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135. Raining Animals
June 17, 2013 05:57 AM PDT
"It's raining cats and dogs" - Do native speakers of English often use this idiom to describe heavy rain or do they use different expressions?
In this episode, Luke discusses all of these questions, while a thunderstorm passes overhead and the rain beats down on the roof of his apartment. Listen, and please add your comments below.
How's the weather where you are, while you listen to this?
Click here for the Wikipedia page for "Raining Animals" - I read from this page during the episode, so you can read some of the words I am saying by clicking this text. For the different idioms used in different languages around the world, see below
Thanks for listening to the podcast. Thanks also for messages which are sent to me all the time (even during the recording of episodes). I carefully consider everything which is written to me. All the best and enjoy this episode, Luke
'Heavy Rain' Idioms From Around The World (care of Wikipedia)
Other languages have equally bizarre expressions for heavy rain:
Afrikaans: ou vrouens met knopkieries reen ("old women with clubs")
Bengali: মুষলধারে বৃষ্টি পড়ছে musholdhare brishṭi poṛchhe ("in a stream of mallets")
Bosnian: padaju ćuskije ("crowbars")
Bosnian: lije ko iz kabla ("it's pouring like from a bucket")
Cantonese: "落狗屎" ("dog poo")
Chinese: "倾盆大雨" ("its pouring out of basins")
Catalan: Ploure a bots i barrals ("boats and barrels")
Croatian: padaju sjekire ("axes dropping")
Czech: padají trakaře ("wheelbarrows")
Czech: leje jako z konve ("like from a watering can")
Danish: det regner skomagerdrenge ("shoemakers' apprentices")
Dutch: het regent pijpenstelen ("pipe stems or stair rods")
Dutch (Flemish): het regent oude wijven ("old women")
Dutch (Flemish): het regent kattenjongen ("kittens")
Faroese : Tað regnar av grind ("Pilot whales")
Finnish: Sataa kuin Esterin perseestä ("It's raining like from Esteri's ass")
French: il pleut comme vache qui pisse ("it is raining like a peeing cow")
French: il pleut à sceaux ("it's raining like from buckets")
French: il pleut des hallebardes ("it is raining halberds"), clous ("nails"), or cordes ("ropes")
German: Es regnet junge Hunde ("young dogs") or Es schüttet wie aus Eimern ("like poured from buckets")
Greek: βρέχει καρεκλοπόδαρα ("chair legs")
Hindi: musaldhār bārish ("a stream of mallets")
Hungarian: mintha dézsából öntenék ("like poured from a vat")
Icelandic: Það rignir eins og hellt sé úr fötu ("like poured from a bucket")
Italian: piove a catinelle ("poured from a basin")
Latvian: līst kā no spaiņiem ("it's raining like from buckets")
Nepali: मुसलधारे झरी ("a stream of mallets")
Norwegian: det regner trollkjerringer ("she-trolls")
Polish: pada żabami ("frogs")
Portuguese: está a chover canivetes ("penknives")
Portuguese: Chove a potes ("It is raining by the pot load")
Portuguese: Chove a cântaros ("It is raining by the jug load")
Romanian: plouă cu broaşte ("frogs")
Russian: льет как из ведра ("from a bucket")
Spanish: están lloviendo chuzos de punta ("shortpikes/icicles point first" - not only is it raining a lot, but it's so cold and windy that being hit by the drops hurts)
Spanish: está lloviendo a cántaros ("by the clay pot-full")
Spanish: llueven sapos y culebras ("toads and snakes")
Spanish (Argentina): caen soretes de punta ("pieces of dung head-first")
Spanish (Venezuela): esta cayendo un palo de agua ("a stick of water is falling")
Spanish (Colombia): "Estan lloviendo maridos" "Van a llover maridos" (It's raining husbands, It will rain husbands)
Serbian: padaju sekire ("axes")
Swedish: Det regnar smådjävlar ("It is raining little devils")
Swedish: regnet står som spön i backen ("the rain stands like poles out of the ground")
Turkish: bardaktan boşanırcasına ("like poured from a cup")
Urdu: musladhār bārish ("a stream of mallets")
Welsh: mae hi'n bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn ("old ladies and sticks") 134. The Story of Salvo
June 11, 2013 11:13 AM PDT
This episode is all about the story of a hardcore punk rock band from London. Listen, and you'll hear an interview with the band members as they talk about how the band started, their influences, and what caused the band to end.
The band is called Salvo. They started in London in 2002 and played gigs in London, Oxford and Manchester before breaking up 4 years later. This interview was done recently. For the first time in years, most of the members of the group were all in the same room at the same time, so I had to take the opportunity to interview them for Luke's English Podcast.
The members of this band are all my friends. I know most of them from my days at Sixth Form College when I was a teenager. One of them is my brother James. I was also a member of the band for a year or two. The style of music is a little bit hard to categorise. It's hard, fast guitar rock. It's pretty hardcore, but quite catchy too. You can make up your own mind about the music as you'll hear some of it during the interview. If you want to hear more of the music, you can check out the Soundcloud page for Salvo here. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SONGS BY SALVO
This is an authentic recording. No-one is really grading their English. They're speaking in the same way that they speak to their friends. The recording took place after a music session in a studio, and a short beer drinking session in the pub. What you'll hear is natural British English as it really is spoken, in this case by a group of friends, who used to be in a band together, sharing some memories over a few beers.
Just before we start I'd like to just say a few things about learning English.
What's the best way to learn English? Well, people always say that you learn most when you socialise with native speakers. It's really hard to do it because you don't understand everything and sometimes you get lost and feel confused and frustrated. But that confusing feeling is a normal part of the learning process. It means your brain is processing a lot of information. In this case, it's struggling to deal with words, accents, phrases or pronunciation that you're not familiar with. It's a challenge to understand native speakers talking naturally in a social situation, especially if they are good friends who know each other well. But, challenges are an important part of learning English. What is challenging now becomes less challenging in time as you gradually learn more and work out what people are saying. Remember, it is in those challenging situations, like when you're listening to native speakers, that you really learn the most. It feels difficult, but that is the feeling of your brain trying to work it out, and as a result, learning and improving. So, listen to native speakers talking naturally. It's one of the best ways to improve.
You can do it with Luke's English Podcast. I present things to you, like interviews or recordings because I personally believe in them, find them extraordinary or touching, and hope that you will too. Hopefully this personal connection makes the podcast more engaging and as a result, a more effective way to improve your English. Basically, I just want to keep you locked in to listening to natural English, even though it is difficult, because I know that ultimately, it's beneficial for your English.
So what am I going to present to you this time? Well, how about the story of a real rock band from London? It's also a genuine story of rock and roll and friendship, told by the people who actually experienced it. That's what you can hear in this episode. The interview was recorded at a friend's house on a Saturday evening in South London. Please be aware there are some rude swear words used, but that's normal, after all, it is rock and roll isn't it.
So just a few weeks ago when I realised that the members of Salvo were going to reunite in the studio for the first time in over 6 years well needless to say I jumped at the chance to record a podcast episode about it. In this documentary or, if you will, rockumentary that you're about to hear, I wanted to capture the, the songs, the sounds, the smells, of a hard-working rock band sitting in a room together, talking crap. And I got that. But I got more, a lot more. But hey -- enough of my yakkin'. Whaddaya say, let's boogie!
I expect some of you won't listen to all of it, but then again for some of you this is exactly what you want. Some of my listeners really like the opportunity to listen to real English like this. Maybe you're one of those people. In fact recently I recently got an email from a listener called Rei Lung, saying how much he liked listening to recordings like this. This is what Rei said.
Hello Luke!I just wanted to thank you for all you're doing. The podcast is absolutely brilliant. I particularly enjoy episodes in which you interview your friends or just people on the street (like in those videos on YouTube that you have) because I think that this is when you can hear 'authentic' English. Also, the noisier it is and the more people that take part in the discussion or whatever, the harder it is to understand and the more authentic the language used is. I'd love it if you could do more like these, perhaps in a pub or something where people don't really bother speaking slowly and clearly. Also, I really enjoy it when you talk about British life and culture, very interesting and eye-opening so I'd like to see more of that as well.Cheers
Well Rei, that is exactly what you're going to get in this episode.133. Hip-Hop Lyric Analysis
June 01, 2013 01:35 AM PDT
A look at hip-hop culture and analysis of the lyrics to a classic rap song.
In this episode:
1. I'll tell you a bit about hip hop, and its history, but not too much because I don't want to bore you.
2. We'll listen to some hip hop and have a look at the lyrics and analyse them. I'll explain them, and kind of give you my thoughts on them.
There is music in the background on this one. I thought it was appropriate because of the subject of this episode. Future episodes will not always have music, but this one does. If you really can't hear what I'm saying then let me know and I might be able to upload this episode again without the background music. If you like the music and would like to hear more, let me know by commenting on this episode. I should be able to recommend some albums or tracks for you.
