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).

October: A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Japanese Language

In 1595 or 1596, William Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It first appeared in print in 1600. It has always been one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays, perfect for summer playing, a favourite for Regent’s Park and Central Park performance. It may have been commissioned by a noble family to celebrate a wedding. If so, we do not know whose wedding. Actors call the play ‘Dream’, and the action of Dream focuses on four young people who spend a midsummer’s night falling in and out of love as they are made to dance to the rush of sexual attraction  ... Read More


Venus & Adonis
Venus and Adonis was William Shakespeare's first 'big hit' when the long poem was published in 1593. Funny and wry in its account of the older Venus's erotic infatuation with the beautiful youth Adonis (who had other things on his mind) the poem had... 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