method to my madness! The poet and playwright
William Shakespearehas had a big influence on the English language. Many of he words and expressions that he invented are still in use today, and we often don’t realize it. In this lesson, I will introduce you to some of the most common expressions which first appeared in print hundreds of years ago and are still used today. So come on.
Break the ice, and watch the lesson!
Thank you Gill!
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.
Have a marvelous weekend!
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.
Thank you very much
Thank you! :)
I really didn’t notice all those expressions are originated from William Shakespeare!
Thank you for the clear-cut lecture.
Thank you very much
What a brilliant lesson! Why didn’t you debut on EngVid whith that instead of the grammar one? Anyaway congratulations and thanks!
Thank you Gill! I want to see more videos with your lessons.
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 :)
very helpful lesson, thank you gill waiting for your next videos,I really appreciate
good lesson…….i got 100………thanks so much
i will try to apply these phrases ….
do you got skype? we can help each other in english … my skype is cadutavares3
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.
Nice to meet you again,Gill :-)
I found this lesson very amazing as well as unique.Thank you Gill for this interesting video.
Thank you very much. I love your lessos.
Very interesting and useful. It was fascinating to understand the relation with old culture. Please give us other lessons ASAP. I can’t wait.
Thanks a lot for the lesson.Very useful!
Thank you for another helpful lesson. With EngVid.com English won’t be Greek to many students all over the world :-)
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!
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
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
You’re right :)
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.
To be or not to be!) Very interesting phrases I need to use some of them… Thanks
Thanks a lot, Gill!
It’s a wonderful lesson!
Sorry Gill, have I heard you voice on BBC Radio or am I mistaken?
hey, write to me ;)
Thank you very much. Very useful for me.
OMG! Awesome lesson! Thank you Gill!
greet lesson thnx alot
Hi, this was my first lesson in this web page. I think it’s very helpfull. Thank you very much Gill
I’m an hot-blooded but this lesson gave to me a moment of calm and relax.
Thanks very much milady Gill.
Very interesting lesson. Thank You very much!
It’s an amazing lesson. Thanks Gill.
Great! Thanks a lot Gill. I’m waiting for your lesson.
A very useful lesson. Thank you :)
All’s well that ends well … another expression coined by Shakespeare
hey, how are you? :))
Thanks a lot ^^
9/10. thank u very much mrs. Gill! love u
Oh , i can not forget Hamlet , Who can
To be honest Shakespeare isn’t my cup of tea. But the expressions considered are really interesting . Thanks , Gill.
thank you so much!
Thank you Gill Your lesson is very useful .
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
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
I find this video very interesting and useful for everybody. Thank you !
Thanks a lot Gill) quite informative)
very useful lesson. thank you.
very interesting lesson, teacher Gill. Thank you very much…
Thank you. I liked so much!
I have not seen it yet.but tanks a lot
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.
how can i get the other lessonses quiz
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.
It’s very interesting,thanks.
Thanks a lot, Gill
Gill, thank you very much for this lesson! It’s very interesting to me!!!
Both thumbs up for you, Gill. I found the lecture very interesting. Thanks!
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 … !!!
Hi, Gill !`m ver anxious to see you again, this lessos was one of the best i`ve ever seen Thanks a lot.
Thanks Gill, I really enjoy your classes!
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…..”
“There’s method in my madness”
How come William Shakespeare lived in the __16th and 17th_____ centuries.
when he was born in 1564 and died in 1616. ??
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.
Thanks for removing my confusion. :)
XX century between 1900 / 1999
XXI century between 2000 / 2099
Now we are living in the XXI century 2015, cheers
It’s been very interesting to note the expression used by The bard of the English language. Thanks a lot.
Thank you, Gill :)
10/10 thanks Gill.
Well done Gill. A very pleasant, interesting lesson
May Allah reward you :)
Very helpful lecture
Yeppppp 100%. Thank you dear Teacher
your voice sounds greatly,such an interesting lesson
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.
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.
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.
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
adore your british accent ,Best regards for you and may Allah (god)reward you .
I think it is very interesting lesson and I loved it. I’d like to see this kind of lesson more and more.
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!
gill ,can you please suggest me book for learning english.
good and today I got 90 points for this qize
Hello, Gill, may I ask you, do you have a private classes as a tutor by Skype?
Thank you Jill.
What a fantastic lesson! Thank you very much indeed. I did enjoy watching it and found it very inspirational. Thank you, Gill. :)
So interesting subject
please Mrs Gill continue on especially in literature ( poems , authors , novels and plays ) I love it so much
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.
iv’e learn so much about shakespeare thank you gill i will definately tell others about
thank you gill
Thanks you Jill. I’ve learned a new interesting information about the English language.
Great explanation, Gill. Thanks.
Here in Brazil, we have many of those expressions transcripted to portuguese language, and still used for us every single day.
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! :)
Very, very interesting lesson. Thank You Gill
Thank you Gill. You are so clear!
10/10,good to know. but,to me,it seems hard to use these phrase properly.
thank you so much :D
I liked it a lot
thank you so much :D
very interesting I liked it a lot
Thank you so much :)
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.
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!
Thank you, Jill for the lesson
Thanks Gill, I really enjoy your classes!
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.
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.
You’re a very good teacher!!!
Thanks a lot!
This was my first lesson and I loved it.
Gill is a great teacher =D
thanks for teaching
Good lesson. Thank you for teaching.
shakespeare died on his birthday..
i didn’t know this..just googled.
