HELLO and WELCOME!

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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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631 thoughts on “HELLO and WELCOME!

  1. masoud

    DEAR LUKE
    THIS IS MASOUD,
    IT HAS BEEN 4 MONTHS SINCE I AM UR FRIEND
    I AM FAR AWAY FROM U , BUT THERE IS SOMETHING THAT I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS
    U KNOW WORDS R SO POWERLESS TO CONVEY TRUE MEANING OF MY LIKING FOR U BECAUSE OF AWESOME HELP THAT U HAVE DONE THROUGH UR PODCASTS
    I HAVE LISTENED TO THE PODCSTS UP TO TRACK NO 190 , AND I AM COVERING THE REST IN SOME TIME …..

    HAVING ENTRANCE EXAM IN 4 MONTHS FOR MY -MASTER OF ART- I HAVE MADE MY MY UP TO SACRIFICE A HUGE AMOUNT OF MY TIME FOR HITTING THE BOOKS, INCLUDING THE NORTON ANTHOLOY BY ABRAHMS U MAY KNOW IT ,, I WONDER!

    U MAY MISS ME!

    DO NOT WORRY IT WILL NOT TAKE TOO LONG !
    PODCAST MORE FOR ME TO COME AFRESH AND DOWNLOAD THEM ALL
    I HAVE BURNED THAT STERYOTYPE ABOUT SNOBBISHNESS OF BRITISH PEOPLE AFTER MAKING FRIENDS WITH U! U R NOT THAT KIND OF MAN AS A REAL LONDONER!

    ANY WAY AFTER LISTENING TO U I HAVE MADE A GREAT LONDON ACCENT INDEED, TNX!

    WHAT U DO, I MEAN POD CASTING IS INDEED WORTH FOR ALL PEOPLE AND GOD AS WELL!
    THNX ANY WAY TO HAVE ANSWERED TO MY LAST TEXT.

    KEEP UR FINGERS CROSSED FOR ME
    COME AND VISIT IRAN
    URS MASOUD BASHI!
    ,

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  2. com

    my dear dude friend ,
    having checked out and not seen all my querries here in ur page , i just thoght u were pissed off , am i right ?
    just let this text manifest in order to show my thoughts r silly in this case……

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    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Don’t worry, I have been at a big wedding all weekend and I haven’t had good internet access so I haven’t been able to allow all comments on my website. I’ve had 50+ comments on the website this weekend but I haven’t had time to approve any of them, except this one. Right now I’m standing in a queue at the airport. ;)

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  3. Elisa

    I’m probably a bit cynical … why does it have to be winners and losers in all of what is going on … It’s nice to be involved, but if you want to compete, you should be able to do it at the same level as the other competitors. It would be fair to everyone, I think. -e-

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    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Hi Elisa, I just wanted to make this a competition in order to involve more people and to give it a more exciting feeling. I don’t mean to make it harshly competitive and divisive between “winners” and “losers”. In my opinion, there are no losers anyway. I’m really proud of everyone who sent in a recording.
      Perhaps next time I do this I will change it and remove the competitive aspect, although I get the impression that quite a lot of people are enjoying that part of it. Ultimately, it’s a chance for listeners to be heard on the podcast as a celebration of the 5th birthday of LEP, and the competitive part is secondary to that.

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  4. YOURS SINCERELY

    Dear luke
    Hi
    You are right SOME OF YOUR LISTENERS DONT FOLLOW THE COMPETITION, I AM ONE OF THEM,
    the reason is that thousands of people are following your podcasts because of your correct, authentic and fluent speaking, we are all learners, we need to listen to correct pronunciation and structure, althought i respect all, why should i listen to someone who is not fluent and makes lots of mistakes,same as like me,
    it is not only about competitors but also for some of your interviewees in podcasts who cant speak correctly.
    we consider your podcasts as a model for our pronunciation and grammar.

    WHAT IS YOUR OPINION?

    thanks for your attention.

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    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Dear commenter,

      Thank you for your message. First of all let me state that I know what you mean. I know what attracts many of my listeners to my podcast. When I started the YEP Competition I knew that some people would not be interested in hearing recordings of other listeners. That’s why I said right at the beginning of episode 211 that listeners were under no obligation to listen to the mini YEP series, and that they could just skip those episodes if they wanted. Let me repeat that for you – you don’t have to listen to the competition entries, you can just skip them and listen to other episodes.