I understand that hip hop is not everyone's cup of tea, or perhaps you've never considered listening to it. Well, you know with Luke's English Podcast you never know what you're going to get each time. Variety. This time it's hip hop, next time it might be about something else like kittens. A whole episode about kittens, that would be nice, or maybe something about football... that's in the pipeline, and more interviews and all kinds of things, but for now it's all about da hip hop game, straight up, no nonsense, no diggidy, no doubt, the ill communication... You're probably thinking, "why is Luke speaking strangely, or more strangely than usual". Well, I'm throwing in a bit of hop hop slang into my sentences sometimes, just for a laugh really.
I love hip-hop but sometimes I don't feel like I can truly relate to it. It's an amazing musical genre. There's a lot of talent, great music and clever lyrics.
What are The 3 elements of hip hop? How did it develop?
Click here to hear Public Enemy "Don't believe da hype"
My personal favourite era for hip hop is the early to mid nineties. I think this is when it was at its best. If I could recommend one hip hop album it would be "Midnight Marauders" by A Tribe Called Quest. Why? The samples are very well chosen (some amazing bits of classic soul, funk or jazz) the music is positive, the rhyming is inventive and funny, it's catchy, I never get bored of listening to it and it always puts me in a good mood and reminds me of great times. I strongly believe it will be considered one of the all-time great hip hop albums. Click here to see the album on Amazon.
Hip Hop music is often associated with poor urbanised black american communities, but it doesn't have to be. It's not about being poor black Americans. The music might have come from that community, but ultimately music transcends racial barriers and can be enjoyed by everyone. But, saying that, there is something weird about middle class English white kids acting like rappers from Compton. They're not keeping it real, and the importance of keeping it real is one of the things you can learn from hip hop. Be true to yourself, don't play yourself because that's just straight up wack! A lot of rappers are very rich these days. Some are white, some are of other ethnicities. This just goes to show that it's not just a simple question of black or white, rich or poor or whatever. Gangster rap is one sub-genre of rap music. There are other types of hip hop that don't involve being a gangster. Positive hip-hop or political hip-hop. I suppose within gangsta rap there is the idea that hip-hop can be a way for poor people in America can escape from the ghetto. In the case of someone like Jay-Z who apparently used to live a gangster life, music did help him to escape the world of crime.
Hip hop music can give you an insight into life in the ghetto in America. The stories I hear in rap are like crime novels or a gangster movies. They can be evocative, moving, frightening and just very exciting tales of life on the edge. I must say though, as a white middle class English guy I can't fully relate to the music, and sometimes I feel slightly ridiculous listening to rap music. I find I feel embarrassed sometimes listening to tales of the gangster life while I'm on shopping in Tescos or walking along the Champs Elysees. I can't really relate to it, but nevertheless I love the music, and I wonder if you also like hip hop.
Anyway, I decided to play some hip hop in this episode and discuss the lyrics with you. First up, it's a genuine hip hop classic. This one is from the 90s which is the best era for hip hop in my opinion. It's basically gangsta rap. It's moody, dark and tells a story of how difficult life can be in the ghetto. The track is called "My mind is playing tricks on me" by Geto Boys. Listen to the track, and then I will explain it all, and analyse the lyrics after. You'll appreciate it more when you hear it the second time. If you like it, click the link to see the album on Amazon, where you can buy it and support this group. If hip hop is not your thing then I hope this episode at least educates you about a musical genre that you're not familiar with. You don't have to like it, but knowledge is power. Also, the English you'll hear is a dialect (to an extent). It's the language of black American youth, and this is one of the most pervasive English dialects. It has influence on many informal dialects in English, including youth in London and all over the UK in fact. It's interesting that the social group with the least status - poor African Americans, has some of the most widespread cultural influence though its music and its English slang. Well, maybe that's the thing about hip-hop - it really changed the status of many poor young people in America, by making them into superstars. Although being a superstar is not the end of your problems of course, because you know, Mo' Money Mo' Problems... So, here it is.
GETO BOYS LYRICS
"My Mind Playin' Tricks On Me"
I sit alone in my four-cornered room staring at candles
"Cool out man, we on the Radio dukes"
We're on the Radio dukes
Ooh, alright, check this here
[Verse 1: Scarface]
At night I can't sleep, I toss and turn
He's having a bad night. He can't sleep. Maybe he's had too much coffee, or maybe he's got an exam tomorrow. You know the feeling, you're nervous, you can't sleep. Very frustrating.
Candlesticks in the dark, visions of bodies being burned
If he's got candles burning I'm not surprised he can't sleep. You need to extinguish all lights. Anyway, he shouldn't leave a candle burning when he's going to sleep. It's quite dangerous, it might start a fire and the smoke could choke him to death in his sleep, or he could be very badly burned.
Visions of bodies being burned. He's having a very bad night. I know that sometimes your mind wanders when you can't sleep but that's quite extreme. Maybe he's been watching too much of The Walking Dead. It's ironic that he's thinking of burning bodies when he's dangerously leaving candles lit while going to sleep.
Four walls just closing in, getting bigger
I know the feeling. It can be like you're trapped in your room, especially if you've been indoors all evening revising and now you can't sleep.
I'm paranoid, sleepin' with my finger on the trigger
Woa! He's sleeping with a gun in his hand and his finger on the trigger? He's likely to have a bad accident, especially if he starts to drop off to sleep and his hand jerks. He must be paranoid if he's sleeping with a gun. I wonder what happened.
My mother's always stressin' I ain't livin' right
Well, she's right because already you've got naked flames and a gun in the flat.
But I ain't going out without a fight
Ok, he's determined.
See, everytime my eyes close
I start sweatin' and blood starts comin' out my nose
You might want to get that looked at. If blood comes out of your nose when you close your eyes, you might have a serious condition. I don't think it's paranoia. Those are genuine symptoms. Go to a doctor. Call NHS direct at least.
There's somebody watchin' the Ack'
But I don't know who it is, so I'm watchin' my back
OK, I'm not sure what that means but it seems that someone is watching him, and apparently they're not really looking after him because they haven't stepped in to give advice or help. Whoever this person is, it seems that they don't have his best interest at heart. Again, I don't think he's being paranoid. This guy is probably not a friend. But then again it is quite normal to just see the same people in your neighbourhood and just because they're not friendly, it doesn't mean they want to kill you. I mean, in London I never talked to my neighbours but I saw them all the time. Didn't mean I wanted to kill them. Just saying.
I can see him when I'm deep in the covers
When I awake I hear a car burning rubber
When he's deep in the covers, that means when he's in bed. So, what he can see him when he's in his bed? That is pretty weird, what is he doing in the guy's bed?? Or maybe he's in the bed and looking out of the window and he can see him in the street or something. Oh I see, he can see him in his sleep. Bad dreams.
He owns a black hat like I own
A black suit and a cane like my own
Perhaps this is just a mirror. I wonder if he's considered the fact that he's seeing his own reflection in windows or something. That happened to me once. I was walking alone in the street and I thought I saw someone following me. I got really scared and ran home. Turned out it was just my own reflection in the windows of houses. I used to be scared of the dark so I suppose my mind was playing tricks on me too.
Some might say, "Take a chill, B"
Yes, it's a good idea. Take a chill. Relax. Have a cup of tea. Watch some telly. Put your feet up. Just take the afternoon off. No need to go round being a gangster today. It's hard work being a gangster. Just take it easy for a change. You've got to look after your health. Take some you-time. Just watch "Friday" or something.
But I can’t see, because there's somebody trying to kill me
Mmm, that will tend to make you a bit uptight.
I'm poppin' in the clip when the wind blows
Every twenty seconds got me peepin' out my window
This means he's putting a clip of ammunition into his gun whenever the wind blows. Now, the wind blows quite a lot, especially when it's windy. Does this mean he's just putting the clip in when he hears the wind, and then going "oh no it's just the wind" and then taking it out, but then hearing the wind again and going "What the hell is that?!" and popping the clip back in again, and again and again. He needs a holiday. He's peeping out of his window, with a gun. THis is an awful situation.
Investigatin' the joint for traps
Checkin' my telephone for taps
Ok, so I assume that he's really nervous because of something he did in his past. Maybe he criticised someone's mother, or stepped on someone's sneaker. Now he's worried that someone wants to take revenge on him and he's so paranoid that he's convinced that someone has set traps in his house. Perhaps like a bucket of water above the door and when you open it = splash. Or worse. Maybe a broken chair or a whoopee cushion. He's checking the phone for taps. That's a wire tap. Perhaps people are trying to listen in to his conversations. It could be the mob getting ready to kill him or the FBI surveying him, or maybe he's just been smoking too much weed and he's imagining it all.
