Chatterbox #117 – Study habits

How people study varies from person to person, from school to school, and from place to place. In this episode, Andrew shares his experience of doing a master’s degree in Montreal, and tells us about what being a university student is like for him. Technology has certainly had an impact on education, and this episode more »


Catch Word #148 – It’s as clean as a whistle

It’s great when you have a nice, clean space, and you may want to talk about it. This episode is all about expressions for saying that something is really clean. Harp and Maura also talk about whether their bedrooms were spick and span as teenagers, and Maura asks Harp whether her desk at work is more »


She just swept it under the rug

Have you ever done something that you wanted to forget about, and hoped that everyone else would forget about it too? If so, then you wanted to sweep it under the rug. This week’s episode is about wanting to pretend that something didn’t happen. Sometimes people act this way when they’re embarrassed. Other times people more »



When you listen to the news in English, you might hear about someone getting busted. In this episode, we take a look at some expressions that can be used to talk about police catching criminals and making arrests. Sometimes the police have been investigating someone for a huge illegal operation, and other times someone might more »


Chatterbox #116 – Healthy eating

People seem to be paying more attention than ever to the food they eat. This is part 2 of our episodes on healthy living. This one is dedicated to food, and talking about what Canadians are doing to stay healthy. Andrew and Harp talk about popular lifestyle choices, like vegetarianism, and also the practice of more »


Chatterbox #115 – Working Out

People are active all around the world in different ways: playing sports, going to the gym, or physical activity that is part of their daily routine. Here’s an episode that is all about getting in shape, however you do it.


Catch Word #145 – The straw that broke the camel’s back

This episode is about not continuing with a bad situation. Sometimes when we’ve been in a bad situation, we continued. Even when numerous negative events occurred, we continued. But then something happened that was the straw that broke the camel’s back and we do not continue anymore. The expressions in this episode are to be more »

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Expressions with one

This episode we’re doing things a bit differently – We’re looking at expressions with the word one. You’ll hear explanations for one-horse race, one-track mind¬, and one-two punch. If you’re curious about what all these expressions mean, then this is the episode for you. Do you have a one-track mind for learning English? Listen here more »

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Travel in Canada

Canada is a big, big country! Most people who come from other places to visit us aren’t able to visit the whole country because it is just that big. In this episode, Andrew and Harp talk about travelling around Canada, the best places to visit and how to do it. Do you know what the more »


Chatterbox #113 – Movies in Canada – Film festivals

Lights, camera, action! They’re aren’t very many popular Canadian films, so what does Canada have to do with the movies? First of all, there are lots of American movies made up here in Canada, and we even have our own Canadian film industry. We also have tons of film festivals, including TIFF that happens every more »


Chatterbox #114 – Cell phones

Ring, ring … Hello? A lot has changed about cell phones since they became popular. There are tons of features and functions, and more and more people have smart phones. In this episode, Harp and Andrew talk about cell phone etiquette. What is acceptable behaviour for cell phone use? Do you think cell phones have more »


Chatterbox #111 – Canadian inventions

If you ask a friend to name a famous Canadian, you might not be able to think of any. Here’s an episode about famous Canadians throughout history who have invented something that is now used all over the world. In this episode, we’re talking about epilepsy, the telephone, and radio waves. Do you think we more »


Chatterbox #110 – Harp’s big trip

As a person who loves languages, you probably love to travel too. Where else can you use the new languages you’ve learned? Harp was super lucky this summer and got to take a trip to some pretty interesting places – England, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai. In this episode, Andrew interviews her to find out more »


Catch Word #143 – To beat someone to the punch

When one person beats another to the punch this means they did something first. One person has an advantage in this situation. In today’s competitive world, there are lots of chances to use this expression! Also, listen in to hear to be one step ahead and to have a head start. If you’ve already listened more »