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Luke’s English Podcast is an award-winning audio download for learners of English as a foreign language. The podcast started in 2009 and is still going strong. With over 400 audio episodes, transcripts, videos and a special series on phrasal verbs, there is so much for you to use, and it’s all free. The podcast was nominated for an ELTon award in 2016, has won four Macmillan Dictionary Awards and has now been downloaded over 20 million times.

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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  • Jack

    Speaking lyke dis in front of IELTS examiner – ohhh heavens.
    hahahahahaaha

  • Jack

    Naomi, me didn’t know about bfg me googled and certainly that monster speaks like me :)

    We has to rewrite grammar rules, infact I is finkin ov writing grammar book with King and Superstar.

  • Joaquin Lobo Rodriguez

    Happy Birthday to Luke’s English Podcast! I have already voted. I hope it helps someway :)

  • Marta KL
    • Nick

      Beer to everyone! Luke’s treat! :))

      • Jack
      • Cat

        Prost! :))

        They say it always then they start to drink.
        Sounds the same as the Russian прост = (It’s) simple! :))

      • Nick

        ПростО = it’s simple :p but nowadays we often say изи :))

      • Cat

        Oh… I should have said:
        прост = (He is) simple :))

        I see, you speak Renglish nowadays. Like Germans speak Denglish. ;)

      • Nick

        Me is prost :)) yes, English’s terrorizing other languages :))

      • Cat

        :)) I think there is a difference between “easy” and “simple”… But I cannot explain it properly, I fear…

      • Nick

        Simple and easy, these are always together like to sides of one coin…

      • Cat

        I think Luke is quite a beer lover, isn’t he? Just listen to the Trip to Japan I episode! I caught myself on this thought. Just think of how scared he was of the idea of having a Japanese liver. How it could compromise his ability to drink beer — just see with how much emphasis he told this one! And also on other places… (I forgot, me old and odd…) :))

      • Jack

        When he was down with glandular fever – poor King :(((

        Catherine you are the same age as King, right ?

      • Cat

        Yes, he was, poor thing. Carrick told him that it would have been good maybe — having a Japanese liver, because they eat healthy food and live really long and stuff — but nothing would do. Luke just keep saying that he was terrified by the thought. :)

        Oh, I’m older than Luke. More of Yadle’s age, in fact. :))

      • Jack

        :))))
        King and Japan – stories never get old :)

    • Jack

      Lovely pic Marta

      Do you remember the famous phrase coined by Queen ? :D
      I am in splits

      • Marta KL

        I can´t remember anything :-o my poor brain is on a strike! :( :)

      • Jack

        Ritka Margarita :D

        We need to learn some Czech from you so that we can use it here in the comments section

      • Cat

        Her name is Marta, not Margarita! (says me in a Hermione Granger’s voice). ;))

        Something tells me that Marta was born in March, have you, @Marta KL? ;)

      • Jack

        Both of you have forgotten the real joke :))) . I wasn’t referring to Marta when I wrote “ritka margarita” :))))
        Catherine, you wrote that phrase while welcoming new LEPster here in the comments section and Marta wrote back saying “Ritka” in Czech means “small ass” :D

        I was requesting Marta to teach us Czech words so that we can use them in here ;)))

        Me is rolling on da floor

      • Cat

        Mr JJ rolling on da floa :))

      • Jack

        Do you remember the joke now ?

      • Cat

        Yep! :)))
        It was referring to a body part (in fact, the most important one!) :)))

      • Jack

        Poor Margarita we never heard back from her :((((

        Margarita if you is reading don’t mind our silly jokes, it is just a friendly banter between friends :)))))

      • Cat

        The similar thing happened with a person with a Reptile avatar. He/she (we weren’t quite sure) never came back… :((

      • Jack

        What happened there Catherine ? Please share

      • Cat

        Oh, sorry, I qiute forgot! (me old and odd) :))
        Maybe Millennial Falcon remembers…

      • Jack

        Wowza, you is also speaking Lyke me, I is well happy ;)))))

        Catherine pretend nothing happened otherwise Luke is gonna get angry with us ( we scarred his listeners away ) :)))

      • Marta KL

        Jack, I remember the joke! But I haven´t find the connection between the joke and the B-day pic :D

        I´m wondering about some nice Czech words to teach…. Maybe later ;)

      • Marta KL

        Why do you think so, Cat? I was born in April, quite close to March :))

      • Cat

        Dear Marta, I just was looking into the first four letters of your name. They mean “March” (the month) in Russian. :))
        Or if you take all five letters, then it means “of March” (for example:
        8 Marta = The 8th of March.