Thank you Gill, pleasure. :)
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
Hi where are you from precisely?
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
Pleased to meet with a new good teacher.
Excellent ! Thanks a lot !
Thanks a lot!
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!
Thank you very much!
I liked this leeson very much, and I think I can use it nowadays. They are all new to me.
Very interesting and make me feel more educated. Thanks, Gill.
Thank You Gill
i love this lesson!)
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
Thanks , now I know who was Shakespeare and did he add to English language and to the world as well
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.
Thanks to this lesson I’m thinking of reading Sheakespeare. In english, of course!
Expecting new lessons from you…
Very knowledgeable teacher and knows to get ideas interestingly even if they seem not interesting in the beginning. Thanks.
10! Thank you Gill! I am not getting in pickle anymore! This lesson was brilliant, Shakespeare its my favorite!
I really like the way how you teach English through literature.
thank you very much.
thangs for the lesson
thank you soo much. you made things so easy to follow and simple..
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.
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 :-)
Thanks a lot, mrs. Gill!
good job ! Give more lessons like this , purticulary usefull and vacabulary .
It is always nice and relaxing to start a day listening to your lesson. Thanks Gill.
Thank you Gill, these idioms are very interesting. I am waiting more lessons for you…
good lesson Ms. Gill, i got much known from it. :)
Thank you Ms .Gill.
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.
Thank you ever so much. Your teaching is so clear!
Only 22 lessons from Gill ??
thank you too much
Thanks a lot!
How interesting ! Thanks a lot dear teacher .
Thanks, I am very happy that I have found engVid and precious teachers.
Dear Gill, your detail is so usefull for me. THANKS…
thank you Gill i start to learn new things now
I have watched you video in the twinkling of an eye (The Merchant of Venice). I was thinking how difficult was the life in England in the medieval times and it made my hair stand on end(Hamlet).
Thank you for this useful phrases. I was looking for something connected with Shakespeare and I was sure it was a wild-goose chase (Romeo and Juliet) when I at one fell swoop (Macbeth) I saw this lesson. I am quite convinced that many people will laid it on with a trowel if you make a second lesson like this.
your accent is so clear that we understand easily ..thanks my mum Gill
Thank yoou Gill, very interesting lesson .
I love it
Hi, Gill thank you so much for the lesson. it is very interesting and I love learning from you. If you don’t mind I would like to have a subject verb agreement lesson from you. I believe you will be able to make me understand more easy than any other resources.
Thank you Gill!Very interesting :)
Thank you. The lesson is awesome.I recorded all these expressions.
You got 8 correct out of 10.
If Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616 he lived in the 15th and 16th centuries and not in the 16th and 17th. Am I right or not?
The years 0-100 are the 1st century, the years 100-200 are the 2nd century and so on. So the 1500s are the 16th century, and the 1600s are the 17th century.
Loved,loved,loved this lesson,Gill. OMG!
To me, that’s what ENGVID is all about.
The most beautiful language, in the whole wide world,
and British Culture.
Congratulations,Gill. Hope you have some more free
time to prepare more lessons like this one.
And, I think not everybody agrees with Sir
Shakespeare when he says: ” Those who CAN do,
those who CAN’T teach.”
Gill,you are a living proof that that’s not
Thank you, very, very much.
10/10 THANK YOU GILL. PLEASE FOLLOW THAT PATH AND TELL US SOME MORE INF ABOUT ENGLISH lITERATURE.
Hi Gill, it’s very informative lesson for all of us. I really admire you. I enjoyed all your lesson.All are very useful. I would awaiting for more valuable lesson. Stay blessed.
Thank you Gill!
Ms Gill, thanks a lot for you accent it is so pure.
Thank you. The lesson is very interesting. : )
Thanks a lot.
thank you so much
Thank you very much Mrs. Gill.
thank you and excellent, i satisfy your lessons, so continue for your effort to the students which is improve their English speaking,
When I’m stressed out, I become a hot-blooded person.
THANK YOU GILL!
THANKS A LOT. I REALLY HOPE MY STUDENTS ENJOYED IT
Thanks, I enjoyed this video.
Interesting fact: in English, we say “it’s greek’ to me – in Hungary we say “it’s chinese to me” … (one of the answers in the quiz)
That’s very interesting!
Here’s a diagram I found of other languages’ “language that you can’t understand”.
very informative thank you!!
Thank this is really amusing :)
Thank you gill ! this has made me watch Shakespeare ‘s hamlet
Thank you, Gill,great teacher!
Hi Gill, I am getting addicted to your lessons. To be or not to be it is a matter of a golden heart teacher.
Thanks so much Gill.
So sorry I try to use Shakespeare idiom ” to be or not to be ” but i guess it is not very clear what i mean.
I mean: we are very lucky to have such wonderful teachers in this web site, It is proved by increasing number of views .
Today I discovered Gill. Great teacher. Thank you very much.
Thank you Gill for this lovely lesson!!
Thank you Gill!!
Amazing class! Thanks Gill ♥
Thank you so much madam.I am extremely delighted to attend your class.
Thanks Gill ,you definitely have a heart of gold
You are the bestest teacher in the world and thank you so much Ms.Gill
It was been such an interesting lesson, thank you!
A good beginning for me, thank you Gill.
Interesting and useful, thank you!
Thank you very much, Gill
Thank you Gill! I love your lessons very much, all of them are so informative!
Thanks, Gill I love your lesson and appreciate your effort please add me to your Class or any advice