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Luke Thompson is an ESL Teacher, Podcaster, and Stand-up Comedian. He's originally from England and currently lives in Paris. Luke has been helping learners practice their listening skills for over 10 years through his podcast. His webpage and podcast were voted #1 in the Best Blog category for the Macmillan Dictionaries Awards four times in a row. His goals are to engage the learners with authentic conversations that explore all different aspects of everyday life and bits of British culture.
Luke is quite the polymath, meaning he has a broad knowledge and many different skills and passions, and he is an absolute delight to speak with. He explains to me what it's like living in Paris, what a perfect day there might look like, and how he has overcome culture shock. We talk about what stand-up comedy, rock climbing, surfing, and swimming all have in common with learning English or another language. Why "I'm too old" is a bad excuse for not learning a language. How he finds time for all of his different work, hobbies, family, and passions, and how you can make more time for your own learning. What do do if you feel overwhelmed by not understanding something you are listening to. And so much more in Episode 17 of Beyond Borders, so let's dive right in.