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  • Azeem Sarfaraz

    I don’t know what to record for episode 500.

    • piotr koty

      Anything you like we not judge you :D we are just happy to listen :D

      • Azeem Sarfaraz

        O yes. :)

      • ptholome/Antonio

        For example, nobody knows me and nobody is possibly to meet me so I don’t care what people could think about what I say. I even can be a bit foolish though polite. :)

      • Nick

        We all know you, Antonio! :P

      • ptholome/Antonio

        :)

  • Nick

    Haha, no, I’m fine :)

  • ptholome/Antonio

    Cjeck this out!

    ep 430. Fred tell to Luke: “As long as people understand you. I mean, that’s what language is for, to communicate not to be right.”

    So for people which fears stop them to speak with others, this sentence can help them to forget their negative thoughts.

    • Azeem Sarfaraz

      I think you have to be right(correct) as well as intelligible.

      • ptholome/Antonio

        The most important when we lear a language is to be undertsandable and to understand.
        thereafter you can continue learning in order to have a correct speech. Children learn first af all how to be understood and to understand others. and when they go to the school they learn how to communicate in a correct way.

        What I mean is that we nned to remember or to know what come first. It’s not like which came first the egg or the hen. In languages it is clearer. the understanding come first. That’s why we must put aside our fears to be ridiculous because we don’t speak very well.

      • Azeem Sarfaraz

        Yup. I got it. Good example

      • Yes, I agree. It’s important to be accurate too, and I’m always trying to help my students improve their grammar, but first and foremost you have to be able to communicate a message.
        I have taught students from some countries who had excellent grammar, could complete exercises with no mistakes and wrote very accurately, but couldn’t actually communicate with someone in a normal conversation. The issue there is that they were taught that accuracy and perfection are the most important things.
        Cambridge speaking exams have a number of assessment criteria. Accuracy and range of language are certainly important criteria, but the most important one is Task Achievement – was the person actually capable of using English to achieve something? Typically this would be a short meeting, a mini presentation or just a discussion.
        To get top marks in a Cambridge speaking exam you must be able to achieve the task first, and then you can win extra points with your accuracy and the range of language you use.
        So, communicative competence comes first, and accuracy comes next.

      • Azeem Sarfaraz

        I’m convinced. Thank you for explaining

  • Roberto Zafra Duarte

    Hi Luke,

    now that the time to hug and kiss your baby is getting close, I would like to dedicate this song to your wife and you. I do know you both are going to enjoy it.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_cHvtPB2dY

    Once again, I hope everything goes well and perfect in the labour.

    P.S. as Christmas approaches and just as Antonio says, please contribute with donations to the best podcast of English in the world.

    Regards,

    Roberto Zafra.

    • Absolutely fantastic – it’s one of my all time favourite Bowie songs. Thank you Roberto.

  • Roberto Zafra Duarte

    Hi Luke,

    now that the time to hug and kiss your baby is getting close, I would like to dedicate this song to your wife and you. I do know you both are going to enjoy it.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNqo0kIR-TU

    Once again, I hope everything goes well and perfect in the labour.

    P.S. as Christmas approaches and just as Antonio says, please contribute with donations to the best podcast of English in the world.

    Regards,

    Roberto Zafra.

  • Hello comment section crew,
    Here’s a link to episode 497. You can listen to it a day earlier than the RSS subscribers. teacherluke.co.uk/2017/12/04/497-film-club-withnail-i-with-james-and-will/

  • Nick

    UK political parties in a nutshell (Labour’s point of view):

    There are 2 main political parties in the UK, which are Labour Party and Conservative Party.
    The Conservatives are normally for the rich bastards.
    And Labour are for the working class people.

    • ptholome/Antonio

      Without these bastard no companies, no jobs. To be reach is not easy when you sacrifice all your life for a dream and you succeed. There are bastard amongst reach people as there are bastar amongst the working class. I was a working class person and I knew and know a lot of bastards.

