238. Prepositions (Part 1)

In this episode I decided to teach you about prepositions! Yes! Everyone’s favourite words in English! OK, that’s sarcasm – most learners find prepositions to be confusing and frustrating. However, the episode didn’t quite go as planned and I didn’t manage to deal with the subject as I had intended. Nevertheless, this episode contains some comments and information about prepositions, which works as an introduction to other episodes on the subject. Listen to this one before you listen episode 240, which deals with the subject in more depth. [Download]

Small Donate ButtonI’ve been meaning to do this episode for ages and now finally I’ve managed to get round to it. Well, that was the plan anyway.

Following notes I made over a year ago (which weren’t actually finished) I thought I would be able to deal with this topic without much preparation, but prepositions tend to be complex little creatures to get a hold of, and the topic proved too slippery to deal with fully in this episode, so I have promised to continue the series in the next episode, when we will look at the way prepositions collocate with other words.

So for this episode, I didn’t manage to succeed in my overall mission, but you can see this as like ‘part 1’ in a series about prepositions.

What? Another series? Yes, that’s right! The next episode will focus on ways prepositions collocate with verbs, and will feature an improvised courtroom drama featuring a whole list of verb + preposition collocations. You’ll just have to wait for that one. But for now, join me as I begin to explain prepositions, and end up going on about poor sales techniques and why you shouldn’t buy an iPhone 3 from me. Enjoy!
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  • Orion team

    Hi, people,

    Benjamin, one of the best member of our team had finished this episode.


    I hope you are going to enjoy because he did a great work.

  • Benjamin

    Dear Luke,

    Thank you so much for this episode,
    which is probably the 20th or so of episodes of your podcast that I
    have had the privilege to listen to so far.

    Next to thanking you, I also wanted
    to say that to me there is something admirable about the
    self-criticism you are expressing in this episode – not that it
    would have been required.

    Generally, I like to think that
    looking at one’s own work objectively is very important for
    developing creativity and performance, which ultimately enables one
    to reach out ever further.

    And so this makes me think how
    deprived our world sometimes is in that it allows the constant
    bombardment of people with glittering advertising speak yet almost
    punishes self-criticism and honesty.

    What good is it to make a dodgy
    iPhone 3 deal when by being truthful one could sooner earn the trust
    of someone else?

    And how do we expect to develop
    confidence in our abilities if not by also allowing for frankness and
    self-criticism, let alone criticism voiced by others?

    I grapple with these themes
    personally, as sometimes I don’t think I live in the right world.
    Very often I don’t speak my mind for fear of being regarded strange
    or inappropriate, and I wonder if that is because I’m surrounded by
    shine rather than by truth.

    Thank you for the opportunity to
    think about all of this and to express myself here.

    Best wishes

  • Deniss Konstantinovs

    Hello Luke,
    not meant to be mean, but you should said excuse me after you sneezed. All the best to you.

    And by the way, bless you.

    • Thanks Deniss, and sorry, and excuse me, and thank you! :)

  • Aritz

    Do not worry about this episode, great Luke. WE ALL LOVE YOU WITH YOUR VIRTUES AND YOUR DEFECTS!


  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry Luke. We love you even when you fail. You are the best!!