Monday, March 26, 2012

What Did Shakespeare Really Sound Like?

For much longer than I've been alive Shakespeare's works have been read and performed in schools. But do we don't really know how the original performances of Shakespeare's plays sounded. That could change with completion of the British Library's new audio project. The project features 75 minutes of recordings created after much research into the original pronunciations. The complete recording is not available for free, but NPR has published a couple of excerpts in this recent story about the project.

Applications for Education
Shakespeare's Original Pronunciations could be a good resource to support classroom readings of some of Shakespeare's works. Take the guess work out of the pronunciations by hearing them.

H/T to my friends Jeff and Dan at Wicked Decent Learning