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I need to read Othello from start to finish 4/5 times for a level and I struggle to read Shakespeare by myself without someone explaining all the words. Any advice from previous a level students would be appreciated.

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I just finished (I say 'finished' but of course corona happened) A-level English Lit with Othello, but it was actually when I was trying to read Hamlet over the summer that I stumbled across this website which I wish I knew about earlier on in the year:

https://www.shakespeareswords.com/Pu....aspx?WorkId=9

Also, it helps if you have an edition of the play that has a glossary per page - for each double page spread mine had one side as a glossary. Even with that there were still a lot of words and entire sentences I didn't understand, fun times, but it certainly helped. If your copy doesn't have a glossary page like that it might be worth buying one that does!

This isn't really related to understanding words, but for re-reads I would read along while listening to an audio of the play on youtube. This was the one I listened to, anyway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrEixFyTBw0

Hope this helps- and good luck!
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Use sparknotes to translate the pages that’s what I did and just make summary notes for each character, theme and acts.
- litcharts is good for analysis too
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(Original post by Andy Dufresne)
I just finished (I say 'finished' but of course corona happened) A-level English Lit with Othello, but it was actually when I was trying to read Hamlet over the summer that I stumbled across this website which I wish I knew about earlier on in the year:

https://www.shakespeareswords.com/Pu....aspx?WorkId=9

Also, it helps if you have an edition of the play that has a glossary per page - for each double page spread mine had one side as a glossary. Even with that there were still a lot of words and entire sentences I didn't understand, fun times, but it certainly helped. If your copy doesn't have a glossary page like that it might be worth buying one that does!

This isn't really related to understanding words, but for re-reads I would read along while listening to an audio of the play on youtube. This was the one I listened to, anyway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrEixFyTBw0

Hope this helps- and good luck!
thank you so much!

yes i agree with the audio book, used it to read death of a salesman and really helped wth that.

I think my copy has a glossary at the bottom half of each page so ill make sure to use that.

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(Original post by Andy Dufresne)
I just finished (I say 'finished' but of course corona happened) A-level English Lit with Othello, but it was actually when I was trying to read Hamlet over the summer that I stumbled across this website which I wish I knew about earlier on in the year:

https://www.shakespeareswords.com/Pu....aspx?WorkId=9

Also, it helps if you have an edition of the play that has a glossary per page - for each double page spread mine had one side as a glossary. Even with that there were still a lot of words and entire sentences I didn't understand, fun times, but it certainly helped. If your copy doesn't have a glossary page like that it might be worth buying one that does!

This isn't really related to understanding words, but for re-reads I would read along while listening to an audio of the play on youtube. This was the one I listened to, anyway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrEixFyTBw0

Hope this helps- and good luck!
thank you so much!

yes i agree with the audio book, used it to read death of a salesman and really helped wth that.

I think my copy has a glossary at the bottom half of each page so ill make sure to use that.

Thanks,
Bethany
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(Original post by Andy Dufresne)
I just finished (I say 'finished' but of course corona happened) A-level English Lit with Othello, but it was actually when I was trying to read Hamlet over the summer that I stumbled across this website which I wish I knew about earlier on in the year:

https://www.shakespeareswords.com/Pu....aspx?WorkId=9

Also, it helps if you have an edition of the play that has a glossary per page - for each double page spread mine had one side as a glossary. Even with that there were still a lot of words and entire sentences I didn't understand, fun times, but it certainly helped. If your copy doesn't have a glossary page like that it might be worth buying one that does!

This isn't really related to understanding words, but for re-reads I would read along while listening to an audio of the play on youtube. This was the one I listened to, anyway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrEixFyTBw0

Hope this helps- and good luck!
thank you so much!

yes I agree with the audio book, used it to read death of a salesman and really helped wth that.

I think my copy has a glossary at the bottom half of each page so ill make sure to use that.

Thanks,
Bethany

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Use sparknotes to translate the pages that’s what I did and just make summary notes for each character, theme and acts.
- litcharts is good for analysis too
Thanks i will try that
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(Original post by Andy Dufresne)
I just finished (I say 'finished' but of course corona happened) A-level English Lit with Othello, but it was actually when I was trying to read Hamlet over the summer that I stumbled across this website which I wish I knew about earlier on in the year:

https://www.shakespeareswords.com/Pu....aspx?WorkId=9

Also, it helps if you have an edition of the play that has a glossary per page - for each double page spread mine had one side as a glossary. Even with that there were still a lot of words and entire sentences I didn't understand, fun times, but it certainly helped. If your copy doesn't have a glossary page like that it might be worth buying one that does!

This isn't really related to understanding words, but for re-reads I would read along while listening to an audio of the play on youtube. This was the one I listened to, anyway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrEixFyTBw0

Hope this helps- and good luck!
thank you so much!

yes I agree with the audio book, used it to read death of a salesman and really helped wth that.

I think my copy has a glossary at the bottom half of each page so ill make sure to use that.

Thanks,
Bethany

(Original post by Geraldthegoat)
Use sparknotes to translate the pages that’s what I did and just make summary notes for each character, theme and acts.
- litcharts is good for analysis too
Thanks i will try that
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You don't need to read your texts four or five times. I got an A* and barely read any of mine completely.

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You don't need to read your texts four or five times. I got an A* and barely read any of mine completely.

- T. E.
ah thank you that makes me feel much better! my teacher also said by the last time you should be able read othello in one day and ik that will never happen because i am slow🤣 🤣
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