Marking episode 700 with a special episode. Guest host Oli Thompson interviews Luke using a classic format from BBC Radio. Luke is going to be marooned on a desert island but he is allowed to bring 8 pieces of music, one book and a luxury item. For episode 700 this is a chance to get to know Luke and his musical choices a little better. (Transcript and text video versions available)
1 hr 30 min
Wishing everyone a happy new year and taking stock of the main aims and methods of this podcast, plus some frequently asked questions. Video version available on YouTube.
1 hr 26 min
Paul Taylor joins me for some random questions and challenges, including various little discussion points, accents, citizenship test questions, idioms, jokes and more.
Dec 23, 2020
1 hr 20 min
Going through 11 topical Christmas jokes for 2020, then a ramble about podcast statistics for 2020 and more... Merry Christmas everyone!
Dec 18, 2020
Join me as I potter around my flat and give the results of the WISBOLEP competition then make a cup of tea and have a ramble about things like listening to non-native English speakers, reducing clutter in your home, renting vs owning a property, what it must be like to have only one hand, Zatoichi the blind swordsman, The Mandalorian TV series, Christmas plans and more. Includes a song on the guitar at the end.
Dec 16, 2020
1 hr 10 min
Talking to Emma from YouTube channel Pronunciation with Emma about accents, improving your pronunciation, understanding pragmatics in English, and learning English through video games.
Dec 11, 2020
1 hr 41 min
Talking to my wife about the latest season of the Netflix TV drama The Crown, which follows the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II and her family. We talk about Charles & Diana, Margaret Thatcher, The Queen's accent, Prince Andrew's BBC interview and more.
Dec 7, 2020
1 hr 59 min
Chatting to Lucy Earl from the English with Lucy channel on YouTube.
Nov 30, 2020
1 hr 12 min
Listen to recordings sent in by listeners and vote for who you think should be on LEP. Visit the website page for episode 692 to vote and listen to all the competition entries.
Nov 23, 2020
1 hr 9 min
How do professional actors change the way they speak for different acting roles? What can learners of English take from the way actors do this, in order to apply it to their language learning? In this conversation I speak to Jerome Butler who is a very experienced dialect coach working in the TV and film industry in the USA, and we discuss these questions.
Nov 18, 2020
1 hr 33 min