Luke's ENGLISH Podcast - Learn British English with Luke Thompson

Luke's ENGLISH Podcast - Learn British English with Luke Thompson Podcast

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

629. Do you ever ... ? (with James) Strange Habits & Funny Observations
629. Do you ever ... ? (with James) Strange Habits & Funny Observations A funny conversation about strange habits that we don't often talk about, with my brother James. Notes & scripts available on the website. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-akj italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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629. Do you ever ... ? (with James) Strange Habits & Funny Observations
629. Do you ever ... ? (with James) Strange Habits & Funny Observations A funny conversation about strange habits that we don't often talk about, with my brother James. Notes & scripts available on the website. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-akj italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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628. OASIS (with James)
628. OASIS (with James) A conversation with James about the English rock band Oasis, including details about their story, music, lyrics and the sibling rivalry between Noel and Liam Gallagher. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ajt italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium  Image: Champagne Supernova by Oasis, record cover. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Champagne_Supernova_sleeve_cover.jpg Fair use summary: Content is for educational purp...

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628. OASIS (with James)
628. OASIS (with James) A conversation with James about the English rock band Oasis, including details about their story, music, lyrics and the sibling rivalry between Noel and Liam Gallagher. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ajt italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium  Image: Champagne Supernova by Oasis, record cover. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Champagne_Supernova_sleeve_cover.jpg Fair use summary: Content is for educational purp...

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627. Emina's Long Journey to English Proficiency
627. Emina's Long Journey to English Proficiency My friend Emina Tuzovic has learned English to a proficient level as a non-native speaker of the language. She says it has been "a long journey". Let's find out all about that journey of English learning in this conversation, recorded in London just a couple of days ago. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ajY italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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626. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson's Brexit Deal / General Election / Football
626. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson's Brexit Deal / General Election / Football An update from my dad about Brexit, including details about Boris Johnson's deal, the shutting down of Parliament, the upcoming general election and more. Includes some chat about Premiership football at the end. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ajb italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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626. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson's Brexit Deal / General Election / Football
626. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson's Brexit Deal / General Election / Football An update from my dad about Brexit, including details about Boris Johnson's deal, the shutting down of Parliament, the upcoming general election and more. Includes some chat about Premiership football at the end. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ajb italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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625. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 2)
625. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 2) Let's continue going through this list of words from an article I found in The Independent. Here is another list of 30 items of British English slang. Word list, notes and links available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-aix italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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625. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 2)
625. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 2) Let's continue going through this list of words from an article I found in The Independent. Here is another list of 30 items of British English slang. Word list, notes and links available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-aix italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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624. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 1)
624. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 1) An episode about British English slang and culture, featuring expressions that Brits know but everyone else finds confusing. Here are the first 30 expressions in a list of 88 that I found on independent.co.uk. Includes plenty of funny improvised examples to make you laugh out loud on the bus. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ahL italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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624. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 1)
624. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 1) An episode about British English slang and culture, featuring expressions that Brits know but everyone else finds confusing. Here are the first 30 expressions in a list of 88 that I found on independent.co.uk. Includes plenty of funny improvised examples to make you laugh out loud on the bus. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ahL italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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623. 13 Terrible Jokes, Explained
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...

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623. 13 Terrible Jokes, Explained
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...

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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 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/ta...

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621. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 3) Discord in the Den
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...

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620. British TV: Dragons' Den (Part 2) Negotiation
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...

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619. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 1) Business Vocabulary
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.teac...

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619. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 1) Vocabulary
619. British TV: Dragons’ Den (Part 1) 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.c...

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618. The Climate Crisis Explained in 10 Charts (with Cara Leopold)
618. The Climate Crisis Explained in 10 Charts (with Cara Leopold) A conversation with Cara Leopold about the climate crisis including descriptions of key charts, graphs and data. Notes and transcripts available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a8R  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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617. Sales and Advertising (with Paul Taylor)
617. Sales and Advertising (with Paul Taylor) A language-focused episode looking at words and phrases that you often see and hear in advertising and sales situations. Also includes discussion of sales techniques, Apple's sales and marketing strategy and also a classic bit of stand-up by the late great George Carlin. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a7R  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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617. Sales and Advertising (with Paul Taylor)
617. Sales and Advertising (with Paul Taylor) A language-focused episode looking at words and phrases that you often see and hear in advertising and sales situations. Also includes discussion of sales techniques, Apple's sales and marketing strategy and also a classic bit of stand-up by the late great George Carlin. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-a7R  italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk  LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium...

