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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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Discover the amazing story of how a young woman from France befriended the royal family, escaped the guillotine, made death masks of revolutionaries, and then created the world's most successful waxworks museum. The story of Madame Tussauds has a lot more to it than meets the eye. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
Food delivery apps have taken over cities across the world, promising delicious food at the tap of a button. But is it really that simple? In this episode we discuss what the rise of food delivery apps means for us, for restaurants, and for the people who do the deliveries. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
The Resource Curse

The Resource Curse

2020-06-1116:181

When a country finds gold, oil or diamonds, you might think this would be a good thing. But in many cases, it is a curse for that country, and it would have been better off leaving its natural resources in the ground.
People in Britain have a unique sense of humour. For lots of foreigners it's difficult to understand and confusing. But British people are fiercely proud of their sense of humour, and the UK has produced some of the world's best comedies. In this episode we take a look at what makes Brits laugh, and tell a few jokes along the way.
Plastic

Plastic

2020-05-2819:36

It has revolutionised our lives, made cars lighter, food fresher, and water safer. But at what cost? In this episode we take a look at the history of plastic, and ask ourselves what comes next.
Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

2020-05-2117:521

It's one of the most isolated countries in the world, ruled by an authoritarian leader with a passion for horses and Guinness World Records. It's time to find out about the weird and wonderful country of Turkmenistan. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
It's one of the most famous department stores in the world, catering to the world's rich and famous. But it hasn't always been this way. In this episode we take a look at the story of Harrods, and discover the fascinating and unusual history of this iconic London location. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
It's a collection of the biggest, fastest, and weirdest things in the world. But how much do you really know about The Guinness World Records? Today we look at the story behind the book, and discover how an argument about a bird turned into one of the best selling books in the world. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
A Service Announcement

A Service Announcement

2020-05-0407:14

A quick announcement of some exciting developments at Leonardo English. New memberships, request an episode, and exclusive Q&A sessions for members. Until May 10th use the code APRIL4 to get your Listener membership for €4/month - www.leonardoenglish.com/subscribe
Fair Trade

Fair Trade

2020-04-3022:121

You recognise the name. You recognise the label. You've seen it on bananas, chocolate, coffee, and all over thousands of everyday products. But how much do you really know about Fairtrade? In today's episode we take a look at how it really works, who benefits, and why some companies are starting up alternatives to Fairtrade. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
It's one of the most powerful television channels in the United States, the current US president’s preferred news channel, and referred to by some as 'state TV'. In today's episode we take a look at Fox News: who watches it, how it really makes money, and what event could cause its downfall. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
In the early hours of November 5th, 1605, a man was found in a cellar under The Houses of Parliament. He was moments away from blowing everything up, killing the King, and changing the course of British history forever. Today we tell the story of Guy Fawkes, and how we went from religious terrorist to anti-establishment icon. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
In Holland in the 1600s the price of tulips rose so much that a single bulb reportedly cost more than a townhouse on Amsterdam's grand canal. Today we look at the real story behind one of the greatest bubbles in history. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
In 1963 a criminal gang managed to stop a Royal Mail train, steal £2 million pounds in cash (£55 million in today's money), and escape. It took them just 15 minutes. Today we tell the story of this infamous robbery, and the hunt to find the men who did it. Full transcript, key vocabulary and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
In 1755, Samuel Johnson published an English dictionary that has gone down in history. Not only was it the first of its kind, it was full of funny jokes. Today we tell the story of this fantastic dictionary. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
300 years ago, London experienced a gin craze of epic scale, with the average Londoner drinking 10 times the amount of gin that the world's biggest gin drinking country does now. Today, it's time to learn about how gin almost destroyed London. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
After water and air, it's the most used natural resource in the world. But are we really running out of it? If so, why? And what happens if we do? Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income

2020-03-0619:10

What would happen if the government just gave everyone money? That's the idea of Universal Basic Income, and it's an idea that has supporters from all across the political spectrum. Today we're going to take a look at how it works, why people love it, why people hate it, and what happens when you just give people money without asking for anything in return. Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
How Google Works

How Google Works

2020-02-2820:27

It's the most visited website in the world, with 80,000 searches per second. But have you ever actually wondered how it really works? Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
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, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com
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Comments (4)

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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