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Luke’s English Podcast started in 2009 and is still going strong. With over 240 episodes, transcripts, videos and a special series on phrasal verbs, there is so much for you to use, and it’s all free. The podcast has been downloaded over 2 million times in the last 12 months and this website won the Macmillan Dictionary Award for Best Blog in 2011, 2012 & 2013.

10679850_4629218585900_8637988205879675701_oI’m Luke and I produce the podcast at home in my flat. I’m a DELTA-qualified English teacher from London with over 13 years of teaching experience. I’m also a stand-up comedian. My podcast offers you an insightful learning resource, which aims to make you laugh while you learn.

Join hundreds of thousands of listeners from around the world, and listen to Luke’s English Podcast. Get started here with the first episode of the podcast, recorded back in 2009 or click here to see an archive list of all the episodes and their pages on this website.

831 thoughts on “HELLO and WELCOME!

  1. Matteo

    hey Luke! your podcasts are really amazing…I finally found something to listen to without get bored. I couldn’t help but make you a donation…. you deserve it!
    Carry on with that… see u

  2. Ashish Nagaonkar

    Hello English GURU,

    how are you doing ? I listened to your last podcast and it was awesome !!!!! And another podcast you did on politicians avoiding questions was fabulous. I have a very earnest request please do upload podcast on preposition noun collocations I know it’s rather unsolicited demand , hope you will forgive me for this ….
    Merry Xmas to you and your family in advance….
    have a great day !
    Ashish N.

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Thanks Anish! I will do the noun collocations as soon as possible but you might have to wait a little while because this is a very busy period for me at the moment. Happy Christmas to you too!

      1. Ashish Nagaonkar

        Hello English GURU LUKE,
        Thank you for your quick respond. I have a little confusion about your reply , you said that in your reply , this is very busy period for you AT THE MOMENT.
        Earlier in the sentence you mentioned about word period it means generally a time span , and later you ended that sentence with phrase AT THE MOMENT . It means a fraction of that period. What do you mean there?if you could indulge my curiosity for a moment please elaborate it . Sometimes it is hard to understand the native speaker SIR.

        Warm Regards ENGLISH GURU,
        ASHISH N.

  3. kuncahyo

    Hi Luke, I am Kuncahyo from Jogyakarta, Indonesia, I just found out your podcast 4 weeks ago, this is amazing materials of learning English. If I found this podcast earlier it would had been wonderful to have Bintang with you in one of the cafe in Jogyakarta. I think the best way to learn English is to be exposed of English as much as possible by this way learner will be able to pick up phrases and sentences or vocabulary and grammar at the same time, and using it for the same situation on different occasion. Since I found this podcast, I have been exposing myself with your podcast as much as I can, and now my English a lot improved, but a lot of times i struggle in understanding of jokes in English. If you go again to Jogyakarta, just let me know, I’ll pick you up and hangout together having Bintang. cheer

  4. Steve

    http://arianedevere.livejournal.com/65379.html I ve just finished reading the transcripts, well the first part only, apparently never does he say “you is” ,never… it must have been my inattentiveness that let me down. It goes without saying that, I shouldn’t have raised up such a trivial matter.
    Could you possibly recommend me any worthy book to read for late december? Thanks.
    Henceforth, I will never be saying “you is” .

  5. Steve

    Hi Luke, unequivocally, he is meticulous . If my ears don’t betray me it was exactly what he said. The scene where Martin Freeman has his wedding, and Sherlock is a best man delivering his best man speech. Again, he is fastidious beyond compare. Be that as it may, he must have been ridiculing sb. Another possibility is I was not sharp-eared enough. Many thanks, the nicest explanation.

  6. Steve

    Whilst my watching Sherlock season 3 episode 2, Benedict Cumberbatch now starred in The Imitation Game uses ‘is’ after ‘you’. Apart from that, I have seen them being used a few times more in various contexts thus far. Please do tell me when we put “is” after “you”. Ta.

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Hi Steve,
      “You is”, is a feature of colloquial English. It is grammatically wrong, but plenty of people say it. It’s usually associated with ‘uneducated’ classes of people.
      Normally Sherlock would never say “You is” because, in the show, he speaks very accurately and correctly. If he did say “you is” I expect it was because he was imitating someone else. Do you remember the scene? Was he pretending to be someone else? He might have been adapting his speech in order to disguise himself, as he does that sometimes.

  7. Ashish Nagaonkar

    Hello English GURU Luke,
    You have been doing great work for the students of learning English and that is for absolutely free!!!!!!!!..
    I feel very guilty some times for not contributing my share to your invaluable support to all of us,but the things aren’t favorable to my side though some day I would…..I like your attitude , that is you are not forcing us to donate, hats of to you .I have a shameless request for you to upload undone preposition episode, noun collocations . After all earthlings are living on hopes.

    Warm regards ENGLISH GURU,

    Ashish Nagaonkar.

  8. Benny George Adappur

    Dear Luke, I am from India and I find LEP very helpful for evrery Indian who wants to speak British English.Thank you very much.When you speak English, speak like an English. When you are in Rome, be a Roman :) All the best!!

  9. Dmitry

    Good evening, Luke! Here in Samara, Russia is 00:01 a.m. and before I’ll go to sleep, I’ve decided to find your website and write you :) I started to listen to your very very useful podcast a few days ago by the advice of my friend, and now I really enjoy it!
    I wanna ask you a question, I’m sorry, if you’ve already answered it, becaude I started to listen to your podcast from the first episode.
    You often repeat phrases “Right?”, “OK?” and “Yes?” after some sentences. Is it your habit and your feature of speaking or the most of British people use them?
    Sorry for my English… Thank you very much for your helpful activity!

  10. Steve

    Luke, hope you realise what you are doing is of greatness. Some people find it hard to pursue their dreams, having meaning in living is another tough thing. So long as I listen to you, I forget all about the difficulties life is throwing up at me. I don’t know how many messages of praise you got or how much you genuinely care about this all, but I thought you need to know one more time that you really mean something to us all.

  11. Shuhei

    Hi, Luke! How are you doing? I hope you are doing well. I’m on the train and little bit upset right now because of forgettng earphone in my house. So I can not listen your podcast:( This is not minor issue for me because listening LEP is one of essensial time. I look forward to listening upcoming episode! Have a lovely day:)