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  • Ptholome

    Hi people you can read and suggest corrections on the episode #414. With the Family (Part 2) My Uncle Met a Rock Star

    docs.google.com/document/d/1LLz22t7htfKZM6OH5Yo78AdAbTRxiFohmilRA4HBqMc/edit?usp=sharing

    The Orion Team

  • Ptholome

    Hi Lepsters, A new episode has been published by Luke, I know you know it already, but I want you to know that this episode is ready to be transcribed so if you like it and if you feel you can do it we are waiting for your help. but first read and apply Luke’s transcription rules. It is important to be efficient and helpful to others team mates.

    rules: docs.google.com/document/d/1a_xCgastHLkXfFxyJlSo-3pxG9zjLsxxOJ_QSGkXE-k/edit?usp=sharing

    Episode 418: docs.google.com/document/d/18haRTJaUAy5TYYMI552-yoAQKr5vf2sRee6n4p4_24Y/edit

    Thank you for your great help and enjoy the process.

    The Orion team

  • Ptholome

    Hi LEpsters,

    We have finished the episode 398 US election result

    docs.google.com/document/d/16_mUkN2zpS7ztINTjsonC-YlFsg2K6t_DqOLk6PkqPI/edit?usp=sharing

    Thanks to people who did it you are amazing.

    The Orion team.

  • Alexander Grek

    Hi lepsters,

    I’d like to exchange a word about the word ‘post-truth’. It was mentioned in a few Luke’s podcasts, so I went to explore a new piece of English.

    In the Oxford dictionary it’s defined as an adjective ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. Well done!

    Then, I found myself totally confused. The prefix ‘post’ implies that there was ‘truth’ or ‘pre-truth’ era/age/world. Otherwise it doesn’t make sense at all. But did we ever lived in ‘truth’ era? I don’t think so. Does this word introduce something new to the world of communication? Or is it just a new fancy word pointing out obvious things, then quite useless?

    Intuitively, I understood by this word something quite different. I thought it is related to ‘post-processed truth’, when PR guys, mass media etc give us ’an explanation’ about previous piece of news, like ’having said that Mr. Prime Minister meant something different…’ And then we have something absolutely opposite to what we’ve heard before. Well, I was wrong.

    Anyway, I found this particular word to be quite obscure and, probably, useless.

    I wonder what other people think.

    Cheers!

    • Catherine Bear

      Hi Alexander! Great question.

      As I understood it, “post truth” means a certain method how we see and interpret the world, and what the truth is. In this particular method, what we like — we believe that it’s true. What we don’t like or fear — we deny and say it’s a lie. Even it is not true. But it doesn’t matter. What matter is, what we like (our emotions). Populist politics is addressing these our likes and don’t likes.

      On the other hand — there is this “subjective” truth (facts, evidences) — that believed to exist. One can prove it using the scientiifc method (verification, falsification etc). “Post truth” believers don’t use this method. They see the world through the filters of ther subjective expectations and beliefs.

      It is how one sees and interpret the world, and the role of our beliefs in explaining of why we behave a certain way. Companies and politicians use it for how to influence us (what to buy, how to vote etc.).

      What do you, Lepsters, think?

      Cheers,
      Cat

  • Catherine Bear

    All the stars we grew to love here at a glance:
    thegbacn.com/comedians/

  • Ptholome

    Hi LEPsters,

    I need people loving and understanding Molly very well because we need to feel the gaps of the episode 199 The UK/USA quiz. And we need your help.
    So Thanks you’re great is not enough. You need to get involved a little in this project and to show how good your English is becoming. Do it as a test of your knowledge.

    docs.google.com/document/d/1jrm3EQyWCAOFI_fq8XOAyuR8qYHmLSmaDHZTLWPTsOg/edit?usp=sharing

    The Orion team. :)

    • Catherine Bear

      Hi Ptholome, oh, it’s one of my favourite episodes. But I’ve got time only on the weekend. Anyone out there, go ahead! ;)

      • Ptholome

        You can try to feel some gaps because MOllyt is not easy to understand. For me is not yet possible.

      • Catherine Bear

        Hi Ptholome, okay! I’m now starting to look into it.
        Found one misheard place at 5:08

        one of us wrote:
        No one knew this.

        Molly said:
        He’s no longer with us.

        I’ll continue… ;)

      • Catherine Bear

        Yes, that’s true — at times it’s impossible for me too… :(

  • Tomas Holusa

    Hi Luke!
    First of all – thanks for producing this incredible podcast. I’ve been a big fan and a LEP ninja-type listener for a long time (I moved to London in 2013). This year I’ll be moving back to Prague and honestly, I can’t imagine a life without the BBC TV.
    Since you are also an expat in France (and your dad may have some insight to how BBC operates in that aspect), you might know if there is a way how to (legally) watch the BBC programmes out of UK. I’m happy to continue to pay the UK TV License even when I’m in CZ, but it seems that the iPlayer has some geolocation-based blocking.

    Or perhaps some other Lepster would know how to be a BBC listener abroad.

    At least your podcast does not have any borders, so I will be enjoying listening (and donating – don’t worry) as long as your episodes will be sprouting out.
    All the best!
    Tom.

