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Dr Roger Charlton & Dr Peter Tischer

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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.

Latest Episodes

128. Of different perspectives on cultures

Ginny is back in the studio, but this time with Peter. He's presenting his personal take on the differences between German or European and US culture to her. Their views on things turn out to be rather contrary, particularly when it comes to boundaries and the attitude towards enclosed spaces in the two cultures. Listen in now to learn from a lively illustrated example how the same aspect of a culture can appear totally different and only depend on your personal perspective and stance towards it.

8 MINJUL 18
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128. Of different perspectives on cultures

127. A journey to the centre of the universe

Why not join Roger and his colleague Ginny on a journey to the centre of the universe? Ginny shares her impressions of what it's like when you first come to China as a westerner, when English eventually fails as lingua franca and so does standard Chinese, i.e. Mandarin. But not to despair, people who live in the centre of the universe will know what you need. It's food and always food in China. That much at least they do have in common with the Saarlanders producing this podcast! ;-)

6 MINMAR 10
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127. A journey to the centre of the universe

126. Of eastern people in the west

Some time back we dealt with English as a lingua franca. Today we are revisiting that topic with a narrower focus: Chinese students are travelling the world and attending western universities, in America, Britain and also Germany. Today's guest is Roger's friend and former colleague Ginny, who lived and worked in China for a while. She provides insights on where exactly the cultural similarities and differences lie, and how you can make Chinese people and particularly Chinese students feel welcome in your country, not only by using English as a lingua franca. Filial piety Read up on the concept of reverence towards your elders as it is established in China and other East-Asian countries.

6 MINFEB 3
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126. Of eastern people in the west

125. Of leaving unions and the "backstop"

Roger's explanation of the finer points of the current Brexit situation continues. Today Peter will get an answer to his question from last episode: He'll finally get to know what the so-called "backstop" is actually about and why so many Brits consider it problematic. Now the RoPeCast team is holding their breath for tomorrow's parliamentary decision.

8 MINJAN 15
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125. Of leaving unions and the "backstop"

124. 100 days hence

Political language can sometimes be rather cryptic. Currently, that is definitely the case with all the issues surrounding the "Brexit". We will solve the problem ... Well, that is, we'll clear up the language-related parts. We leave politics and the British economy for someone else to deal with and hope for the best.

7 MINJAN 2
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124. 100 days hence

X15 - Redecorating for Christmas

After two busy but not overly productive months, the RoPeCast tech departments sends out apologies for a delay in production and some issues with the MP3 podlog. Roger and Peter wish you a pleasant and relaxing festive season.

1 MIN2018 DEC 22
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X15 - Redecorating for Christmas

123. Phonetically challenged

Carry is back in the studio with some more insights on phonetics. Today she and Roger focus on pronunciation problems typical for learners from a certain area and what teachers can do about those. Be aware, while the episode takes reference to Germany and the Saarland foremost, many of the problems mentioned are relevant for speakers of other native languages, too. Our Russian listeners for example might also be affected by what is referenced with the German term \"Auslautverhärtung\", that is the de-voicing of word final consonants (think: мороз vs. морозный). Listen in and try it out! And don\'t forget to hold your larynx while doing so. English vowel chart Illustrating the vowels for the British standard \"Received Pronunciation\". German vowel chart Compare it to the German vowels system as shown here. Notice some of the vowels mentioned here are not natively German and occur in loanwords etc.

7 MIN2018 SEP 29
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123. Phonetically challenged

122. Feel the rhythm

Carrie and Roger continue their discussion about the quirks and pitfalls for non-native speakers when dealing with English. Today they dive deeper and come to the conclusion that phonetics and accent are not the biggest problems to overcome for a student of English ...

5 MIN2018 AUG 16
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122. Feel the rhythm

121. Listen before you speak

You may have recognised the title as a modified version of the saying \"Think before you speak!\" We have changed it into a good piece of advice for English learners, based on what today\'s guest tells Roger about her research on phonetics for foreign learners of English. Pronunciator Oh, and if you wonder after listening... Yes the word really exists and wasn\'t invented for this podcast. ;-) IPA-Chart And this is the promised link to an interactive chart of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

6 MIN2018 AUG 1
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121. Listen before you speak

120. Studying gender

Heike is back with Roger for a more detailed look into gender studies. They are discussing what this particular field of social sciences is about, who does and who maybe should study it, and what aspects there are in terms of research topics and interdisciplinary facets. The UdS Gender Studies Certificate If you want to read up on Saarland University\'s gender study course, follow this link for more information.

