear!

Thursday, July 7th 2016

Only 22 lessons from Gill ??

Friday, July 29th 2016
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