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  • Ptholome

    Hi people the Orion team has the purpose to transcribe the new episodes as soon as they appear and to finish some episodes who started in the past and are waiting You/us to finish them. So, we have reactivate the episode 220. A Cup of Tea with Corneliu Dragomirescu

    docs.google.com/document/d/1m5p8tgM7q2cJ640RChdGklgZb0w-E3CaPsAFCUD4YEw/edit

    So actually we are finishing the new 410-411. transcribing the 412-413 and doing also the 391 and the old 220.

    So people forget you are tired and start strengthening your English transcribing those episodes.

    so read this teacherluke.co.uk/episodes-with-transcripts/transcripts/

    And join us.

    The Orion team.

  • Rodrigo Gobbi

    I have a basic question to you, teacher Luke! Well… maybe most lepsters will laugh upon this doubt, but I really can’t notice sometimes the difference between for example: “I did walk” versus “I walked”. I mean… when I should use did or the suffix “ed”. Maybe it’s a basic grammar issue but I’m hate studying grammar. Thanks!

    • Ptholome
    • Nick

      The normal way of talking about something in the past tense is to use “verb + ed”. For example, “I finished the project on time”.

      You might use “did + verb” if you wanted to emphasise the point. In the previous example, if someone claimed that you completed the project late, you might say “I did finish the project on time, and here’s the evidence”.

      Using “did + verb” where there is no doubt about the truth sounds strange to native English speakers. Saying something like “I did go shopping for food yesterday” will probably lead to the response “Well nobody said you didn’t!”

      • 50 points to #TeamNick

      • Nick

        It’s not me, it’s Google :)

      • Nick

        But I’ll take 50 points anyway:))

      • Ptholome

        Exact because you did the job very well.

      • Nick

        Thanks, Antonio. I think we all well-trained now in the capability of finding necessary information.

      • Catherine Bear

        … and in acknowledging the source. ;)

      • Nick

        I think you’re just a little bit jealous that Luke gave me 50 points ;))

      • Catherine Bear

        Just playing a Compliance Officer here. :)

      • Catherine Bear
      • Nick

        It’s obvious that you can paste my previous comment in Google’s search bar and you’ll find the source. It’s not even necessary to use some magic “plagiarism test software”.

      • Catherine Bear

        But I don’t want it. ;)
        I want to read original thoughts and comments (or know the source).
        Sorry, no offense intended. Just a comment. :)

      • Nick

        But you did it anyway and you found the source;) I encouraged you to make a little research :)

      • Ptholome

        The first thought I had reading the question was; Microsoft, Apple, Google and others are spending milliards in the Artificial intelligence of their browser and this man is asking here this simple question? But I delete it and wrote another one

        2/ why do you ask grammar questions if you hate to study the grammar? But I delete it

        I am quite harsh and very often I delete my posts

        3/ finally I held a link related to this question which was a why to tell that we can find the answer to our question doing simple research sin our browsers….

        Later I saw Nick post and I like it. Short and clear.

        For me, I don’t care if the answer comes from his brain, a book, or from the electronic knowledge we can find out in The WEB. For me, what matters is the right answer.

        When I transcribe a chunk and I don’t understand a word I write the sound I hear on the browser and I write the words it dress to my question in a dictionary and I hear the sound and read the meaning. When the two things match with the text of the chunk y wrote it. If Luke speaks about movies I look for them and try to find the name, city, character or whatever related to the movie and looking if it sounds like the words he is speaking and I couldn’t understand. At the end I have a text which didn’t reflect my knowledge because I know much less than that, but my work and the effort I did.

        Of course, if you are a school student and your teacher asks you for a job, it is bad to search, copy and paste because you have learnt nothing. But here we are adults knowing what we want, there is not a certificate at the end but the joy to be better and to participate in Luke’s adventure until it could become a business if he decides it.

        So, did I need Nick search link? No, I didn’t. I needed the answer and it was good. And Luke gave him 50 points. Or should I say Luke did give him 50 points?

        But to be honest Nick said where the information came from.

        I thought, why did he said that? After all people having a certificate didn’t say: Well I have that because I had the chance the ask what I knew. Or well I answered randomly to some questions and My answers were good… No they show their certificate and that’s it.

        I give Nick another 10 points from the LEPsters anonymous asociation :)
        Note: Rodrigo don’t pay attention to this writing it is only an exercise.

