Shakespeare Pronunciation is a complete AUDIO pronunciation dictionary for all the words in Shakespeare’s plays, including Latin words and phrases. In this easy to use app, each word is respelled and has a pronunciation guide which is simple to follow. The app also has sections on how the verse structure influences pronunciation, and suggestions for the accents and dialects that are used in the plays. This will prove to be an essential tool for actors, directors, teachers, students, and anyone who reads aloud the works of William Shakespeare. Extensive research by authors Louis Scheeder and Shane Ann Younts, Arts Professors at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, have produced an invaluable resource for education and performance.
The app provides the pronunciation of more than 5,000 carefully recorded words including every character name, geographic location, mythological reference and any unfamiliar word. Words can be found using the advanced search function and word history feature or by scrolling alphabetically. Act, scene, and individual line numbers from the Complete Pelican Edition are used. This is a must-have for anyone who studies, performs, and enjoys Shakespeare.
This application has been updated with additional compatibility, functionality and with better security. Some pronunciations of words have been revised and edits to content have been made. An additional link directs the user to the Official Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App website. A Troubleshooting window has been added with information about volume, connecting to the internet and font size.
Ratings and Reviews
A must-have for every actor
This app is priceless. If you ever work on Shakespeare, you'll come upon words for which you need to check -- or double-check --the pronunciation, and this app definitively provides not only the most common pronunciation, but also what other pronunciations that word might have, depending on the scansion of the line.
A culmination of years of scholarship and then recording and development, the app is a tour-de-force in its comprehensiveness. Don't work on Shakespeare without it.
Great app so far - UPDATED
Update: Okay, I’m actually pretty disappointed. The audio pronunciations have NEVER worked for me. I gave this app five stars at first because I was able to use the written guides (though an IPA addition would be hugely helpful), and I just figured the bugs would be worked out later. I don’t know, maybe it works for other people? When I try to listen to a pronunciation, a “Please Wait” pops up, and then goes away, and then nothing. It’s been almost two years and I’ve changed phones in that time too, but it’s just never ever worked.
I've been looking forward to this app for a while and so far I LOVE IT. I can't wait to do more Shakespeare so I can really dive in. (I just did a staged reading of a compilation piece called Women of Shakespeare and we definitely could have used it.) My one complaint is that I downloaded it specifically for one word, and that one word is not listed. Someone please tell me how to pronounce drivest :(
Super Helpful for Actors
This app is super helpful for actors looking to broaden their palate and vocabulary for the words of Shakespeare. Let’s be honest, Shakespeare words can be tough to get into the body, what better way than to have a personal app, ON YOUR PHONE, to assist with how to say the words properly.!
Super effective and helpful.! And comes in handy for those last minute auditions.
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- Shane Ann Younts
- 34.9 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2016 Shane Ann Younts and Louis Scheeder
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.