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).

July: The Tempest and American English

When William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest in 1610 or 1611, he was in his mid-forties and he may have considered himself entering old age. The Tempest is a mellow, magical play. It has an old man as its hero. That old man is a magus. His name is Prospero. He controls the action of The Tempest as a playwright does a play. His final deeds are to set his world to rights, abjure his magic, return to his homeland and prepare for death. After The Tempest, Shakespeare settled ... Read More

News

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