I'm starin' at the woman on the corner
It's f*cked up, when your mind is playin' tricks on you
The woman on the corner? I expect that is a prostitute. It's quite sad that there's always a woman on the corner. It's even sadder that this guy is staring at her because he's paranoid that 'someone is trying to kill him'.
[Verse 2: Willie D]
I make big money, I drive big cars
Everybody know me, it's like I'm a movie star
Sounds like Luke from Luke's English Podcast.
But late at night, somethin' ain't right
I feel I'm being tailed by the same sucker's head lights
This means he feels like someone is following him. He's being tailed by someone's headlights. But normally you're tailed by someone in a car, not just some headlights.
Is it that fool that I ran off the block?
Or is it that clown last week that I shot?
He shot a clown? Why did he shoot a clown? They're basically harmless. They're just kids' entertainers. He's gone too far, shooting a clown.
To be honest, I think that by 'clown' he means a 'fool' or an 'idiot'. But really, was it necessary to shoot the guy? Two words: Gun Control.
Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars
He beat a guy for 5 thousand dollars. That is a lot of money but is it worth it for the risk. You could be sent to prison for aggravated assault. I'm not surprised he's having a bad time, because you know "what goes around comes around".
Thought he had caine but it was Gold Medal Flour
His mind really is playing tricks on him. He's seeing people doing their grocery shopping, and mistaking them for badass gangsters who want to kill him. The guy needs to just stay in for a while and wait for this all to blow over.
Reach under my seat, grabbed my popper for the suckers
Ain't no use to me lyin, I was scareder than a mother*****
This means he reached under his seat to get his gun in order to shoot these bad rude boys, and truth be told he was very frightened. Scareder (not correct English) than a mother-. One can only assume that 'a mother' is usually quite scared, for some reason. I think we know he is referring not to a Mum, but to a swearword, a motherf***er
Hooked a left into Popeye's and bailed out quick
If it's goin' down, let's get it over with
So, in order to escape, or find a good place to hide or escape he turned a quick left into what I assume is some kind of shop. He was ready to have a fight if it was necessary. So, he thinks that these gang-bangers are going to get him as an act of revenge, but perhaps he's just paranoid and imaginging it all.
Here they come, just like I figured
I got my hand on the chrome (gold?) plated the trigger
So, they're coming just as expected. He's got his hand on his chrome plated gun. The trigger is the part that your finger squeezes to fire the gun..
What I saw'll make your ass start gigglin'
Three black crippled and crazy senior citizens
What he saw will make you laugh because it was three black crippled and crazy old people. He must have been tripping because he thought they were all gangsters. He's in a real mess.
I live by the sword
I take my boys everywhere I go, because I'm paranoid
To live by the sword means you live a violent life. He takes his boys everywhere - not his sons I imagine, but some of his home-boys, some friends or fellow gangsters as protection.
I keep lookin' over my shoulder and peepin' around corners
My mind is playin' tricks on me
Looking over his shoulder, looking around corners. He's certainly got to be vigilant at times like this.
[Verse 3: Scarface]
Day by day it's more impossible to cope
I feel like I'm the one that's doing dope
Ok, this really is a messed up life. He's find it hard to cope. He can't manage it or deal with the pressure. He feels like he's the one doing dope - I guess this is a reference to the fact that he's a drug dealer, and usually his clients are the ones who are strung out and losing control of their lives because of the drugs they're taking, but this time even he is losing control. This is a messed up story of criminal life in America. Have you seen Scarface? This song is one of many similar crime stories which for me form part of American popular culture in literature, film and music. Yes, I'm saying this is art. Sue me.
Can't keep a steady hand because I'm nervous
Every Sunday mornin' I'm in service
Prayin' for forgiveness
And tryin' to find an exit out the business
He's going to church every sunday, praying to be forgiven by god, and trying to find a way to leave this terrible business of drug dealing and extortion. So, he does want to get out but apparently he is trapped. I wonder what you think. Does he have a choice? I suppose he is so deep in crime that if he tries to leave he risks losing his life.
I know the Lord is lookin' at me
But yet and still it's hard for me to feel happy
He believes in god but it's almost not enough because of his guilty conscience.
I often drift while I drive
Havin' fatal thoughts of suicide
BANG and get it over with
And then I'm worry-free, but that's nonsense
He sometimes considers killing himself in order to escape, but yes, that's nonsense. Suicide is the coward's way out.
I got a little boy to look after
And if I died then my child would be a bastard
Technically that is true. That's in line with the literal meaning of 'bastard' but does it also mean his son would be a bad guy? Quite possibly, if he's deprived of a father and growing up in tough conditions, and considering his Dad is a bit of a bastard apparently it must run in the family, so yes if he is killed then his son is likely to be a bit of a bastard. BUt also, his son would be fatherless, and that's serious.
I had a woman down with me
But to me it seems like she was down to get me
He used to have a girl friend, but it seemed she didn't support him. Maybe she was not good for him. Maybe she nagged him, and it didn't help.
She helped me out in this
But to me she was just another chick
OK, she did help a bit, but he didn't love her. Sad story. Sorry listeners.
Now she's back with her mother
Now I'm realizing that I love her
All right, so he does love her! Make your mind up!
Now I'm feelin' lonely
My mind is playin' tricks on me
You have my sympathy sir. Although I do think it was wrong that you committed those crimes and you shouldn't have done it. There's no way of justifying those criminal acts. Still, I will raise a glass to you sir.
[Verse 4: Bushwick Bill]
This year Halloween fell on a weekend
Me and Geto Boys went trick-or-treatin'
Robbin' little kids for bags
So they went trick or treating. Not exactly the behaviour of authentic straight up gangstas. Why are they trick or treating? Aren't they a bit old for that now? Don't they have business to attend to?
And robbing little kids for bags?? Really? Literally stealing candy from children. That's hardly the way a true gangsta rolls? It's almost pathetic, stealing sweets from children. It's a serious act of bullying and seems out of character. So these are very well esteemed bad-boy gangstas, who act like they've killed and done bad things, and here they are stealing sweeties from kids. Pathetic.
Till an old man got behind our rags
Too right. The old man was correct and I'm glad a member of the community stepped in to get behind their rags and tell them off.
So we speeded up the pace
Took a look back, and he was right before our face
They decided to leave quickly and walked away, but when they turned around he was right up in their face. Wow, that guy is fast!
He'd be in for a squabble no doubt
So I swung and and tried to take him out
So the guy wanted a fight, so Bill swung his fist and tried to knock him down. 'Take him out'
He was goin' down, we planned
But this wasn't no ordinary man
The plan was to put this guy down, but apparently this was no ordinary man. Maybe it was, like, Batman or just an extraordinarily tough guy who they shouldn't have messed with.
He stood about six or seven feet
Now, that's the creep I'd be seein' in my sleep
This is a very tall guy, and the 'creep' he'd been seeing in his sleep too. So, this is the scary guy that Bill was dreaming about earlier on. Wow, so here he is in a fight with him. Scary.
So we triple-teamed on him
Droppin' them 5th ward B's on him
Triple teamed on him - this means the 3 of them teamed up to fight him together. Ladies or in fact anyone else, if you're listening - I'm sorry about the violence. More civilised topics will be dealt with in due course.
The more I swung the more blood flew
Then he disappeared and my boys disappeared too
The more he punched the more blood there was, but then suddenly he disappeared, and so did his friends.
Then I felt just like a fiend
It wasn't even close to Halloween
He felt just like a fiend - this is someone who is evil and kind of obsessed by doing bad things. So, he frightened himself by realising he was a fiend, a monster. This is dark...
It was dark as death on the streets
My hands were all bloody from punchings on the concrete
Oh man, homie
My mind is playin' tricks on me
The streets were pitch black, and his hands were bleeding from punching the concrete. So, he imagined or hallucinated the whole thing and in fact had been punching the street itself thinking it was a man. His mind is playing tricks on him.
What a dark tale.
Let's lighten things up a bit. Now we're going to listen to a short rhyme by De La Soul from their amazing album 3 Feet High and Rising. This one is all about the importance of washing yourself with soap to avoid BO or Body Odour, which can be a problem on public transport for example. Again, listen to the whole tune and then I will explain...
Please, listen to this simple De La style I'm gonna sing
It's strongly directed to all the misery you're bringing
Now I'm not all about dissing someone else personnel
But there's no quota on your odor, that's right, you smell
Now you might feel a little embarrassed, don't take it too hard
And don't make it worse by covering it up with some Right Guard
Before you even put on your silk shirt and fat gold rope
Please, take your big ass to the bathroom
And please use a little bit of soap
Okay, contestant number two, do you have the answers?
No, no I don't
SOME HIP HOP SLANG, DEFINED:
da hip hop game = the hip hop industry. 'da' means 'the'
straight up = simply
no nonsense = simple
no diggidy = no doubt, definitely
the ill communication = 'ill' here means 'good'
wack = not cool
sucka = a sucker, a stupid person
Visit this page to play around with 'gizoogle', which is a website that translates everything into hip hop slang.
