207. Competition Inspiration

This is another ‘quick’ podcast to let you know that I’m on holiday for a couple of weeks, and also to give you some inspiration for your entries my competition, called “Your English Podcast”.


Small Donate Button1. I’m going on holiday so I will be away from teacherluke.co.uk for a while. This means I might not be able to respond to comments or messages, and there won’t be any uploads for a while. I think you have enough new material to keep you busy until I get back, right? I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

2. Competition: I get the impression that a lot of people out there are scratching their heads, thinking “I’d like to take part in Luke’s competition, but what shall I talk about?”

All the details of the competition are in episode 200.

Here are some questions as inspiration for you. Send your audio responses to podcastcomp@gmail.com

(Remember – you don’t have to worry about doing any special sounds or music or anything – just record yourself talking. Also, it doesn’t have to be 5 minutes – you can do less if you want!)
1. Who are you? Tell us about yourself – where are you from? What do you do? What are you doing right now? What’s going on around you as you record your message?
2. How did you discover Luke’s English Podcast?
3. What do you like about LEP? Why do you listen to it?
4. What have you learned from LEP?
5. If you were Luke from LEP, what episode would you record?
6. How do you like to improve your English? Can you give us some tips?
7. What do you find most difficult about learning English?
8. When do you normally listen to LEP? Where do you listen?
9. What’s your favourite episode of LEP? Why do you like that one?
10. What’s your least favourite episode? WHY?
11. If you could ask Luke any question, what would it be?
12. If Luke could interview anyone on the podcast, who would you like him to interview, and why?
13. Think of an episode of the podcast – can you respond to it in some way?
14. Tell us about your country, or the place that you’re living in at the moment. What’s going on there? What do you think of it?
15. What’s the best film you’ve ever seen? Why do you like it so much?
16. What kind of music do you like? Do you have a favourite band or song? Tell us about it.
17. If you won £15 million on the lottery, what would you do with the money?
18. What’s your favourite food? Is it a healthy food? How often do you eat it?
19. If you could speak perfect English, what would you do?
20. If you could have any hairstyle what would you have? Would you have an afro?
21. Would you cut off one your toes for a million pounds? What would you be prepared to do for a million pounds?
22. Would you get a tattoo on your face for a million pounds?
23. Do you think computer games are cool or sad?
24. Have you ever lived in another country, away from your home? Where did you live? How was the experience for you?
25. Have you ever been to the UK? How was it? What were the good and bad things for you?
24. Are you a geek? Why?
25. Have you ever been in a dangerous situation? Tell us about it?
26. Have you ever done a bungee jump? Would you like to do one?
27. Have you ever seen a ghost?
28. How about a UFO, or just something really weird like that?
29. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
30. If you could be a famous person, who would you be?
31. If there was a movie made about your life, which actor would play you?
31. If you saw a mouse in your house, what would you do? Would you kill it or set it free?
32. Who’s the best?
33. Conspiracy theories?
34. If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change?
35. Do you believe in love at first sight?
36. Do you understand the British sense of humour?
37. What do you think of British weather? What’s the weather like in your country?
38. What do you think of the government in your country?
39. If Superman and Spiderman had a fight, who would win?
40. If Iron Man and Batman had a fight, who would win?
41. Who’s the best – men or women? Why?
42. Can you drive? Are you a good driver? Have you passed your driving test? How many times did you take the test? Is it a difficult test?
43. What is your favourite drink?
44. Are you a tea person or a coffee person?
45. What do you prefer – swimming in the sea or swimming in a swimming pool?
46. Do you like football? Why/why not? Who is your favourite team?
47. What is better – British English or American English?
48. Which culture is better – American culture or Chinese culture?
49. Do you think we should be spending money on space travel or not?
50. Have you got any children? Do you want to have children? How many children would you like to have?
51. Which special power would you prefer – being able to fly, or being able to read people’s minds?
52. Would you like to live forever?
53. If you could marry a celebrity, who would you marry?
54. Have you ever eaten fish and chips? What do you think of it?
55. If you found a bag with £200 in it, what would you do with it?
56. Which accent would you like to have? Scottish? Welsh? Cockney? The Queen’s English? American? Australian? or just your own?
58. Who would you prefer to meet – Sherlock Holmes or James Bond?
59. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Tell us about it.
60. If you could design your own house, what would it be like?

or , pick an episode of Luke’s English Podcast and give us your comments on it.


Speak to you when I get back from my hols ;)


  • rajesh

    Hi teacherLuck.

    How was you trip going on. My name is Rajesh. i am from india. i have been here recently and i was your introduction was so good. i am not good English. but i love to learn English. in my place nobody teach good English. I have started listening your podcast i feeling this podcast improve my English commutation. I am planing to decided listen all episode. i fell very good teacher..i wish you would be best podcast in internet…

    can i participate this completion ?
    I would like give one advise. could you please take famous person stores or motivation speech.

    I fell if you would like create techerluck club for speaking. we will improve our English commutation.


