450. Comments & Questions

In this episode I’m going to go through some questions from the comment section and give a bit of news. There will be some grammar, some vocab, some reactions to recent episodes and some bits relating to how you can continue to push your English with this podcast.


Episode notes

The comment section is buzzing with chat. Photos are being shared of people’s running routes and shots of gorgeous spring flowers and blossoms in full bloom. A listener called Sylvia is doing an illustration for every single episode and posting it in the comment section. Regular commenters are having some long and funny conversations – they’re very friendly and like a laugh so get stuck into the comment section and see what all the fuss is about.

The usual commenters are: Cat, Nick, Jack, Agnes, Marta, Antonio, Eri, Hiro, Euoamo, Sylvia, Jilmani, Mayumi, Ethan, Syntropy and more people I have probably forgotten about!

Cat is the top commenter with a total of 2795 COMMENTS
Nick is in 2nd place with 1851 COMMENTS
Jack is in 3rd place with 963 COMMENTS

David Crystal

Bit of news: I’ll be interviewing Prof. David Crystal on the podcast soon.

David Crystal is the foremost writer and lecturer on the English language, with a worldwide reputation and over 100 books to his name. He is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and in 1995 was awarded the OBE for services to the English language.

I met him in 2012 when he gave me an award (with Andy Johnson). He’s really nice and I’ve always wanted to have him on the podcast.

And I am interviewing him soon, which is a serious treat.

This is the guy who knows everything there is to know about language and I’m going to interview him.

Honestly, I have millions of questions I could ask him, and I could easily fill up several episodes with him just asking all the questions in my head.

But I’d also like to give you a chance to ask a few questions. So leave your questions for David Crystal in the comment section. I can’t guarantee I’ll ask him all of them, but if there are some particularly good ones I’ll ask them.

Otherwise, I might be able to answer some of the questions myself.

Recent Comments on the Website

Here are some comments which arrived recently.

Cat – in reply to the British Humour episode
Hi Luke and Amber, thanks for your lovely chat! It was a most enjoyable and also educational episode.
I’ve got two questions:
1. You mentioned “NHS” (?) as something that each Brit is proud of. What is it exactly?
2. During the dissection of the Hugh Grant’s quote you said that he was “public school”. What does it mean?
Thanks for explanations!

IMG_4148Oil painting by Sasha Sokolova

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Congratulations, teacher Luke, for the podium! Great job and another great podcast, thanks!
“It’s time for me to leave Audioboom.com” = LUKEXIT!!!!!

Amber’s podcast – Paname – it’s not available yet, but soon!

Orion Transcription Team

Just a reminder about the Orion transcription team – they continue to produce transcripts, mainly under the management of Antonio from Spain, and they are always on the lookout for new recruits. Antonio regularly posts messages in the comment section saying “Episode blah blah is now available for transcription” and with a google link. E.g. the latest one is episode 444. The Rick Thompson Report.

Remember, it can be really good for your English so check it out! Transcribe just 3 or 5 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a massive commitment. If you do it regularly you’ll see that it allows you to focus your attention on what you’re hearing and you’ll be surprised at how much that focus allows you to examine the language up close. You could also try repeating out loud some of the things you’re hearing as you transcribe, that could be a good way to convert the process into a speaking exercise.

Turning Input into Intake

Here’s some vaguely academic stuff about Turning input into intake to increase your language acquisition. There’s language input, and there’s language acquisition. Between those two things, there’s intake. Intake is the stuff we really learn from.

This from the University of Austin Texas
The term “input” referred to all the exposure to a foreign language that is around us. However, as years went on, researchers realized that input was not enough. If the learners were not noticing or concentrating on the incoming flow of language, comprehension would be limited. So today, researchers in second language acquisition commonly make a distinction between input and intake. Simply put, input is all the written and spoken target language that a learner encounters, whether it is fully comprehended or not. Intake is limited to the comprehended input that impacts the learner’s developing linguistic system. For our purposes, we suggest that technology provides ways to increase the foreign language input that learners are exposed to and enhances the process of how input is converted into intake.