Here's an example of what it does. Look at the below sentence, which is normal.
Hello, my name is Luke and I am an English teacher. You probably know me from my podcast which is called Luke's English Podcast. I really enjoy making episodes of my show and I hope that you like listening to it. Good luck!
Here's the hip-hop slang version:
Yo muthaf*cka, hoes call me Luke n' I be a Gangsta mackdaddy n' sh*t. Yo ass probably know me from mah podcast which is called Lukez Gangsta Podcast. I straight-up trip off makin episodez of mah show n' I hope dat you like listenin ta dat sh*t. Dope luck!
'Dope luck' indeed...
132. Pronouncing ~ed Endings (with Added Romance and Horror)
May 17, 2013 11:36 AM PDT
Some pronunciation, some vocabulary, some romance and a little bit of horror-movie gore in this episode.
Hi everyone, I decided to teach you some essential language this time. Here's what to expect from this episode:
For vocabulary notes, see below.
You can make donations here. It's my birthday next Wednesday. Just saying...
VOCABULARY NOTES AND TRANSCRIPT FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE EPISODE
In this episode I’m going to teach you some really useful things. It’s been a while since I taught you things, or focused on language. Recent episodes have been interviews, which are really useful because you can listen to authentic English as it really is spoken, but I also think it’s important for us to look closely at some features of language too: either vocabulary, pronunciation or grammar (even though grammar is usually pretty boring unless you’re a grammar geek).
So, in this episode we’re going to focus on a few things.
If that sounds a little basic, then worry not because I’m also going to throw in some more idiomatic language as we continue, and anyway this is Luke’s English Podcast. It’s always really fun and entertaining anyway. Darn it, I will make this entertaining as well as useful, if it’s the last thing I do!
There are language notes related to all of this on the website. I still have two websites; teacherluke.podomatic.com and teacherluke.wordpress.com.
The verbs: Listen to the episode to hear the pronunciation of them. They're all regular verbs ending in -ed.
The Complete Story:
-ED ADJECTIVES AND SOME IDIOMATIC ALTERNATIVES
Nervous doesn’t mean angry or annoyed.
Just to remind you, it's my birthday next week.
Oh, what would I like?? OH, thanks for asking!
May 01, 2013 05:47 AM PDT
A conversation with my Dad, Rick Thompson.
Rick is a journalist who worked for the BBC for about 30 years. He now runs his own media training company, called T-Media. He's also been my Dad for 35 years. In my family we consider him to be like Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. His knowledge is pretty encyclopedic. If I have a question, he is usually able to give quite an extended answer to it, although sometimes the facts can be a little bit unreliable. That's why I've started to call him "Rickipedia".
In this episode I ask my Dad various questions which were sent in by fans of Luke's English Podcast on Facebook. To visit and like the facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lukes-English-Podcast/227129545507?ref=ts&fref=ts
What do you think of my Dad's answers? Leave your comments below.
My Dad and I both hope you enjoy this episode, and find it interesting and useful as a way of practising your English listening.
Your donations keep Luke's English Podcast alive. If you would like to make a small donation, you can click the button below. If you'd like to make a really big donation, you can click the same button! PayPal is a very safe and trusted way to send money online.
April 17, 2013 03:49 PM PDT
Conversation with a real American person from New York!
Sebastian Marx was born in New York and went to Boston University. He is a stand-up comedian in Paris and regularly performs in English and in French. You can visit his website here http://www.sebmarx.com and find out about his comedy shows!
In this episode I invited Sebastian to my flat where we had some tea and some chocolate brownies. Listen to the episode as I ask questions which were suggested by listeners from the Luke's English Podcast Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lukes-English-Podcast/227129545507129. A Cup of Tea with... Pierre Gaspard
April 10, 2013 12:24 PM PDT
Pierre Gaspard is a French actor and comedian who performs comedy in English. His English is really good. In this episode I invited Pierre to my flat for a cup of tea and some biscuits, and to talk to him about learning English, doing comedy and life in Canada, France and the UK. I also teach Pierre how to speak using a few British accents - including Manchester, Cockney and a kind of Scottish accent.
April 07, 2013 08:23 AM PDT
In this episode you can listen to 30 minutes of my stand-up comedy performance from last Friday in Paris. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO OF MY COMEDY SHOW AND READ A MESSAGE FROM ME127. Computer Games
March 04, 2013 07:51 AM PST
This episode is all about computer games or video games, from the early days of PONG, Space Invaders and Pac-Man to the multi-billion dollar industry that we have today.
February 20, 2013 11:26 AM PST
Thank you very much for your emails and comments over the last few months! I am going to reply to some of them here.
125. The Pink Gorilla Story
February 14, 2013 04:28 AM PST
Listen to Luke tell you a rather bizarre story about an adventure involving a pink gorilla and a number of other characters. I recommend that you listen to the story several times as a way of enjoying and understanding it more. Some of the episode is transcribed below.
January 23, 2013 11:45 PM PST
This episode is all about the history of James Bond. You can also learn how to speak like Sean Connery or Roger Moore
January 18, 2013 08:58 AM PST
In this episode I let you know what's been happening recently and look at some recent news stories. *There is a sound quality problem with this episode. It's recorded very quietly. Apologies for this. The next episode is better.*
December 20, 2012 04:18 AM PST
Do you believe all the theories that the world is going to end tomorrow? In this episode I discuss some of the 2012 End of the World theories and tell you what I think. We will also hear the opinion of a NASA scientist. You can read some of those theories below.
December 12, 2012 08:59 AM PST
Hi listeners, and welcome back to Luke's English Podcast. This episode is the continuation of the last one which was all about Americanisms. In that episode I went through a list of American expressions which British people don't like. This is a list, published by the BBC of comments made by British people about American expressions that they hate.
December 06, 2012 12:48 PM PST
Hello listeners, how are you doing? Thanks for listening to Luke's English Podcast. I'm fine here today and I finally found time to record another episode. This one is all about Americanisms, so stay tuned to find out more about that.119. First Impressions of Life in Paris
November 22, 2012 10:00 AM PST
How's life in Paris? Find out in this episode. It's quite a long one (1hr 30mins) so feel free to listen to it in stages. You don't have to listen to it all in one go. You can listen to a bit, pause, listen to more later, pause again, finish listening to it. This is easier if you use iTunes to download and listen to the podcast. Visit the podcast on iTunes by clicking here.
There is a transcript to all of this episode. I wrote some of it myself, but the rest was contributed very generously by Krissy. Thank you very much Krissy! So now there is a transcript for THE WHOLE EPISODE!
Bandwidth is expensive. Please help by making a small donation. Your donations make Luke's English Podcast possible. Click the button below to make a donation using PayPal. It's very safe and secure. Thanks, hope you're having a good day Luke118. Sick in Japan
November 09, 2012 05:40 AM PST
In this episode I will tell you the story of how I ended up in a Japanese hospital for two weeks. Read the notes below to see some of the sentences, phrases and words I use in this episode.117. Psychics / Cold Reading / Barnum Statements
November 01, 2012 10:00 AM PDT
Listen to Luke explain the previous episode of the podcast, and how that relates to psychic readings and so-called 'Barnum statements'.
October 25, 2012 10:00 AM PDT
Please let me know if you feel like the personality profile in this episode relates to you in particular... Welcome to episode number 116 of Luke's English Podcast. This episode features an experiment into the linguistic tricks that are used in mind reading and fortune telling. I must say at the beginning that I do not really believe that psychic powers exist. I think mind reading looks like a magic power but actually it is just a trick. This episode and the next one, are about this subject. There is a full tapescript for this episode available at teacherluke.podomatic.com.
October 18, 2012 10:00 AM PDT
Listen to a chat with my brother James about music. We interview each other about our musical memories. I've written a list of some phrases and sentences that we use in the conversation. You can check them out below. Highlight and google words which are new to you. You can also find some YouTube videos featuring some of the music we talk about in this episode. Thanks for listening, please add your comments below and you can donate by clicking the button below. Have a good day!114. Twelve Natural Expressions
October 11, 2012 10:00 AM PDT
Learn 12 very common expressions by listening to this authentic and unscripted conversation. In this episode I am joined by Kate again, and her friend Mark. We teach you some natural expressions and get to know Mark a little bit.113. Setting The World To Rights
October 07, 2012 10:00 AM PDT
What does this expression mean? Well, according to the Macmillan dictionary it means "to have a conversation with someone in which you exchange opinions on a range of subjects, especially opinions on how to solve society's problems". That's exactly what I did in this episode.