      So show some respect with people who are investing their money providing employs to people who are not able to have great ideas, or take risks for them, or for people who only want to have a great life working for these “bastards” as you say.
      Bastards, believe me we are surrounded by them and they are not reach.

      • Nick

        Martin said that, not me.

      • Nick

        So, please copy and paste your comment on his site :))

      • ptholome/Antonio

        I do it here only because I try to practice English. I have not time to lose speaking about that anymore. Sometimes I can not avoid to do it though most of the time I control myself and do nothing. :)

      • Nick

        Sometimes I’m ashamed for what I post here, but sometimes it’s difficult for me to control myself :))

    • Azeem Sarfaraz

      I don’t know why people hate rich people. They’re as important as working class are, in order for a society to keep functioning well. Don’t you agree nick?

      • Nick

        It’s better to ask working class people about that and not me :)

      • Nick

        This is how some English people think and we as English learners should know about that. That’s why I posted it here.

      • It’s not just about hating people because they’re rich.
        Some people dislike the conservatives (often described as ‘the party of the rich’) because they are said to protect the rights and interests of the rich and make it extremely hard to be poor.
        For example, Conservative policies typically include cutting tax while also cutting public services (which help poor people).
        The Conservatives will say that cutting tax helps business and therefore society in general, and cutting services encourages people to work hard for themselves.
        But this is criticised by people who say that this just helps the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and this is unfair.
        People say the Conservatives make policies that help their friends and they just don’t care about ordinary people. Others believe that the Conservatives are just trying to stimulate the economy by cutting tax and that this will somehow help everyone because the money will “trickle down” from the top to the bottom, creating jobs. But does the money trickle down? Or does it just stay in the pockets of the people who are already rich, while poor people just stay poor?
        The financial crisis of 2008 was caused by bankers gambling with public money, and losing it. As a result the country lost large sums of money. The solution from the Conservatives was to stop spending money on services (e.g. healthcare) and cut the taxes on the businesses and banks. The plan was to save money and make sure that businesses could keep making money. But, effectively this meant that poor people paid for the crisis which was caused by the banking sector.
        So, it’s not just about ‘hating rich people’. It’s a question of hating policies which seem to display contempt for people with no economic power.
        I don’t think we hate rich people in the UK. We just hate an unfair system.
        As Uncle Monty says in Withnail &I “Shat on by Tories, shovelled up by Labour”.
        Whoops, a bit of politics!

      • Nick

        Personally I see it as an anecdote (what I posted above). And I don’t know how to explain why :)

      • Nick

        Thanks for the bit of politics by the way! :))

      • Was it Martin from R&R English who you quoted?
        To be fair, it’s a pretty common opinion.

      • Nick

        Yes, it was him. They both wanted Labour to win. But it didn’t happened.

      • ptholome/Antonio

        In any society there are people who are supporting different policies. But things could be unfair or not but I prefer the countries democratics and everytime the left win the elections, after several years the counties becomnes poorer than before and people vote the conservatives who are forced to cut the expenses and of course the country can not help poor people as they did before.

        in Spain, the socialists won the election is 2004 and after 8 years we were paying 37 billions Euros of intrerests instead 10 billions because the socialists spent the money they were borrowing in the international market. And because the economy from bad to worse we were paying around 8 to 10% instead 2% OF INTEREST.

        We were ruined and the umployement went from 10 to 26%. So, people voted for the conservatives who had to cut hardly. The poor were not helped as before but after 6 years the unemplyment is 18% and the ineterest we pay are around 3% so more money can be directed to the investment… we are in a very bad situation but much better than with the socialists.
        The theory is great but we can not spent the money we don’t have. And in the UK, May is there because people voted for her.

        In theory we can be great people and even we want to help all the poor in the world. But the Brexit is not voted by the rich but by the people, and it shows that bastards are much more people than only some rich.

        I was so poor that I was in a institution for poor people for 14 years. I was educated and I worked very hard for years. I’ve lived in capitalist countries and I have had a great life. Of course, we have fight to have a fair society and I think that 100 years ago and today there is a huge difference.

