Episode 39 – How to deal with awkward situations

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Episode 39 – How to deal with awkward situations

LISTEN to the podcast. READ the RnR Grammar. DO the quiz and…. ROCK ON!

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**Special [AMAZING] Guest**  in today’s show where I speak to Luke from the wonderful Luke’s English podcast about HOW to deal with AWKWARD situations ?. We speak about jumping in LAKES ?, The Beatles ?, ‘la bise’ ? and LOTS more – ooh LA LA! ?? P.S. And don’t worry, there is LOTS of RnR vocabulary like:

  • It takes a lot of bottle to be a comedian
  • If I bump into someone in the street
  • When you greet people
  • I can’t be bothered to look on Spotify
  • You can use a river or a pond
  • There needs to be a leaflet about the kissing rules
  • In the video he covers ‘la bise’ from top to bottom
  • Just wipe off the the spit
  • Just keep a straight face
  • We’ve come full circle
  • We’ve cleared up all of these awkward situations

Just keep CALM and keep on ROCKin’ baby ✌️

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Luke’s EXCELLENT podcast which you can find HERE!

RnR Grammar

There was some really nice RnR vocabulary today, so I thought we could look at the grammar aspect of some of the items that came up, so let’s look at these two:

“we’ve come full circle” – “just keep a straight face”

Why are the words ‘come’ and ‘keep’ in bold writing I hear you ask…

WELL the answer to that question is that I want to make you aware about how important it is to record new vocabulary well. When you see a new word it’s not enough just to write ‘full circle‘ for example – make sure you also write COLLOCATIONS (which are words that come before or after it).

As if you wrote ‘we DID full circle’ in an exam, that would be WRONG! So make sure you record all vocabulary with things like:

  • COLLOCATIONS (eg. KEEP  a straight face)
  • Prepositions that go with it (eg. depend ON)
  • Irregular pasts if it is a verb (eg. see – saw – seen_
  • Opposites (eg. love – hate)

And also write down any other stupid information that helps you remember like ‘wipe a POO!’ 😉

When you have listened to the podcast and read the above, then you’re ready for the quiz below!

Good luck!

I'm Martin. I'm an English Teacher. That's about as interesting as it gets.


  1. Daisy says:


  2. Hicham says:

    Keep going Martin .With guitar we could remember the phrases.

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Hicham! Thank you for your message, I’ll keep the guitar so that you remember all the new phrases! Keep on listening and keep on ROCKin’! 😉

  3. Cat says:

    Hi Martin! Thank you for your interview with Luke Thompson! I’m one of his loyal followers — so I naturally followed him to your place too. :))
    What a thoroughly thought and carefully created episodes pages and even quizzes you have here! Thanks a lot!!! 🙂
    I did the quiz and did it “great” with one error on “I can’t be bothered.”; and have to say — it was really helpful to review the vocab! To be honest, I’d rather prefer to have 7 questions instead of 10 😉

    9 of 10 questions answered correctly
    Your time: 00:12:57
    Cat (a regular listener from Luke’s English Podcast)

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Cat! 🙂 I’m glad you liked the show and that you found it useful – it was great having Luke on the podcast! I release a new show every Monday and Thursday, I hope you’ll continue listening! 🙂 If you ever have any questions related to English, just let me know! 🙂

      • Cat says:

        Hi Martin, thank you for your reply, nice! 🙂
        Yes, I do have a question here: do you, English guys, still use the phrase “a dog in the manger” or not any more? And what does it exactly mean? Thanks.

        • Martman99 says:

          No problem! 🙂 I had to Google that phrase as I had never heard it before ?! It seems that it does exist, but considering I had never heard it, I think we can safely say that it’s not common! Thanks for your message… you are teaching me English now! ??

          • Cat says:

            Hi Martman!
            Thanks a lot for clearing up! 🙂
            I found the phrase the other day on Leo.Org which is a Munich located online dictionary which I use a lot. I was looking up a German word “Spielverderber” (someone who “spoils” the games) and I was given that phrase as an example: http://dict.leo.org/german-english/Spielverderber
            Take care and keep rocking! 😉 I hear many LEPsters have greatly enjoyed your podcast and now among your freshmen and freshwomen (I wonder if I made yet another mistake…). You see, Marman, I’m always looking for and getting excited by making mistakes — because this is the way how real learning happens, doesn’t it? 😉

          • Martman99 says:

            Hi Cat! I looked it up too and you’re right about the meaning, you have a better English vocabulary than me! That’s good to know that many LEPsters enjoyed the podcast 🙂 You didn’t make any mistakes in your message (freshmen and freshwomen isn’t really something we say in English, but you can invent new things to say and it works well in this context)… and yes I totally agree mistakes are necessary to learn – mistakes are magic! 😉

          • selman says:

            how can I download this episode !!

  4. Jack says:

    Greetings Massiv

    Martin, I is Jack from King’s English Podcast. King shared a link to this episode and I has to say I is mighty impressed with your podcast and your website. And one last thing me wants to say is that you speak slowly and articulately just like King which is a big plus for people like me who can’t understand fast talking native speakers.
    Keep on rocking and may all the success be with you.

    Massiv Respek

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Jack! Thanks for your message, I’m glad you like the podcast! Keep on listening and keep on ROCKin’ brother! ✌️

  5. Eri says:

    Hi Martin,
    I also am a regular listener of Luke’s English Podcast and this is the very first time to listen to your podcast.
    I listend a few more episodes and I liked the way you and your friend, Dan, explain things with very authentic ways.
    As Cat mentioned, Question sections are very useful and good to remember many things.
    I still need to work on a lot, specially vocabraly which I can not remember,
    I have put your podcast on my iTune list and am going to keep listening episodes.

    Thank you for your great work!!

    Eri from Japan

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Eri! Thanks for your message, I’m glad you like the podcast! 🙂 There is a new show every Monday and Thursday and there will always be the quiz too on the website, so I hope to hear from you again soon on here! 🙂 Remember to connect with me on Facebook and Instagram too – keep on listening and keep on ROCKin! ✌️

      • Eri says:

        Thanks for the reply, Martin.

        OK, I am going to follow you on facebook!

        • Eri says:

          And… I can not find your facebook page.
          Would you mind if I ask you to tell your facebook name to find your page?

          • Martman99 says:

            Hi Eri! Sorry for the delay, I in responding, I was at the beach all day yesterday! That’s very strange, can I ask what you searched for in Facebook? As someone else told me they had the same problem – so I obviously need to resolve it! Anyway, the page is http://www.facebook.com/rocknrollenglish – sorry for the problems and thanks for letting me know! 🙂 P.S. I still only have a few followers on Facebook, I’m much more famous on Instagram for some reason!

  6. selman says:

    Please how can I download this episode , !!

  7. Ramona says:

    I just listened to this episode. Hilarious! I laughed until I cried! Thanks! 😀

  8. ann says:

    how download your podcasts on mp3? On luke’s english podcasts you have that possibility and here I can not find it

    • Martman99 says:

      Hi Ann! I’m not 100% sure about that, I’m not very good with technology! I’ll ask Luke how he does it then I’ll let you know 🙂

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