Listen and you'll hear me engaging in conversation with a colleague of mine named Eamon. We went to the pub for a quick pint and ended up setting the world to rights. Eamon is a very intelligent and interesting guy and I'm sure you'll enjoy listening in on our conversation. I've decided it will help you immensely if you can read some of the phrases we use in this episode, and so I've written many of those things in a list below. You can use it to learn more vocabulary, understand the episode better, and generally become a more wonderful human being in the process. You're welcome!112. Vocabulary Review - Episodes 1-11
October 02, 2012 08:11 AM PDT
Refresh your vocabulary from the first eleven episodes of Luke's English Podcast. Everyone knows it's vital to review vocabulary you have learned. If you don't review it then you're likely to forget it! So, in this episode I will help you to remember some of the expressions I taught you in the early days of Luke's English Podcast. Of course, we will be doing this in a natrual way by demonstrating the way these expressions can be used in a natural, authentic and unscripted conversation. All you have to do is notice the expressions, remember them and then try and pick them up yourself.
111. Thanks for your comments
September 17, 2012 07:34 AM PDT
Thanks very much for your comments here, and the emails I have been sent.
I have read your all your comments and I have taken them on board. I might not be able to make all the changes that everyone has suggested (you can't please all the people all the time, etc etc) but I will continue to work on the podcast when I can, and keep it useful and enjoyable.
I have a few episodes to upload soon so you'll be able to keep listening. In the meantime, thanks again for taking the time to give me some feedback.
Oh, and by the way "to stream something" means to listen or watch video or audio online rather than downloading it. For example, when you watch a YouTube video you are streaming it directly from the internet. When you use iTunes to listen to a podcast you're (usually) not streaming it but downloading it and then listening to it later.
All the best,
110. A Letter from Luke
September 12, 2012 06:56 AM PDT
How's it going? I hope you're all very well and having an absolutely lovely day / night / morning / evening / afternoon / lunch / drive / jog / bath / sleep / gym session! This is just a letter from me to you so I can say hello, give you an update and ask you a couple of questions. There is no audio attached to this episode. I have a couple of episodes of the podcast coming so you will be able to enjoy them soon.109. Friday Night Banter (aka The Drunk Episode)
August 29, 2012 10:35 AM PDT
I'm joined by Alex, Paul and Moz as we have a few drinks and talk general nonsense. Enjoy!
Your donations make this podcast possible. You can donate any amount you like. It's completely up to you.108. In Bed with Luke
August 07, 2012 09:20 AM PDT
Hello! In this episode I give you some latest news and talk about these things: The London Olympics, My holiday in Barcelona, The BESIG Presentation award, A recent comedy gig I did, My kitchen, Learning French and The new Batman movie.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SEE THE VIDEO OF MY BESIG PRESENTATION
Your donations make this podcast possible.107. Messing Around With Accents and Voices
July 06, 2012 09:00 AM PDT
Improve your understanding of different accents and voices in English.
In this episode I am joined by my friend Kate and we play speak in lots of different accents and voices.
Please make a donation if you can. Click the 'donate' button below. It's completely safe and secure. You can decide how much to donate. It's completely up to you. Your donations make this podcast possible.106. Brighton Fringe Festival Podcast #3
June 29, 2012 03:45 PM PDT
Part 3 of the Brighton Trilogy.
In this episode I ask Paul, Alex and Moz some very stupid questions, with some revealing results.
Listen to the previous two episodes to find out more about The Brighton Fringe and my comedy counterparts.
Please leave your comments and questions below. I am always glad to hear from you.
All the best, have a good weekend and speak to you again soon.
Luke105. Brighton Fringe Festival Podcast #2
June 17, 2012 11:47 PM PDT
The second podcast from the Brighton Fringe 2012.
Thanks for listening and remember that your donations help to make this podcast possible. Luke104. Brighton Fringe Festival Podcast #1
June 07, 2012 03:24 PM PDT
Hello Listeners! This is the first of three podcast episodes recorded with comedians Alex Love, Paul Langton and Moz at the Brighton Fringe Festival last month. In this episode I introduce Alex, Paul and Moz and we discuss a number of topics including: British accents, experiences in foreign countries, comedy shows and a mysterious character called Luke Johnson. Listen to the episode to find out more, and please feel free to leave comments and questions below.103. The Queen & The Royal Family
June 04, 2012 02:03 PM PDT
Opinions, facts and gossip about The Royal Family, as The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this weekend.
Thanks for listening, and remember your donations make this podcast possible. Luke102. Competition Winners
May 30, 2012 03:17 PM PDT
-Competition results and winners (woo) -See below for the winner and 2 runners up.
101. Hi everyone, I just want to write you all a note
May 17, 2012 07:01 AM PDT
I'm sick with a sore throat and a temperature today so I can't record a podcast, but I wanted to communicate with you my listeners, followers, fans, subscribers, students, friends, whatever you want to call yourselves. So in this message I'd just like to say a few things, and I'm going to do that using bullet points which are going to start... now:100. Going to The Pub
May 12, 2012 02:27 AM PDT
This is your 100% guide to how to go to the pub in the UK. In this episode you'll learn everything you need to know about going to the pub in English. CLICK HERE TO FOR NOTES AND VIDEOS99. The Rotary Sushi Bar of English
May 05, 2012 02:00 AM PDT
Why is it called The Rotary Sushi Bar of English? Listen to the whole episode to find out.
May 01, 2012 11:00 AM PDT
We continue our discussion of various 'vs battles' in this episode. Listen, and add your comments below! CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME VOCABULARY NOTES AND VIDEOS97. Luke vs Oliver (Part 1)
April 28, 2012 12:29 PM PDT
Listen to Luke and Oli as they discuss a variety of different topics, ideas, themes and people. The idea behind this episode is to compare and contrast different pairs of things, not only to decide which is the best, but also to explore them in great depth. CLICK HERE FOR VOCABULARY NOTES AND VIDEOS96. The Lost Competition Entry
April 19, 2012 03:01 PM PDT
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED - THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES EVERYONE.
Hi there. I forgot to add this competition entry to the last episode, so please listen to it and if you like it, vote!
This entry is from Vagner in Brazil.95. Competition Entries - Part 2
April 17, 2012 03:14 PM PDT
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED - THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES EVERYONE. To read more about this episode, click here.94. Competition Entries - Part 1
April 16, 2012 02:26 PM PDT
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. To read more about this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.93. Weird... or just different?
April 11, 2012 03:54 PM PDT
This episode is all about cultural differences. I talk to my brother James and our friend Aaron about customs, culture and behaviour from around the world and discuss the question: Is it weird, or is it just different?
92. Competition Update
April 10, 2012 03:32 PM PDT
The competition is now closed! Voting ends on May 16 2012. Click here to read this blog post.91. The A to Z of Random Thoughts
March 20, 2012 06:29 PM PDT
This is probably the most random episode of the podcast so far, and certainly the longest. It's about the same length as a football match, in fact, why not listen to this while watching an actual football match. It might make it more interesting.90. Competition + Phrasal Verbs ABC
March 10, 2012 02:57 PM PST
Enter the competition to win the phrasal verbs dictionary. Details of the competition below. I also teach you loads of useful phrasal verbs that begin with the letters A, B and C.
Please donate some money to help me pay for this service. Thanks! Luke89. A Day in the Life
March 07, 2012 02:26 PM PST
A vocabulary episode in which I explain all the actions in a normal day. I got an email today from a woman in Russia. She said it can be easy to talk about big topics like politics but what's hard is explaining simple actions in detail. So I'm going to describe a typical day in my life, in great detail.88. How To Play The Drums
March 05, 2012 03:08 PM PST
Learn how to be a rock star in this episode. I'll teach you a bit about music and about how to play the drums. Also you can listen to various famous drummers talking about their technique. See below for some vocab.
87. Six Idioms and Six Phrasal Verbs
March 02, 2012 04:00 PM PST
I chat to Oli about the news and teach you 6 idioms and 6 phrasal verbs.86. Criminal Law
February 27, 2012 09:14 AM PST
Join my cousin Oli and me as we discuss an interesting legal case. This is quite a well known case which involves some quite dark themes such as murder and suicide.
85. A Stand-up Comedy Gig
February 18, 2012 11:43 AM PST
Listen to one of Luke's stand-up gigs.
First I talk about stand-up comedy and tell you some common expressions to describe comedy performances (see below). Then listen to me describing how I feel before a comedy gig, then listen to a recording of a recent gig. Finally I describe how I feel after the gig.
There is some explicit content in this episode. Please don't listen if you are offended easily.84. Luke's English Braincast
February 09, 2012 05:04 PM PST
Why is it called Luke's English Braincast? Listen to the episode until the end to find out.
What's been going on? What's been happening?
83. How to Swear in British English -VERY RUDE CONTENT
January 21, 2012 01:00 AM PST
Warning: Explicit Content. Do not listen to this if you are easily offended. This episode contains lots of very rude words and offensive content.
