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Catchword #169 – To conk out

    In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne define and explain two phrasal verb expressions related to stopping: to peter out and to conk out. Join them as they chat about the meanings of these two expressions and how and when to use them!

CW168 Lets get married

Let’s get married!

There’s more than one way to talk about marriage. In this episode, Andrew and Maura explore some popular slang expressions related to getting married. If you’re thinking about popping the question, this show is a must-listen!

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Pulling the plug

Sometimes you just gotta know when to quit. Today’s episode is all about ending things! Join Harp and Andrew as they introduce, explain, and discuss three expressions that can be used when things end suddenly or prematurely.

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Don’t front

Have you ever pretended to be something you’re not? If so, you’ll relate to today’s Catchword episode. Join Andrew and Maura as they introduce and explain three expressions that are used to describe people and things that are inauthentic or fake.

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On the tip of my tongue

Do you have a good memory? Or are you someone who sometimes forgets details like names and dates? In this Catchword episode, Andrew and Harp introduce and explain three expressions that can be used in those frustrating situations where you have a mental block and can’t remember something that you thought you knew. Harp: You more »

schmoozing

Schmoozing

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. Harp: When I think of schmoozing, I think more »

Testing the waters

Testing the waters

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 more »

Train Wreck

A train wreck

We all make mistakes, but some mistakes are bigger than others. In this episode, Andrew and Harp talk about serious mistakes and failures. Join them as they explain and discuss three expressions that are used to describe errors and mistakes. Andrew: And something that is cringeworthy is, in your opinion, so bad that it makes more »

Goofing off

Stop goofing off

Everybody likes to have fun and sometimes we just can’t resist goofing off. Today’s program is all about irresponsibility. Join Maura and Andrew for their chat about wasting time, being unproductive, and taking it easy. Andrew: What about you when you have something to do Maura? Do you procrastinate? Do you goof off or are more »

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To know the ropes

Do you know your stuff? If not, you’re going to want to listen to this episode! Today’s program is all about experts and how to describe them. Join Harp and Andrew as they share many useful expressions that will come in handy when talking about skilled and smart people! Andrew: And if you know something more »

You are canned

Have you ever been canned?

For a variety of reasons, people are sometimes asked to leave their jobs. This episode is all about expressions used to talk about people getting fired. Be careful using these with people who have been fired, because it can be a sensitive subject, but you’re sure to hear these expressions in movies and television shows. more »

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Give me a ballpark figure

In some situations you can’t be exact, so you have to estimate a number. There are tons of reasons why this happens, and we talk about some in this episode. And of course, we also share some fun expressions to talk about guessing and estimating. How many people were at the concert last night? How more »

killed it

You killed it

Would you ever guess that to kill something could mean to do it well? In English it can mean exactly that! In this episode, we’re looking at expressions that mean to do something very well. They’re casual expressions that can be used to talk about a big performance or a small school project. Check out more »

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Movers and Shakers

In these times of international business, many movers and shakers find it important to be able to speak English! In today’s episode, we talk about people who have ambition and drive, and can make things happen. Some people are really motivated to innovate, make changes, and work hard, so we’ve got names for them. Check more »

Play it by the ear

Let’s just play it by ear

Are you the kind of person who likes to plan everything? Or would you rather just play it by ear? This episode is about being in the moment, not planning too much, and accepting what happens. To play it by ear is a very common expression used when people are deciding not to make plans. more »