        Thanks to all of you for this nice moment I had reading this. Rodrigo for the question, Nick for the answer, Luke for the points and Cat/Nick for the “polemic”. ;)

      • Catherine Bear

        The real learning happens when we use our own words. When we struggle with words. When we put our sentences ourselves. When we feel this little pain in the brain. Each little activity of our grey cells, not the copy/paste-exercise, brings us closer to our goal. ;)

      • Nick

        I agree with you Cat, but I just only wanted to help and that’s it, without much learning and spending much time on that.

      • Ptholome

        It was only a fast answer to a simple question. I think all people here know that we are going to learn English language or whatever we want to learn working hard and every single day. I don’t see here people thinking they are going to learn English copying and pasting texts. maybe certain are not aware hoe long it can be to master a language but for sure they know they have to work on it a lot.

      • Nick

        Yes, Antonio, I agree with you. I think that Rodrigo himself didn’t need the link to the source, he just needed to know the answer. I think now that it’s better only to paste the link. It will be quicker and it won’t be any problems with that.

      • Ptholome

        Don’t worry, I liked your answer because I don’t care about the source. You know, If the source write their sources and we have to jump from link to link … I prefer the answer right now and that’s it.

      • Nick

        Today comment section exploded because of the comment battle :))

      • What have you started Nick!? ;)

      • Nick

        Especially in the section “HELLO and WELCOME!”, where should be only hellos and welcomes :)) or some important adverts… I blame myself and for that too :) But I think it’s for good anyway… interesting reading for people, Antonio already thanked us all for that… and I think we already ended it with Cat. And I’m happy that it was a happy ending.

      • Ptholome

        I love this kind of controversies

      • Catherine Bear

        Once upon a time, one of my job tasks was to pre-check students’ work with regards to content, language and first of all originality of thoughts. I used some plagiarism test software, but most of the time, I recognized the source quite quickly because I knew the literature. Some students hated me for that, but most of them had a high respect. :)

        Usually, it was a cultural thing. Because students from some countries were more prone to plagiarism than the others. I also did a course for foreign students especially on the matters of scientific writing (in German). International students struggled very much with academic writing. The easy advice which is often given is: Keep it short and simple (the KISS method) ;)

        So, guys, don’t be afraid to use your own voice and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. ;)

      • Nick

        I just wanted to help Rodrigo. And found the best answer, as I thought, for his question. I think that answer from a native English speaker, according to the last paragraph, and I think I can’t give a better answer than a native English speaker.

        I did publish that comment only to help the man. I didn’t know that Luke will answer to me and even give me 50 points :)

      • Catherine Bear

        … because he thought that you did it and honoured you for your progress! ;)

      • Nick

        I think he honoured me because I answered to Rodrigo and helped him. It was the only intention that I had, because we all came here for studying English and helping each other with English learning.

      • Hmm, technically you should have sourced your answer Nick. *stern face*

      • Nick

        I agree with you and Cat. I’ll try don’t forget about it in the future.

      • Ptholome

        Maybe you should return 10 points, nick. :))

      • Nick

        I’m already used to my points… at first I should say my goodbyes to them and give a hug and only after that I can return them, but I’ll miss them forever :))

      • Rodrigo Gobbi

        Thank you very much!! Your explanation couldn’t be better! Now it’s crystal clear to me.

      • Catherine Bear

        Oh, Nick, how wonderful you are! :)
        Thank you — now my pain is away, and my high opinion of you is restored again. ;)

        Sorry for gettng a bit naughty here.

        Cheers
        Cat

      • Nick

        I’m sorry for being a bit naughty too. I think it’s our feelings were saying for us. I’m really happy that you don’t think badly of me ;)

      • Catherine Bear

        You are one of my most beloved LEPstars here ;)

      • Nick

        I’m very glad, Cat. It’s mutual :)

      • Ptholome

        I don’t think it was an accusation. Maybe a word of advice coming from professional people. I agree that we must write our sources but here we are not dealing with the selling the information either having money from that. We are only students. So take it as a nice thing which allow us to answer each other and to learn hoe to do it properly. I like these sort of polemics and sometimes I provoque them. However since I am learning English and because we are people from different cultures I avoid them and delete a lot of my comments when I am aware about the effect they could cause on other people. :)

      • Nick

        Yes, I also always think how people will react after I publish a comment. And we all think about it, that’s why we all trying to polish our comments to make it nice and polite. But to read all those polished comments a little bit boring, that’s why I understand why you like polemics and sometimes provoke them. I think that we need smart and interesting polemics, thus expressing our real feelings and emotions, of course without rudeness and swearing. I believe that it’s Socrates said that “Thought thrives in conflict”.

