Simplified Speech #3 – Haircuts

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How do you style your hair? Today’s Simplified Speech episode is all about haircuts. Join Harp and Andrew as they discuss their own worst haircuts ever and talk about some trendy hairstyles that can be seen in Canada right now!

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Andrew: I had a mullet when I was in university for a short period, as a kind of ironic fashion statement, but I never had one as a kid. My mom wouldn’t let me.
Harp: Ah, OK. So a mullet is when someone has shorter hair on the top and the front and then longer hair in the back.
Andrew: Yeah, the expression, what is it? Short – no – business in the front and a party in the back, right?
Harp: Exactly. I remember one of my older cousins, he had a mullet, and he actually had a permed mullet. And I remember thinking, “Wow. That is epic.” And now, looking at the pictures, I just can’t stop laughing.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

I would say Causative verbs
To push Hairstyles
Epic Right on

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Bad habits

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Everyone has a bad habit or two. And despite how unhealthy or annoying bad habits are, they can be hard to break. In this Chatterbox episode, Harp and Andrew talk all about bad habits. Join them for their conversation about the bad habits they had when they were kids and some of the habits they still struggle with as adults.

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Harp: Can you think of some other bad habits?
Andrew: Oh, lying. What about lying, you know? Kids, some kids, not all kids, but some kids are little liars.
Harp: Yup. And I think it’s ’cause they just don’t wanna get in trouble because they’re always getting in trouble for things like not putting away their toys or not doing their homework, so they start lying instead of facing consequences.
Andrew: So it kinda snowballs. Your bad habits turn into other bad habits.
Harp: Exactly.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

A bad habit Stoked
To kick it To pick up after yourself
Fair enough To be verbing away
Absent-minded Grouchy
Hangry To pick on someone
To snowball All part of something

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Around the Culips water cooler

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Office workers often gather around the water cooler to gossip, share news, and talk about what’s going on in the world. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Harp have a water cooler conversation. Join them as they chat about local and international current events!

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Andrew: They’re going to install charging hubs for electric cars.
Harp: Oh. That’s interesting. I haven’t heard of that one.
Andrew: Yeah. So, I don’t know if you drive an electric car. I don’t. But I guess they’re anticipating that in the future more people will, and you need to charge ’em up. So go to Saint Catherine Street to get that done.
Harp: Yeah. And you could charge your car and go shopping at the same time.
Andrew: Yeah. It’s a nice idea.
Harp: Yeah. You could kill two birds with one stone.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

A feast for the eyes A new take on something
Water cooler conversation What a something
To nickel and dime To be backed into a corner
Everything under the sun Across the board
The bottom line A vicious circle
The main drag To kill two birds with one stone

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Privacy

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Do you ever feel like somebody’s watching you? Today’s episode is all about privacy. Join Harp and Andrew as they talk about hackers and online security, governments and national security, and even political scandals!

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Andrew: This is one of the common arguments against this type of surveillance and this privacy intrusion, right? People say, “Well, if I’m a good person, I have nothing to hide. There’s nothing to be afraid about. The only people that need to worry are criminals and people that are up to no good.” Do you agree with this statement?
Harp: Hmm. That’s interesting. I assume if I’m doing nothing wrong, and they’re doing it in the sake of safety, then there’s no real big issue.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Where it’s at To hack in / to hack into something
Creepy To be up to no good
Taboo Transparent
A hot topic Behind closed doors
Room for improvement A different angle

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Simplified Speech #2 – Gardening

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In today’s Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Harp talk about a hobby they both share: gardening. Join them as they chat about growing fruits and vegetables, gardening trends in Montreal, and having a green thumb!

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Harp: Have you heard of the community gardens in Montreal?
Andrew: Mmhmm. I’ve seen these. They’re very cool.
Harp: They are very cool. So basically it’s a small, kind of, backyard park area that’s divided into small plots that a family or a person can sign up to have that for the summer. And you basically can garden whatever you want in that space.
Andrew: Mmhmm. I have a friend who did this last year and she said it was really cool. You get to go and there’s a great sense of community at the garden because all the other gardeners are out watering their plants every day together. And it sounds really cool.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To carve out something Would
A jack-o’-lantern Fort St. John, British Columbia
An herb/a herb To have a green thumb
To face a problem Cilantro
A green roof Pickling

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