Without getting too fancy, let’s say that to really learn from the things you hear you need to convert what you’re hearing from input into intake.

This means listening to content which is comprehensible – i.e. basically understandable even though there may be some things you don’t get. A mix of things you already know (this is your foundation that allows you to work out the bits you don’t know) and some things you don’t know or don’t understand.

It also means sometimes really focusing and giving all your attention to certain bits of what you’re hearing. Some things might kind of pass you by a bit, but it’s important while you listen to be sort of emotionally involved in it and to interact with it while listening – to really think and feel in response to what you’re hearing. Apparently this helps turn input into intake.

Transcribing pushes this to the max. It forces you to turn everything from mere input into intake – which is the good stuff. I think it’s backed up by not just academic research but by the experiences of transcribers. It helps push your English, and remember you can just do a short chunk, you don’t have to do a whole episode, that’s crazy!

In summary – focusing all your attention on 3-5 minutes of an episode can really help turn input into intake and can maximise your learning potential with this podcast, or any audio resource.

Yuko – language question “shall”
Dear Luke, my name is Yuko. I have been a ninja listener of your pod cast for a long time, and I am originally from Japan, which makes my ninja status more authentic, doesn’t it? I am living in New York, but really fond of British English.
I have a question. When it comes to the usage of ‘shall’, it is rarely used here except for those two occasions: to suggest something, for example, “shall I do this for you?”, and to use following “Let’s”‘ for example, “let’s go, shall we”. Back in Japan, I learned that shall is also used interchangeably with will for describing the things or action in the future, but, here, all American friends said that shall is never used in daily life except for the examples above, and that if I used shall instead will, it would sound quite archaic.
However, I have a sense that sometimes I catch “shall” as description of future in bbc or British dramas even in modern setting. Would you mind telling the use of “shall” in today’s British English? Thank you very much. I always enjoy and admire your witty, and sophisticated subjects, not to mention it was quite honoring that you chose my country as the destination of your latest trip. I hope all is well and both of you and your wife have enjoyed it.

Yuko, all the right info is in your question.
You’re just not sure about it and you need confirmation.
OK then!
Shall – for suggestions (shall I? Shall we?) – after Let’s…
Shall for future (like ‘will’ – yes, old-fashioned and a bit posh, but some people still do it, like my Mum “I shan’t be coming to the cinema.” or “I expect I shall be exhausted by the end of the day!”
Also in contracts for obligations
That’s it!

Agnes – Sport
I’m just curious whether Luke is taking some exercise or not, he looks sporty and I suppose that he does some sport activities:-)) I usually jog before going work, early morning – the best time for burning calories.

Anna Mrozek
I had an English class today and my classmate asked me “how the hell do you know all these words?!”, so…
Thank you Luke, because you deserve the credit for that. :)

Hi there everyone! Does someone know the accurate meaning of the phrase “to be on E”? Thanks in advance!

Great comment from Cat
Just keep listening to Luke’s English Podcast. And try to listen to episodes more than once. It is on the second listen that we start to notice the language consciously and start learning. After some time, you can listen to the episode for the third time. And there you will see how much you have learned in the meanwhile. Do it with your favourite episodes. And try to listen to OPPs as well. And use the same technique. It’s very effective. Also listening during a physical exercise speeds up the learning process. Because your brain is working at 5x of it’s performance capability. So use such shortcuts, especially if you are a bit lazy like I am! ;))

I would add that you can also do some transcribing, or check out previously written transcriptions – either the unproofread ones in google docs, or episodes with published scripts. That can help you notice language too.

Film Club: Touching the Void

Hope you enjoyed the “Touching the Void” episodes. I have had a few comments indicating that it moved a few people. but my stats show the episode hasn’t been listened to as much as normal episodes.

