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I’m Luke and I have been producing the podcast at home in my flat for over 8 years. I’m a DELTA-qualified English teacher from London with over 16 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 thousands of people from around the world and listen to L.E.P.


  • Catherine

    Luke, do you have a new sponsor now? The London School of English. Since 1912.?

    • For the London School Online promo that we’re running at the moment, yes!

      • Catherine

        Great!
        I wonder who were the first students there… People from India? Some aristocratic Russians? I’ve got no idea how London looked like in those days and who was in need of learning English… It was before the WW I, right? I only have some glimpse into those times from Downton Abbey. :))

  • Ptholome

    Great! Why don’t you speak with them about the advantages to transcribe Luke’s podcasts?

  • Catherine

    Hi LEPsters,

    Do you feel sometimes annoyed when guests on the podcast start slurping their tea or eat during recording? Thank God, it doesn’t happen often. ;)

    Here is an interesting read from the University of Newcastle on a condition called Misophonia. :)
    www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2017/02/misophonia/

    • Catherine
    • Ptholome

      Mainly whe they speak and they are eating a cake. But maybe this is an idea I have which didn’t happen.

      • Catherine

        I think the new microphones are able to “swallow” some annoying sounds. Which is really nice! Because I know from some Coursera courses — it can be really painful to listen to the speakers. I hope, I don’t have Misophonia… :))

  • Hello guys how are you?
    We’ve decided to have another Get-Togethers in Tokyo, on Friday 3 March.
    Please join us if you are in Tokyo!
    Cheers :D

    www.facebook.com/events/1850850918464336/

  • Jason_Fallen_Son

    Hello Mr.Thompson,
    Thank you for your great podcasts with great content! I usually listen to your podcasts in the train since I have to go to school by train (takes about 50 minutes). I wanted to ask you one question, I keep struggling with the CAE listening exams. Unfortunately I did not pass after the resit so I have to do it next year. I listen for 3 months to your podcasts as a way of practise (also fun of course), but apparently it is not enough?
    Now, what would you (or anyone of the LEPsters) advise me to do?

    • It’s not just about the listening itself. If you are like me and you understand virtually everything but still somehow struggle with the multitasking aspect of the exam format, then I would suggest finding a teacher with resources who can help you with the strategies and gives you enough task practice. You can find a lot of information on this topic on the internet, too.

      • Jason_Fallen_Son

        Firstly, I want to say thank you for leaving a comment fellow LEPster.
        Indeed, I do understand overalls everything and I think in my case it’s the fact that I can’t multitask. Listen scrupulously to everything, while also reading the questions and answers (I read them before listening but still) and filling in is not easy for me. Then there’s part III where you have to fill in WORDS from the conversation. It’s basically a summary of the conversation, but some words are left open. So could you, perhaps, give me the links of the websites?
        I really can’t find them.

      • for example this…www.caeexamtips.com/listening/#listening1 just use google. Try the key words CAE listening

      • Jason_Fallen_Son

        Thanks, but I have already read that one and it still did not help. Everything except listening is achievable (reading, speaking, etc.). Honestly, at this point I might just give up. sigh

      • Agnes

        Jason, don’t give up, remember practice makes perfect. So you have to master this part of exam! All resources can help you with it, maybe joining in The Orion Team could help you focus on the content of language? I know, every exam is hard to face, but everything what we can do is mastering, practicing etc.

      • Catherine

        Yes, transcribing really drills one’s listening skills. :)

      • Jason_Fallen_Son

        What’s the Orion team?
        Where do I sign up?

      • Catherine

        Jason, stand up! :)
        (because of your name with a fallen son) :)
        All questions regarding the Orion team (the transcribers here) — to Anthonio aka Ptholome.

      • Agnes

        Hi Jason

        You don’t have to sign up, you’re a Lepster yet, so you have to go to the Luke’s site and read all rules about transcription collaboration. This Orion team is led by Antonio from Spain, he’s our project manager.

        The project runs with many Lepsers, and we transcribe Luke’s podcasts, I mean not the whole episodes but in chunks. So everyone who wants to be a part of this wonderful project transcribes 3-minute chunks, or more.

        From my example this really works, and if you want to be a great listener this would help you with this area, because you focus on the language especially on phrases in details, you hear the language in details which is sometimes difficult to transcribe native speakers.

        But I highly recommend you this kind of work, it’s worth doing that because ultimately you’re a winner and great listener, which will help you with listening part of the exam. I’m also preparing for this exam:-)

        good luck

      • Catherine

        Jason, you received so many answers — hopefully you are not overwhelmed! :))
        Good luck with your learning. Stay tuned in and post some comments! ;)

      • Jason_Fallen_Son

        Haha, no it’s okay. I’m glad about the positive comments.
        As a matter of fact, I’m determined now and am not giving up!

      • Catherine

        So you stood up then? :)

      • Ptholome

        If your goal is strong you must find a way to succeed instead to give up because this is the door to the future frustrations.
        Maybe you need more time than other people but you must continue trying until you will succeed.