This is an overview of all the swear words in British English. The aim of this episode is to explain how to swear. Please remember that swearing is very offensive and is almost always inapporopriate. Please do not swear regularly! It doesn't sound good. In this episode I am joined by my brother James and we explain all the main swear words in English, their meaning, their use and how offensive they are. You can read the list of swear words below. Please remember that they are very rude indeed!
I do not intend to cause offence with this episode, just to educate people about language.
Please vote for me in the Macmillan Dictionary awards. You could win a dictionary if I get to 1000 votes. TO VOTE FOR LUKE'S ENGLISH PODCAST - CLICK HERE82. Voting, Elections, Politics and Government
January 16, 2012 03:00 PM PST
In this episode I teach you lots of vocabulary for talking about voting, elections, government and politics. This episode contains some seriously useful and important terms about politics and the way the government runs here in the UK.
81. Vote for Luke's English Podcast!
January 15, 2012 09:03 AM PST
I have been nominated for an award for "Best Blog" in the Macmillan "I Love English Awards".
I really want to win this competition. It would be really good for Luke's English Podcast and I think that I deserve it after putting in a lot of effort over the past 3 years.
The prize for winning is a Macmillan dictionary and the respect of winning a Macmillan award. If I win I will give the dictionary to one of my listeners (I'll create my own competition).
So, I NEED YOUR VOTES! Please click the link below and vote for Luke's English Podcast. It's really easy and there's no registration needed. PLEASE VOTE!!! I need 1000 votes to win, so please ask your friends and family to vote too. It's only 1 vote per IP address. We must win this award for Luke's English Podcast!
Here's the link: CLICK HERE TO VOTE
Thanks for your vote
January 11, 2012 04:19 PM PST
Some of the most important phrases, responses and common expressions used in English every day. These are sets of phrases that always go together. Some people call them adjacency pairs. Learn many of these vital expressions in this episode of Luke's English Podcast, one of the fastest growing English language learning podcasts online.
Thanks for listening. Please make a donation if you can.79. Family Arguments and Debates
January 05, 2012 02:36 PM PST
Listen to the family discussing issues, debating questions and doing speaking challenges in this episode.
This episode is filled with useful vocabulary and expressions. Listen to hear people expressing their opinions, arguing and debating various important and entertaining issues. I also talk about New Year, Christmas and the view from my living room window.78. Christmas - It's all about Family...
December 16, 2011 05:28 AM PST
This episode is all about Christmas. Learn plenty of general English vocabulary and culture.
Thanks for listening - please donate some money to help me continue making episodes for Luke's English Podcast. Merry Christmas everyone!77. Bear vs Shark
November 30, 2011 02:08 PM PST
Who would win in a fight between a bear and a shark?76. Mind The Gap - How to use the London Underground
November 07, 2011 04:38 PM PST
Are you the right kind of tourist in London? Listen to this advice for travellers using the tube and you'll know all the ins and outs of London's most famous transport system.
Your donations make this podcast possible. Feel free to donate any amount you consider appropriate.75. Not a Distraction!
November 03, 2011 02:49 PM PDT
Unlike many things on the internet, Luke's English Podcast is not a distraction!
In this episode I tell you some news, share some comments from listeners, share an amusing audio clip about a driving instructor and eat some chocolate! Stay tuned for more useful and entertaining episodes soon
74. Help - I can't upload podcasts at the moment!
October 24, 2011 12:21 PM PDT
Every day I receive more and more messages saying "We want more podcasts!" and other really supportive comments. I receive more than I can answer. Thanks for the correspondence. I'm really glad the the podcast is so popular.
Bandwidth: You are using 1.9 TB of 500 GB per month
You have exceeded your bandwidth limit!
Upgrade to Broadcaster Plus Month-to-Month to get the bandwidth you need.
This means that I can't upload any more podcasts because I am using too much bandwidth. I have over 70 episodes online at Podomatic's servers. I have an allowance of 500GB per month for bandwidth. Currently, I am using at least 1.5TB every month. So, PodOmatic have frozen my account. I can't add any more episodes until I upgrade.
October 06, 2011 04:14 PM PDT
A tribute to Steve Jobs who died yesterday. Listen to Steve Jobs' famous speech to graduates of Stanford University, read the transcript, notice some useful features of English, and learn some important lessons about life.
October 04, 2011 03:49 PM PDT
Why is it called The Cheese Episode? Listen to the whole thing to find out.71. The Ice Cream Episode
September 26, 2011 03:35 PM PDT
Why is this one called The Ice Cream Episode? You'll have to listen to the whole thing to find out. FULL TRANSCRIPT NOW AVAILABLE BELOW!
In this episode I decided I'd give myself a challenge: could I just talk non-stop for 45 minutes without planning anything in advance, and keep it interesting? You can decide for yourself if I was successful.70. Language and Music
September 06, 2011 01:36 PM PDT
Learning English and learning music are quite similar actually. In this episode I talk to a great musician and English teacher about how learning English is similar to learning to play music.
August 20, 2011 08:14 AM PDT
Correct your mistakes! This episode is about typical mistakes that learners of English make when they speak.
I've been teaching for 10 years and I've been listening to learners of English making mistakes for a long time. Recently I made a list of some of the most common mistakes I hear. Here they are, with corrections. This is a really useful episode, I am sure you will agree!
Please DONATE to help me make more podcasts in the future. Click the donate button below. You'll need a PayPal account. Please DONATE money because I need help paying for this service, my equipment and my time.
68. Childhood / Growing Up / School Days - Phrasal Verbs and Expressions
July 24, 2011 03:24 PM PDT
Plenty of good vocabulary for describing your childhood days. Here you will find lots and lots of really natural and common expressions for describing your childhood and plenty of other things too. Listen to the podcast a few times to get the most benefit. Feel free to make a donation by clicking the donate button below. Thanks!
67. Cockney / London Accent
June 28, 2011 02:32 PM PDT
Listen to an interview with Ray Winstone who is a genuine Londoner with a 'cockney' accent. Pick up some new expressions and learn how to recognise a London accent.
June 16, 2011 03:57 PM PDT
Listen to some good advice for anyone learning English or taking a Cambridge exam such as IELTS, CAE or FCE. Also in this podcast you'll learn some idioms with the word 'say', and listen to Luke talking about culture shock. There's a bonus comedy audio bit at the end too so listen to the whole thing.
65. London Video Interviews Pt 5 - Audio Only
April 20, 2011 04:00 PM PDT
Just the audio track from this video. For people who like to listen on-the-go, without watching the video at the same time.
For a transcript, check the previous episode of Luke's English Podcast.
Luke64. London Video Interviews Pt 5
April 17, 2011 04:00 PM PDT
Full transcript and definitions available below. For itunes users, visit http://teacherluke.podomatic.com
63. German and British Cultural Identity - Paco Erhard interview part 2
April 10, 2011 04:03 PM PDT
This is the continuation of my interview with the German comedian Paco Erhard.
Visit Paco's website here: www.germancomedy.com
Here are the details of Paco's Brighton and Edinburgh shows which you must check out!
Brighton Fringe Festival:
9.05., 10.05., 11.05., 16.05., 18.05.2011 - 7.45pm - The Hobgoblin
Edinburgh Fringe Festival:
05.08. - 28.08.2011 - 6pm - Three Sisters / Gothic Room
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke62. Learning English - Advice from a German comedian living in London
April 03, 2011 04:00 PM PDT
This is the first in a series of 2 interviews with the comedian Paco Erhard. Paco is originally from Germany but he has lived in America and Spain and he currently lives in London. He speaks 4 languages and is a proficient speaker of English. He is a performer of stand up comedy in both English and German. His show was a big success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.61. 127 Hours / 'Hand' Idioms
March 29, 2011 05:29 AM PDT
Listen to an interview with Aaron Ralston and learn some useful idioms with the word 'hand'.
Luke's English Podcast is completely free and a great way to improve your English. Luke focusses on British English, specifically on natural language which is really used by people in Britain every day. You can learn vocabulary and cultural information.
60. The King's Speech / 'Mouth' Idioms
March 15, 2011 02:08 PM PDT
Hi! Learn some really useful idioms and listen to an authentic interview with a native speaker in this episode of Luke's English Podcast. This episode is about The King's Speech - an excellent film which recently won 4 Academy Awards at The Oscars, including the award for Best Actor for Colin Firth.