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616. Can you find the 15 idioms? (with Paul Taylor)
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...

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615. Paul Taylor Became a Dad, and you won't believe what happened next
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...

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614. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 3)
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...

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614. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 3)
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...

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613. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 2)
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...

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613. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 2)
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...

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612. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 1)
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...

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612. Another Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 1)
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...

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611. Top 10 Jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 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...

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610. British Comedy: James Acaster
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/...

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609. The LEP MeetUp in London / Brexit / Talking to my Daughter
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...

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608. The Mass Observation (with Mum)
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...

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607. The Rick Thompson Report: Boris Johnson PM / No Deal Brexit?
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...

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606. The English Seaside (with James)
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 Su...

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605. Unexpected Road Trip (with James)
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 cont...

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604. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED Part 2
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...

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603. Queen / Freddie Mercury / Bohemian Rhapsody (with Alex Love)
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...

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602. British Comedy: The Day Today (Part 2)
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...

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601. British Comedy: The Day Today (Part 1)
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 :)...

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Quick Hello / OPP / Living Through Comedy / Somewhere Else Dreamin’
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 preparin...

600. Episode 600 Livestream Ask Me Anything Audio
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!...

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599. Oliver Gee Returns with Stories to Tell
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...

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598. The Rick Thompson Report: EU Elections / Theresa May / Brexit / Football
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...

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Hello! Here are the details of the Episode 600 YouTube live stream
[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) 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  🍾🍾...

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596. SLEEP with Amber & Paul
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...

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595. Andy Johnson Returns (Part 2) Eating / TV Series / Football / Music
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...

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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 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...

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593. Going through pages in an old diary
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...

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592. It always seems impossible until it's done
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...

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591. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED (Part 1)
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...

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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) 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 transcript...

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589. [1/2] Film Club: Avengers Endgame / Marvel Cinematic Universe (with Fred Eyangoh)
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...

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588. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 2) Apostrophe, Full Stop, Comma
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.userde...

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587. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 1)
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 - av...

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It's LEP's 10th Birthday!
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 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...

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585. Alternative British Citizenship Tests with Paul Taylor
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...

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584. Posh or not posh? (Part 3) with Amber & Paul
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...

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583. British Comedy: The Dirty Fork / Restaurant Sketch (Monty Python)
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...

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582. Posh or not posh? (Part 2) Guess the Posh British Celebrities
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...

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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 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...

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580. Ramble / Listener Comments / Robots / Vampires / Two Taps in the Bathroom
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 Q&A with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast
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...

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578. [1/2] IELTS Q&A with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast
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...

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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) 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...

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576. Talking about Comedy, Books, Films & Music with James
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...

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575. British Comedy: Paul Chowdhry
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...

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574. [2/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Q&A (January 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, basi...

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573. [1/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Update (January 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 a...

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572. Worst Stand-up Gig Experiences (with Amber & Paul)
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...

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571. Bill Burr's Hilarious Plane Story - Enjoy Comedy/Storytelling in English
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...

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570. Learning & Teaching English with Zdenek Lukas (Part 2)
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...

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569. Learning & Teaching English with Zdenek Lukas (Part 1)
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  Spo...

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568. What is Luke's 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? 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...

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567. Alternative Christmas Stories & Poems / Beatles / Happy New Year from LEP!
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.g...

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566. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 6) 2018 with Amber
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...

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565. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 5) 2018 with Amber
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...

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564. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 4)
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...

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563. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 3)
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/ta...

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562. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 2)
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...

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561. The Collins Words of the Year (Part 1)
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...

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560. Sarah Donnelly Returns - Writing jokes, public speaking, doing comedy in another language
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...

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559. The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Chaos (November 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...

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558. Rambling in the new Sky-Pod
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...

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557. I'm a Rambling Guy (Monologue - Autumn 2018) Audio Version
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/colle...

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#142 - POTTER AROUND/ABOUT
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....

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#141 - POSE AS
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....

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#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) 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 t...

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556. With Jessica Beck from Honestly English
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...

