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

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

Episodes

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

    Apr 19 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:...more

  • 587. Punctuation Rules / Book Review (Part 1)

    Apr 18 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...more

  • It's LEP's 10th Birthday!

    Apr 12 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

    Apr 06 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

    Mar 29 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

    Mar 25 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)

    Mar 20 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

    Mar 15 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

    Mar 13 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

    Mar 08 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 Q&A with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast

    Mar 01 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 Q&A with Ben Worthington from IELTS Podcast

    Feb 28 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)

    Feb 14 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

    Feb 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

    Jan 30 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 Q&A (January 2019)

    Jan 25 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 ever...more

  • 573. [1/2] The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Update (January 2019)

    Jan 25 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...more

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

    Jan 20 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 Burr's Hilarious Plane Story - Enjoy Comedy/Storytelling in English

    Jan 16 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)

    Jan 11 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)

    Jan 11 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/p4I...more

  • 568. What is Luke's English Podcast, and how can it help you with your English?

    Jan 07 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!

    Dec 21 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...more

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

    Dec 19 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

    Dec 17 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)

    Dec 13 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 announ...more

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

    Dec 11 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.teacherl...more

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

    Dec 10 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)

    Dec 07 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

    Dec 03 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)

    Nov 19 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

    Nov 14 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. I'm a Rambling Guy (Monologue - Autumn 2018) Audio Version

    Nov 01 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 t...more

  • #142 - POTTER AROUND/ABOUT

    Oct 31 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

    Oct 31 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)

    Oct 30 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 c...more

  • 556. With Jessica Beck from Honestly English

    Oct 24 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 Miller's Summer School Report

    Oct 22 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 friendsh...more

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

    Oct 18 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

    Oct 15 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)

    Oct 05 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....more

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

    Oct 01 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)

    Sep 28 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)

    Sep 26 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)

    Sep 25 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

    Sep 19 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

    Sep 11 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)

    Sep 07 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

    Aug 27 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. Britain's First Insect Restaurant Opens

    Aug 23 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

    Aug 21 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

    Jul 31 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 htt...more

  • 540. What’s Up? Post World Cup / News / LEP Meetup London / Super Mario Earworms

    Jul 21 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?

    Jul 09 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

    Jul 05 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

    Jul 02 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

    Jun 29 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]

    Jun 26 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

    Jun 22 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’...more

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

    Jun 15 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...more

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

    Jun 13 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

    Jun 08 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)

    Jun 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)

    Jun 03 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)

    May 29 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)

    May 22 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-charlot...more

  • 527. Can Paul Taylor Pass The UK Citizenship Test?

    May 18 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....more

  • 526. Being a Tourist (with Paul Taylor) Audio version

    May 16 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 Luke's English Podcast

    May 14 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! 🤞🤞🤞 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 ...more

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

    May 07 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...more

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

    May 04 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)

    Apr 24 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)

    Apr 18 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. 👨‍🎓🌞🇬🇧 www.yourenglishsummer.co.uk  Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-8ft  italki offer www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

  • 521. Talking about Pets (with James)

    Apr 13 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

    Apr 10 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 📱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

    Apr 03 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

    Mar 29 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

    Mar 21 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 (An Obituary)

    Mar 14 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 h...more

  • 516. Paul McCartney's Spider Story (Intensive Listening)

    Mar 10 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/...more

  • 515. Becoming "Maman" with Amber & Sarah - Bringing Up Children The French Way

    Mar 06 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. What's on the table? (with Fred & Alex)

    Mar 01 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

    Feb 23 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

    Feb 16 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]

    Feb 13 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)

    Feb 06 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)

    Feb 01 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...more

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

    Jan 28 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

    Jan 20 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 Britain's Favourite Poems

    Jan 16 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)

    Jan 12 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 mig...more

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

    Jan 11 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 u...more

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

    Jan 10 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...more

  • 502. The Birth of My Daughter

    Jan 04 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

    Dec 24 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)

    Dec 17 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)

    Dec 17 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)

    Dec 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

    Dec 08 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)

    Dec 05 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

    Nov 30 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~

    Nov 27 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

    Nov 22 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 z...more

  • 493. Catching Up with Amber & Paul #7 (Human Pollution)

    Nov 17 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 wor...more

  • 492. Becoming a Dad (with Andy & Ben) Part 2

    Nov 12 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

    Nov 08 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)

    Nov 03 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...more

  • 489. A Rambling Conversation with Mum (Part 2) + Vocabulary

    Oct 30 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

    Oct 26 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)

    Oct 22 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

    Oct 13 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 En...more

  • 485. Difficult Words to Pronounce in English (with Paul Taylor) Part 1

    Oct 13 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...more

  • 484. Try not to Laugh on the Bus (with Paul Taylor)

    Oct 08 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 avail...more

  • 483. A Rambling Chat with Moz

    Oct 01 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

    Sep 26 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"

    Sep 20 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

    Sep 18 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

    Sep 14 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

    Sep 12 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

    Sep 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

    Sep 06 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?

    Sep 03 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

    Aug 31 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://teacherlu...more

  • 473. Explaining the Rules of Cricket (with Dad)

    Aug 22 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)

    Aug 16 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. Andy's Story of Survival / Why Andy Runs Marathons (with Andy Johnson)

    Aug 11 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)

    Aug 06 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 

  • I'm going away on holiday - back in a few weeks!

    Aug 02 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

    Jul 31 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

    Jul 27 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)

    Jul 24 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

    Jul 20 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

    Jul 15 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)

    Jul 10 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 ...more

  • 464. How I make episodes of the podcast (Part 1)

    Jul 06 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

    Jul 03 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

    Jun 28 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)

    Jun 24 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 Introductio...more

  • 460 Catching Up With Amber & Paul #6 (feat. Sarah Donnelly)

    Jun 20 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. Yesterda...more

  • 459. Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

    Jun 17 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

    Jun 14 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)

    Jun 09 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)

    Jun 09 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

    Jun 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

    Jun 01 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

    May 31 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)

    May 27 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)

    May 24 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

    May 22 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

    May 16 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

    May 13 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

    May 12 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)

    May 08 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

    May 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

    May 01 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 expre...more

  • 444. The Rick Thompson Report: Snap General Election 2017

    Apr 25 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)

    Apr 21 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)

    Apr 21 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

    Apr 18 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

    Apr 06 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...more

  • 439. Reading Books to Learn English

    Apr 06 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!

    Apr 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

    Mar 31 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 

  • 436. The Return of The Lying Game (with Amber & Paul) [Video]

    Mar 28 2017

    Amber, Paul and I play another round of The Lying Game, in which we each tell a story and the others have to guess if it's true or a lie. Listen for story telling, questions and general fun, plus some jokes at the end of the episode. Video available. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Av italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 435. Catching Up With Amber & Paul #5 [Video]

    Mar 24 2017

    Amber & Paul are back on the podcast in this episode as we respond to some questions and comments from the website and social media. Video available. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Aa Spoken: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 434. Interview with Paul Taylor - "WTF France?" [Video]

    Mar 21 2017

    Interviewing Paul Taylor about his comedy projects, including "What the F*ck France" on Canal+ / Youtube and his stand-up shows #Franglais and The Paul Taylor Comedy Night. Video available. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7zC Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 433. British TV: Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (Part 2) [Video]

    Mar 16 2017

    Learn more authentic English directly from the mouths of these native speakers in an episode of the popular British TV show "Kitchen Nightmares" with famous chef Gordon Ramsay. Videos and vocabulary lists available. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7zA italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 432. British TV: Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (Part 1) [Video]

    Mar 14 2017

    Talking about restaurant culture in the UK, an introduction to one of the UK's most famous chefs and a chance to learn some authentic English from a popular British TV show featuring Gordon Ramsay. Video available. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7zy italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 431. Restaurants & Hotels / Really Strange TripAdvisor Reviews (with Amber)

    Mar 09 2017

    Talking to Amber about our experiences in restaurants & hotels and some truly bizarre TripAdvisor reviews. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7yz Spoken promo: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 430. Discussing Language Learning & Life with Fred Eyangoh

    Mar 05 2017

    Talking to Fred about history, geography, comedy, learning English and cutlery. Episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7wb italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 429. RAMBLENEWS!

    Mar 01 2017

    [Yes, that is a lizard in an aquarium - listen to the episode to find out more] This is an episode with some rambling about recent news, LEPster meetups, transcript project team, listener comments & questions, teaching phrasal verbs with 'in on' and some music. This episode is also available as a video. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7yk italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 428. British Comedy: Limmy's Show (Part 2)

    Feb 23 2017

    Analysis of another sketch from Limmy's Show. Listen to informal English spoken in a Glasgow accent, and understand it. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7xO 

  • 427. British Comedy: Limmy's Show

    Feb 22 2017

    An episode analysing more British comedy, this time focusing on a couple of sketches from Limmy's Show, an award-winning TV comedy produced by BBC Scotland. See link for transcriptions, notes and videos.  Episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7xc 

  • 426. Thompson, Taylor & Minogue: Victorian Detectives (Part 2) with Amber & Paul

    Feb 16 2017

    Listen to the conclusion of this mystery story in which Amber, Paul and I attempt to solve a series of kidnappings in Victorian London. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7wS italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 425. Thompson, Taylor & Minogue: Victorian Detectives (Part 1) with Amber & Paul

    Feb 13 2017

    Join Amber, Paul and me as we attempt to solve a series of mysterious kidnappings in Victorian London. Full story text available. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7vz italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 424. With Andy & Ben from The London School of English (Part 2)

    Feb 08 2017

    Talking to Andy Johnson and Ben Butler about teaching English to millennials, cross-cultural experiences we've had as English teachers and some funny stories about Andy. Episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7vS London School Online (use offer code LUKE10) for a 10% discount http://www.londonschoolonline.com 

  • 423. With Andy & Ben from The London School of English (Part 1)

    Feb 06 2017

    Talking to Andy Johnson and Ben Butler from The London School of English about many things including teaching English for specific purposes and some old anecdotes. Episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7vH 

  • 422. Learning British Dialects with Korean Billy

    Feb 02 2017

    Talking to Billy from Korea about his videos about regional British dialects and accents. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7t5 italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 421. Skateboarding - A New Olympic Sport (with James)

    Jan 29 2017

    A new episode with James about Skateboarding, which will be a new event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. James has been a skater for most of his life and used to write articles for a skateboarding magazine, so he's exactly the right person to talk to about this. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7ur italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 420. Anyone fancy a brew? Let's have a nice cup of tea!

    Jan 26 2017

    Everything you need to know about the culture of tea-drinking in the UK, including a full guide to how to make a nice cup of tea, English style. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5c9 italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 419. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Spoiler Review (with James)

    Jan 23 2017

    Talking to my brother about the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. SPOILER ALERT! Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7ua Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

  • 418. The Rick Thompson Report: Technology and The Future (January 2017)

    Jan 19 2017

    Talking to my Dad about developments in technology in the future. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7u4 italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 417. New Year's Resolutions and Language Learning in 2017

    Jan 15 2017

    Let’s look towards the coming year and talk about new years resolutions for language learning in 2017. I talk about the UK's most common new year's resolutions, my resolutions for improving my French and then talk about ways we can work on our language learning this year. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7tf 

  • 416. What was the most popular episode of LEP in 2016? + more podcast statistics

    Jan 13 2017

    Here is an overview of how 2016 was for Luke's English Podcast including some details about the top 5 episodes, the top 20 countries, and more statistics for the last 12 months. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7t6 

  • 415. With the Family (Part 3) More Encounters with Famous People

    Jan 10 2017

    Here's the final part in this trilogy of episodes recorded at my parents' house on Boxing Day. In this one my mum, dad and brother tell us a few more anecdotes about their encounters with some well-known people. Episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7sg 

  • 414. With the Family (Part 2) My Uncle Met a Rock Star

    Jan 05 2017

    Listen to my uncle Nic telling some stories about British rock stars he has met over the years, including an encounter with one of the most famous musicians in the world! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7qD 

  • 413. With The Family (Part 1) Mum's Cooking + Vocabulary (with Uncle Nic)

    Jan 03 2017

    Happy New Year! This new episode features a conversation I recorded during the Christmas holiday with my mum and my uncle Nic about how to cook a great Turkey dinner. Listen for some family conversation and then vocabulary explanations. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7pU 

  • 412. British Festivals and Holidays (Part 2)

    Dec 26 2016

    Here's part 2 of this episode all about special days and celebrations in the UK throughout the year. Transcript and videos here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7nA 

  • 411. British Festivals and Holidays (Part 1)

    Dec 26 2016

    Here's an episode all about special days and celebrations in the British calendar. You'll hear cultural information about holidays and customs, and some pronunciation work on how to say dates and the months of the year. Transcript and videos here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5Hr 

  • Please consider donating to "Doctors Without Borders"

    Dec 22 2016

    This is a quick message not a full episode and I just wanted to say a few words about donations, essentially this: If you’re thinking of sending me a donation this Christmas, you could instead consider sending your donation to a charity in order to help people who are in need of our assistance at the moment. So, rather than sending something to me, send it to others, by using a reputable charity like Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) by going to http://www.msf.org/en/don...more

  • 410. Teaching 12 Idioms in the Street / On the Set of Paul's TV Show (with Amber)

    Dec 20 2016

    Amber & I teach you 12 idiomatic English phrases while attending the filming of an episode of Paul's TV show on the street in Paris. Click the link below for videos and photos, and a list of the idioms with definitions - http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7n8 

  • 409. A CHRISTMAS MEGA-RAMBLE with AMBER MINOGUE

    Dec 16 2016

    A rambling conversation with Amber about Christmas and more! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7ld 

  • 408. Catching Up With Amber & Paul #4

    Dec 13 2016

    Amber & Paul are back on the podcast and we do the usual catching-up session and go off on a few tangents about Amber's play, Paul's showbiz life, marshmallows, microphones, tea & coffee, accents and more... Visit the page for this episode to see a couple of videos - link coming soon. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2016/12/13/408-catching-up-with-amber-paul-4-videos/ 

  • 407. Reflections on Language Learning & Working as a Translator: Interview with Kristina from Russia, Winner of the LEP Anecdote Competition 2016

    Dec 07 2016

    In this episode you'll hear me talking to Kristina from Russia, the winner of the LEP anecdote competition this year. We talk about her work as a translator and interpreter, her reflections on language learning, how she learned English to a good level and some other bits and pieces! Click here for more info http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7ht 

  • 406. Grammar (Past Continuous Tense) / UK Media Bias / Brazil Football Tragedy

    Dec 04 2016

    More responses to questions and comments from listeners, including a comparison of past continuous & past simple verb tenses, comments about bias in the UK's media, the BBC, the newspapers, the Chapecoense Plane Crash in Colombia, and more. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2016/12/04/406-grammar-past-continuous-tense-uk-media-bias-brazil-football-tragedy/ 

  • 405. British Accents in The Lord of the Rings (Part 2)

    Nov 30 2016

    In this episode we continue to analyse the various British accents that you can hear in the film version of The Lord of the Rings. Let's consider the accents of some of the main characters, such as Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Treebeard, Elrond, Boromir, Gandalf, Saruman, Legolas, Gimli and the orcs. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7fL 

  • 404. British Accents in The Lord of the Rings (Part 1)

    Nov 30 2016

    Talking about the different British accents you can hear in the Lord of the Rings movies. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7fu 

  • 403. Competition Results / War Story / Grammar & Punctuation / My Dad's Accent

    Nov 29 2016

    The final results of the LEP Anecdote Competition, some podcast admin and responses to some comments & emails from listeners including a war story, some grammar (noun phrases, possessives & apostrophes) and a question about my Dad's accent. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-7es 

  • 402. The Rick Thompson Report: What’s Going On? Nov. 2016 (Post-Truth Politics, Cricket and Tetris)

    Nov 23 2016

    Talking to my Dad about recent news, and we talked about Brexit, post-truth politics, the US election, the right-wing press in the UK, the political landscape in the EU, the rules of international cricket and the music from Tetris. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-75O 

  • 401. ‘Switch off your editor’ to improve your fluency in English

    Nov 21 2016

    Welcome back to the podcast. This is episode 401 and it’s about developing your fluency in English. I’m going to talk about creativity, open and closed thinking and about how turning off your internal editor can help you to make more progress in your language learning. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2016/11/21/401-switch-off-your-editor-to-improve-your-fluency-in-english/ 

  • 400. The Pink Gorilla Story 2

    Nov 18 2016

    I've decided to celebrate the 400th episode of LEP by making up an improvised comedy story, just for fun. In fact, this is the long-awaited sequel to The Pink Gorilla Story from episode 125. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-78D 

  • 399. The Return of Molly Martinez (with Dane Nightingale)

    Nov 15 2016

    Talking with two American friends about journalism, how the internet works, the US presidential election results, California's new marijuana laws and puffins. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-776 

  • 398. US Election Ramble + Message + Song

    Nov 09 2016

    In this episode I want to talk about two things: My first impressions of the US Presidential election result, and then some things I said in the last episode of this podcast. I just want to clear up some comments I made last time. I just want to get straight into it. So here we go. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-73G 

  • 397. An 80-Minute Ramble

    Nov 07 2016

    Talking spontaneously about gloves, mittens, OO7, Bob Dylan, an LEP app, The Walking Dead, Oasis, Black Mirror, The Crown, a bit of politics and some 10-year cave-aged cheddar cheese. Click here for the page for this episode http://teacherluke.co.uk/2016/11/07/397-ramble-on/  ‎ 

  • 396. The LEP Anecdote Competition - ROUND 2

    Oct 28 2016

    This episode is round 2 of the LEP anecdote competition. You'll be able to hear the 10 anecdotes that got the most votes from round one and some language feedback afterwards. Click here to vote for your favourite stories in the poll http://wp.me/p4IuUx-72K 

  • 395. "Have you ever...?" with Paul Taylor and Robert Hoehn

    Oct 27 2016

    In this episode I'm joined by Paul Taylor and Robert Hoehn and we do a speaking exercise that I often use in my classes to help my students to practise using different grammatical structures in their speaking. I thought it would be interesting to record some native speakers doing the exercise too, so that's what you'll hear in this episode, as well as various little anecdotes, a few jokes and general chat. The conversation contains swearing and a few humourous comments which shouldn't be taken t...more

  • 394. OPP: Other People's Podcasts (Part 4)

    Oct 23 2016

    Here are some more of my favourite podcasts. You might like to listen to them too, even if they're difficult to understand because they're not specifically for learners of English. It's good to challenge yourself sometimes, so why not try listening to these. If I like them, you might like them too. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-70z 

  • 393. OPP: Other People's Podcasts (Part 3)

    Oct 22 2016

    In this episode I'm going to recommend some other people's podcasts that you might also enjoy. Last time, in episodes 236 and 237 I recommended some of my favourite podcasts. I recommended a mix of British and American podcasts. This time I'm going to tell you about some more but we're focusing only on British podcasts this time - ones that are produced in the UK and on which you can listen to British voices. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5gQ 

  • 392. What are the most essential skills of a good foreign language learner?