    • Catherine Bear

      Hi Tom!
      I guess the things will go worse — because of the Brexit…
      Many BBC contents are blocked in Germany too. Maybe you try some BBC podcasts, they seem to be available, but not all.
      Or watch the BBC world news, at least. :)

      Good luck!
      Cat

      • Ptholome

        It is not related to the Brexit but the agreements between all the countries. If you pay a VPN you will have access to these countries TVs because the VPN change your IP for an UK iP, or French Ip or Poland Ip, of German IP. So you are kind of teletransport there. kind of star trek stuff.

      • Nick

        I think it rather related to copyright laws and license agreements.

      • daav

        Hi Ptholome, I reckon that’s why Tomas put the word legally into brackets. Some VPNs work fine however it’s definitely illegal according to the BBC rules. Furthermore the BBC is probably to launch a new procedure to watch the BBC TV via iPlayer. Rumour has it they’re going to ask people their BBC licence ID to watch iPlayer content and automatically check if the connected device (IP) is in the area where the licence was registered – probably using the ZIP code. I’ve been using a VPN for few years too (from the Czech Rep.) but it mustn’t be presented or recommended to others as a legal and reliable way to catch the BBC TV abroad. As far as I know there is no legal way to watch the BBC TV abroad, not even for expats who pays their BBC licence regularly.

    • Ptholome

      Hi Tomas, you can pay unlimited VPN as I do and you will continue watchung the iPlayer from the BBC or the USA TV , Canadian TV, AUstralian TV or others countries. Mi wife watch the French tv and I have the BBC…
      www.vpnunlimitedapp.com/en/pricing
      it is very cheap. $130 fro three years and you can connect your PC, smartphone, tablet and two more devices with the same connection.
      you can test it for free during a week.

  • Ptholome

    Hi LEPsters,
    The episode #413. With The Family (Part 1) Mum’s Cooking + Vocabulary (with Uncle Nic) is finished and you can enjoy reading it while listening to Luke’s family. Of course, as usual, we need your help to improve this text mainly filling the gaps we couldn’t understand.
    docs.google.com/document/d/1trQWKQNIv0NOeqVbsXVdgY3_IBvC2aL5eW5jMGi01ko/edit?usp=sharing

    The Orion team

  • ptholome / Antonio

    Hi people, the 417 episode is ready to be transcribed so we need people wanting to learn more and to help to Luke.

    docs.google.com/document/d/1oQkgaVjuJgXbbY5tjlUoM47JU4MNcI16SEp3-6oAiFM/edit?usp=sharing

    The Orion team

  • Vitaly Podmogilny

    Hi, Luke! Your podcast is really great and amazing. Thank you very much for that magnificent job you are doing. It helps me a lot to improve my listening skills. However I can’t find on this site topic about Skype group. Where is it and why was it removed?

    • ptholome / Antonio

      What Skype group, Vitaly?

      • Vitaly Podmogilny

        In earlier podcasts Luke often mentioned that leppers created group on Skype and therwas a topic on forum where you could ask leppers to add you in this group. Here is a cached copy of this topic on Google webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PzlAg8nwLPkJ:teacherluke.co.uk/forums/topic/luke-skype-english-conversation/+&cd=1&hl=ru&ct=clnk&gl=ua

      • Vitaly Podmogilny

        In earlier podcasts Luke often mentioned that leppers created group on Skype and therwas a topic on forum where you could ask leppers to add you in this group. Here is a cached copy of this topic on Google webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PzlAg8nwLPkJ:teacherluke.co.uk/forums/topic/luke-skype-english-conversation/+&cd=1&hl=ru&ct=clnk&gl=ua

      • Catherine Bear

        Hi Vitaliy!
        Just a little note: We don’t use the word “leppers” any more — it means something different. Just go for “lepsters” or “lepSTARs” ;)
        Cheers
        Cat

      • Vitaly Podmogilny

        Ok, I see.. I’ve listened to only 244 episodes and probably that’s why I don’t know it. Thanks)

      • Catherine Bear

        LOL; only 244! :))
        I’ve listened maybe to maximum 40, maybe less…

        Are you a long time listener then? Since then?

      • Vitaly Podmogilny

        As far as i remember I started to listen to LEP in summer of 2015. Am I long time listener? And when did you begin to listen to?

      • Catherine Bear

        Nice! By the way — a nice pic, a very happy couple! :)
        Are you both LEPsters?
        Oh, I’m quite a hard core LEPster now, since August 2016.

      • Vitaly Podmogilny

        Thanks) No, it’s a pity but my wife is not LEPster. So how do you know that leppers are obsolete? Do you listen to podcasts in reverse order, from neweset to oldest?

      • Catherine Bear

        The word lepper has been acustically associated with somebody who suffers from the leprosy (a very serious disease). So, Luke has been reminded of that, and he told to us on the podcast, not to use this name any more. It’s not politically correct to use it.

        I came here during Luke’s recent Thailands walk-abouts. Since then I’ve been listening almost to each new episode. I usually listen to episodes more then twice. From the olders one — I chose those which appealed to me by title.

        Your wife can start learn English too, any time soon. :)

    • Ptholome

      Guillaume is the one who created this Skype group. I don’t know if it is workin but he created also a podcast and a chat cast here: chatcast.ch/043-how-can-we-save-the-earth/
      so you can subscribe. I think they said they will start their meetings again.

      • Vitaly Podmogilny

        Thanks a lot!