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Luke’s English Podcast started in 2009 and is still going strong. With over 250 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 2.5 million times in the last 12 months and this website won the Macmillan Dictionary Award for Best Blog in 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014.

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 this introduction to the podcast for new listeners, or click here to see an archive list of all the episodes and their pages on this website.

1,201 thoughts on “HELLO and WELCOME!

  1. Kyle

    Hello! I’m from Japan. It’s so nice podcast, I’ve just found your website 2 days ago. And also understood your british accent. I’ve already downloaded luke’s ENGLISH podcast. It’s very good way to work on my english on the train!! haha
    I’m looking forward to uploading your new one!

  2. Miguel Lara

    Hi Luke! I just found your podcast a few days ago and it’s awesome. I’m preparing myself for the FCE test and so far you’ve given me a great tool to improve my English skills.

    I’m from Mexico, so I’m a Spanish native speaker, and I actually find your accent easier than the American one because of the way you British people pronounce the “t” sound. I’ve only listened to about 15 episodes so I still have a lot of things to learn from you.

    Keep up the good work. We all really appreciate what you’re doing.

    Saludos desde México!

    P.S. British rock is the best, I’m really into it, from the Beatles to Arctic monkeys.. Just brilliant!

  3. Anonymous

    Hi, hello Luke! This is from Japan!
    It’s my first time to write a comment here!
    I really enjoy your podcast everyday, those are highly appreciated, many many thanks!!

    Personally, I’m interested in English pronunciation, so episode 224 is especially interesting for me.
    I was in the Philippines last year, and my Filipino teacher taught me a lot of “blending”(you said “linking in that epi.”) rules.

    I’m always wondering how much native English speakers like you are conscious of the rules. For example, there are 2 rules for blending(linking) of 2 bowel sounds.

    If the last sound of the word is … a, e, or i, we would put “Y” sound between the bowels,
    and if the last sound of the word is … o or u, we might put “W” sound.
    (I’m not good at explaining… do you get it?)

    Anyways, thank you very very much for your hard work and interesting episodes!!
    See you soon, bye bye bye… 😉

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Yes, I think that most native speakers aren’t aware of the way their language works, particularly things like connected speech, linking or blending. I get what you say about linking with /j/ ( y ) and /w/ sounds.
      Thanks for the message! Luke
      P.s. It’s ‘vowel’ sounds not ‘bowel’ sounds – a bowel sound would be a fart! Not the same thing (but you made my day with that error! No worries – I make errors all the time in French)

      1. Anonymous

        LOL! OMG! I’d never made mistakes in spelling that but yesterday!
        Sooo embarrassed but so funny also!haha–
        Thank you for correcting the mistake, you made my day as well in a fun way!
        Please do not make a bowel sound with Y or W sound! 😉
        Take care!

  4. Stanislav

    Hello Luke.
    Greetings from Russia.
    I have to say thank you for your absolutely brilliant podcast which I enjoy so much. I think your podcast is really unique. You’re so creative. At least in the first fifty episodes I’ve already listened. I hope further episodes are fantastic as well.

    Best wishes.

  5. Dany

    Hi Luke,

    your podcast are wonderful, I am learning English and really help me :P, I have fun a great time with your podcasts , you speak English very well and I can understand all, but when I have to listen to other native english people are more complicated to understand them :-( .

    Finally, your tutorial language are really useful for me.

    Keep going, you doing a wonderful job for all the countries.

    Cheers from Chile :-)

  6. Jorge

    Hi Luke, I have just met you thank to one friend in a community for english learners. I haven’t listen to any of your podcast yet. I’m getting ready to take the FCE in Jule and so I hope your podcasts are a very good help for me. Jorge.

  7. Abror

    Hi. May I ask you a question? How I can find transcripts for your video podcasts “London Native English Speaker Interviews”? Thank you.

  8. Dos

    Hello! I can’t believe it I’m very lucky. There’s so much enthusiasm and power in your actions here. Keep doing that! Your simplicity and creativity led to the product that we’ve got today. Such a wonderful way of helping people to learn and doing what you love!
    Thank you for your passion and hard work!

  9. Anonymous

    Hello Luke, I´m Francisco from Brazil.
    I found your website just yesterday. but I really liked,
    I have been studying English since 2012 and one day I want to go to London and your tips are so important for me. If you have facebook please added me.

  10. stéphane

    Hi Luck

    I’m stéphane from Paris

    I’m listening your podcast since two months and I’m enjoy it.
    In the last episode you say you live in Paris now. Maybe a day I would meet you, the world is small, isn’t it 


    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Yes it is! If you come to a comedy show at SoGymnase on a Saturday or at Le Paname in a Tuseday, you might see me!
      “The Great British American Comedy Night” – SoGymnase, Bld Bonne Nouvelle 9.30 Saturdays.
      “The French Fried Comedy Night”
      – Le Paname Art Cafe (near Republique) every Tuesday at 9pm.
      Pay for your ticket on the door.

  11. Anonymous

    Hi, Luke.
    I’m Reiko from Japan.
    I’m new subscriber of your Podcast.
    I accidentally found your program last month. I was lucky. Your podcast is the best!
    I downloaded all episodes and started to listen from episode 1 . Then now I have got episode 94. I think I should listen same episode again and again till I get all of the idea. But I can’t stop checking next episodes. Because your very funny. I listening them not only for study English but also for enjoying of your speaking.
    I like you and your family and your friends talking.
    Thank you very much. Bye bye bye……. :)

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Hi Reiko from Japan!
      Welcome to the podcast. I’m really glad you like it.
      You’re on episode 94? You have lots more episodes to enjoy!
      It’s a good idea to listen again and again, but I also think you should listen to new episodes too.
      The main thing is – just keep listening! It’s all good for your English.
      Thanks for the comment!
      Bye bye bye bye bye!

  12. Max

    It is awesome that you exists, and that you do that what you do, thank you very much for helping us to studying English!

  13. coldmax77

    Hello Luke!

    you are really amazing and I have just found your podcast lately, while I was surfing the podcast, and found them very interesting and beneficial.
    I’m Abdul from Libya and I start to be kind of addicted to listen to your podcast, first I started listening to your podcast while i’m in the bed before sleep but now I can say whenever I have time like, driving to work, doing some house chores, drinking a cup of tea, and etc.
    Once again, thank you very much and huge regards from Libya.


    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Hi Abdul,
      Welcome to the podcast – I’m really glad you like it.
      It’s great that with podcasts you can listen while you do other things. I think it’s a great way to maximise your English listening, and I’m really glad you’ve chosen to listen to my episodes.