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English Learning for Curious Minds

English Learning for Curious Minds

Author: Leonardo English

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Are you looking for a more interesting way to to learn English?

English Learning for Curious Minds is where you can learn English from native speakers while learning fascinating things about the world.

Every episode comes with a transcript & key vocabulary and is spoken at a speed you can understand.

Join listeners from 155 countries and discover the most interesting way to improve your English while expanding your mind.

Find the bonus episodes, transcripts, key vocabulary, and learning materials at www.leonardoenglish.com
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Penal Colonies

Penal Colonies

2020-11-1916:162

Starting in the 17th century, Britain sent hundreds of thousands of people to America and Australia for crimes as small as stealing a loaf of bread. Learn about why this happened, how it worked, and the legacy it has left on the countries where these prisoners were sent to. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/penal-colonies
Superstitions

Superstitions

2020-11-1219:582

From black cats to Friday the 13th, superstitions exist in cultures all over the world. Where do they come from? Why do so many people believe them? And is there any evidence to suggest that they are actually true? Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/superstitions
Survivalism

Survivalism

2020-11-0519:211

It's the belief that the world is unstable and unpredictable, and that we should all be prepared for what happens when catastrophe strikes. Learn about where this idea came from, what survivalists do, and why the USA is the world's survivalist capital. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/survivalism
Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time

2020-10-2919:012

In 70 countries around the world we change the time twice a year, giving us longer evenings in summer. Why did we start doing this? Why do some people love it, others hate it, and will we ever stop doing it altogether? Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/daylight-saving-time
Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

2020-10-2218:301

He has been called 'the most relentlessly curious man in history', and was the quintessential Renaissance man. Learn all about the fantastic life of the genius after whom Leonardo English is named, from his talents as an artist to his skills as an engineer, and get inspired by his insatiable curiosity about how the world works. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/leonardo-da-vinci
GDP & Measuring Growth

GDP & Measuring Growth

2020-10-1523:032

“It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” - Robert Kennedy It's the number that world leaders constantly talk about, using it as proof of what a great job they are doing. But what does it actually mean? What does it tell us, and what doesn't it tell us? And what would happen if we stopped using it altogether? Transcript, subtitles, and key vocabulary available at www.leonardoenglish.com
The Vikings

The Vikings

2020-10-0822:321

For almost 300 years the vikings terrorised large parts of Europe, arriving in boats and killing anyone that got in their way. But they were also traders, inventors, and storytellers, and they have had a lasting legacy on the world we live in. Full transcript and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/the-vikings
You've heard of zoology, but you might not have heard about its pseudoscience cousin, cryptozoology, the subculture that attempts to prove the existence of mysterious animals from folklore and popular culture. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/cryptozoology
The Prime Minister of the UK has a unique way of using language, which shows his privileged upbringing and elite education. Learn about how he uses language, why he talks in this way, why this appeals to the British people, and what similarities he has with Donald Trump. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
The House of Medici

The House of Medici

2020-09-1718:193

The Medici family rose to power in Florence in the 1400s, and controlled the city for a large part of the Renaissance. Their legacy lives on through much of the art, culture, and architecture that we now take for granted. In this episode we tell the story of how they rose to power and developed the idea of modern philanthropy. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
“The whales do not sing because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.”- Gregory Colbert Whales are some of the most amazing animals that have ever existed. From where they come from to how they live their lives, through to the threats that they have faced and how they bring new life in death, it's time to learn more about the amazing life these animals lead. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
Electric Cars

Electric Cars

2020-09-0317:442

The history of electric cars goes back a lot further than Tesla and Elon Musk. Indeed, the 'golden age' of electric cars was over 150 years ago. Discover how electric cars have evolved, why some people say they aren't as green as people think they are, and we run the calculations to see what the true environmental cost of electric car ownership is.
Tito, the former president of Yugoslavia, survived 21 assassination attempts, fought in two world wars, and managed to stand up to Josef Stalin and live to tell the tale. In this episode we tell the tale of the fascinating life of Josip Broz, 'Tito'. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
The President of The United States of America uses a kind of English you won't find in a textbook. Here we take a look at how he speaks, why he speaks like he speaks, and what Donald Trump can teach you about speaking English effectively. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
It's one of the biggest financial frauds in history, and involves bankers, politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and The Wolf of Wall Street. It's time to find out what happened to the missing Malaysian billions. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
Modern Pirates

Modern Pirates

2020-08-0617:381

The pirates of the 21st century don't have parrots and swords, but night-vision goggles and AK47s. Discover why pirates have re-emerged, how they work, and what the effect of piracy is on the areas in which they operate. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
The World Bank

The World Bank

2020-07-3018:281

It's one of the world's most important financial institutions, but also one of the most controversial. Discover what the World Bank actually is, how it works, what happens when it gets things right, and what happens when things go badly wrong. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
This far-right conspiracy theory has gone from niche internet forums to President Trump's Twitter account. Discover the story behind QAnon - where does it come from, what do they believe, and is it really the most dangerous conspiracy theory in America? Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs

2020-07-1619:282

In 1971, Richard Nixon declared The War On Drugs. Almost 50 years later, and a war that has cost the US over a trillion dollars, we take a look at the effect that this war has had on society. Why was it declared, what actually happened, and who are the real winners? Subtitles, transcript & key vocabulary available at www.leonardoenglish.com
Human Rights

Human Rights

2020-07-0921:551

In 1948 the United Nations signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which set out the 30 'inalienable' rights that all humans on Earth should get at birth. But where did this come from? How effectively does it actually work? And what comes next for human rights?
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Simor Kour

thank you 🙏 so much keep up the amazing work

Jun 15th
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Simor Kour

💙💙thank you keep up the good work

May 23rd
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aga_plecie

I've just started listen your podcast and I love it. I love this idea 🥰 I just wondering, because I also want to learn Italian, can you recommend any Italian podcast to learn this language? Thanks and have a nice and sunny day in Malta ☺️

May 11th
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Sim Kaur

Thank you for this podcast, I’ve acquired amazing vocabulary today. Sim

Jan 4th
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