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. Sign up to LEP Premium on Acast+ and add the premium episodes to a podcast app on your phone. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


February 26, 2024 โ€ข 107 mins

Returning guest Kate Billington suddenly decided to move to the other side of the world, to Taipei in beautiful Taiwan. In this episode we talk about meeting LEPsters in Taipei, her decision to move there, and how everything is going, with the usual conversational tangents along the way. 

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In international diplomacy, "communication is everything". This is the main point of this conversation, in which I talk to my friend who works for the UK delegation at UNESCO in Paris. We discuss the work that UNESCO does, and the various communication challenges involved in working together with representatives from countries all around the world, including the collaborative writing of official documents where the use of a single ...

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Talking to Lindsay from All Ears English about social, economic and political changes happening in the USA (and the UK) at the moment.

Includes some rambling and a song at the end of the episode.

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๐Ÿ‘‰ Listen to Luke on All Ears English talking about American & British English

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February 6, 2024 โ€ข 86 mins

This episode is all about the different modes of communication that we use beyond the 4 linguistic skills of reading, writing, listening speaking. My guest is Nik Peachey who has helped to write a new paper published by OUP called "Multimodality in ELT: Communication Skills for Todayโ€™s Generation". Listen to Nik and me chatting about the importance of multimodal literacy in our social interactions and in the ways we consume and pro...

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February 2, 2024 โ€ข 49 mins

Here are my reactions to getting 1 million subscribers on YouTube, and probably 1 million+ on audio platforms too!

Listen to me rambling on my own and with my daughter (6 years old now) while the subscriber number gradually goes up, and eventually reaches this big milestone.

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The return of the lying game on LEP! Amber, Paul and I play a speaking game which I sometimes use in my English classes. Listen to our stories and try to work out if we are lying or telling the truth. The second half of the episode contains story summaries and vocabulary explanations. 

๐Ÿ‘‰ Episode page with vocabulary list, etc

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January 22, 2024 โ€ข 82 mins

Amber & Paul return to the podcast for another tangential conversation about various things, including:

  • why Paul is angry (again) ๐Ÿ˜ค
  • how Amber gets crushed in her own bed ๐Ÿ›Œ
  • how our British children don't need to wear coats ๐Ÿงฅ
  • the special gifts Luke has prepared for Amber & Paul ๐ŸŽ
  • the highs and lows of Paul's global comedy tour ๐ŸŽญ
  • how Paul's been telling the Russian joke on stage ๐Ÿ˜
  • Amber's recent trip to London ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • The Beatles' "Now...
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Join me as I talk without a script about lovely cold weather โ„๏ธ being too lazy to wash my cups ๐Ÿต feeling exhausted because my son won't sleep ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ New Year's Eve celebrations ๐Ÿ›‹ performing stand up comedy to 4200 people ๐ŸŽค a recommended YouTube channel about adventurous missions in the UK countryside ๐Ÿฅพ and recent horror films I've seen ๐Ÿ™€.

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A new year episode to welcome you back to my podcast, to encourage you to reflect on your learning of English over the last 12 months, to consider your English learning in 2024 and how this podcast can help you. Includes plenty of ideas for how to improve your English, some reflections on my learning of French, and some 'help' from my baby son ๐Ÿ‘ถ.

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[2/2] Stephen from the Simple English News Daily podcast asks me questions about news events from this year. This is part 2 of a 2-part episode.

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*Edits - On reflection, I decided to remove questions 11 and 12 because they were about the war in Ukraine and I think the tone of our conversation was not appropriate consid...

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[1/2] Stephen from the Simple English News Daily podcast asks me questions about news events from this year. This is part 1 of a 2-part episode.

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Listen to me telling this classic Christmas ghost story - "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. I have read this story on the podcast before (in episode 320) but it's a good one so let's do it again, shall we?

๐Ÿ“„ Download the PDF here ๐Ÿ‘‰

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December 20, 2023 โ€ข 45 mins

How about some English rambling at Christmas time? ChatGPT (who can speak now) helps me with some questions and ideas, and I ramble about Christmas plans, traditions, post-gift melancholy, upcoming episodes, how to do a King Charles impression, and more...

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December 15, 2023 โ€ข 53 mins

This is part 2 of this double episode. Please listen to part 1 first! Sarah and Fred are trivia quiz nerds with a new trivia podcast. In this episode they joined me for some trivia quizzing and conversation. In this second part you can listen to my quiz for Sarah and Fred, and then Fred's quiz for me. Can you answer the questions? Can you follow the whole conversation? Listen carefully!

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December 13, 2023 โ€ข 71 mins

Sarah and Fred are trivia quiz nerds who have been doing trivia nights in Paris for years and now have a new trivia-themed podcast. In this episode we get together to discuss trivia quizzing, and to quiz each other with our own trivia questions. In this first part we get to know Sarah and Fred again, talk about their new podcast and then Sarah quizzes me with some cleverly-written questions. Can you understand and answer the questi...

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Talking to my brother about his new album "Glytek Audio - Mood Selector" (available now on Touched Revolutions records) and then discussing music including the first album we ever bought, and favourite albums in different genres.

๐ŸŽง Click here to get James' new album

๐Ÿ‘‰ Page for this episode on my website

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December 6, 2023 โ€ข 98 mins

Talking to Cara about films, movies, her movie club for English learners and a discussion about films and what they mean.

Episode page with all the links you could ever need! ๐Ÿ‘‰

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๐ŸŽง Learn English with a short story.

๐Ÿ—ฃ Listen & repeat after me if you'd like to practise your pronunciation.

๐Ÿ’ฌLearn some vocabulary in the second half of the video.

๐Ÿ“„ I found this story in answer to a post on asking about true scary stories.

I thought I could use it to help you learn English. Can you understand the story, and predict the twist at the end?

๐Ÿ“„ Read the original by Lance Stephenson here

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November 22, 2023 โ€ข 80 mins

Join me as I meet and get to know Rhiannon, an English coach whose mission is to help you feel awesome about your English. I had never met Rhiannon before this interview, so listen as I get to know her and we chat about her English & Welsh roots, moving to Edinburgh, studying theology at university, early experiences as an English teacher, why learners often feel ashamed of their English, and how she can help. We also discuss the w...

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How does it feel to have a visual impairment? How do blind people navigate the world? How do other people treat you, if you are blind? And, how do we talk about blindness and other forms of disability in English? This episode is inspired by a listener called Hafid, who contacted me recently. I talk about the subject of blindness and disability in general, read an article written by a partially sighted person, and explain a list of ...

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