I often worry about uploading too much, but there’s always someone who says “we want more!”
I recorded an episode about Alien Covenant the other day. It’s about an hour of rambling about the Alien franchise. I’m a bit wary of uploading it straight away because it would be 3 film club episodes in a row and this isn’t strictly a film podcast. I probably shouldn’t think about it all that much.

But I’ve been quite productive lately and I have some episodes in the pipeline – Alien, 2 Amber & Paul episodes, one about music and culture with James.

Anyway, going back to Touching the Void, I’m glad to see those of you who have listened to it seemed to enjoy it.

Have been listening to this story based on facts for the second time today I felt an incredible chill down my back and my hair stood up on both of my hands.
Luke, telling us this story, you made me be there, with them, I saw this horribly broken leg, I saw as Joe dropped down, I saw everything, even though I haven’t watched the documentary yet.
just thank you

One step at a time – this is my biggest takeaway from this episode. At the end of the day, that’s the mantra that keeps us going, staying focused. This story leaves me lots of food for thought. Thanks Luke!

Thank you so much Luke! It’s an amazing episode I can’t express how amazing it is. I want to tell you my personal story about climbing. My parents are both climbers and they had a club for climbers. They worked there a lot to train and coach also they took a lot of people in trips for camping. And I always went with them when I was a child. I liked climbing and adventurous trips more than anything else. I had always climbed and camped before I had an accident in 2014 in Lebanon. I was terribly injured and they expected that I’d die. Luckily I managed to survive. I needed a lot of eye surgeries because my cornea was damaged. Now I can’t climb at all not because I’m afraid of it, but my doctor prevented me. I got rid of all my pictures and anything that might remind me of climbing or my adventures. I haven’t climbed since that day, but I skydived a lot. Climbing always helped me to relax and forget about the troubles that we have in the Middle East. Also I’m a religious person it always made me feel happy and close to God. My doctor told me that I will be able to climb again when he removes the stitches. Thanks again Luke. I’ll watch the episode tonight luckily I have a Netflix subscription and I love documentaries a lot. Waiting for the next episode!

Luke: Be careful if you climb again! Be like me, just stay at home and watch other people do it on YouTube, it’s safer (except maybe I should do more exercise)

Wow! Thank you, Luke! I really appreciate the topic you’ve chosen for a new episode. The film is pretty good and the book as well. I’ve got one in my bookcase. I have just little experience with high mountains because after my wedding I decided to bury my climbing gear to the very bottom of my wardrobe and since that day I’ve been “only” a hiker. But anyone, who has ever spent some time in the mountains without any support, just with a climbing mate on the other end of the rope, an ice axe in hands and a pair of crampons knows, that the fact Joe Simpson survived the Siula Grande ordeal is a …. real miracle, nothing else than a real miracle…
If someone wants to buy a book I recommend Bookdepository instead of Amazon. They offer free worldwide delivery which is a real bargain in my opinion. I buy books from them regularly (from The Czech Rep.) and it works well.

Daav, but why did you put away your climbing gear?! It’s like giving up on a part of your true self. Can you be happy with that for long?

Hi Cat. At first I must admit I was never a climbing machine. I used to climb few times a year. Let’s say just few weekends and one or two trips to the Tatra Mountains or to the Alps. So it wasn’t so difficult to give up. In the Czech Rep. climbing is very popular and there are many people who spend every possible moment climbing a piece of rock in their surrounding area. So I can’t say I was a climber. I usually say that I have done some climbing :c) One day I considered that my wife meant a lot more to me than climbing. She had never asked me to stop climbing. She had even climbed with me once. But any time I had packed my climbing gear I had seen the same wish in her eyes – please, stay alive. During my last climbing trip I had a minor accident I have never told my wife about. Fortunately nothing comparable to Joe and Simon :c) But I realized that I was being very selfish. I enjoyed it, I liked it, but my parents and other people who truly love me were frightened to death every time I left them with a rope in my bag. Now I know that it wasn’t the climbing that I liked. It was mainly a peaceful and calm space around me. It was the fact I can leave all my daily routine behind me. Now i know it’s not adrenalin that I need. It’s just some kind of feeling I am alone, just on my own in some remote area. So today, long distance hiking is an activity that gives me everything I need. I just pack my rucksack, a tent, a fuel stove, some food, maps and a compass and I just walk. It’s different to climbing. It’s definitely not so dangerous. However it provides me the same pleasure. Unfortunately the Alps are full of people and there are so many huts. But some parts of the Pyrenees are amazing, the western part of Ukraine as well and the Andes are a dream for any hiker. I have many dreams, CDT in USA is one of them as well as many others around the world. The only disadvantage of long distance walking is that it’s very time-consuming compared to climbing. Are you a climber Cat?

