Why Shakespeare Could Never Have Been French

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    Tom ScottTom Scott

    Shakespeare sounds a certain way. Why? And why could it only work in English? • Written with Gretchen McCulloch of Lingthusiasm! Her podcast has an episode about how translators approach texts: lingthusiasm.com/post/6320866...

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott

Apologies to French folks; this was tough!

Vor 3 Monate
Jagger
Jagger

Pas de problèmes vieux

Vor 15 Tage
Savage wizardwitch
Savage wizardwitch

😢

Vor 15 Tage
mavax
mavax

No apologies needed ! I'm very grateful to have learned about english, but also french (quite a feat since I'm french). I never realized how important the accent was on the rhythm of poesy since it does not exist in french, so from now I'll be more equipped to listen to english poetry.

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Aviral
Aviral

Baguette

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Gaëtan ROLLET
Gaëtan ROLLET

Connard 😂

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Wolfeur
Wolfeur

The alexandrine explanation being an alexandrine is just perfect.

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Rigin Lorae
Rigin Lorae

I just realised your accent (after watching 1 other video). Are you from the northern UK?

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Local Tavern's Lute Player
Local Tavern's Lute Player

*leaves to watch videos of french ppl speaking english* "oh my god he's right"

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TheMrinalBanerjee
TheMrinalBanerjee

There once was a Scot named McAmeter With a tool of prodigious diameter. It was not the size That cause such surprise; 'Twas his rhythm -- iambic pentameter.

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Mr Mycotic
Mr Mycotic

Better said that my English teacher of 2 years

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When the
When the

take that france

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Mike Mikel
Mike Mikel

4:49 You forgot to put the description on screen

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Dark Rising
Dark Rising

Explained iambic pntameter better than 10th grade English teacher for the whole poetry unit

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BM Ngatia
BM Ngatia

You've grown old mate. Happens to the best of us

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Jagger
Jagger

I love watching these as I take massive groggy dumps

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Bonzo Dimdu3
Bonzo Dimdu3

sending this to my English teacher

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kaviru Perera
kaviru Perera

the lexical stress tag almost scared me thinking that it was a swan

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shotbot_over8000
shotbot_over8000

I want that. Not you. Me. I want it. I want that. I don't need it, I just really want it. I want that. I will settle for nothing else.

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Texas “Red” Red
Texas “Red” Red

tom's meta greenscreen jokes are giving me captain D's

Vor 18 Tage
MrLargePig
MrLargePig

Brilliant.

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Bob Franklin
Bob Franklin

I like the difference between permit and permit. "I can't perMit you to park here without a Permit"

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wyldstoner
wyldstoner

The whole time he's talking, I'm watching the Swans move out of sight and hearing the Jaws theme in my head. 🦈

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J K.
J K.

I did not need this video, but it's just so interesting! You don't really think about it in your daily life, but when you see it, it makes so much sense.

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Marc Joly
Marc Joly

This common saying about the stress being on the last syllable by default in french language is kinda wrong, but you totally got the point. Latin languages stress syllable according to etymological roots. Because most ancient inflections are no longer written or pronounced, french words and sentences end on a stressed syllable very often. However that is definitely not a rule. It may still fall on the penultimate syllable, as it is for most Spanish or Italian words, or even elsewhere in some occasions. Long words may also contain more than one slightly stressed syllables. It actually depends on the meaning of those syllables. It sounds true if one compares french language with other existing languages, but not if we compare it with a theorical stressless language. Well... this wrong saying about french prononciation have being said so much that, sadly, it is now becoming true (!). That's why some stupid frenchies now struggle to find the right rhythm in other latin languages despite the words and grammar being very similar, and can't even pronounce their own language properly. Fun fact is the French language was born on Great Britain territory.

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Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

What, you egg?

Vor 19 Tage
Max Oakland
Max Oakland

fascinating

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Mic Haisma
Mic Haisma

We call lexical stress the klemtoon in the netherlands

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heyoka Ikaggen
heyoka Ikaggen

But could Racine or Moliere have been British?

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Malu P
Malu P

Depending on which word you stress, this sentence means completely different things I didn’t say we should kill him

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MrVipitis
MrVipitis

Fünfhiebiger Jambus, is lalr

Vor 22 Tage
Ralph Schumacher
Ralph Schumacher

I have to notice myself to improve my English. Good video, THANKS!

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Zach Brown
Zach Brown

one of my favorite Language Files videos to date. keep up the amazing work you do, Tom, we appreciate you even more than you know 💜

Vor 22 Tage
Bug Fighter
Bug Fighter

"Je suis, mon cher ami, très heureux de te voir."

