Lukes English Podcast - Learn British English With Luke Thompson

Luke's English Podcast - Learn British English With Luke Thompson

Synopsis

Luke's English Podcast is an award-winning podcast for learners of English.Listen, learn and have fun while picking up natural British English as it really is spoken.http://teacherluke.co.uk

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Episodes

  • 623. 13 Terrible Jokes, Explained
    623. 13 Terrible Jokes, Explained
    Duration: 46min | 29/10/2019

    623. 13 Terrible Jokes, Explained Actually, it's 17 jokes, including some simple one-liners and a few longer story-based jokes for you to remember and practise telling yourself. Listen to Luke read out and explain some pretty awful but enjoyable word puns and shaggy dog stories, and learn some English in the process. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-agc italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

  • 622. General Ramble (Oct 2019) Learning English / Politics / Recording Setup / Book Recommendation / Beatles / Star Wars / Bill Bailey
    622. General Ramble (Oct 2019) Learning English / Politics / Recording Setup / Book Recommendation / Beatles / Star Wars / Bill Bailey
    Duration: 02h36min | 22/10/2019

    622. General Ramble (Oct 2019) Learning English / Politics / Recording Setup / Book Recommendation / Beatles / Star Wars / Bill Bailey Rambling on my own about all sorts of things including Brexit news, describing my recording setup and microphones, a book recommendation for you, comments about the Beatles Abbey Road 50th Anniversary, the latest Star Wars Episode 9 trailer and Bill Bailey dissecting music in a brilliant way. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-aeX italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

  • 621. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 3) Discord in the Den
    621. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 3) Discord in the Den
    Duration: 01h24min | 14/10/2019

    621. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 3) Discord in the Den One more episode about this TV series involving entrepreneurs getting investment for their business startups. In this one there's plenty of disagreement and some strong feedback from the Dragons. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-adX  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

  • 620. British TV: Dragons Den (Part 2) Negotiation
    620. British TV: Dragons' Den (Part 2) Negotiation
    Duration: 01h15min | 11/10/2019

    620. British TV: Dragons' Den (Part 2) Negotiation Listen to a real business negotiation and learn loads of English in the process. Vocabulary, scripts and notes available below. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-adk  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 619. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 1) Business Vocabulary
    619. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 1) Business Vocabulary
    Duration: 57min | 09/10/2019

    619. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 1) Business Vocabulary Learn tons of business vocabulary in context in this episode all about a TV show about entrepreneurs negotiating investment for their business startups.  This episode contains a business ramble about things like equity investments, financial projections, manufacturing, distribution, logistics chains and marketing. Part 2 contains a real negotiation with plenty of emotional moments. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-acI  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium  

  • 618. The Climate Crisis Explained in 10 Charts (with Cara Leopold)
    618. The Climate Crisis Explained in 10 Charts (with Cara Leopold)
    Duration: 01h07min | 30/09/2019
  • 617. Sales and Advertising (with Paul Taylor)
    617. Sales and Advertising (with Paul Taylor)
    Duration: 01h17min | 26/09/2019
  • 616. Can you find the 15 idioms? (with Paul Taylor)
    616. Can you find the 15 idioms? (with Paul Taylor)
    Duration: 42min | 23/09/2019

    616. Can you find the 15 idioms? (with Paul Taylor) Listen to Luke and Paul play a conversation game and try to spot 15 common idioms. All idioms are demonstrated, explained and listed on the website. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a7C italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium

  • 615. Paul Taylor Became a Dad, and you wont believe what happened next
    615. Paul Taylor Became a Dad, and you won't believe what happened next
    Duration: 44min | 17/09/2019

    615. Paul Taylor Became a Dad, and you won't believe what happened next How is Paul getting on as a new dad? How is everything going? What's he angry about this time? Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a7G  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

  • 614. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 3)
    614. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 3)
    Duration: 43min | 13/09/2019

    614. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 3) Here's the conclusion of this online murder mystery text adventure game. Vocabulary is reviewed at the end. Video available for premium subscribers. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a4K italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium

  • 613. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 2)
    613. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 2)
    Duration: 55min | 09/09/2019

    613. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 2) Here is part 2 of this text adventure game. There's also a video for premium subscribers.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a4G  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

  • 612. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 1)
    612. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h12min | 06/09/2019

    612. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 1) Listen to Luke investigating a 'choose-your-own-adventure' detective story and read along if you like! Learn English in fun ways with stories on Luke's English Podcast. Video available for premium subscribers. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a3W  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

  • 611. Top 10 Jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2019
    611. Top 10 Jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2019
    Duration: 57min | 03/09/2019

    611. Top 10 Jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Listen to 10 jokes from this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy shows. Understand the jokes and listen to Luke break them down to help you learn more English. Video version available in the LEP App for Premium subscribers. LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a3e italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 610. British Comedy: James Acaster
    610. British Comedy: James Acaster
    Duration: 01h03min | 30/08/2019

    610. British Comedy: James Acaster Listen to a bit of stand up comedy that will require quite a lot of breaking down in order for you to understand all the jokes like a native speaker, but there’s lots to learn in the way of language and culture in the process. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a24 italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium LEP App https://teacherluke.co.uk/how-to-download/get-the-lep-app/

  • 609. The LEP MeetUp in London / Brexit / Talking to my Daughter
    609. The LEP MeetUp in London / Brexit / Talking to my Daughter
    Duration: 01h19min | 28/08/2019

    609. The LEP MeetUp in London / Brexit / Talking to my Daughter Here's an end-of-summer ramble, including details of what happened at the LEP meetup in London in July and some recordings of LEPsters who attended the event. There's also talk of Brexit and some interviews with my daughter who is beginning to speak.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a1h  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 608. The Mass Observation (with Mum)
    608. The Mass Observation (with Mum)
    Duration: 01h16min | 21/08/2019

    608. The Mass Observation (with Mum) Listen to my mum talk about a social history project focusing on the lives of everyday people in the UK. Includes discussion of things like protests, plastic, identity, sex education, loneliness, and milk! Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9XW italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 607. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson PM / No Deal Brexit?
    607. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson PM / No Deal Brexit?
    Duration: 01h03min | 09/08/2019

    607. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson PM / No Deal Brexit? Talking to my dad again about Brexit, this time including our thoughts on Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister and the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October. Episode page with transcripts https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9Ww italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 606. The English Seaside (with James)
    606. The English Seaside (with James)
    Duration: 02h33min | 24/07/2019

    606. The English Seaside (with James) Explaining and describing the culture of the English seaside experience, with James. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9T6  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  I'm coming to the LEPster meetup on Sunday 28 July 2019. See you there? Where? The Fitzroy Tavern near Oxford Street & Tottenham Court Road. Full address is 16 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LY. Put the postcode into your google maps app (or equivalent) and it should direct you there. When - 2PM on Sunday 28 July (that’s this coming Sunday) The host is Zdenek Lukas - you’ll recognise him in the pub because he will be the guy with the board games. If you’re coming please just send Zdenek an email to let him know you’ll be there so he has an idea of how many people to expect. teacherzdenek@gmail.com

  • 605. Unexpected Road Trip (with James)
    605. Unexpected Road Trip (with James)
    Duration: 01h16min | 18/07/2019

    605. Unexpected Road Trip (with James) James and Luke go on an accidental road trip in the south west of England and record a rambling podcast, while slowly going a bit mad. Will they make it to their destination before sunset? Listen to find out what happens and to learn some words and culture in the process. LEPSTER MEETUP IN LONDON (details) Where? The Fitzroy Tavern, 16 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LY (near Oxford Street/Tottenham Court Road) When? Sunday 28 July 2019 from 2PM (and probably continuing into the afternoon) Who? English teacher Zdenek Lukas is the host and all LEPsters (and non-LEPsters) are welcome! Also, Luke might be there with his brother and friends. Email teacherzdenek@gmail.com to let him know you're coming. Come to chat, meet people, play board games in English and have fun! Episode page with photos https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9RM  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 604. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED Part 2
    604. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED Part 2
    Duration: 01h06min | 05/07/2019

    604. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED Part 2 Listening to the audio from another old YouTube video of mine, and then exploring it for new vocabulary and English learning opportunities. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9OC italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 603. Queen / Freddy Mercury / Bohemian Rhapsody (with Alex Love)
    603. Queen / Freddy Mercury / Bohemian Rhapsody (with Alex Love)
    Duration: 01h18min | 01/07/2019

    603. Queen / Freddie Mercury / Bohemian Rhapsody (with Alex Love) Talking to Queen fan Alex Love about this classic British rock band, their legendary singer Freddie Mercury and what Alex thought of the recent film Bohemian Rhapsody. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9Nu  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 602. British Comedy: The Day Today (Part 2)
    602. British Comedy: The Day Today (Part 2)
    Duration: 01h04min | 27/06/2019

    602. British Comedy: The Day Today (Part 2) The Day Today is an award-winning parody of news and current affairs TV programmes. Let's listen to some more clips, understand the humour and learn some English in the process. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9My italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 601. British Comedy: The Day Today (Part 1)
    601. British Comedy: The Day Today (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h17min | 24/06/2019

    601. British Comedy: The Day Today (Part 1) Let's investigate a brilliant British comedy TV show and use it to learn English. The Day Today was originally broadcast on the BBC in the mid-90s and is now considered a groundbreaking parody of news programmes and launched the careers of various comedians, including Steve Coogan. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9LX Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep :)

  • Quick Hello / OPP / Living Through Comedy / Somewhere Else Dreamin’
    Quick Hello / OPP / Living Through Comedy / Somewhere Else Dreamin’
    Duration: 09min | 18/06/2019

    Quick Hello / OPP / Living Through Comedy / Somewhere Else Dreamin’ Just a quick "hello" to let you know about some other things you could listen to this month, including my appearances on some other people's podcasts. Transcript & Links Hello folks, how are you doing? How’s your English coming along? This is not a full episode, more of an update and a chance to tell you about some things you could listen to, specifically a couple of appearances I made on other people’s podcasts recently. I’ve been preparing lots of premium episodes for this month. I’m halfway through series 13. Parts 1 and 2 of this series have been published and they deal with lots of expressions with prepositions, specifically prepositions of place and movement combined with little verbs like get. As usual there are tests and pronunciation drills. Parts 3 and 4 will arrive this week. If you want to hear all the premium stuff, get the LEP App from the app store then go to www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium to sign up and get started, use you

  • 600. Episode 600 Livestream Ask Me Anything Audio
    600. Episode 600 Livestream Ask Me Anything Audio
    Duration: 01h24min | 08/06/2019

    600. Episode 600 Livestream Ask Me Anything Audio Here's the audio for the YouTube livestream "Ask Me Anything" for episode 600. Enjoy! The video is available on YouTube and in the LEP App. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9Iw  Premium episodes arriving during June!

