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741. Top Jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2021, Explained Learn English from some jokes in this episode as we go through 9 jokes chosen as the best of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe stand up comedy scene this year (2021). Let me tell you the jokes, see if you understand them, and then I will break them down for language learning opportunities. Video vers…
 
740. Are native English speakers bad communicators? (The Travel Adapter with Matt Halsdorff) Talking to English teacher Matt Halsdorff about a project to train native English speakers how to communicate better with non-natives. We talk about the reasons why native speakers are often bad at communicating with non-natives, what they should do to fix …
 
739. The Escaped Man by CT Platt (Learn English with Short Stories) Reading a short story presented on Commaful.com. The Escaped Man is a mystery full of tension and intrigue. Listen closely as I break it all down and explain the vocabulary fully. YouTube video version also available. Episode page with transcript links https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pol LEP …
 
A lighthearted entry in the LALO canon as I read a story I wrote in 2013 about a rather surreal night in the world of Table Tennis, a fine sport that I played a lot as a youth. There is also some discussion of nerves and why they can sometimes crack on the big occasion. If you like what you hear, please subscribe, like, share etc... FB page- https:…
 
Chatting to my family about some old anecdotes and stories from the past. Listen for some enjoyable chat, memories, descriptions and tales from days gone by. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-plu LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfoBy Luke Thompson
 
737. A Summer Ramble 2 (Late August 2021) I'm back in the podcast-zone after my holiday so I thought I would do another rambling episode before getting down to work on other content to be released soon. Video version also available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pls LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo…
 
Chris Purcell and Simon Weitzman join me to discuss some key Beatles documentaries, predominantly the Maysles brothers' 'What's Happening! The Beatles In The U.S.A.' (aka The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit), 'The Beatles Anthology' and 'Timewatch: Beatlemania'. Chris and Simon also discuss their own fan-related films (links below)and we discuss the …
 
736. The War of the Worlds [Part 3] Learn English with Stories The final part of this series in which I am reading from the classic story The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, while explaining and clarifying the English which comes up. Full transcript available and YouTube video version too. Episode page with YouTube version, full transcript and lin…
 
735. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells [Part 2] Learn English with Stories Continuing to read extracts from this fantastic science fiction story from the 19th century. Follow the plot and pick up some English in the process. Full transcript available, and a YouTube version too. Episode page with full transcript, YouTube version and links for part…
 
734. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells [Part 1] Learn English with Stories Luke reads extracts from The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. This is a classic bit of science fiction writing from the Victorian era, with some thrilling passages and scary descriptions. It's one of my favourite books of all time and I hope you enjoy it too and learn some…
 
733. A Summer Ramble (Early August 2021) A pre-holiday ramble in which I talk about learning English, moving to a new flat, the podcast over the next few months, football, being on Other People's Podcasts, a recording of my daughter speaking English and a couple of songs. Video version also available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-peO LEP Premi…
 
This episode is a reading of the short but powerful 1935 book 'War Is A Racket', written not by a conspiracy theorist living in his parents' basement (admittedly, they didn't really exist in 1935!) but by a highly-decorated Marine Corps Major General. I intersperse it with a few comments of my own and the reading is followed by Mark Twain's 'The Wa…
 
732. Christian from Canguro English returns Talking to Christian again about some of the themes and controversial opinions he talks about in his YouTube videos, plus some bits about men wearing thongs on the beach, an obsession with rabbits and if Christian was the Donald Trump of English teaching. Video version available. Episode page https://wp.m…
 
731. Beatles Song Lyrics / Idioms & Expressions (with Antony Rotunno) Learn English with The Beatles as we explore lyrics from Beatles songs and pick out some idioms, descriptive language and other vocabulary for you to learn. Featuring Antony Rotunno from the Glass Onion: On John Lennon podcast. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oYM LEP Premium ht…
 
730. Marie Connolly Returns (+ 2 songs) Talking to author Marie Connolly about her new books for children, plus a story about how Jerry Seinfeld came to one of our comedy shows, with two songs on guitar at the end. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-pb4 LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo Links for Marie's book https://books2read.c…
 
David 'Ghosty' Wills and I complete our answering of the wonderful questions sent in audio form by Glass Onion listeners. Topics covered in this part include the 1968 Beatles psychodrama, Bernard Purdey, Lennon's bad behaviour, Beatles influencers and fictional reunion set lists. Thanks once again to all those who sent in questionsEnjoy!Feedback an…
 
729. TOEFL and the Duolingo English Test (with Josh MacPherson from TSTPrep.com) Talking to Josh MacPherson about tips and advice for taking TOEFL and the Duolingo English Test. YouTube version also available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oYm LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo Josh's website https://www.tstprep.com…
 