        Oh, then was your birthday already? A happy belated BD! :))
        My son turned 11 this month. April is a special time for us too. :))

      • Marta KL

        Oh thanks for making it clear, it definitely makes a sense :)
        And thanks a lot for your wish – you´re not late, my B-day is on Thursday 27th. We
        Btw. my daughter turns 11 in July this year :) Happy B-day to your son too! :)))

  • Naomi

    Hi Luke!
    Happy 8th Birthday to Luke’s English Podcast!
    I went to your comedy show in Tokyo.
    Wow, what a evening it was!
    Your show was amazing. I enjoyed the show very much and laughed a lot!
    It was also nice to meet other Lepsters and to have a chat with.
    When I met you after the show, I was pretty excited and nervous because I met Luke from Luke’s English podcast. So my English was total disaster! Oh, no…..
    Anyway, thank you so much for coming to Japan and giving us wonderful opportunity.
    Cheers!

    • Jack

      Naomi you is lucky you got to meet The King.

  • Nina

    Happy Birthday, Luke’s English Podcast!
    I can’t imagine that it’s been 8 years already but as they say “time flies when you’re having fun”! And everyone here certainly enjoys every minute of each of your episodes, Luke! So, I’d like to thank you for making them and being such an amazing person too!

    But just to make this message a bit more useful as well, I’d like to recommend everyone a few videos on YouTube to watch (in case you haven’t seen them already). If you love Luke’s episodes about accents, you will probably like these videos too. I, personally, love them, and have watched them several times already:)

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvDvESEXcgE
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa6cHEJIjYI

    Cheers!
    Nina

    • Jack

      Amazing, tanks for sharing Nina :)

      • Nina

        You’re welcome! Glad you liked it :)

  • Cat

    A happy 8-years anniversary, Luke’s English Podcast!!! :)
    Just imagine, Luke, how many persons you’ve helped during this time and made an impact on their lives (you did in my case, for sure!) So thank you, Luke!!!
    Hurray for Luke!!! :))

    • Thanks Cat :)

      • Cat

        Luke, 8 years means that you passed this mysterious dangerous 7-year line. Congrats! So your podcast will definitely go on the next seven years, at least! Then another dangerous period would come (according to that theory). :)))

  • KENTA

    Thank you for coming to Japan!
    I listen to your podcast for 1 year.
    This contents helps me impove my English skill.
    Last week,I went to watch your performance.
    I was surprised so many people came.
    You were so cool,interesting, nice guy!
    Your imitatinon of OBAMA,DARSBDER was surer briiliant.
    I will go to UK next month at my vocation to watch premier league.
    I will use English to communicate with local fans!
    Anyway, thank you for comig to Japan!
    I will vote for your podcast. Hobsons Choice!

    • Agnes

      Hi Kenta,

      lucky you that you could admire the live performance of our such talented teacher! I think many of us regret that cannot see him performing live.

      best

  • Daniel

    I just voted for British Podcast Awards. Good luck Luke :)

  • Anton Zimnitski

    Hello Luke and LEPsters.

    I’ve been a ninja listener for several years. And this post tooks me 2 days to write)

    I need advice/suggestion/recommendation about improving pronunciation skill. On a daily basis I only ‘consume’ English. I could read books and articles, watch youtube videos and tv shows without subtitles and enjoy listening podcasts. But I don’t speak(none of my friends know English). I tried to record myself reading aloud. It was horrible (made me want to cut my ears)) I made a lot of unnecessary pauses, started to feel nervous and my pronunciation was so horrible.

    So, my question: Will reading aloud every day improve pronunciation?
    And could you recommend a good online course or youtube channel for improving pronunciation?
    In my country, it is really hard to find any Luke’s recommended books.

    P.s. Luke, thank you for great and entertainment podcast!