      • Ptholome

        I remember when the blogs started in Spain, around 12 years ago, I found them interesting but after several months I stopped because there was too much hate on them.
        So now I follow certain blogs I like, English blogs, where I can read in English and practicing and learning from themes I usually follow in other languages as Spanish or French…
        I agree that polite posts are not interesting but they are safe. I think we must be careful because we don’t know each other and because what is usual in Spain can bu bad in other countries…
        But, nevertheless, you are right, I feel a certain excitement when there is a little polemic on the air. :))

  • Ptholome

    The episode 413 is ready to start the transcription though we have several chunks free on the 412 yet.

    413 ep: docs.google.com/document/d/1trQWKQNIv0NOeqVbsXVdgY3_IBvC2aL5eW5jMGi01ko/edit?usp=sharing

    The Orion team.

  • ptholome / Antonio

    Hi people if you love to speak about movies we have finished th e371 episode
    docs.google.com/document/d/162LyNvsRhPrHlrESKByjLM751_BECweeqZrVHw-LEfM/edit?usp=sharing

    So you can go there and try to improve it with your suggestions.

    Because we learn Listening to Luke, Transcribing his podcasts and suggesting corrections on the transcriptions.

    The Orion team.

  • qiqi

    Hi Luke, thanks very much for your podcast. And wish you and your family have a Wonderful 2017. Would you kindly explain which proposition I should use to describe a bird/a boy/an apple/a monkey is in a tree or on a tree?

  • Catherine Bear

    Happy New Year to all!!! :)
    May the year be good for you! ;)

    • Jack

      Happy new year to you too Catherine, you are the shining star of this website

      • Catherine Bear

        Hi Jack! Thank you, it’s very nice. :)
        But look around — I’m just a little twinkle-twinkle star, one among many. ;)

        Cheers
        Cat

    • Olga Litvinchuk

      Happy new year, Cate!! Wish you to read many new books, to watch many catching films this year! And simply wish you all the best! :)))

      • Catherine Bear

        Dear Olya, thank you! I wish you the same and much much more! :)
        I hope, it’s not so cold now in Belarus. But maybe you like the cold. I’m sure you have beautiful soft shapka (cap) and varezhki (mittens). :)))

  • Ptholome

    The Orion team has perform 43 episodes in 2016 and 1 in 2017

    • Natalya

      Hi Antonio! Please let me know which chunk and in which episode I may transcribe.

      • Ptholome
      • Natalya

        Okey, I’ll see if I can do a chunk. What is the deadline?

      • Nick

        Write your name for the chunk you’ll choose (in the document) and you can do it within a couple of days.

      • Natalya

        Okey, thanks, Nick.

      • Ptholome

        The idea is to work on that without pressure though steady. If you do your best is okay.

    • Natalya

      Hi Antonio! Congratulations! Tell me please, is someone transcribing the chunk from 9 to 12 min in the episode #391? There is no name and time in the document.

      • Ptholome

        you can take a chunk and when it is finished you can take another, and another…
        Have you read the transcription rules?
        docs.google.com/document/d/1_eSt7EHPJPq46VGTZ2yEpVGMWGAORrI2aeeKHAF4fKU/edit

      • Natalya

        Yes, I read them, but it’s been useful to do it one more time, because there were some things I forgot.

      • Ptholome

        You need to write the time-code when you have a doubt or a gap. In the episode 391 your chunk has not the time codes so we are forced to read all the chunk to try to fill the gaps instead to go directly to the right time. That’s why to read the rules is important.

      • Natalya

        Oh, are you filling the gaps in the episode 391 yet? I’m sorry I haven’t written time, I just thought that I could proofread the chunk and fill some gaps, but you’ve been faster then me… That’s not about reading the rules, I’ve read them.

      • Ptholome

        in the chunk (6:00 to 9:00) you did there are not time code in the gaps. I am not filling the gaps because there are not these times codes.

      • Ptholome

        Imagine an episode of 70 min long with not time code on the gaps and on the words we wrote but we were not sure about them so I ask people to write (05:12)_____________ or if you hear the word “outstanding” but you are not sure we must write (15:25)__ outstanding _?__ the time I wrote is an example.

