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Luke’s English Podcast started in 2009 and is still going strong. With over 200 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.

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700 thoughts on “HELLO and WELCOME!

  1. Rafael

    Hi Luke! I’m a great fan of your job. It is with me many times a week; sometimes, many times a day.
    I have a question. Is the expression “challenged” on the phrase “My linguistically challenged friend” a depreciative one? I saw this on a forum and I didn’t chatch the meaning.
    Best wishes.

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Hi Rafael,

      I think the expression “linguistically challenged” means that the person has problems with language learning.
      I think that’s what it means. They’re challenged by linguistics, or challenged by the acquisition of language.


  2. Maryam

    Hi Luke! Honestly I don’t understand why poeple shouldn’t eat pork for religious reasons…I’ve thought of that before and tried to find a reasonable explanation but nothing was convincing.It’s a weird coincidence that just before listening to this episode I was searching on the internet for the reasons why certain things aren’t allowed in certain religions and why poeple obstain from doing evil things just for fear of punishment from their god and not for ethical , moral or humane reasons…As I was discussing these things on a forum someone put a link to this hilarious song which I hope no one gets offended by it ;)

    1. Mark

      Hmmm, hard to explain, but somehow I think they are right ro claim taht the pork is rather filthy meat to eat. Even if you don’t put any religious context to eat. Speaking from expierience: this moment I live in a country (Ecuador) where they eat a lot of pork, and the effect is horrible, the people are just overweight, unhealthy -so I assume the pork is not very good for a human being.

      1. Luke Thompson Post author

        Everything in moderation I say.
        Pork is quite fatty meat, especially bacon, so we can’t afford to eat it all the time, but some sausages with breakfast on a Saturday morning can’t be that bad.
        Anyway, there clearly must have been good reason for it being banned in several religions. In fact, my listeners have given me links to explain why, so it’s time to do some reading I think…

  3. Anonymous

    thank you for the audio ! it’s such a pleasure to learn, improve at english and have fun at the same time. Thanks for the cultural content also. I feel like I know more about the UK.

      1. Maura

        Hi Luke,
        Thank you for your wonderful website.It helps me a lot.
        Would you mind explaining me the meaning and how can I use worth and worthwhile?

  4. Paulina

    Hi! These are the best podcasts I have ever listened to. English is very fluent, podcast avaliable to download and the most important- a voice is so firm that listenning doesn’t make troubles! I recommend these to all my students.
    Luke, can you make a podcast about proverbs? That would be very interesting ;)

  5. Maryam

    Hi Luke! I’ve really enjoyed the episode about “Taken” although I’m not a big fun of this kind of movies. I wonder if you know that you have a rare talent of turning quite mediocre things into very interresting subjects. I suppose that’s why you’re not only a good teacher, but also a brilliant entertainer…So keep up doing this great job!