59. Billy Connolly Interview / More Scottish Accent
March 01, 2011 03:06 PM PST
An interview with comedian, actor and musician Billy Connelly who comes from Scotland.58. Scotland / Scottish Accent
January 21, 2011 06:36 AM PST
An interview with a native speaker from Scotland. We talk about Scottish culture and stereotypes, and features of scottish accents. Use this episode to develop your cultural understanding of the English language, and to practise identifying and understanding different accents.57. Birmingham Accent / 12 Phrasal Verbs with the letter 'A'
November 23, 2010 03:41 PM PST
I'm joined by my old college friend Neil Waters in this episode. First we talk about the Birmingham accent, and then we teach you some useful phrasal verbs.56. British Accents and Dialects
November 16, 2010 10:20 AM PST
First in a series of episodes about accents. Learn differences between accents from the UK. This is information that all learners of English need to know!55. Mini Podcasts Collection 1
November 06, 2010 04:12 PM PDT
My first 7 mini podcasts in one full length episode. Idioms with 'about', politics, how to make a perfect cup of tea, a comedy song about badgers and some sentence stress and intonation practice. You can find my Mini Podcast page on Audioboo by clicking here. I am also on Facebook and Twitter.54. Halloween / Guy Fawkes Night
November 05, 2010 12:07 PM PDT
English cultural information and expressions about Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night (Nov 5th), some entertaining stand up comedy about halloween and all the usual useful bits of language and vocabulary.53. Discussing Grammar with My Brother
September 16, 2010 03:43 PM PDT
Can an ordinary native speaker of English (my brother) explain the rules of English grammar?
June 17, 2010 12:54 PM PDT
More conversations with native English speakers in the centre of London. CLICK HERE FOR THE TRANSCRIPT.
Enjoy! Luke's English Podcast is a free service, but PLEASE DONATE SOME MONEY to help me pay for this website. Only donate a few dollars/euros/pounds if you listen. Your donations make this podcast possible. No donations = no more podcasts.51. Luke Answers Your Emails and Questions
May 15, 2010 05:53 PM PDT
It's back! The return of Luke's English Podcast. Responses to the comments and questions I have received over the last few months. I haven't done a podcast for quite a long time, so here it is!50. Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
March 11, 2010 03:54 PM PST
Useful and natural vocabulary and expressions on the subject of Waiting and Being Patient.
Good Things Come To Those Who Wait.49. Stand Up Comedy
February 15, 2010 11:10 AM PST
Guest presenter Claudia Edwards interviews Luke about Stand Up Comedy. Vocabulary notes are included below.48. Useful Expressions for Travelling
February 11, 2010 11:21 AM PST
Really useful vocabulary and pronunciation practise for you. Learn and use natural expressions for making conversations when travelling or on holiday.47. Travelling in Vietnam
January 24, 2010 09:23 AM PST
An interview with me about my holiday in Vietnam.46. I'm on Holiday! I'll be back in a couple of weeks.
December 27, 2009 08:16 AM PST
I had a great Christmas with my family, and now I'm flying to Vietnam to get some sunshine, do some travelling and have a good time. I'm coming back to the UK in the middle of January, and I'll tell you all about my holiday when I get back.
Happy New Year!45. Luke & Andy's Crime Stories
December 21, 2009 02:14 AM PST
A conversation with my friend Andy. We share some anecdotes. By coincidence, they're also about petty crime. Some samples of vocabulary and expressions are listed below. I give definitions in the podcast - so listen to check the meaning.44. Telling Anecdotes
December 16, 2009 01:00 AM PST
Improve your speaking by telling interesting and amusing anecdotes. In this episode you'll learn about anecdotes, listen to a couple of stories told by some BBC radio DJs and learn some new vocabulary. Good extended listening practice. Enjoy!43. Notting Hill Carnival Video Frustration (Out-takes)
December 14, 2009 10:23 AM PST
Earlier this year I made a video at the Notting Hill Carnival. Here are some of the bits which I didn't include in the final edit. You can see that I got a bit frustrated on this day...42. London Video Interviews Pt 3 - Audio Only
December 02, 2009 11:36 PM PST
For people who like to just focus on listening. For a transcript, see the previous episode. More audio podcasts coming soon, including podcasts planned about humour, comedy, the school band, Christmas, holiday in Vietnam, intonation patterns and more... Watch this space!41. London Video Interviews Pt 3
November 28, 2009 12:00 AM PST
More native speakers describing their home city of London. Transcript and definitions available below. Luke's English Podcast is for learners of English as a second language. If there was an award for 'Best Learning English Podcast by Someone Called Luke from West London" this would definitely win! For a full transcript and vocabulary notes please click here to visit Luke's English Blog: http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/london-video-interviews-pt-3/40. Health / Feeling ill - Phrasal Verbs & Expressions
November 19, 2009 02:25 PM PST
This episode is filled with vocabulary relating to health, feeling ill, catching a cold and common symptoms. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for people who are learning English as a foreign language. Download each episode free. Subscribe to the podcast using iTunes. Use it to practise listening, develop vocabulary and learn about the culture of the English language. Luke is well qualified and has lots of experience of teaching English for general life and for business/legal purposes. This podcast is designed to be useful, but also entertaining and fun.
To read vocabulary notes (including lists of the phrasal verbs and expressions in this episode), CLICK HERE to visit Luke's English Blog.39. Subtitles in Videos
November 13, 2009 02:11 AM PST
This is a video with advice on how to use videos with transcripts to improve your English.
To read the full transcript for this video, CLICK HERE to visit Luke's English Blog.38. London Video Interviews Pt.2 - Audio Only
November 12, 2009 02:11 AM PST
Just the audio track from the second video of interviews with native speakers in London. This is for people who like to listen to the podcast while they do something else with their eyes (e.g. drive, eat, look out of the window).
To read transcripts and definitions for this episode, check the previous episode "London Video Interviews Pt. 2".
Have fun! Bye bye bey bey eb yeyyyey eye37. London Video Interviews Pt. 2
November 10, 2009 06:34 AM PST
More interviews with native English speakers in London. Transcripts & definitions available below. This video was filmed in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Chinatown and Picadilly Circus in the centre of London.
For a full transcript and vocabulary notes for this video, CLICK HERE to visit Luke's English Blog.36. London Video Interviews Pt. 1 - Audio Only
November 09, 2009 01:31 AM PST
Just the audio track from the first video of interviews in the centre of London. Check the previous episode (London Video Interviews Pt. 1) in order to read transcripts for these interviews. Video part 2 coming very soon...35. London Video Interviews Pt.1
November 01, 2009 06:09 AM PST
Watch this video of native speakers talking in the centre of London. Good listening practice.
For a full transcript to the video and vocabulary notes, CLICK HERE to visit Luke's English Blog.34. Coming Soon: London Video Podcasts
October 25, 2009 07:10 AM PDT
Coming soon to Luke's English Podcast: A series of videos about life in London.
Recently I went into the centre of London with my video camera to interview some native English speakers. I met lots of interesting people, and asked them "What's London Really Like?". The results were very interesting!
So, I now have over 30 minutes of interviews with native English speakers and I am currently editing them. I will be uploading the interviews onto this website as video podcasts.
This video is just a trailer, to give you an idea of what to expect from Luke's English Podcast in the near future.
Cheers, bye bye bye bye ebye byeb ebay ebay ebay!33. Money Money Money - 12 Phrasal Verbs & more...
October 23, 2009 12:22 PM PDT
Vocabulary and listening on the subject of money and the economy. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for learners of English. Use this podcast to get exposure to natural British English. Listen to it wherever and whenever you want to. Luke is a well experienced and qualified English teacher, with plenty of other interests. Improve your English with this podcast, and have fun!
To read a transcript for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.32. Doctor Who
October 08, 2009 04:08 PM PDT
Authentic listening practice. Transcript available below. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for people who are learning English as a foreign language. Luke is a well qualified teacher of English with over 8 years' experience in both Japan and the UK. He speaks British English, and teaches at a language school in London. You can use this podcast to get exposure to native speakers using natural English. Learn phrasal verbs, idioms, useful expressions, linkers, etc. Find Luke on Facebook (search for Luke's English Podcast) or Twitter (@EnglishPodcast). Cheers!
To read a full transcript and language analysis by Richard Gallen (useful for teachers wanting to adapt this interview for the classroom), click here to visit Luke's English Blog.
October 03, 2009 08:37 AM PDT
Some vocabulary and a listening transcript for the argument sketch are provided below. Learn English vocabulary (phrasal verbs, natural expressions, idioms, commonly used British English) and grammar (hopefully not boring) by listening to this podcast. Practise listening by playing the podcast on your iPod or computer. Develop awareness of pronunciation by repeating what you hear and recording yourself. Listening regularly is vital for the development of your English - so listen to Luke's English Podcast, enjoy yourself and have fun!
To read a transcript and definitions, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.
30. The Mystery Continues...
September 21, 2009 03:04 PM PDT
Part 2 of the strange story from the last episode. Use this podcast to improve your listening, reading, vocabulary and pronunciation. You should listen to it after listening to the previous episode "Mystery Story / Narrative Tenses". email me at email@example.com. Find me on Facebook and Twitter too.
