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I’m Luke and I have been producing the podcast at home in my flat for nearly 9 years. I’m a DELTA-qualified English teacher from London with over 16 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. Join thousands of people from around the world and listen to L.E.P.

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  • Orion team (Antonio)

    Hi, Luke,

    Episode 474. You arrived at the airport and went for you car (Right cars company) and you had to take… What’s? (54:35)_______ to go to the Parking Lot…

    Sorry, but you said the name several times on my chunk and I can’t know what is it.

    Thank you.

    • I think it’s a shuttle – does that make sense? (or a shuttle bus)

      • Orion team (Antonio)

        Yes, it sound like that, thank you. :)

  • Hi LEPsters, I’m planning to interview my mum for the podcast soon.
    Do you have any questions you’d like me to ask her?

    • Jilmani

      Awesome, ask her: Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones except LEP?

      • I literally just wrote that question down. Great minds Jilmani, great minds.

      • Jilmani

        Thank you ☺️

      • Cat

        The force is strong with you both! ;))

      • Jilmani

        Danke Cat.

    • @catherinebear:disqus ?

      • Cat

        Oh, sorry, I missed it. Thanks for asking!
        I’m sure you’ve got plenty of questions for her already. :)
        Looking forward, looking forward to Mrs Thompson! Thanks for inviting her, Luke! (finally, I’m at peace..) :))

      • Loads of questions, and we only got through a few despite talking for over an hour. The episode should arrive before too long.

      • Jack

        Oh noooooooooooooo :( looks like I am late :(
        Here is my letter for aunt Gill:

        Dearest Aunt Gill,

        I am so happy to know that you are going to be on the podcast soon. I just hope this special episode goes up as soon as possible. It is always a pleasure to listen to you speak about cooking and life in general.

        I want to share with you something. You know, aunt, these days I am a bit cross with Mr. Ruku because at the start of this year he went to Japan for a holiday and I asked him to bring a gift for me – he didn’t :( and just a month back he went to the land of fatties and again I repeatedly reminded him of the gift and yet again he didn’t bring a gift for me :(

        So, I request you to be the solicitor and help us reach truce. Thanks :)

    • Marta KL

      Great news!
      I’d like to ask her how she feels about becoming grandma in the near future. Not sure if it’s not too personal though :)

      • We’ll see. I think she’d be happy to answer that question, but I’m a bit wary of talking about baby stuff too much on the podcast. Don’t want to sound like a broken record. Thanks for the question though Marta!

      • Marta KL

        Of course, Luke, it’s completely up to you :)
        So maybe another one – any recommendation of some interesting books or movies which has she read/watched recently?

    • Nick

      I’d ask: what she thinks about changes in the UK life. Was it better to live in the UK 40-30-20 years ago than now. What was good/bad then and what is good/bad now. And if she into politics. Who among UK politics made a lot of good/bad for the UK and for the rest of the world. Maybe somebody is her favorite one.

      Something like that.

      • Thanks Nick, I’ll add them to the list. I’ve got quite a big list now – not sure we’ll cover everything (this time).

      • Nick

        Well, more reason to make another podcast soon. I don’t think anybody would mind.

      • Absolutely. I now have a list of questions for mum. I answered some of them today. I’ll come back to the others at a later date.

    • Milan

      Hi Luke, I`ve got a simple one. Does your mum listen to your podcast?

  • Orion team (Antonio)

    Hi, people. episode 473 about cricket is near finished, and according to Jack desires it would be great if some of you proofread the last chunks we have done.
    Most of them are already proofread by Jack and other LEpsters but there are still some gaps to fill.

    So you have one day to do that before I move the file to the finished episodes folder where it would be continue being improved.

    Thank you for your great help.

    docs.google.com/document/d/1eo7kMtvVxxNvJoeOggRlFN-IDX3Asv4i444bfzY8cvA/edit?usp=sharing

  • Agnes

    who is John Cleese? I started figuring out whether I’m an extrovert or an introvert person.

    Which one is most suitable to your characteristic nature?

    • Cat

      He is a comic, very well known and beloved by nearly each Brit, well, at least by the older ones.

      To your another question: I can be both, it’s 50 / 50 in my case. :)

  • Orion team (Antonio)

    Hi, people,

    As usual, we try to transcribe the new episodes and an ol one as

    #103. The Queen and The Royal Family (Robot 4000)

    docs.google.com/document/d/1jRSdQ_gUAhukRpZzeM31BE7uEjKrooXc_9nlYxvX1cE/edit?usp=sharing

    Thanks to all of you for the effort you are doing helping Luke to have a better podcast.

  • Nick

    Jacky Jackson, where are you, mate? Hope you’re well! Write a message!
    Peace to Andromeda and other galaxies!
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MMMe1drnZY

    • Orion team (Antonio)

      He is not here in Orion.

      • Nick

        Is he transcribing?

      • ptholome/Antonio

        Not now. But there was not much to do since I was away for 4 weeks. Maybe he is Catalan and he is committed with the revolution… :)

      • Nick

        Looks like he’s from an Arab country. So we can be pretty sure that he’s not a Catalan.

      • Orion team (Antonio)

        :)

      • Cat

        Jack is from Andromeda! :-)

      • ptholome/Antonio

        Yes, but Andromeda isn’t a planet, it’s something like 3 trillion stars…

    • Jack

      I am here, I am here :)

      How r you brotha? How did your exams go?

      Good to see you brotha :)

      • Nick

        Thanks, man! All went well. I now have some free time to spend it here. But it’s a bit odd that almost nobody’s writing these days.

      • Jack

        Good to know good to know bruh. God-willing you will achieve success in every walk of life.

        Yeah, nobody’s writing, why is it so?