    • rajesh

      How was your trip going on? My name is Rajesh. I am from India. I have saw your podcast recently. It is very good. Right I now I am learning English. I love to learn English here in my place there is no institution teacher good English. I have stated to listening your podcast it is very good especial your introduction was very good. Then I was my first listening Steve jobs episode easy to understand. I wish your podcast best podcast in internet..

  • Gudu

    Hello Luke and LEPERS,

    I am Gudu. I am Ethiopian. I am a student and I study Information and Communication Technology at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland. I am a regular LEPPER. I came across to LEP on 15 December 2013 when I was looking for a comprehensive podcast on the internet. So far I have listened up to 207th podcast. I usually listen from start to finish and I enjoy a lot listening your podcast.

    Your podcast is really unique in many reasons. The podcast is funny, informative, entertaining, educational and engaging. I can not get tired of listening to your podcast. That is why I listen to your podcast from start to finish. I also recommend others if you listen to the podcast from start to finish. I think now it is about eight months since I have found your podcast. The podcast helped me to improve a lot. Now, I am very confident to start conversion and even to do a kind of public speech. I think my public speech might be better than my casual communication skill.

    I am very happy for participating in the podcast competition. I hope I will be on the podcast. If I win the competition I will be famous and I will be listened to all LEPER who scattered throughout the world.

    I have listen the introduction podcast more than three times. You have promised many promises in there. You have said also to make the podcast more interactive. Interactivity is a good thing in this digital world. However, most of the interaction I have noticed is mostly on the comment page. I think you have started pod-casting since 2009. Right? There might be guys who has been with you since 2009 to now. If you invite some of the LEPERS for interview in the podcast that will be so great. You can hear and see how much your podcast is changing the life of the LEPERS. I really appreciate if LEPERS are invited for interview in the podcast for few minutes.

    Finally my message to LEPERS, you are very luck you came across to LEP by different means. In LEP, you are not learning English only you are also learning about many things. I use this podcast to update myself to information. I will come soon for feed back in the other podcasts page. Upto that enjoy LEP, LEP is special.

    • Hi Gudu, and thanks for writing such positive comments.
      Regarding your suggestion about inviting people for interviews on the podcast, it’s certainly an interesting idea, and it would definitely have value. In fact, that’s what I’m trying to achieve with this competition. Let’s see what happens after the competition, who wins and how the interview goes. After that I might consider having more listeners on the podcast in interviews. I might even open up a new podcast RSS feed called “Your English Podcast” which is open for contributions from listeners. It would be an open-source podcasting platform for listeners to LEP. For example, I could give people up to 10 minutes of podcasting time per week. The podcast would be downloadable and free for subscriptions on iTunes, and it would be made up of contributions from listeners all around the world. What do you think of that idea?

      • Gudu

        Hi Luke,

        How was your trip to Indonesia. I hope you had a wonderful time in there. I have listened the podcast about your trip, part 1 and 2 but I was reading at the same time. I remeber you had a good time. Wow, the idea “Your English Podcast” is really great. I can not wait to see myself podcasting. It is a very good idea. I am looking forward to the coming podcast to hear listeners from all over the world. By the way, I enjoy the last part of your podcast. You are a unique person. I mean those the motivational speech. Try to include those inspirational words at the end of each podcast. The rap is also very wonderful. The rap I have heard in one of your podcast. I think at this moment I know your podcasts more than your. I am preparing myself to listen all the podcast once again. I will see how long it will take me to finish. You see I am voracious listener.

  • Josimar Mariano

    I love your accent and your epsodes!!!
    It improves so much my listening, writting and reading skills…
    You’re AMAZING!!! Have a nice trip!!!


    34. If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change?

    • The plan is to just play it on the podcast, and I can give some language feedback and comments if you’d like me to. Would you like me to do that?

      • masoud

        ofcourse i do care to have a native speaker comment on my english ! and if it is luke i adore to be verdicted !
        i may not record 5min but more on not percise thing but roaming about every thing with my mate!
        but i do not know for which one should i podcast track NO 200 OR 207?
        BY THE WAYi am getting a teacher ….
        tell u about it la8r

  • Ksenia

    Have a great holiday!
    Now, after listening to all the things I could have spoken about I feel that the episode I’ve already sent you is so lousy( I could have done so much better, but what is done cannot be undone. So I hope that at least I few people will find those quotes from Agatha Christie entertaining.

    • Hi Ksenia, if you’re really not keen on the recording you sent me, you can send me another one. you have until the end of the month :)

  • Anonymous

    19. If you could speak perfect English, what would you do?

    I would never shut up.

  • Leo

    I’m from Hong Kong. Thank you so much for your videos! They have helped me so much in improving my English, especially with native British accent! Please keep on doing them! I think I have become a big fan!

  • Mohammed K.

    Have a nice trip.

  • Anonymous

    Have a nice holyday and come back better than ever. We’ll miss you, on behalf of all the LEPers =)

  • Mollie Tai

    Thanks for the tips and have a wonderful trip !!! BYE !!!