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Are you an advanced learner of English? These podcasts from Saarland University offer challenging listening opportunities and fascinating topics to do with the English language and culture. Get your new enhanced five-minute episode once every two weeks.

Are you an advanced learner of English? These podcasts from Saarland University offer challenging listening opportunities and fascinating topics to do with the English language and culture. Get your new enhanced five-minute episode once every two weeks.
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Are you an advanced learner of English? These podcasts from Saarland University offer challenging listening opportunities and fascinating topics to do with the English language and culture. Get your new enhanced five-minute episode once every two weeks.

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English


Episodes

118. A Jazzy New Year!

1/6/2018
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Peter is back in jazzy 2018 for another episode with Saul Rubin, his guitar teacher from New York. Today Peter asks about the jargon of Jazz music and how that differs from other styles' vocabulary. Talking about music is not an easy task afterall. Finally, Saul can solve the mystery of the Real Book's name for Peter. Just listen in to learn how that name came about and why you could be faking a song if you play it from the Real Book. Please note: We recommend watching this episode as...

Duration: 00:08:47


117. A special guitar

12/12/2017
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You probably remember our Christmas specials about holiday traditions and music from the past years. This December we thought we'd make music our topic again (this time as a regular episode) with a focus on some music vocabulary. Peter's guest today is Saul Rubin, a renowned Jazz guitar player from New York. Saul tells Peter about the special feature of his guitar. Please note: We recommend watching this episode as vidcast. See the YouTube link on the right.

Duration: 00:05:18


116. Of excellence, elite and eminences

11/21/2017
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Roger and Neil continue their discussion of the "Teaching Excellence Framework" that has been established in England and Wales to judge the quality of teaching in higher education. Neil illustrates how increasing competition between education institutions can turn out rather problematic, and Roger adds how he thinks it unlikely that something similar could be established in Germany.

Duration: 00:07:05


110. Of tongues, threats and tools

8/17/2017
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We are back with David Erent and English as a lingua franca. David and Peter are going to look at how the use of English outside of its native territories affects other languages and speaker communities such as the French, the Finns, and the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland.

Duration: 00:06:29


105. Of springy and holey bread

6/1/2017
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Roger and Peter are looking into bakery products again, while focussing on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean this time. Peter explains to Roger how Americans tackle the bread and butter issue. Cereals This web page offers additional information on the topic of grains and cereals. Read this to prepare for some serious shopping and baking.

Duration: 00:06:38


103. The problem with soccer

5/1/2017
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Roger received some feedback by other native speakers concerning his usage of the word soccer: They sad he wasn't using proper English (as in British) English there. But Roger being the experienced linguist did some thorough research on the topic and is now sharing the insights he gained...

Duration: 00:06:38


101. One-oh-one 101

3/31/2017
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No, we have not switched to binary language, and April the 1st is only tomorrow. This is really all about the meaning of the number 101. Our 101st episode is all dealing with its rather peculiar ordinal. And it can mean quite different things, depending on its cultural background. 1984 Read up on the novel mentioned and learn about its even wider influence on language and media.

Duration: 00:08:34


100. And the award goes to ...

3/14/2017
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This is a very special episode for three reasons: ▸ First of all, it's our 100th. ▸ Then its the first that we have video-taped in front of a live audience. ▸ And lastly, it's special because we received an award. What award that is and how to translate the respective terminology into English is our topic for this RoPeCast. We also want to thank our listeners new and old for subscribing to us and following our show in the last years! And of course, stay tuned for more ...

Duration: 00:06:32


99. More time comes along ... or around?

3/3/2017
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Again, Roger and Peter are looking into metaphors for time. Peter noticed that time is not always money in the English language and together they try to put things into frame for you. And more questions arise out of this ... Is time linear? No this is not about physics - it's culture, really, and economy!

Duration: 00:05:52


98. Living on borrowed ideas

2/21/2017
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Do you know what a metaphor is? And if you do, do you know how important a role metaphors play in everyday language? They are really worth investing some time into: If you know the central metaphors of a culture and language, a lot of words and phrases revolving around those central concepts can be logically explained and then memorised a lot more easily! Listen as Roger and Peter share some insights about metaphors in language. Metaphor This Wikipedia article explains the metaphor in...