      • Nick

        I think lovers of broccoli have become lazy because of eating broccoli every day :))

      • Jack

        Yeah :)

        Brotha, where is Miss Broccoli?

      • Nick

        Looks like she’s not a frequent visitor here any more and I don’t know why….

      • Jack

        :(

      • Nick

        But maybe when we’re both back it will melt the ice in her heart! Let’s see.

      • Jack

        She needs to comeback :(

      • Nick

        Yes, Troyka is broken because of HER!

      • Jack

        Should we impose a penalty on her for breaking the Troyka apart?

      • Nick

        You’re reading my thoughts! :))

  • Orion team (Antonio)

    Hi, LEPsters,

    We have a new episode to transcribe: 475. Holiday Diary (Part 2) Modern Art: Is it amazing, or is it rubbish?

    docs.google.com/document/d/1lqijwNNZ5J6GxDHrewOCpgLrw1evpxjcr6DgiJ2OtRM/edit?usp=sharing

    I hope you will be exited to start again after the summer holiday… :)

  • Orion team (Antonio)

    Hi, people, time to go to work. Enough resting do fart.

    We have a new episode to transcribe: #482. The Murder Mile True Crime Podcast (with Moz) More Creepy Stories of Murders in London

    docs.google.com/document/d/1eY3VZRJ70M9mwHJGS_CcJoLSk203hxFE-8n9rxWuw4Q/edit?usp=sharing

    I apologize for all the time I was away so there was not more episode to transcribe. :)

    But we are back and I hope these weekends have been great for you.

    Thanks to all of you who are helping Luke to have a better and useful podcast.

    • Good motivation Antonio. Time to get back to work.

      But, I noticed something in your first sentence. “do fart” – is it an error, or has Jack hacked your account?

      • Orion team (Antonio)

        Of course it is. I am not Jack. :)

        I was doing my homework and I wanted to publish more episodes. “so far” is what I wanted to write and I don’t know how this has happened. Sorry, I will try to change it. :)
        Thank you.

      • Cat

        :-)

      • Jack

        You shouldn’t of reminded Sir to edit the original post. “Do fart” sounds better and also it is scientifically proven that a cold combustion engine needs some warming up before it can give optimum performance.

      • *have*

        It was pretty funny, wasn’t it.

    • Marta KL

      Thanks for preparing new episodes for transcribing, Antonio!
      I’m still not sure about joining the Andromeda team, I tried to study some rules about punctuation, but still don’t feel confident enough..

      • Orion team (Antonio)

        Don’t worry, but I think you can join it even if the punctuation is not good enough because practicing you’re going to learn faster.
        I can’t join the team because I can’t understand a lot of what I hear, though I try to help people correcting the few errors I can notice.

      • Agnes

        Marta! Give it and try! I’m pretty sure that you will deal with that!

        Good luck!

        It’s time to get a higher level:-)

      • Isabelle

        Hi Agnes, just want to share the story of the Polish artist with you. A touching story that has made huge impression. Hope you’re well and all (or at least the most) is fine. Take care.

        mariuszkedzierski.net/

      • Agnes

        Hi Isabelle,

        oh, thanks. How did you come across on that artist? Thanks, I’m quite well doing daily routines. How about you? How’s your studying?

        best

      • Isabelle

        I´m well, thank you Agnes! I subscribe to WeChat, one of the largest social media in China. An article about Mariusz´s life and career was published there, it was written in Chinese. I´m so moved by his courage and inspired by his story. He´s a great talent.

        I´m working on the thesis, I stuck sometimes but I´m making progress fortunately :)

        We took a trip to Stockholm last week, and I saw a beautiful flower shop named Agnes & Lisa flower shop. Thought about you instantly. Sorry the position isn´t right even if I´m uploading it from my pc. Hope you can see it. Take care. Very nice to have a chat Agnes!

        uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5fe1e72aed99f0e86218f943da42c8f2fe1ddb17c0a93f1fdc5c20fc443bd0f.jpg

      • Agnes

        oh, wonderful florist! And wonderful name of it! I’m happy that you thought about me:-))

        This is an English counterpart of my name, in Polish it is Agnieszka:-))

        I don’t know if it is an accurate question, but I’m looking for somebody to proofread my trial essays. Those are very short max to 250 words (for exam preparation). Would you be fancy to do that? I know that you’re studying English literature and you’re good at writing:-))

        I had a great English teacher with whom I practiced speaking part and she proofread my texts, but she is busy now and I have no time for seeking someone else. I thought perhaps I would find someone here:-))

        cheers

      • Isabelle

        Sure I will, Agnes:) I’d like to proofread your essays. I’m studing English Language (final year), I’d love to study literature as well. You’re also good at writing Agnes! You can send the essays to me by email, I suppose you have my email address? Let me know if you don’t. Have a nice evening!

      • Agnes

        Great Isabelle!!! Thank you!!! Fantastic news!!!

        Unfortunately, I don’t have your email address, unless it occurs on your website, I’ll search for it. Your help would be greatly appreciated:-)

        I’m just getting a grip to write my first one after a few month break.

        Anyway, I will be pleased to communicate with you by email:-)))

      • Agnes

        Unfortunately, I didn’t find out your email address, could you tell me please, unless you want to keep it private.

      • Isabelle

        isabellepan@hotmail.com

        Pretty straightforward :)

      • Agnes

        just sent you email:-)))

      • Isabelle

        Got it Agnes :)) Will respond to your email later in the evening. Have to put the boys to bed now :)

      • You two can send your emails to me and I’ll forward them to you both, if you don’t want the emails to be made public.

  • Sunwoo Jung

    I’m sure you can conquer the mountain of work as well!

  • Muhammad Fahd

    Teacher Luke, could you please do some podcast on the topic of “English Literature”?
    How should we approach this subject as a major and more?