Learn from natural English conversation – Meet Suzanne

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Today’s episode features a very special interview with Andrew’s colleague Suzanne. Tune in to hear all about Suzanne’s fascinating life and stories. She tells us about what it’s like to be an American and describes some of the differences between life in Canada and the USA. Suzanne also talks with Andrew about her work as a voice actor and tells us about how audio books are produced.

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Suzanne: And because also I edit a lot of the books on tape that I’m doing, I get to mess around with the timing so that if I recorded it, maybe not the best way, it wasn’t as funny, I can maybe shorten the distance between the lines and make it funnier, so…
Andrew: So you wear a lot of hats in the process.
Suzanne: Yes.
Andrew: You do the editing. You do the reading. You do the acting. The whole kit and caboodle.
Suzanne: It’s a lot of work!
Andrew: No, I bet. That sounds like a really big job.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Concordia University To think on the spot
The Marriott Marquis The Naked Cowboy
The Founding Fathers of the United States of America A melting pot
A retrievers The first person
The whole kit and caboodle A night owl
The Tilt-A-Whirl To name-drop

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A train wreck

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We all make mistakes, but some mistakes are bigger than others. In this episode, Andrew and Harp talk about serious mistakes and failures. Join them as they explain and discuss three expressions that are used to describe errors and mistakes.

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Andrew: And something that is cringeworthy is, in your opinion, so bad that it makes you feel embarrassed or awkward just to watch it.
Harp: Yes. So something is cringeworthy when you’re watching someone do something and you just feel embarrassed for them or embarrassed for yourself. It’s just embarrassing. Like, they’re making a big mistake.
Andrew: Exactly. Maybe you are watching a presentation or a performance and it’s just not going very well. And because of that, you feel embarrassed, even though you’re not involved with the production or the presentation. But you still feel embarrassed. This is a cringeworthy moment.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Different shades of something A train wreck
Compound nouns Quick
Sloppy Cringeworthy
To sing your heart out Not to have the heart to do something
To eat it A tweet
To be in hot water Fail/a fail

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Superheroes

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a superpower? Would you use it to make the world a better place or just to have some fun? Today’s Chatterbox episode is all about superheroes and the powers they possess. Join Harp and Andrew as they talk about the kinds of comics they read as kids, blockbuster superhero movies, and the superpowers they’d like to have.

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Harp: All right. Let’s move on to our next topic, which is all about the popularity of superhero movies right now.
Andrew: Superhero movies, yeah. It seems to me like every summer there’re three or four new superhero movies that come out.
Harp: Yeah. And these are usually live-action. They’re not cartoons. And their special effects have gotten out of control.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Live-action The Batcave
Catchy To have someone’s best interests at heart
Rad A Lasso
Robin To be out of control
To watch something religiously Hardcore
Iconic An ultralight
The butterfly effect A blockbuster

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Stop goofing off

Goofing off
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Everybody likes to have fun and sometimes we just can’t resist goofing off. Today’s program is all about irresponsibility. Join Maura and Andrew for their chat about wasting time, being unproductive, and taking it easy.

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Andrew: What about you when you have something to do Maura? Do you procrastinate? Do you goof off or are you a very focused person?
Maura: Hmm. I think that I used to goof off more in the past and now when I get down to work I just want to get it out of the way because I think that just thinking about having to do the work is actually more stressful than actually doing it. And when you do it you feel good that the work is done.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Saint Joseph’s To put someone on the spot
To goof off Off the top of my head
Crunch time To screw around
To scrap To monkey around
Kids will be kids At the end of the day
Sweet Youth is wasted on the young

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Andrew’s band trip: Part 2

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Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the exciting conclusion to Andrew’s epic band trip story. In this episode, Andrew and Harp chat about Andrew’s road trip across Canada. During their conversation, they talk about the dangers of driving in Canada, wildlife, and camping!

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Andrew: It’s a lot of responsibility. You have to protect everyone. You have to get them from point A to B on time, and not get in an accident, not kill them. And it’s stressful driving. So, yeah, it seems unfair when you have to do all the driving and the other people don’t.
Harp: I agree with you 100%. They definitely need to get their licences.
Andrew: Yeah. So we’re going to whip them into shape and make them drive next time.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

A cliff-hanger Independent music
A bummer The Lower Mainland
A pal A totem pole
First Nations A weasel
Vice versa Game over
A ferry From point A to B

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