    Oct 19 2016

    This episode is full of what I hope will be more useful insight and advice on how to learn English as an adult so that you don't end up sounding like a robot, because you're learning English or at least maintaining your English and it's a long-term process, there are right and wrong ways of doing it and I want to support you along the way. The main aim of this podcast is to help you stay on track as you continue to develop your English, trying to find new ways and improving the old ways so that ...more

  • 391. Discussing Language, Culture & Comedy with Alexander van Walsum

    Oct 17 2016

    Here's a conversation with a friend of mine who originally comes from the Netherlands but he has lived all over the world. You're going to hear us talking about cultural differences, Dutch stereotypes, doing business in France, the UK and the USA, the different communication styles in those places, doing stand up comedy and getting Darth Vader's signature. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it. Click here for the episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6YN 

  • 390. The Rick Thompson Report: Hard Brexit / U.S. Election

    Oct 14 2016

    This is a conversation with my dad about recent news, including a Brexit update, the US presidential election, Obama's plans to send people to Mars and back and more... Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6YS 

  • 389. US Presidential Election 2016 - Trump vs Clinton (with Sarah & Sebastian) Part 2

    Oct 11 2016

    Here is part two of my conversation with Sarah and Sebastian from the USA about the upcoming presidential election. In this episode we turn our attention to Hillary Clinton. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6Yd 

  • 388. US Presidential Election 2016 - Trump vs Clinton (with Sarah & Sebastian) Part 1

    Oct 11 2016

    The presidential election in the USA is about a month away and I've been meaning  to talk about this subject on the podcast for ages. So in this episode you're going to hear me in conversation with a couple of American friends of mine who you might already know from their previous appearances on this podcast - Sarah Donnelly and Sebastian Marx. We sat down in my flat today to talk about the elections, Hillary Clinton, DonaldTrump, their thoughts, feelings, opinions and predictions on the whole t...more

  • 387. LEP Anecdote Competition Entries - Please Listen & Vote

    Oct 07 2016

    Voting is now open in the first round of the LEP Anecdote Competition. You can listen to all the anecdotes on the page for this episode and vote for your favourites using a simple poll. I'll give you the full details and instructions in this episode. I'm also going to talk about the results of the podcast survey I did recently and a couple of other things, including the top countries for LEP this week. Click here for this episode's page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6W3 

  • 386. Breaking the Intermediate Plateau (Part 2)

    Oct 05 2016

    Here's part 2 of this episode about ways you can push your English to higher levels even if you feel that your progress is stuck or moving very slowly. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6WB 

  • 385. Breaking the Intermediate Plateau (Part 1)

    Oct 05 2016

    This episode is about ways you can push your English to higher levels even if you feel that your progress is stuck or moving very slowly. I'm talking about a very common phenomenon in English learning called the intermediate plateau. This is where you seem to stop making progress and can't reach and advanced level. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6Wl 

  • 384. Teaching Grammar & Social English

    Sep 30 2016

    In this episode I'm talking about recent things I’ve been teaching in my classes including some grammar and some social English. There's an absolultely massive amount of grammar crammed into this epsiode and quite a lot of silly improvisation too! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6Vm 

  • 383. More Ian Moore

    Sep 27 2016

    In this episode you are going to hear part 2 of my conversation with Ian Moore and I've decided to call this one "More Ian Moore" - do you see what I've done there? "more Ian Moore" I bet nobody has ever made that joke about his name before, right? Before we listen to Ian Moore, I just want to mention a few things... Click here for the page for this episode: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6Tj 

  • Please take my survey / Anecdote Competition / 'Russian Joke' Video

    Sep 23 2016

    This is just a 'quick' message from me to you about a podcast survey on the website, a reminder of the anecdote competition, a new video I've made about the Russian joke and some more rambling about things like The Beatles and conspiracy theories. The next 'proper' episode will be uploaded in a few days. Click here for the page for this episode to take the survey: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6U5 

  • 382. Mod Culture with Ian Moore

    Sep 21 2016

    Today on the podcast I'm talking to Ian Moore, who is a professional stand up comedian, published author and mod from London. Ian is probably the best dressed man ever to appear on this podcast. He is also a professional talker with many things to say. In this part we talk mainly about mod culture. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6RQ italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 381. Discussing Cultural Differences (with Amber & Paul)

    Sep 16 2016

    In this episode I'm talking to my friends Amber and Paul about cultural differences, particularly in the ways we communicate with each other in different countries. Details: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5wO  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 380. Catching Up with Amber and Paul #3

    Sep 12 2016

    In this episode the PODPALS Amber and Paul are back and we're going to have the normal catching up session in which they talk about what they have been up to recently. As usual we sit on the terrace and get interrupted by insects, the sun, neighbours on their balconies around us (including a naked man eating his lunch) and the inevitable references to a certain Russian joke that always comes up in our conversations. Episode page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6Qk italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk...more

  • 379. The LEP Anecdote Competition

    Sep 07 2016

    Details of a new LEP competition / Competition rules / Advice & Tips / Inspiration / Some Funny Anecdotes Transcript & videos here: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6Pr italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 378. Holiday in Thailand (Part 2)

    Sep 05 2016

    Here is part 2 of this description of my recent holiday in Thailand. In this one you can hear more stories and descriptions about different parts of the country, learning how to cook, a conversation with a monk, doing yoga every day, a couple of messages from listeners and some reflections on gratitude, forgiveness and guidance. Transcript and notes here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6Ol italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 377. Holiday in Thailand (Part 1)

    Sep 03 2016

    This episode contains stories and descriptions of my recent holiday in Thailand. You'll hear some facts about Thailand, some descriptions of Bangkok and a few stories about funny experiences that happened while we were there. Part 2 is coming soon. More details and transcriptions below. Enjoy! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6O7  italki offer http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • I'm going on holiday - no podcasts for a while

    Aug 12 2016

    This is not a full episode of the podcast - I'm just letting you know that I'm going away for a few weeks so there will be no podcasts for a little while. We're getting away from it all for a few weeks. I probably won't be online much, perhaps not at all. A couple of places we're going to don't have any internet at all. It's going to be a bit of a digital detox. So, I won't be uploading episodes for a while, and I won't be responding to comments and stuff, but I look forward to reading your comm...more

  • 376. A Game of Mini Golf and a Pint (with James)

    Aug 12 2016

    In this episode my brother James and I go for a game of mini golf in the local park, and then head to the pub for a pint of beer. While doing that we have a discussion about English history, life in the countryside vs life in the city, the London riots of 2011 and how James feels about being a guest on my podcast. I've uploaded a lot of new episodes recently but that's going to stop soon when I go away on holiday for a few weeks. Click here for more details and a transcript of some sections of t...more

  • 375. The LEP Pub Quiz (with Alex Love)

    Aug 12 2016

    In this conversation Alex is in Edinburgh in Scotland and I'm in Warwick in England. In the previous episode we talked about pub quizzes and how they're a common part of pub culture in the UK, so I thought we would play a kind of pub quiz with each other. The only problem is that neither of us are in a pub, but that doesn't matter - this is a podcast and you can use your imagination. Details here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6M2 Audible offer http://www.audibletrial.com/teacherluke 

  • 374. Alex's Edinburgh Fringe Report

    Aug 12 2016

    In this episode I talk to Alex Love in Edinburgh about his show, some details about the culture of pub quizzes in the UK and we go off on several quite instructive tangents about stag and hen parties, male strippers, The Smurfs and the anatomy of giant squid, which are large sea creatures with tentacles. That sounds quite random but it's not really. It's actually perfectly logical and it will all become clear as you listen to the conversation, and I think there's quite a lot to learn about Briti...more

  • 373. Who Wants to Be Good at English?

    Aug 10 2016

    This episode is a game show hosted by my Dad, with me as the contestant. The aim of the game is to see how many words I know. My Dad designed this quiz for his students of journalism at the university where he works sometimes. The quiz is specifically designed to highlight what he considers to be common misuses and misunderstandings of words. His opinion is that journalists writing and presenting on television should use words in exactly the right way, even if many people use those words to mean...more

  • 372. The Importance of Anecdotes in English / Narrative Tenses / 4 Family Anecdotes

    Aug 09 2016

    This episode of the podcast is all about telling anecdotes in English. Anecdotes are little stories about our experiences that we share while socialising. It's important to have a few anecdotes of your own and to know how to tell them properly. In this episode I'm going to give you some advice for how to tell an anecdote and then you're going to listen to some true anecdotes told by members of my family that I recorded yesterday evening during dinner. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6KT  italki offer http:/...more

  • 371. In Conversation with Rob Ager from Liverpool (PART 2: Film Analysis / Hidden Meanings / Stanley Kubrick / Conspiracy Theory)

    Aug 07 2016

    This is part 2 of my conversation with Rob Ager from Liverpool, who makes documentaries about films and publishes them himself on his website Collative Learning. If you haven't heard part 1 yet, you should check that out before listening to part 2. In this conversation we talk about Rob's approach to film analysis, hidden meanings in films, the work of Stanley Kubrick and the conspiracy theory about the moon landing. More details here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6Ji italki offer http://www.teacherluke.c...more

  • 370. In Conversation with Rob Ager from Liverpool (PART 1: Life in Liverpool / Interest in Film Analysis)

    Aug 07 2016

    Today on the podcast I'm talking to Rob Ager from Liverpool, who is probably best known for his film analysis videos on YouTube in which he discusses classic Hollywood thrillers, sci-fi and action movies in quite astonishing levels of detail, often focusing on deep psychological and political themes and hidden messages that most viewers probably wouldn't even notice. His videos are carefully constructed documentaries, made for educational purposes and all of them feature a voice-over commentary ...more

  • 369. Pokémon GO - It's just a game, OR IS IT?

    Aug 03 2016

    Today I'm talking about Pokemon Go. It's a global phenomenon and there are lots of things to say about it. It's not just a stupid game, there's a lot more to it than that. So, in this episode I'm going to describe Pokemon the game, then talk about Pokemon GO, including what it is, how it works, what people are saying about it, why it's so significant, what some of the good points and bad points are, and what this might mean for the future. Notes & transcript here: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6IB italki ...more

  • 368. The LEP Annual General Meeting 2016 / QUESTIONS

    Aug 02 2016

    Welcome to the LEP Annual Meeting 2016, which actually doesn't take place on an annual basis. In this meeting I'm going to deal with various points of admin (including a language point about words like 'annual', 'biannual', 'biennial' etc, Pokemon Go, Transcript Collaboration, LEP Meet-Ups, Comedy shows, music, torrent sites and a comment from a vampire) and I'm going to ask you various questions during the episode. Please give your answers to the questions (any of them) on the page for the epis...more

  • 367. Talking about Nothing with Alex Love (Invaded by Robot Aliens) PART 2

    Jul 31 2016

    Hello and welcome to part 2 of this conversation with my friend Alex Love. If you haven't already heard part 1, I suggest you go back and listen to that. I've divided this episode into two parts just because I thought it was a bit long and that it would be easier for you to deal with two slightly shorter episodes than one epically long one. Click here for the episode page http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6HQ  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 366. Talking about Nothing with Alex Love (Invaded by Robot Aliens) PART 1

    Jul 31 2016

    On the podcast today I am in conversation with Alex Love, who you might remember from some previous episodes of this podcast. Alex Love regularly performs stand-up comedy gigs in London and in Manchester where he now lives. At this moment he's preparing for the Edinburgh Festival where he will be performing a one-hour show which he has written himself, called "How to Win a Pub Quiz". The show is a mix of stand-up comedy and pub quiz trivia and it has had some good reviews at previous festivals. ...more

  • Quick Hello / Notting Hill Carnival Audio

    Jul 27 2016

    Hi everyone, in this episode I'm just letting you know that I'm very busy at the moment, which is why I haven't uploaded an episode for a while. Normal podcasting will resume soon. In the meantime, you can listen to the audio track from a video I did in 2009 at the Notting Hill Carnival. There are 40 phrasal verbs in the video. Can you find them? You can see the video below, with a full transcript and all the phrasal verbs in a list + definitions. You're welcome! Click here for the page for this...more

  • 365. BREXIT: 3 Weeks Later (A conversation with my Dad)

    Jul 17 2016

    In this episode I finish the series I've been doing about Brexit in the same way that I started it, by having a conversation with my Dad. First I'll highlight some vocabulary and phrases, then you can hear my Dad giving his comments about what has happened since the UK voted to leave the EU three weeks ago. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6DX 

  • 364. TEN TOP TIPS for Learning English

    Jul 15 2016

    LEP is back after a two-week absence. This episode is about top tips for learning English. Here are some ideas about learning English that have occurred to me in the last couple of weeks of teaching intensive general English classes at school. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6D2 

  • 363. Muhammad Ali & The Rumble in the Jungle

    Jul 03 2016

    This is a special episode about Muhammad Ali and the story of one of his most famous fights, "The Rumble in the Jungle". In the episode you'll hear me give a biography of Ali and then I go into lots of descriptive detail about the fight, exploring exactly what happened in and out of the ring and why he is now considered not only one of the greatest boxers but one of the most outstanding people of recent times. The episode is almost 100% transcribed. See below for details http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6pv ...more

  • 362. Getting things off my chest! (Part 2) Brexit / Football

    Jun 28 2016

    Hello, welcome back to the podcast. This is part 2 of a fairly long rant I recorded today about the Brexit situation and England's awful performance in the football yesterday. There might be some strong language and swearing. There will also be lots of fairly strong political points of view from me. Please listen to the whole thing and try to avoid knee jerk reactions. If you disagree with me please feel free to leave a comment because I am open to other points of view - but I encourage you to f...more

  • 361. Getting things off my chest! (Part 1) Brexit / Football

    Jun 28 2016

    Here's another episode about what's going on in the UK at the moment - in politics and in football. I know I am talking about this subject a lot at the moment, but I just can't help it - it's too big. Too many things are happening! So there will be more Brexit & football in this episode and then it'll be back to podcasting as usual. Oh and by the way there will be some swearing in this episode because I'll be sharing some comments from some angry people online and generally there has been quite ...more

  • 360. THE DAY AFTER BREXIT (Thoughts and feelings)

    Jun 24 2016

    The UK has voted to leave the EU. Here are my thoughts and feelings. http://teacherluke.co.uk/2016/06/24/360-the-day-after-brexit-thoughts-and-feelings/ 

  • 359. BREXIT JOKES / EU REFERENDUM NIGHT

    Jun 23 2016

    It's referendum night and I've decided to share my stand-up comedy material about the EU referendum in this episode of the podcast, because after today I might not be able to use these jokes ever again! This works much better in front of a live audience of course - so you'll have to imagine that! Anyway, I hope you enjoy listening to some of my 'jokes' and humorous comments about this big moment in UK history. By the way, when I recorded this I didn't know the result of the referendum. Click her...more

  • 358. World Music Festival in Paris / Fête de la Musique

    Jun 22 2016

    Join my wife and *me as we walk around the streets of Paris during the annual World Music Festival. You'll hear live music, descriptions of the scene, a couple of conversations with people we met, and the sounds of this amazing evening in the city of light. It's another long episode, but I hope you listen to all of it because I just really want to share the atmosphere and moments of this special event. Check here for photos http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6rx 

  • 357. Learning Languages with Olly Richards

    Jun 19 2016

    In this episode I'm talking to Olly Richards the polyglot from England. Our conversation covers points about what accent you should learn to speak with, the importance of developing clear pronunciation and effective communication in English, using Periscope to listen to native English speakers and the physical side of learning a language. See below for a transcript to the introduction, more information and links to Olly's work. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6pI 

  • 356. News / Football / Brexit / Events in the UK / Jo Cox

    Jun 17 2016

    Hello welcome to this LEP meeting. I've called this meeting in order to deal with some stuff that's going on at the moment. On the agenda for today we have some news, some football updates including the England vs Wales game from yesterday, some more Brexit chat and then at the I'll talk a bit about the incident that happened yesterday involving a British MP called Jo Cox, which is a pretty tragic story. That's still developing and we don't know the full facts yet. It just happened yesterday and...more

  • 355. EURO 2016 Football: Hooliganism & Violence in Marseille / England vs Russia

    Jun 13 2016

    In this episode I talk about the EUROs including how it feels having the championship here in France, the violence in Marseille that occurred between English fans, Russian fans, local French fans and the French police this weekend, and the England vs Russia game that happened on Saturday. I welcome your comment on this subject so please share your thoughts under the page for this episode. A transcript is available for 95% of this episode. Click here to visit the page for this episode http://wp.m...more

  • 354. Would You Rather...? (with Amber, Paul & James Simpson)

    Jun 09 2016

    aka "The Accordion Legs Episode" Listen to Amber, Paul, James Simpson and me as we play a light-hearted speaking game called "Would you rather...?" and hear about having accordions for legs, being stuck in a lift with a pair of wet dogs and living on a desert island with a mermaid (or merman). You'll also hear the results of the interactive lying game from episode 343. There are notes and some transcriptions below. Share your comments on the page for this episode. How would you answer these 'wou...more

  • 353. Award Ceremony / Paris Weather / Crazy Idea

    Jun 07 2016

    This episode started with no title and no particular aim, but I ended up chatting about walking the red carpet at the ELTon awards, the rain and floods in Paris, getting struck by lightning, the revolution of fibre optic internet at home and a crazy idea about doing live podcast recordings around the world. Listen up! More details here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6pp  Buy English lessons on italki and get a 100ITC discount here http://teacherluke.co.uk/talk 

  • 352. BREXIT: Key Vocabulary and Concepts

    Jun 07 2016

    This is a vocabulary episode about the language of BREXIT. Click this link for all the vocabulary http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6ma 

  • 351. BREXIT: Should the UK leave the EU? (A conversation with my Dad)

    May 29 2016

    Hello everyone, I hope you're well. Here is an episode featuring a conversation with my Dad about Brexit - The UK's referendum on the EU. Finally! I've been mentioning this for a while so here it is. You've seen it in the news, you've read it in the papers - the UK is having a referendum on membership of the European Union and who knows, we might end up leaving. It's all over the news and the internet in the UK at the moment, everyone's talking about it - you can't escape it and it's going to ge...more

  • 350. Film Club: X-Men Apocalypse (Review) SPOILER ALERT

    May 25 2016

    This is the final episode in this superhero series and simply put, I'm going to make fun of the latest X-Men movie. Now, you might not be into the superhero stuff and I totally understand, but let me give you a heads up about this episode. Basically, I didn't like the film and so I'm more interested in poking fun at it than talking about it seriously. So, that might make it more fun to listen to than the other superhero ones I've done lately. You can just kick back and enjoy me taking the mickey...more

  • 349. Who's the best superhero? (with Paul Langton)

    May 24 2016

    More movie-relating talking in this episode as I speak to my friend Paul Langton. Expect plenty of very descriptive vocabulary about different characters, backstories, abilities and weaknesses. Click here for notes and transcripts http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6jC 

  • Can I have a quick word with you? (It'll only take about 15 minutes)

    May 23 2016

    Hi listeners - this is just a 15 minute episode. I just want to have a quick word with you. The thing is, I'm worried about a few things and I wanted to talk to you about them. Have a listen to this episode or read the notes below. Let me know what you think about what I'm saying in the comment section. Thanks! Luke :) http://teacherluke.co.uk/2016/05/23/can-i-have-a-quick-word-with-you-itll-only-take-about-15-minutes/ 

  • 348. Film Club: Marvel / Captain America Civil War (Part 2)

    May 19 2016

    Here is part 2 of this episode about superhero films and the Marvel cinematic universe. Before you listen to this I suggest that you listen to part 1. Where was I at the end of the last episode? I was giving you my history of superhero movies over the last 30-40 years, and the plan is to go into more detail about the recent Marvel films and then review the new Captain America movie. *No spoilers * So, let's continue. Click here for transcript/notes http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6jE 

  • 347. Film Club: Marvel / Captain America Civil War (Part 1)

    May 19 2016

    In this episode I'm talking about superheroes, Marvel movies and the latest Captain America film. By the way, I will do my best to avoid spoilers. I am only going to mention information which is basically common knowledge. I don't think listening to this will really spoil your enjoyment of any of the films in the marvel universe. So, you shouldn't worry about spoilers. Click here for transcript / notes http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6hU 

  • 346. Rambling on a Friday Afternoon

    May 13 2016

    Phrasal Verbs & Idioms / More NY Stories / Politics / Leicester City / Google Adverts Welcome back to another podcast episode. It's nice to be back in your headphones or speakers. In the last episode of this podcast I talked to you about some recent bits and pieces such as the ELTon award nomination, my recent trip to New York and some other stuff. I also gave you a language task to keep you on your toes. I'm going to continue along the same lines in this episode and I have a list of things here...more

