155. A Cup of Coffee with… Sarah Donnelly (Part 1)

In this episode I am joined by the lovely Sarah Donnelly, who is also an English teacher and stand-up comedian, like me. She is originally from the USA and is now living in France. In the episode we respond to questions which listeners posted on the Luke’s English Podcast Facebook page. Enjoy!

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Here are some topics we discuss in this Euro/American episode:
Coffee making techniques
Differences between English and French
Regional Accents of the UK
Shakespearian English
Learning French
Teaching English
And plenty more…!

There is a second part to this episode, which I will upload soon. :)

Sarah performs stand-up comedy regularly in Paris, and sometimes in other European cities, as well as in the USA when she is back there. Click here for details of her show “Girls Gone Funny” which she performs every Thursday, along with Phyllis Wang.

Here are some links to things we mention in this episode.
BBC Learning English Pronunciation (a great way to understand and practice British English pronunciation)
The British Library – Sounds Familiar (a very in-depth study of British English dialects and accents – you can listen to recordings of different accents from all over the UK)
David Sedaris, Kurt Vonnegut (two of Sarah’s favourite American writers) www.meetup.com (a service which you can use to socialise with people in your local area – it’s a good way to meet English speaking people)
Roald Dhal (one of our favourite British authors – he’s actually Welsh, with Norwegian parents)
Nacho Libre (a film which is not too difficult to understand – it uses pretty simple English, although with a slight Mexican accent)

Any questions? Feel free to leave a comment below.

  • Rajesh

    Thank u very much master Luke for answering my question about the good habits of teachers English.

  • Anonymous

    Luke at minute 3 you mention a caffettiera =)

    • I was given a caffettiera by a generous Italian once. I still have it.

  • Anonymous

    So, new episodes wont appear at iTunes any more? Sad sad story

    • They will, but not yet. I’m waiting for iTunes to fix this. There are 2 reasons why it’s taking a long time:
      1. Podomatic don’t give me access to my old feed, so it’d more difficult to switch my iTunes connection.
      2. Apple take AGES to respond to my emails, so my questions and requests often go unanswered.
      This is why it is, annoyingly, taking a long time!

      Update: The podcast is now back on iTunes ;)