English Learning for Curious Minds | Learn English with Podcasts

English Learning for Curious Minds | Learn English with Podcasts

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Jack The Ripper
Feb 24 • 16 min
In 1888 a serial killer terrorised the streets of London’s East End, brutally murdering women. Over 2,000 people were questioned, but the killer’s true identity has never been revealed. Today it’s time to tell the story of Jack The Ripper Full transcript…
Palantir: The Most Important Company You’ve Never Heard Of
Feb 20 • 14 min
You might know nothing about it. But it certainly does (or could do) know a huge amount about you. Let’s take a look at this incredibly powerful company that can see into everything we do. Full transcript and key vocabulary available on…
Help!
Feb 18 • 8 min
A very different episode to normal. Today it’s time to ask for your help… Curious? It’s only 9 minutes long. Full transcript and key vocabulary available (for free) on www.leonardoenglish.com
North Korea - The Hermit Kingdom
Feb 18 • 20 min
The media might portray it as just a failed state run by a mad dictator, but today we’ll find out that things might be just a little bit more complicated than they seem. Full transcript and key vocabulary available on www.leonardoenglish.com
Why Are So Many Jobs So Pointless? The Rise of The Bullsh*t Job
Feb 13 • 20 min
Why do so many jobs seem quite so pointless? Today we’re taking a look at the phenomenon of the bullsh*t job, and its effect on us individually and as a society. Full transcript and key vocabulary available on www.leonardoenglish.com
What’s The Difference Between Great Britain and The United Kingdom?
Feb 10 • 17 min
Confused about the difference between Great Britain and The United Kingdom, and always wondered when to call someone British instead of English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish? Let’s clear it up, and explain how we got to this, admittedly, pretty complicated…
Part 2: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How To Avoid Them)
Feb 6 • 19 min
It’s time for Part 2 of our most common mistakes people make when learning English. Learn about why you shouldn’t worry about grammar, why ‘survival’ listening isn’t the answer, why you don’t need to go to an English-speaking country to learn English, and…
Part 1: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Learning English (and How to Avoid Them)
Feb 3 • 19 min
It’s time to take a look at the most common mistakes people make when learning English, and how to avoid them. From how to get over the fear of opening your mouth to why you shouldn’t speak too fast. Full transcript and key vocabulary available on…
Fake Meat
Jan 30 • 14 min
The fake meat industry is booming. Today we take a look at why that is, and ask ourselves whether there will ever be a day that ‘real’ meat vanishes from our dinner tables altogether. Full transcript and key vocabulary available on www.leonardoenglish.com
Conspiracy Theories
Jan 27 • 14 min
Today we are taking a look at conspiracy theories. Why people believe them, why they can be so seductive, and the damage that they can do. We’ll also take a look at three of the wackiest ones out there - from why people believe Disney made Frozen to why…
Carbon Offsetting
Jan 23 • 17 min
You’ve probably heard of carbon offsetting, and heard people praise it as one potential tool in the fight against climate change. But how much do you really know about it? In today’s podcast we go into how it really works, why people love it, why others…
British Food Part 4 - The (Earl of) Sandwich
Jan 20 • 18 min
It was called “Britain’s biggest contribution to gastronomy” by the Wall Street Journal. Today, in part 4 of our mini-series on British food, we’re looking at the sandwich, the story behind it, why it is so important for people in Britain, and how it…
British Food Part 3 - The English Breakfast
Jan 16 • 16 min
“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.” W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) The English Breakfast is a truly British institution, and its history goes back 700 years. In today’s episode we go into the story behind the meal, and…
British Food Part 2 - Fish & Chips
Jan 13 • 13 min
It’s a British classic, but how much do you really know about it? Today we are diving into the fascinating history of fish and chips, and we’ll discover that it might be not quite so British as you might think. Full transcript and key vocabulary available…
British Food Part 1 - Oysters
Jan 9 • 17 min
Part 1 of our 4-part mini-series on British food. First up it’s the oyster. It’s not something you might normally associate with British food, but this little creature was hugely important for British cuisine, and has a fascinating history. Today we’ll…
Why Is All The News So Negative? And What If It Wasn’t?
Jan 6 • 19 min
Why is the news always full of disasters? What would the world be like if it wasn’t? In today’s episode we take a look at some of the theories about why the news is always so negative, and imagine what kind of world might exist if it wasn’t. Full…
What Makes Babies The Ultimate Language Learners?
