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I’m Luke and I have been producing the podcast at home in my flat for over 7 years. I’m a DELTA-qualified English teacher from London with over 15 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.

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  • Cat

    Hi Moscow LEPsters,
    hi Alex, hi Nick
    hi, little lizard and all!

    Vote for Luke!
    www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote/

    I’m sure he’ll re-consider his priorities and come to Moscow for a gig! ;-)

    It’s your choice! :))

    Cheers
    Cat

  • Cat

    LEPsters, as you all well know, this year our Luke is turning 40 – a small jubilee! :))
    Any ideas for a present?
    Also the big mistery remains: WHEN is his birthday? I think some time in April… I don’t know, I just thought of April. Any other guesses? :))

    • Nick

      Spring or summer I think… the best gift for Luke from us would be a big pile of GOLD! ;))

      • Cat
      • Nick

        A pile of real gold and this one at the top ;))

      • Cat

        Is there any gold on Hoth? ;))

      • Nick

        Under miles of ice ;))

      • Cat

        Maybe you can corrupt Wampa to help with the digging… :))

      • Nick

        Nah, I’m very scary of them! let’s stick to the robbery! :))

      • Jack
      • Cat

        Wow! We need to plan a bank robbery! :)))

      • Jack

        yeah lets do dis :)))))

      • Cat

        I didn’t listen to the Bank Robbery episode, yet, so I don’t know how to plan it… :((
        :-)

      • Nick

        It’s a perfect time to listen then! ;p

      • Cat

        I actually started to listen to it earlier today, while doing my crunches and push-ups… :)))

      • Nick

        Excellent! We’ll definitely need a catwoman! :))

      • Cat

        YES! :)))

      • Nick

        It’s so beautiful! I can’t take my eyes away from it!
        My PRECIOUS!!! :))

      • Cat

        :))) it has to be with many S’s at the end! :))

      • Jack

        Yes brotha looks laavly

      • Jack

        the picture itself looks expensive :)))))

      • Nick

        Yep, even the color tone of the picture looks expensive :))

      • Cat

        Oh, c’mon, just admit it that you have no idea! :)))

      • Jack

        i hear King has got some gold bricks in his home – you know what i mean :)))))

      • Nick
      • Jack

        sssssshhhhh me brotha dont tell anyone, we still have quite alot to plan. Catherine is the team leader:)))))

      • Nick

        I don’t think that Catherine would like it :))

      • Jack

        you never know :))))

      • Cat

        Well… these two are dangerous. I knew it!!! I need to protect Luke… :)

      • Nick

        But Luke can meet someone from Andromeda! I’d give up everything for that!

      • Nick

        Angel of Luke! :))

      • Cat

        I wonder, how much is it worth in pounds?…
        The toblerone gold giant pile is around 25 pounds (which I could afford for the reason). :))

      • Jack

        ahh me love swiss chocolate

        pure deliciousness

      • Nick

        I like any good chocolate! Actually I eat it almost every day…

      • Cat

        Oh, Jack, you’re spoiling my English learning pleasures with your horrible Andromeda accent! :)))

      • Nick

        Luke said that it’s a London accent… it means they have a London accent on Andromeda too… it’s really strange for me! ;))

      • Cat

        Yes, and he keeps being secretive, for no reason! ;))
        Just enjoys to spoil other friendly people’s English learning pleasures… :))

      • Nick

        Ha ha! :)) We need to know where is Jack from, before the robbery thing…

      • Cat

        … but misteries are fun, aren’t they? :))
        So, Jack, you may keep your posture, as you like!
        (said the “dont-wanna-be-the-President”)

      • Nick

        But I already can’t sleep because of that!!! :p :))

      • Jack

        me is spoilin ya english learning

        ow iz that ? :)))))

      • Cat

        Oh, it’s getting even worse… I don’t understand you at all, now. :))

      • Jack

        we has also got super massive black hole in da middle ov andromeda galaxy

      • Nick

        Could you please make a photo of your courtyard, Jack? :))

      • Jack
      • Nick

        It’s not your courtyard, it’s God’s courtyard :))

      • Jack

        This is the view you get in Andromeda :)))))

      • Nick

        He’s like a demon trying to turn us off from our straight and shiny road to knowledge of RP English! ;))

      • Cat

        He’s a Fox Face! :-))

      • Jack

        Catherine, what does fox face mean ? :))))

      • Cat

        Oh, it’s just a dodgy character from “The Hunger Games”. And also your avatar is a Fox. Obviously you like foxes! :))

      • Jack

        My avatar is a dancing demon :pppppp

      • Cat

        A WHAT?!!!

