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.

The American TOEFL may be the best known English test but there is a British alternative. The “International English Language Testing System” IELTS offers you two ways to demonstrate how good your English is. So whether you’re planning to work or study abroad, or even to emigrate, you should check ...
You want to have proof of your English skills and you look around for a test that you can take to get a certificate. You find a confusing range of options and perhaps end up paying good money for a piece of paper that is not accepted by potential employers, ...
You want to have proof of your English skills and you look around for a test that you can take to get a certificate. You find a confusing range of options and perhaps end up paying good money for a piece of paper that is not accepted by potential employers, ...
14. The word is flat! April 16, 2009
Everyone can see that dictionaries are helpful books, but is it worth spending more to buy a dictionary with a CD-ROM? There are indeed many advantages to using an electronic format: help with English pronunciation, easy access to synonyms and information about frequent collocations, to name just a few.
14\. The word is flat! April 16, 2009
Everyone can see that dictionaries are helpful books, but is it worth spending more to buy a dictionary with a CD-ROM? There are indeed many advantages to using an electronic format: help with English pronunciation, easy access to synonyms and information about frequent collocations, to name just a few. [RoPeCast ...
After our Christmas and New Year’s special episodes we tried hard to deliver something similar for Easter. Listen to this short episode to learn what we came up with … [Easter Eggs](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg_%28media%29) This Wikipedia article talks about a second meaning of "Easter Egg" [The Easter Egg Archive](http://www.eeggs.com/) You can even ...
Did we fool you?
X04 - April Fool's day April 1, 2009
Did we fool you? [April Fools' Day](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools'_Day) Read about the day and the best pranks in Wikipedia. [A Spoonfull of Russian](http://speakrussian.blogspot.de/) If you were already looking forward to learning Russian with us ... try this podcast instead.
Unfortunately we did not receive too many comments from our listeners over the last two months and so we decided to address a different, potentially larger group of learners from now on. As of today, RoPeCast will become РоПеКаст and target learners of Russian … День смеха — неофициальный праздник, ...
13. More than words March 29, 2009
Have you been wondering which English dictionary to buy? There are so many on the market that it is very difficult to know which one to choose. This podcast suggests which criteria are important and offers a short-list of four titles. You can find additional information about the “fab four” ...
13\. More than words March 29, 2009
Have you been wondering which English dictionary to buy? There are so many on the market that it is very difficult to know which one to choose. This podcast suggests which criteria are important and offers a short-list of four titles. You can find additional information about the “fab four” ...
Those who are familiar with American English probably find it hard to believe that in the UK, surgery is not only performed in hospitals but something quite common in Parliament and even in office buildings, but it’s true. Other troublesome words include subway, tube, torch and fag. Forewarned is forearmed!
Those who are familiar with American English probably find it hard to believe that in the UK, surgery is not only performed in hospitals but something quite common in Parliament and even in office buildings, but it’s true. Other troublesome words include subway, tube, torch and fag. Forewarned is forearmed! ...
Be our guest March 3, 2009
Do you have any questions about the English language? Or about English speaking cultures? Or about learning English? Or other questions about English you desperately want an answer to and have been afraid to ask up to now? If that is so, post a comment in our blog. You can ...
Be our guest March 3, 2009
Do you have any questions about the English language? Or about English speaking cultures? Or about learning English? Or other questions about English you desperately want an answer to and have been afraid to ask up to now? If that is so, post a comment in our blog. You can ...
If one compares US and British usage, one finds apparently contrasting expressions which mean the same thing, for instance: to fill in a form versus to fill out a form. We offer an explanation and other interesting examples of how two nations are “divided by a common language”. [Vocabulary guide ...
Do you know when to say I live here (simple form) and when to say I am living here (progressive or continuous form)? Are there verbs that are used only in the simple form? What about McDonald’s and their slogan, “I’m loving it”? We offer some help with this tricky ...
9\. Tense moments Jan. 31, 2009
Do you really know how many tenses you use when speaking your first language? Our analysis might surprise you – and help you with your English.
Learners who take risks when speaking English may make better progress than those who play it safe. But ignoring grammar can sometimes lead to misunderstandings. Let’s take the example of speaking about the future. Nothing can possibly go wrong here – or can it? [Tenses in English - Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_verbs#Tenses) Get ...
7\. Sporting language Dec. 31, 2008
Sporting metaphors permeate the English language. In this podcast you can learn about level playing fields, curveballs and sticky wickets. And do you know what a rain check is? Check it out.