  • 599. Oliver Gee Returns with Stories to Tell
    599. Oliver Gee Returns with Stories to Tell
    Duration: 02h34min | 03/06/2019

    599. Oliver Gee Returns with Stories to Tell Australian journalist and podcaster Oliver Gee returns to LEP to tell us some stories about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, meeting famous comedians as a journalist, learning Swedish and French and his honeymoon tour of France on a 50cc Vespa scooter. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9H5 italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 598. The Rick Thompson Report: EU Elections / Theresa May / Brexit / Football
    598. The Rick Thompson Report: EU Elections / Theresa May / Brexit / Football
    Duration: 01h06min | 28/05/2019

    598. The Rick Thompson Report: EU Elections / Theresa May / Brexit / Football Talking to my dad about the EU election results, Theresa May resigning as Prime Minister, Brexit and English football teams in Europe. Notes, transcripts and videos available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9wc italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • Hello! Here are the details of the Episode 600 YouTube live stream
    Hello! Here are the details of the Episode 600 YouTube live stream
    Duration: 13min | 27/05/2019

    [AUDIO] Hello! Here are the details of the Episode 600 YouTube live stream Just a quick announcement about the episode 600 live stream, happening on Friday 7 June at 3pm Paris time. Links below. Episode 600 Live Stream link on YouTube https://youtu.be/kHVwBLdo7-s  LEPsters meetup in Prague on 7 June at 5pm. Facebook link here https://www.facebook.com/events/429311391196900/  Episode page on teacherluke.co.uk https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9vy 

  • 597. Growing Up / Getting Older / Becoming a Father (with Paul Taylor)
    597. Growing Up / Getting Older / Becoming a Father (with Paul Taylor)
    Duration: 02h40min | 23/05/2019

    597. Growing Up / Getting Older / Becoming a Father (with Paul Taylor) In this conversation Paul and I get a bit deep & meaningful and talk about where Paul is in his life at this point, including our thoughts about becoming a father, getting older and growing up. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9sP Spoken offer http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 596. SLEEP with Amber  Paul
    596. SLEEP with Amber & Paul
    Duration: 02h40min | 20/05/2019

    596. SLEEP with Amber & Paul All about the subject of SLEEP, with Amber & Paul, including insomnia, sleepwalking, falling asleep on public transport, snoring cats, Paul learning Arabic in his sleep & more, including some slightly disgusting stories, which is nice! Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9ri italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 595. Andy Johnson Returns (Part 2) Eating / TV Series / Football / Music
    595. Andy Johnson Returns (Part 2) Eating / TV Series / Football / Music
    Duration: 01h04min | 15/05/2019

    595. Andy Johnson Returns (Part 2) Eating / TV Series / Football / Music Asking Andy questions from a speaking task in the English File Intermediate course book and chatting about eating habits, TV series, Liverpool & Tottenham in the European Champions' League and music we've been listening to recently including some stories about Steely Dan and The Beatles. Intro & ending transcripts + Videos available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9pW italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 594. Andy Johnson Returns (Part 1) Moving House / London vs Canterbury / English Teaching
    594. Andy Johnson Returns (Part 1) Moving House / London vs Canterbury / English Teaching
    Duration: 52min | 13/05/2019

    594. Andy Johnson Returns (Part 1) Moving House / London vs Canterbury / English Teaching Chatting to friend of the podcast Andy Johnson about moving house, comparisons between London and Canterbury and different approaches to teaching English. Intro & outtro transcripts available. Part 2 coming soon. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9pT  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 593. Going through pages in an old diary
    593. Going through pages in an old diary
    Duration: 01h18min | 10/05/2019

    593. Going through pages in an old diary Listen to me reading out some pages from a diary which I wrote when I was 16 years old. Join me as I take a trip down memory lane and find out what I was doing, thinking and feeling 25 years ago. Some language is explained along the way. Vocabulary notes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9p6  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 592. It always seems impossible until its done
    592. It always seems impossible until it's done
    Duration: 01h16min | 07/05/2019

    592. It always seems impossible until it's done An unedited ramble about motivation for language learning, dealing with challenges, getting started on a task, getting work done and my process for making episodes of the podcast. There’s also some news, some OPP and a couple of songs on the guitar at the end. Vocabulary notes, links, videos and song lyrics are available on the episode page. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9o9 italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk   

  • 591. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED (Part 1)
    591. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h22min | 29/04/2019

    591. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED (Part 1) Revisiting a video I made for YouTube in 2009 and teaching you some descriptive and idiomatic vocabulary in the process. Episode page with video, transcript and vocabulary notes https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9lZ  English lessons on Cambly + 10 free minutes www.teacherluke.co.uk/cambly

  • 590. [2/2] Film Club: Avengers Endgame / Marvel Cinematic Universe (with Fred Eyangoh)
    590. [2/2] Film Club: Avengers Endgame / Marvel Cinematic Universe (with Fred Eyangoh)
    Duration: 02h32min | 24/04/2019

    590. [2/2] Film Club: Avengers Endgame / Marvel Cinematic Universe (with Fred Eyangoh) Part 2 of this film club episode, including the rest of my chat with Fred Eyangoh and then a monologue from me. This one contains predictions for Avengers Endgame, the future of Marvel Studios and some other film franchises including Star Wars. No spoilers given! Notes, scripts and videos available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9jQ  Check out "The Wrong Man" by Spoken - free audio, English study guides and transcripts here http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 589. Film Club: Avengers Endgame / Marvel Cinematic Universe (with Fred Eyangoh)
    589. Film Club: Avengers Endgame / Marvel Cinematic Universe (with Fred Eyangoh)
    Duration: 01h24min | 23/04/2019

    589. [1/2] Film Club: Avengers Endgame / Marvel Cinematic Universe (with Fred Eyangoh) Part 1 of a big ramble about Avengers Endgame, Marvel Studios and comic book movies in general with my friend, comedian Fred Eyangoh. No spoilers! Part 2 coming soon... Episode page with scripts, notes and videos https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9iw  Check out "The Wrong Man" by Spoken - free audio, English study guides and transcripts here http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 588. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 2) Apostrophe, Full Stop, Comma
    588. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 2) Apostrophe, Full Stop, Comma
    Duration: 54min | 19/04/2019

    588. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 2) Apostrophe, Full Stop, Comma Part 2 of my episode about punctuation. This one covers punctuation rules for apostrophe, full stop and comma. Also you can hear the rest of my book review of Punctuation..?  by User Design. Transcript available. English lessons on Cambly + 10 free minutes www.teacherluke.co.uk/cambly Episode page with transcript and pictures https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9ih  Punctuation..? by User Design - available from various bookshops https://www.userdesignillustrationandtypesetting.com/books/punctuation/index.html

  • 587. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 1)
    587. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 1)
    Duration: 56min | 18/04/2019

    587. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 1) This episode is about the importance of punctuation in writing. I'll teach you the names of various punctuation symbols and review a cool punctuation reference book that someone sent me recently, and yes I do think it is possible to have a cool book about punctuation! Transcript available. English lessons on Cambly + 10 free minutes www.teacherluke.co.uk/cambly Episode page with transcript and pictures https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9i9  Punctuation..? by User Design - available from various bookshops https://www.userdesignillustrationandtypesetting.com/books/punctuation/index.html

  • Its LEPs 10th Birthday!
    It's LEP's 10th Birthday!
    Duration: 06min | 12/04/2019

    10 years ago to this day I published the first episode of LEP. 10 years later I can now say that I'm making a living from doing what I love.  Thank you for listening and making my podcast what it is today!

  • 586. The Importance of Listening
    586. The Importance of Listening
    Duration: 58min | 06/04/2019

    586. The Importance of Listening Recently I was reading a book about listening and learning English. This episode is a summary of what I read, including details of how listening fits in with learning English, some considerations of the importance of listening and also some tips for how to improve your English with audio. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9eg Check out Cambly for 10 free mins of conversation with a native speaker www.teacherluke.co.uk/cambly Ambassador code: teacherluke

  • 585. Alternative British Citizenship Tests with Paul Taylor
    585. Alternative British Citizenship Tests with Paul Taylor
    Duration: 58min | 29/03/2019

    585. Alternative British Citizenship Tests with Paul Taylor Testing Paul again on his knowledge of Britishness with several alternative British citizenship tests and some very British problems. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9dd italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 584. Posh or not posh? (Part 3) with Amber  Paul
    584. Posh or not posh? (Part 3) with Amber & Paul
    Duration: 02h31min | 25/03/2019

    584. Posh or not posh? (Part 3) with Amber & Paul Amber & Paul join me to talk again about poshness, posh accents and posh celebrities. This episode is full of different British accents - posh, RP and regional differences. It's also full of comedy and I found myself laughing out loud while editing this, especially the interview with the football player that Paul tells us about. I hope you enjoy it. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9bL italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 583. British Comedy: The Dirty Fork / Restaurant Sketch (Monty Python)
    583. British Comedy: The Dirty Fork / Restaurant Sketch (Monty Python)
    Duration: 01h15min | 20/03/2019

    583. British Comedy: The Dirty Fork / Restaurant Sketch (Monty Python) Analysing the English in a comedy sketch by Monty Python's Flying Circus, and considering British communication style relating to apologising, making complaints and minimising language. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-6CE italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 582. Posh or not posh? (Part 2) Guess the Posh British Celebrities
    582. Posh or not posh? (Part 2) Guess the Posh British Celebrities
    Duration: 01h08min | 15/03/2019

    582. Posh or not posh? (Part 2) Guess the Posh British Celebrities Can you identify which UK celebrities are posh and which are not? Let's listen to some British celebrities speaking, check their Wikipedia pages and work out of these people are truly posh or not. You'll hear samples of lots of spoken English in this episode and we'll focus on accent and pronunciation. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9bx  Spoken Mystery Story offer www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 581. Posh or not posh? (Part 1) Understanding Posh People and Posh Accents
    581. Posh or not posh? (Part 1) Understanding Posh People and Posh Accents
    Duration: 01h24min | 13/03/2019

    581. Posh or not posh? (Part 1) Understanding Posh People and Posh Accents Everything you always wanted to know about posh people, but were afraid to ask. This episode is all about poshness in people, posh accents and what it really means to be posh. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-87O Spoken Mystery Story www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 580. Ramble / Listener Comments / Robots / Vampires / Two Taps in the Bathroom
    580. Ramble / Listener Comments / Robots / Vampires / Two Taps in the Bathroom
    Duration: 01h19min | 08/03/2019

    580. Ramble / Listener Comments / Robots / Vampires / Two Taps in the Bathroom A rambling episode with responses to listener comments, LEPster meetups, English Robot 3000 & 5000, vampires leaving comments on my website and the continuing mystery of two taps in the bathroom. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9aO italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 579. [2/2] IELTS QA with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast
    579. [2/2] IELTS Q&A with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast
    Duration: 51min | 01/03/2019

    579. [2/2] IELTS Q&A with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast More conversation with Ben Worthington from IELTSPodcast.com, talking about English skills and exam skills, considering the whole approach and mindset that you need to succeed in IELTS. Includes questions from listeners. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-99N italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 578. [1/2] IELTS QA with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast
    578. [1/2] IELTS Q&A with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast
    Duration: 01h07min | 28/02/2019

    578. [1/2] IELTS Q&A with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast A conversation with IELTS teacher Ben Worthington about the IELTS test, with advice for getting your best score in speaking, writing, reading and listening. Includes questions from listeners. Part 1 of 2. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-99K italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 577. UK vs US Slang Game (with Jennifer from English Across the Pond)
    577. UK vs US Slang Game (with Jennifer from English Across the Pond)
    Duration: 01h08min | 14/02/2019

    577. UK vs US Slang Game (with Jennifer from English Across the Pond) In this episode I'm joined by Jennifer - a podcaster from the USA, and we test each other on our knowledge of slang from our countries. Listen and learn some informal words from British and American English. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-96Z  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk English Across the Pond Special Membership Offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/eatp 

  • 576. Talking about Comedy, Books, Films  Music with James
    576. Talking about Comedy, Books, Films & Music with James
    Duration: 02h36min | 02/02/2019

