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748. Karl Pilkington's 3-Minute Wonders / Manchester Accent [Part 2] Understand more of Karl Pilkington's rambling as we learn about the Manchester accent and pick up vocabulary along the way. Video version available on YouTube. Episode page with transcript & video https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pyE LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo LEP M…
 
747. Social Awkwardness / Very British Problems (with Michael Lavers from Level Up English) Talking to Michael Lavers from the Level Up English Podcast about learning Japanese, embarrassing moments in language learning, social awkwardness and some "very British problems". Are you as socially awkward as a British person? Let's see how you and Michae…
 
746. Karl Pilkington's 3-Minute Wonders / Manchester Accent Understand English as it is spoken by native speakers. Let's listen to Karl Pilkington rambling about life, the universe & everything, and see what we can understand and learn. Karl is from Manchester, so we'll be looking at some features of his accent, picking up plenty of vocabulary and …
 
745. Mental Factors in Learning English (with Ray Addam) [English with Ray SwapCast] Talking to English teacher Ray Addam from Glasgow in Scotland about mental factors in learning English, such as anxiety, confidence, stress and motivation. Video version available on YouTube. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pve LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke…
 
744. The Rick Thompson Report: Fuel Crisis / Brexit Rant (Autumn 2021) Talking to my dad about the latest in the Brexit saga, including the current fuel crisis due to lack of lorry drivers and other problems which were predicted in the run up to the Brexit referendum in 2016. Video version available on YouTube. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pv0…
 
743. Give me Tea, Please - Practical Ingredients for Tasteful Language (with Natasha V Broodie) + ramble / song Talking to author Natasha V Broodie who has written a book which aims to help learners of English understand the subtle codes of polite language when making requests and giving information in professional and personal contexts. In the con…
 
742. NEW LEP T-SHIRTS & MERCH + LEP DESIGN COMPETITION 2021 with James New LEP Merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, etc) is now available at https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/merch And I am launching a design competition to give you a chance to get your design in the merch store and win £80. Listen to Luke & James describing the designs, the merch stores and t…
 
741. Top Jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2021, Explained Learn English from some jokes in this episode as we go through 9 jokes chosen as the best of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe stand up comedy scene this year (2021). Let me tell you the jokes, see if you understand them, and then I will break them down for language learning opportunities. Video vers…
 
740. Are native English speakers bad communicators? (The Travel Adapter with Matt Halsdorff) Talking to English teacher Matt Halsdorff about a project to train native English speakers how to communicate better with non-natives. We talk about the reasons why native speakers are often bad at communicating with non-natives, what they should do to fix …
 
739. The Escaped Man by CT Platt (Learn English with Short Stories) Reading a short story presented on Commaful.com. The Escaped Man is a mystery full of tension and intrigue. Listen closely as I break it all down and explain the vocabulary fully. YouTube video version also available. Episode page with transcript links https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pol LEP …
 
Chatting to my family about some old anecdotes and stories from the past. Listen for some enjoyable chat, memories, descriptions and tales from days gone by. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-plu LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfoBy Luke Thompson
 
737. A Summer Ramble 2 (Late August 2021) I'm back in the podcast-zone after my holiday so I thought I would do another rambling episode before getting down to work on other content to be released soon. Video version also available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pls LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo…
 
736. The War of the Worlds [Part 3] Learn English with Stories The final part of this series in which I am reading from the classic story The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, while explaining and clarifying the English which comes up. Full transcript available and YouTube video version too. Episode page with YouTube version, full transcript and lin…
 
735. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells [Part 2] Learn English with Stories Continuing to read extracts from this fantastic science fiction story from the 19th century. Follow the plot and pick up some English in the process. Full transcript available, and a YouTube version too. Episode page with full transcript, YouTube version and links for part…
 
734. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells [Part 1] Learn English with Stories Luke reads extracts from The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. This is a classic bit of science fiction writing from the Victorian era, with some thrilling passages and scary descriptions. It's one of my favourite books of all time and I hope you enjoy it too and learn some…
 
733. A Summer Ramble (Early August 2021) A pre-holiday ramble in which I talk about learning English, moving to a new flat, the podcast over the next few months, football, being on Other People's Podcasts, a recording of my daughter speaking English and a couple of songs. Video version also available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-peO LEP Premi…
 