  • 345. ELTon Award Nomination / Phrasal Verbs & Idioms / Brooklyn / The Revenant / Museum of Natural History & More

    May 11 2016

    Breaking News! LEP Nominated for a British Council ELTon Award for Digital Innovation. In this episode you'll hear me talking about what's been going on since I recorded the last episode, including: LEP's nomination in the British Council ELTon awards, Leonardo DiCaprio fighting a bear in The Revenant, my adventure to the American Museum of Natural History and more. Also - for all the vocab hunters out there - watch out for some phrasal verbs and idioms. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-6bT 

  • 344. A Totally Terrific Talk on the Terrace with The Tangential Trio (feat. Tom Morton)

    Apr 22 2016

    What? Another new episode? Slow down Luke! We can't keep up! OK I will slow down, I promise. I am going on holiday tomorrow and I will be quiet for a couple of weeks so I just wanted to upload another podcast before I go. While I'm away you'll have a chance to catch up with all these new episodes. This is #344 and it's another rambling conversation with podcast PALS Amber & Paul, but this time we're joined by a fourth member of the team. Could this be The Fantastic Four that LEPster Olga mention...more

  • 343. The Interactive Lying Game (with Amber & Paul) / Descriptive Adjectives with T / Three is a Magic Number

    Apr 20 2016

    In this episode I'm joined by podcast pals Amber & Paul and we're playing the Lying Game again, but this is a special version because this is The Interactive Lying Game. I know - it's exciting. Try to control yourself. Find details, adjectives, nicknames, polls and links to song lyrics on the page for this episode here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5Y9 

  • 342. Paul's "La Bise" Video Success / Audition Story (with Amber & Paul)

    Apr 18 2016

    In this episode I'm joined by podcast pals Amber & Paul and we talk about Paul's hit youtube video about French kissing habits, his newfound success as a stand-up (he's the hottest kid in town), some online abuse he's had and then an anecdote about an audition that we attended recently, which involved a surprising misunderstanding about accents. There's also a brief language focus on using relative clauses with 'which' to extend your sentences when speaking. Enjoy! Click here for the page for th...more

  • 341. Catching Up With Amber & Paul, Again

    Apr 15 2016

    Amber & Paul are back on the podcast after a 4 month absence. What have they been doing? Let's catch up with them again, and respond to some comments from listeners. This episode was recorded in the open air, up on the terrace of my flat in the April sunshine. Click here to find the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5Zj 

  • 340. LEP Photo Competition Results & Winners / It's LEP's 7th Birthday

    Apr 07 2016

    Results & winners of the LEP photo competition announced, and - it's the 7th birthday of Luke's English Podcast! This episode is long but you don't have to listen to it in one go. You can listen, pause, do something else, listen later and so on. Click here for the page for this episode to see photos and vote in a poll about names: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5Yb 

  • 339. A Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 2 of 2)

    Apr 03 2016

    Here is the concluding part of this detective story, which is based on a text adventure by Peter Carlson on www.textadventures.co.uk. In the first part you heard me playing an adventure game in which I have to analyse clues and choose the right options to continue a story and solve a murder. Before listening to this episode you should listen to part 1 of the story. Click here here to listen to part 1: http://teacherluke.co.uk/2016/03/31/338-a-murder-mystery-detective-story/ In this episode (part...more

  • 338. A Murder Mystery Detective Story (Part 1 of 2)

    Mar 31 2016

    In this episode I'm going to read through an interactive text-based adventure story. The story takes place in Victorian-era London (19th century) and we'll play the part of an expert detective who, like Sherlock Holmes, tries to solve a complex murder mystery. Follow me as I read through the story and attempt to solve the crime in the process. Can you understand the evidence and make the right decisions to solve the case? You can read the text-based adventure story and play the game yourself at ...more

  • 337. MURDER MILE WALKS: Stories of London's Most Infamous & Shocking Murders [Some Explicit Content + Swearing]

    Mar 23 2016

    In this episode I'm talking to Moz on his canal boat in London. We talk first about issues relating to swearing on television, and then Moz tells us some true stories about murder on the streets of London. Moz has recently launched several walking tours of Soho in central London and over the last year or two he has been researching local court records in order to tell these true stories in full detail. CAUTION: this episode contains some explicit content including descriptions of violence and ho...more

  • 336. Drinking Scottish Whisky at a German Business Meeting While Wearing a Kilt and Playing a Flute... and other stories (with Carrick Cameron)

    Mar 16 2016

    This episode features another natural conversation with a native English speaker. This time I'm talking to my mate Carrick, who I've known for about 10 years now. He is a teacher who used to work in the same school as me, back in London. We have a few things in common, like the fact that we've both had a few strange travelling experiences as English teachers, including the time when he once attended a meeting in Germany that involved not only the usual business work but also the drinking of some...more

  • 335. VOCABULARY REVIEW: Phrases & Expressions from Episode 334

    Mar 13 2016

    This episode is a chance to review and explain some of the vocabulary that you heard in my interview with Craig Wealand. Download the episode and read the list of words in this episode here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5LB 

  • 334. Interview with Craig Wealand (from InglesPodcast)

    Mar 09 2016

    This episode features an interview with English teacher and podcaster Craig Wealand from InglesPodcast.com Craig is originally from Essex in England, but now lives in Valencia in Spain where he works as an English teacher and Cambridge examiner for the British Council. Craig has been an English teacher for over 20 years, and for the last few years he has also been producing episodes of his learning English podcast, which won the award for Best Educational Podcast in the UK Podcaster awards last ...more

  • 333. More Misheard Lyrics ♬

    Mar 01 2016

    OK, the last misheard lyrics episode was pretty popular and I've had several shouts of "more!" from the LEP community, so here we go again! What's this all about? Well, first of all it's a sequel to a previous episode of LEP. That's #281 "Misheard Lyrics" so you could listen to that before you listen to this. Basically, this episode is all about those moments when you mishear song lyrics. Let's have some fun listening to some songs, while trying to understand the lyrics! Click here for song titl...more

  • 332. Olly Richards: English Polyglot - Top Advice and Strategies for Language Learning

    Feb 26 2016

    This episode could make a huge difference to your English learning. So listen up and get ready for a motivational boost! Joining me on the podcast today is Olly Richards - a polyglot who speaks 8 languages. Olly has some very motivating and practical advice on how to learn languages as an adult. There's so much to learn from Olly in this episode, so I really want you to pay attention and have a proper think about the ways in which you are learning English. (I really sound like a teacher, don't I...more

  • 331. How's your English? (and why speaking is so important)

    Feb 22 2016

    Hi listeners, I've got a big big slice of podcast pie for you in this episode because I'm going to talk to you about some important considerations for language learning, some ways that you can push your English to new levels with LEP, and I'm going to talk about italki, which is a really great service that you can use to arrange conversations with native English speakers online from the comfort of your own home, and why as a listener to this podcast, you should check it out. There is also a tran...more

  • 330. Let's Play... Grand Theft Auto 5 (and learn some English while doing it)

    Feb 17 2016

    Hi listeners - this is a multitasking episode in which I record a podcast while doing something else at the same time. In this case I'm playing the classic computer game "Grand Theft Auto 5". Listen to hear some general discussion of the game, descriptions of what's happening while playing and some other bits and pieces. Transcript for the introduction available here: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5Gj 

  • 329. A Rambling Chat with James (News, Stories & Jokes)

    Feb 14 2016

    My brother has been visiting me in Paris this week and so just the other day I made him a cup of tea and got him on the podcast for a rambling chat. In this episode you'll hear us discussing these things: What we've been up to in Paris this week Jim's first stand up comedy performance Last Thursday's performance of "Sorry, we're English" with Paul Taylor Differences between Paris and London Some UK politics about the EU referendum Some USA politics about the presidential elections and candidates...more

  • 328. Cooking with Luke - Verbs and Expressions in the Kitchen

    Feb 03 2016

    I've been quite busy marking exams recently and haven't had a chance to upload any episodes for a few weeks, but today I managed to record this episode while preparing dinner. So in this one you'll hear me in the kitchen, multitasking - cooking a chicken dinner (recipe below) while describing everything that I'm doing. In this episode you'll learn some verbs for preparing food, words to describe different kitchen utensils and other language related to food and eating. Also, I ramble on about a f...more

  • 327. The LEP Photo Competition - Please check out the photos and vote

    Jan 20 2016

    Hello listeners - this episode is all about the Luke's English Podcast photo competition which I launched in December in episode 313. I've received loads of photos from listeners and they're now presented on the page for this episode on my website, and they look fantastic, so please do have a look at them! In this episode I'm going to tell you how you can vote in the competition, and I'm also going to teach you some specific vocabulary and expressions for describing photographs, which is particu...more

  • 326. Catching up with Oli (Part 2)

    Jan 20 2016

    Here's the second part of the recent chat I had with my cousin Oliver. In this one we talk about becoming a Dad and predictions for the future. What will society be like in the next 10-20 years? What changes will we see in communication, technology, travel and other areas? What kind of world will Oliver's daughter grow up in? These are all questions we discuss in the episode. Watch out for language related to the future, technology, communication and childcare. Also, listen until the end to hear...more

  • 325. Catching Up with Oli (Part 1)

    Jan 18 2016

    Here's a 2-part episode featuring a conversation with my cousin Oliver in which we talk about first some challenges he faced over the last few years (including dramatic things like a scooter crash, a tropical disease, a burglary and how he completely flooded his own house) and then some more positive things about being a father and predictions for how society will be different in the future. Also, listen for some general news and announcements about Luke's English Podcast. http://teacherluke.co...more

  • 324. David Bowie (Part 2)

    Jan 14 2016

    Hello, welcome to Luke's English Podcast, which is a  podcast for learners of English around the world. You are now listening to part 2 of a special episode about English musician David Bowie who died just a few days ago on 10 January 2016. The aim of this episode is to talk about David Bowie's significance as an artist, to consider some of the themes of his work and to look at why so many people had such a strong emotional attachment to him. Hopefully after listening to this episode you'll be b...more

  • 323. David Bowie (Part 1)

    Jan 14 2016

    This episode is all about the life and work of David Bowie, the English musician who died just a couple of days ago. In the episode you'll hear me talk about the cultural significance of Bowie as an artist, why he is such a legend of British music, and what his music means to me personally. I hope you can use this episode as a way to learn more about British culture. Almost 100% of the episode is transcribed on the page for this episode - click here to read it http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5xQ 

  • 322. With The Thompsons

    Jan 07 2016

    Hello again, how are you? Welcome back to the podcast. Here's a new episode for your listening pleasure. This one is a rambling conversation with my parents and my brother about everything and nothing. Click here for notes and ting http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5vv 

  • 321. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens - SPOILER REVIEW

    Jan 04 2016

    Welcome back to Luke's English Podcast. Happy New Year. This is an episode of Luke's Film Club, and this time I'm joined by my brother James as we talk about the new Star Wars film in full detail including our thoughts, theories, favourite bits and memorable characters. This episode is full of SPOILERS, so be warned if you haven't already seen the film. Click here for more information http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5vt 

  • 320. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

    Dec 23 2015

    In this episode I'm going to read you a classic Christmas story - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. You can read the story as well as listen because the whole thing is included on the page for this episode. Click here for a transcript http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5s8 

  • 319. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens - Reaction (No spoilers)

    Dec 16 2015

    I saw Star Wars today VII and here's my response. No spoilers. :) https://teacherluke.co.uk/2015/12/16/319-star-wars-vii-the-force-awakens-reaction-no-spoilers/   

  • 318. The Lying Game 2: The Rematch (Part 2) with Amber & Paul

    Dec 16 2015

    Welcome back to The Lying Game 2: The Rematch (Part 2). In this episode you can hear Amber, Paul and me continue our competitive game. Who's going to win this time? Will it be Paul, finally? Listen to find out what happens, and for details of the next version of the lying game which will be interactive. Click here for notes and more: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5pJ 

  • 317. The Lying Game 2: The Rematch (Part 1) with Amber & Paul

    Dec 11 2015

    This episode is called "The Rematch". It's one of those episodes that involves a competitive game between Amber, Paul and me. In the last one of these, called The Lying Game, this happened: The scores were level between me and Paul. Even stevens. We then played a tie-breaker. I told a story about the tooth fairy. Paul talked about burning down his house. I identified it as true. Since then, it has come to light that I may have cheated. I swear that I didn't, but some clever listeners noted that ...more

  • 316. British Comedy: Tim Vine (Part 2)

    Dec 07 2015

    Listen to Luke explain the rest of Tim Vine's stand up routine from the video "One Night Stand". Learn some natural phrases and bridge the linguistic and cultural gap between you and native speakers of English. Click here for notes and to see the video: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5nA 

  • 315. Do me a favour - Take my Business English Survey!

    Dec 03 2015

    Hello listeners, this episode of the podcast is entitled: Do me a favour - Take my business English survey! It's called that because I'd like to invite you to take a very quick survey on my website. You can find the survey at http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/businessenglishsurvey. Please do take the survey. It'll just take you a couple of minutes, but it will be extremely helpful for me because I'm planning new ways to help you. So, do me a favour and take the survey! Listen to this whole episode to...more

  • 314. Luke's Guided Sleep Meditation

    Dec 01 2015

    Fancy brushing up your grammar while getting a really good night's sleep? Yes? Well, this episode is for you. It's a guided sleep meditation to make you feel all drowsy and relaxed with added hypnopedia - that's hypnosis and sleep learning both at the same time. So, kick off your shoes, turn down the lights, lie back, relax and drift off into an ambient dream state, while learning some English in the process. Don't listen to this while driving. Transcript here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5a1  zzzzzzzzzZ...more

  • 313. British Comedy: Tim Vine

    Nov 27 2015

    In this episode we're going to listen to some stand-up comedy by a popular British comedian called Tim Vine, which should be pretty challenging because he tells lots of puns and fast jokes. Send me your photos: podcastcomp@gmail.com But before that, I just want to tell you about a new competition that I'm launching today for listeners to this podcast. This is the Luke's English Podcast photo competition. For all the details, to download this episode and to watch a video of Tim Vine, click here h...more

  • 312. The Words of the Year (Part 3)

    Nov 25 2015

    Here's the third part in this series about the Collins Dictionary Words of the Year 2015. Listen to the episode to hear Amber, Paul and me discuss the rest of the words in the list. I'll also explain and clarify some vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation from our discussion. There are vocabulary notes and more information here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5fy 

  • 311. The Words of the Year (Part 2) *contains some rude language

    Nov 18 2015

    Welcome to part 2 of this series about the Collins Dictionary Words of the year 2015. In this episode you'll hear me discuss these new words with Amber and Paul. I'll also explain and clarify a lot of the things you'll hear in our conversation. ***This episode contains some rude language and explicit content.*** Click here to read vocabulary notes and more http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5fx 

  • 310. The Words of the Year (Part 1)

    Nov 18 2015

    In this series of three new episodes Amber, Paul and I talk about a list of the 10 Words of the Year which have been added to the Collins English Dictionary. We're going to explain the words and discuss the issues behind them and I'll also explain and clarify a lot of the language you're going to hear in our conversation. For a transcript of the introduction and vocabulary notes click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5es 

  • Attacks in Paris - Paul Taylor's Eyewitness Account

    Nov 16 2015

    Hi listeners, this episode of LEP is all about the terrorist attacks which happened here last Friday evening. I'm joined by Paul Taylor and we're just going to try to talk about what we saw, what happened and what's going on. Click here for a transcript of some parts of this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5g0  #eyewitness #parisattacks #report

  • 309. The Lying Game (Part 2)

    Nov 11 2015

    Welcome back to the second part of this double episode. In part 1 you heard me playing a speaking game with Paul & Amber. Go back to part 1 for the details of the game, including the rules. Part 1 ended on a cliffhanger, with the scores even at 2-2-2. Even stevens! Listen to this episode to find out more. TEACHERS: At the end there's a 15 minute section in which I explain exactly how to use this game in your English classes. You can download a simple .pdf worksheet (below) which you can use in y...more

  • 308. The Lying Game (Part 1)

    Nov 08 2015

    Hello, welcome back to LEP. This episode is called the lying game, and it's one of those ones in which I play a speaking game with my friends Amber and Paul. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-59z. A transcript for the first 15-20 minutes is available, just click the link given above. In the introduction you'll hear me welcome new listeners, talk a bit about my speaking speed on the podcast, mention the importance of listening to native speakers of English (even if it's...more

  • 307. The Mystery of Corporate Jargon & Management Speak (Part 2)

    Nov 04 2015

    'Peeling back the onion' on management speak and corporate jargon. This episode focuses on defining and explaining the examples of language you heard at the beginning of the last episode. You'll hear Paul and me going through all the phrases and by the end you should be able to understand it all, and you could create your own version of bullsh*t bingo! Click here to read definitions and to print some bulls*t bingo cards http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5cf 

  • 306. The Mystery of Corporate Jargon & Management Speak (Part 1)

    Oct 28 2015

    Why do people in meetings at work keep talking about "thinking outside the box"? Why does my boss say we need to "get all our ducks in a row"? And why does my project manager want to "touch base with me offline"? If it's all a mystery to you, don't worry - LEP is here to decode all this weird language. If you work in an office in an English-speaking country I'm sure you'll have heard of 'corporate jargon' or 'management speak'. This is one of the things that people complain about the most, in of...more

  • 305. Back To The Future (Part 2)

    Oct 22 2015

    In this episode I'm going to talk about: lessons we can learn from the story, a few fun facts, the 2015 predictions, how the DeLorean works, theories about time travel and some temporal paradoxes in the story. So strap in, let's go back to the future again. Click here for a transcript & more information http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5bi  #backtothefuture #timetravel #2015predictions

  • 304. Back To The Future (Part 1)

    Oct 21 2015

    Hello listeners, welcome to Luke's Film Club, this is one of those episodes of Luke's English podcast in which we focus on a classic moment from the movies. This one is an episode about Back to the Future, which is one of my all time favourite films and I'm not alone because it's one of the most popular films of the last few decades, all over the world. It's a really entertaining and fun film, which also contains some sub-texts related to the complexities of time travel as well as a few visions ...more

  • 303. The Battle of Britain

    Oct 19 2015

    This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, and since this is such a pivotal moment in British history, I thought it would be appropriate to cover it in some way in an episode of this podcast. Also, I was asked recently by a listener in the comments section of my website to talk about the story of the Battle of Britain, specifically the role of one particular group of Polish pilots known as Squadron #303. So, here it is - the story of one of the most important moments in moder...more

  • 302. Bad Dentist / Star Wars / Adam Buxton / Headphone Jams / Jarvis Cocker

    Oct 14 2015

    Hi, this is the second part of a two part episode in which I'm telling you a few things about recent trending news stories, some anecdotes and other things that are in my head at the moment. There's no specific language focus this time. Instead I'm focusing on general cultural information. Last time I talked about David Cameron and the pig, a story of a bad gig, and who the hell is Ronnie Pickering? In this one I'm going to ramble on about a bad trip to the dentist, some rising excitement about ...more

  • 301. David Cameron & The Pig / Bad Gig Story / Who is Ronnie Pickering?