      • Jack

        yes Catherine, it is a dancing demon :)

      • Jack

        Catherine imagine the scene.

        on german autobahn doing 200mph in porsche 911 turbo s eating chocolates and listening to King`s english podcast

      • Cat

        Oh, I need the translation into km plz…

      • Jack

        320 kph :))))

      • Cat

        Oh yes, the German highways have no speed limits on the left trail — you can speed up as you like! And yes, there are many Porsche’s out there in the Swabenland. :))

      • Jack

        new turbo s is a masterpiece, Catherine.

      • Jack

        and also germany has got the best race track

        motoring heaven – The Nurburgring :)))))

      • Nick
      • Cat

        A little monkey brotha — watch out, your teeth could fall out one day and you’ll turn into a little fish brotha! :))

      • Jack

        fish brotha hahahahahaahahahah :))))

      • Nick

        At least I’d like to hear porsche 911 turbo engine’s sound… it’s a real pleasure for my ears!

      • Cat

        Just google it! :))
        Actually, there is a Porsche and Mercedes Museum in the capital city of the Swabenland. I need to go there one day.

      • Nick

        I need to hear it by my own ears! :P Google doesn’t help here :(

      • Jack

        me love stuttgart coz of porsche

      • Cat

        Jack, it isn’t fair. You cry out loudly my place and don’t reveal yours. ;)

      • Jack

        me is from andromeda :D

      • Cat

        a stubborn dromedary of Andromeda. :))
        Don’t fall into the Black Hole — that would be a Drama of the Dromedary of Andromeda. :)

      • Jack

        me is on a mission to prove Albert Einstein wrong, I is going to da blackhole on me camel :D

      • Cat

        What?! :))
        Ich verstehe nur “Bahnhof”. :))

      • Jack

        Danke teacher for teaching me another sentence :)))))

      • Nick

        It’s time to begin an investigation ;)) What we’ve got by now: London accent, wrestling and Top Gear – not much.

      • Jack

        Nick brotha give this a listen
        I think this is the best sounding car in the world.

        www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWdXLF9unOE

      • Nick

        Jeremy Clarkson is ruining the impression of the sound :)) But at the end that “Auh” was funny :)) And the engine’s sound is fantastic!

      • Cat

        Luke is going to make an episode on Top Gear any time soon. He’s reacting to you, guys! :)))

      • Nick

        He said that? I mean not that he’s reacting to us, but about Top Gear?

      • Cat

        The King himself! :))
        Jack, correct me, if I’m wrong.

      • Nick

        All right then, it’s interesting to know his thoughts about changes in the show.

      • Jack

        yes me brotha its happening

        me dont fink he has recorded it yet but yeah the episode is in the pipeline.

      • Jack

        here brotha check this out

        www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6D7S2rcyIQ

      • Nick

        A symphony of sound indeed!

      • Jack

        yamaha tuned v10. :)

      • Jack

        gearchange aouh

        gearchange aouh :)

      • Cat

        Mrs Thompson wouldn’t approve of that! :))
        Her advice is — while you’re driving don’t listen to the Luke’s English Podcast.
        It happened once to me: I was riding one sunny day with my bike to work while listening to a comedy episode of Luke (I think, it was Tim Vine…). Then I didn’t notice a burden on the way and flew over the heel into the mud. :)))
        So, be watchful! :)

      • Jack

        yes Catherine you are right, safety comes first :))))

      • Cat

        Okay, Jack, I need to catch up with my family — a long Skype session begins any moment…
        Tschüss! Enjoy your Sunday! :))

      • Jack

        tschuss Catherine, you too enjoy your sunday

        you and nick brotha both rocks

      • Cat

        … in the meantime you may consider joining the Orion team… ;-)

      • Nick

        Jack rocks too :)

      • Jack

        Thank you my brother :))))

      • Cat

        Nick, why do you think of spring or summer? Any explanation?

      • Nick

        I don’t know, usually active and cheerful people’re being born in summer or spring.