    576. Talking about Comedy, Books, Films & Music with James My brother James is back on the podcast for a 90min+ mega-ramble about things like: taking sick days from work, snowboarding, doing stand-up for the first time, the new film about Laurel & Hardy, Steve Coogan / Alan Partridge, The Beastie Boys and making mix tapes on cassette tapes in the 1990s. Intro transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-90U italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 575. British Comedy: Paul Chowdhry
    575. British Comedy: Paul Chowdhry
    Duration: 02h32min | 30/01/2019

    575. British Comedy: Paul Chowdhry Understand a stand-up comedy routine by Paul Chowdhry, a British comedian of Indian descent. We'll break down his comedy bit by bit, understand each line and learn some English in the process. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-90J italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 574. [2/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit QA (January 2019)
    574. [2/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Q&A (January 2019)
    Duration: 01h14min | 25/01/2019

    574. [2/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Q&A (January 2019) My dad answers some questions from listeners about Brexit. Includes conversation about Theresa May's deal, the prospect of a 'no-deal' Brexit, Parliamentary democracy, the possible reactions to revoking Article 50 or cancelling Brexit altogether, chances of a second referendum, Scottish independence, the sensitive Northern Ireland situation, consequences for EU nationals in the UK and the question of trading on WTO rules. Almost everything, basically! Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8Ya  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 573. [1/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Update (January 2019)
    573. [1/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Update (January 2019)
    Duration: 01h06min | 25/01/2019

    573. [1/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Update (January 2019) Part 1 of a double episode of the Rick Thompson Report, talking to my dad about the latest developments in the shambolic Brexit story. This time we're focusing on what happened in last week's Parliamentary vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal, what the situation is now, and what might happen in the future. We talk about no-deal Brexit, the possibility of a 2nd referendum, postponing Article 50 and more. Part 2 contains questions from listeners and will be available soon. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8Y0  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 572. Worst Stand-up Gig Experiences (with Amber  Paul)
    572. Worst Stand-up Gig Experiences (with Amber & Paul)
    Duration: 01h26min | 20/01/2019

    572. Worst Stand-up Gig Experiences (with Amber & Paul) Amber, Paul and Luke tell some stories of their worst ever stand-up comedy gigs. Expect some anecdotes about embarrassing and humiliating experiences on stage, and "dying on your arse". Intro & outtro transcripts available + bonus audio in the LEP app.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8Vz  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 571. Bill Burrs Hilarious Plane Story - Enjoy Comedy/Storytelling in English
    571. Bill Burr's Hilarious Plane Story - Enjoy Comedy/Storytelling in English
    Duration: 02h42min | 16/01/2019

    Understand a funny anecdote by comedian Bill Burr. In this episode we’re going to do some intensive listening practice using the true story of a bizarre encounter with a man on a plane. Look out for language for travelling by plane, some American English and A LOT of swearing, particularly the F word. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8T1  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 570. Learning  Teaching English with Zdenek Lukas (Part 2)
    570. Learning & Teaching English with Zdenek Lukas (Part 2)
    Duration: 01h11min | 11/01/2019

    570. Learning & Teaching English with Zdenek Lukas (Part 2) Part 2 of my chat with Zdenek from the Czech Republic. In this one we talk about becoming an English teacher, taking the infamous DELTA teaching course, Zdenek's podcast and board game, and some long-lost (and embarrassing) comedy YouTube videos I made in the pre-podcast days. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8P3  Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 569. Learning  Teaching English with Zdenek Lukas (Part 1)
    569. Learning & Teaching English with Zdenek Lukas (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h04min | 11/01/2019

    569. Learning & Teaching English with Zdenek Lukas (Part 1) Talking to English teacher & podcaster Zdenek Lukas from the Czech Republic about various things, including how he learned English by working on a building site in East London with a team of cockneys who couldn't pronounce his name properly. Also includes tangents about football commentators, climate change denial, flat earth conspiracy theorists and more. [Part 1 of 2] Intro & outro transcripts available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8OZ  Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 568. What is Lukes English Podcast, and how can it help you with your English?
    568. What is Luke's English Podcast, and how can it help you with your English?
    Duration: 02h36min | 07/01/2019

    568. What is Luke's English Podcast, and how can it help you with your English? What are the aims & objectives for this podcast? How can you use it to improve your English? This episode is an introduction for new listeners and a reminder for long-term listeners: This is a podcast all about learning English through listening, while having some fun in the process. Transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8NS  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 567. Alternative Christmas Stories  Poems / Beatles / Happy New Year from LEP!
    567. Alternative Christmas Stories & Poems / Beatles / Happy New Year from LEP!
    Duration: 02h43min | 21/12/2018

    567. Alternative Christmas Stories & Poems / Beatles / Happy New Year from LEP! This is the last episode of LEP before the end of 2018. It's Christmas and New Years Eve is approaching, so it's time for the traditional Christmas episode of LEP! In this one I'm going to read some Christmas stories and a couple of poems which are a bit different to the normal stuff you get at this time of year. Also, keep listening for a funny appearance by The Beatles. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8Fk  Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 566. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 6) 2018 with Amber Minogue
    566. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 6) 2018 with Amber Minogue
    Duration: 01h10min | 19/12/2018

    566. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 6) 2018 with Amber Minogue Here's the final part of this series about trending words and issues in 2018, this time with friend of the podcast Amber Minogue. Join us as we talk about jogging, picking up litter, bird watching, VAR & football, veganism, ethnic diversity in Hollywood and more. Notes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8Et Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 565. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 5) 2018 with Amber Minogue
    565. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 5) 2018 with Amber Minogue
    Duration: 01h01min | 17/12/2018

    565. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 5) 2018 with Amber Minogue Talking to my friend Amber about some trending vocabulary and hot topics from 2018, like plastic pollution, dance crazes and the Brexit backstop. Includes discussion, language explanations, David Attenborough impressions and more. Notes available.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8DR  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 564. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 4)
    564. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 4)
    Duration: 01h15min | 13/12/2018

    564. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 4) More trending vocabulary and issues of the moment, this time focusing on topics like working conditions in the gig economy, the pros and cons of instagram and a true story about a unicorn riding a bike in London. Transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8Dr  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk LONDON LEPsters! I am performing stand-up comedy in London on Saturday 15 December in the afternoon. This is a very late-notice announcement! Come to the Comedy Store on Oxenden Street in Leicester Square to see me perform stand-up with Paul Taylor. The show is FREE. No reservations. Showtime at 4pm but arrive at 3.30pm to queue like British people. First come, first served. https://thecomedystore.co.uk/london/contact-us/ 

  • 563. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 3)
    563. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 3)
    Duration: 01h14min | 11/12/2018

    563. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 3) Continuing this episode series with vocabulary explanations and discussions of big issues from the last couple of years. Includes talk of how social media affects the way we see the world, the pros and cons of fidget spinners, and current debates about gender identity, including my thoughts on the new female Doctor in the classic British TV series, Doctor Who. Transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8CU italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  

  • 562. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 2)
    562. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 2)
    Duration: 01h22min | 10/12/2018

    562. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 2) Vocabulary explanations and discussions of hot topics from the last couple of years. Talking about some controversial political stuff like the rise of fascism and anti-fascism, the relative popularity of UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, and how the winter season changes people's feelings about romance and relationships. Transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8Cl  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 561. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 1)
    561. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h19min | 07/12/2018

    561. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 1) The first part of an episode series about trending vocabulary - words which have been used a lot in the last couple of years. Listen to me talk about words chosen by Collins Dictionaries as their "Words of the Year". This first episode focuses on how publishers use big data and then lots of discussion about the 2017 word of the year, which was fake news. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8pk  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 560. Sarah Donnelly Returns - Writing jokes, public speaking, doing comedy in another language
    560. Sarah Donnelly Returns - Writing jokes, public speaking, doing comedy in another language
    Duration: 01h20min | 03/12/2018

    Talking to comedian Sarah Donnelly about how she writes her jokes, advice on public speaking and how to avoid nerves and negative feelings, performing stand-up comedy in another language, and more. Sarah is a comedian and language teacher from the US,  now living in France. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8Bz italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 559. The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Chaos (November 2018)
    559. The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Chaos (November 2018)
    Duration: 01h06min | 19/11/2018

    559. The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Chaos (November 2018) Talking to my dad, Rick Thompson, about recent developments in the story of Brexit - Britain's exit from the European Union. Recorded on 18 November 2018. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8z2 italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk   

  • 558. Rambling in the new Sky-Pod
    558. Rambling in the new Sky-Pod
    Duration: 01h22min | 14/11/2018

    558. Rambling in the new Sky-Pod Another solo episode recorded in the new sky-pod. Talking about moving to the new flat, some podcast news, meeting Louis CK, WW1 remembrance, rock climbing and more... Some vocab is explained during the episode. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8xQ  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 557. Im a Rambling Guy (Monologue - Autumn 2018) Audio Version
    557. I'm a Rambling Guy (Monologue - Autumn 2018) Audio Version
    Duration: 02h32min | 01/11/2018

    557. I'm a Rambling Guy (Monologue - Autumn 2018) A rambling monologue about my recent French test, a duck-related error, responses to the Alan Partridge episodes and the Russian comedy club video, moving out of the sky-pod, and life with my wife and daughter. A video version of this episode is available for Premium subscribers in the LEP app and online. www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium Yes, this episode is long… but you don’t have to listen to it in one sitting. Listen to a bit, then stop and go to work/college, then listen to the rest later. This is much more convenient if you are using a podcast app, like the LEP app (available in the app store on your phone of course!) because it will remember where you stopped listening. Episode page https://teacherluke.co.uk/2018/10/29/557-im-a-rambling-guy-monologue-autumn-2018/ italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk :)

  • #142 - POTTER AROUND/ABOUT
    #142 - POTTER AROUND/ABOUT
    Duration: 01min | 31/10/2018

    A Phrasal Verb a Day #142 - TO POTTER AROUND/ABOUT To spend time in a relaxed way doing pleasant things which are not very important. Relaxing by doing little things and taking your time. We spent our Sunday just pottering about in the garden.  

  • #141 - POSE AS
    #141 - POSE AS
    Duration: 04min | 31/10/2018

    A Phrasal Verb a Day #141 - TO POSE AS To pretend to be someone else in order to trick someone. Posing as security guards, the bank robbers entered the building through the back door.

