Chatterbox #73 – Board games aren’t boring!

Who doesn’t like to play games? We’ve got an episode for you all about board games, which ones are popular in Canada and which ones Harp and Maura have memories of playing. Have you heard of The Game of Life? Do you know Monopoly? Listen and learn here about games and game vocabulary.


Expressions included in the learning materials

  • A board game
  • Game pieces and dice
  • To be honest
  • It’s been ages
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Hardcore
  • A learning curve
  • A sore loser
  • To take the fun out of something
  • To go on forever
  • Connect Four
  • A travel version
  • Tic-tac-toe
  • To sound like a deal

Sample transcript:

Maura: Now, let’s get to today’s episode. Our episode today is a Chatterbox episode, and that is where Harp and I chat about all different kinds of cultural or language-related topics.

Harp: Yes. And today we’re going to talk about something very fun. We’re going to talk about board games.

Maura: Yes, board games. And you know what I just thought of, Harp?

Harp: Mmhmm. I think we had the same thought at the exact same moment, Maura, but tell me what you thought.

Maura: Well, you said board games, and, yes, that it was they’re called because you play the games on a board. But I also thought of the other meaning for bored, which is not fun at all.

Harp: Yeah. When you’re not having fun, you’re bored. But that’s not the same board right now.

Maura: No. Board games are fun and they’re supposed to be fun for people that play.

Harp: Yes, exactly. So a board game is when you have a board, usually a square, and there’s some sort of game that you play on it using this board, and usually other little pieces.

Maura: Most games are not homemade. You have to go to the store to buy a board game.

Harp: Exactly. So, today we’re going to talk about some very popular board games in Canada. Then we’re gonna talk about some trends that are happening with board games. Maura: And last, but not least, we’re gonna talk about our own memories playing board games.

Harp: Let’s get started, Maura.

Maura: OK. So, Harp, you have the list. What are some of the most popular board games?

Harp: You know, I was doing research for this today and the top two most popular board games were really surprising to me.

Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast