Welcome to The English Project

The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).

May: Richard II and African Languages

In 1597, William Shakespeare’s Richard II was registered with the Stationers’ Company by an Andrew Wise, a bookseller. The play was probably written two years earlier. It completed a sequence of history plays beginning with Richard II and ending with Richard III. In all, a sequence of eight plays tells the story of five monarchs. Richard II and Richard III were among Shakespeare’s most popular plays, at least to judge from their sales. They both went through five quarto editions ... Read More


History of the English Language Chinese Version
The English Project was delighted this week to receive copies of its first book to be translated into Chinese.  Authors of 'A History of the English Language in 100 Places', Bill Lucas and Chris Mulvey, were very excited at the potential size... Read more
Chris Mulvey
English Project Trustee, Professor Chris Mulvey, has been invited to lecture in Paris as the city celebrates the 400th anniversary of the death of the bard.  Chris is delighted and honored to be addressing a prestigious audience at La Mairie du... Read more