      • Cat

        But Paul Taylor was born in October, I think…
        So your theory doesn’t apply there… :))

      • Nick

        Well, okay, naughty Cat!!! :)) Spring-summer-autumn

      • Cat

        Maybe Paul Taylor is just an exception… He is quite extraordinary, don’t you think so? :)))
        (so don’t worry about your theory — it does apply in my case — I’m a summer-born Cat). :))

      • Nick

        Well, of course in every theory there’re extraordinary exceptions like Paul.

      • Ptholome

        You can add winter too because I am active and cheerful though people need to know me first. :)

      • Nick

        So, you mean you don’t look active and cheerful from the first sight?

      • Ptholome

        cheerful…

      • Ptholome

        Yes, you are right and for that we have only to click on the donate button and give him some money. Which is what I have done right now. I have not donate since I gave his money to the “Medecins sans frontières” MSF.UK when Luke asked us to give them the money we were going to send him instead. So this is the moment to pay my debts to luke. A very tiny one though… We must always pay them. See you. :)

    • Cat

      Luke’s 40th birth-year (as we don’t know the day).
      Over 400 episodes!
      Over 4.000 comments!
      Four is with you, Luke! ;-)

    • Marta KL

      wow, nice chatting folks! My e-mail has just exploded due to tons of notifications!
      I think Luke´s birthday is in May. But is it a good idea to talk about a present on the page where he can read it? ;)

      • Nick

        You get a notification after every comment?! I didn’t know that, sorry, sometimes, we can tweet like crazy birds.
        We convinced that Luke is trying to not read when we’re discussing some secret things :))

      • Marta KL

        yep every single comment = 1 e-mail – it seems it´s time to change the settings for me :)))
        haha, Nick, I´m not sure, it must be too tempting not to read it! well, maybe it´s just a women´s curiosity and Luke is strong enough! :D

      • Nick

        He has the Forсe with him ;))

      • Nick

        Nice to meet you, Sauron! :))
        Then I think you know about Jack’s plan ;))

      • I don’t get notifications for new comments (I had to switch them off!)
        But I can see the comments using an app. When I have a spare moment I check them but sometimes I can’t read them all.

      • Nick

        Yes, it’s a lot of comments we make these days to read them all.

      • Jack

        ssssssh ma brotha, he doesnt know (in a hushed voice)

        keep it under wraps, its our secret plan :))))))

      • Nick

        But why we should take that stuff from mister X? To give it back? I don’t get it. What’s the point?

      • Jack

        We won’t give it back :)))))

      • Nick

        Catwoman will say to him about this and his ninjas will kill us :))

      • Jack

        Catwoman is not on our side ?

      • Nick

        Of course not I bet she’s already said to him about your plan. So get ready for his vengeance ;))

      • Jack

        Oh no :(((((
        I was thinking after our top secret mission we would create our own podcast titled “Queen, Brotha and Jack’s” podcast but all my dreams are shattered :(((((

      • Cat

        Previously on the QBJ: The Intergalactical Senat is holding a debate over the new joint Mission to the… err, what was the plan, exactly? :)))
        Coming up soon! Stay with us on Luke’s English Podcast’s QBJ chatcast! :))

      • Jack

        Catherine, brotha Nick deserted us mid way :((((( , he has told everything to King

      • Cat

        He did, indeed… :))

      • Jack

        now they are going to chop my head off :(

      • Nick

        The Intergalactical Senat I like that!

      • Plan? What plan? I’ve got no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Jack

        Hi King, how is ya.

        Nick and I were just exchanging pleasantries :))))

      • Nick

        Sorry Jack, it’s for your own good…the plan was that Jack would get all your recording stuff and become a new king himself!

      • Nick

        King’s actions now can be:
        A. Chop off Jack’s head
        B. Chop off only his hands
        C. Sing him a magic song to make him a zombie
        :))

      • Cat

        Nick, how cruel you are! I didn’t expect that… :)

      • Nick

        Kings are usually cruel. Not me.

      • Cat

        Just a lesson plan, don’t be worried, Luke! :))

      • Jack

        56 inch telly, all the podcasting hardware, English teaching material, pink gorilla – you get me right ? :ppppppppp

        I will be waiting in ford transit.

      • Marta KL

        Yes, sure lucky Luke!

      • Ptholome

        Yes, but we can create a special account to use in Disqus so we can have all of these comments away from our main email box.