Daav, if I were Luke, I would read your comment out in the next episode. It is deeply felt and full of love. :)

Thank you Cat. But I’ve noticed that some people don’t like long episodes. And my comment is so long that Luke would have to record an extra episode just to read it out :c)

Success story from Erick in Brazil
Hello Luke,
This is Erick from Brazil.
Today when I was listening to your #429 podcast while running, I felt encouraged to share my listening experience with you.
I have been listening to you for about 1,5 years usually when I go running, so you have been my partner twice or three times a week. Strange, but I feel as if I have known you for a long time…
I actually think your podcast is more than just a teaching one, but it is more like a variety show with news, entertainment, fun stuff, etc. I really enjoy your ‘long talks’ which can be just some information, funny talk or more deep issues which are very good for getting immersed into the English language.
It is gratifying to hear other points of view of the various subjects on the media agenda especially when you bring guests to your show, like your Father, Amber and Paul, etc.
Sometimes it can be very hard for me to understand, but I took your advice, I keep going, listening to some episodes more than once, trying to get as much as I can.
Now I can say that I broke through the language barrier and I can really understand and talk in English because of you! So, I just have to thank you for all the material that you provide for free and especially for your success in making your podcast so popular and genuine!
Cheers from Brazil,
Erick Takada

I didn’t share that just to remind you of how wonderful I am, but also to just remind you that if you find it difficult to follow everything you hear on this podcast that you should keep going and battle through the moments of difficulty and you’ll find that bit by bit you build your understanding.
I can’t understand how anyone could expect to learn English properly without listening to a lot of it. I think it’s vital.

Do me a favour!

If you know someone who might like this podcast, share it with them! Recommend it to that person. It’s a good way to spread the word.

Another thing you could do is to write a nice review on iTunes – that’s really good for the podcast because it helps things like algorithms and getting my podcast featured in the ‘recommended’ section on iTunes. Also it looks good when new people check it on iTunes, and it would just make me feel good and put a smile on my face, which ultimately will feed back into the podcast.

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  • Erick

    Hello Luke!
    Glad to know you read my email.
    I remain dedicated to listening to your podcasts during my running.

    • Cat

      Erick — oh please post a picture of your running route, will you?
      Thank you! :)

      • Erick
      • Cat

        Erick, thanks! But I struggle with reading your map. Where is 2? And how it comes that 3 is between 4 and 5? What? And 9 followed by 6, and then comes 8… Oh boy, I’ll give up… :-/

      • Erick

        hahaha, because its a round trip route, so sI passad twice by some streets.

      • Erick

        Round trip route, Cat

      • Agnes

        Thanks Eric for sharing the map with us, but I’m also a bit confused with it. 10 km is fairly good distance:-))

      • Erick

        Agnes, it is a round trip route…

    • Agnes

      aaa the next runner in our family! Running is spreading around the world! And LEP as well, great!!!!

      Please let us know some pictures:-)

      • Erick

        Uploaded a pic on my profile! :))

    • Ethan

      Welcome to the club :)

      • Erick

        Thank you Ethan!
        I’ll try to be more active here in the website

  • PiotreKK

    Honestly I didn’t guess properly about guest name. I thought it would be Raymond Murphy author of “The Blue Book”. Probably many LEPsters had nightmares caused by his work:)

    • Cat

      They want Professor Dumbledore, not Professor Snape, you know. :)

      • Cat

        … at least not now, but another time for sure! ;)

    • Agnes

      I haven’t had nightmares related to this brilliant book though! Enormously decent book for independent learners, is good to combine Murphy’s grammar drills with other resources, that’s my little point.

      This the basic knowledge which should have every English learner and it is included in this incredible book. This is the book you return every time you have doubts. The next one Advanced is not as good as this one despite the similarity of a layer.

    • Cat

      I’m sure Raymond Murphy will be on the podcast any time soon too! Luke’s popularity is growing every single day. :)
      After Prof Crystal has been here, more interesting guests to follow the path he has laid for us. :))
      Exciting times coming up!!!

  • Ptholome

    My question for David Crystal: Apple, Google, Microsoft and other companies are working on translators in real time based on the AI. So we can speak in Spanish with a French people and he will hear in French while he speaks in French and we hear Spanish.
    Skype has this option for 8 languages I have tested it writing but not speaking because people were not as curious as I am.
    What do you think about about the AI related to languages learning?
    It is going to happen the same that is happening with the car drive licence?

    • Nick

      I think now AI is still not very good.

  • Paul

    Great show, teacher Luke! And what a joy to hear you featuring my comment!

    Then I have a question to Prof. David Crystal.

    I would like to know what he thinks about the following statement:

    English is slowly losing (its) importance in Europe.

    This statement comes from the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and has to do with Brexit. You can find the record and the rest of it on the link below.



  • euoamo

    Hi Luke, thank you for another good episode. I have never thought that I would hear my name(it’s not my real name though.) Even I just started commenting here a couple of months ago, I have listened your podcast for several years. If I could had started writing here earlier, my writing skill could have been better now:(( Anyway, I will try write comments constantly. Thanks again!

    • Cat

      For several years?! Wow!!!
      The most hard thing to do is the very first comment, isn’t it? Then you get drawn in and end up with several thousands comments without ever noticing it. ;)
      You’re not alone on your journey! It’s more fun to learn writing skills with such nice peers like us lepsters, is it not? :)

      • Ptholome

        …, isn’t it? Yes, it is.

      • Cat

        … I would say:
        –> isn’t it? — normal people in normal situations
        –> is it not? — posh people in all situations (hi, public school!) :)

      • euoamo

        You’re right! Always

    • Jack

      Hi Euoamo. Don`t feel bad about your writing skills my friend, look around everybody is learning :) Our great teachers King and Queen are here to lend a helping hand in the comments section :)

      • Cat

        Oh, I’m making mistakes all the time! And using leo.org all the time. And editing, and deleting, and adding, and re-writing. Usually I edit a lot. If I wouldn’t edit, nobody would read… :))
        It’s a normal learning process. Just speak up, people, only this way we will ever be able to write proper English. ;)
        Break a leg, make mistakes! It’s the most fun way of learning how to write, I’m quite sure!

      • Jack

        Yup Catherine you are right on the money
        Foreign language like any other thing comes with practice and the more you practice – the better you get.

        Your written English is impeccable Catherine :)
        May God bless you :)

      • Cat

        Oh thanks! :)
        But what is “impeccable” – I’ve never heard such a word and my little helper Leo.Org doesn’t recognise it as well. :((

      • Jack

        Catherine impeccable means flawless :)

      • Cat

        Oh, I see. Thanks! :)
        Well, it’s — as I said — what comes out on the other side. The process isn’t flawless at all! :))

      • Agnes

        the next new word, thanks guys!

      • Nick

        I thought it’s only me who always edits, deletes and adds and edits and deletes again…. It’s so exhausting!

      • Agnes

        I think we all do it, I have also a Grammarly app which helps me to master punctuation and articles – my nightmare)

      • Nick

        Ah! Bloody articles! I hate them! :))

      • Cat

        Those bastar-ticles! :))

      • euoamo

        Am glad to know that everyone struggles to writing in English. you all always exchange comments so quickly like chatting, so I thought you don’t have any problems with writing skill.

      • Nick

        For me it’s a lot of hard work to write all of this.

      • Cat

        Per aspera ad astra, mon ami. :)

      • Nick

        So true, Cat. So true. But I doubt about achieving “astra” (in my case C-level) :))

      • Cat

        Yes, ancient wisdom! :)
        Nick, I think, if you would get rid off your fixed-mind mode and switched it to the growth-mind mode, you would be very much surprised how fast you will achieve your ultimate goal! ;)

        Making mistakes and not feeling bad about it and just laugh about it, is so essential to learning! And not only to that, but also in our general outlook to life. Pressure is not good for long. It’s a natural thing to be just ordinary and do ordinary things. Let’s try not to be perfect and be happy and proud of our mistakes! :))
        In short: let’s write reviews for Luke! They don’t have to be brilliant or something, just to show appreciation in our ways. :))

      • euoamo

        Thanks, Jack. That’s why I decided to comment here more often. You guys are all so kind to help others.

  • Wow, I have to say that I am impressed beyond measures by the prospect of David Crystal appearing on LEP. I guessed it immediately when you said it is the greatest name in linguistics. I do own his famous Encyclopaedea of English Language which I had bought during my university studies to understand English linguistics more. This used to be my favourite field to study, especially Syntax and phonology. This is really great news Luke. In terms of questions, I would be mostly interested in his predictions on the development of English Language, what other influences there will be apart from the obvious one which is technology. Also I would like to know what the most distinct features of English as lingua Franca are. And also is there or will there be anything like ELF accent? How would ELF accent differ from RP for instance?

    • Cat

      Zdenek, wait and see, one day our Luke will be an OBE Knight for his outstanding services for international humanity and expertise in UK-rest of the world-relations. :)

      • Jack

        Catherine he already is beyond OBE status – he is The King :)

      • Cat

        Obey the OBE! ;)

      • Jack

        Good one Catherine :D

      • Well, actually, when he was describing to us what this award is all about, exactly the same thougt came to my mind :)

      • Cat

        Yes, Luke is on the rise since he won the ELTons nomination, maybe yet earlier than that…
        Since when have you been following Luke, Mr Lukas? :)

      • Since spring 2012 I think. Call me Zdenek please :)

      • Cat

        Five years, wow!!! You beat us all, Zdenek. :)

        Btw, have you given a review to Luke? Can you share it please? We want to give him a nice review on iTunes or other stores as a well deserved birthday present. :)

        Do you have another idea what could we give him for his 40th BD? Thanks for sharing!


      • I am quite sure I already did that a long time ago. Anyway, I will check just to be sure. Great idea!

      • Cat

        Thanks! :)
        Would you mind to put it in the google doc then, as a sample of a feedback from Zdenek.
        I would appreciate it a lot, since you are one of my teachers! ;)
        thank you for your time!

      • The problem is I don’t seem to be able to log into i-tunes these days. I also need to do that to manage my own podcast. I want to reset my password, I enter my email, but nothing happens. I will keep looking into this.

      • Cat

        Oh… this apple thing seems to be a hard bite at times…

      • Well, it just does my head in. So buggy.

        Anyway I have just submitted my I-tunes review even though I had an issue of running out of letter characters while stringing it together :)

        Shockingly, for some reason it says there are only 11 itunes reviews. What the hell? I don’t really understand how this is possible. Something must be wrong. I can’t wrap my head around it.

      • Cat

        Because you only see the Czech part of the cake…

      • Oh really but why, why would they do that to me. This is an international podcast. I want to see the reviews from all over the world.

      • Agnes

        Hi Zdenek, you’re a real long-term-Lepster! That’s impressive!


      • You, bet I am Agnes :) But last week I actually met someone in person who has been listening 2 years longer than me. And I know there are a lot of people like this. How about yourself?