  • #140 - POP IN / OUT / OFF / ON / UP (A Phrasal Verb a Day is back)
    #140 - POP IN / OUT / OFF / ON / UP (A Phrasal Verb a Day is back)
    Duration: 09min | 30/10/2018

    #140 - POP IN / OUT / OFF / ON / UP (A Phrasal Verb a Day is back) A Phrasal Verb a Day is back. In this episode I'll give you an update about this podcast and teach you phrasal verbs with POP. Episode Transcript Hello everyone, This is Luke Thompson and you’re  listening to A Phrasal Verb a Day. This is where I attempt to teach you a phrasal verb every day for a year. Yes, this project is still ongoing. APVAD is back! In this episode I’m going to teach you some more common phrasal verbs as we continue on this mission to get to 365 days of phrasal verbs. Now I’m going to talk to you about phrasal verbs with the word pop and there are a lot. Also I want to say that APVAD will continue after this, but not here at this RSS feed - all the new episodes will appear in the LEP App and online at  www.teacherluke.co.uk/pv Over the next days or weeks, 10 more episodes of a phrasal verb a day will appear in the app. I’ll talk to you more about that  in a moment. First let me just remind you of this project. This is wher

  • 556. With Jessica Beck from Honestly English
    556. With Jessica Beck from Honestly English
    Duration: 01h01min | 24/10/2018

    Talking to English teacher Jessica Beck about her new website, "Honestly English" and some typical topics she talks about and teaches, including the #MeToo movement and our favourite female superheroes and comedians. Videos and links available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8uH italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 555. Raphael Millers Summer School Report
    555. Raphael Miller's Summer School Report
    Duration: 01h14min | 22/10/2018

    555. Raphael Miller's Summer School Report Raphael Miller is back on the podcast to tell us about his experience of running a summer school for international teenagers in Liverpool. The conversation includes lots of stories and descriptions of what happened at the school this summer, including things like teenage sleeping habits, a Chinese celebrity teenager, the proper way to eat a pizza, piano-playing Italian wonder-kids, making tie-dye t-shirts, riding roller-coasters, and blossoming friendships across national borders. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8us  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 554. ODD NEWS STORIES (with Mum  Dad)
    554. ODD NEWS STORIES (with Mum & Dad)
    Duration: 01h11min | 18/10/2018

    554. ODD NEWS STORIES (with Mum & Dad) Discussing some strange and funny news stories with my parents. Thanks to my Mum & Dad for their contribution to this episode. Transcripts and notes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8u1  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Sign up for LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

  • 553. Fighting Wildland Fires with Benny the Russian Firefighter
    553. Fighting Wildland Fires with Benny the Russian Firefighter
    Duration: 51min | 15/10/2018

    553. Fighting Wildland Fires with Benny the Russian Firefighter Talking to firefighter Anton Beneslavsky (aka "Benny") who works as the leader of an international fire fighting project. We talk about becoming a firefighter, the work that he’s doing with Greenpeace around the world and the very serious threat of climate change. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8tv  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk   

  • 552. Discussing Comedy  Culture (with Amber  Paul)
    552. Discussing Comedy & Culture (with Amber & Paul)
    Duration: 01h17min | 05/10/2018

    552. Discussing Comedy & Culture (with Amber & Paul) Amber, Paul and I listen to a comedy video which is often sent to me by listeners to this podcast. The video is about the experience of trying to understand people when they speak English. Let's see what the pod-pals think of this comedy from another country. The conversation then turns to comedy, culture, language and some more Alan Partridge. I read out some listener comments at the end of the episode. Notes, transcripts and links available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8sS Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 551. Catching Up with Amber  Paul #8 - Stereotypes
    551. Catching Up with Amber & Paul #8 - Stereotypes
    Duration: 48min | 01/10/2018

    551. Catching Up with Amber & Paul #8 - Stereotypes Chatting to the pod-pals Amber & Paul again and this time the conversation turns to the subject of national stereotypes, and why Paul has bleached his hair blond. Notes & transcripts on the website. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8sg Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep

  • 550. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 3)
    550. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 3)
    Duration: 02h38min | 28/09/2018

    550. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 3) This episode is long, but stick with it! This is the final part of this trilogy of British Comedy episodes about Alan Partridge, analysing some of the quieter and darker moments in Alan's life. Expect analysis of both the comedy and the language. Vocabulary lists and transcript available. Vocabulary lists and transcript available.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8s9 italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 549. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 2)
    549. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 2)
    Duration: 01h28min | 26/09/2018

    549. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 2) Building on the previous episode, this time we're looking at how Alan Partridge interacts with people in his every day life and how this results in some classic moments of British TV comedy. All the material is explained with plenty of vocabulary to learn. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8rP  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 548. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 1)
    548. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 1)
    Duration: 55min | 25/09/2018

    548. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 1) Continuing the comedy theme by analysing a character that most British people know but learners of English find difficult to understand. Check the page for the episode for transcripts, notes and videos. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8rv italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 547. Best Jokes from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    547. Best Jokes from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    Duration: 43min | 19/09/2018

    547. Best Jokes from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Studying some jokes told by stand-up comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival, and dissecting them for vocabulary. Learn English with some jokes and find out about typical joke structures used by stand-up comedians. Transcripts and jokes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8rf  Spoken offer http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 546. Death by Meteor
    546. Death by Meteor
    Duration: 55min | 11/09/2018

    546. Death by Meteor This episode is called Death By Meteor and it’s all about asteroids, space, science, maths, astrophysics and the end of the world! Transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8qA italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 545. The Hitchhiker by Roald Dahl (Short Story)
    545. The Hitchhiker by Roald Dahl (Short Story)
    Duration: 44min | 07/09/2018

    545. The Hitchhiker by Roald Dahl (Short Story) Learn English with this short story by British writer Roald Dahl. Introduction transcript and short story link available on the episode page, here https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8qm  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  :)

  • 544. The Rick Thompson Report: No Deal Brexit
    544. The Rick Thompson Report: No Deal Brexit
    Duration: 48min | 27/08/2018

    544. The Rick Thompson Report: No Deal Brexit Talking to my dad about the current Brexit situation, including what could actually happen in the UK if we leave the EU with no deal. Expect language relating to politics, economics and the big issues of the day. Intro and outtro transcripts available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8pp Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep   

  • 543. Britains First Insect Restaurant Opens
    543. Britain's First Insect Restaurant Opens
    Duration: 57min | 23/08/2018

    Talking about the creepy subject of eating insects, which might be the solution to many of the problems that humans face as a species. This episode includes discussion of eating habits, environmental issues and some insect-related idioms and expressions. Transcripts and vocabulary lists available. Bon appetit! Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8nD italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  :) 

  • 542. Talking Rubbish  Just Having Fun with The Thompsons
    542. Talking Rubbish & Just Having Fun with The Thompsons
    Duration: 01h10min | 21/08/2018

    542. Talking Rubbish & Just Having Fun with The Thompsons Talking to my dad, mum and brother about all manner of topics, including: Space, climbing mountains, British comedy, fishing, earworms, tattoos, David Beckham, jokes, citizenship tests, baby monkeys, ghosts and celebrity impressions. Intro and outtro transcripts available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8oV  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk   

  • 541. What British People Say vs What They Mean
    541. What British People Say vs What They Mean
    Duration: 01h02min | 31/07/2018

    541. What British People Say vs What They Mean Examining British communication style and debunking a few myths about how British people communicate. This episode is based on a famous infographic called "What British People Say vs What They Really Mean" or "The Anglo-EU Translation Guide". It contains lots of thoughts about how direct and indirect cultures communicate with each other, and some samples of business English, with a few improvised scenarios too! Transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8nF  Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 540. What’s Up? Post World Cup / News / LEP Meetup London / Super Mario Earworms
    540. What’s Up? Post World Cup / News / LEP Meetup London / Super Mario Earworms
    Duration: 54min | 21/07/2018

    540. What’s Up? Post World Cup / News / LEP Meetup London / Super Mario Earworms Giving some news, summing up the World Cup, England out, France win, and some chat about music that gets stuck in your head. Get some English stuck in your head with this episode. Transcript available! Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8mW italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 539. World Cup 2018 [3] Is It Coming Home?
    539. World Cup 2018 [3] Is It Coming Home?
    Duration: 59min | 09/07/2018

    More football episodes - but it won't last forever! In this one I'm in England talking to my Dad and my brother about the world cup so far including England's performances, World Cup songs, diving, VAR and predictions for the semi finals. Enjoy! Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8kI italic offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 538. World Cup 2018 [2] The Second Round / Listener Comments
    538. World Cup 2018 [2] The Second Round / Listener Comments
    Duration: 57min | 05/07/2018

    Talking about the second round of the World Cup in Russia, including comments about the teams, the games, the issues, England's penalties vs Colombia and the way football commentators speak. Listener comments are read out. Notes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8la  Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep

  • 537. How Olly Richards Learns a Language (Part 2) Intermediate Plateau / The Magic of Story / Pronunciation  Personality / Classroom vs Self-Guided Learning
    537. How Olly Richards Learns a Language (Part 2) Intermediate Plateau / The Magic of Story / Pronunciation & Personality / Classroom vs Self-Guided Learning
    Duration: 01h58s | 02/07/2018

    537. How Olly Richards Learns a Language (Part 2) Intermediate Plateau / The Magic of Story / Pronunciation & Personality / Classroom vs Self-Guided Learning The rest of my conversation with polyglot Olly Richards, talking about how to overcome the intermediate plateau, the magic of story, pronunciation and identity issues, and self-guided learning.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8kw  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk   

  • 536. How Olly Richards Learns a Language (Part 1) Compelling Material / Input-based Learning
    536. How Olly Richards Learns a Language (Part 1) Compelling Material / Input-based Learning
    Duration: 57min | 29/06/2018

    536. How Olly Richards Learns a Language (Part 1) Compelling Material / Input-based Learning Talking to polyglot Olly Richards about the benefits of listening, reading and using stories to learn English. Full of insights and strategies for effective language learning. Transcripts and notes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8k5  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 535. World Cup 2018 [1]
    535. World Cup 2018 [1]
    Duration: 01h07min | 26/06/2018

    535. World Cup 2018 [1] Talking about the World Cup 2018 in Russia, including comments about the teams, players, groups, VAR and England's performances. Notes & transcripts available. Episode page  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • LEP PREMIUM is now live - teacherluke.co.uk/premium
    LEP PREMIUM is now live - teacherluke.co.uk/premium
    Duration: 18min | 22/06/2018

    LEP Premium is ready - www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium  This is an announcement to let you know that LEP Premium is now ready to go. If you want to superpower your English into the 9th dimension, then you can get started by signing up for LEP Premium. Let me tell you about it. I’m about to upload some premium episodes into the app. They’ll also be available online if you don’t have the app - but the app is going to be the most convenient way to listen to these episodes in the normal way, when you’re out and about or when you’re at home studying. There will be about 3 episodes coming - probably already there by now, and then more episodes + bonuses every month after that. The way this works is that you’ll need to just create a profile online with my host, sign into the app with that profile and you’ll get access to all the premium episodes I’ve uploaded and am going to upload. www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium to get started. Then Get Access to Premium Episodes. Complete the details and get your login codes and then

  • 534. Sugar Sammy Interview (Part 2) Language  Comedy
    534. Sugar Sammy Interview (Part 2) Language & Comedy
    Duration: 01h23min | 15/06/2018

    534. Sugar Sammy Interview (Part 2) Language & Comedy Part 2 of my chat with Canadian stand-up comedian Sugar Sammy, talking about his 4 languages, TV shows from our childhood, copying Indian accents, language-related controversy in Quebec, Sammy’s crowd-work skills, stories of difficult gigs in the UK, and our thoughts on recent Star Wars films. At the end of the episode you can hear my spoiler-free review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Transcriptions and notes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8jK  Spoken offer www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 533. Sugar Sammy Interview (Part 1) Multilingual Comedian
    533. Sugar Sammy Interview (Part 1) Multilingual Comedian
    Duration: 55min | 13/06/2018

    Sugar Sammy is a very popular and famous comedian from Canada. He's often described as Montreal's #1 stand up comedian. He speaks 4 languages, he has performed comedy in lots of countries. He might be coming to your country soon to make you laugh. Ladies and gentlemen - meet the wonderful Sugar Sammy! Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8jD  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 532. A History of The World Cup
    532. A History of The World Cup
    Duration: 02h35min | 08/06/2018

    This episode is a history of The World Cup. You’ll see that it’s very long! I didn’t expect it to be this long. I hope you enjoy it! I covers all the World Cups we’ve had since 1930, focusing on the key events with a few dodgy jokes along the way. You can read 99% of the transcript on the page for this episode. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8jl   