    Oct 11 2015

    In this episode I'm going to have a bit of a ramble about some stuff that's in the news at the moment and a few other things that have come into my brain. I'm not going to teach you anything specific in this one, no language anyway - just some bits and pieces about modern day British life. So generally I'm just going to keep you company for a while and talk to you one to one for the duration of the episode. Just you and me, and perhaps a bus load of commuters. Click here for more information htt...more

  • 300. [2] EPISODE 300 (PART 2)

    Oct 07 2015

    Welcome back to this landmark episode of the podcast. In this one we're going to carry on listening to messages from guests I've featured on the podcast over the years, then we'll hear messages from some extra-special celebrity fans, as well as some of imitations of me sent in by lepsters. Click here for more information and to make a donation http://wp.me/p4IuUx-58u 

  • 300. [1] EPISODE 300 (PART 1)

    Oct 07 2015

    Here it is - Episode 300. This is quite a landmark episode for me. I've been doing the podcast for 6.5 years now, and I've uploaded about 300 hours of content for you to listen to. In this episode I talk about the significance of the number 300 in history, and then we take a trip down memory lane and hear messages from people I've spoken to on this podcast over the years. Click here for more information and to make a donation http://wp.me/p4IuUx-57C 

  • 299. The Bank Robbery (Part 2)

    Sep 30 2015

    Welcome back to this special double episode in which we are planning a bank robbery as part of a communication game. I strongly recommend that you listen to the previous episode because it will help to make this one much easier to understand. In part 1 I explained the rules of this communication game, which involves a team coming up with a plan to rob a bank. I gave you all the key information which the team has to share, I clarified some useful language that you'll hear and then we listened to ...more

  • 298. The Bank Robbery (Part 1)

    Sep 24 2015

    In this episode you’re going to hear a group of my friends do a communication game in which they have to plan a bank robbery. We’ll listen to the whole meeting, hear their plan come together and then find out what happens in their version of the robbery. We’ll also consider some of the language used in the planning process. If it makes it more exciting, let me tell you that the stakes are very high in this episode – the team could get away with about £200 million in gold, cash and diamonds, or d...more

  • 297. Using Humour in the IELTS Speaking Test (with Jessica from All Ears English)

    Sep 18 2015

    On the podcast today I'm talking to Jessica Beck who has been working in English language teaching for over 10 years. She is an instructor, a teacher trainer and an author of 14 textbooks for learning English. You may also know Jessica from her work on the IELTS Energy Podcast (www.ielts.allearsenglish.com), which is part of the All Ears English. I talked to Gabby and Lindsay from AEE on LEP last year about culture shock, remember that? Well, Jessica is part of the All Ears English team, and is ...more

  • 296. Learning Comedy is like Learning a Language

    Sep 11 2015

    This episode features a conversation with my friend Paul Taylor, who you already know from previous episodes of LEP. Paul is back from the Edinburgh fringe, where he was performing for the whole of August in a comedy show, and a couple of days ago he came over to the flat for a cup of tea and a bit of a chat. We started talking about the Edinburgh fringe and how it went for him. It was his first time and I think he found it very challenging because the audiences were hard to please, apparently t...more

  • 295. California Road Trip (Final Part)

    Sep 07 2015

    Hi and welcome back to LEP. This is episode 295, and it will be the final part of this 8-part series which is inspired by my trip to the west coast of the US recently. I'm going to talk about the final part of our journey from San Francisco, down the coast via Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, San Luis Obispo and back to LA. I'll also talk some more about customer service and give you some tips on how to make complaints in English and how to talk to strangers in slightly sensitive situations, like when...more

  • 294. California Road Trip (Part 7)

    Sep 02 2015

    Hello listeners and welcome back. This is part 7 in this series which is based on my recent trip to California. I didn't expect this to be a 7-part series, but it just keeps going because I've found more and more things to talk to you about! It's like the podcast episode that refuses to die, it keeps coming back for more! It's like the Lambton Worm or something - just when I think I've finished it off, it gets longer! I think this will be the last episode, but who knows. Time seems to shrink whe...more

  • 293. California Road Trip (Part 6)

    Sep 01 2015

    Welcome to episode 293, which is in fact part 6 in this mini series based around my recent trip to California. There's still a lot to talk about, and in this episode I'll tell you about our time spent in San Francisco and that's going to include these things - my interview with AJ Hoge the well-known online English teacher, more British and American English, earthquakes, a short biography of Robin Williams, a history of the peace & love movement in San Francisco, more descriptions of our trip do...more

  • 292. California Road Trip (Part 5)

    Aug 31 2015

    Hi listeners, I hope all's well. Here's part 5 in this series which I'm doing about my California road trip. In this episode I'm hoping to talk about these things: TThe Church of Scientology, Yosemite National Park and our slightly dramatic adventure there, more British and American English, and if time I'll talk to you about San Francisco, where among other things I met and interviewed AJ Hoge. So let's get started. [In fact I only managed to talk about Scientology and the Yosemite experience -...more

  • 291. California Road Trip (Part 4)

    Aug 28 2015

    Hi everyone, here's part 4 in this road trip mini-series. How are you? Are you keeping up with all these new episodes? I suppose if you're listening to this it means you are keeping up, but don't feel rushed. Take your time, listen to them at your leisure, in your own time and at your own speed. I hope you're finding this series interesting. In this one I'm planning to cover these things: Hollywood Boulevard and celebrity culture, an analysis of the mysterious lyrics to Hotel California by The E...more

  • 290. California Road Trip (Part 3)

    Aug 27 2015

    This is part 3 in what could turn out to be quite a long series about my recent trip around California. In this episode I'm hoping to talk about Venice Beach, Baywatch, Segways, the grammar of telling stories and anecdotes in English, some facts about the Hollywood sign, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and British & American English vocabulary related to driving. That's a lot of subjects to cover, so let's get started right away! Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-520 

  • 289. California Road Trip (Part 2)

    Aug 26 2015

    Here's the next part of my description of my recent trip around California. This is a description of my honeymoon, but I'm also going to tell you about the cultural, geographical and historical context of the places we went to, and I'll give you some practical tips and teach you some British and American English too. This is part 2 of the California series. Let's carry on. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2015/08/26/289-california-road-trip-part-2/ 

  • 288. California Road Trip (Part 1)

    Aug 25 2015

    This is a sort of diary or report of what happened on my honeymoon in California, but it's not just a description of a honeymoon. It's more than that, because not only am I going to tell you a few stories about what happened and what we did, but I'll also explain a bit of cultural and historical information, as well as give you some practical tips, including ways of communicating effectively in various situations. Click here for the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4U7 

  • 287. VOCAB BATTLE!!! WITH AMBER & PAUL (exciting title)

    Aug 04 2015

    a.k.a "Vocabulary Game with Amber & Paul" or "Fifteen Fixed Expressions" (less exciting titles) Learn more English expressions in this episode by listening to another vocabulary game with Amber Minogue and Paul Taylor. Click here to visit the page for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4VL 

  • 286. The Wedding Episode

    Aug 04 2015

    Hi everyone, how are you? As you know I got married a couple of weeks ago (applause & congratulations) and in this episode I'm going to tell you about my wedding day, including the preparation, the thoughts, the feelings, the emotions, and what happened on the day itself. I'm planning another episode in the future about the vocabulary of weddings. Click here to visit the page for this episode on my website: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4Je 

  • 285. Ten More Fixed Expressions

    Aug 03 2015

    The next episode of LEP is here at last, after a one month absence. In this episode I'm joined again by Paul Taylor as we play another vocabulary game. Can you beat Paul, a native speaker of English, in this vocabulary guessing game? Listen to find out. Click here to visit the page for this episode: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4Vd 

  • 284. Questions from Tea4er.ru (Part 2)

    Jul 08 2015

    Hi listeners, in this episode I go through some more of the questions sent to me by readers of Tea4er.ru. All the questions and most of my answers are added on the page for this episode, so you can read and listen at the same time if you want to. Access the page here: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4yU 

  • 283. Ten Fixed Expressions

    Jul 02 2015

    Listen to Paul and me play a guessing game involving ten fixed expressions. Can you beat Paul Taylor in this game in which you have to identify the expression being described by Luke? Listen and leave your comments here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4vS 

  • 282. Questions from Tea4er.ru

    Jun 29 2015

    You can listen to an article about LEP and some Q&A from readers of Tea4er.ru all read out by Luke in this episode. Click here to read a transcript http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4yP 

  • 281. Misheard Lyrics

    Jun 17 2015

    Do you ever listen to songs and completely mishear the lyrics? I do it all the time. In fact, everybody does! Let's listen to some song extracts in which the lyrics don't quite sound as the singer intended. Click here for the page for this episode http://teacherluke.co.uk/2015/06/17/281-misheard-lyrics/ 

  • 280. The UK's Top 13 Superstitions

    Jun 14 2015

    What are the most common superstitions in the UK? What are the origins of these superstitions? Why do we believe these things? Are there any particular phrases in our language that relate to these superstitions? Listen to the episode to find out more and click here for a transcript: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-28K 

  • 279. Marcus Keeley / Northern Ireland / Accent (Part 3)

    Jun 10 2015

    Welcome back to part 3 of this short series. In parts 1 and 2 we got to know my guest a bit, and talked about Northern Ireland. Now in part 3 we are going to have a good listen to Marcus's Northern Irish accent, compare the way he and I speak, and also learn a few common phrases and slang from Northern Ireland. Enjoy! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4hx 

  • 278. Marcus Keeley / Northern Ireland (Part 2)

    Jun 09 2015

    In part 1 of this episode we met Marcus Keeley. In part 2 we are going to talk specifically about Northern Ireland, its culture, the atmosphere there and things you can do if you visit as a tourist. There will be a part 3 of this conversation, which will focus on the accents and dialects in Northern Ireland. Click here for more details http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4hk 

  • 277. A Chat with Marcus Keeley from Northern Ireland (Part 1)

    Jun 09 2015

    This episode is the first part of a conversation I had recently with a friend from Northern Ireland. It's the first time I've had someone from that part of the UK before so it's a chance to get to know him, his country and the accents you find there. In this one we get to know Marcus and give you a chance to hear his accent. There will be two more parts to this episode. Enjoy! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-4df 

  • Survey: What kind of episodes of LEP do you prefer?

    Jun 03 2015

    Please click here to take my survey. It'll just take you a couple of minutes and I don't need your name or email address. Thanks! Link here: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-48e 

  • 276. Q&A Session #5

    Jun 02 2015

    In this episode I'm responding to more questions from my listeners. These are all questions that found their way to me via the discussion forum or as comments or emails.  This one is Q&A Session #5. Click here to read all the questions and some transcripts of my answers http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3XU  To download a free audiobook go to http://www.audibletrial.com/teacherluke 

  • 275. The Phrasal Verb Chronicles #2

    May 29 2015

    100 episodes ago I recorded The Phrasal Verb Chronicles #1 - remember that? The point of that episode was to improvise a made-up story as a way of reviewing the first 50 phrasal verbs from my other podcast which is called A Phrasal Verb A Day. I had to just come up with a random story, and add in a load of phrasal verbs. Your task was to try and spot the phrasal verbs as I used them, while also following the story. It's time to do it again because I've done over 100 episodes of A Phrasal Verb A ...more

  • 274. Q&A Session #4

    May 26 2015

    In this episode I'm going to respond to questions that my listeners have asked me in the teacherluke.co.uk discussion forum. I'll also deal with some other questions I've received from listeners in different ways, either on Facebook, twitter, email or as comments posted on my website. This is the 4th time I've done a Q&A session on the podcast like this, and I plan to do more! To send me your questions and to read a transcript for this episode, click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3oL 

  • 273. The Bad Haircut Situation Part 2: More Role Plays & Improvisations

    May 24 2015

    (Longest title ever?) In the last episode, Amber, Paul and I talked about giving compliments, sharing bad news, and generally saying negative things in a careful and diplomatic way. We then did a couple of role play improvisations to help you notice specific language. In this episode we continue with the improvisations and some language feedback. You can see some samples of the language used in those improvisations by clicking here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3uQ  Enjoy!

  • 272. The Bad Haircut Situation

    May 21 2015

    In this episode we're going to look at how to deal with sensitive situations in English, and that includes ways of delivering bad news or saying negative things. We're going to consider ways of using language carefully in order to avoid upsetting people or making them angry. You'll hear a discussion on this topic between Amber, Paul and me and then a few role plays in which we have to deal with some sensitive situations. Watch out for the specific language that we use. Click here for all the det...more

  • 271. Catching Up with Amber & Paul

    May 17 2015

    Today I'm joined by my mates Paul Taylor and Amber Minogue, both of whom have been on the podcast before. Let's catch up with them and see what they've been doing. Listen to the episode to hear a completely unscripted and authentic chat between 3 native speakers from England, as we talk about having babies, pedestrian crossings, having ginger hair, the difficulties of being English in the sunshine, and some of our favourite TV shows and films. Click here for more information http://teacherluke....more

  • 270. UK General Election RESULTS

    May 15 2015

    This is a summary of the results of the UK's general election which took place on May 7. What happened? Who won? What were the main events? What does this mean for the future of the UK over the next 5 years? To read a script and for more information click here to visit the page on the website for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3P0 

  • 269. UK General Election 2015 (Part 2)

    May 05 2015

    Welcome back to Part 2 of this episode which is all about the UK general election which is taking place in a couple of days on Thursday 7 May 2015. In this part we'll hear statements by 7 leaders from 7 of the main parties in this election, we'll consider exactly what they said, understand some of the vocabulary and key issues, and then look at the possible outcomes and predictions for the result of the election. Click here for a transcript and more information http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3GN 

  • 268. UK General Election 2015 (Part 1)

    May 05 2015

    This podcast contains everything you should know about the general election which is happening across the UK this Thursday 7 May 2015. To read a transcript click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3FA 

  • 267. Earthquake in Nepal + other news

    May 02 2015

    This episode is mainly about the recent earthquake in Nepal. Please consider donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee at www.dec.org.uk I'm also going to mention a couple of other news stories that are worth talking about, including the UK's general election which is happening at the end of next week, and the fact that Kate Middleton has just given birth to a baby girl. It's all over the internet and on TV now - but how important is it really, considering so many people's lives are in jeopa...more

  • 266. Telling Jokes in English (Part 3)

    Apr 24 2015

    This is the third and final episode in this series on jokes. In this one we're going to consider the psychology of puns, hear an old tape recording of my brother and me telling jokes when we were children, and you'll also get lots more gags and their explanations. Click here for a transcript and to download http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3t3 

  • 265. Telling Jokes in English (Part 2)

    Apr 23 2015

    In this one we're going to look at some typical joke structures, consider what makes a joke funny, and then I'm going to tell you lots of jokes and explain the vocabulary you need to understand them. Click here to read a transcript and to download the episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3rs 

  • 264. Telling Jokes in English (Part 1)

    Apr 20 2015

    Everything you need to know about when, why and how to tell jokes in English. We'll look at the cultural and linguistic considerations that relate to telling jokes in social settings. Also, you'll hear a few jokes in the process! For a transcript and to download the episode click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3qZ 

  • 263. Past, Present & Future - Verb Tenses

    Apr 08 2015

    LEP is back! You might be wondering where I've been, or what's going on at LEP headquarters. In this episode I'm going to explain my absence, fill you in on what's going on at the moment, and also talk a bit about what's coming up in the future. The language focus is on ways of talking about the past, present and future. Click here for notes, transcriptions and to download the episode: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-3jx   

  • 262. What is Britishness? (Part 2)

    Mar 03 2015

    Welcome back to part 2 of this episode in which we are exploring the subject of Britishness. In this one we are looking at how the Brits define and understand their own national identity. For a transcription and to download click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2SX  Image: Gene Bible http://www.genebible.co.uk 

  • 261. What is Britishness? (Part 1)

    Mar 03 2015

    In this episode I'm going to explore the notion of "Britishness", including the stereotypes, the reality and the complexity of defining Britishness, or any other national identity. For a transcription and to download click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2Ey  Image: Gene Bible http://www.genebible.co.uk 

  • 260. Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Feb 26 2015

    Some feedback on poems written by LEPsters in response to episode 258, and then a film review of Kingsman: The Secret Service - a new spy film set in the UK. For more details click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2JX 

  • 259. Eulogy for Dennis

    Feb 24 2015

    This episode is devoted to the memory of my Grandfather Dennis, who died at the end of December last year. For more information and a transcript of this episode click here: https://teacherluke.co.uk/2015/02/24/259-eulogy-for-dennis/ 

  • 258. Award Win / Thank you! / Poem

    Feb 17 2015

    This is a very short podcast episode because I don't have much time, but I just wanted to say a very sincere THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me in the 2014 Macmillan Love English Awards. I've written a poem to express my gratitude. Listen to the episode to hear it. Why not write your own poem in the comment section of my website? Click here to visit the relevant page: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2JN  You'll also hear a short extract from an interview with Eminem in this episode.

  • 257. Be Positive

    Feb 10 2015

    This improvised and unscripted episode has no specific agenda or language focus, but contains some news, some philosophical conundrums, a few film reviews as well as the usual spoken English and natural phrases. The overall theme which emerged during the recording was that of being positive and making the most of what you've got. Click here to visit the page for this episode: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2DH 

  • 256. Reading Books In English (and listening to them too)

    Feb 01 2015

    This is an episode all about the benefits of reading books and listening to audiobooks in English. It contains lots of advice for using books for improving your English, and several lists of recommended books too. Also, claim your free audiobook from Audible.com - click here for details: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2lr  Claim your free audiobook here: http://www.audible.com/t1/30trial_at?source_code=PDTGBPD060314004R 

  • 255. Taken 3 / Expressions with 'Take'

    Jan 26 2015

    My response to the film Taken 3, plus 12 expressions which use the word 'take'. Click here for vocabulary notes and more: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2tb  #Taken3 #film #english #tefl

  • 254. IELTS Tips & Tricks

    Jan 22 2015

    In this one I’m going to go through all parts of the IELTS test, giving you some tips and general advice. I’m recording this because it is one of the most commonly requested episodes. People are always asking me to do episodes about IELTS and I have never done one until now. So here it is, the eagerly awaited IELTS episode. Loads of people around the world take the IELTS test to get a grade of their English. More and more it is becoming the world’s #1 test of English level. It is a notoriously t...more

  • 253. Rapping with Fluency MC!

    Jan 20 2015

    Chatting and rapping with Jason R. Levine aka Fluency MC! Click here for more information including YouTube videos and lyrics of our rapping http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2bD  I'm feeling pretty excited today because I've got a bit of a celebrity on the podcast. Jason R. Levine, also known as Fluency MC is something of a legend in the world of online English language teaching. He's become pretty well known on YouTube in particular for his videos in which he uses hip hop to bring a fresh approach to teachi...more

  • 252. Marooned With My Music: James Thompson

    Jan 16 2015

    Welcome to Luke's English Podcast and this special series, called Marooned With My Music. My castaway today is my brother James Thompson. Click here for a song list and more information http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2ip 

  • 251. Welcome to LEP / 16 Things You Should Know about LEP

    Jan 13 2015

    The podcast has been nominated in the Macmillan Dictionary Award and the voting is now open here http://www.macmillandictionary.com/love-english-awards/voting-blog-2014.html This episode is a chance for me to say "HI" to any new visitors to my website, and to tell you 16 things that you should know about LEP. For more info click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2lh 

  • 250. Marooned With My Music: Gill Thompson

    Jan 11 2015

    Welcome to Luke's English Podcast and this special series, called Marooned With My Music. My castaway today is my Mum, Gill Thompson. Click here for more information http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2im 

  • 249. News / LEP Merchandise / Messages

    Jan 08 2015

    This episode is just a chance for me to talk to you about these things: - Yesterday's violent attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris - New LEP merchandise - Messages from Listeners at podcastreply@gmail.com For more info click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2jF  To buy LEP merchandise, visit the LEP shop here: http://www.cafepress.co.uk/teacherluke 

  • 248. Marooned With My Music: Rick Thompson

    Jan 06 2015

    "Marooned with my Music" is an interview concept based on a popular and long-running BBC Radio programme called "Desert Island Discs". In that BBC programme, celebrities and noteworthy people are invited onto the show for an interview. They imagine that they have been stranded on a remote desert island and are only allowed to take certain items with them, namely: 8 pieces of music, one book and one luxury item. During the programme, the interviewee is asked about their life and their musical cho...more

  • 247. Understanding The USA

    Jan 03 2015

    This episode is an attempt to understand The USA in more detail, getting beyond the made-up version that we see in movies and on TV in order to get a proper understanding of the country, its culture and its people. I'm joined by an American friend of mine called Sebastian Marx, and during our conversation we go through most of the main events in the history of the USA and discuss some of the most important principles in the story of the country. The ultimate aim: to understand The United States ...more

  • 246. Flight Stories

    Dec 24 2014

    Listen to some stand-up comedy and true stories about flying experiences, learn some vocabulary and consider what makes these comedy routines funny. For transcripts and videos, click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2dE 

  • 245. Merry Christmas! (+ other news)

    Dec 23 2014

    This is just a chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to give you a bit of news. There is a video for this episode, featuring 15 minutes of extra footage which I filmed before recording the audio part. You can watch it by going to teacherluke.co.uk here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-2eA 

  • 244. Urban Myths

    Dec 15 2014

    This episode is all about urban myths. Get your thinking hat on because it's time to evaluate a few stories and beliefs and decide if they are based in reality or if they're just the product of an overactive imagination, or rumours, or just plain old fashioned bullcr*p! I will also teach you some very useful language connected to expressing if you think something is true or not. For vocabulary notes, transcriptions and much more, click here to visit the page for this episode on teacherluke.co.uk...more

  • 243. A Life-Changing Teaching Experience in Ghana

    Dec 11 2014

    Hello and welcome to another episode of Luke's English Podcast! In this episode I'm going to interview my friend Mike Bruce about his recent teaching experience in Ghana in West Africa. Mike is an old friend and colleague of mine, he's originally from Scotland, although he doesn't have a particularly strong accent, and he has lived and worked in places all over the world. I've known him for about 13 years and he was one of the first people I ever worked with as a language teacher in Japan. Mike ...more

  • 242. 11 Idioms Only Brits Understand (really?)

