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Can you read Shakespeare's works easily?

I'm Japanese and they seem the hardest books I've ever read.
How is it for native English speakers?

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its in old English,its hard for me too,did you ever see the Japanese movie RAN its adapted from king lear,a fantastic movie throne of blood was.another,hamlet was what its adapted from

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I haven't seen RAN, but the adaptation of Macbeth, the Japanese title is KUMONOSUJO.
his great influence
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They're pretty hard for native English speakers too. It's written in Elizabethan English and no one really speaks that anymore. It makes it difficult to understand his puns when he makes them because no one gets the reference.

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Hmm it would be difficult for every ordinary people living today.
I always wonder if people at that time could understand the long and complex speech.
But that might be why we read his works.
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It is easy for me an English speaker as I am used reading older English, though Shakespeare wrote in an older English dialect.. You could probably get a Japanese translation but some of the meaning would be lost, but at the same time it might be helpful. ANTONY:
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

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No, thank god for the No Fear versions :)

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it's still very difficult, our teacher let us use side by sides which is the original in one column and current english in the other, you can look up side by sides online, hope that helps!

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yes I know that website. Sometimes I used it for the Shakespeare class.
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As others have said, it's difficult for native English speakers as well. You have to familiarize yourself with his style and the English used during his time. Even when it's translated into modern English many of the nuances of his writing style are lost. Even so they are still great stories.

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it is difficult at first. but if you repeatedly go to a quiet area when you first begin reading shakespeare, you'll find the rhythem of the old english and it'll start getting easier. plus the more I read the more amazed I was at how many borrowed lines and small exerpts are still in use today. I guess it illustrates the timelessness of his writing. have fun with it.

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The fact that most of the people in the far east country know at least his name would prove that his works are beyond compare.
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@jonthmedly, very true, I can't say enough about his writing.
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Even worse.I am confused every time I even read a quote.I find it boring,confusing and tedious.

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Compared to modern day English, it can be difficult at first. If you can understand the KJV Bible, you'll be able to figure out Shakespeare's work. Not only did they use different words back then, they also had a different spelling and pronunciation for common words today. Old English words such as "thee," "thy," and "thou" were common. Some of their words were also rearranged in an unusual order compared to modern English.

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