203. The Flatmate from Japan

a.k.a. “A Cup of Tea with Peter Sidell”
English teacher, travel writer, stand-up comic, learner of Japanese, DJ, native English speaker, Machester City fan and former flatmate of Luke from Luke’s English Podcast – Peter Sidell is a guy who keeps himself busy! Right-click to download this episode.

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I lived with Peter in Tsujidou, Japan for nearly a year. I left at the end of 2003 and he stayed there and I hadn’t seen him for about 11 years until he recently visited Paris and we got the chance to catch up with each other again. Of course I jumped at the chance to interview Peter for LEP, and you can now listen to our conversation here, now.

Peter is a regular contributor to www.japantravel.com where you can read articles and travel advice for Japan. Are you thinking of going to Japan, or would you like to read some interesting articles about Japan in English? Just click www.japantravel.com to find out more. To see a list of articles written by Peter, click here.

During our chat you’ll hear us talking about such things as:
– Peter’s tourist activities in Paris (visiting galleries and looking at ‘crazy modern art’, drinking wine at lunchtime, attempting to deal with waiters)
– The day we first met each other in a McDonalds in 2003
– Living as an ex-pat in Japan
– Where Peter is from, and his accent
– Learning Japanese
– Cultural differences between the UK and Japan
– How it feels to go back to England after living in Japan for years
– Destinations Peter has travelled to
– Doing stand-up in Japan
– How it feels to experience earthquakes in Japan
– The beauty of Mt Fuji seen from Hayama beach
– Luis Suarez

Thanks for listening :)


  • Shoudl I say more aswell? lol

  • Ksenia

    It’s a pity you haven’t written down any expressions you used in your conversation. There were pretty interesting ones (and you’ve repeated them a couple of time). The ones I remember are:
    – to be at the same wavelength with somebody (to understand and agree with a person). We say almost the same in Russian. Although we don’t mention the ‘length’ we just say that we are at the same wave with a person;
    – to put someone on the spot (to cause someone difficulty or embarrassment)

    • Good point Ksenia,
      Perhaps I should listen to this again and make a few notes.
      These days I try to produce episodes without having to spend a lot of time reviewing the contents and writing vocabulary notes, but it is very beneficial for a lot of people so I should try to keep doing it.
      In fact, a good idea would be to note down expressions from lots of episodes and then do a vocabulary review to clarify and remind people of what they’ve heard.

  • Anonymous

    I like what you have done for us thank you Luke ,your French accent is close to be good

  • yuka

    Hi Luke. I am a new listener from Brisbane Australia. I am Jap then I had 100% fun listening this episode. I have listened to many English podcast, but too low level or too academic level for me. Finally I found you as fun listening, good vocab, interesting topics, funny story, etc. Anyway I haven’t gone back to Japan for 2 years. You guys gave me fun information and made me wanna go back soon. Keep talking and I keep listening! Thanks.

  • Mohammed K.

    Hi Luke ,
    Since you have mentioned jokes in this episode , have you ever thought of making an episode about jokes?

    • Yes, I’ve been thinking about doing an episode about jokes for ages!

  • dmitry

    good work thanks a lot.

  • Amber

    More French impressions too, like that one at 22.10 :-D which was, btw the funniest moment of an episode to me.

  • NotLuke