    Dec 07 2014

    This is a slightly rambling and unprepared episode which I made up as I went along, and in the end I talked about a page I found on MatadorNetwork.com called "11 Idioms Only Brits Understand". I don't think that these are exclusively used by Brits, but nevertheless they are some pretty commonly used idioms, so I decided to talk to you about them in this episode. After that I ended up clicking on a few random YouTube videos, playing around with the cockney accent and listening to some music. Enjo...more

  • 241. Star Wars

    Dec 02 2014

    "Luke's Film Club" continues with one of my all-time favourites: Star Wars! In this episode I'm going to ramble on about the Star Wars franchise, including the original trilogy (episodes 4-6), the prequel trilogy (episodes 1-3) and the upcoming new trilogy (episodes 7-9). If you're a Star Wars fan, this one's for you! If you don't like Star Wars, I hope this episode will give you some idea of why people are so crazy about these movies. Click here to visit this page on teacherluke.co.uk http://wp...more

  • 240. Politicians Avoiding Questions

    Dec 02 2014

    In this episode we're going to look at the way politicians deal with tough and challenging questions from TV and radio interviewers. We'll listen to some examples of politicians avoiding questions in interviews and examine some of the ways they get themselves out of tight situations while also promoting their ideas. For a transcript and more details, click here: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-tK 

  • 239. Prepositions: Verb Collocations + Improvised Story

    Nov 26 2014

    In the last episode I attempted to explain ways that prepositions are used in English, and I failed because I wasn't prepared. I managed to get across the idea that prepositions are complicated because they're used in combination with other words, and that you have to remember vocabulary in 'chunks' but the idea was also to present you with some useful lists of preposition collocations. This time around I've done some more preparation. I've spent a bit more time on it and so for round 2 I think ...more

  • 238. Prepositions (Part 1)

    Nov 24 2014

    In this episode I decided to teach you about prepositions! Yes! Everyone's favourite words in English! (Sarcasm - most learners find them frustrating and confusing) However, the episode didn't quite go as planned and I didn't manage to deal with the subject as I had intended. Nevertheless, this episode contains some comments and information about prepositions, which works as an introduction to other episodes on the subject. Listen to this one before you listen episode 240, which deals with the s...more

  • 237. OPP: Other People’s Podcasts (Part 2)

    Nov 18 2014

    Here are more of my favourite podcasts that I love to listen to every day when I am out and about. For all the relevant links and information visit teacherluke.co.uk by clicking here: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-22D 

  • 236. OPP: Other People's Podcasts (Part 1)

    Nov 18 2014

    As well as making podcasts of my own, I love to listen to podcasts made by other people. In fact, I think podcasting is one of the coolest mediums around these days, and there are so many great things to listen to in English. This episode is about other people's podcasts that I enjoy and that I'd like to share with you. For more detailed information click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1Yg 

  • 235. British Slang (N to Z)

    Nov 14 2014

    Here's the final part in the series about British colloquial language. Please be aware that this episode contains some rude language and explicit content. Click here for the list of words in this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-24z 

  • 234. Making "Choons" with My Brother

    Nov 11 2014

    My brother Jim Thompson has been making music on an Akai MPC2000 for a few years now, and he has finally released an album of tracks on bandcamp (click here to listen or download his music http://jt2000.bandcamp.com/releases). In this episode I spoked to my bro about his influences, his inspiration and the creative process of making music from an idea to a finished track. For more info click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1Xi 

  • 233. YEP! Winner

    Nov 07 2014

    My conversation with the overall YEP competition winner, Edgar Hernandez, aka "Bono Chimp" :) http://wp.me/p4IuUx-25z 

  • 232. YEP! Runners Up (Part 2)

    Nov 06 2014

    More runners up from the YEP competition. Enjoy! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-25v 

  • 231. YEP! Runners Up (Part 1)

    Nov 06 2014

    Interviews with runners up from the YEP competition. http://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/11/06/231-yep-runners-up-part-1/ 

  • 230. Can You Learn a Language in 6 Months?

    Nov 04 2014

    This episode is based on a TEDx presentation by Chris Lonsdale, who claims that any normal adult can learn a language within 6 months. Is that really possible? How method of learning does Chris propose? How does this relate to listening to Luke's English Podcast? You can see the video of Chris Lonsdale's talk, with a transcript by clicking here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-22i 

  • 229. Zombies! (Part 2)

    Oct 30 2014

    This is the second in a 2-part series all about zombies. In part 1 I talked about the zombie in popular culture, analysis of the zombie as a metaphor and then some rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse. In episode 2 I'm going to take a couple of zombie survival quizzes and then do a language focus on conditionals. Click here for more information and links http://wp.me/p4IuUx-24e 

  • 228. Zombies! (Part 1)

    Oct 30 2014

    This episode is all about zombies - the undead, flesh eaters, walkers, biters, the infected. Click here for a transcript and other links http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1Su  whatever you want to call them, zombies have become an indelible part of our popular culture now. There are zombies in the cinemas, zombies on TV in shows like AMC's The Walking Dead, zombies in computer games, zombies online, even zombie walks in which people get together in large groups in order to dress up like zombies and walk aroun...more

  • 227. Sausages, Barcodes & Apple Watches

    Oct 27 2014

    This is one of those episodes in which I set myself a 30 minute challenge. Can I talk for 30 minutes without pausing or repeating myself, and with absolutely nothing prepared in advance? Listen to the episode to find out. Click here for more information http://wp.me/p4IuUx-22X  #sausages #applewatch #barcodes #cheese #pizza #religion #humour #english #listening #natural #nativespeaker #ramble

  • 226. On a Boat

    Oct 21 2014

    aka "The Boat that Rocked" or "The Drunk Episode 2". In this episode I spent the evening on a narrowboat on a canal in a part of North London known as Little Venice, with my friends Alex, Paul, Moz and Dave. Join us as we talk about life on the canal boat, the first jobs we ever had, answers to a few questions sent in by a long-term listener called Hiroshi, and explanations of various rude expressions and jokes which came up spontaneously during the conversation. Please be aware that this episod...more

  • 225. Film Club: Taken

    Oct 16 2014

    This episode is all about the film "Taken" starring Liam Neeson as an ex-CIA agent who uses his 'particular set of skills' to save his daughter who is kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. I'm slightly obsessed by this film - I find it gripping and exciting, but also quite ridiculous. In this episode I'd like to play you a classic moment from this film, and then talk about how I feel about the movie as a whole. For more information, click here http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1Wh  "I don't know who you are. I ...more

  • 224. Pronunciation: Verb Tenses & Connected Speech

    Oct 13 2014

    This episode focuses on how sentences are pronounced quickly by native speakers. This is invaluable knowledge which will help you to take your listening and your pronunciation to the next level! Click here for example sentences and more information http://wp.me/p4IuUx-211 

  • 223. YEP! Competition Winners

    Oct 07 2014

    YEP Competition Results, news and some rambling about mosquitoes and TV documentaries about ghosts. For all the details click here: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-20o 

  • 222. Luke's Late Night Podcast

    Sep 30 2014

    Take a musical trip through Luke's hard-drive, in the middle of the night. Late one night recently, I decided to record a podcast while randomly picking some pieces of music from my hard-drive and talking to you at the same time. This is the result. Click here for lyrics and more information http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1YW 

  • 221. A Cup of Tea with Corneliu Dragomirescu (Part 2)

    Sep 23 2014

    Here's part 2 of my conversation with "The Son of the Dragon Tamer" in which we talk about these things: - The difference “pleasshure” and “pleasure”, “bio” and “B.O.” - The importance of ‘passion’ in France - Jamie Oliver’s (fake?) cockney accent - British & American English - Corneliu’s experiences in America, his acting and his accent - Corneliu’s learning experiences with a great teacher when he was a child - The interesting course-book which Corneliu used in his English lessons - The myth o...more

  • 220. A Cup of Tea with Corneliu Dragomirescu

    Sep 17 2014

    aka "The Son of the Dragon Tamer!" or "The guy with the longest name ever on LEP". *The conversation starts at 11.39 - so please skip my introduction if you like* Let me tell you a bit about Corneliu. He is a film maker and comedian originally from Romania. He lives in France now where he writes, directs, produces and acts in films and television projects. Corneliu is a polyglot (he speaks Romanian, French and English), he's a movie-buff and an he's an all-round great conversationalist and there...more

  • 219. Scottish Independence

    Sep 10 2014

    On 18th September the people of Scotland will vote in a referendum to decide if Scotland should remain a part of the UK or become independent. If they vote "yes" and Scotland does become independent from the UK it would cause massive changes to the way the UK is organised. It would be the biggest change in UK history for hundreds of years. It could change everything - not only the lives of the Scottish people, but also the lives of the English, the Welsh and the people of Northern Ireland. In sh...more

  • 218. YEP! Competition Entries #8

    Sep 07 2014

    The final episode of "Your English Podcast" - Please vote for your favourite competition entry by visiting teacherluke.co.uk . Voting closes on September 30th 2014 at 12 midnight, Paris time. Click here to cast your vote for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1WP 

  • 217. YEP! Competition Entries #7

    Sep 07 2014

    Vote for your favourite competition entry by visiting teacherluke.co.uk . Voting closes on September 30th 2014 at 12 midnight, Paris time. Click here to cast your vote for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1WN 

  • 216. YEP! Competition Entries #6

    Sep 07 2014

    Vote for your favourite competition entry by visiting teacherluke.co.uk . Voting closes on September 30th 2014 at 12 midnight, Paris time. Click here to cast your vote for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1WL 

  • 215. YEP! Competition Entries #5

    Sep 07 2014

    Vote for your favourite competition entry by visiting teacherluke.co.uk . Voting closes on September 30th 2014 at 12 midnight, Paris time. Click here to cast your vote for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1WJ 

  • 214. YEP! Competition Entries #4

    Sep 07 2014

    Vote for your favourite competition entry by visiting teacherluke.co.uk . Voting closes on September 30th 2014 at 12 midnight, Paris time. Click here to cast your vote for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1WG 

  • 213. YEP! Competition Entries #3

    Sep 07 2014

    Vote for your favourite competition entry by visiting teacherluke.co.uk . Voting closes on September 30th 2014 at 12 midnight, Paris time. Click here to cast your vote for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1WE 

  • 212. YEP! Competition Entries #2

    Sep 07 2014

    Vote for your favourite competition entry by visiting teacherluke.co.uk . Voting closes on September 30th 2014 at 12 midnight - Paris time. Click here to cast your vote for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1WB 

  • 211. YEP! Competition Entries #1

    Sep 07 2014

    Vote for your favourite competition entry by visiting teacherluke.co.uk . Voting closes on September 30th 2014 at 12 midnight - Paris time. Click here to cast your vote for this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1V0 

  • 210. A Cup of Tea with Noman Hosni

    Sep 04 2014

    Conversation & language feedback with comedian Noman Hosni. Click here for a part-transcript and language feedback notes. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1W9 

  • 209. Travelling in Indonesia (Part 2)

    Aug 29 2014

    Part 2 of my account of my travelling experience in Indonesia. Please listen to part 1 before listening to this one. Click here for notes and transcripts http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1V5  #travel #indonesia #english #listening

  • 208. Travelling in Indonesia (Part 1)

    Aug 29 2014

    I just came back from a 2 week holiday in Indonesia. Let me tell you about it in this episode. Click here for notes and transcripts http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1UH  #travel #english #indonesia

  • 207. Competition Inspiration

    Aug 08 2014

    This is another 'quick' podcast to let you know that I'm on holiday for a couple of weeks, and also to give you some inspiration for your entries to my competition, called "Your English Podcast". 1. I'm going on holiday so I will be away from teacherluke.co.uk for a while. This means I might not be able to respond to comments or messages, and there won't be any uploads for a while. I think you have enough new material to keep you busy until I get back, right? I'll be back in a couple of weeks. 2...more

  • 206. Summer in London (Part 2)

    Aug 06 2014

    Hi and welcome back to this special episode of LEP in which you join me on a walk through central London. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1S4 

  • 205. Summer In London (Part 1)

    Aug 05 2014

    In this episode you can listen to me walking through central London and talking to you along the way. I really enjoyed recording this episode and I think you're going to enjoy listening to it too because it'll be like you're actually there with me, strolling around some of my favourite parts of town, hearing all the sounds of London around you as we go. I think it's going to be great, but before we start I'd just like to mention a couple of things as a preface to the episode... Click here for mo...more

  • 204. Quick Hello: Competition Update & More News

    Aug 05 2014

    Yes, my definition of 'quick' = over 20 minutes! I'm uploading lots of episodes at the moment - you'll be able to catch up with them all soon! This episode is just a quick "hello" and a chance for me to give you some information and make a couple of announcements. Click here for more information and to see a video of me recording this episode http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1SA 

  • 203. The Flatmate from Japan

    Aug 04 2014

    a.k.a. "A Cup of Tea with Peter Sidell" English teacher, travel writer, stand-up comic, learner of Japanese, DJ, native English speaker, Machester City fan and former flatmate of Luke from Luke's English Podcast - Peter Sidell is a guy who keeps himself busy! I lived with Peter in Tsujidou, Japan for nearly a year. I left at the end of 2003 and he stayed there and I hadn't seen him for about 11 years until he recently visited Paris and we got the chance to catch up with each other again. Of cour...more

  • 202. British Comedy: Monty Python & The Holy Grail

    Aug 01 2014

    [The Constitutional Peasants Scene] Here's another episode about Monty Python's Flying Circus, and in this one we're going to be covering some very interesting topics, such as medieval history, old myths legends & folklore, the British monarchy, marxism and radical politics. In terms of language we're going to look at some old fashioned formal poetic language, some political vocabulary and also some intonation and sentence stress, and we'll be doing all of that while understanding and hopefully ...more

  • 201. Nikolay Kulikov: A Russian Comedian in London

    Jul 28 2014

    Nikolai Kulikov is an award-winning Russian screenwriter and stand-up comedian. This year he spent a couple of months living in London (and also briefly in Dublin) performing stand-up comedy. I saw one of his performances in English on video and thought he was very funny! So, I decided to contact him for an interview to find out more about him, his experiences learning English, his views on performing to British & Irish people, and how he feels about life in Russia these days. I hope you enjoy t...more

  • 200. New Competition: "Your English Podcast"

    Jul 25 2014

    In this episode: Details of a new competition for you to enter, how it feels to complete 200 episodes of the podcast, jingles, a message from Alex & Paul, and more! Click here to read all the details of this competition: http://wp.me/p4IuUx-Fc 

  • 199. The USA/UK Quiz

    Jul 17 2014

    Molly and I ask each other general knowledge questions about the USA and the UK. How much do we know about each other's countries? How much do you know about the USA and the UK? Listen and find out! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1Q6 

  • 198. A Cup of Tea with Molly Martinez

    Jul 17 2014

    My friend Molly joins me for a cup of Japanese green tea and a bit of a chat. Molly is a graduate of journalism and is a very funny comedian and writer. First of all you'll hear me interviewing Molly about her life, her American/Mexican roots and her plans for the future, and then Molly interviews me with some random yet revealing questions. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-JE 

  • 197. World Cup 2014 (Part 6: Final Comments)

    Jul 15 2014

    Here is the third and final podcast in which I read out your comments from the World Cup forum thread on teacherluke.co.uk. Comments written in the forum have been corrected by me and now I am going to read them out to you. I will also respond to some of the things listeners have said. I hope you can tell when it's me giving my opinion and when it's the comments of a listener. Leave your comments below as usual! http://wp.me/p4IuUx-1PD  #football #worldcup #english

  • 196. Cycling from Coast to Coast

    Jul 07 2014

    Almost exactly one year ago, Ben Fisher was on the podcast telling us about his cycling trip from London to Paris. Now he's back to tell us about his latest cycling adventure. Last time he cycled a total of 484.7km. This time he more than doubled that distance cycling 1223.42km from the north coast of France all the way down to the south coast. It was a much longer and more difficult trip and he's here on the podcast to tell us all about it! Click here for links & other information http://teach...more

  • 195. British Comedy: Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Jul 04 2014

    The series about British Comedy continues with everything you need to know about Monty Python's Flying Circus and an analysis of The (Dead) Parrot Sketch. Click here for a transcript, videos and more: https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/07/04/195-british-comedy-monty-pythons-flying-circus/ 

  • 194. World Cup 2014 (Part 5: More Forum Comments)

    Jul 01 2014

    Luke reads out more comments from listeners about Brazil 2014 from the World Cup Comments Thread #2 on the teacherluke.co.uk discussion forum. These are all comments which have been sent in by listeners from around the world. Click here to read all the comments https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/07/01/world-cup-2014-part-5-more-forum-comments/ 

  • 193. Culture Shock: Life in London (Part 2)

    Jun 30 2014

    [2/2] The series on culture shock continues with more explanations of some common complaints about life in London. For more information, click here http://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/30/193-culture-shock-life-in-london-pt-2/ 

  • 192. Culture Shock: Life in London (Part 1)

    Jun 30 2014

    [1/2] This episode is all about common complaints made by foreign students living in London. It's common to experience some level of culture shock when dealing with the realities of living in the capital city as a foreign visitor. In this episode I'll try and clarify some of the confusions and frustrations relating to every day life in London. For more information click here http://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/30/192-culture-shock-life-in-london-part-1/ 

  • 191. Culture Shock: The 4 Stages

    Jun 25 2014

    Are you living in a foreign country, or planning to live abroad for a while? This episode will be vital listening for you! Listen for some key bits of wisdom to avoid being affected by cultural differences. In this episode I talk about 4 common phases of culture shock that anyone could experience when living in a new environment, and how to make sure you get the best out of a cross-cultural experience. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/25/191-culture-shock-the-4-stages/ 

  • 190. World Cup 2014 (Part 4: Dad's Memories of 1966)

    Jun 23 2014

    In this episode I was planning to give you my 'brief History of the World Cup' but I abandoned that idea because I decided it was too boring! Instead I've decided to just play you a recorded conversation I had with my Dad about his experience at the 1966 World Cup in London. I hope you find it interesting. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/23/190-world-cup-2014-part-4-some-history/ 

  • 189. World Cup 2014 (Part 3: Your Comments)

    Jun 19 2014

    In this episode I'm going to read out comments you've added so far on my World Cup 2014 forum. To read all the comments in this episode click here https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/20/189-world-cup-2014-part-3-your-comments/ 

  • 188. World Cup 2014 (Part 2: England & The Dark Side of the World Cup)

    Jun 18 2014

    In this second World Cup episode we focus on England, and then the dark side of The World Cup including the allegations of corruption and the civil unrest in Brazil. Click here for more information: https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/18/188-world-cup-2014-part-2-england-the-dark-side-of-the-world-cup/ 

  • 187. World Cup 2014 (Part 1)

    Jun 18 2014

    Lots of people want me to talk about the World Cup, so here we go! This is the first in a series of episodes about World Cup 2014. We start with a general look at the tournament, the groups and the teams. Consider this to be your basic guide to World Cup 2014. Click here for transcriptions and notes: http://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/18/187-world-cup-2014-part-1/  ‎ 

  • 186. Understanding Culture Shock - with Lindsay & Gabby

    Jun 16 2014

    This episode is all about culture shock and culture shock experiences and I'm glad to be joined by Lindsay & Gabby from the All Ears English podcast. Click here for more information http://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/16/understanding-culture-shock/  #english #learning #culture #shock

  • 185. The Trip to New York

    Jun 13 2014

    As promised, here is a description of my holiday in The Big Apple! In this episode I tell you what I did, what I saw and what it was like for me. Click here for vocabulary notes, photos and more information: http://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/13/the-trip-to-new-york/ 

  • 184. Luke's D-Day Diary (Part 2)

    Jun 10 2014

    This is the second part of my account of going to Normandy to remember the brave actions of my Grandfather and other soldiers who took part in the D-Day fighting on 6 June 1944. You can also listen to me describe how it felt to meet one of my heroes, the comedian Eddie Izzard. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/06/10/184-lukes-d-day-diary-part-2/ 

  • 183. Luke's D-Day Diary (Part 1)

    Jun 10 2014

    Friday 6 June this year was the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. My Grandad Dennis was one of the soldiers who landed on the beach that day. Along with thousands of other men he risked his life to fight the Nazis in the 2nd World War. Many of his fellow soldiers did not survive. Last Friday I went to Caen in Northern France to take part in the D-Day commemorations and to see my comedy hero Eddie Izzard performing stand-up in 3 languages. I recorded a podcast during my trip, an...more

  • 182. Learning English with Yacine Belhousse

    May 30 2014

    This episode is all about the relationship between language, successful communication, stand-up comedy and learning English! It features an interview with the one-and-only Yacine Belhousse, who is a professional stand-up comedian in his native language and now in English too. A year and a half ago, Yacine hardly spoke any English. Now he regularly performs in English and this year he is doing a 1 hour stand-up comedy show at the Edinburgh fringe festival. How does he do it? How does he deal with...more

  • 181. Vocabulary & Expressions from Episode 180.