  • 531. Crime Vocabulary Quiz (with Moz)
    531. Crime Vocabulary Quiz (with Moz)
    Duration: 50min | 06/06/2018

    Test yourself and learn various verbs and nouns related to crime. Features some amusing chat and anecdotes with Moz from the Murder Mile True Crime Podcast. Transcripts and vocabulary available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8iF italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 530. More Murder Stories (with Moz)
    530. More Murder Stories (with Moz)
    Duration: 01h04min | 03/06/2018

    My friend Moz (Michael J. Buchanan-Dunne) from the Murder Mile True Crime Podcast tells us some more true stories about murders from London's past. Contains some gruesome details and explicit descriptions, and some fascinating and unbelievable true stories! Intro and outtro transcripts available. *Adults Only: This episode contains gory details and explicit violent descriptions* Spoken offer http://www.getspoken.com/lep Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8iD 

  • 529. The M Word (with Andy Johnson)
    529. The "M" Word (with Andy Johnson)
    Duration: 01h18min | 29/05/2018

    529. The "M" Word (with Andy Johnson) Friend of the podcast Andy Johnson returns to give us some news and tell some stories all related to things that begin with the letter "M". Intro & outtro transcripts available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8ir  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  

  • 528. The Royal Wedding (with Mum)
    528. The Royal Wedding (with Mum)
    Duration: 01h07min | 22/05/2018

    528. The Royal Wedding (with Mum) Talking to my mum about the royal wedding between Prince Harry & Meghan Markle. Describing the ceremony, the guests and the dress, and discussing the place of the monarchy in modern British life. Some transcriptions and vocabulary available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8i2 italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  Image linked via Telegraph.co.uk https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/20/cutest-royal-wedding-pictures-prince-george-princess-charlotte/ 

  • 527. Can Paul Taylor Pass The UK Citizenship Test?
    527. Can Paul Taylor Pass The UK Citizenship Test?
    Duration: 02h35min | 18/05/2018

    527. Can Paul Taylor Pass The UK Citizenship Test? Testing Paul Taylor's knowledge of British life, history and culture and discussing the "Life in the UK" citizenship test. Practise listening to British English natural speech, learn facts about the UK and have a laugh as Paul gets angry about this test for people who want to become UK citizens. Will Paul actually pass the test? Listen to find out what happens. Take the same test https://lifeintheuktestweb.co.uk/test-1/  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8hD italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk 

  • 526. Being a Tourist (with Paul Taylor) Audio version
    526. Being a Tourist (with Paul Taylor) Audio version
    Duration: 01h16min | 16/05/2018

    [Audio version] Catching up with Paul Taylor and talking about his recent trips to Japan & Barcelona, the pros and cons of being a tourist and some recommendations for people visiting London and Paris as tourists. Video available on the website and in the LEP app. For LEP App users - find the video in the Videos category. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8h9 italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  VOTE FOR LEP in the British Podcast Awards http://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote     

  • Please VOTE for Lukes English Podcast
    Please VOTE for Luke's English Podcast
    Duration: 16min | 14/05/2018

    Help me build my pod-castle! Vote here: http://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote  Click the link and search for "luke's english podcast" Thank you to everyone who's already voted. Fingers crossed! 

  • 525. Ninja August / Podcast Corrections / Useful Japanese Cat (Listener Comments  Questions)
    525. Ninja August / Podcast Corrections / Useful Japanese Cat (Listener Comments & Questions)
    Duration: 56min | 07/05/2018

    525. Ninja August / Podcast Corrections / Useful Japanese Cat (Listener Comments & Questions) Responding to more comments and questions from listeners, including some rambling about public holidays in France, why May is like 'ninja August', some corrections to what I said about bats and Stephen Hawking on the podcast and the story of an amazing useful cat from Japan. Vote for LEP in the British Podcast Awards http://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8gz  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  Transcript Collaboration https://teacherluke.co.uk/episodes-with-transcripts/transcripts/ 

  • 524. Tricky Pronunciation Debates / Either Neither / Song + Comedy Sketch
    524. Tricky Pronunciation Debates / "Either" "Neither" / Song + Comedy Sketch
    Duration: 01h12min | 04/05/2018

    Talking about words which can be pronounced several ways, words which are often pronounced incorrectly by native speakers and the debates, arguments and frustration that arises between native speakers as a result. Includes the "You Say Tomato..." song and the Grammar Nazi sketch, explained. Transcript & notes available. Vote for LEP in the British Podcast Awards! http://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8ge italki offer http://teacherluke.co.uk/talk   

  • 523. Tips for Learning English with Films  TV Shows (with Cara Leopold)
    523. Tips for Learning English with Films & TV Shows (with Cara Leopold)
    Duration: 01h17min | 24/04/2018

    Talking to fellow English teacher Cara Leopold about advice for using TV shows and films to learn English, both with and without subtitles. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8fB  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 522. Learning English at Summer School in the UK (A Rambling Chat with Raphael Miller)
    522. Learning English at Summer School in the UK (A Rambling Chat with Raphael Miller)
    Duration: 01h20min | 18/04/2018

    Talking to my ex-colleague Raphael Miller about his new summer school for teenagers + rambling about British social and communication culture, growing up in Liverpool, studying at Oxford University, the famous Star Wars actor Raphael knows and remembering some of the old-fashioned ways we used to describe computers and the internet. Transcripts and links below. 

  • 521. Talking about Pets (with James)
    521. Talking about Pets (with James)
    Duration: 01h13min | 13/04/2018

    Usually when I talk to my brother on the podcast we talk about fairly obscure topics, like cult films, musical subcultures or skateboarding, but this time we chose a universal topic; pets. Listen to this conversation to hear James and me remembering the pets we had as children and discussing some issues related to keeping animals as pets. Transcript for the introduction and ending available on the website. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8f4 italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk 

  • A New Episode is Now Available in the LEP App
    A New Episode is Now Available in the LEP App
    Duration: 06min | 10/04/2018

    Check out the new episode in the LEP App to learn some really useful prepositional phrases & have some common doubts answered, like "on time vs in time vs at the beginning vs in the beginning vs at the end vs in the end" & more. Get the LEP App for your phone  iPhone/iPad – APPLE APP STORE

  • 520. Idioms Game  Chat Part 2 (with Andy Johnson) + 18 More Idioms  Vocab Items Explained
    520. Idioms Game & Chat Part 2 (with Andy Johnson) + 18 More Idioms & Vocab Items Explained
    Duration: 02h36min | 03/04/2018

    The second part of my chat with Andy Johnson. Listen out for 18 more idioms which will be explained later. Topics include: Twitter abuse, the other Andy Johnson, training for the London Marathon + more. Transcripts and vocabulary definitions available. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8dR  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 519. Idioms Game  Chat (with Andy Johnson) + 25 Idioms Explained
    519. Idioms Game & Chat (with Andy Johnson) + 25 Idioms Explained
    Duration: 01h17min | 29/03/2018

    A conversation with Andy Johnson including loads of idiomatic expressions and their explanations. First you can listen to a rambling chat with Andy and then I'll explain 25 idioms that came up during the conversation. Part 2 coming soon... Transcriptions, Vocabulary list & Definitions available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8dL  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 518. Grammar Questions (Part 1) Present Perfect Continuous / Future Continuous / Language of Newspaper Headlines
    518. Grammar Questions (Part 1) Present Perfect Continuous / Future Continuous / Language of Newspaper Headlines
    Duration: 01h13min | 21/03/2018

    Answering grammar questions from listeners, with details about verb tenses (including present continuous vs present perfect continuous & future continuous vs going to) and the language of newspaper headlines. Includes references to The Queen, The Legend of Zelda and a lot of pizza. Transcriptions & grammar notes available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8cN  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk 

  • 517. Professor Stephen Hawking
    517. Professor Stephen Hawking
    Duration: 01h10min | 14/03/2018

    I woke up this morning to the news that Stephen Hawking had died and I thought - I really must talk about this. He was a British scientist who must be considered one of the most significant people of recent years - a brilliant mind who contributed so much to our understanding of the nature of reality itself while also struggling against some extreme personal difficulties and for those reasons he’s a great inspiration to many people around the world. In this episode I’m just going to talk about him, his life, his achievements, his sense of humour and how he will continue to be an inspiration to people for many years to come. Let's learn some English along the way. Vocabulary list available Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8cy  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 516. Paul McCartneys Spider Story
    516. Paul McCartney's Spider Story
    Duration: 01h21min | 10/03/2018

    Learn English from an anecdote told by Sir Paul McCartney. Let's listen to Paul telling a sweet story about something funny that happened to him and George Harrison when they were teenagers, before they became world famous musicians in The Beatles. Let's listen to his story, do some intensive listening practice and then I'll help you understand everything. Also, let's have a laugh with some funny Paul McCartney impressions. Video and notes available below. Episode page https://teacherluke.co.uk/2018/03/10/516-paul-mccartneys-spider-story/  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 515. Becoming Maman with Amber  Sarah - Bringing Up Children The French Way
    515. Becoming "Maman" with Amber & Sarah - Bringing Up Children The French Way
    Duration: 01h11min | 06/03/2018

    In this episode I'm talking to friends of the podcast Amber Minogue and Sarah Donnelly about the subject of raising children in a foreign country - in this case, France. So this is an episode all about cross-cultural experiences, specifically relating to parenthood. It's also about a new podcast and stage show which Amber & Sarah have just started. Transcriptions, notes and links available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8aE italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  

  • 514. Whats on the table? (with Fred  Alex)
    514. What's on the table? (with Fred & Alex)
    Duration: 02h37min | 01/03/2018

    In this episode you can hear me chatting to Fred Eyangoh and Alex Quillian and discussing various topics including growing up in different countries, recognising different accents in English, religious backgrounds, movie re-boots, Arnold Shwartzenegger going "nyarrrgh" and more. Fred and Alex are both stand-up comedians living in Paris who perform in English.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8b4  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 513. General Ramble / News / Comments
    513. General Ramble / News / Comments
    Duration: 01h15min | 23/02/2018

    A general ramble about things like: dishwasher sounds, online clickbait, updates to the LEP app, my recent appearances on some OPP (other people's podcasts), LEPster meetups and some responses to recent comments on the website. Notes, links & videos available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8bt italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 512. My Experiences of (not) Learning French [Part 2] Learning Language in a Classroom vs Learning On Your Own
    512. My Experiences of (not) Learning French [Part 2] Learning Language in a Classroom vs Learning On Your Own
    Duration: 02h44min | 16/02/2018

    Talking more about my experiences as a student of French, this time reading from notes I took during my French lessons (when I should have been focusing on the class!) and some considerations about learning a language in a classroom and learning on your own. Notes & transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8ab  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 511. My Experiences of (not) Learning French [Part 1]
    511. My Experiences of (not) Learning French [Part 1]
    Duration: 02h36min | 13/02/2018

    Sharing my experiences of learning French (or not learning it). My French and Me - How I learned some French as a child and how I'm failing to learn it properly as an adult. Includes conclusions about language learning, immersion and the importance of motivation, habit and simply applying yourself. Notes & transcriptions available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-81p  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 510. Philosophy Quiz (with Amber  Paul)
    510. Philosophy Quiz (with Amber & Paul)
    Duration: 01h26min | 06/02/2018

    In this episode you can listen to Amber, Paul and me as we take an online quiz and try to find out what school of philosophical thought we belong to. Are we empiricists, epicurianists, existentialists, hedonists, humanists, platonists, skeptics or stoicists? Listen on to find out more and to hear a full-on discussion of life, the universe and everything. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-88T  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk PHILOSOPHY QUIZ LINK - CLICK HERE

