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

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


478. Holiday Diary (Part 5) An Encounter with The Church of Scientology  

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  

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  

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?  

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  

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: 

473. Explaining the Rules of Cricket (with Dad)  

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)  

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)  

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)  

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!  

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  

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  

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)  

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  

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

466. Get this word into your life  

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)  

Talking about the technical side of making podcast episodes, including fascinating* insights about my recording equipment and an exciting** anecdote game. Includes upbeat music to absolutely guarantee*** that you will not be bored during the episode!

*insights may not actually be fascinating
**management holds no liability for any lack of excitement experienced
***not actually a legally binding guarantee

Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep

Episode page for notes: https://wp.me/p4IuUx-7Rg 

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

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  

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  

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)  

An episode about the tricky little questions that we use when socialising. What are the appropriate answers? What are the subtle differences? How do native speakers use these questions? Can you take the test and get all the right responses to my list of deceptively difficult questions? 

Episode page: http://teacherluke.co.uk/2017/06/24/461-25-deceptively-difficult-questions-with-amber-paul-sarah/ 

Spoken offer: http://www.getspoken.com/lep 

25 Deceptively Difficult Questions - Proper Introduction Transcript!

Hi everyone, This is an episode about social English, the kind of English you use when you’re socialising, particularly the little things you say when you greet someone or at the beginning of a conversation. There are many ways to say “hi” and also lots of ways to say “how are you?” or “what are you doing?” The tricky thing is being able to judge the subtle differences in the questions with the presence of auxiliary verbs or modals which change the meaning slightly from the past, to the present to the future or with slightly different levels of formality. I’d like to do a test in this episode today. I am going to test you, so get ready.

A Test

Here’s what’s going to happen. I’ve prepared a list of 25 questions. I’m going to read them to you in a moment. As I say each question, what I want you to do is to think really quickly and really naturally about the first thing you would normally say when you hear that question. What’s the first answer that comes into your mind? Let’s see if you answer correctly. To find out the proper answers we’re going to listen to me directing those questions at Amber, Paul and Sarah. Then you can listen out for how they answer them and the comments we make afterwards, which should explain these tricky little bits of English. Not only can you learn some essential social English in this episode, you can also hear plenty of humorous conversation between the four of us. Sarah’s baby is also there in the background. I’m sorry if this bothers anyone. I’ve removed some of those noises but a few are still there. I think it sounds fine and adds a bit of atmosphere and after all she is a very cute baby.

So, the test. Let’s get started.

Are you ready? Just give the first answer that comes to mind. Also, you should know that some of the questions are intentionally incorrect. So, if you hear a question which is grammatically wrong or just not used ever, you can say “wrong”. Ok, so, your quick answer to the question, or “wrong” if it’s incorrect. I’ll say the question once quickly, once slowly and once again quickly. Some of these questions may seem extremely simple - the point of this is the pragmatics of social English and how you should give certain stock answers to some questions. They get a bit harder as they go along. Also, you can try to repeat the questions too. They’re going to come pretty quick, so use the pause button if you want. Here we go. You might think these are easy, but that's why this is called 'deceptively' difficult questions. *4 questions are intentionally incorrect. Can you spot them?

What are you doing? How are you doing? How’s it going? How are you going? What’s happening? What’s going on? What’s going down? What’s going up? What’s up? How do you do? How are you? How have you been? How have you been up to? What are you up to? What have you been up to? How long has it been? Can I use your phone? I can’t use your phone, can I? Do you mind if I open the window? You don’t mind if I open the window, do you? What are your plans for later? What are you up to later? Can you tell me where is the best bar in town? Do you know how long is it going to be? Would you be prepared to give me a 5% discount?

Ta = thanks You’re now going to hear all those questions and how Amber, Paul and Sarah will respond to them. See if you got them right or wrong! I’ll go through them again quickly at the end.

Listen to the whole episode for all the correct answers and explanations. Don't be a ninja! Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

Cheers! Luke

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