BONUS: [2/2] EURO2020 Swapcast with Martin Johnston (RnR) & Zdenek Lukas (ZEP) + COMPETITION WINNERS Part 2 of this swapcast about the UEFA Euro2020 football championship with Luke Thompson (Luke's English Podcast), Martin Johnston (Rock N' Roll English) and Zdenek Lukas (Zdenek's English Podcast), with details of the winners of our competition giv…
 
728. English with Rob / Games, Music & Jingles My guest today is Rob from English with Rob (podcast/YouTube). Rob is an English teacher, musician from England, and my former colleague. This episode includes lots of musical fun, some chatting about how we make our podcasts, fun word games and much more. Video version also available on YouTube. Episo…
 
727. Describing John Lennon / Adjectives of Personality J-Z (with Antony Rotunno) The second part of my conversation with Antony Rotunno (John Lennon podcaster, English teacher) in which we discuss adjectives of personality, with John Lennon as a case study. Vocabulary list available. Episode page with vocabulary list https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oYi LEP P…
 
In the first of a traditional Glass Onion 2-parter, I'm joined by radio D.J. David Wills a.k.a. Ghosty, to answer questions from the listeners in audio form. Topics covered include (in no particular order) guitar technique, weed pseudonyms, White Album reimaginings, the ever-changing Lennon, political fad-hopping, future Beatles books and tubas! Pa…
 
726. Describing John Lennon / Adjectives of Personality A-I (with Antony Rotunno) Learn useful adjectives for describing personality traits, with John Lennon as a case study. This is episode 3/5 in my series about The Beatles, with returning guest Antony Rotunno from the podcast "Glass Onion: On John Lennon". Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oXK L…
 
BONUS: [1/2] EURO2020 Swapcast with Martin Johnston (RnR) & Zdenek Lukas (ZEP) A fun chat about the UEFA Euro2020 Football Championship, with Luke Thompson (Luke's English Podcast), Martin Johnston (Rock N' Roll English) and Zdenek Lukas (Zdenek's English Podcast), with a special prize giveaway in which you can win prizes from all 3 of us. Non-foot…
 
725. Fun & Games for Learning English with Vickie Kelty Playing word games with English teacher Vickie Kelty and talking about how to use these games in learning and teaching English. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oXq LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo Vicky Kelty's Website https://www.vickiekelty.com/…
 
I'm joined by Harry from the 'Harry's Moving Media' you tube channel to discuss in depth our collective favourite episode of the classic Charlie Brooker-conceived 'Black Mirror'. Since 'Nosedive' was created, we've seen China introduce a social ratings system but could it happen in the West? (or has it already?). We go more or less scene by scene t…
 
BONUS: Unboxing my Shiny YouTube Award (Audio Version) Just the audio track for my YouTube live video in which I unboxed my nice shiny award for reaching 100,000 subscribers, with some audience questions and a song at the end. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-p1C Video version on YouTube https://youtu.be/KYm4KjB7F0E LEP Premium https://www.teacher…
 
Julian Charles of 'The Mind Renewed' (link below) hosts a talk we did on his podcast in 2017. Music has always been a powerful tool for dispensing truths, and this discussion looks at this from both the inner and outer perspective. As mentioned in the intro, there are links to both my original blog post on this topic and also to many of the songs w…
 
723. Bahar from Iran 🇮🇷 (WISBOLEP Runner-Up) This is the final episode in the WISBOLEP competition series, speaking to Bahar from Iran about the 7-step method she used to improve her English and develop a British-sounding accent. Bahar used to be a terrible student who hated English, but then she made a decision to focus on her English in her own w…
 
722. Discussing John Lennon with Antony Rotunno The second in a short series about The Beatles, this one focuses on the life of John Lennon, with an overview of his life story, some thoughts about his psychology and some rambling discussion questions about this iconic British musician, with podcaster, English teacher and musician Antony Rotunno Epi…
 
Therapist, musician and Liverpudlian Alun Parry joins me as we pool our shared psychological knowledge to discuss John and The Beatles from a variety of angles, all the while taking pains not to offer speculative diagnoses of our wildly contradictory hero and his ex-bandmatesEnjoy!Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.comFa…
 
721. Collins Dictionary Word Quizzes / Confusing Words with Fred Eyangoh This is the second part of my recent conversation with Fred Eyangoh about learning new vocabulary. This one includes a word quiz with homophones and commonly confused words from the Collins Dictionary website. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oVJ LEP Premium https://www.teach…
 
Erin Weber, author of 'The Beatles And The Historians', joins me to discuss various aspects of John Lennon and the Beatles using her historiographical skills. We also discuss history and propaganda in a general way and the challenge of achieving objectivity and finding the elusive truth among ever-changing narratives. Links to Erin's work can be fo…
 
