Gear up for this year's
Talk Like Shakespeare Day!

This year's Talk Like Shakespeare Day includes deals just for Talking Like Shakespeare the kick-off of the annual Sonnet Writing Contest
, and a brand new event: Shakepeare 101, from 2 to 5 PM at UNO's Community Engagment Center!

#TalkLikeShakes

What is Talk Like Shakespeare
 Day?
Nebraska's governor has proclaimed that April 23 (Shakespeare’s Birthday) will be celebrated across Nebraska as “Talk Like Shakespeare Day”. To commemorate the day we invite all to have fun and Talk Like Shakespeare!


Talk Like what...?
Shakespeare! It's fun, makes everything sound fancier, and a great way to impress your friends or woo that special someone.  Here are some tips to get you started:
  • Instead of you, say thou or thee (and instead of y’all, say ye). 
  • Men are Master, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin
  • Don’t waste time saying "it," just use the letter "t" (’tis, t’will, I’ll do’t). 
  • When in doubt, add "eth" to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth). 
  • To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore
  • When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say "Get thee to a nunnery!" 
  • When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the Tower, banish his friends and claim the throne. 
  • Instead of cursing, call your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads.

Where do I come in?
Check out the Talk Like Shakespeare resources. share your examples of Talking Like Shakespeare (#TalkLikeShakes), and check out our Facebook page on April 23rd for discounts and deals at locations throughout Nebraska just for Talking Like Shakespeare!

Talk Like Shakespeare at school:
Here are some simple ways to take part Talk Like Shakespeare Day at your school (students, talk to your teachers about including these activities on April 23rd). 
  • Announce it! Include Shakespeare in your daily announcements.  Click HERE for a template, or create your own Shakespearean announcement.
  • There Are How Many Ways to Say You? Discuss Shakespeare's use of pronouns. Give students this list of Pronouns used in Early Modern English and have them apply them to translate contemporary sentences.
  • Words, Words Words (x 450).  In celebration of Shakespeare's 450th Birthday, hand out THIS LIST of 450 words coined by Shakespeare.
  • Insult Like Shakespeare. Hand out the Shakespeare Insult Sheet and have students pick a word from each column preceded by "Thou".

#TalkLikeShakes
    • #TalkLikeShakes On YouTube and Vine
Create a video of you participating in Talk Like Shakespeare Day at home, in the office, at school, etc., upload it to Youtube, or Vine using #TalkLikeShakes.

    Sample Video:

    • Share your #TalkLikeShakes Status
Send your Shakespeare inspired Tweets to @NEShakespeare or include #TalkLikeShakes in your Shakespearean Facebook or Twitter Status!

    • #TalkLikeShakes Bard About Town
Download the Bard mask and take photos as you're out and about. Upload your photos to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram #TalkLikeShakes.



Just download, print, cut-out, and attach to a pencil for easy use.
(click the image for full size)



Bard's Bargains:
Check out our Facebook or Twitter page on April 23rd to see what businesses in Nebraska will be offering deals and discounts to celebrate Talk Like Shakespeare Day.  You just have to show up and "Speak the Speech" to get in on the savings.  

Want to get your business involved in Talk Like Shakespeare Day? Contact us at info@nebraskashakespeare.com with a perk or deal for the day.

Shakespeare 101:
Stop by UNO's Community Engagement Center between 2 and 5:30 PM to take part in Shakespeare 101; hear music, readings, and be a part of our Community Sonnet Project.

While you're at Shakespeare 101 or one of the Bard's Bargains 
participants, make sure to grab your ShakesPin!

Sonnet Kick-Off
Nebraska Shakespeare encourages everyone to enter our Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest. Entries can be submitted starting April 23 in Middle School, High School, and Adult/Post Secondary Divisions. Check out last years winners and contest rules.

TLS RESOURCES

CHEAT-SHEET

INSULT SHEET

BARD MASK

WORD LIST

ANNOUNCE

PRONOUN LIST

HUGE WORD LIST


TLS CHEAT SHEET
Good morrow
"Hello"

How goes the day
"How are you? "

Heigh Ho!
"Hey!"

Fare thee well
"See you later"

I shall see thee anon
"See you soon"

WORDS:
Thou
"You" (thou art here)

Thee
"You" (give it to thee)

Thy
"Your"

Dost/Doth
"Does/Do"

Hath
"Has"

Wherefore
"Why"

Nay
"No"

Aye/Yea
"Yes"

Alas
"Shucks/Darn it"

Methinks
"I think"

Forsooth
"In truth"

SAYINGS:
Pray tell
"Tell me"

I pray you
"Please"

I do beseech you
"I beg you"

Hear ye, hear ye
"Listen up"

A pox on thee
"I wish you ill will"

Be still my heart
"Oh my"

By my troth
"I swear it"

Hold thy tongue!
"Shut up!"

As you will
"If you have to"

Fie on them!
"Shame on them!"

Be privy to
"Be in on the secret"


BARD'S BARGAINS

PARTICIPANTS

Jones Bros.

Aksarben Cinema

The Market Basket


eCreamery

Starbucks

Tasty Pastry

Sgt. Peffer’s


Long Dog Fat Cat

Nutrishop

SONNET CONTEST

Rules

How-To Tips

2014 Winners