RoPeCast

by Dr Roger Charlton & Dr Peter Tischer · · · · 4 subscribers

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.

—- New Year’s Special —- Hear how people in Canada, Ireland, the USA and UK see in the New Year. There’s talk of socials, resolutions, firecrackers… and about a famous British dinner party that only Germans really care about. [Wikipedia article about 'Dinner for One'](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner_for_One) Wikipedia holds interesting background information ...
—- Christmas Special —- After we received feedback asking for longer RoPeCast episodes, we thought the forthcoming holidays were the right occasion for spending a little bit more time listening to our show. This time we present traditions and peculiarities of Christmas in the English speaking world. Tune in and ...
When people in many parts of the world speak of the “World Cup”, they are probably referring to the game of soccer, but rugby also has its World Cup, Six Nations’ Trophy, and other competitions. So what exactly is this game that – to outsiders – looks as though there ...
Do you know how many types of football there are in the world? There may be no definitive answer, but we’ll deal with 3 major sports: American football, soccer and rugby football, taking in hockey and cricket along the way. [Wikipedia Article about Sport in Britain](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_the_United_Kingdom) Check out what the ...
Mondegreens are misheard song lyrics and they range from the amusing to the mind-boggling. This RoPeCast manages to bring together Jimi Hendrix and Anneliese Braun. After listening, you’ll want to start your own collection of mondegreens. [Wikipedia article about Mondegreens](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen) Get detailed information about the term Mondegreen and more examples ...
It is well known that German (like many other languages) has borrowed words from English. Less well known is the fact that words have also travelled in the opposite direction, with sometimes surprising results. [more loanwords](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_German_expressions_in_English) See this list at Wikipedia for some more instances and examples of German expressions ...
Did you know that even reputable companies sometimes get it wrong when choosing a name for a new product or service? Hear how Germans thought that Rolls Royce was offering them garbage in the 1930s, and how “Nova” was not the best name for a car. [Marketing Translation Mistakes](http://www.i18nguy.com/translations.html) take ...
Germans are surprised to discover that it’s possible to tour the United States on a Beemer, which sounds to them like “Beamer”, a word that native speakers of English probably don’t even know, because “Beamer” is a pseudo-loan word. We have some more examples for you… [Wikipedia article](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_friend) More information ...
Welcome to RoPeCast! Sept. 15, 2008
The name RoPeCast looks and sounds puzzling at first, but there are good reasons for using it, starting with the podcasters’ names: Roger and Peter. Find out who they are, and what they can offer you.