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555. Raphael Miller's Summer School Report
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 n...

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554. ODD NEWS STORIES (with Mum & Dad)
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...

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553. Fighting Wildland Fires with Benny the Russian Firefighter
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...

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552. Discussing Comedy & Culture (with Amber & Paul)
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 pag...

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551. Catching Up with Amber & Paul #8 - Stereotypes
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...

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550. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 3)
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...

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549. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 2)
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...

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548. British Comedy: Alan Partridge (Part 1)
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...

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547. Best Jokes from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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...

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546. Death by Meteor
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...

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545. The Hitchhiker by Roald Dahl (Short Story)
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  :)...

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544. The Rick Thompson Report: No Deal Brexit
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...

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543. Britain's First Insect Restaurant Opens
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  :)...

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542. Talking Rubbish & Just Having Fun with The Thompsons
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...

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541. What British People Say vs What They Mean
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/p...

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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 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...

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539. World Cup 2018 [3] Is It Coming Home?
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...

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538. World Cup 2018 [2] The Second Round / Listener Comments
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...

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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 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...

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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 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...

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535. World Cup 2018 [1]
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 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 a...

534. Sugar Sammy Interview (Part 2) Language & Comedy
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-8...

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533. Sugar Sammy Interview (Part 1) Multilingual Comedian
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
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...

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531. Crime Vocabulary Quiz (with Moz)
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...

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530. More Murder Stories (with Moz)
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...

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529. The "M" Word (with Andy Johnson)
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) 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/...

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527. Can Paul Taylor Pass The UK Citizenship Test?
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-8h...

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526. Being a Tourist (with Paul Taylor) Audio version
[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 Luke's English Podcast
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! 🤞🤞🤞 Vocabulary in this Mini Episode to be in with a chance (of doing something) you need to achieve certain milestones it shows that you're getting somewhere, you're making progress it's a flag you can wave or a banner you can show to people you need flags you can fly from the top of the castle to fly the flag...


525. Ninja August / Podcast Corrections / Useful Japanese Cat (Listener Comments & Questions)
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:...

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524. Tricky Pronunciation Debates / "Either" "Neither" / Song + Comedy Sketch
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...

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523. Tips for Learning English with Films & TV Shows (with Cara Leopold)
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...

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522. Learning English at Summer School in the UK (A Rambling Chat with Raphael Miller)
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. 👨‍🎓🌞🇬🇧 www.yourenglishsummer.co.uk  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8ft  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk...

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521. Talking about Pets (with James)
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...

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A New Episode is Now Available in the LEP App
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 📱ANDROID – GOOGLE PLAY STORE    Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8eW...


520. Idioms Game & Chat Part 2 (with Andy Johnson) + 18 More Idioms & Vocab Items Explained
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...

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519. Idioms Game & Chat (with Andy Johnson) + 25 Idioms Explained
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
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...

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517. Professor Stephen Hawking (An Obituary)
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...

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516. Paul McCartney's Spider Story (Intensive Listening)
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/2018/03/10/5...

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515. Becoming "Maman" with Amber & Sarah - Bringing Up Children The French Way
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. What's on the table? (with Fred & Alex)
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...

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513. General Ramble / News / Comments
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...

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512. My Experiences of (not) Learning French [Part 2] Learning Language in a Classroom vs Learning On Your Own
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...

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511. My Experiences of (not) Learning French [Part 1]
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...

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510. Philosophy Quiz (with Amber & Paul)
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)
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...

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508. Six True Crime Stories from Victorian England, Told by My Dad
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...

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507. Learning English with UK Comedy TV Shows
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...

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506. One of Britain's Favourite Poems
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...

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505. A Chat with Dad & James about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (with Vocabulary)
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...

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504. My Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Part 2)
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 ...

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503. My Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Part 1)
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...

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502. The Birth of My Daughter
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...

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501. Merry Christmas! / Listener Correspondence
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...

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500. [2/2] EPISODE 500 CELEBRATION! (PART 2)
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...

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500. [1/2] EPISODE 500 CELEBRATION! (PART 1)
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...

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499. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle / Royal Family Quiz (with Amber)
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...

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498. The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Negotiations
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...

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497. Film Club: Withnail & I (with James and Will)
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...

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496. RAMBLECAST
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...

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