  • 509. What’s it all about? (Philosophy and Language Learning)
    509. What’s it all about? (Philosophy and Language Learning)
    Duration: 01h28min | 01/02/2018

    This episode is all about philosophy and how this applies to language learning. Listen to me describing 8 different 'schools' of philosophical thought. Are hedonists good language learners? How do rationalists and empiricists disagree about how we learn languages? Is language learning an innate ability or just something that can only happen as a result of things we do after we're born?  And, how does philosophy answer life's big questions such as, "What's life all about?" "What are we doing here?" and "What shall we have for dinner?" Transcript available.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-88S italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 508. Six True Crime Stories from Victorian England, Told by My Dad
    508. Six True Crime Stories from Victorian England, Told by My Dad
    Duration: 01h04min | 28/01/2018

    Learn English by listening to Rick Thompson telling some true stories of petty crimes committed in an English town in 1851. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-88W  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 507. Learning English with UK Comedy TV Shows
    507. Learning English with UK Comedy TV Shows
    Duration: 01h27min | 20/01/2018

    Recommendations and descriptions of British comedy TV shows with some comments about how to use comedy TV shows to learn English. Transcript available on the episode page.  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-81r  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 506. One of Britains Favourite Poems
    506. One of Britain's Favourite Poems
    Duration: 01h12min | 16/01/2018

    Listen to readings of "If—" by Rudyard Kipling, a popular poem from England. Includes analysis of the vocabulary and the themes in the poem and also a chance to enjoy the unique voice of Sir Michael Caine - with some funny impressions too.  Transcript, vocabulary and videos available on the episode page. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-81n italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 505. A Chat with Dad  James about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (with Vocabulary)
    505. A Chat with Dad & James about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (with Vocabulary)
    Duration: 02h38min | 12/01/2018

    Transcripts and Vocabulary Lists for Episode 505 Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-87u  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  Intro Transcript Here is the third and final part of this trilogy of episodes about the latest Star Wars film. In this one you'll hear a conversation between my Dad, my brother and me that I recorded just after we'd seen the film a couple of weeks ago. Now, I know that this is perhaps a bit too much Star Wars content on this podcast. Even if you are a fan it might seem like overkill. So let me emphasise the value of the conversation in this episode as an opportunity for you to learn some natural English in an authentic way. You'll hear us talking spontaneously and then in the second half of this episode I'll to explain some of the bits of language that come up in the conversation. So, this isn't just chat about a film, it's a way to present you with real British English as it is actually spoken. When my family were staying with us for a few days during the Christmas holiday p

  • 504. My Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Part 2)
    504. My Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Part 2)
    Duration: 02h10min | 11/01/2018

    Continuing to talk about the latest Star Wars film at length, going through the storyline and giving my thoughts on the characters, events and the audience backlash. Transcript available below. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-87j  Transcript (95% complete) OK, so if you check the length of this episode you’ll see it’s more than 2 hours long - Yes, this is definitely the longest episode of LEP I’ve ever done! And this is part 2 of a double episode. If you put parts 1 and 2 together that adds up to nearly 3.5 hours of me talking about Star Wars The Last Jedi. Added to that, the next episode will also be about Star Wars - and that will be a conversation between my dad, my brother and me. So, this has become something of a Star Wars marathon on Luke’s English Podcast. Those of you who are fans of Star Wars will probably be happy about that! Those of you who aren’t interested in Star Wars, or if you just think this film completely sucks - of course you could just skip this episode - I’ll be uploading more non-S

  • 503. My Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Part 1)
    503. My Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h07min | 10/01/2018

    Talking about the new Star Wars film including the audience reaction, English accents you can hear in Star Wars, and a run-through of the plot with my thoughts about the events and characters. Plot spoilers throughout the episode! Transcript available (below). Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-87f  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  Transcript (95% complete) This episode is all about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Some of this stuff that I’m saying is scripted, some parts are not - but if you want to read along with me while I’m talking, which can be a great way to work on your English, see specific phrases I’m using and so on - if you want to read along with me, check out the page for this episode on my website. In fact there will be two episodes about Star Wars. This one, which is just me talking about the film, going through the plot, giving my thoughts and discussing the audience reactions to the film, and also the next one, which will be a conversation about the film with my brother and my dad.

  • 502. The Birth of My Daughter
    502. The Birth of My Daughter
    Duration: 01h24min | 04/01/2018

    Talking about the birth of my baby daughter, including accounts of the main events and how it all felt. Listen carefully for descriptive vocabulary for describing emotions and feelings as well as the language of childbirth previously explained in episodes 491 and 492. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-86Q  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 501. Merry Christmas! / Listener Correspondence
    501. Merry Christmas! / Listener Correspondence
    Duration: 01h04min | 24/12/2017

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas, giving some news and responding to some messages from listeners about vocabulary lists, pronouncing "can't" without sounding rude and more... Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-86o  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 500. [2/2] EPISODE 500 CELEBRATION! (PART 2)
    500. [2/2] EPISODE 500 CELEBRATION! (PART 2)
    Duration: 02h32min | 17/12/2017

    Celebrating 500 episodes of LEP with a mega-ramble featuring lots of messages from listeners, expressions of gratitude, a cool announcement for all my listeners, some singing, some talk of becoming a dad, the future of the podcast, Star Wars, and loads of fun and good times. Thank you for listening!  italki offer - http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page - https://wp.me/p4IuUx-85J  GET THE LEP APP! https://wp.me/P4IuUx-82H 

  • 500. [1/2] EPISODE 500 CELEBRATION! (PART 1)
    500. [1/2] EPISODE 500 CELEBRATION! (PART 1)
    Duration: 02h40min | 17/12/2017

    Celebrating 500 episodes of LEP with a mega-ramble featuring lots of messages from listeners, expressions of gratitude, a cool announcement for all my listeners, some singing, some talk of becoming a dad, the future of the podcast, Star Wars, and loads of fun and good times. Thank you for listening! Parts 1 & 2 are both available on this page. italki offer - http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page - https://wp.me/p4IuUx-85J  GET THE LEP APP! https://wp.me/P4IuUx-82H 

  • 499. Prince Harry  Meghan Markle / Royal Family Quiz (with Amber)
    499. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle / Royal Family Quiz (with Amber)
    Duration: 01h28min | 12/12/2017

    Talking to Amber about the UK's Royal Family, including our thoughts on the upcoming wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, some royal gossip & rumours, and also a Royal Family Quiz with questions about the monarchy today and in history. So, expect to hear our thoughts and some facts about this very traitional British institution. Notes available. italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-856 

  • 498. The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Negotiations
    498. The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Negotiations
    Duration: 01h13min | 08/12/2017

    Talking to my Dad about the current situation with the UK's Brexit negotiations with the EU. Listen to hear explanations of what is going on with Brexit, how Northern Ireland is involved, what motivates Brexiters and some comments about other bits of international news - all delivered by my Dad with his clear and coherent English. Notes and transcriptions available. italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-85g 

  • 497. Film Club: Withnail  I (with James and Will)
    497. Film Club: Withnail & I (with James and Will)
    Duration: 01h24min | 05/12/2017

    Talking about a classic British film which not many learners of English know about. Listen for explanations of the film, its appeal, descriptions of the characters and events, the type of people who like the film and a few bits of dialogue too. Notes and videos available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-84m  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 496. RAMBLECAST
    496. RAMBLECAST
    Duration: 01h04min | 30/11/2017

    Rambling about life, learning English, Star Wars, screwing up paper into a ball and more... Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-84F  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 495. Australian Stereotypes and Cliches (with Oliver Gee) ~didgeridoo sounds~
    495. Australian Stereotypes and Cliches (with Oliver Gee) ~didgeridoo sounds~
    Duration: 01h04min | 27/11/2017

    Discussing stereotypes and cliches about Australia with podcaster Oliver Gee who comes from a land down under. Learn about Australian English, Aussie accent, Aussie slang and exactly what you should say whenever you meet a true blue Aussie, mate! Vocabulary list available. Hooroo. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-84d  Spoken offer http://www.getspoken.com/lep  

  • 494. Who Wants to be Good at English? (The Rematch) with Rick Thompson
    494. Who Wants to be Good at English? (The Rematch) with Rick Thompson
    Duration: 01h25min | 22/11/2017

    Testing my Dad on his knowledge of English, using words that are frequently confused by native English speakers. Will my dad be able to identify the words, spell them and explain the differences? Listen to learn 20 words and phrases which native English speakers often get wrong. You will also hear Dad and me discussing topics such as catching a squirrel, what he would say to Donald Trump and Paul McCartney if he met them, stories of police drug busts at university, how my dad would deal with a zombie apocalypse, and which one is worse - Brexit or Yoko Ono's 'singing'? Vocabulary list with definitions and examples available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-82g  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 493. Catching Up with Amber  Paul #7 (Human Pollution)
    493. Catching Up with Amber & Paul #7 (Human Pollution)
    Duration: 01h08min | 17/11/2017

    Amber and Paul are back on the podcast as we catch up with their recent news and the conversation goes off on many tangents covering subjects such as: pollution and fog in Paris, a possible new word - 'pog', other potential new words of the year, Harvey Weinstein, wanking in the office, 'human pollution in the swimming pool', Paul's recent showbiz news, seeing The Rolling Stones on stage and a slightly worrying email from a LEPster. Includes a cameo appearance by young Hugo, saying his first words on the podcast. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-83f Spoken offer http://www.getspoken.com/lep   

  • 492. Becoming a Dad (with Andy  Ben) Part 2
    492. Becoming a Dad (with Andy & Ben) Part 2
    Duration: 01h14min | 12/11/2017

    The second part of this conversation with Andy Johnson and Ben Butler, and we talk about the moment of childbirth and take a quiz about becoming a father. Vocabulary is explained in the second part of the episode. Vocabulary list available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-83a  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 491. Becoming a Dad (with Andy  Ben) Part 1
    491. Becoming a Dad (with Andy & Ben) Part 1
    Duration: 01h04min | 08/11/2017

    A conversation and vocabulary lesson about childbirth and becoming a father, with Andy Johnson and Ben Butler from The London School of English. Listen to Andy and Ben talking about their experiences of becoming parents, how their babies were born and more. Vocabulary is explained in the second half of the episode. Vocabulary list available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-838  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 490. Discussing Friendship - with Martin and Dan The Man from Rock n Roll English (Friendship Phrasal Verbs)
    490. Discussing Friendship - with Martin and Dan The Man from Rock n' Roll English (Friendship Phrasal Verbs)
    Duration: 02h35min | 03/11/2017

    Hello! In this episode of the podcast I am talking to Martin Johnston and his mate Dan The Man from the Rock n Roll English Podcast and we're going to teach you some phrasal verbs and other expressions relating to friendship, while also putting their friendship to the test. Martin and Dan are lifelong friends. They know each other very well but they spend a lot of their time bickering and getting at each other. What's going on in this friendship? Do they really like each other or not? Let's find out in this episode and you can learn lots of vocabulary while we're doing it. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-820  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 489. A Rambling Conversation with Mum (Part 2) + Vocabulary
    489. A Rambling Conversation with Mum (Part 2) + Vocabulary
    Duration: 02h36min | 30/10/2017

    Here's part 2 of this conversation with my Mum in which you can hear us wittering on about the bookshop where Mum works, some of the books she's read recently, and some of her podcast and film recommendations. Vocabulary is explained at the end, and there's a vocabulary list with definitions available. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-81N  italki offer: http://teacherluke.co.uk/talk  

