English for Life in the UK – Theatre in the UK – Northern Broadsides

Season 2, Episode 29 We interview the Artistic Director of a national touring theatre company about what they do and how they work. We also talk about theatre in the West End and elsewhere. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English by listening to native English speakers, talking in a natural way, about a range of subjects.   Today, I'm delighted to say I've got with me: Laurie, and Laurie is the Artistic Director of "Northern Broadsides" [...]

2021-08-16T13:54:07+01:001st August, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Regional Accents and Dialects in the UK

Season 2, Episode 28 We discuss and illustrate a number of the regional variations in how English is spoken in different parts of the U.K. including Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Birmingham, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. We hear the story of Wilfred Pickles who was used in World War 2 to confuse the Nazis. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English by listening to native English speakers, talking in an everyday way, about a range [...]

2021-08-01T14:07:52+01:0029th July, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Soap Operas in the UK

Season 2, Episode 27 A soap opera is a tv or radio drama. We interview one of the writers and ask her to explain what is a ‘soap’, talk about some of the most popular soaps, give examples of story-lines and discuss whether soaps reflect our society. Download Transcript Transcript English for Life in the UK Episode 27:  Soap Operas in the UK Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English by listening to a range of native English speakers, [...]

2021-08-01T14:07:36+01:0012th July, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Seeking Asylum in the UK, Part 2

Season 2, Episode 25 The history and work of our independent charity which specialises in support for asylum seekers and refugees. We hear the voices of some of our asylum seekers and refugees. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is mainly for people who want to improve their English and at the same time learn more about life in this country.   This is the second of two special episodes where we have been looking at the experience of asylum seekers and refugees and [...]

2021-06-24T06:58:50+01:0024th June, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Seeking Asylum in the UK, Part 1

Season 2, Episode 24 The right to asylum. How the process is supposed to work. Some of the challenges. The voices of experience from asylum seekers and refugees. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English by listening to native speakers, talking about a range of subjects and in doing that, to learn more about life in this country.  Those of us who record this podcast either work or volunteer for an organisation called the [...]

2021-06-24T06:55:16+01:004th June, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Elections in the UK

Season 2, Episode 23 In May 2021 there were local and mayoral elections in England, national elections in Scotland and Wales. We interview one of the local candidates to find out what it was like. Download Transcript Transcript English for Life in the UK Episode 23:  Elections in the UK Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English and learn more about life in this country by listening to native English speakers talking in a natural way about [...]

2021-06-04T20:33:13+01:004th June, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Football in the UK

Season 2, Episode 22 We discuss the recent proposals for a European Super League. The history of some of England’s big clubs including Manchester City and Manchester United. Football related phrases and idioms. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English and at the same time to learn more about life in this country; and, we choose subjects which we hope will be of interest to people, and some of them are linked to the [...]

2021-05-25T09:35:38+01:007th May, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Shakespeare

Season 2, Episode 21 We recorded this episode on Shakespeare’s birthday which is also St George’s day. We discuss aspects of Shakespeare’s life and plays. Idioms from Shakespeare. Download Transcript Public Domain Image of ‘St George kills the Dragon’ by Edward Burns - Jones. St George is the Patron Saint of England and his feast day is April 23rd. Public Domain image - the  Cobbe portrait of Shakespeare claimed to have been painted whilst he was alive. Shakespeare died and April 23rd and he was possibly born on the 23rd of April too, which is [...]

2021-05-20T23:00:24+01:0026th April, 2021|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Easter in the UK

Season 2, Episode 20 The importance of Easter to Christians and the Easter story. Easter as a pagan festival. Modern U.K. traditions at Easter. Easter in some other countries. Symbolism and metaphors. Download Transcript On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. On Maundy Thursday, The Queen distributes special Maundy money to local pensioners in a service which remembers Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles at the Last Supper. On Good Friday in the afternoon Christians remember that Jesus was crucified In Golgotha. At Easter children love to [...]

2021-05-20T21:07:45+01:007th April, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Film and Cinema in the UK

Season 2, Episode 18 History of film. Festivals and award ceremonies, the Oscars. How films get selected and the impact of streaming. Film genres. Film vocabulary. Download Transcript Toy Story is a good example of a children's film The Academy Awards Ceremony is often called ‘The Oscars’ because Margaret Hernrick said the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar and the name stuck Films like ‘Avatar’ require the audience to wear 3 D glasses to experience the special effects Silent films featured comic actors such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton Square Chapel is [...]

2021-05-19T13:14:07+01:007th April, 2021|Podcasts|
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