      • Jack

        Dont stress over it Jason. True listening comprehension is one of the last skills to emerge, just keep listening to comprehensible input and with enough input you will have that eureka moment.

      • Maybe you just need more practice under pressure. Just pay for a few classes with a teacher and ask him/her to do some practice. Don’t give, this is achievable.

      • Catherine

        Thank you, Zdenek! Great resource! Cool design! :))

    • Agnes

      Hi Jason,

      you’re doing great, but what I can advise you is listening to practice listening exam tests. These ones, on the exam, are really tricky as you probably know, the sound of the audio is always horrible etc. Did you take computer based exam? From my example, I’m a pretty conscientious listener, I usually listen to loads of English, but during my exam I failed in this part and not because of I didn’t listen to enough, but the audios were horrible despite I practiced them also a lot.
      The second thing is that the listening has to be enjoyable and you’re doing well! So listen to as much as you can, practice this exam part of listening, I’m sure that you pass CAE next time:-) good luck

      BTW try to get to the computer based exam, is a lot better, I mean the quality of audio, because you have earphones put on.

  • Laderon Ashkenazie

    Hi Luke, why don’t you record something with Den and Jennifer from another ESL podcaster from www.englishacrossthepond.com, I think It’ll be fantabulous

  • Alexandr Shnaider

    Hello, Luke! Greating from Moscow. First of all, thank you for this marvelous podcast. Now, the listening to your podcast is my every day routine (in a positive meaning of this word of course), but it wasn’t love from the first sight. I would like to tell you how I’ve come to point where I’m listening to LEP every day. I think, I started building a habit of listening to different English speaking podcasts about eight months ago, when I decided to practice more. I just searched English podcast in my default podcast app in windows phone. I listened to the real life English podcast for quite time, then I switched to others, then to BBC news podcast, then I tried to listen to US history, Russian history, German history. One day I came across your podcast and…well, it was OK, but after several episodes I got bored again (partly because it was your early episodes and you kind of still was searching for your style, partly because I realized that you was speaking about things in a far past and it wasn’t already interesting for me). Anyway I switched again to the other podcast which was Zdenek’s English podcast. And that was the first time when I loved an English podcast so much. He was funny, fascinating, I liked the style and listened to the almost hundred of Zdenek’s episodes. During this time, Zdenek mentioned that he was doing his podcast basically repeating your style and that he was a big fan of your podcast. At that moments I realized that it is a strange situation that I didn’t appreciate enough Luke’s English podcast and liked so much the copy of it (even from a non native speaker). So, I decided to give it another try and listened to Luke’s English podcast again, but this time from the last episode. And of course I loved it, and since then I’ve been listening to your podcast almost every day. I’ve listened already up to eighty of episodes. So, thank you for your efforts and thank Zdenek for his podcast and suggestions.P.S. I’ve reread my comment and realized how boring it is. Sorry for that)

    • Ptholome

      You know a teacher is not someone who speak about what you would like but someone who try to awake your curiosity, opening your mind, to new things because the knowledge is immense and Luke podcasts does that very well. He is teaching English but also through topics we were not used to read about.

      Am I interested in Skateboard? Not at all. But I am interested in the English language and I don’t care the topic if I learn English. Sometimes I love and others not but my goal is about learning English and understand people with different accent and knowledge… It is difficult but very good!

      See you.

      • Alexandr Shnaider

        Hello, Ptholome.
        Basically, I agree with you. The point was that I shouldn’t have started from the oldest episodes, because of two reasons which I wrote before. It is much more convenient to listen about things that happened recently, especially if you just start to listen to new podcast, isn’t it? In this way you can answer the questions which Luke asks often, participate in discussions (even though I’m still kind of a ninja here and wrote only three comments) and just have this sence of conversation with Luke, listening to his podcast.
        Of course, when I loved it so much, it is really interesting to listen to older episodes and going down to the past.

      • Ptholome

        I know what you meant. I take any excuse to write about what other’s comments inspire me. SO I write a comment even when I agree but I do as I don’t. I didn’t start from the first one but from the 225 Taken 3 when I came here, and I am listening to them when someone speaks about it, or when Luke speaks of them in his recent podcast, or when I am looking for an old episode to transcribe, or when I am looking for one related to our learning…
        But you know, writing for me is important so any excuse to do it is good. and your comment inspires me. Sometimes I write them because there are thousands of people reading and I expect that reading our comments they will start coming here.
        Sometimes I answer to a post directed to Luke knowing that the purpose of the writer is not to share his ideas with me but with Luke, But I think they are wrong because Luke can’t answer all the question, it takes ages to do that. But we, the people, we can and it is worth. So I answer challenging to do the same.