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Hawt🥵
Hawt🥵

3:00 did anyone else notice the french flag on toms sweater

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Garth Vader
Garth Vader

Well, I don't see why French couldn't have iambic pentameter. It is still technically possible, despite what you asserted. Yes, it might sound weird, but sometimes that's part of the fun.

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Garth Vader
Garth Vader

What's surprising about aggressive swans? Have you ever met a swan before?

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SHIFTKICK
SHIFTKICK

you take me for a joke you smoking crack

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ATmel91
ATmel91

saving this video for the possibility i get into an argument where somebody thinks Shakespeare is french

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Attack Helicopter
Attack Helicopter

I thought it said tuck

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Bad_Script
Bad_Script

the-way you-talk ab-out imambic pentameters does-not dis'point

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WOODA Reclaimed Wood
WOODA Reclaimed Wood

Incredible theatre text in french is Cyrano de Bergerac. Best play ever if you ask me. To clarify, im argentinian, fluent in spanish english and french. YES, I read Shakespeare, I DO LOVE IT, best theatre writer ever. But if I have to pick ONE SINGLE PLAY, it would be Cyrano de Bergerac.

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WOODA Reclaimed Wood
WOODA Reclaimed Wood

you didnt got it. You stressed syllable in the "sy".

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WOODA Reclaimed Wood
WOODA Reclaimed Wood

Im surprised that you are surprised by agressiveness of swans, swans are agressive asshloes. Obviously you never lived close to swans, I had, THEY ARE AGRESSIVE ASSHOLES.

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PhrontDoor
PhrontDoor

The gaul of those uppity swans ;)

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Ian Cole
Ian Cole

Surprisingly Aggressive Swans is a great band name

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Nishad Dash
Nishad Dash

The whole thing sounded like a poem to me

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Fw Wryh
Fw Wryh

It's just a love story with silly words and annoying monologues. I'm sure a French person can do that.

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Rem_best_girl (•=•)
Rem_best_girl (•=•)

3:03 this was cool

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Rem_best_girl (•=•)
Rem_best_girl (•=•)

I think the reason I started watching your videos is because of your accent and your voice

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heddecatamer
heddecatamer

"The feeling and sound of a limerick, relies on the lexical stress" Very correct, my utmost respect But I wish you were wearing a dress

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heddecatamer
heddecatamer

That's an outrageously specific title, I'm invested

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Roman
Roman

Aggressive swans? Ever heard of Canadian geese?

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Peter Nicholls
Peter Nicholls

Welsh is last syllable stress too

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Nifnix
Nifnix

Okay as a french guy, I now see that when I speak English I still only stress my last syllables Though this rule doesn't necessarily apply to every french speaker, swiss for exemple don't stress the last syllables but the one before that

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keytron1
keytron1

Why William Shakespeare couldn’t of been french Me an 3 am: well well well let’s find out then

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走氣汽水
走氣汽水

3:02 was my most favourite sentence

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Nicolle
Nicolle

really love how you visualized stress in language here!

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Ben Toth
Ben Toth

There's no such thing as surprisingly aggressive swans. All swans, in my experience, are very aggressive. Nothing surprising about it.

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ELFanatic
ELFanatic

3:29 Whoa. That's cool. Didn't realize sentences could have such rhythm without rhymes. I'm not big on poetic rhymes. Maybe I should read some Shakespeare. P.S. One thing I'd love to hear before I die, is a rap with flow but no rhymes. But I digress.

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Максим Кузьминых
Максим Кузьминых

Ha so Russian is simmilar to English after all!

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Check the Circuit
Check the Circuit

The 👋 feeling and 👋 sound of the 👋 limerick 👋 Relies 👋 on the 👋 lexical 👋 stress.

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the slam jamfrincisco
the slam jamfrincisco

No 1: remembered in a positive light

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Justin
Justin

I was really hoping you were going to do an imitation of a Quebecer (me) speaking in english. Now that would have been hilariously offensive

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PILOOT
PILOOT

An interesting way to insult french people

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Foolish Potatoes
Foolish Potatoes

"like English can break its own rules sometimes" yes, sometimes *laughs in English is a f+cking nightmare*

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James DeRiven
James DeRiven

"Surprisingly aggressive swans." Somebody doesn't live around swans, that's not surprising at all.

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Matthew Gaddie
Matthew Gaddie

Do other Germanic languages use iambic pentameter?

