79. Family Arguments and Debates (with The Thompsons)

Listen to the family discussing issues, debating questions and doing speaking challenges in this episode.

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This episode is filled with useful vocabulary and expressions. Listen to hear people expressing their opinions, arguing and debating various important and entertaining issues. I also talk about New Year, Christmas and the view from my living room window.

Here is some of the language which you hear in this episode. Listen to hear me explaining some of it and giving examples.

Enjoy the episode and I hope you find it useful.

Question 1: Which is better – British English or American English?
-it’s the correct form of English
-so all the Americans are getting it wrong?
-they can speak how they like, it doesn’t really bother me
-they can spell ‘colour’ however the hell they like, and they do goddammit
-since then we’ve changed
-why would they have changed?
-let Dad clear this up
-there’s a strong feeling that American English is sloppy
-I’m saying that there is a view, but it’s not logical
-it’s two cultures divided by a common language
-I reckon British people are just snobbish
-they corrupt it and bastardize it
-the only thing that bugs me is when Americans tell me that I’m doing it wrong
-they’re basically just in-bred redneck cowboys, that’s what you think
-there’s no such thing as a set language
-American culture has been built on enterprise, individuality
-and guns
-and go getting
-and go getting guns
-let’s go get some guns!
-the culture back home is precision precision precision
-do something pared down
-precisely, not vague

Question 2: Should you give money to homeless people?
-they’re probably on drugs
-what I prefer to do is give it to an organisation
-I’d rather give it to Shelter (a charity)
-I don’t have a definitive point of view
-who am I to deny this guy his can of beer if he’s down and out, if he wants to scav a quid off me and I’m feeling flush that day, why not?
-we all have this dilemma

Question 3: If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody there, does it make a noise?

Question 4: Why don’t the English learn another language? Why are we bad at learning languages?
-stop talking about the bloody empire
-let’s not get caught up in some sort of French grammatical debate

Question 5: Is it ever justifiable to commit an act of murder?
-mitigating circumstances
-does that count as murder?
-to take someone’s life
-BIG ARGUMENT BETWEEN LUKE, JAMES AND DAD!!! -Are personal morality and the law the same thing?
-are you talking in terms of the burglar?
-it wasn’t a life or death situation – he went on a revenge mission
-battered him so that he was brain damaged

Question 6: Is the music of the 1960s better than the music of current times?
-no contest
-it’s personal opinion
-you can measure it by public opinion
-imagine a survey
-an imaginary survey is not evidence
-I don’t think it’s cut and dry
-there’s all sorts of music about now which would have blown people’s minds

Topics in the speaking game: shopping, The Royal Family, reading books, bird watching

That’s it for now!

  • Vicente

    Perfect, which is the accent of his family ?. RP?

    • That’s right, standard RP. My brother has a bit of a London accent as well.
      Here’s another episode with the whole family, from Christmas 2015 teacherluke.co.uk/2016/01/07/322-with-the-thompsons/

      • Vicente

        Thanks Luke, I like very much your podscasts with your family or your friends, I need to work more my English.

  • Ksenia

    I also wanted to add my answer to the question “Why the Brits don’t learn another language”. Because it’s difficult and very time-consuming. I’m sure thousands of people wouldn’t learn it if they didn’t have to (for work or studies or simply because they came to live to an English speaking country). Learning a language is a challenging thing and there are not many language lovers who are ready to dedicate every spare minute to learning a couple of new words.
    So I think that the Brits don’t learn other languages because a) it’s not easy and b) there is no need, like you father explained.

  • Ksenia

    It’s a wonderful episode! Have you repeated the experience? I mean, have you recorded your family for another episode? I saw there are some episodes featuring your brother but is there another episode where all four of you talk?
    I especially enjoyed the game! If I was to choose a winner it would definitely be your Dad. He was great!

  • Anonymous

    really liked your brother,decent person!

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  • luke, what accent was that in your family

  • I found a great pleasure in this discussion!
    Most of all I like the game :)) I want to suggest it to my family.