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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
710. The Umbrella Man by Roald Dahl (Short Story) In this episode I read out a short story written by Roald Dahl and then comment on the style, language and plot. Enjoy some storytelling and learn some English in the process. Video version available. Episode page (with link for the PDF) https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oFb Video version on YouTube https://yout…
 
709. The Stoicism of Groundhog Day (with Mum) This is a conversation with my mum about philosophy, how the film Groundhog Day can help us understand the principles of stoicism, and how this can all help us to feel a bit better about the world. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oDi LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo The Stoicism o…
 
708. Tasha Liu from China (WISBOLEP Runner-Up) This conversation with competition runner-up Tasha Liu is a way to get to know Chinese culture in a personal way including the story of how Tasha's father gave up drinking alcohol, and other interesting details about real life in the world's most populated country. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oC7…
 
707. [2/2] Let's Play Another Text Adventure Game - "Zombolocaust" by Peter Carlson [Part 2] Playing the rest of a text adventure game about the zombie apocalypse, with text on the screen so you can read with me while you listen. Works best on full-screen mode. Episode page with video & notes https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oBv YouTube video version https://y…
 
706. [1/2] Let's Play Another Text Adventure Game - "Zombolocaust" by Peter Carlson [Part 1] Playing a text adventure game about the zombie apocalypse, with text on the screen so you can read with me while you listen. Works best on full-screen mode. Episode page with video & notes https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oBr YouTube video version https://youtu.be/YCPw…
 
705. Kate Billington Returns (and she brought cake) Listen to another natural conversation with Kate Billington about some listener comments, Chinese New Year, English festivals & food in February, sports day traditions, more cake recipes, various bits of vocabulary and more. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oAC LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke…
 
704. The Rick Thompson Report: Brexit Update (February 2021) Talking again to my dad about UK politics and current affairs, focusing on the latest developments in Brexit, plus a bit of weather and sport. Listen to hear my dad explain complex things in plain English. Download the audio, get the full transcript and access the full episode archive 👉 h…
 
703. Walaa from Syria - WISBOLEP Competition Winner 🏆 Walaa Mouma from Syria has an amazing and inspiring story for all learners of English around the world, and some specific tips on how to improve your English long-term. Listen to this episode to hear all about it. Transcript and text video available. Episode page (download the transcript, downlo…
 
702. Emergency Questions (with James) Listen to Luke and James talking about various topics as we answer questions from the book "Emergency Questions" by comedian Richard Herring. Text video and full transcript available. Episode page with full transcript https://wp.me/p4IuUx-l5P LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo Text video comi…
 
701. Legal English with Louise Kulbicki Discussing some of the most important terms and concepts in legal English, while also learning about key cases through some amusing stories, with legal English trainer Louise Kulbicki. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-kKI LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo Text video on YouTube (currently …
 
700. Marooned With My Music: Luke Thompson 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 m…
 
699. Welcome (back) to Luke's English Podcast / FAQ (January 2021) 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. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-jW0 YouTube video version https://youtu.be/b476zEQ1e7I LEP Premium https://www…
 
698. Paul is on the Podcast / Random Questions with Paul Taylor Paul Taylor joins me for some random questions and challenges, including various little discussion points, accents, citizenship test questions, idioms, jokes and more.저자 Luke Thompson
 
696. WISBOLEP Competition Results + RAMBLE 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 blin…
 
695. Pronunciation, Pragmatics & Procrastination with Emma Talking to Emma from YouTube channel Pronunciation with Emma about accents, improving your pronunciation, understanding pragmatics in English, and learning English through video games.저자 Luke Thompson
 
694. The Crown / The Royal Family (A Royal Ramble with My Wife) 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.…
 
People are passionate about language, especially language change, and words matter. And nobody knows this better Peter Sokolowski, who is an editor at the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the most famous and most trusted dictionaries in the world. Peter has spent his life immersed in words and their meanings, and all the complications that come a…
 