7 MIN2018 MAR 23
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120. Studying gender

Latest Episodes

128. Of different perspectives on cultures

Ginny is back in the studio, but this time with Peter. He's presenting his personal take on the differences between German or European and US culture to her. Their views on things turn out to be rather contrary, particularly when it comes to boundaries and the attitude towards enclosed spaces in the two cultures. Listen in now to learn from a lively illustrated example how the same aspect of a culture can appear totally different and only depend on your personal perspective and stance towards it.

8 MINJUL 18
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128. Of different perspectives on cultures

127. A journey to the centre of the universe

Why not join Roger and his colleague Ginny on a journey to the centre of the universe? Ginny shares her impressions of what it's like when you first come to China as a westerner, when English eventually fails as lingua franca and so does standard Chinese, i.e. Mandarin. But not to despair, people who live in the centre of the universe will know what you need. It's food and always food in China. That much at least they do have in common with the Saarlanders producing this podcast! ;-)

6 MINMAR 10
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127. A journey to the centre of the universe

126. Of eastern people in the west

Some time back we dealt with English as a lingua franca. Today we are revisiting that topic with a narrower focus: Chinese students are travelling the world and attending western universities, in America, Britain and also Germany. Today's guest is Roger's friend and former colleague Ginny, who lived and worked in China for a while. She provides insights on where exactly the cultural similarities and differences lie, and how you can make Chinese people and particularly Chinese students feel welcome in your country, not only by using English as a lingua franca. Filial piety Read up on the concept of reverence towards your elders as it is established in China and other East-Asian countries.

6 MINFEB 3
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126. Of eastern people in the west

125. Of leaving unions and the "backstop"

Roger's explanation of the finer points of the current Brexit situation continues. Today Peter will get an answer to his question from last episode: He'll finally get to know what the so-called "backstop" is actually about and why so many Brits consider it problematic. Now the RoPeCast team is holding their breath for tomorrow's parliamentary decision.

8 MINJAN 15
Comments
125. Of leaving unions and the "backstop"

124. 100 days hence

Political language can sometimes be rather cryptic. Currently, that is definitely the case with all the issues surrounding the "Brexit". We will solve the problem ... Well, that is, we'll clear up the language-related parts. We leave politics and the British economy for someone else to deal with and hope for the best.

7 MINJAN 2
Comments
124. 100 days hence

X15 - Redecorating for Christmas

After two busy but not overly productive months, the RoPeCast tech departments sends out apologies for a delay in production and some issues with the MP3 podlog. Roger and Peter wish you a pleasant and relaxing festive season.

1 MIN2018 DEC 22
Comments
X15 - Redecorating for Christmas

123. Phonetically challenged

Carry is back in the studio with some more insights on phonetics. Today she and Roger focus on pronunciation problems typical for learners from a certain area and what teachers can do about those. Be aware, while the episode takes reference to Germany and the Saarland foremost, many of the problems mentioned are relevant for speakers of other native languages, too. Our Russian listeners for example might also be affected by what is referenced with the German term \"Auslautverhärtung\", that is the de-voicing of word final consonants (think: мороз vs. морозный). Listen in and try it out! And don\'t forget to hold your larynx while doing so. English vowel chart Illustrating the vowels for the British standard \"Received Pronunciation\". German vowel chart Compare it to the German vowels system as shown here. Notice some of the vowels mentioned here are not natively German and occur in loanwords etc.

7 MIN2018 SEP 29
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123. Phonetically challenged

122. Feel the rhythm

Carrie and Roger continue their discussion about the quirks and pitfalls for non-native speakers when dealing with English. Today they dive deeper and come to the conclusion that phonetics and accent are not the biggest problems to overcome for a student of English ...

5 MIN2018 AUG 16
Comments
122. Feel the rhythm

121. Listen before you speak

You may have recognised the title as a modified version of the saying \"Think before you speak!\" We have changed it into a good piece of advice for English learners, based on what today\'s guest tells Roger about her research on phonetics for foreign learners of English. Pronunciator Oh, and if you wonder after listening... Yes the word really exists and wasn\'t invented for this podcast. ;-) IPA-Chart And this is the promised link to an interactive chart of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

6 MIN2018 AUG 1
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121. Listen before you speak

120. Studying gender

Heike is back with Roger for a more detailed look into gender studies. They are discussing what this particular field of social sciences is about, who does and who maybe should study it, and what aspects there are in terms of research topics and interdisciplinary facets. The UdS Gender Studies Certificate If you want to read up on Saarland University\'s gender study course, follow this link for more information.

7 MIN2018 MAR 23
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120. Studying gender
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