        I don’t think you should avoid to share your thoughts together because you are making this home page sort of alive. So, don’t pay attention at what we say and continue doing what you are doing. One year ago there were no more than 25 comments and know it is much more interesting. Even if we are going to have 100 emails after two days but It is not always this amount them we have.

      • Nick

        Yes, it happens not often when two or more of us at the same time begin to chat with each other and it causes a big amount of comments.

      • Eri Taguchi

        Yes, Luke said that his birthday is in May in the episode which is about public holidays. But I think he did not mention the date…
        How we find out…

      • Marta KL

        It’s 22nd I believe :)

      • Cat

        Oh, sorry for spamming in your inbox, Marta! :)

      • Ptholome

        There is nothing you can do to avoid that because the system send an email to any subscribers for every tiny change in the homepage. That’s why I was using it for my communication with the LEpsters wanting to join our team. Though I see that it is not worth anymore because I have had 200 email right know so it is not possible to see all of them. So finally I will try to find another way or maybe to look for one day where people don’t publish too many comments. :)

      • Jack

        I am extremely sorry for the trouble that you have to go through :(

      • Ptholome

        No, It doesn’t cause any trouble. I was using it for a purpose which was not the main of the homepage. I took advantage of it as long as I could. Now I can’t expect any result from it because people are not going to pass too much time reading dozens of emails. But it is not so important now. because Luke speaks about the transcription project often and some people ask to join after they’ve listened to the episode.

      • Jack

        Thanks for the reply Antonio Sir.

        Transcription is difficult but extremely beneficial for the learner. Kudos to you for doing this work Sir.

      • Ptholome

        Transcription is not difficult. to transcribe 3 min per week means 150 min per year which is one full episode. It is only demanding though not too much if you do only 3 to 6 min per week. the problem is when people start doing 20 or thirty min per week because it requires such amount of time that they become tired very fast and finally go away. The idea of a team is to have a lot of people doing a little bit every week… and helping other to improve their transcriptions proofreading and filling the gaps they have left… Of course there are certain guests who are more difficult to understand but sometimes it is not because their English accent, it is a little however, but also because we ignore the vocabulary they are using… I don’t think that learning a language is difficult because it is not. the episode 392 speaks about it and this exercise, the transcription project is more powerful than watching videos or movies or whatever… In fact, it is only an option more demanding than others. But, you know, to watch a movie requires more than 3 min so it is more demanding and you learn much less than transcribing.

      • Jack

        thank you Antonio Sir for explaining in detail.

        i agree with you whole heatedly, there is nothing as powerful in language learning as transcribing.

      • Ptholome

        Thank you for your help on the episodes you have checked. You can see that bit by bit, word by word, each of us can improve the text so it is going to be more and more accurate. I proofread the text before you and I laugh seen that I didn’t heard what is so clear after your corrections. or most of them. :)

      • Jack

        Antonio Sir, I have proofread first 23 mins of episode 424, I will check the remaining episode in the evening.

        Antonio Sir, understanding a fast talking native speaker is extremely difficult.

      • Ptholome

        That’s why slowing the audio we can understand a little better. Not always but often it helps.

      • Ptholome

        I know. It doesn’t cause any trouble for me and we can change the settings if we don’t like them. But I prefer to read them so I am not going change anything. ;)

      • It’s no problem for me at all.
        Isn’t it possible to switch off email notifications for comments, but still follow comments through your Disqus account?

      • Jack

        thank you dear teacher

        i think in disqus settings- email notifications tab there is an option to uncheck receive email notifications but then you wont know whose commenting, i think this is one of the limitations of disqus.but i am a complete noob, maybe more tech savvy people can help.

      • Cat

        Ptholome, exciting times! It’s time to switch the notifications for the website updates off… Everything is changing. C’est la vie, c’est la millennales (not me, apparently)! :))

      • Ptholome

        I was not complaining, just speaking about how and why I used the homepage system and why I could ‘t use it in this way. For me it is not a problem to read quickly the comments and to delete them thereafter.

    • Agnes

      Obviously I chip in a few pounds for a gift for Luke, any ideas have come yet?

  • Nick

    I always think about LEPland like this :))
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJLeBM6-AaM
    Do you agree with me Lepsters?

    • Cat

      Hmm.. are any cats there? ;)

      • Nick

        It’s just an analogy but I think you can imagine that they have cats in there ;)

    • Jack

      me defo agree :))))

  • Ptholome

    That’s Paul Taylor but it is in French so only for French speakers

    youtu.be/LpaK9sEtPcc

    • There’s a Paul episode (with video) coming soon…

      • Ptholome

        I prefer him speaking French ;) But it is only because I don’t have a great English knowledge.