692. WISBOLEP Competition Entries - Listen & Vote! Listen to recordings sent in by listeners and vote for who you think should be on LEP. Listen to the 16 competition entries again [YouTube] https://youtu.be/8rKRcVzo-w0 Listen to the other 85 LEPsters who are still worthy of your attention, with sumptuous video footage of the UK and other locations…
 
It’s an unfortunate fact that many people don’t know the truth about how language works outside of their grammar books, in the real world, but recently I spoke to someone who is trying to change that. Shana Poplack and her sociolinguistics laboratory at the University of Ottawa are known as the mythbusters, because they destroy damaging myths about…
 
691. Jerome Butler - Dialect Coach 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 …
 
690. Urban vs Rural / Living Abroad / Cultural Differences (with Cara Leopold) A conversation with Cara Leopold about the differences between life in Paris and life in provincial France, plus how it feels to live abroad away from your home country.저자 Luke Thompson
 
There are few people in the world who know as much about where words come from as Mark Forsyth. His first book, The Etymologicon, was a journey through the origins of many common words and their connections, and he has since written various other books about words, language, and writing. In this interview Mark tells fascinating and entertaining sto…
 
It’s an unfortunate fact that most of linguistic theory is based on a few major European languages, especially English, which actually damages our understanding of how the thousands of languages in the world might work. But there is one man who has spent his career trying to correct the balance. Robert Van Valin is one of the developers of Role and…
 
687. WISBOLEP Problem / Polite Requests / An Inspiring Email / Fly Me To the Moon A rambling episode with some news about a problem I have with the WISBOLEP competition (ooh!), some tips on making polite requests, an inspiring email from a LEPster and a song on guitar at the end.저자 Luke Thompson
 
686. Christian from Canguro English A conversation with YouTube English teacher Christian Saunders from Canguro English about the realities of learning and teaching English, motivation and goal-setting in language learning, Paul McCartney recording an album in his kitchen and plenty more. Video version also available on YouTube.…
 
685. Raising Bilingual Children [1] Alex and his daughter Alice, in Moscow An episode exploring the subject of how to raise a child to speak English. I speak to Alex, an English teacher from Moscow about how he has been speaking exclusively in English to his 4-year-old daughter Alice since she was born. Let's find out how it's going. Episode page h…
 
684. Chasing the Tangent Train with Elspeth Graty A conversation with English-teaching stand-up comedian Elspeth Graty, which covers lots of different topics including Elspeth's background in England, teaching English, cultural differences, "French-bashing", old-fashioned telephones and The Tellytubbies. Enjoy! Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-h0M…
 
683. Feelgood Stories of Flirting with Marie Connolly Marie Connolly is an Australian stand-up comedian and TEFL teacher who has written a book of short stories about times when men (from various countries) have flirted with her. In this episode Marie shares some of those stories, tells us about English men vs French men vs Australian men and much …
 
682. Key Features of English Accents, Explained Exploring the main differences between standard English pronunciation (RP) and non-standard regional or colloquial accents. How do people really speak in different parts of England, and how does this accent differ from the accent you probably hear in English language course books and dictionaries? Not…
 
681. New Competition: Why I Should Be On LEP (WISBOLEP) / Story: The First Time I Said F*ck Announcing a new LEP competition which everyone is welcome to enter, plus an anecdote about the first time I said a rude word in front of my parents. Send your competition entries to podcastcomp@gmail.com Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-g1m LEP Premium htt…
 
680. Park Life - A Year in The Wildlife Of An Urban Park (by Rick Thompson) / Animal Collective Nouns My dad has written a book and it's all about the wildlife you can find in an urban English park. He's on the podcast to tell us all about it, and there are some collective nouns for animals too, plus some bonus stand up comedy at the end. Episode p…
 
679. Gill's Book Club: A Gentleman In Moscow Talking to my mum about her latest book recommendation. A Gentleman In Moscow is about a Russian Count who is put under house arrest in 1922 in the beautiful Metropol Hotel in Moscow. Check the episode page for some notes and transcripts. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-ftr LEP Premium https://www.teac…
 
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