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Luke’s English Podcast started in 2009 and is still going strong. With 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 1,500,000 times in the last 9 months and this website won the Macmillan Dictionary Award for Best Blog in 2011, 2012 & 2013.


I’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.

490 thoughts on “HELLO and WELCOME!

  1. Kellya

    Hi Luke, how are you today.
    I was searching Stand up comedy on YouTube and I’ve found lots of guys who perform stand up comedy on stage.I know that you are a brilliant stand up comedian, right.
    Surely, Stand up comedy is very popular in Britain and America but not in my country. I think watching British comedy is a good way to relax, to laugh and to listen English native speakers. I’d like to watch your performance. Hope that you could post your show on here.
    Thanks very much.
    By the way, your podcasts are the best English podcast in the whole world. :)

  2. Petr Samonil

    Hi Luke, a few month ago my best friend recommended me follow your podcast. I must confess it is a great and amusing tool how to keep my english fresh and learn new things. I got used to listening the podcast on my way to work every day. Thank you Petr

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Hi Petr, I’m glad to be with you on the way to work, and on the way back I hope – you do come back from work too, don’t you? It’s not a good idea to stay at work forever you know ;)
      Thanks for listening. :)

  3. masoud

    tnx dear for getting me back
    frankly speaking i listen to ur podcaste from sunrise to sunset u know what i mean
    by the way my subject is literature and the coming year is the last year of my BA
    i.m to read norton anthology
    keep ur fingers crossed for me
    ur fixed listener,masoud,iran,esfahan!

  4. gian marco

    Ciao Luke, since you ve mooved your podcast It became,at least for me, hard to find you With podcast android apps. Can you help me with this matter? I understand that the old one was expensive but are there as many people that there were before downloading your ecxellent podcast? Ps if you come to Rome write to me, I ll be glad to be
    your Cicerone.

  5. Thông Hoàng

    Dear teacher Luke,

    How are you today?

    I’ve found your podcasts useful and amusing, particularly those about daily expression, phrasal verbs and British accent. I listen to them for an hour everyday.
    I visited your website and tried to make some donation by Visa card last week. As there was no “Vietnam” in country selection box, I was not able to make any donation.
    Any suggestion, please!

    Thanks and have à nice day!

    Hoàng Huy Thông

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Hi Thông Hoàng and welcome to the website. I hope you continue to find it rewarding! Thanks for the nice comments you’ve left here. I’m working on adding other donation options. Thanks for asking about that ;)

  6. Mollie Tai

    Dear Teacher Luke,
    Very glad to know you and your
    interesting Podcast. I am your new
    listener after I heard about your topic
    of comedy,humour and jokes. It was
    a real blast !!! I love it !!! I hope to
    develop myself through understanding
    and thinking. With your materials and
    methods I am sure I can make progress
    toward the right direction. Thank you so
    much !!! Please take care !!!

  7. Dan

    And I was so ashamed when revealed that I do not know the date of your birthday. Can you please tell me. Because I do not have page on faceebook where I suppose people can find this information))

  8. Mollie Tai

    Teacher Luke is an awesome comedian with a great sense of humour
    of telling funny jokes. Thank you for your fast reply to my comment.

  9. Dan

    Hello, Luke! I want to say that I am very happy to be your listener and glad that found your podcast about year ago. Since then I have become addicted to it. And cannot imagine my day without your voice in my earphones. You are very good person and I am sure will be a good husband ;-)
    With the best wishes to My Teacher!

  10. korjavin

    Thank you for your podcast.
    I have just found it, and finished listen only few podcasts, but it was a brilliant episodes

      1. Elvy Marcella

        Hi Luke. My name is Elvy Marcella. I am from Venezuela. At present I´m studying english in an university in my country. I want to be an English teacher. I want you to know I enjoy your podcast so much. So far I have downloaded them all. They are very helpful. I have leant a lot of interesting things just listening this material. Thanks Luke. All the best.

        1. Luke Thompson Post author

          Hi Elvy, thanks for the message! I’m really glad you’ve been enjoying the podcast. Have you listened to all of the episodes? That’s about 200 hours of audio, which is equivalent to over 8 days of solid listening! Good luck with your studies and with your plan of becoming an English teacher, which is a brilliant idea by the way ;)

  11. Aline

    Hello Luke, As it was my first visit on your website, I have just been listening the podcast episode 176 about verb tense and I found it absolutely brilliant :) I have laughed and learned a lot too. You managed to do both and so I have been concentrated until the end. That gives me the envy to learn more English with you. Thanks a lot. Aline

  12. masoud

    im masoud
    it appears that u do not like to get me back but ok
    why don.t u talk about ur great literature .shakespear ,…. or rumi the great persion poet …
    looking forward to hearing from u

    1. Luke Thompson Post author

      Hi Masoud,
      Sorry for not getting back to your earlier.
      Talking about Shakespeare is a good idea – I’ve been meaning to do that for some time now. Thanks for the comment.