    • Cat

      Oh, I want to learn French, watching this! :))

  • Jack

    King, me is waiting for new episode :)

    • Hold your horses!

    • Ptholome

      Mon ami, If you are so impatient why don’t you come to make some transcriptions in the transcription project. You will feel better and quite occupied. :)

      • Cat

        Précisément! ;-)

  • Jack
    • Cat

      Young and shiny! :))

      • Jack

        I think dis is London school of English

      • Cat

        … and a very handsome student! :)

    • Cat

      LOL, congratulations that you are not dead yet! :)))

      • Eri Taguchi

        We have survived!!!
        When would be the next point which many of us might die???
        In Japan, we have critical years and it would be…
        Men…25, 42(which is the biggest one), 61
        Wemen…19, 33(this is the biggest), 37
        (unfortunately? I all survived (^^ゞ )

      • Ptholome

        Unfortunately?

      • Eri Taguchi

        I survived…means unfortunately I am already over 37!!!

      • Jack

        Call yourself fortunate Eri :-)

      • Eri Taguchi

        Yeah!!!!

    • Cat

      Luke has got a very tidy handwriting. :)

      • Jack

        Yes Catherine that was expected because he is King :p

      • Cat

        Where is the crown on the King’s head? :))

      • Jack

        That’s a very valid question Catherine.

        I think Luke should wear it while filming video episodes. :)))

      • Cat

        It’s an imaginary crown. If you look very closely you might see it… :))

      • Jack

        :D

        But he should wear the real deal during video episodes :)))

      • Jack
      • Cat

        Wait and see, maybe Luke gets knighted by Her Majesty one day… For his extraordinary services for international humanity! :)

      • Jack

        No Catherine His majesty doesn’t need to be knighted as he is already a King.
        Luke knights people :))))

      • Cat

        … we want him to be Sir Luke Thompson one day. :))

      • Jack

        Sir Luke The King Thompson – thats quite a name :))))

      • Cat

        … I thought Kings don’t write, they let other people write and do only the signing. :)

      • Jack

        Our King is a modern King :p

      • Nick

        Luke writes quite rarely and sings from time to time ;))

      • Cat

        I meant doing the signatures (signing), not singing. ;-)

      • Nick

        Haha, I’m sorry! :))

      • Nick

        But good and kind kings should definitely like to sing, don’t you agree, Cat? ;)

      • Cat

        Like the Merry Old King Cole? :))
        www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ANqcEA4n8g

      • Jack

        I am in splits :))))

      • Cat

        Excuse me, what is “splits”? A banana split? Where? :))

      • Jack

        hahahhahaha :))))

      • Nick

        Me too :)) It’s almost the same like Lapland too :)) we’re the children of our king! :))

    • Eri Taguchi

      I am not sure how old Luke was…
      But the video shows very sad thing about his forehead….
      But I still think he is handsome man.

      • Jack

        Hi Eri how are you ? :-)
        I think King was 32-33.

      • Eri Taguchi

        Good, Thank you, Jack!
        If he was… he looked very young!!

      • Haha! Terrible hair cut, terrible hair line!

      • Cat

        At least, you have hair! Some don’t… (like AJ) :))

      • Eri Taguchi

        I showed futuer…
        I like a photo of you with big smile which is on top of HP.

  • Ptholome

    realize vs realise

    grammarist.com/spelling/realise-realize/

    Well, no more correction of these words. :)

  • Orion team

    Hi Lepsters,

    We have finished the top 1 2016 episode. the 392

    docs.google.com/document/d/12rMTaUdHb_lAzvmxr6qHTGyoqG3XYkKmVFbfqCFw4Hc/edit?usp=sharing

    Thanks to all of you who have transcribed it.

  • Ptholome

    Brexit, Trump and … the DUTCHs as Princess Leia said on the Star War movie…. we have hope. and in two months the French will do what Dutch have done.

    In pain we say: “Mientras hay vida, hay esperanza” while there is life, there is hope.

  • Ptholome

    Well done Cat, we must push our champion and to win this Award. I’ve done my house votes for him.

    • Jack

      Antonio Sir, I hope he wins it. He deserves every bit of it.