Learn from natural English conversation – Schmoozing

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Hey party people! Today’s episode is all about socializing at events and parties. From making small talk to making business connections, we’ve got it all covered. Join Harp and Maura as they describe and discuss three expressions that can be used to talk about making social connections.

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Harp: When I think of schmoozing, I think of being in a gala or some sort of work event where you’re talking to people, maybe to sell them something or to make some sort of connection.
Maura: Yup. I picture a room full of a lot of different people. Everyone has a drink in their hand and there are lots of different conversations happening. And we could say that these people are schmoozing with each other.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To schmooze A mentor
To keep something in mind In the long run
To put on an event To strike up a conversation
To keep an eye out for someone/something To network
A buzzword Sole
To mingle To work the room

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Fads and trends

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Are you trendy? Do you like to keep up to date with all the latest fads? Today’s episode is all about what’s cool. Join Harp and Andrew as they chat about some memorable fads from the past and some of the hot new trends that are popular today!

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Harp: The one thing I remember when I was younger was big hair.
Andrew: Big hair?
Harp: Yup. In the ’80s, girls and even guys really wanted big hair. Like, the higher you could get it to go, the more hairspray you had in it, the more you back-combed it, the cooler you were.
Andrew: I know what you’re talking about. I think of hair metal bands. You know these guys? This was a genre of music that was popular in the ’80s. And they were characterized by their huge hairstyles

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Dorky A fads and a trend
Hair metal Pigtails
Pogs Club Monaco
To spike Snap bracelets
A beard A lumberjack
A look A gluten-free diet
YOLO

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An interview with Ross

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This episode features an interview with our friend Ross. Ross is a student of applied linguistics and is very knowledgeable about learning and teaching foreign languages. Join Andrew and Ross as they chat about using music to study languages, walking in Europe, and brunch!

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Andrew: All right. So question number one: Do you consider yourself an old-fashioned kinda guy?
Ross: Ah. This is a tough question right off the bat. Why didn’t you save this for last? Let’s see. I guess in some ways I would say yes and in some ways I would say no. And I don’t really know why, but there’s… I think that there’s a lot that I still enjoy from tradition.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

McGill University and Concordia University A slogan
You know The West Coast Trail
To be rough on something/someone A dangling so
To get sidetracked To pay off
To have the guts to do something Shadowing
A something kind of person Right off the bat
Sunny side up To brainstorm

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Testing the waters

Testing the waters
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Sometimes it’s smart to be cautious. In this episode, we take a look at three expressions that are used when you want to get more information about a situation before making a decision or a commitment. Join Harp and Andrew as they chat about getting the details and explain how and when these expressions can be used.

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Andrew: A lot of gyms do this, where they offer a limited-time trial membership, where you can test the waters before committing fully to a longer and more expensive gym pass.
Harp: Yup. A lot of gyms do this, and I’m actually gonna be doing this next week. I’m gonna try out a new high-intensity interval-training gym and it just sounds scary so I definitely need to test it before I go full.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To suss something out To test the waters
To workout High-intensity interval training
Cheap To put out feelers
A headhunter To make a leap
To float an idea To get the nerve to do something
To cross your fingers In the first place

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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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