Hear ye, hear ye! Thursday, April 23rd is Talk Like Shakespeare Day!

April 23rd is Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the state! Nebraskans can celebrate the holiday by having fun with Shakespeare's language. Scroll for videos and activities to participate!

Talk Like Shakespeare: How To Get Started

1. Instead of you, say thou or thee.

  6. Rhyming couplets are all the rage.

2. Verse for lovers,
prose for ruffians,
songs for clowns.

  7.  Emphasize your actions with the helping verb: "I do" (I do drink enough for two today, I do need you to take out the trash).

3. Men are call Sirrah, women are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin

  8. To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, or wherefore.

4. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormentors jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back'd toads.

  9. When wooing, try comparing her to a summer's day or catch his eye by dressing in drag.

5. Don't waste time saying "it," just use the letter "t" (t'is, t'will, I'll do't)   10. When in doubt, add the letter "eth" to the end of words (she runneth, she trippeth, she falleth).

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Talk Like Shakespeare Day! 
By: Director of Education
Katie Becker Colon