Learn from natural english conversation – Checking out flicks

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Don’t you just love kickin’ back and relaxing with a big bowl of popcorn and a great movie? If so, you’re in luck because today’s episode is all about the movies. Join Harp and Maura as they debate watching movies at home versus going out to the theatre and chat about some of their all-time favourite flicks!

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Maura: So, Harp, have you been to the movies lately?
Harp: I actually haven’t been to the movies in probably a year.
Maura: I actually haven’t been lately either, although I’ve been wanting to go. I really love going to see a movie.
Harp: See, I’m kind of torn. I love things like popcorn at the movies. And I love trailers. But I find the seats kind of uncomfortable and I prefer to be on my couch.
Andrew: That’s really funny, because I remember that I was a bit uncomfortable in the movie seats, too. But if the movie is really good, then I find it can distract you if you’re a bit uncomfortable.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

A busy bee To be totally pumped
To be torn Super-duper
To good ol’ days To crack down on something
To shop around To bite
To be dying to do something Cheesy

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Simplified Speech #1 – Coffee

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Join us for the very first episode of our new series, Simplified Speech! Today’s topic is coffee. In this episode, Harp and Andrew chat all about coffee using natural English and everyday expressions, but with a focus on simpler, slower speech and careful pronunciation. So grab a cup of coffee, tune in to this episode, and enjoy!

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Andrew: So, I’m curious. Do your friends like to drink coffee?
Harp: They actually love to drink coffee, and I have a problem because my coffee machine is broken.
Andrew: Oh no! Well, what a coincidence. Our topic for today is coffee. And so, your coffee machine is broken, Harp?
Harp: Yes. I just discovered this week it’s broken because I don’t use it very often. I don’t drink coffee.
Andrew: You don’t drink coffee? I can’t believe it.
Harp: I don’t drink coffee at all.
Andrew: So what do you do in the mornings to get yourself awake?
Harp: I drink tea.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Right on A non-issue
Wait a second Comparisons using one-syllable adjectives
Picky and choosy An average Joe
A winning streak Used to / use to
To cut down on something At all

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Differences between Canada and America

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Canada and the USA have a lot of things in common: a long border, the English language, and similar cultures. So what makes them unique? This episode is dedicated to exploring the differences between the two countries. Join Harp and Andrew for a discussion about their observations about what makes Canada and the USA different.

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Andrew: Another difference between the two countries is the price of going to school. University tuition is crazy different between the two countries.
Harp: Yup. It’s astonishing how expensive university can be in the US. And I don’t mean even just the private Ivy League schools like Harvard, which I think is something like $100,000 a year. I mean just even the public state schools, which can run 15, 20, 30 thousand dollars a year. I don’t know how people can afford to go to university there.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

The USA’s different names The metric and imperial systems
To buy (accept the truth of something) To wake up (realize an error)
To wisen up Twist of fate
To rub something in someone’s face Crazy (adverb of degree)
To level the playing field A grain of truth
Black and white To catch someone later / next time

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Predicting the future

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In this very special episode, Harp and Andrew take out their crystal balls and look into the future! Well, not really but they do have a fascinating conversation about what they think the future will hold. Join them as they make predictions about sports, politics, technology, and more!

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Harp: A prediction is different than a guess because with a guess you’re not taking into consideration any information and a prediction you take into consideration whatever information you have or some intuition you might feel.
Andrew: Mmhmm. You’re right. So, a guess is just a stab in the dark. You are not using your intuition or you’re not using information to inform your opinion. But a prediction, on the other hand, uses some sort of information to help you make a decision or to form your opinion.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To make someone’s day A segue
A stab in the dark A time capsule
Political stripes A no-brainer
A matter of time To go all the way
To boil down to something A tough pill to swallow
Teleportation To boggle someone’s mind

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Have you heard the latest slang?

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Every year, thousands of new words and expressions are added to the English language. In this episode, Andrew and Harp chat about some very recent additions. Join them as they quiz each other on the meaning of some cutting-edge expressions!

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Andrew: All right. So, the next expression that I’m gonna quiz you on, Harp, is life tracking.
Harp: Life tracking.
Andrew: Mmhmm. Life tracking. You know both of these words, life and tracking, but what does it mean when they’re put together?
Harp: I am drawing a complete blank right now. I actually have no idea. I’m thinking of the game. Like, the game of Life. You know that board game? Or some sort of plan that people make for their life? But I have no idea.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

With a twist A raptivist
To take off Cinderella surgery
To shake your head Life tracking
To draw a blank To burn through a traffic light
Spim To fall for something
Normcore A couplie

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