    May 23 2014

    Did you have trouble understanding the interview from the previous episode? Let me help by explaining some of the vocabulary for you. Listen and you'll pick up vocabulary relating to injuries, hospital and skateboarding. For a vocabulary list & more, click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/181-vocabulary-expressions-from-episode-180/ 

  • 180. How my Brother Dislocated his Shoulder (with James)

    May 20 2014

    Two days ago my brother fell off his skateboard and dislocated his shoulder. In this episode he tells us all about what happened. We also chat about how he still loves skateboarding after 30 years and lots of injuries. Click here for vocabulary, videos and my brother's selfie in hospital. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/05/20/180-dislocated-shoulder/ 

  • 179. The Ramblings of an Exhausted Teacher

    May 15 2014

    Last night I couldn't sleep, and so today my mind has turned into jelly. Let me tell you all about how it feels. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/05/15/179-the-ramblings-of-an-exhausted-teacher/  In this episode I talk to you, in a rambling way, about diverse topics such as: Dwayne's English Podcast Being kidnapped by aliens from Mars Exam fatigue Trouble sleeping last night English at 7.30AM! The rotten contents of my brain! Selling Luke's English Podcast Saying "Hello" to you Having a conversa...more

  • 178. I'm Still Here

    Apr 30 2014

    This episode is just a chance for me to say "hi" and to inform you that I'm still here and that normal podcasting will continue soon. In this episode I give you some news, and then you can listen to a conversation I had with my friend David. Enjoy! http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/178-im-still-here/ 

  • 177. What Londoners Say vs What They Mean

    Apr 01 2014

    This podcast is based on an article from the trendy/hipster website "Buzzfeed". It's about some common things that Londoners say, and what they really mean. It'll not only teach you some vocabulary, but will allow you to get under the skin of London and find out some real inside knowledge of what it's like to live there for real. I'll go through the list and explain everything for you. For more information click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/177-what-londoners-say-vs-what-the...more

  • 176. Grammar: Verb Tense Review

    Mar 24 2014

    This episode is all about grammar, specifically verb tenses such as: present simple, present continuous, present perfect simple, present perfect continuous, past perfect, past perfect continuous and different future forms. Part of this episode is transcribed, and part of it is spontaneous. Click here for more information and a transcript: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/176-grammar-verb-tense-review/ 

  • 175. The Phrasal Verb Chronicles #1

    Mar 18 2014

    This is both a phrasal verb review, and a random made-up story. I decided to do this episode as a way to remind you of the first 50 phrasal verbs I've taught you in my Phrasal Verb a Day series of mini-episodes. When I've reached 100 phrasal verb episodes, I'll do another episode of The Phrasal Verb Chronicles, to help you remember #51-100. For more information, and links to the individual phrasal verb episodes, click here http://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/03/18/175-the-phrasal-verb-chronicles-1/ 

  • 174. How to Learn English with Luke's English Podcast

    Mar 12 2014

    Plenty of advice on how to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing by listening to this podcast. Click here for more information http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/174-how-to-learn-english-with-lukes-english-podcast/ 

  • 173. The Curse of The Lambton Worm

    Mar 06 2014

    Listen to a disturbing story from English folklore about a horrendous and mysterious worm. Click here for more information http://wp.me/pG0VZ-Ap  Illustration by John Dickson Batten from More English Fairy Tales. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Page_facing_202_illustration_in_More_English_Fairy_Tales.png 

  • 172. British Comedy: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

    Feb 26 2014

    Listen to two comedy sketches from the 1960s, learn some popular cultural history, pick up some vocabulary and hear some posh English accents. For more information and transcripts click here http://wp.me/pG0VZ-xz (Episode page) Click here to buy the BBC DVD "The Best of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore" http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Peter-Cook-Dudley-Moore/dp/B0000AISIV 

  • 171. A Cup of Tea with... Daniel Burt

    Feb 21 2014

    [2/2] Here's the second part of my conversation with Daniel Burt, who is a journalist, comedy writer and performer from Melbourne, Australia. Click here for more information https://teacherluke.co.uk/2014/02/21/171-a-cup-of-tea-with-daniel-burt-part-2/ 

  • 170. Basking in My Moment of Glory

    Feb 19 2014

    I won the competition again! I got a hat-trick! Thanks for your votes. I'd like to teach you some expressions related to success and failure in this episode. In this episode I'm just going to talk about it for a little bit, but I'm not just going to bask in this moment of glory, I'm also going to present and then teach some phrases to you. The phrases are all associated with success and failure. I'll also teach you some really common things you can say to someone who has won, or lost something. ...more

  • 169. A Cup of Tea with Daniel Burt (Part 1)

    Feb 15 2014

    [1/2] Daniel Burt is a journalist, comedy writer and performer from Melbourne, Australia. He writes for two big newspapers in Australia, he worked as an intern at Late Night with David Letterman, he has his own page on Wikipedia and in his work he has interviewed Matt Smith, David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, which means he has met 2 Doctor Whos Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and The Hobbit! Wow. For more information click here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/daniel...more

  • 168. Please Vote! (and stuff like that)

    Feb 11 2014

    Please vote for me in the Macmillan Dictionary Awards. Voting closes at midnight GMT on 14 February - so you only have a couple of days! Click here to vote for me. http://www.macmillandictionary.com/love-english-awards/voting-blog-2013.html Thanks! If you've already voted - thanks a lot! I shut up about the competition after 9 minutes, and then just improvise, while using the words 'stuff' and 'thing' as much as possible. For more information click here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/02...more

  • 167. Memory, Mnemonics & Learning English

    Feb 04 2014

    How to improve your memory and learn English more effectively with memory techniques & mnemonics. Click here for a full transcript and more useful information: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/167-memory-mnemonics-learning-english/ 

  • 166. The Prawn Story

    Jan 30 2014

    An undersea tale of identity loss, and shrimp; this is one of those rather ridiculous improvised stories which is loosely based on an old joke. This kind of episode is for listeners who just enjoy listening to some silly fun. Normal educational podcasting will be resumed in due course. Have a good day! More details here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/166-the-prawn-story/ 

  • 165. English Premier League Football

    Jan 23 2014

    A discussion about football with a focus on the basic things you need to know about the Premier League and being a footy fan in England. For more information click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/english-premier-league-football/  #english #football #premier #league #premiership

  • 164. Transcript Collaboration

    Jan 21 2014

    Join in the transcript collaboration in order to do some intensive listening, help others improve their English, and do me a little favour in return for the hard work I've been doing on the podcast over the years! ;) Here's the transcript collaboration page: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/episodes-with-transcripts/transcripts/  A transcript of this episode will be available online here soon: http://www.teacherluke.wordpress.com

  • 163. Skype Chat with My Brother

    Jan 15 2014

    A conversation with my brother James over Skype in which we catch up with each other, and recommend some of our favourite British films for you to watch. For more information, click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/163-skype-chat-with-my-brother/ 

  • 162. Having Babies: Vocabulary / A Male Perspective

    Jan 10 2014

    *Transcript available below* This is a follow up to the previous episode in which I interviewed my friend Amber, who is pregnant. In this episode I explain some key vocabulary to you, and discuss the issue of childbirth from a man's point of view. Click here for a transcript and more information http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/162-having-babies-vocabulary-a-male-perspective/ 

  • 161. She's Having a Baby (with Amber Minogue)

    Jan 08 2014

    aka. "A Cup of Tea with... Amber Minogue" My friend Amber is pregnant and she's due to give birth in just a couple of weeks. In this episode, we talk about what it's like to be pregnant - the challenges, the benefits, the social changes. We also discuss the things you should and shouldn't say/do when you meet a pregnant woman. Listen and you'll find out everything you need to know about interacting with a pregnant woman. The episode contains lots of vocabulary and expressions related to being pr...more

  • 160. The A to Z of Christmas

    Dec 23 2013

    Everything you need to know about a typical English Christmas in one episode of the podcast. In this one, I'm joined by my mate Raphael as we chat about all things Christmas, going through a list of Chrimbo related words from A to Z. Get in the festive mood with this special yuletide edition. HO HO HO MEEEERY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!! Click here to read all the words in our Christmas A to Z. http://teacherluke.co.uk/2013/12/24/160-the-a-to-z-of-christmas/ 

  • 159. A Cup of Tea with Paul Taylor (Pt 2)

    Dec 23 2013

    Here is part 2 of this Christmas episode with Paul Taylor. Paul is not your typical English guy because he is fluent in several other languages. In this episode we talk about his experiences of living in different countries, share some Christmas memories, and have fun speaking in different accents. Click here for more information http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/158-159-a-cup-of-christmas-tea-with-paul-taylor/ 

  • 158. A Cup of Tea with Paul Taylor (Pt 1)

    Dec 23 2013

    Paul Taylor is my guest in this Christmas episode. Paul is not your typical English guy because he can speak lots of other languages. In this episode we talk about his experiences of living in different countries, and some Christmas memories as well. Continues in part 2... Click here for more information http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/158-159-a-cup-of-christmas-tea-with-paul-taylor/ 

  • 157. A Cup of Coffee with... Sarah Donnelly (Pt 2)

    Dec 23 2013

    Here's the rest of my conversation with Sarah Donnelly. In this one we continue to answer questions from listeners and discuss a variety of topics, particularly learning languages and teaching English. For more information click this link here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/157-a-cup-of-coffee-with-sarah-donnelly-part-2/ 

  • 156. British Comedy: Ali G

    Dec 12 2013

    This is the first in a series of episodes about British comedy. This one is all about Ali G. First you'll find out everything you need to know about him, then we will listen to a clip from one of his comedy shows and I will explain everything that you hear so that you can understand it to the same level as a native speaker. You'll learn plenty of slang vocab, some features of a London dialect and more vocabulary relating to the theme of education. Please be aware that there is some explicit lang...more

  • 155. A Cup of Coffee with... Sarah Donnelly

    Dec 05 2013

    In this episode I am joined by the lovely Sarah Donnelly, as we respond to questions sent to Luke's English Podcast via the Facebook page. Sarah is an English teacher and a very funny stand-up comedian. She comes from the USA but she now lives in France. In this episode we talk about learning another language, teaching English and some cross-cultural experience. For more information and some links, click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/155-a-cup-of-coffee-with-sarah-donnelly/ 

  • 154. British Slang (H to M)

    Nov 27 2013

    The series on informal British English continues here. *Caution - there is some rude language in this episode. Click the following link to read notes and definitions for all the words mentioned in this episode. Thanks for listening http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/154-british-slang-h-to-m/ 

  • 153. The Talking Dog Story

    Nov 20 2013

    Here's another improvised story, this time about a dog that can speak perfect English. For more information click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/153-the-talking-dog-story/ 

  • 152. I'm leaving Podomatic... and moving to Audioboo.fm

    Nov 06 2013

    In this episode I give you a news update about how Luke's English Podcast is moving to a new host, www.audioboo.fm You can find the relevant details here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/152-im-leaving-podomatic-and-moving-to-audioboo-fm/ 

  • 151. Google Questions

    Oct 31 2013

    Luke answers some common auto-completed questions from Google. Hi listeners. Do you know what "Google auto-complete" is? You know when you start to google something, like maybe 'why is Luke's English Podcast so awesome?' and when you type 'why is', Google completes your question with lots of options? Those options are 'auto-completes'. It's when Google predicts your search based on frequently asked searches. Try typing "why is" into Google. It will give you some options, like "why is the sky blu...more

  • 150. British Slang (D to G)

    Oct 25 2013

    More informal English for you to pick up in this episode as we continue the series on British slang words. Click the following link to read more information, and the list of slang words I talk about in this episode with some definitions. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/150-british-slang-d-to-g  (thanks to http://www.effingpot.com/slang.shtml)

  • 149. Backing Up Into The Cloud

    Oct 15 2013

    Hello Dear Listeners, I've been a little bit quiet recently but I'm still here. This episode is a chance to explain what's been going on recently, and to answer some of your questions and comments from Facebook and Twitter. To read more information, click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/149-backing-up-into-the-cloud/ 

  • 148. British Slang (A to C)

    Sep 12 2013

    Part 1 in a series about informal British English words and expressions. Slang basically means informal language which is used among friends, and which isn't really appropriate at work or in other formal situations. This podcast is devoted to teaching you some of the most common and well-known bits of British slang. Click below for more information and to read a vocabulary list for this episode http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/148-british-slang-a-to-c/ 

  • 147. Idioms and Expressions from Episodes 145 & 146

    Sep 08 2013

    Explanations, examples and definitions of idioms and natural expressions which you heard in the last two episodes of this double award-winning podcast for learners of English. You can read all the phrases, definitions and examples by clicking here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/147-idioms-and-expressions-from-episodes-145-146/ 

  • 146. Nightmare Teaching Experiences (Part 2)

    Sep 05 2013

    The continuation of this two part episode about being an English language teacher, and some of the difficult experiences that involves. A transcript is available for this episode here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/146-nightmare-teaching-experiences-part-2/ 

  • 145. Nightmare Teaching Experiences (Part 1)

    Sep 02 2013

    This episode is all about English teaching, some stories of bad classroom experiences and what I learned from them. A full transcript to this episode is available. You can read it by clicking this link http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/145-nightmare-teaching-experiences-part-1/ 

  • 144. The Chaos of English Pronunciation

    Aug 29 2013

    3 poems that demonstrate some difficulties with English spelling and pronunciation. To read the 3 poems that you can hear in this podcast episode click this link http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/144-the-chaos-of-english-pronunciation/ 

  • 143. A Cup of Tea with... Robert Hoehn

    Aug 19 2013

    Some ironic conversation with actor, clown and comedian Robert Hoehn. Click here to a transcript to some of this episode, and more information http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/143-a-cup-of-tea-with-robert-hoehn/  

  • 142. The Annual General Meeting - Part 2

    Aug 04 2013

    Here is the second part of the AGM. For more information, see episode 141. To read the agenda for this episode, click the following link http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/142-the-annual-general-meeting-part-2/ 

  • 141. The Annual General Meeting

    Aug 02 2013

    You are formally invited to attend The LEP AGM (Luke's English Podcast Annual General Meeting) which will take place during the recording of this episode. CLICK HERE to read the agenda for this episode. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/141-the-annual-general-meeting-part-1/  Your donations make this podcast possible

  • 140. Ghost Stories - True Tales of Really Creepy Experiences

    Jul 31 2013

    Keep cool in the hot summer weather with some chilling stories. TRANSCRIPT available here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/140-ghost-stories/  italki offer: http://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep Audible: http://www.audibletrial.com/teacherluke   

  • 139. Hard Driving

    Jul 09 2013

    One Man. One Car. One Destination. *Transcript now available* In this episode you join me in a BMW Mini as I attempt to drive across Paris, through some of Europe's busiest streets, on a very hot July afternoon. My mission is to deliver the car to a car-park while avoiding angry Parisian drivers, pedestrians with prams, and busses full of Japanese tourists. The ultimate goal - a glass of cold beer on the terrace of a cafe, and to save the world through another episode of Luke's English Podcast, ...more

  • 138. Discussing Movies (Part 2)

    Jul 07 2013

    This is the second in a 2-part series all about films. In this one, Henry and I answer listeners' questions from Facebook. See below for more details. Click here to read more information, including a list of questions from Facebook and the names of movies we mention in this episode http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/138-discussing-movies-part-2/ 

  • 137. Discussing Movies (Part 1)

    Jun 29 2013

    Henry Dean joins me for a cup of tea and a chat about movies. In this episode, I talk to Henry about his background, his university course, his writing work and his interest in film and movies in general. We also explain and discuss various items of vocabulary related to film. We'll teach you various words and phrases that you can use to talk about films with your friends. We also begin to answer questions which were sent in to us via Facebook. Click here for more information http://teacherluke...more

  • 136. Cycling from London to Paris

    Jun 23 2013

    What is the longest bike trip you've ever done? Have you ever run a marathon or walked a very long distance? In this episode, I speak to Ben Fisher, who just this weekend cycled all the way from The River Thames in London to La Seine in Paris, covering a distance of over 460km.Listen to the podcast as Ben and I discuss the trip, the challenges, the pain, the blood, the sweat, the tears and the joy of this journey by bicycle. In our discussion you will hear lots of vocabulary relating to cycling ...more

  • 135. Raining Animals - "It's raining cats and dogs"

    Jun 17 2013

    "It's raining cats and dogs" - Do native speakers of English often use this idiom to describe heavy rain or do they use different expressions? Click here to read vocabulary notes and other information http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/135-raining-animals/ 

  • 134. The Story of Salvo

    Jun 11 2013

    This episode is all about the story of a hardcore punk rock band from London. Listen, and you'll hear an interview with the band members as they talk about how the band started, their influences, and what caused the band to end. CLICK HERE TO READ A TRANSCRIPT FOR THE INTRODUCTION AND MORE INFORMATION http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/134-the-story-of-salvo/ 

  • 133. Hip-Hop Lyric Analysis

    Jun 01 2013

    A look at hip-hop culture and analysis of the lyrics to a classic rap song. CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL TRANSCRIPT TO THIS EPISODE and for other useful and interesting links. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/133-hip-hop-lyric-analysis/  PEACE.