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Sir Jaojao
Sir Jaojao

It is possible, though a but more difficult since English has morse monosyllabic words than most other Germanic languages

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Shift Fred
Shift Fred

As a french, it was very interesting to watch. Thank you Tom

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Larry C
Larry C

SylAAble?

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Jean Xza
Jean Xza

You simultaneously look 97 and 13

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Vincent Gibbons
Vincent Gibbons

That is truly amazing what you've done here, 12 years of school and I've never understood iambic pentameter, or really a limerick, but what a 5 min video explained clearly and concisely. I understand.

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Ta Hun Kwai
Ta Hun Kwai

TLDW: Shakespeare isnt french his an alien!

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Landon Bolthouse
Landon Bolthouse

The captions tho

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lolblitz gaming
lolblitz gaming

I can’t be the only one who misread “tuck” in the thumbnail..

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Tuxified “Jackie” Art
Tuxified “Jackie” Art

Uhh... Non of these examples work in me accent.

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Jerry Huang
Jerry Huang

No wonder english is so bad. Because they overcomplicate it

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mr.NoPro
mr.NoPro

yoo thats still a green screen🤔

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mustard roshi
mustard roshi

Now do why Alexander the great could never be slavic 🇲🇰🇬🇷

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WilliamPhillippe
WilliamPhillippe

Brilliantly insightful content, love it 😍

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mlg mcdonalds land
mlg mcdonalds land

Oh no you can't leave your house you might infect some geese with a weak virus that only hurts people with pre existing conditions

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Christian Martel
Christian Martel

Thanks Tom for this moving videos. Your demonstration of the unicity of English is a powerful reminder of the fundamental value of all languages. Similarly that the poetry of Shakespeare cannot be perfectly expressed in French, so does with all human civilization through only the English language. A bon entendeur, salut! 😉

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barged in
barged in

You needed to use the metric of a musical measure to really get this point across, not a geometric grid.

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Mr Nobody
Mr Nobody

Mask Enforcement Swans Service. A conspiracy theory that British history makes a believable MESS.

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zapfanzapfan
zapfanzapfan

And here I thought you were going to debunk some conspiracy theory :-)

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NeoAqua
NeoAqua

Suggestion: why English hates X sound (i mean IPA x, sometimes ch, sometimes kh and sometimes h)

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VinnyCThatWhoIBe
VinnyCThatWhoIBe

You have a way of taking topics that I'd normally find rather boring and making them surprisingly interesting.

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Charlie C.
Charlie C.

big up stratford sheeesh

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Jordan Thomas
Jordan Thomas

Bold of you to assume that I assume Shakespeare was French

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crash the gaming master
crash the gaming master

Oh I thought There once was a ship that put to sea the name of the ship was the billy O tea

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KORTOKtheSTRONG
KORTOKtheSTRONG

dank

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Fenriz Nobile
Fenriz Nobile

Mems

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BunkerFox
BunkerFox

I went into this not understanding Iambic Pentameter. I left not understanding Iambic Pentameter.

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Tre Flip
Tre Flip

'This is difficult, so there are going to be jump cuts.' I didn't notice one.

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MeneGR
MeneGR

"sylLABE" Yes, it sounds about right!

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Granberg
Granberg

You’ve not read Shakespeare until you’ve read it in the original Klingon.

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Yasser Elhanafy
Yasser Elhanafy

oh ..so this why I didn't understand Shakespeare ,I read it translated to my native language.

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Robot Pie
Robot Pie

Very interesting

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Frank E
Frank E

Where does the name "Gretchen" come from? Sounds like a german name like Greta !

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Public Public
Public Public

My trilingual friend is calling your bluff.

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Roony Q
Roony Q

The FEELing and sound OF a limERic relIES on the LEXical STRESS

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MaziMax
MaziMax

Great vid geez

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Derrick Bonsell
Derrick Bonsell

I still prefer Hamlet in the original Klingon.

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BaalFridge
BaalFridge

You blew my bilingual brain to pieces when stressing the last syllable in english, it really *does* sound french

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Izabela Cieniuch
Izabela Cieniuch

As a non-native English speaker, I have never heard how Shakespeare sounds in English and my mind is actually blown rn

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Michał S
Michał S

I had a slightly different impression. This rhythm was strangely familiar to me as if I heard it somewhere before as a kid watching various english movies and it took me a while to realize that Edgar A. Poe's or Yeats poetry sound exactly the same as it's also written in iambic pentameter.

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Galaxy
Galaxy

I'm a French speaker and have seen Romeo and Juliet in French and now I'm super curious about how Shakespeare sounds like haha

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