720. How Fred Learns Vocabulary with the New York Times Spelling Bee (with Fred Eyangoh) Fred often plays spelling games on his phone during his lunch break, and he has discovered lots of new words as a result. In this episode I talk to Fred about his process of discovering and understanding new words and I talk about learning vocabulary with onlin…
 
Douglas Valentine is an author, investigator, journalist and poet and also a perfect L.A.L.O. (Life And Life Only) guest since his work and life are a combination of seeking the truth about potentially dark areas of life while promoting self-development and a spiritual centre through his poetry. In this information-packed conversation, we mostly fo…
 
719. Amber & Paul are on the Podcast Talking to pod-pals Amber & Paul about diverse topics including organ harvesting (yes), favourite fruits (exciting), accent challenges, guess the punchline, British Citizenship tests, What the "great" in Great Britain really means, and Amber's son Hugo's astonishing fluency in English. Episode page https://wp.me…
 
718. Michael the Shaman 🇵🇱 (WISBLOEP Runner-Up) Talking to competition runner-up Michael from Poland about two top English learning tips, scary hitch-hiking stories and the practice of shamanism using psychoactive substances. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oPQ LEP Premium https://www.teacherluke.co.uk/premiuminfo…
 
Your host Antony recently appeared on the 'Classic Film Jerks' podcast to take a comedic but still analytical look at the Beatles’ first film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. Is it a classic? You can probably guess what I thought but what did Michael and Andrew from CFJ conclude after their first watch? The intro to the show contains more information on the u…
 
Journalist and Glass Onion listener Spencer Cox joins me for a wide-ranging deep dive into John Lennon 1980, psychology, drugs and even the British royal family (just briefly...)Enjoy!Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.comFacebook page-https://www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpodTwitter handletwitter.com/OnionLennonAntony's …
 
717. Gill's Book Club: "One Two Three Four - The Beatles In Time" by Craig Brown Talking to my mum about a book which you could read as part of your English learning routine. The book tells the story of The Beatles and their impact on society. We review the book and then discuss many aspects of The Beatles story, especially the four Beatles themsel…
 
The final part of our look at Daniel Goleman's seminal 1995 book which seeks to uncover and explain the importance of the skills beyond the traditional IQ measurement of intelligence. Your host Antony reads extracts from the book and offers a few thoughts of his own. The book contains valuable insights and practical information as well as steps tha…
 
716. Interview with a Pop Star from the 1960s - Megan Brady from The Applejacks An interview with Megan Brady, who was the bass guitar player in The Applejacks - a pop band from Birmingham in the 1960s who had a top 5 record, met The Beatles and performed on TV shows and at concerts in the UK. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oJn LEP Premium https…
 
Antony continues to read extracts from Daniel Goleman's seminal 1995 book which seeks to uncover and explain the importance of the skills beyond the traditional IQ measurement of intelligence. There are lots of valuable insights and practical information as well as steps that can be taken for better emotional wellbeing and success in that trickiest…
 
The second half of a double swapcast with Sam from the 'Paul or Nothing' podcast looking at Lennon and McCartney's covers album adventures is a review of Paul's 'Russian album', CHOBA B CCCP. Links to Sam's show can be found belowEnjoy!Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.comFacebook page-www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpodTw…
 
715. Catching up with Craig Wealand [LEP/AIRC Swapcast] Exchanging questions with English teacher Craig Wealand from "Apprender Ingles con Resa y Craig" about COVID-19, living in Europe post-Brexit, my daughter's English, getting proper tea in France and Spain, teaching English on Zoom, the worst jobs we've ever had + more, with a song on the guita…
 
The first of a 3-parter in which Antony reads some extracts from Daniel Goleman's seminal 1995 book which seeks to uncover and explain the importance of the skills beyond the traditional IQ measurement of intelligence. The book, and hopefully this podcast, is chock full of insights as well as practical information and steps for better emotional wel…
 
Sam Whiles of 'Paul or Nothing' guest hosts the first part of a double swapcast looking at Lennon and McCartney's covers album adventures. First up is John's 'Rock And Roll' album from 1975. Links to Sam's show can be found belowEnjoy!Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.comFacebook page-www.facebook.com/glassonionjlpodTwi…
 
714. Robin from Hamburg 🇩🇪 (WISBOLEP Runner-Up) Talking to another runner-up from last year's listener competition. Robin from Hamburg had a big setback in his learning of English, but worked hard to overcome it. We talk about his English learning trajectory, and ramble about German language & culture, his podcast for learners of German, podcasting…
 
713. Lucky Dip with Paul Taylor More random questions, talking points, accent challenges and "guess the idiom" with pod-pal Paul Taylor. Includes discussion of accents in English, cancel culture in comedy, some rude Spanish phrases and more. Video version available. Episode page https://wp.me/p4IuUx-oLA Video Version on YouTube https://youtu.be/3M4…
 
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