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Esther Lee can recite SHAKESPEARE word-for-word


A five-year-old girl who can remarkably name the world’s 195 capital cities in any order has recited Shakespeare.

Little Esther Lee, from Sydney, made headlines in 2016 after she was able to memorise the capital of every city country in the world at the tender age of two.

And fast forward three years, the child prodigy, who can also speak three languages, showed off a new talent – reciting classic poetry.

Appearing on Sunrise, the clever girl recited her favourite scene from Romeo and Juliet word-for-word live on air.

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Esther Lee, from Sydney, can name the world's 195 capital cities  has recited Shakespeare

Esther Lee, from Sydney, can name the world’s 195 capital cities has recited Shakespeare

‘Romeo and Juliet, act two, scene two… O Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ Esther said.

‘Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy. Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man.

‘O, be some other name. What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other word would smell as sweet.’

Her recital was quickly met with warm applause as she opened up about her love for William Shakespeare.

‘I love everything about Shakespeare. He did everything, and I like it and he was a great poet,’ Esther said.

Little Esther Lee, from Sydney, made headlines in 2016 after she was able to memorise the capital of every city country in the world at the tender age of two

Little Esther Lee, from Sydney, made headlines in 2016 after she was able to memorise the capital of every city country in the world at the tender age of two

Her father Shu (pictured) has been teaching his daughter her talented skills after he discovered on a family holiday in 2015 she was able to memorise things easily

Her father Shu (pictured) has been teaching his daughter her talented skills after he discovered on a family holiday in 2015 she was able to memorise things easily

When she was 18 months old, her parents discovered her incredible ability to learn and memorise details of any country – and recite them in any order.

Her proud father Shu – a high school humanities and Mandarin casual teacher – told Today Show in 2016 his daughter’s feat came as an ‘accident’.

‘It came when we went on a family trip to Thailand [in 2015]… We went to Bangkok and we just happened to ask her what was the capital city of Thailand,’ Mr Lee said.

‘And we just taught her it was Bangkok… and after a few days, we ask her again and we discovered that she knows.

‘From then on, I just throw in some of the other countries like where my family is from – Malaysia – and her mum is from China, where we live Australia and found that she could retain that.

‘We started with one then we went to five, then we went to 10 and after I discovered she was interested in the capitals, I just kept on going.’ 



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