732. Christian from Canguro English returns Talking to Christian again about some of the themes and controversial opinions he talks about in his YouTube videos, plus some bits about men wearing thongs on the beach, an obsession with rabbits and if Christian was the Donald Trump of English teaching. Video version available. Episode page https://wp.m…
 
731. Beatles Song Lyrics / Idioms & Expressions (with Antony Rotunno) Learn English with The Beatles as we explore lyrics from Beatles songs and pick out some idioms, descriptive language and other vocabulary for you to learn. Featuring Antony Rotunno from the Glass Onion: On John Lennon podcast. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oYM LEP Premium ht…
 
730. Marie Connolly Returns (+ 2 songs) Talking to author Marie Connolly about her new books for children, plus a story about how Jerry Seinfeld came to one of our comedy shows, with two songs on guitar at the end. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pb4 LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo Links for Marie's book https://books2read.c…
 
If you know me and my work then you know that I talk a lot about identity, and especially how your accent is a big part of your identity: your accent tells the story of your life. But if you do want to change your accent, or improve your pronunciation, how do you do it? Recently I had the pleasure of talking to someone with expert answers to that q…
 
729. TOEFL and the Duolingo English Test (with Josh MacPherson from TSTPrep.com) Talking to Josh MacPherson about tips and advice for taking TOEFL and the Duolingo English Test. YouTube version also available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oYm LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo Josh's website https://www.tstprep.com…
 
BONUS: [2/2] EURO2020 Swapcast with Martin Johnston (RnR) & Zdenek Lukas (ZEP) + COMPETITION WINNERS Part 2 of this swapcast about the UEFA Euro2020 football championship with Luke Thompson (Luke's English Podcast), Martin Johnston (Rock N' Roll English) and Zdenek Lukas (Zdenek's English Podcast), with details of the winners of our competition giv…
 
728. English with Rob / Games, Music & Jingles My guest today is Rob from English with Rob (podcast/YouTube). Rob is an English teacher, musician from England, and my former colleague. This episode includes lots of musical fun, some chatting about how we make our podcasts, fun word games and much more. Video version also available on YouTube. Episo…
 
727. Describing John Lennon / Adjectives of Personality J-Z (with Antony Rotunno) The second part of my conversation with Antony Rotunno (John Lennon podcaster, English teacher) in which we discuss adjectives of personality, with John Lennon as a case study. Vocabulary list available. Episode page with vocabulary list https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oYi LEP P…
 
726. Describing John Lennon / Adjectives of Personality A-I (with Antony Rotunno) Learn useful adjectives for describing personality traits, with John Lennon as a case study. This is episode 3/5 in my series about The Beatles, with returning guest Antony Rotunno from the podcast "Glass Onion: On John Lennon". Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oXK L…
 
BONUS: [1/2] EURO2020 Swapcast with Martin Johnston (RnR) & Zdenek Lukas (ZEP) A fun chat about the UEFA Euro2020 Football Championship, with Luke Thompson (Luke's English Podcast), Martin Johnston (Rock N' Roll English) and Zdenek Lukas (Zdenek's English Podcast), with a special prize giveaway in which you can win prizes from all 3 of us. Non-foot…
 
725. Fun & Games for Learning English with Vickie Kelty Playing word games with English teacher Vickie Kelty and talking about how to use these games in learning and teaching English. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oXq LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo Vicky Kelty's Website https://www.vickiekelty.com/…
 
BONUS: Unboxing my Shiny YouTube Award (Audio Version) Just the audio track for my YouTube live video in which I unboxed my nice shiny award for reaching 100,000 subscribers, with some audience questions and a song at the end. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-p1C Video version on YouTube https://youtu.be/KYm4KjB7F0E LEP Premium https://www.teacher…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this bonus episode we talk about the state of modern linguistics, including the effects of the replication crisis, scientific fraud, Anglocentrism, and how the underappreciated work of Charles Sanders Peirce might offer a universal t…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we discuss embodied cognition and the uncontroversial fact that the brain is an organ of the body, which then leads to the very controversial conclusion that our brain is no more important than our skin, and that imagini…
 
723. Bahar from Iran 🇮🇷 (WISBOLEP Runner-Up) This is the final episode in the WISBOLEP competition series, speaking to Bahar from Iran about the 7-step method she used to improve her English and develop a British-sounding accent. Bahar used to be a terrible student who hated English, but then she made a decision to focus on her English in her own w…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we discuss the content of Dan’s book Dark Matter of the Mind, which lays out Dan’s theory of culture. The book contains bold statements as ‘brains do not learn’ and ‘science is NOT pure rational thought’, but after this …
 