  • 488. A Rambling Conversation with Mum (Part 1) + Vocabulary
    488. A Rambling Conversation with Mum (Part 1) + Vocabulary
    Duration: 02h31min | 26/10/2017

    A conversation with my (lovely) mum in which we generally witter on about a number of different things including some British history, ways of describing rain, different expressions for talking (like rambling and wittering), my mum's accent, what she thinks of this podcast and some of her podcast recommendations. Vocabulary is explained after the conversation and there is a vocabulary list available. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-81a italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 487. Learning Languages and Adapting to New Cultures (with Ethan from RealLife English)
    487. Learning Languages and Adapting to New Cultures (with Ethan from RealLife English)
    Duration: 02h34min | 22/10/2017

    A conversation about travelling and learning languages with Ethan from RealLife English. Ethan is very well-travelled, having lived in at least 6 different countries. He's also learned a few different languages to a good level as an adult. Let's talk about his advice for adapting to new cultures and learning languages in adulthood. Vocabulary notes and language test available below.  Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-800 Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep  

  • 486. Difficult Words to Pronounce in English (with Paul Taylor) Part 2
    486. Difficult Words to Pronounce in English (with Paul Taylor) Part 2
    Duration: 01h11s | 13/10/2017

    With this one you can continue to listen to Paul Taylor and me discussing the tricky relationship between spelling and pronunciation. There are lots of jokes, impressions, funny accents and useful comments about this important area of the English language. Use this episode to avoid some very common mistakes in English pronunciation, and try not to laugh on the bus while you're listening!  Check the episode page for word lists, transcriptions and my video of 40+ difficult words to pronounce in English. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Z6  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 485. Difficult Words to Pronounce in English (with Paul Taylor) Part 1
    485. Difficult Words to Pronounce in English (with Paul Taylor) Part 1
    Duration: 54min | 13/10/2017

    Listen to Paul Taylor and me discussing the tricky relationship between spelling and pronunciation. There are lots of jokes, impressions, funny accents and useful comments about this important area of the English language. Use this episode to avoid some very common mistakes in English pronunciation, and try not to laugh on the bus while you're listening!  Check the episode page for word lists, transcriptions and my video of 40+ difficult words to pronounce in English. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Z6  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 484. Try not to Laugh on the Bus (with Paul Taylor)
    484. Try not to Laugh on the Bus (with Paul Taylor)
    Duration: 02h36min | 08/10/2017

    A conversation with Paul Taylor involving several cups of tea, recipes for French crepes, our terrible rap skills, a funny old comedy song about English workmen drinking tea, some improvised comedy role plays and a very angry Paul ranting about bad customer service in France! Your challenge is to listen to this episode in public without laughing out loud, especially in the second half of the episode. Good luck, may the force be with you. Vocabulary list, song lyrics, definitions and a quiz available (link below). Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Zb  Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 483. A Rambling Chat with Moz
    483. A Rambling Chat with Moz
    Duration: 01h11min | 01/10/2017

    The second part of my conversation with my friend Moz, this time covering subjects such as podcasting vs YouTube, bathing naked in a Japanese spa, sharing personal information online (like a story of bathing naked in a Japanese spa), the role of artificial intelligence & social media, murdering mosquitoes and meeting a crack addict on the streets of London. Vocabulary list and quiz available. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Yo italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 482. The Murder Mile True Crime Podcast (with Moz) More Creepy Stories of Murders in London
    482. The Murder Mile True Crime Podcast (with Moz) More Creepy Stories of Murders in London
    Duration: 01h11min | 26/09/2017

    My friend Moz, who runs a murder-themed tour company in London, is back on the podcast to talk about some more creepy stories of crimes from London's history and his new podcast. Vocabulary list available on the website. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Yh  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 481. Holiday Diary (Final Part) Endeavour to Persevere
    481. Holiday Diary (Final Part) "Endeavour to Persevere"
    Duration: 02h34min | 20/09/2017

    The final part of the holiday diary series. This one is about visiting the Navajo Nation, meeting some Navajo people, seeing more natural wonders at Monument Valley and The Grand Canyon, a couple of film recommendations our experience of the solar eclipse and a few more anecdotes about the rest of our road trip. Transcript + more on the episode page. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7WS  Spoken voice calls: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 480. Holiday Diary (Part 7) Big Rocks! Geology  A Short History of the Earth
    480. Holiday Diary (Part 7) Big Rocks! Geology & A Short History of the Earth
    Duration: 01h24min | 18/09/2017

    In this episode I'm going to continue telling you stories of my recent holiday and there will be descriptions of impressive rocky landscapes, a sort of geology lesson and a brief history of planet earth. Expect plenty of solid descriptive chunks of vocabulary as this holiday diary continues.  Spoken calls: http://www.getspoken.com/lep Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Wc 

  • 479. Holiday Diary (Part 6) The Madness of Las Vegas / 11 Gambling Idioms
    479. Holiday Diary (Part 6) The Madness of Las Vegas / 11 Gambling Idioms
    Duration: 01h12min | 14/09/2017

    This episode includes anecdotes and descriptions of our short visit to Las Vegas, including stories of more rental car issues, Las Vegas craziness, winning and losing $$$ and 11 common English idioms that come from the world of gambling. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7W2  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 478. Holiday Diary (Part 5) An Encounter with The Church of Scientology
    478. Holiday Diary (Part 5) An Encounter with The Church of Scientology
    Duration: 01h09min | 12/09/2017

    More thoughts and comments inspired by things that happened during my recent holiday. In this one I'm discussing stories about the Church of Scientology and the claims that it is a cult. Listen to find out what happened in this part of my trip. Check the episode page for the vocabulary list with definitions. Episode page: https://teacherluke.co.uk/2017/09/12/478-holiday-diary-part-5-an-encounter-with-the-church-of-scientology/   

  • 477. Holiday Diary (Part 4) The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
    477. Holiday Diary (Part 4) The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
    Duration: 56min | 09/09/2017

    The holiday diary continues and in this chapter we visited Bel Air in L.A. and so here is an analysis of the lyrics to Will Smith's rap from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", a famous TV show (and a very serious piece of work, haha) from the 90s which was set in Bel Air itself. Topics covered: TV pop culture, racial politics, slang English. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7V2 italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 476. Holiday Diary (Part 3) Astronomy, Astrology  Flat Earth Conspiracy Theory
    476. Holiday Diary (Part 3) Astronomy, Astrology & Flat Earth Conspiracy Theory
    Duration: 02h37min | 06/09/2017

    In this episode I talk about visiting the fantastic Griffith Observatory and then ramble about Astronomy vs Astrology and ludicrous flat earth conspiracy theories. Includes various bits of vocabulary throughout the episode. Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7UR 

  • 475. Holiday Diary (Part 2) Modern Art: Is it amazing, or is it rubbish?
    475. Holiday Diary (Part 2) Modern Art: Is it amazing, or is it rubbish?
    Duration: 01h21min | 03/09/2017

    Talking about some modern art which I saw while visiting several galleries in Los Angeles. Includes descriptions of different movements in modern art, details about some famous artists and their work, some thoughts about whether modern art is really amazing, or maybe just a load of pretentious rubbish! (Spoiler alert: it depends) italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7UQ 

  • 474. Holiday Diary (Part 1) New Arrival, New Destinations
    474. Holiday Diary (Part 1) New Arrival, New Destinations
    Duration: 01h12min | 31/08/2017

    Hi everyone, I'm back from my holiday so here's a new episode of the podcast. In this one you'll hear me talking about some recent news (including quite a big announcement) and then an account of what we did on holiday including some descriptions, opinions and stories. There's talk of disturbing political events, dodgy car rental experiences, and a couple of beautiful cities where urban life meets wild nature. Enjoy! italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: https://teacherluke.co.uk/2017/08/31/474-holiday-diary-part-1/ 

  • 473. Explaining the Rules of Cricket (with Dad)
    473. Explaining the Rules of Cricket (with Dad)
    Duration: 01h26min | 22/08/2017

    Everything you need to know about the world's 2nd most popular spectator sport, cricket. I'm joined by my Dad, Rick Thompson and we describe the rules, the appeal of the game and also some expressions in English that come from cricket. italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Tr 

  • Why does the UK have so many accents? (Recorded February 2017)
    Why does the UK have so many accents? (Recorded February 2017)
    Duration: 01h16min | 16/08/2017

    This episode was originally recorded in February 2017 and is being uploaded in August 2017. In this episode I’m going to answer several questions from listeners about accents, including how regional accents occur in the UK and why there are so many accents there. Video available. italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Ty 

  • 472. Andys Story of Survival / Why Andy Runs Marathons (with Andy Johnson)
    472. Andy's Story of Survival / Why Andy Runs Marathons (with Andy Johnson)
    Duration: 57min | 11/08/2017

    Talking to Andy about why he runs marathons, including vocabulary relating to doing exercise, health, fitness, technique, injuries and medical care. italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Ti 

  • 471. Stepping on Lego, Self-directed Learning, Accents (with Andy Johnson)
    471. Stepping on Lego, Self-directed Learning, Accents (with Andy Johnson)
    Duration: 47min | 06/08/2017

    Talking to Andy about stepping on Lego, Andy's job, self-directed language learning, accent, and British/American English. italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Tc 

  • Im going away on holiday - back in a few weeks!
    I'm going away on holiday - back in a few weeks!
    Duration: 25min | 02/08/2017

    I'm going on holiday until the end of the month, so I'm going to disappear for a while. Listen to this message because it has a few announcements about what's happening with the podcast while I'm gone. Transcript available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7T5 

  • 470. Understanding the Liverpool Accent
    470. Understanding the Liverpool Accent
    Duration: 01h22min | 31/07/2017

    Helping you to understand and appreciate the Liverpool accent and Scouse English, featuring clips of comedy a short history of Liverpool and interviews with famous footballers, actors and musicians. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7SN italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 469. British Comedy: John Bishop
    469. British Comedy: John Bishop
    Duration: 01h16min | 27/07/2017

    Helping you to understand a comedian with a Liverpool accent - learn vocabulary, culture and accents in English. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7SJ italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 468. Punk - Music  Culture (with James)
    468. Punk - Music & Culture (with James)
    Duration: 01h19min | 24/07/2017

    A bit of pop culture history in this episode, talking about the musical movement of punk and the social situation in which it happened. With James Thompson Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7HN  Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 467. A Boiling-Hot Evening Ramble - Comments  Questions
    467. A Boiling-Hot Evening Ramble - Comments & Questions
    Duration: 01h23min | 20/07/2017

    Rambling (in my sweltering hot flat) about the benefits of playing football, giving encouragement to a shy new listener, some prepositions with transport, comparing formal and informal styles and commenting on the risks of using humour in emails. Episode page with notes and transcriptions: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7S4  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk   

  • 466. Get this word into your life
    466. Get this word into your life
    Duration: 02h35min | 15/07/2017

    Highlighting and clarifying vocabulary that you heard in episodes 464 and 465, with a focus on phrases and uses of the word get. Episode page: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7QV  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 465. How I make episodes of the podcast (Part 2)
    465. How I make episodes of the podcast (Part 2)
    Duration: 01h22min | 10/07/2017

    Talking about the technical side of making podcast episodes, including fascinating* insights about my recording equipment and an exciting** anecdote game. Includes upbeat music to absolutely guarantee*** that you will not be bored during the episode! *insights may not actually be fascinating **management holds no liability for any lack of excitement experienced ***not actually a legally binding guarantee Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep Episode page for notes: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Rg 