        My mother told me, before to die, that I was a capitalist. :) we laugh a lot in my family with that.

        for 30 years I’ve risked all my money and even my house trying to win more money investing in my shops. I’ve created employs during several years. I was a bastard for certain people who have never take any risk because they work for the government. I wil have a retirement around 850 euro when they will have 1900 euros.

        I wanted to become rich and I have not succeeded. But I would have loved to be part of these bastards.
        At 64 years old I am not going to speak about policies because for me what matter is my ability to solve my own problems without any help. I was helped as a child and I think it was enough. And what I learned is that we must work as harder as harder as we can. And as I read on a fable from La Fontaine: “Aide toi, et Dieu t’aidera.

        But what I was speaking was not about policies but about the word “bastard” used as a definition for all the rich people. Like that. you are rich, so you’re a bastard.

        But maybe as Luke said in the 430 episode. “Sticks can broke my bones but words can not take my money from me” :)

      • Azeem Sarfaraz

        LOL i agree.

  • ptholome/Antonio

    Hi, people,

    It is Christmas and one of the best ways to thanks Luke is clicking on the DONATE button sending him some Pounds.

    The donation is the only way to have him for a long time and maybe full time if we all understand that Luke doesn’t need a lot of money from a few people but a few mony from a lot of people.

    That’s it!

    So take your mouse and do it. A few from a lot of people is enough.

    • Nick

      I don’t understand why he doesn’t want to accept online credit card and debit card payments. It’s a much easier way to pay.

      • I do accept online bank transfers :)
        My bank details are on this page
        teacherluke.co.uk/luke/support-luke/

      • Nick

        No, I was saying about a method where you just need to fill a form with the card number, expiration date and cvv.

      • Ah, I’m not sure how to do that without PayPal but as people have mentioned before I think there are some other methods, which I should look into. It’s weird that PayPal doesn’t seem to support Russia as a country, but I do get donations from Russia so I guess it must be possible. Can you think of another method? Let me know.
        And, thank you for wanting to donate to the podcast, that’s nice. :)

      • Nick

        Yes, I think that who’s registered with PayPal can use PayPal here.
        About another method.
        I know one service, it’s called Stripe: stripe.com/
        As far as I know it’s pretty reliable service, so have a look for yourself. With this service people will have to just fill this kind of form:
        uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9170e3c8206ac7c35a860686ed76a2cd9cdd27456290cfa89f88d5ea8acd2fda.png

      • ptholome/Antonio

        The problem is the security of our data. I am not going to give them to anyone.

      • Nick

        And Paypal too?

      • ptholome/Antonio

        I am working with Paypal since they started doing this service and they have solved any problem I had with people I bought them anything which was paid with Paypal. Even I had the money back when I had not the product. and sending money to my daughter is done instantly and much cheaper than my bank. A company with more than 150,000,000 of costumer is a guaranty from my point of view. Besides they are on the market and the market punish any error so they can not afford to do them.

      • piotr koty

        What about text message from mobile phone ?
        its cool coz when im topup they give me extra the same amount and i never use it, so i spend it to gain some gold in some games

      • Nick

        It’s one of the methods of course. But usually most of the sites accept bank card payments and I think it’s most convenient for people.

      • ptholome/Antonio

        Ex-communist countries like Russia, or China, and USA companies don’t do great marriages. :)

      • Nick

        China is not ex :)

      • Marta KL

        Nick, is Russia ex?

      • Nick

        Well, we have the communist party here, but they don’t have any power.

      • Marta KL

        Lucky you!

      • Nick

        Yes, poor Chinese people :))

      • ptholome/Antonio

        You’re right China is not a ex but in fact it is not communist anymore but a mix.

  • Nick

    I might drink tons of vodka listening to this song. But I won’t. But I might.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rykzxxcsRM

  • Belen González

    Nice picture!