      • Catherine

        Ptholome, you and me, I think, we write with reason and with no reason — just to have fun, don’t we? Because we are “friendly chatty people”, aren’t we? :))

      • Ptholome

        Yes, you’re right. But your comments are really wonderful and your knowledge and curiosity are great. I admire people like you or maybe I envy them a little bit. :)

      • Jack

        you know Antonio Sir, it is people like you and Catherine who make this comment section an awesome place to visit. LEP needs you as much as you need LEP

      • Ptholome

        And you too are important. But to be honest, Cat plays in another Ligue than I do. :)

      • Catherine

        What? :)
        Each of us has his / her own unique talents and makes the LEP a wonderful community! ;)
        All are little shiny lepSTARs: each a unique universe of his / her own. ;))

      • Ptholome

        Of course, you are. You have a great English knowledge, and your participation in the comment section is motivating for any of us. However, I agree that we have different abilities or talents and joining them, all of us, we can make this Podcast more useful and attractive. You know that in any constellation there are thousands of stars the big ones and the little ones though all of them shine. :)

      • Catherine

        Thanks! I still make many mistakes. Usually I actively avoid some complicated sentence structures — in order not to make many mistakes. But with Luke my English is improving very quickly (all of the skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking). :)

      • Jack

        Catherine, you actually write better than most native speakers.

      • Catherine

        This statement is hugely exaggerated, of course, and cannot stand any scientific validation. But any way — many thanks, Jack, it’s very nice of you! :))

      • Jack

        Catherine, it is not an exaggeration – trust me on this one.

      • Catherine

        Thanks, Jack, it’s truly appreciated! :)
        I like your posts too, they sparkle my natural curiosity! :))

      • Jack

        you know Catherine, it is a fact that foreign speakers cant speak a language better than native speakers, native speakers acquired it organically but written language is different, you have to enroll and learn written form of the language and it is the only area where non natives can excel. Now most non native speakers obviously can`t write as good as an average native speaker but there is a small minority of non native speakers who really write better than natives.

        I use to linger around the forums where natives would come and write comments, they would use complicated sentence structures, idiomatic expressions and what not but it would all appear as jumbled mess. On the other hand a minority of non natives have a knack of writing which is clear and concise and you are one of those.

        Offcourse, it is not a scientific validation by any means but just an opinion based on my experience :)

      • Catherine

        Thank you, Jack! You are a good writer too. ;)

        See what I’ve just read:

        “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa

        “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget
        what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
        -Maya Angelou

        “Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda

        :-)

      • Catherine

        … and you, and Nick, and Agnes, and Eri, and Luke himself, and Andy J, and Zdenek, and all the others who come regularly and contribute. ;))

        Of course, Antonio is an incredible man. Antonio the Great! :))

      • Ptholome

        I am not incredible, I am only an AJ Hoge student who went here and became a Luke student applying part of what I learnt with AJ Hoge Lessons.
        And one of them was “Be a leader” or look for a peer group which will fuel your motivation, or to find new little differences in order to continue learning avoiding the boredom. So I had this idea of creating a team – since the first moment I tried to transcribe and gave up – for the transcription project …
        So here we are working together with a group of LEPsters transcribing for us, for Luke and for Luke’s student community.

        There is nothing incredible here my friends. Because I don’t think I am succeeding in what I wanted to do. Nevertheless, I’m adapting my idea of realities and learning new ways to continue growing and motivating people to help us to help Luke, themselves, and the community of LEPsters.
        But Imhave to say that there are in this group a lot of people doing a great job and that is really motivating for me.

      • Catherine

        Ptholome, if it were not Luke who was speaking about skatboarding, you probably wouldn’t listen to it. It’s because of Luke you’re listening, because you are his true and loyal follower! And also you have your management task here, so you have to listen to all of the episodes, partly because of your obligation and duty. ;)

      • Ptholome

        I listen to every episode since I came here. but I save the episodes I love, and not he ones I am not interested. In general I keep them on my podcast app for a week and listen to all of them every day. Even if I am not interested om the topic but I am interested on the language which is my main goal.

        Right know I was listenig a french show, my wife went to the living room and changed the chanel saying: “Why are you watching that?” And I said, first because you are not here and I can watch what I want. Second because it is French what I am listening to and I don’t care about the topic mainly becasue I am also writing in Luke’s podcast…

      • Catherine

        :-)))

    • Catherine

      Alexandr, your comment is not boring at all! :)
      Enjoyed reading your quest story.
      Welcome back! :))

  • Ptholome

    Hi Luke, Leicester City vs Derby County – 82 min. The public is incredible.

    • I’ll be amazed if he turns out to be right, but let’s see!

      • Ptholome

        I saw the game while proofreading the 418 episode and they were good. 1-1 and finally the won on the extra time. I don’t use to watch football but I was finishing this episode and that’s why I put the BBC and they had this match yesterday so I put it on the second screen I have but I was focused on the episode.

  • Orion team

    Hi LEpsters, we have finished the episode 418. The Rick Thompson Report: Technology and The Future (January 2017)

    docs.google.com/document/d/18haRTJaUAy5TYYMI552-yoAQKr5vf2sRee6n4p4_24Y/edit?usp=sharing

    So we hope you will enjoy it and we are looking forward to see your suggestions.

    Thank you to all people who have transcribed this episode

  • Tarig Elbasha

    Thank you very much teacher Luke for build my English skills, I consider myself a lucky person to identifying your Podcast and I refereed to some of my colleague and they do enjoyed it as well. I pray to God giving you all success and wealth.