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).

August: The Taming of the Shrew and the German Language

Between 1590 and 1592, William Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew. It is play in which a spirited young woman is humiliated and repressed to produce a submissive and obedient wife. What might in the twenty-first century be a story moving towards tragedy was, in the sixteenth century, a story on the high road of comedy. Shakespeare took his story from George Gascoigne’s Supposes; George Gascoigne took his story from Ludovico Ariosto’s I Suppositio; Ludovico Ariosto took his story from the comedies of Plautus. All were men mocking women in a misogynistic tradition as ancient as storytelling itself ... 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