      • Cat

        Have you been to your mysterious meet-up in Prague? With all these Czech ninjas? :))
        I wonder why they don’t say hello to Luke here.
        They could just say:

        Hello, Luke!

        or even shorter:

        Hi, Luke!

        or even:


        or just:

        withouth saying any words — just show somehow that they appreciate the work of Luke.

        Just imagine — you do so much work and post episodes — and nobody answers…. How would Luke feel about it?…

        Zdenek, you are a podcaster yourself, I think, you know the value of a feedback. ;)

      • Yeah I was but guess what? The Czech Ninjas were in fact 2 Russians, 1 half French half Czech, and 1 Japanese.

        And because I know the value of feedback, I recorded with them an extra special double episode of ZEP dedicated to LEP. We only talked about LEP, nothing else. :).

      • Cat

        WOW!!! Cool!!! :))

        Lepsters, make sure to listen to this masterpiece of a lepsters’ meet-up episode! ;))
        May one dear ask when is the Part 2 going to be released, Mister Lukas? It sounds like Luke, that’s why I’m calling you Mr Lukas, I hope you don’t mind! :)

      • Thanks for the share Cat. BTW, I will publish the second part some time this week I think.

      • Please call me Zdenek, Cat. Let’s be on the first name terms. Mr. Lukas sounds way too formal and it reminds me of the times when I was teaching at a secondary school. I prefer teaching adults actually. Second part will be relesed some time this week I guess. Stay tuned.

      • Cat

        Hi Zdenek! ;))
        Oh please share the link with us on the start page, would you?
        It’s just brilliant and I cannot wait to listen to the part 2! :))
        I wish Luke could somehow integrate pieces of your masterpiece into the LEP — you could gain more followers! :))
        What do you think?

      • He has done enough for me Cat. He has been a guest on my podcast himself twice now, he has mentioned me several times on his podcast. Some people came, but the biggest problem is that from his audience only a fraction go to the website. It’s the same with my listeners. Most of them are those ninjas.

      • Cat

        Maybe you adopt some homeless animal to assist you… :)

      • You mean like a stranded pink gorilla?

      • Cat

        It’s up to you! :)

      • Cat

        Zdenek, I’ve listened to your chat with Aarony (?) the other day. She is a very interesting person and has a voice even more lovelier than Amber’s voice. :))

      • I agree yeah. You are not the only one who says this.

      • Cat

        It’s so hilarious that you’ve been speculating about me too. And yes, of course I love Luke as all the true lepsters do, but I don’t have a crush on him! Oh, you guys, you made me laugh loud aloud! :)))
        And yes! I’ve improved with Luke a lot in my English, since I’ve started to listen to him last summer. I’m non-native, in fact English is my language number 4. :))

      • Well Cat, you have turned into a Lepster legend somewhat :) Over 2000 comments. It is just beyond impressive :). If there was a poll of who the most devoted Lepster is, you might stand a good chance of winning it :)

      • Cat

        Zdenek, it’s due to my fellow camerades Nick and Jack (see the list in Luke’s notes). One cannot clap with just one hand. ;)

      • Agnes

        I’m also a long-term listener to LEP but I’m here less than you, only 2 years although to be honest, these years made a huge improvement in my learning process. First of all I loved British accent at the first sight, secondly, I’ve learned a lot of about British culture!

        I’m going to stay here as long as Luke produces new episodes:-))

  • Ptholome

    It is not that I don’t like longer podcasts but sometimes I remember what Sergay said though in a not polite way at all. There are podcasts really good though long and others which could be a little shorter. But because it is your podcast I accept it with joy. Maybe it is not because the length but because the subject. Maybe other people are interested in what I find out too long. However, in the transcription project it is harder to finish the long episodes because people become tired after two three chunks and stop transcribing waiting for another new episode. The problem is that I can not open dozens of docs because like in the past they here will be there for years waiting to be finished.

    • Cat

      Oh… our poor documents hanging out there for years to be eaten by monstrous moths! Holes over the place! :((

  • Nick
    • Skills!