Duration: 00:07:10


97. Training the New Learner

2/7/2017
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No, this is not about Karl Marx! Instead we are thinking about how teaching and learning can be more effective and more fun for both the teacher and the student. Based on what we read in "The gardener and the carpenter" we conclude this double episode with thoughts on how things need to change for and between teachers and learners.

Duration: 00:05:54


96. Of teachers and coursebooks

1/20/2017
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One of Roger's book recommendations "The Gardener and the Carpenter" was picked up by Peter recently and so the two start thinking about a language teacher's gardening and woodworking - figuratively speaking. And so Roger recounts some experiences with English teachers he visited at school and tells us what he thinks made a great language class.

Duration: 00:05:19


95. Teaching tips and presidential presentations

1/11/2017
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Roger and Peter are glad to welcome you to a new year of RoPeCast and English learning opportunities. To start off with, they make another new year's resolution concerning tips for teachers. Peter then starts with a tip for people into training their own or their students' presentation skills: When it comes to rhetoric, watch and learn from president Obama! Obama's farewell address A prime example of his brilliance as an orator. An annotated transcript of the speech If you want more...

Duration: 00:04:05


94. What a year!

12/27/2016
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Time for a very short summary of the past twelve months and some new year's resolutions. It's just a few days before New Year's Eve. Your RoPeCast team wishes you and your loved ones all the best for 2017. Stay tuned!

Duration: 00:03:07


93. Not always comical

12/17/2016
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This episode concludes our pre-Christmas series of book recommendations with comics respectively graphic novels. Peter has brought a selection of his favourites: Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons: Watchmen A group of somewhat different superheroes has to deal with a murder case at the brink of World War III. David Small: Stitches The son of an X-ray doctor looses a vocal chord and his voice to cancer. Allison Bechtel: Fun home An autobiographical story of a homosexual coming-out. Joyce Farmer:...

Duration: 00:11:19


92. Thrilling non-fiction

12/10/2016
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We're back already - as promised - with the third installment of pre-Christmas book recommendations for your personal wish- or shopping-lists. Roger is back with some really interesting non-fiction works, and of course Peter has one to add from his shelf. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run The autobiography of the Boss. "'nuff said!" Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, fast and slow A nobel prize winner's insights on how our brain works. Karen Joy Fowler: We are all completely beside ourselves A novel...

Duration: 00:10:28


91. Illegally good

12/3/2016
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We are back with the next batch of our Christmas book recommendations. Sylke Loew is in the studio to share her expertise on today's genre: Crime stories. Have a look at her recommendations: Alexander McCall Smith: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency A middle-aged lady in Botswana opens a detective agency and helps people deal with their problems. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes has to solve a mysterious case involving a gigantic dog. E.C. Diskin: The...

Duration: 00:07:10


90. Fantastic Reads

11/26/2016
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This year - instead of broadcasting one long Christmas special - we decided to produce a special mini-series dealing with book recommendations that could inspire some of your Christmas shopping. In each episode we will pick out one particular genre of novels. This time we're looking into fantasy stories. Our guest is Christoph Klein, who brings along some good (or should we say fantastic) reads. And if you can recommend more English fantasy novels, why not share it in below as a comment?...

Duration: 00:06:33


X14 - Why Trump won and what it means

11/9/2016
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It really does feel like the BrExit vote all over again - For the second time in a year, the decision of voters has led to a more than surprising and unsettling result. Peter and his special guest David Nott from Iowa discuss how Donald Trump was able to be elected the 45th US president - and what this may mean for the future of "God's Own Country". RoPeCast Special #X10 Our review of the BrExit vote on "The day after".

Duration: 00:13:32


X13 - 'Cause of the caucus

11/4/2016
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Have you also wondered how the American people came to choose between two presidential candidates who are both rather unpopular? Who voted for them in the first place? In this episode you get an inside view on how the system of the American primaries works. 26. Vote till you drop - the U.S. electoral system Listen also to this episode if you want to learn more about the presidential elections in general, before hearing about the primaries.

Duration: 00:09:05

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