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RoPeCast

by Dr Roger Charlton & Dr Peter Tischer · · · · 4 subscribers
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No, we are not talking about flying flags today. After a question in class, Peter asks Roger why many people still consider British English the only proper standard, despite the fact that there are a lot more American speakers of English. [Noah Webster](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Webster) A Wikipedia article about the "father" of ...
64\. Crossing the line Nov. 14, 2012
We are back with more puzzle fun! This time we are going to have a look into the typical British ‘cryptic’ crossword puzzle. Roger will explain what to look for when trying to solve them. And of course we provide some links and material for you to test your puzzling ...
63\. Crossing words Oct. 15, 2012
Crossword puzzles are fascinating. In Britain even more so than in the rest of the world. Listen to this episode to unrevel the mysteries of British cryptic crosswords. They are really hard, but once you know what to look for, you can solve them, too! [Cryptic Crossword](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_crossword) Read about British-style ...
62\. Time out Sept. 30, 2012
Our topic today is sports that were once Olympic. and in general how the public interest in certain disciplines varies over time and continents. We are referring back to the Olympics in this episode, and we apologise for being late; time-out of a different sort. Nevertheless when it comes to ...
61\. Name a discipline July 7, 2012
Just in time for the Olympic Games in London we are glad to present our special edition. Peter really enjoys watching the Olympic coverage on TV, but he needs support unravelling some tricky sport jargon terms. Roger can help with that … [Olympic Sports](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_sports) The Wikipedia article lists all former ...
Are you following the European Championship in football these days? Well, if you like football or if you don’t, we’ve got a little riddle for you, which is based on a pun: What is the difference between the English national football team and a tea bag? To read the solution ...
59. Punny, ain't it? March 31, 2012
Do you like puns? Then you are in good outdoor retail company with non-prophet organisations! Justin Time we are Shaking Speares at elephants to get down of a duck‽ Totally confused now? Check out this episode for more delightenment!
59\. Punny, ain't it? March 31, 2012
Do you like puns? Then you are in good outdoor retail company with non-prophet organisations! Justin Time we are Shaking Speares at elephants to get down of a duck‽ Totally confused now? Check out this episode for more delightenment! [ Shakespeare's "Tragedy of Richard III"](https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Tragedy_of_Richard_the_Third) Read the opening lines of ...
You have no clue what a ratchet is, what it is used for, and what “ratcheting up” means? Just listen to this Toolbox full words like French key, hammer, saw, axe and lots of others that are useful for home improvement and metaphorical expression.
You have no clue what a ratchet is, what it is used for, and what “ratcheting up” means? Just listen to this Toolbox full words like French key, hammer, saw, axe and lots of others that are useful for home improvement and metaphorical expression. [Interactive Tools Vocabulary](http://www.languageguide.org/english/vocabulary/tools/) Hover the mouse ...
57. The nuts and bolts Jan. 14, 2012
Most of you will know what a screwdriver is. – But have you got any idea what rawlplugs are, or about a Phillips, or a POZIdrive screw? If you ever wondered what the proper names for tools and hardware are, we’ll help you out with this nuts and bolts episode ...
57\. The nuts and bolts Jan. 14, 2012
Most of you will know what a screwdriver is. – But have you got any idea what rawlplugs are, or about a Phillips, or a POZIdrive screw? If you ever wondered what the proper names for tools and hardware are, we’ll help you out with this nuts and bolts episode ...
Seasons greetings to you all out there in podcast land. We have a new Christmas special for you. Last year we talked about Christmas songs in the seventies. This time Paul Kingsbury is back at the studio to talk about Christmas pop songs in the eighties. Join us for some ...
Seasons greetings to you all out there in podcast land. We have a new Christmas special for you. Last year we talked about Christmas songs in the seventies. This time Paul Kingsbury is back at the studio to talk about Christmas pop songs in the eighties. Join us for some ...
Remember how we talked about getting rid of stuff you no longer need in our last episode? This time we are going to delve a bit deeper: There are numerous words for things that you don’t need anymore and their usage varies: People put out their rubbish, garbage or trash. ...
Remember how we talked about getting rid of stuff you no longer need in our last episode? This time we are going to delve a bit deeper: There are numerous words for things that you don’t need anymore and their usage varies: People put out their rubbish, garbage or trash. ...
54. Antique attic antics Oct. 14, 2011
RoPeCast is finally back from the summer break! And we are bringing along some insights on how differently people from the UK or the US get rid of the stuff they’ve stored in their attic, cellar or garage.
RoPeCast is finally back from the summer break! And we are bringing along some insights on how differently people from the UK or the US get rid of the stuff they’ve stored in their attic, cellar or garage. [Car boot sales around the UK](http://www.carbootsales.org/) Find locations of car boot sales ...
Sarah Jerram is back in the studio. This time she and Peter are musing about possible reasons for the German reluctance to reproduce at a proper rate. Britain however does a much better job at that.
Sarah Jerram is back in the studio. This time she and Peter are musing about possible reasons for the German reluctance to reproduce at a proper rate. Britain however does a much better job at that. [Birth rate in Germany](http://www.bpb.de/nachschlagen/zahlen-und-fakten/soziale-situation- in-deutschland/61550/geburten) This page by the Federal Centre for Political Education ...