  • 132. Pronouncing ~ed Endings (with Added Romance and Horror)

    May 17 2013

    Some pronunciation, some vocabulary, some romance and a little bit of horror-movie gore in this episode. For vocabulary notes and more information, click here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/132-pronouncing-ed-endings-with-added-romance-and-horror/ 

  • 131. Rickipedia

    May 01 2013

    A conversation with my Dad, Rick Thompson. In this episode I ask my Dad various questions which were sent in by fans of Luke's English Podcast on Facebook. To visit and like the facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lukes-English-Podcast/227129545507?ref=ts&fref=ts What do you think of my Dad's answers? Leave your comments below. For more information and a transcript, click here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/131-rickipedia/ 

  • 130. A Cup of Tea with... Sebastian Marx

    Apr 17 2013

    Conversation with a real American person from New York! Sebastian Marx was born in New York and went to Boston University. He is a stand-up comedian in Paris and regularly performs in English and in French. You can visit his website here http://www.sebmarx.com and find out about his comedy shows! In this episode I invited Sebastian to my flat where we had some tea and some chocolate brownies. Listen to the episode as I ask questions which were suggested by listeners from the Luke's English Podca...more

  • 129. A Cup of Tea with... Pierre Gaspard

    Apr 10 2013

    Pierre Gaspard is a French actor and comedian who performs comedy in English. His English is really good. In this episode I invited Pierre to my flat for a cup of tea and some biscuits, and to talk to him about learning English, doing comedy and life in Canada, France and the UK. I also teach Pierre how to speak using a few British accents - including Manchester, Cockney and a kind of Scottish accent. ***There is SOME RUDE LANGUAGE in this episode, so watch out if you're offended easily, or if y...more

  • 128. Luke's Stand-Up Comedy Show in Paris

    Apr 07 2013

    In this episode you can listen to 30 minutes of my stand-up comedy performance from last Friday in Paris. To watch a video of the performance, click here:  http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/795/  *I'm afraid this episode is no longer available.  To get information about my upcoming stand up shows, click here https://teacherluke.co.uk/luke/live-dates/ 

  • 127. Computer Games

    Mar 04 2013

    This episode is all about computer games or video games, from the early days of PONG, Space Invaders and Pac-Man to the multi-billion dollar industry that we have today. CLICK HERE FOR VOCABULARY AND VIDEOS RELATED TO THIS EPISODE: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/127-computer-games/ 

  • 126. Your Emails, Comments and Questions

    Feb 20 2013

    Thank you very much for your emails and comments over the last few months! I am going to reply to some of them here. CLICK HERE TO READ ALL TEXT AND NOTES FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/126-your-emails-comments-and-questions/ 

  • 125. The Pink Gorilla Story

    Feb 14 2013

    Listen to Luke tell you a rather bizarre story about an adventure involving a pink gorilla and a number of other characters. I recommend that you listen to the story several times as a way of enjoying and understanding it more. There is a rambling introduction, then the story begins at about 17minutes. There is a transcript available here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/125-the-pink-gorilla-story/ 

  • 124. James Bond

    Jan 24 2013

    This episode is all about the history of James Bond. You can also learn how to speak like Sean Connery or Roger Moore :) CLICK HERE TO READ A TRANSCRIPT, DEFINITIONS AND VIDEO FOR THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/124-james-bond/ 

  • 123. What's Been Going On?

    Jan 18 2013

    In this episode I let you know what's been happening recently and look at some recent news stories. *There is a sound quality problem with this episode. It's recorded very quietly. Apologies for this. The next episode is better.* Click here to read the news stories which I talk about in this episode: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/123-whats-been-going-on/ 

  • 122. The End of the World?

    Dec 20 2012

    Do you believe all the theories that the world is going to end tomorrow? In this episode I discuss some of the 2012 End of the World theories and tell you what I think. We will also hear the opinion of a NASA scientist. You can read some of those theories and more information here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/122-the-end-of-the-world/ 

  • 121: Americanisms (Part 2)

    Dec 12 2012

    Hi listeners, and welcome back to Luke's English Podcast. This episode is the continuation of the last one which was all about Americanisms. For a full transcript and more information, click here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/121-americanisms-part-2/ 

  • 120. Americanisms

    Dec 06 2012

    This one is all about Americanisms, and is a response to a list of the UK's 50 most hated Americanisms in English. For a full transcript and more information click here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/120-americanisms/ 

  • 119. First Impressions of Life in Paris

    Nov 22 2012

    How's life in Paris? Find out in this episode. There is a transcript to all of this episode. Click here to read it http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/119-first-impressions-of-life-in-paris/ 

  • 118. Sick in Japan

    Nov 09 2012

    In this episode I will tell you the story of how I ended up in a Japanese hospital for two weeks. To read vocabulary notes and phrases click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/118-sick-in-japan/ 

  • 117. Psychics / Cold Reading / Barnum Statements

    Nov 01 2012

    Listen to Luke explain the previous episode of the podcast, and how that relates to psychic readings and so-called 'Barnum statements'. CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL TRANSCRIPT AND TO WATCH SOME VIDEOS: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/117-psychics-cold-reading-barnum-statements/ 

  • 116. Could it be you?

    Oct 25 2012

    Please let me know if you feel like the personality profile in this episode relates to you in particular... Welcome to episode number 116 of Luke's English Podcast. This episode features an experiment into the linguistic tricks that are used in mind reading and fortune telling. I must say at the beginning that I do not really believe that psychic powers exist. I think mind reading looks like a magic power but actually it is just a trick. This episode and the next one, are about this subject. The...more

  • 115. A Chat about Music

    Oct 18 2012

    Listen to a chat with my brother James about music. We interview each other about our musical memories. I've written a list of some phrases and sentences that we use in the conversation. You can check them out here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/115-a-chat-about-music/ 

  • 114. Twelve Natural Expressions

    Oct 11 2012

    Learn 12 very common expressions by listening to this authentic and unscripted conversation. In this episode I am joined by Kate again, and her friend Mark. We teach you some natural expressions and get to know Mark a little bit. CLICK HERE TO READ THE EXPRESSIONS AND THEIR DEFINITIONS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/693/ 

  • 113. Setting The World To Rights

    Oct 07 2012

    What does this expression mean? Well, according to the Macmillan dictionary it means "to have a conversation with someone in which you exchange opinions on a range of subjects, especially opinions on how to solve society's problems". That's exactly what I did in this episode. Listen and you'll hear me engaging in conversation with a colleague of mine named Eamon. We went to the pub for a quick pint and ended up setting the world to rights. Eamon is a very intelligent and interesting guy and I'm ...more

  • 112. Vocabulary Review - Episodes 1-11

    Oct 02 2012

    Refresh your vocabulary from the first eleven episodes of Luke's English Podcast. Everyone knows it's vital to review vocabulary you have learned. If you don't review it then you're likely to forget it! So, in this episode I will help you to remember some of the expressions I taught you in the early days of Luke's English Podcast. Of course, we will be doing this in a natrual way by demonstrating the way these expressions can be used in an authentic and unscripted conversation. All you have to d...more

  • 109. Friday Night Banter (aka The Drunk Episode)

    Aug 29 2012

    I'm joined by Alex, Paul and Moz as we have a few drinks and talk general nonsense. Enjoy! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/friday-night-banter-aka-the-slightly-drunk-episode/ 

  • 108. In Bed with Luke

    Aug 07 2012

    Hello! In this episode I give you some latest news and talk about these things: The London Olympics, My holiday in Barcelona, The BESIG Presentation award, A recent comedy gig I did, My kitchen, Learning French and The new Batman movie. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SEE THE VIDEO OF MY BESIG PRESENTATION Your donations make this podcast possible. https://teacherluke.co.uk/2012/08/06/in-bed-with-luke/ 

  • 107. Messing Around With Accents and Voices

    Jul 06 2012

    Improve your understanding of different accents and voices in English. In this episode I am joined by my friend Kate and we play around and speak in lots of different accents and voices. Click here to read more information about this episode. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/messing-around-with-accents-and-voices/ 

  • 106. Brighton Fringe Festival Podcast #3

    Jun 29 2012

    Part 3 of the Brighton Trilogy. In this episode I ask Paul, Alex and Moz some very stupid questions, with some revealing results. Listen to the previous two episodes to find out more about The Brighton Fringe and my comedy counterparts. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/brighton-fringe-festival-3/ 

  • 105. Brighton Fringe Festival Podcast #2

    Jun 18 2012

    The second podcast from the Brighton Fringe 2012. CLICK HERE TO READ NOTES FOR THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/brighton-fringe-festival-2/ 

  • 104. Brighton Fringe Festival Podcast #1

    Jun 07 2012

    Hello Listeners! This is the first of three podcast episodes recorded with comedians Alex Love, Paul Langton and Moz at the Brighton Fringe Festival last month. In this episode I introduce Alex, Paul and Moz and we discuss a number of topics including: British accents, experiences in foreign countries, comedy shows and a mysterious character called Luke Johnson. Listen to the episode to find out more, and please feel free to leave comments and questions below. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS ...more

  • 103. The Queen & The Royal Family

    Jun 04 2012

    Opinions, facts and gossip about The Royal Family, as The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this weekend. Listen to Luke have a conversation with English Robot 4000 about The Royal Family, including some surprising rumours about Prince Harry (lsten to find out more). CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND TO WATCH A COUPLE OF VIDEOS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/the-queen-and-the-royal-family/  Thanks for listening, and remember your donations make this podcast possible. Luke

  • 102. Competition Winners

    May 30 2012

    Hi, I've got loads of things to tell you. So, in this episode you will hear about: -Competition results and winners (woo) -See below for the winner and 2 runners up. -New website information www.teacherluke.wordpress.com (check it out) -News about me moving to Paris for a while (ooh la la) -News about the Queen's Jubilee and other things happening in London (it's an exciting time) -A new comedian/musician who I recently discovered (see the video below) CLICK HERE TO READ THE RESULTS OF THE COMPE...more

  • 100. Going to The Pub

    May 12 2012

    This is your 100% guide to how to go to the pub in the UK. In this episode you'll learn everything you need to know about going to the pub in English. CLICK HERE TO FOR NOTES AND VIDEOS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/going-to-the-pub/ 

  • 99. The Rotary Sushi Bar of English

    May 05 2012

    Why is it called The Rotary Sushi Bar of English? Listen to the whole episode to find out. To read notes for this episode, click here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/the-rotary-sushi-bar-of-english/  Your donations make this podcast possible.

  • 98. Luke vs Oliver (Part 2)

    May 01 2012

    We continue our discussion of various 'vs battles' in this episode. Listen, and add your comments below! CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME VOCABULARY NOTES AND VIDEOS  http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/luke-vs-oliver-part-2/ 

  • 97. Luke vs Oliver (Part 1)

    Apr 28 2012

    Listen to Luke and Oli as they discuss a variety of different topics, ideas, themes and people. The idea behind this episode is to compare and contrast different pairs of things, not only to decide which is the best, but also to explore them in great depth. CLICK HERE FOR VOCABULARY NOTES AND VIDEOS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/luke-vs-oliver-part-1/ 

  • 96. The Lost Competition Entry

    Apr 19 2012

    VOTING IS NOW CLOSED - THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES EVERYONE. Hi there. I forgot to add this competition entry to the last episode, so please listen to it and if you like it, vote! http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/competition-entries/  This entry is from Vagner in Brazil.

  • 95. Competition Entries - Part 2

    Apr 17 2012

    VOTING IS NOW CLOSED - THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES EVERYONE. To read more about this episode, click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/competition-entries/ 

  • 94. Competition Entries - Part 1

    Apr 16 2012

    VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. To read more about this episode, click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/competition-entries/ 

  • 93. Weird... or just different?

    Apr 11 2012

    This episode is all about cultural differences. I talk to my brother James and our friend Aaron about customs, culture and behaviour from around the world and discuss the question: Is it weird, or is it just different? CLICK HERE TO READ A TRANSCRIPT AND VOCABULARY NOTES https://teacherluke.co.uk/2012/04/11/weird-or-just-different/ 

  • 91. The A to Z of Random Thoughts

    Mar 21 2012

    This is probably the most random episode of the podcast so far, and certainly the longest. It's about the same length as a football match, in fact, why not listen to this while watching an actual football match. It might make it more interesting. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE NOTES AND A LIST OF THE A-Z WORDS I MENTION http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/the-a-to-z-of-random-thoughts/ 

  • 90. Competition + Phrasal Verbs ABC

    Mar 10 2012

    Enter the competition to win the phrasal verbs dictionary. Details of the competition below. I also teach you loads of useful phrasal verbs that begin with the letters A, B and C. CLICK HERE TO READ VOCABULARY NOTES, DEFINITIONS AND MORE INFORMATION! :) http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/competition-phrasal-verbs-a-b-c/ 

  • 89. A Day in the Life

    Mar 07 2012

    A vocabulary episode in which I explain all the actions in a normal day. I got an email today from a woman in Russia. She said it can be easy to talk about big topics like politics but what's hard is explaining simple actions in detail. So I'm going to describe a typical day in my life, in great detail. This episode features a lot of specific vocabulary. Click here to read this vocabulary and other notes. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/a-day-in-the-life/ 

  • 88. How To Play The Drums

    Mar 05 2012

    Learn how to be a rock star in this episode. I'll teach you a bit about music and about how to play the drums. Also you can listen to various famous drummers talking about their technique. See below for some vocab.  CLICK HERE TO READ VOCABULARY NOTES AND TRANSCRIPTS FOR THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/how-to-play-the-drums/ 

  • 87. Six Idioms and Six Phrasal Verbs

    Mar 03 2012

    I chat to Oli about the news and teach you 6 idioms and 6 phrasal verbs. FOR A FULL LIST OF THE IDIOMS AND PHRASAL VERBS, WITH DEFINITIONS AND EXAMPLES - CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/6-idioms-and-6-phrasal-verbs/ 

  • 86. Criminal Law

    Feb 27 2012

    Join my cousin Oli and me as we discuss an interesting legal case. This is quite a well known case which involves some quite dark themes such as murder and suicide. CLICK HERE FOR VOCABULARY AND A TRANSCRIPT OF THE STORY http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/criminal-law

  • 85. A Stand-up Comedy Gig

    Feb 18 2012

    Listen to one of Luke's stand-up gigs. First I talk about stand-up comedy and tell you some common expressions to describe comedy performances (see below). Then listen to me describing how I feel before a comedy gig, then listen to a recording of a recent gig. Finally I describe how I feel after the gig. There is some explicit content in this episode. Please don't listen if you are offended easily. CLICK HERE TO SEE VOCABULARY FROM THIS EPISODE, AND TO WATCH SOME STAND-UP VIDEOS http://teacherl...more

  • 84. Luke's English Braincast (with James)

    Feb 10 2012

    Why is it called Luke's English Braincast? Listen to the episode until the end to find out. What's been going on? What's been happening? In this episode, Luke and James talk about recent news stories and current affairs including: -The London Olympic Games -The Queen's Diamond Jubilee -The Superbowl -Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary -The Oscars 2012 -Women drivers and a number of other fascinating topics. CLICK HERE TO READ VOCABULARY NOTES AND MORE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/...more

  • 83. How to Swear in British English -VERY RUDE CONTENT (with James)

    Jan 21 2012

    From the LEP archives - Episode 83. How to Swear in British EnglishAll British Swear Words - Explained.Download the audio here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/how-to-swear-in-british-english-very-rude-content/  Get the free LEP App in the App store for iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lukes-english-podcast-app/id1293261868?mt=8 For Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teacherluke.android.english&hl=en_US  Become a premium LEP subscriber https://www.teacher...more

  • 82. Voting, Elections, Politics and Government

    Jan 16 2012

    In this episode I teach you lots of vocabulary for talking about voting, elections, government and politics. This episode contains some seriously useful and important terms about politics and the way the government runs here in the UK. CLICK HERE TO READ ALL THE VOCABULARY ITEMS IN THIS EPISODE AND FOR A TRANSCRIPT TO THE COMEDY SKETCH http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/voting-elections-politics-government/ 

  • 80. Essential Social English

    Jan 12 2012

    Some of the most important phrases, responses and common expressions used in English every day. These are sets of phrases that always go together. Some people call them adjacency pairs. Learn many of these vital expressions in this episode of Luke's English Podcast, one of the fastest growing English language learning podcasts online. CLICK HERE TO READ ALL THE PHRASES I TEACH IN THIS EPISODE AND TO WATCH SOME FUNNY VIDEOS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/essential-social-english/ 

  • 79. Family Arguments and Debates (with The Thompsons)

    Jan 05 2012

    Listen to the family discussing issues, debating questions and doing speaking challenges in this episode. This episode is filled with useful vocabulary and expressions. Listen to hear people expressing their opinions, arguing and debating various important and entertaining issues. I also talk about New Year, Christmas and the view from my living room window. TO READ NOTES AND VOCABULARY FOR THIS EPISODE - CLICK HERE https://teacherluke.co.uk/2012/01/23/family-arguments-and-debates/ 

  • 78. Christmas - It's all about Family... (with James)

    Dec 16 2011

    This episode is all about Christmas. Learn plenty of general English vocabulary and culture. CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL LIST OF VOCABULARY WITH DEFINITIONS FROM THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/christmas-its-all-about-family/ 

  • 77. Bear vs Shark

    Nov 30 2011

    Who would win in a fight between a bear and a shark? TO READ NOTES AND TRANSCRIPTS FOR THIS EPISODE - CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/bear-vs-shark/ 

  • 76. Mind The Gap - How to use the London Underground (with Oli & Pasquale)

    Nov 08 2011

    Are you the right kind of tourist in London? Listen to this advice for travellers using the tube and you'll know all the ins and outs of London's most famous transport system. CLICK HERE FOR A (partly completed) TRANSCRIPT AND MORE INFORMATION ;) http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/mind-the-gap-how-to-use-the-london-underground/ 

  • 75. Not a Distraction!