722. Discussing John Lennon with Antony Rotunno The second in a short series about The Beatles, this one focuses on the life of John Lennon, with an overview of his life story, some thoughts about his psychology and some rambling discussion questions about this iconic British musician, with podcaster, English teacher and musician Antony Rotunno Epi…
 
721. Collins Dictionary Word Quizzes / Confusing Words with Fred Eyangoh This is the second part of my recent conversation with Fred Eyangoh about learning new vocabulary. This one includes a word quiz with homophones and commonly confused words from the Collins Dictionary website. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oVJ LEP Premium https://www.teach…
 
720. How Fred Learns Vocabulary with the New York Times Spelling Bee (with Fred Eyangoh) Fred often plays spelling games on his phone during his lunch break, and he has discovered lots of new words as a result. In this episode I talk to Fred about his process of discovering and understanding new words and I talk about learning vocabulary with onlin…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about the cognitive revolution, and whether the revolution really exists at all. We discuss the beginnings and the state of the art of the study of cognition and show why it’s important to celebrate all discoveri…
 
719. Amber & Paul are on the Podcast Talking to pod-pals Amber & Paul about diverse topics including organ harvesting (yes), favourite fruits (exciting), accent challenges, guess the punchline, British Citizenship tests, What the "great" in Great Britain really means, and Amber's son Hugo's astonishing fluency in English. Episode page https://wp.me…
 
718. Michael the Shaman 🇵🇱 (WISBLOEP Runner-Up) Talking to competition runner-up Michael from Poland about two top English learning tips, scary hitch-hiking stories and the practice of shamanism using psychoactive substances. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oPQ LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about endangered languages. I ask why languages are important, what is lost when a language disappears, the cultural and economic factors behind language loss, and the truth about the best way to stop languages f…
 
717. Gill's Book Club: "One Two Three Four - The Beatles In Time" by Craig Brown Talking to my mum about a book which you could read as part of your English learning routine. The book tells the story of The Beatles and their impact on society. We review the book and then discuss many aspects of The Beatles story, especially the four Beatles themsel…
 
716. Interview with a Pop Star from the 1960s - Megan Brady from The Applejacks An interview with Megan Brady, who was the bass guitar player in The Applejacks - a pop band from Birmingham in the 1960s who had a top 5 record, met The Beatles and performed on TV shows and at concerts in the UK. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oJn LEP Premium https…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about the big questions in language acquisition. Is there a Language Acquisition Device? Is language learned or innate? How does child learning differ from adult learning? Should syntax be the basis for language …
 
715. Catching up with Craig Wealand [LEP/AIRC Swapcast] Exchanging questions with English teacher Craig Wealand from "Apprender Ingles con Resa y Craig" about COVID-19, living in Europe post-Brexit, my daughter's English, getting proper tea in France and Spain, teaching English on Zoom, the worst jobs we've ever had + more, with a song on the guita…
 
714. Robin from Hamburg 🇩🇪 (WISBOLEP Runner-Up) Talking to another runner-up from last year's listener competition. Robin from Hamburg had a big setback in his learning of English, but worked hard to overcome it. We talk about his English learning trajectory, and ramble about German language & culture, his podcast for learners of German, podcasting…
 
713. Lucky Dip with Paul Taylor More random questions, talking points, accent challenges and "guess the idiom" with pod-pal Paul Taylor. Includes discussion of accents in English, cancel culture in comedy, some rude Spanish phrases and more. Video version available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oLA Video Version on YouTube https://youtu.be/3M4…
 
Welcome to The Story of Language: an original podcast series about language, linguistics, cognition, and culture. In this episode we talk about the fundamental role of metaphor in language, from its involvement in the creation and evolution of language to its role in the modern understanding of language through the work of Lakoff and Johnson, and t…
 
712. A Chat with Charlie Baxter Chatting with Charlie from The British English Podcast and Real English with Real Teachers on YouTube. We talk about the north/south divide in England, Charlie's background in psychology & NLP, his decision to become an online English teacher and his travelling experiences in Chile, Germany and Australia. Video versi…
 
711. William from France 🇫🇷 (WISBOLEP Runner-UP) William started learning English at 12 years old and continued at university and beyond, spending a couple of years in England as a teaching assistant and then returning to France to work as a school teacher, in some pretty tough classrooms and less-than-perfect teaching conditions. William talks abo…
 
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