      That brings us to your other point, which is that I’ve featured a few non-native speakers of English on my podcast recently. I think you’re referring to episodes with my guests Yacine (#182), Nikolai (#201), Noman (#210), and possibly Corneliu (#220) too. I understand that you prefer listening to native speakers on the podcast. Nevertheless, I made the decision to feature some non-natives on LEP. This is because I wanted to present these guests as motivating examples of English learners who, despite not having perfect English yet, were already having a lot of success in their English communication. Despite making mistakes they were able to confidently communicate their ideas in English on stage, have fun with the language and improve their English and confidence in the process. The point was to use them as an example for other listeners who struggle with confidence, as a way of showing them “Yes, you can do it too”. The idea is to help my listeners to build confidence in using English.

      Those episodes are not just for confidence though – it’s also possible to learn language points in them, through the bits of error correction that I did. I corrected all the errors made by my guest in #210 in the language feedback section at the end of the episode, I corrected quite a lot of the errors in #182 during the conversation, and the other two non-natives didn’t make any notable errors in my opinion. Corneliu in particular speaks naturally, with an American accent. Admittedly, he did say “good in physics” not “good at physics” but I let it slide, because life’s too short.

      I’ve had lots of positive responses to those four episodes, so although you’re not fond of them, plenty of other listeners are. I know that inspiring confidence is an important part of helping people to improve their English communication skills, and that’s a big part of my justification for featuring those non-native speakers onto the podcast.

      Still, I do understand why you might not be interested in episodes featuring non-natives, and if that is the case, I refer you to the 200+ other episodes which focus on the English of native speakers. If you’re concerned that my podcast is going to feature more and more non-native speakers, don’t worry – that’s not the plan, although I should ‘warn’ you that there will be one or two episodes later this year in which I interview winners from the YEP Competition. You might want to avoid them if you feel that’s not your cup of tea.

      If it reassures you at all, let me tell you about the plans for the next 5 episodes of LEP. Episode 221 will be part 2 of my conversation with Corneliu (which I hope you listen to, but I’ll understand if you don’t), then I’m going to upload an episode which features just me talking about music, then a film-related episode in which I discuss the action thriller “Taken”, then another Skype interview between me and my brother and then a conversation with 4 English friends on a boat (yep, they’re all native speakers). So, fret not – it’s business as usual and I plan to continue like that of course.

      Thank you again for your comment. Do reply if you’d like to tell me more about yourself or your thoughts. I do try to make everyone happy with my podcast – although this is clearly impossible! You can’t please all the people all the time, only some of the people some of the time.

      Best regards,

      Luke

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    1. Anonymous

      Wow! What a great speech from a teenager! Sam’s speech is one of the best motivational speech I have ever heard. Thanks Luke for posting such a life changing speech in your page.

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      1. Luke Thompson Post author

        Actually, I didn’t post it. It was posted by an anonymous guest on the website. I agree, it is a very inspiring speech. He is such a sweet guy and I found his positivity and sincerity to be quite moving. I have no idea who shared this video on my page as they did it anonymously, but thanks for sharing anyway!

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  5. Kate

    Hi Luke,
    first of all thanks a lot for your great job: a lot of people all around the world are grateful to you because, by means of your help, now they speak english for free and in a world where people know the price of everything and the the value of nothing…well, you are a man of value.
    In regard to your competition, i loved so much listening to all the eight Entries. I was thinking, it might be cool if you pick all the most voted competitors of any Entry and put them together in a new podcast episode. In my opinion It would be worth the effort listening to all the best in a row, in order to compare them in better way. Viceversa, someone might get hundreds of votes not because he is the best one but only the best among the competitors of his own Entry. It’s just a suggestion and I’d like to know what do you think about.
    Bye, bye, bye and thanks again for what you do for all of us.
    Kate

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    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Thanks for your encouraging words Kate :)
      I’ve decided that I’m going to have 8 winners from this competition, and each one will feature in their own short interview. I know some people will get more votes than others, but I just decided to go for this slightly more balanced version. Playing the 8 winning recordings again is a pretty good idea and I am definitely considering it. Maybe at the end of September when the votes have been counted, I can work out the winner from each episode, then play their recordings again.
      Then later I can interview each one (for up to 20 minutes perhaps) and feature those interviews in a couple of episodes.
      The thing is, I’m a little wary of publishing repeated content on the podcast, and also I expect that some listeners are not following the competition that closely. Anyway, we’ll see.
      Thanks for the suggestion.
      Luke

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  6. Salman Gul

    Hey this is SaLman nd my vote is for Mr.Hamid from Pakistan…like his voice nd ancient..best of LucK Mr.HamiD keep it up..

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