Jan 2 • 18 min
Why are babies so good at language learning, and what can we learn from them to make us better English students? Today we take a look at 5 qualities that babies have that we should all incorporate into our language learning. Full transcript and key…
Why is New Year, New Year?
Dec 30, 2019 • 9 min
Have you ever wondered why January 1st is the start of the new year? In today’s episode we’ll discuss the history of new year, talk about the longest year ever (it had 445 days), and you’ll find out why new year is celebrated on January 1st, and not on…
The Sea That Disappeared
Dec 26, 2019 • 12 min
Today we’re going to talk about a sea that disappeared, and find out what happens when a country tries to start a hub for cotton farming in the middle of a desert. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t go well. Full transcript and key vocabulary available on…
The Book That Made Christmas, Christmas
Dec 23, 2019 • 14 min
Today we take a look at the book that is fundamental to our modern understanding of what makes Christmas, Christmas. No, it’s not the Bible. It was written in Victorian London, and tells the story of an old miser who discovers the Christmas spirit. Full…
The Most Successful Advertising Slogans of All Time
Dec 19, 2019 • 14 min
Today we take a look at three of the most successful advertising slogans of all time. We’ll explain how they work, why they work, and we’ll go through any clever twists on language that they use. Full transcript and key vocabulary available on…
Who Owns Space (And Why Does It Matter)?
Dec 16, 2019 • 11 min
We humans do a pretty good job of dividing up ownership of the world. But what about beyond that? Who owns space? Who decides who owns that, and why does it matter? It’s time for the final part of our 3-part mini-series on “Who Owns The Sea, Sky, and…
Who Owns The Sky (And Why Does It Matter)?
Dec 13, 2019 • 12 min
It’s Part 2 of our 3-part series on “Who owns the sea, sky, and space”. Ever wondered who actually owns the sky? Today we’ll discuss who owns it, why it’s still not clear who does own most of it, and why that doesn’t actually really matter. Full…
Who Owns The Sea (And Why Does It Matter)?
Dec 10, 2019 • 17 min
It’s time for Part 1 of our 3-part series on “Who owns the sea, sky, and space”. Ever wondered who actually owns the sea? Learn about who owns 2/3 of the surface area of the world, why countries want to claim ownership of rocks in the middle of nowhere,…
How Did The Russian Oligarchs Get So Rich?
Dec 6, 2019 • 15 min
Ever wondered how the Russian oligarchs actually managed to get so rich? Today we’re going to be taking a look at how 22 men managed to gain control of 39% of Russia’s entire economy, while the the rest of the country suffered. You can then decide whether…
What Is Soft Power (And Why Does It Matter)?
Dec 3, 2019 • 16 min
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” - Mao Zedong, 1927 “In the 21st century, culture is power” - Park Geun-hye (ex President of South Korea, home of Gangnam Style) How do other countries win the political game without force? Why is language…
How To Use Podcasts To Learn English (Like A Boss)
Dec 3, 2019 • 17 min
Ever wondered how you can use podcasts to learn English? This episode explains why listening to podcasts is the serious English learner’s secret weapon, how it is 10x more effective than watching videos on YouTube or Netflix, and why you should start…
The Most Amazing Prison Escapes in History
Dec 3, 2019 • 11 min
Let’s learn English by taking a look at 5 of the most amazing prison escapes in history. We’ll travel to South Korea, Mexico, Germany, and the US, and discover some of the ingenious ways in which prisoners evaded their guards. You can get the transcript…
The Places In The World Where Planes Can’t Fly
Dec 3, 2019 • 9 min
Ever wondered if there are places in the world where planes can’t fly? Join us in today’s episode while we discover the places in the world where planes can’t fly. From mountainous regions to hostile states, from theme parks to ancient temples, it’s time…
Meet the English Learning for Curious Minds podcast
Dec 3, 2019 • 14 min
Wondering what the English Learning for Curious Minds podcast is all about, who is behind it, and whether it’s for you? Well, this should clear things up. In today’s inaugural episode, we’ll cover who should be listening to the podcast (hint - if you want…
Trailer: English Learning for Curious Minds
Nov 26, 2019 • 2 min
Bored of vocabulary books, phrasal verbs, and don’t want to sleep with your grammar book under your pillow? You’re in the right place. Subscribe to the English Learning for Curious Minds podcasts to learn fascinating things about the world while learning…