To read a full transcript of the story and advice on how to use this episode to improve your English - click here to visit Luke's English Blog.
29. Mystery Story / Narrative Tenses
September 19, 2009 12:49 PM PDT
This podcast is about narrative tenses (past simple, past continous, past perfect - see details below). We use these tenses to sequence stories about the past. To master the use of these tenses you have to deal with their form, their use and their pronunciation - both for listening and speaking. Use this podcast to help you deal with all of those things, and then start using narrative tenses fluently whenever you describe something. Make your descriptions more detailed and colourful!
A full transcript, pronunciation drills, grammar notes and advice are all available for this episode. Click here to access them at Luke's English Blog.
28. Interview with a Native Speaker - The Weather
September 18, 2009 04:51 AM PDT
I talk to Chris from Ladbroke Grove about the British weather, and why he thinks foreigners should stop complaining about it!
Luke's English Podcast is a free service for people who want to improve their English. Learn real english with this podcast. Natural expressions, phrasal verbs, idioms and more vocabulary. Good listening practice. Join the growing community of listeners around the world who use this podcast every day. Email me your comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
A full transcript of this interview is available. To read it, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.27. British Weather (Lots of exciting vocabulary!!!)
September 15, 2009 10:31 AM PDT
Lots of weather vocabulary and natural expressions to describe the weather. The weather is one of the most common topics of conversation. Imagine you're doing business with someone from another country, and you have to make smalltalk. What can you possibly talk about? THE WEATHER OF COURSE! Learn some natural expressions to describe the weather and practise your listening at the same time.
To read notes, vocabulary and definitions for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.26. Are You a Good Learner of English?
September 14, 2009 04:38 PM PDT
This podcast is about having the right attitude to learning English. Use the statements in this podcast to help you stay positive and motivated. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for people all over the world who are learning English. Luke is a teacher at the London School of English. He's been teaching English for over 8 years. For two years he taught in Japan. He lives in West London. Email: email@example.com - all emails are welcome!
To see notes and transcripts for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.25. Notting Hill Carnival - 40 Phrasal Verbs
September 04, 2009 04:41 PM PDT
Learn 40 Phrasal verbs in this video! Also, learn about London culture at the Notting Hill Carnival 2009. Luke's English Podcast is a FREE service for people learning English as a foreign language. Use this podcast as an entertaining way to learn English, pick up vocabulary, understand grammar and develop your pronunciation. Each episode is about a different topic, and includes a different language point. This episode is about phrasal verbs (a popular area of vocabulary), and is my first real video podcast, or 'vodcast'. I hope you like it. Email me your comments, suggestions and feedback here: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read a full transcript for this video, and to get definitions for all the phrasal verbs, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.24. Music Idioms
August 26, 2009 02:28 PM PDT
Learn English! Some music idioms for you to use. Luke's English Podcast is a free service for everyone in the whole world to use. Download the podcast, listen, laugh and learn. Get new vocabulary, listening practice, pronunciation drills for speaking and some interesting cultural information. Email me at email@example.com. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.
To read a transcript and vocabulary definitions click here to visit Luke's English Blog.23. Summer Music Festivals
August 25, 2009 02:22 PM PDT
Luke's English Podcast is free and available to download as often as you like. It is designed to help learners of English with their vocabulary, listening and pronunciation. Also, Luke's English Podcast aims to introduce you to unique aspects of the British cultural experience. This podcast is about music festivals during the summer months in The UK.
To read vocabulary notes and see pictures for this episode, click here to go to Luke's English Blog.22. Full Interview with Vicky from China
August 16, 2009 10:27 AM PDT
Luke's English Podcast is for learners of English as a foreign language. Use it to improve your listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and cultural awareness. Luke is a teacher at The London School of English, but this is a completely independent free podcast for everyone. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read notes for this episode, click here .21. Learning English with Podcasts - Advice from a Chinese student at Oxford University
August 16, 2009 07:04 AM PDT
To read a full transcript for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.20. Beware of Bad Pronunciation
August 13, 2009 02:02 PM PDT
This is a podcast for learners of English as a second language. Use it to improve your vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, idioms and cultural awareness.
To read notes, and watch a video for this episode, Vclick here to visit Luke's English Blog.19. Passive Verb Forms
August 03, 2009 03:58 PM PDT
Luke's English Podcast is for people learning English as a foreign language. This episode is about passive verb forms, their use and pronunciation.
For a transcript, and detailed grammar & pronunciation notes, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.18. 10 More Phrasal Verbs
July 13, 2009 01:32 PM PDT
More phrasal verbs for you today. These ones are all particularly useful in business English when you have meetings.
For a complete transcript and pictures for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.17. Hello To My Listeners Around The World
July 12, 2009 03:40 PM PDT
Here are some messages from me to you. This podcast is produced to help people to learn English as a foreign language. It is good listening practice and contains lessons on vocabulary and grammar for general English.
To read notes for this podcast episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.16. Michael Jackson
July 11, 2009 01:41 AM PDT
This podcast is about the life and death of Michael Jackson, and is produced to help people learn English by practising their listening skills and developing their vocabulary. Luke's English Podcast is a free audio programme for learners of English.
To read a full transcript, watch videos and see photographs, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.15. Extra Podcast - 12 Phrasal Verbs
June 29, 2009 02:46 PM PDT
Just a quick podcast today. 12 useful phrasal verbs.
To read a full transcript and vocabulary notes, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.14. British & American Pronunciation
June 17, 2009 02:24 PM PDT
This full length podcast is about international English and pronunciation differences between American and British English. email@example.com
For a transcript, vocabulary notes and a video for this podcast, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.13. Video Podcast - I LIKE IT!
June 11, 2009 04:09 PM PDT
New video on YouTube - Luke's English Podcast - I Like It! To read vocabulary notes and to see photos and a video for this podcast, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.12. Extra Podcast - Quick Hello 3
June 09, 2009 04:22 PM PDT
To read a transcript for this episode, visit Luke's English Blog here.11. Men vs Women
June 01, 2009 09:07 AM PDT
To read a transcript and vocabulary note for this episode, click here to visit Luke's English Blog.10. Extra Podcast - Quick Hello 2
May 23, 2009 09:40 AM PDT
To read notes and a transcript for this episode, click here to go to Luke's English Blog.9. Travelling to India
May 16, 2009 12:51 PM PDT
To read vocabulary notes and photos for this podcast, visit Luke's English Blog.8. Dating & Relationships
May 10, 2009 07:06 AM PDT
Notes are available for this episode on Luke's English Blog. Click here to read them.7. Susan Boyle
April 30, 2009 02:14 PM PDT
This podcast is about Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who recently became very famous all over the world on YouTube. The feature section is about her and her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Miserables. Why was it so special? Why have so many people in the world seen it? Why has she become so famous? Why do the Americans love her?6. Vampires!
April 25, 2009 08:16 AM PDT
Hello everyone. This podcast feature today is about vampires! The language section is about really useful vocabulary and expressions to describe feelings and emotions.5. Joaquin Phoenix
April 23, 2009 01:27 PM PDT
This episode is all about the strange career of Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix. Listen to Luke talk to his friend Howard about Joaquin's career. Learn some really natural vocabulary and expressions.4. Extra Podcast - Quick Hello
April 19, 2009 01:17 PM PDT
Hi, this is just a quick extra podcast to say hello and to let you know there are more podcasts coming soon. Also in this episode you can listen to a comedy sketch about speaking English.3. Music/The Beatles
April 15, 2009 11:00 AM PDT
Luke is still at his parents' house, and this time he's chatting to his Mum, who used to be a massive Beatles fan in the 1960s. She talks about how she first found out about them, why she liked them, and which one was her favourite. The language section is about good ways to describe past habits. Enjoy!2. Easter
April 12, 2009 03:32 PM PDT
It's Easter, so Luke has travelled back to his Mum & Dad's house in the Warwickshire countryside. In this show, Luke talks to his Dad about Easter celebrations, rolling eggs down hills and the dangers of rabbits on the road. Luke also teaches some useful adverbs. Enjoy!1. Introduction
April 12, 2009 04:41 AM PDT
This is the first episode of Luke's English Podcast. In this episode Luke introduces himself to the world, and talks about what to expect from the podcast in the future.
Podcast SummaryA podcast for learners of English. This is 100% REAL British English. Interesting, fun, and a really good way to listen and improve your English.
I'm Luke and I'm a DELTA qualified English teacher in West London, UK. I've been teaching for about 11 years, mostly in London but I also taught English in Kanagawa in Japan for 2 years. I teach general English, business English and legal English and I write teaching materials for the EFL classroom. I have been doing Luke's English Podcast for nearly 3 years now, and my aim is to make the learning of English effective, entertaining and insightful. I focus on authentic British English as it really is spoken and used. If you want to email me, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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