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

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Rank #41 in Language Learning category

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

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

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Hilarious

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Too funny. It remind me of “Saturday Night Live” news sketch.

Lost episodes

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This podcast is awesome l, but I can’t find some episodes 🙄

iTunes Ratings

253 Ratings
Average Ratings
216
16
8
7
6

Hilarious

By lrj60 - Sep 07 2019
Read more
Too funny. It remind me of “Saturday Night Live” news sketch.

Lost episodes

By Ashomid - Aug 21 2019
Read more
This podcast is awesome l, but I can’t find some episodes 🙄
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Luke's ENGLISH Podcast - Learn British English with Luke Thompson

Latest release on May 27, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 523. Tips for Learning English with Films & TV Shows (with Cara Leopold)

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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 

Apr 24 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #2: 466. Get this word into your life

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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 

Jul 15 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #3: 378. Holiday in Thailand (Part 2)

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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 

Sep 05 2016

1hr 26mins

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Rank #4: 347. Film Club: Marvel / Captain America Civil War (Part 1)

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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 

May 19 2016

55mins

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Rank #5: 622. General Ramble (Oct 2019) Learning English / Politics / Recording Setup / Book Recommendation / Beatles / Star Wars / Bill Bailey

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622. General Ramble (Oct 2019) Learning English / Politics / Recording Setup / Book Recommendation / Beatles / Star Wars / Bill Bailey

Rambling on my own about all sorts of things including Brexit news, describing my recording setup and microphones, a book recommendation for you, comments about the Beatles Abbey Road 50th Anniversary, the latest Star Wars Episode 9 trailer and Bill Bailey dissecting music in a brilliant way.

Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-aeX

italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

Oct 22 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #6: 439. Reading Books to Learn English

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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 

Apr 06 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: 452. A Conversation About Language (with Amber & Paul)

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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 

May 24 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #8: 313. British Comedy: Tim Vine

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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 http://wp.me/p4IuUx-5iJ 

Nov 27 2015

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: 442. The Trip to Japan (Part 1)

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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 

Apr 21 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #10: 431. Restaurants & Hotels / Really Strange TripAdvisor Reviews (with Amber)

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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 

Mar 09 2017

1hr 32mins

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Rank #11: 461. 25 Deceptively Difficult Questions (with Amber, Paul & Sarah)

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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?

  1. What are you doing?
  2. How are you doing?
  3. How’s it going?
  4. How are you going?
  5. What’s happening?
  6. What’s going on?
  7. What’s going down?
  8. What’s going up?
  9. What’s up?
  10. How do you do?
  11. How are you?
  12. How have you been?
  13. How have you been up to?
  14. What are you up to?
  15. What have you been up to?
  16. How long has it been?
  17. Can I use your phone?
  18. I can’t use your phone, can I?
  19. Do you mind if I open the window?
  20. You don’t mind if I open the window, do you?
  21. What are your plans for later?
  22. What are you up to later?
  23. Can you tell me where is the best bar in town?
  24. Do you know how long is it going to be?
  25. 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

Jun 24 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #12: 633. Star Wars IX - First Reactions / SPOILER REVIEW

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633. Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker (SPOILER REVIEW)

I've seen The Rise of Skywalker - here are my comments and thoughts. Please be aware that this episode is full of SPOILERS!

Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ap9

italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

Dec 18 2019

45mins

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Rank #13: 624. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 1)

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624. 88 English expressions that will confuse everyone (Part 1)

An episode about British English slang and culture, featuring expressions that Brits know but everyone else finds confusing. Here are the first 30 expressions in a list of 88 that I found on independent.co.uk. Includes plenty of funny improvised examples to make you laugh out loud on the bus.

Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ahL

italki offer https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/talk

LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premium 

Nov 07 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #14: 591. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED (Part 1)

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591. London Native Speaker Interviews REVISITED (Part 1)

Revisiting a video I made for YouTube in 2009 and teaching you some descriptive and idiomatic vocabulary in the process.

Episode page with video, transcript and vocabulary notes https://wp.me/p4IuUx-9lZ

English lessons on Cambly + 10 free minutes www.teacherluke.co.uk/cambly

Apr 29 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #15: 303. The Battle of Britain

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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 modern British history - The Battle of Britain, and the contribution made by a small group of pilots from Poland. http://wp.me/p4IuUx-528 

Oct 19 2015

1hr 3mins

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Rank #16: 356. News / Football / Brexit / Events in the UK / Jo Cox

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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 by the time you listen to this it might have developed further. Click here for the page for this episode http://teacherluke.co.uk/2016/06/17/356-lep-meeting-football-brexit-events-in-the-uk-jo-cox/ 

Jun 17 2016

1hr 14mins

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Rank #17: 425. Thompson, Taylor & Minogue: Victorian Detectives (Part 1) with Amber & Paul

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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 

Feb 13 2017

1hr 31mins

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Rank #18: 422. Learning British Dialects with Korean Billy

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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 

Feb 02 2017

1hr 38mins

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Rank #19: 311. The Words of the Year (Part 2) with Amber & Paul *contains some rude language

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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 

Nov 18 2015

1hr 17mins

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Rank #20: 499. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle / Royal Family Quiz (with Amber)

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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 

Dec 12 2017

1hr 28mins

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