        Without that it is not great at all to help each other to make faster these episodes. So I ask people to read carefully the rules because a lot of them don’t pay attention so, when the chunks are finished, it takes ages to correct a text .

        Even for you will be easier to fill your gaps if you have these times-code as I wrote on the rules.

      • Natalya

        Yes, of course, it’s easier with time codes, I’ll pay attention to write them at the first attempt.

      • Ptholome

        I’ve read your 391 (6 to 9) chunk and filled some chunk, and wrote the time codes, so you can read it again and see if you can complete a little more them. When I don’t understand a long sentence a wrote the few words I understand and bit by bit I fill the gaps between them.

      • Ptholome

        You are good. I need much more than that. :)

      • Ptholome

        when there is not a name it means you can take it. the frees episodes are like name: (5:00 to 8:00)

      • Natalya

        Yes, I see. But in this episode after 6 to 9 goes 12 to 15, there is no time and name between, that’s why I’ve got this question. I suppose the chunk is missing by mistake.

      • Ptholome

        When I create the doc all the chunks were there. But the 28/12 I see in the history of the doc that someone deleted the chunk (09:00 to 12:00). I don’t know why. We don’t know who because almost nobody log in when they transcribe a text so we can not send them a message asking them to pay attention.

  • Ptholome

    Hi people, Here is an interesting episode about Olly the poyglot. wit full of interesting pieces of advice for our learning. As usual there are several gaps and as I said a portuguese text to proof read and another to transcribe.

    docs.google.com/document/d/1-FyAfSSy_QzlJu5OgouRAdmlfg40ILWODX8cFZGUg-Q/edit?usp=sharing

    The Orion Team. ( happy new year wherever you are)

  • Ptholome

    In the episode 332 min: 22:30 and min: 31:33 we need Portuguese LEPsters to proofread the shoet text on te 22:30 min and to transcribe a shorter text on the min 31:33
    docs.google.com/document/d/1-FyAfSSy_QzlJu5OgouRAdmlfg40ILWODX8cFZGUg-Q/edit?usp=sharing

  • Ptholome

    Hi people the episode 198 A cup of tea with Molly Martinez is finished , if someone like the american accent it would be great if you can fill the gaps because it is difficult so we need People with a great knowledge and a high capacity to guess the right words. :)

    docs.google.com/document/d/1_qj1Yd-7wgHfCWKpzN70-yF1a0mEpr3rMCtyUaWGJxg/edit?usp=sharing

    • Hiroko Nakata

      Hi, I think I can fill some of the gaps.
      (14:20) “incentive ”
      (16:18) “etiquette”
      (33:54) “foremost ”
      (36:14) “garfunkeled “which means “when in some sort of relationship, business or otherwise, your associate or partner leaves, achieving success or happiness than when they were associated with you. ”
      (36:23) “real driving”

      • Ptholome

        you can do it on the text on mode comment. Thank you Hiroko

      • Hiroko Nakata

        My pleasure. You say “you can do it on the text on mode comment”. How can I do it? I want to do that way next time.

      • Ptholome

        I think you select the text and you write on the side of the text where you’re going to see an icon

      • Hiroko Nakata

        You mean using the “suggestion mode”? I tried it at (29:39) a minute ago. I texted “begin” and the word appeared in green. Am I doing it the right way? (I’m not sure that the word “begin” is correct, though.)

      • Nick

        I think: I’m not gonna became fully employed if I’m keep doing this.

      • Nick

        But I don’t why became and not become. So, I’m not sure either.

      • Ptholome

        It makes sense, but become is the right word in your sentence despite what he can hear. I am not going to become… No body is going to complain. And the brain is going to be grateful. Nick.
        :) so iI will keep you sentece.

      • Nick

        Maybe it will maybe it won’t… it keeps only that what it wants to keep for itself :)

      • Nick

        Added another one correction at 3:56.

      • Ptholome

        I added it

      • Ptholome

        I think is begging. To beg

        but related to the suggestion mode you are doing well.

      • Hiroko Nakata

        Begging. You’re probably right , Ptholome.
        I’ll use the suggestion mode from now on. Thanks.

      • Ptholome

        I listened with begging and with Nick sentence and it seems that nick sentence makes more sense but I am not so good to hear very well the English language of certain guests. But there are more than 20000 LEpsters around the world and I hope these episodes are going to be improved by some of these people.