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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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In the first part of our three-part series, we take a look at the fascinating history of Disney. From why Mickey Mouse isn't a rabbit through to what Walt Disney was like as a person, the history of Disney is as interesting as it is magical. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/disney-history
From a small, wet island, English has come to be the world's dominant language. How did this actually happen, where does English actually come from, and how has the language changed over the years? Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/history-of-english-language
Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

2021-02-1118:491

It's the day of the year where we celebrate love and desire. But where does it actually come from? The origins of Valentine's Day are mysterious, and not even that closely related to love at all. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/valentines-day
Rose Island

Rose Island

2021-02-0419:591

Discover the story of what happened when an Italian engineer decided to build an island off the coast of Italy..and then declare it to be an independent country. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/rose-island
The Art of War

The Art of War

2021-01-2817:55

It's the world's most famous book on military strategy. Learn about its fascinating history, about the lessons in the book, and discover how you can apply some ideas from this 2,500-year-old book to your English learning. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/art-of-war
Chocolate

Chocolate

2021-01-2119:393

It's the world's favourite sweet snack, and the chocolate industry is worth over $100 billion. Discover the fantastic history of where it comes from, how it became so popular, and learn about some of the economics of chocolate production. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/chocolate
Oasis vs. Blur

Oasis vs. Blur

2021-01-1417:51

In August 1995 Britain's two biggest bands battled for the number one position. Discover what happened, how the battle divided the nation, and why the story is about much more than just music. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/oasis-vs-blur
Bitcoin

Bitcoin

2021-01-0721:461

It's the most famous cryptocurrency in the world, and went up in value by 269% in 2020. In this episode, we take a look at what it actually is, how it works, why some people think it is the future or money and others think it is a giant bubble. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/bitcoin
Vespa

Vespa

2020-12-3117:273

It's the iconic Italian scooter that has conquered the world. Learn about how it started, how it got its name, and why it has become such a huge, global success story. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/vespa
You might think that nothing of historical importance ever happens on Christmas Day, but you'd be wrong. Here are 9 weird and wonderful events. The one thing they have in common? They all happened on December 25th. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/9-things-happened-christmas-day
He was the creator of utilitarianism, a philosophical framework for how societies should be structured, based on the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. Learn about the fascinating life of this interesting character, how this theory impacted the law, and how he was true to his beliefs even in death. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/jeremy-bentham
He is the father of modern biology, and his 1869 book On the Origin of Species presented a revolutionary new idea about how species evolve. Discover the amazing story of Charles Darwin, and the journey of how he developed this groundbreaking theory. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/charles-darwin
Personality Tests

Personality Tests

2020-12-0321:174

The personality industry is worth billions, and promises to help us better understand ourselves. But how did it start? How does it actually work? And most importantly, does it actually work? Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/personality-tests
It's the biggest shopping day of the year. How did it start, what actually happens, and how much do people really spend? Plus, learn about the history of discounting, and how companies trick you into buying things you don't need. Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/black-friday-history-of-discounting
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

2020-10-2919:112

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
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Fatemeh Zabeti

Hello! This episode was precisely fantastic. Thank you. Good job.

Feb 26th
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ali arabnezhad

Now that i'm leaving this comment, i've not listened to it yet! But i'm so excited and will listen to it immediately after commenting.🥰

Feb 11th
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Fatemeh Zabeti

Nice as always. Thank you!

Jan 26th
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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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