    Nov 03 2011

    Unlike many things on the internet, Luke's English Podcast is not a distraction! For tapescripts, video and more information - CLICK HERE In this episode I tell you some news, share some comments from listeners, share an amusing audio clip about a driving instructor and eat some chocolate! Stay tuned for more useful and entertaining episodes soon ;) http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/258/ 

  • 73. Steve Jobs

    Oct 06 2011

    A tribute to Steve Jobs who died yesterday. Listen to Steve Jobs' famous speech to graduates of Stanford University, read the transcript, notice some useful features of English, and learn some important lessons about life.CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO READ A FULL TRANSCRIPT (WITH VIDEO) OF THE STEVE JOBS SPEECH http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/steve-jobs/ 

  • 72. The Cheese Episode

    Oct 04 2011

    Why is it called The Cheese Episode? Listen to the whole thing to find out. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EPISODE. I decided to set myself a challenge in this one. Click here to read the rules of the challenge. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/the-cheese-episode/ 

  • 71. The Ice Cream Episode

    Sep 26 2011

    Why is this one called The Ice Cream Episode? You'll have to listen to the whole thing to find out. FULL TRANSCRIPT NOW AVAILABLE BELOW! In this episode I decided I'd give myself a challenge: could I just talk non-stop for 45 minutes without planning anything in advance, and keep it interesting? You can decide for yourself if I was successful. CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE (Thanks to Bettina from France again) http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/the-ice-cream-epis...more

  • 70. Language and Music (with Francis Duncan)

    Sep 06 2011

    Learning English and learning music are quite similar actually. In this episode I talk to a great musician and English teacher about how learning English is similar to learning to play music. CLICK HERE TO READ VOCABULARY NOTES AND OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EPISODE  https://teacherluke.co.uk/2011/10/14/language-and-music/ 

  • 69. Common Errors / Typical Mistakes

    Aug 20 2011

    Correct your mistakes! This episode is about typical mistakes that learners of English make when they speak. I've been teaching for 10 years and I've been listening to learners of English making mistakes for a long time. Recently I made a list of some of the most common mistakes I hear. Here they are, with corrections. This is a really useful episode, I am sure you will agree! CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO READ A LIST OF THE COMMON MISTAKES AND THEIR CORRECTIONS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2...more

  • 68. Childhood / Growing Up / School Days - Phrasal Verbs and Expressions

    Jul 24 2011

    Plenty of good vocabulary for describing your childhood days. Here you will find lots and lots of really natural and common expressions for describing your childhood and plenty of other things too. Listen to the podcast a few times to get the most benefit. Feel free to make a donation by clicking the donate button below. Thanks! CLICK HERE TO READ A LIST OF THE EXPRESSIONS AND PHRASAL VERBS IN THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/childhood-growing-up-school-days-phrasal-verb...more

  • 67. Cockney / London Accent

    Jun 28 2011

    Listen to an interview with Ray Winstone who is a genuine Londoner with a 'cockney' accent. Pick up some new expressions and learn how to recognise a London accent. TO READ A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW WITH RAY WINSTONE, CLICK HERE :) http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/cockney-london-accent/ 

  • 66. Top Advice for Learning English / Idioms with 'say' / Culture Shock

    Jun 16 2011

    Listen to some good advice for anyone learning English or taking a Cambridge exam such as IELTS, CAE or FCE. Also in this podcast you'll learn some idioms with the word 'say', and listen to Luke talking about culture shock. There's a bonus comedy audio bit at the end too so listen to the whole thing. FULL TRANSCRIPT NOW AVAILABLE BELOW (Thanks again to Bettina from France)CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT AND TO READ THE IDIOMS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/top-advice-for-learning...more

  • 65. London Video Interviews Pt 5 - Audio Only

    Apr 20 2011

    Just the audio track from this video. For people who like to listen on-the-go, without watching the video at the same time. For a transcript and to see the video for this episode click here: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/london-video-interviews-pt-5/  Luke

  • 63. German and British Cultural Identity - Paco Erhard interview part 2

    Apr 10 2011

    This is the continuation of my interview with the German comedian Paco Erhard. Visit Paco's website here: http://www.germancomedy.com http://www.pacoerhard.com Click here for more info http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/german-and-british-cultural-identity-paco-erhard-interview-part-2/  Cheers! Luke

  • 62. Learning English - Advice from a German comedian living in London

    Apr 03 2011

    This is the first in a series of 2 interviews with the comedian Paco Erhard. Paco is originally from Germany but he has lived in America and Spain and he currently lives in London. He speaks 4 languages and is a proficient speaker of English. He is a performer of stand up comedy in both English and German. His show was a big success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PACO ERHARD click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/learning-english-advice-from...more

  • 61. 127 Hours / 'Hand' Idioms

    Mar 29 2011

    Listen to an interview with Aaron Ralston and learn some useful idioms with the word 'hand'. Luke's English Podcast is completely free and a great way to improve your English. Luke focusses on British English, specifically on natural language which is really used by people in Britain every day. You can learn vocabulary and cultural information. CLICK HERE FOR VOCABULARY/IDIOM DEFINITIONS, LISTENING EXERCISES AND VIDEOS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/127-hours-hand-idioms/ 

  • 60. The King's Speech / 'Mouth' Idioms

    Mar 15 2011

    Hi! Learn some really useful idioms and listen to an authentic interview with a native speaker in this episode of Luke's English Podcast. This episode is about The King's Speech - an excellent film which recently won 4 Academy Awards at The Oscars, including the award for Best Actor for Colin Firth.  FOR VOCABULARY NOTES & DEFINITIONS, LISTENING EXERCISES AND VIDEOS CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/the-kings-speech-mouth-idioms/ 

  • 59. Billy Connolly Interview / Scottish Accent

    Mar 01 2011

    An interview with comedian, actor and musician Billy Connelly who comes from Scotland. FOR NOTES, LINKS AND TRANSCRIPT DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/billy-connolly-interview-more-scottish-accent/ 

  • 58. Scotland / Scottish Accent (with Leslie)

    Jan 21 2011

    An interview with a native speaker from Scotland. We talk about Scottish culture and stereotypes, and features of scottish accents. Use this episode to develop your cultural understanding of the English language, and to practise identifying and understanding different accents.  FOR A FULL TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE, CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/scotland-scottish-accent/ 

  • 57. Birmingham Accent / 12 Phrasal Verbs with the letter 'A' (with Neil Waters)

    Nov 23 2010

    I'm joined by my old college friend Neil Waters in this episode. First we talk about the Birmingham accent, and then we teach you some useful phrasal verbs. FOR A (KIND OF) TRANSCRIPT AND PHRASAL VERB DEFINITIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/birmingham-accent-12-phrasal-verbs-with-the-letter-a/ 

  • 56. British Accents and Dialects

    Nov 16 2010

    First in a series of episodes about accents. Learn differences between accents from the UK. This is information that all learners of English need to know! http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/british-accents-and-dialects/ 

  • 55. Mini Podcasts Collection 1

    Nov 06 2010

    My first 7 mini podcasts in one full length episode. Idioms with 'about', politics, how to make a perfect cup of tea, a comedy song about badgers and some sentence stress and intonation practice. You can find my Mini Podcast page on Audioboo by clicking here. I am also on Facebook and Twitter.  CLICK HERE FOR TRANSCRIPTS AND OTHER INFORMATION FOR THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/mini-podcasts-collection-1/ 

  • 54. Halloween / Guy Fawkes Night

    Nov 05 2010

    English cultural information and expressions about Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night (Nov 5th), some entertaining stand up comedy about halloween and all the usual useful bits of language and vocabulary. CLICK HERE FOR TRANSCRIPTS, LINKS AND OTHER INFORMATION http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/halloween-guy-fawkes-night/ 

  • 53. Discussing Grammar with My Brother

    Sep 16 2010

    Can an ordinary native speaker of English (my brother) explain the rules of English grammar? That's the question in this interview. I wanted to know how much my brother James knows about the rules of grammar which learners of English study every day. The results are quite revealing.CLICK HERE FOR A TRANSCRIPT (UNFINISHED) AND OTHER NOTES  http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/discussing-grammar-with-my-brother/   

  • 51. Luke Answers Your Emails and Questions

    May 16 2010

    It's back! The return of Luke's English Podcast. Responses to the comments and questions I have received over the last few months. I haven't done a podcast for quite a long time, so here it is!   CLICK HERE TO READ NOTES FOR THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/luke-answers-your-emails-and-questions/ 

  • 50. Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

    Mar 11 2010

    Useful and natural vocabulary and expressions on the subject of Waiting and Being Patient. Good Things Come To Those Who Wait. FOR VOCABULARY NOTES AND DEFINITIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/good-things-come-to-those-who-wait/ 

  • 49. Stand Up Comedy (with Claudia)

    Feb 15 2010

    Guest presenter Claudia Edwards interviews Luke about Stand Up Comedy. Vocabulary notes are included below. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/stand-up-comedy/ 

  • 48. Useful Expressions for Travelling (with Claudia)

    Feb 11 2010

    Really useful vocabulary and pronunciation practise for you. Learn and use natural expressions for making conversations when travelling or on holiday. FOR VOCABULARY NOTES PLEASE CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/useful-expressions-for-travelling/ 

  • 47. Travelling in Vietnam

    Jan 24 2010

    An interview with me about my holiday in Vietnam. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/travelling-in-vietnam/ 

  • 46. I'm on Holiday! I'll be back in a couple of weeks.

    Dec 27 2009

    I had a great Christmas with my family, and now I'm flying to Vietnam to get some sunshine, do some travelling and have a good time. I'm coming back to the UK in the middle of January, and I'll tell you all about my holiday when I get back. Happy New Year! https://teacherluke.co.uk/2011/10/11/46-im-on-holiday-ill-be-back-in-a-couple-of-weeks/ 

  • 45. Luke & Andy's Crime Stories (with Andy Johnson)

    Dec 21 2009

    A conversation with my friend Andy. We share some anecdotes. Following on from episode 44 they're also about petty crime. Some samples of vocabulary and expressions are listed below. I give definitions in the podcast - so listen to check the meaning. FOR VOCABULARY NOTES, PHOTOS AND OTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/luke-andys-crime-stories/ 

  • 44. Telling Anecdotes

    Dec 16 2009

    Improve your speaking by telling interesting and amusing anecdotes. In this episode you'll learn about anecdotes, listen to a couple of stories told by some BBC radio DJs and learn some new vocabulary. Good extended listening practice. Enjoy! FOR A TRANSCRIPT, A GRAMMAR EXERCISE AND OTHER INFORMATION click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/telling-anecdotes/ 

  • 42. London Video Interviews Pt 3 - Audio Only

    Dec 03 2009

    For a transcript, and to watch the video click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/london-video-interviews-pt-3/ 

  • 40. Health / Feeling ill - Phrasal Verbs & Expressions

    Nov 19 2009

    This episode is filled with vocabulary relating to health, feeling ill, catching a cold and common symptoms. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for people who are learning English as a foreign language. Download each episode free. Subscribe to the podcast using iTunes. Use it to practise listening, develop vocabulary and learn about the culture of the English language. Luke is well qualified and has lots of experience of teaching English for general life and for business/legal purposes. Th...more

  • 38. London Video Interviews Pt.2 - Audio Only

    Nov 12 2009

    Just the audio track from the second video of interviews with native speakers in London. This is for people who like to listen to the podcast while they do something else with their eyes (e.g. drive, eat, look out of the window). To read transcripts and definitions for this episode, check the previous episode "London Video Interviews Pt. 2". Have fun! https://teacherluke.co.uk/2010/03/26/116/ 

  • 36. London Video Interviews Pt. 1 - Audio Only

    Nov 09 2009

    Just the audio track from the first video of interviews in the centre of London. Click here to read a full transcript for this episode, and to watch the video http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/london-video-interviews-pt-1/ 

  • 33. Money Money Money - 12 Phrasal Verbs & more...

    Oct 23 2009

    Vocabulary and listening on the subject of money and the economy. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for learners of English. Use this podcast to get exposure to natural British English. Listen to it wherever and whenever you want to. Luke is a well experienced and qualified English teacher, with plenty of other interests. Improve your English with this podcast, and have fun! To read a transcript for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2...more

  • 32. Doctor Who (with Lee Arnott)

    Oct 08 2009

    Authentic listening practice. Transcript available below. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for people who are learning English as a foreign language. Luke is a well qualified teacher of English with over 12 years' experience in Japan, the UK and France. You can use this podcast to get exposure to native speakers using natural English. Learn phrasal verbs, idioms, useful expressions, linkers, etc. Find Luke on Facebook (search for Luke's English Podcast) or Twitter (@EnglishPodcast). Chee...more

  • 31. Hello! / Argument Sketch

    Oct 03 2009

    Some vocabulary and a listening transcript for the argument sketch are provided below. Learn English vocabulary (phrasal verbs, natural expressions, idioms, commonly used British English) and grammar (hopefully not boring) by listening to this podcast. Practise listening by playing the podcast on your iPod or computer. Develop awareness of pronunciation by repeating what you hear and recording yourself. Listening regularly is vital for the development of your English - so listen to Luke's Englis...more

  • 30. The Mystery Continues...

    Sep 21 2009

    Part 2 of the strange story from the last episode. Use this podcast to improve your listening, reading, vocabulary and pronunciation. You should listen to it after listening to the previous episode "Mystery Story / Narrative Tenses". email me at luketeacher@hotmail.com. Find me on Facebook and Twitter too. To read a full transcript of the story and advice on how to use this episode to improve your English - click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/the...more

  • 29. Mystery Story / Narrative Tenses

    Sep 19 2009

    This podcast is about narrative tenses (past simple, past continous, past perfect - see details below). We use these tenses to sequence stories about the past. To master the use of these tenses you have to deal with their form, their use and their pronunciation - both for listening and speaking. Use this podcast to help you deal with all of those things, and then start using narrative tenses fluently whenever you describe something. Make your descriptions more detailed and colourful! A full tran...more

  • 28. Interview with a Native Speaker - The Weather

    Sep 18 2009

    I talk to Chris from Ladbroke Grove about the British weather, and why he thinks foreigners should stop complaining about it! Luke's English Podcast is a free service for people who want to improve their English. Learn real english with this podcast. Natural expressions, phrasal verbs, idioms and more vocabulary. Good listening practice. Join the growing community of listeners around the world who use this podcast every day. A full transcript of this interview is available. To read it, click her...more

  • 27. British Weather (Lots of exciting vocabulary!!!)

    Sep 15 2009

    Lots of weather vocabulary and natural expressions to describe the weather. The weather is one of the most common topics of conversation. Imagine you're doing business with someone from another country, and you have to make smalltalk. What can you possibly talk about? THE WEATHER OF COURSE! Learn some natural expressions to describe the weather and practise your listening at the same time. To read notes, vocabulary and definitions for this episode, click here https://teacherluke.co.uk/2009/11/10...more

  • 26. Are You a Good Learner of English?

    Sep 14 2009

    This podcast is about having the right attitude to learning English. Use the statements in this podcast to help you stay positive and motivated. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for people all over the world who are learning English. Luke is a DELTA qualified teacher with over 12 years of experience Email: luketeacher@hotmail.com - all emails are welcome, but these days I get so many emails that I can't reply to them all, but don't let that stop you writing to me. I love hearing from lis...more

  • 24. Music Idioms

    Aug 26 2009

    Learn English! Some music idioms for you to use. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for everyone in the whole world to use. Download the podcast, listen, laugh and learn. Get new vocabulary, listening practice, pronunciation drills for speaking and some interesting cultural information. Email me at luketeacher@hotmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter. To read a transcript and vocabulary definitions click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2...more

  • 23. Summer Music Festivals

    Aug 25 2009

    Luke's English Podcast is free and available to download as often as you like. It is designed to help learners of English with their vocabulary, listening and pronunciation. Also, Luke's English Podcast aims to introduce you to unique aspects of the British cultural experience. This podcast is about music festivals during the summer months in The UK. To read vocabulary notes for this episode, click here to go to Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/summer-music-festi...more

  • 22. Full Interview with Vicky from China

    Aug 16 2009

    Luke's English Podcast is for learners of English as a foreign language. Use it to improve your listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and cultural awareness. Luke is a teacher at The London School of English, but this is a completely independent free podcast for everyone. Email me: luketeacher@hotmail.com http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/full-interview-with-vicky-from-china/  To read notes for this episode, click the link above .

  • 21. Learning English with Podcasts - Advice from a Chinese student at Oxford University

    Aug 16 2009

    To read a full transcript for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/learning-english-with-podcasts-advice-from-a-chinese-student-at-oxford-university/ 

  • 20. Beware of Bad Pronunciation

    Aug 13 2009

    This is a podcast for learners of English as a second language. Use it to improve your vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, idioms and cultural awareness. To read notes for this episode, Click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/beware-of-bad-pronunciation/ 

  • 19. Passive Verb Forms

    Aug 03 2009

    Luke's English Podcast is for people learning English as a foreign language. This episode is about passive verb forms, their use and pronunciation.  For a transcript, and detailed grammar & pronunciation notes, click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/passive-verb-forms/ 

  • 18. 10 More Phrasal Verbs

    Jul 13 2009

    More phrasal verbs for you today. These ones are all particularly useful in business English when you have meetings. For a complete transcript for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/46/ 

  • 17. Hello To My Listeners Around The World

    Jul 12 2009

    Here are some messages from me to you. This podcast is produced to help people to learn English as a foreign language. It is good listening practice and contains lessons on vocabulary and grammar for general English. To read notes for this podcast episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/hello-to-my-listeners-around-the-world/ 

  • 16. Michael Jackson

    Jul 11 2009

    This podcast is about the life and death of Michael Jackson, and is produced to help people learn English by practising their listening skills and developing their vocabulary. Luke's English Podcast is a free audio programme for learners of English. To read a full transcript, watch videos and see photographs, click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/episode-11-michael-jackson/ 

  • 15. Extra Podcast - 12 Phrasal Verbs

    Jun 29 2009

    Just a quick podcast today. 12 useful phrasal verbs. To read a full transcript and vocabulary notes, click here to visit the website https://teacherluke.co.uk/2009/10/19/extra-podcast-12-phrasal-verbs/  

  • 14. British & American Pronunciation

    Jun 17 2009

    This full length podcast is about international English and pronunciation differences between American and British English. luketeacher@hotmail.com For a transcript, vocabulary notes and a video for this podcast, click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/episode-10-british-and-american-pronunciation/ 

  • 13. Video Podcast - I LIKE IT!

    Jun 11 2009

    New video on YouTube - Luke's English Podcast - I Like It! To read vocabulary notes and to see photos and a video for this podcast, click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/video-podcast-i-like-it/ 

  • 12. Extra Podcast - Quick Hello 3

    Jun 09 2009

    To read a transcript for this episode, visit Luke's English Blog here. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/extra-podcast-quick-hello-3/ 

  • 11. Men vs Women

    Jun 01 2009

    To read a transcript and vocabulary note for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/episode-9-men-vs-women/ 

  • 10. Extra Podcast - Quick Hello 2

    May 23 2009

    To read notes and a transcript for this episode, click here to go to Luke's English Blog. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/extra-podcast-quick-hello-2/ 

  • 9. Travelling to India (with Ben Butler)

    May 16 2009

    To read vocabulary notes for this podcast, click here http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/episode-8-travelling-in-india/ 

  • 8. Dating & Relationships

    May 10 2009

    A full transcript is available for this episode on Luke's English Blog. Click here to read them. http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/episode-7-dating-and-relationships/ 

  • 7. Susan Boyle

    Apr 30 2009

    This podcast is about Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who recently became very famous all over the world on YouTube. The feature section is about her and her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Miserables. Why was it so special? Why have so many people in the world seen it? Why has she become so famous? Why do the Americans love her? CLICK HERE TO READ A TRANSCRIPT AND FOR DEFINITIONS OF IDIOMS IN THIS EPISODE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/episode-6-susan-boyl...more

  • 6. Vampires!

    Apr 25 2009

    Hello everyone. This podcast feature today is about vampires! The language section is about really useful vocabulary and expressions to describe feelings and emotions. CLICK HERE TO READ A TRANSCRIPT AND VOCABULARY DEFINITIONS http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/episode-5-vampires/ 

  • 5. Joaquin Phoenix

    Apr 23 2009

    This episode is all about the strange career of Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix. Listen to Luke talk to his friend Howard about Joaquin's career. Learn some really natural vocabulary and expressions. For vocabulary, definitions and other notes - CLICK HERE ;) http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/episode-4-joaquin-phoenix/

  • 4. Extra Podcast - Quick Hello

    Apr 19 2009

    Hi, this is just a quick extra podcast to say hello and to let you know there are more podcasts coming soon. Also in this episode you can listen to a comedy sketch about speaking English. CLICK HERE FOR MORE NOTES AND A TRANSCRIPT FOR THE COMEDY SKETCH http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/extra-podcast-quick-hello/ 

  • 3. Music/The Beatles

    Apr 15 2009

    Luke is still at his parents' house, and this time he's chatting to his Mum, who used to be a massive Beatles fan in the 1960s. She talks about how she first found out about them, why she liked them, and which one was her favourite. The language section is about good ways to describe past habits. Enjoy! CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL TRANSCRIPT FOR THIS EPISODE :) http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/episode-3-musicthe-beatles/ 

  • 2. Easter / Interview with Dad / Language Focus: Adverbials

    Apr 12 2009

    It's Easter, so Luke has travelled back to his Mum & Dad's house in the Warwickshire countryside. In this show, Luke talks to his Dad about Easter celebrations, rolling eggs down hills and the dangers of rabbits on the road. Luke also teaches some useful adverbs. Enjoy! FULL TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/episode-2-easter/ 

  • 1. Introduction

    Apr 12 2009

    This is the first episode of Luke's English Podcast. In this episode Luke introduces himself to the world, and talks about what to expect from the podcast in the future. FULL TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE HERE http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/episode-1-introduction/  Don't forget to visit http://teacherluke.co.uk for more information and all the other episodes of this podcast.