    • Cat

      Angry birds :))
      Hidden talents are opening up on Luke’s English Podcast! ;)

      • Nick

        “Angry birds” has already taken or you want them to sue me for using “Angry birds” brand name? :))

      • Cat

        Surely not. :)

    • Agnes


      so beautiful sketches, glad to see a new talented LEPster!

      • Nick

        Thank you Agnes, I think we all have some hidden talents and skills here, but it takes time for everybody else to know that.

    • Sylvia

      Keep on drawing, Nick. You have a gift for it.

      • Nick

        Thanks, Sylvia! I think you should know that I did it because of you, you drawings inspired me to make the sketch and upload it here. So keep on drawing and posting it here and I’m sure you’ll inspire different other people too ;)

      • Sylvia

        Haha, I am so honored to hear that. Keep on sharing your pictures.

    • Jack

      I didn’t know you had such impressive drawing skills.

      We need more :))))

      • Cat

        Jack always asking for more :))

    • Cat

      Nick, you should draw a picture for Luke for his birthday. ;)
      And also write a short review on iTunes, if you haven’t done it already!
      It’s my plan for the weekend — to leave a short and honest review.
      If we all write a review of LEP on iTunes, it’s going to escalate Luke’s rankings! :)

      • Nick

        I think Sylvia should draw a picture for Luke she’s more skillful than me, and she’s already has a request from Jack ;)

    • Cat

      From left to right:
      – James showing off his scating skills
      – Luke looking somehing skeptically at his brother…

      • Nick

        Okay, let’s make it a bit more difficult… who the other two? ;)


      • Jack

        Another talent unearthed on King`s English Podcast. That is some excellent art work my Brother

      • Nick

        Thanks man! Where have you been this morning, we were chatting about you a bit.

      • Jack

        Yeah I joined the party a bit late. :)

        What were you talking about Brother ?

      • Nick

        About your future blog, it’s on the main page.

      • Jack

        Yeah I saw-r-it

        Thanks :)

      • Cat

        Well, let me think…
        Think, think, think (tapping with my toe on my head)…

        James, Luke, ?
        the bird below is you, Nick. :)

        The one on the upper right corner… hm… who could it be… it looks quite hAngry… I have no idea!!! :(

      • Nick

        If it were me I would squeeze them both because of the happiness of seeing them! :))

      • Cat

        So, who is the skinny one? With angry face? I have no-eye-deer! :))

      • Nick

        It’s Jack, he didn’t get his gift :))

      • Cat

        @Jack109:disqus, are you comfortable with being this angry bird on the upper right corner? ;))

      • Nick

        He’s okay, but he wants Andy to kick Luke’s ass now :)))

      • Jack

        That’s for sure. Me wants revenge :)

      • Jack

        Yes Catherine why not :)

      • Adam

        Hi Nick,

        you must think about Darwin’s finches?

      • Nick

        Hi, Adam (1st man but not Luke (according to Cat))
        I haven’t been thinking about them yet, but maybe I will, thank you for this idea ;)

  • aliaa al-attar

    Hello Luke….my question for David Crystal:
    How to study English?
    usually i set up a plan…i get stuck in the middle..i dont continue…give us a simple doable strategy that helps us to continue love studying English


  • Ethan

    Thanks Luke for another brilliant episode!

    1. Luke, u’re the way, u’re the truth (when it comes to LEP). To be honest, now I’m totally adjusted to 1 hour long episode amd anything shorter than that feels rather “short”. See? How influential u are!
    2. Yes!! Alien: Covenant is covered!! I’m the who will keep vigorously listening to LEP even if u release 10 film club episodes straight away! I’m fine if it comes later. Just glad that u got it covered! Thanks!!
    3. My question to prof. David: the other day I saw this short YouTube video and was wondering “with the development of internet and all this communication technologies, isn’t that the landscape of English is changing faster than ever before? I’m curious about his idea on relations between language and technology.