  • 464. How I make episodes of the podcast (Part 1)
    464. How I make episodes of the podcast (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h16min | 06/07/2017

    Talking about the creative side of making podcast episodes, including some thoughts on how to come up with ideas and how to speak in front of an audience. Watch out for various phrases with 'get' during the episode. Episode page on teacherluke.co.uk http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7QS Spoken - 2 free lessons & 20% discount: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 463. News, Comments  Questions
    463. News, Comments & Questions
    Duration: 01h24min | 03/07/2017

    Giving some news, responding to comments & questions, rambling about new shoes and getting lost in the jungle. Episode page with links etc: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7QI  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  

  • 462. British Comedy: Bill Bailey
    462. British Comedy: Bill Bailey
    Duration: 01h11min | 28/06/2017

    In this episode I talk to you about one of my favourite stand up comedians from the UK. We’re going to hear some of his comedy and use it to learn English. Episode page for scripts, videos, notes: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7PU Spoken offer: http://www.getspsoken.com/lep

  • 461. 25 Deceptively Difficult Questions (with Amber, Paul  Sarah)
    461. 25 Deceptively Difficult Questions (with Amber, Paul & Sarah)
    Duration: 01h10min | 24/06/2017

    An episode about the tricky little questions that we use when socialising. What are the appropriate answers? What are the subtle differences? How do native speakers use these questions? Can you take the test and get all the right responses to my list of deceptively difficult questions?  Episode page: http://teacherluke.co.uk/2017/06/24/461-25-deceptively-difficult-questions-with-amber-paul-sarah/  Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep  25 Deceptively Difficult Questions - Proper Introduction Transcript! Hi everyone, This is an episode about social English, the kind of English you use when you’re socialising, particularly the little things you say when you greet someone or at the beginning of a conversation. There are many ways to say “hi” and also lots of ways to say “how are you?” or “what are you doing?” The tricky thing is being able to judge the subtle differences in the questions with the presence of auxiliary verbs or modals which change the meaning slightly from the past, to the present to the fut

  • 460 Catching Up With Amber  Paul #6 (feat. Sarah Donnelly)
    460 Catching Up With Amber & Paul #6 (feat. Sarah Donnelly)
    Duration: 01h05min | 20/06/2017

    Conversation and language analysis with the podpals and guest Sarah. Hear some conversation about being married to a foreign person, bringing up kids to be bilingual, and learn some slang in Australian and Northern Irish English. Vocabulary is explained at the end.  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7PL  Text also reproduced below (including vocabulary lists) Introduction This episode is choc-a-block with natural conversation and language. Yesterday I had Amber and Paul over to the flat, and I also invited Sarah Donnelly, a friend of the podcast. Sarah also brought her baby who she had since she was last on the podcast. There’s no relation by the way between her being on the podcast and having a baby. Purely coincidental. Anyway, the four of us sat around the table yesterday in the blistering heat to record some podcast material and that’s what you’re going to hear. Sometimes you can hear the baby screaming and gurgling in the background but I don’t think it spo

  • 459. Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon
    459. Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon
    Duration: 01h02min | 17/06/2017

    Rambling on about so-called "facts" I found on the internet, while sitting in direct sunshine wishing I had beer. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Pz Audible audiobook offer: http://www.audibletrial.com/teacherluke 

  • 458. The Rick Thompson Report: Post-Election 2017
    458. The Rick Thompson Report: Post-Election 2017
    Duration: 01h11min | 14/06/2017

    Talking to my Dad about the results of the UK's general election on 8 June 2017. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Ph  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 457. Conclusions about Language Learning from the David Crystal Interview (Part 2)
    457. Conclusions about Language Learning from the David Crystal Interview (Part 2)
    Duration: 53min | 09/06/2017

    A follow-up to episode 455 consolidating the insights of Professor David Crystal including various pearls of wisdom about language learning. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7OS  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 456. Conclusions about Language Learning from the David Crystal Interview (Part 1)
    456. Conclusions about Language Learning from the David Crystal Interview (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h06min | 09/06/2017

    Discussing and clarifying what David Crystal said in episode 454. Conclusions about language learning and linguistics.   Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7OB italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 455. David Crystal Interview (Part 2) Questions from Listeners
    455. David Crystal Interview (Part 2) Questions from Listeners
    Duration: 57min | 06/06/2017

    Talking to the world's top writer and lecturer on the English language, Professor David Crystal. In this episode, David answers questions from listeners. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Od italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • A Message from Amber
    A Message from Amber
    Duration: 02min | 01/06/2017

    Hi everyone, this is just a quick 3min episode with a message from Amber about her podcast. Details below. Amber's podcast is now on iTunes and on her website http://www.panamepodcast.com Check it out! Luke

  • 454. David Crystal Interview (Part 1) Professor of Linguistics
    454. David Crystal Interview (Part 1) Professor of Linguistics
    Duration: 01h03min | 31/05/2017

    Talking about language with one of the world's top linguists, Professor David Crystal. italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7NH 

  • 453. The 36 Questions that Lead to Love (with Amber  Paul)
    453. The 36 Questions that Lead to Love (with Amber & Paul)
    Duration: 01h12min | 27/05/2017

    Listen to Amber, Paul and me answering questions designed by psychologists to help couples or friends become closer and more intimate. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7NW  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 452. A Conversation About Language (with Amber  Paul)
    452. A Conversation About Language (with Amber & Paul)
    Duration: 01h01min | 24/05/2017

    Discussing language with Amber & Paul, including issues such as errors made by native speakers, language change, whether language standards are declining, the effects of technology on language and how to cut an avocado without injuring yourself. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7No  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 451. Film Club: Alien Covenant
    451. Film Club: Alien Covenant
    Duration: 01h13min | 22/05/2017

    Another film club episode, this time about the Alien franchise and a review of the new film "Alien: Covenant". The film is in the cinemas now and you could watch the other films at home (with or without subtitles) for some more English listening practice. italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Ni 

  • 450. Comments  Questions
    450. Comments & Questions
    Duration: 01h21min | 16/05/2017

    In this episode I’m going to go through some questions from the comment section and give a bit of news. There will be some grammar, some vocab, some reactions to recent episodes and some bits relating to how you can continue to push your English with this podcast. Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7MU 

  • 449. Film Club: Touching the Void (Part 2) Learning a Language is Like Climbing a Mountain
    449. Film Club: Touching the Void (Part 2) Learning a Language is Like Climbing a Mountain
    Duration: 01h05min | 13/05/2017

    Part 2 of this Film Club episode looking at the award-winning documentary "Touching the Void" which tells the story of a mountain climbing expedition which goes wrong. Listen to this episode and then watch the film on Netflix or DVD for that extra bit of English input. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7DO italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 448. Film Club: Touching the Void (Part 1) Learning a Language is Like Climbing a Mountain
    448. Film Club: Touching the Void (Part 1) Learning a Language is Like Climbing a Mountain
    Duration: 54min | 12/05/2017

    A film club episode about the award-winning documentary film "Touching the Void" about a mountain climbing expedition which goes wrong. It's an amazing true story and there are lots of things to learn from it, including lessons about motivation and attitude towards any challenge. The film is available on Netflix and DVD. Check it out and use this episode to help you understand it all. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7DM italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 447. What is this, British Humour? (with Amber Minogue)
    447. What is this, British Humour? (with Amber Minogue)
    Duration: 01h26min | 08/05/2017

    What is British Humour? Is it funny? Does it even exist? How does it relate to our communication style and culture? In this episode I go through the main points of my British Council Teacher Talk about British Humour. Amber and I discuss the definition of British humour, the way it works, how it's different or similar to other humour in other places, and some examples of typical humour in the UK. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7E8 Spoken offer: www.getspoken.com/lep

  • 446. British TV: Top Gear
    446. British TV: Top Gear
    Duration: 01h26min | 05/05/2017

    Talking about one of the UK's most popular television programmes, Top Gear. This episode features lots of vocabulary related to cars, but a lot more too including your guide to how to speak like Jeremy Clarkson. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7DS  Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 445. British Podcast Award / Hello to New Listeners / 17 Vocabulary Expressions
    445. British Podcast Award / Hello to New Listeners / 17 Vocabulary Expressions
    Duration: 55min | 01/05/2017

    In this episode I’m going to talk a little bit about the results of the British Podcast Awards and also do a sort of introduction to the podcast for new people who might be listening for the first time. I’m going to bring you up to speed on what this podcast is all about and also recommend a few episodes from the archive that you could listen to. Also - for the dedicated language learners, at the end of the episode I’m going to explain 17 expressions which you’ll hear as I’m talking. Which expressions will they be? You’ll have to wait and see. Episode page - http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7DA italki offer - http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 444. The Rick Thompson Report: Snap General Election 2017
    444. The Rick Thompson Report: Snap General Election 2017
    Duration: 01h20min | 25/04/2017

    Politics is back on LEP as I talk to my Dad about recent developments in the UK, specifically the General Election which is due to take place on 8 June. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7C6 italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 443. The Trip to Japan (Part 2)
    443. The Trip to Japan (Part 2)
    Duration: 02h42min | 21/04/2017

    Describing my recent trip to Japan and exploring the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7C4  Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 442. The Trip to Japan (Part 1)
    442. The Trip to Japan (Part 1)
    Duration: 01h28min | 21/04/2017

    Describing my recent trip to Japan and exploring the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7BQ Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 441. Andy Johnson at the IATEFL Conference
    441. Andy Johnson at the IATEFL Conference
    Duration: 01h26min | 18/04/2017

    A conversation with Andy Johnson, talking about the IATEFL teaching conference, millennials, more tales of Andy's appearance and the possibility of a WWE wrestling match between Andy and me. Episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7BO 10% off all courses at London School Online - use offer code LUKE10 http://www.londonschoolonline.com 

  • 440. This Pile of Books on my Desk
    440. This Pile of Books on my Desk
    Duration: 02h32min | 06/04/2017

    In this episode I just want to talk to you about this pile of 16 books I have on my desk. These are (mostly) books I haven't read yet but which I picked up recently. I have lots of piles of books like this lying around and I must read them all but I can't find the time! Anyway, I think they're really interesting. I either received them as presents, was recommended them by friends and family or I bought them for myself when visiting book shops over the last year or two. I love books, and browsing bookshops is one of my favourite things. If only I was a faster reader! Episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Bk italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 439. Reading Books to Learn English
    439. Reading Books to Learn English
    Duration: 01h09min | 06/04/2017

    This episode is all about books. I’m going to recommend some self-study books for learning English, talk about the value of reading books in English and then go through some of the books which I have in a pile on my desk and talk to you about them - just to inspire you to do some more reading this year, in English of course! Epsiode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Bh italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 438. Hi Luke, I have a question!
    438. Hi Luke, I have a question!
    Duration: 02h38min | 04/04/2017

    Here’s another episode done in a similar style to the last one, with some news, some rambling and some questions and comments from the website. Topics in this episode will include: My live comedy show in Tokyo on 13 April, LEPster meetups, humour, grammar, understanding TV and Movies, Breaking Bad, Logan and more... Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7B8 Spoken: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 437. Ramble News - 31 March 2017
    437. Ramble News - 31 March 2017
    Duration: 01h27min | 31/03/2017

    A rambly episode with some news from the UK, some comments, some questions, some updates about LEPster meetups in Moscow, Tokyo and London and more. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Ad italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

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