Secrets

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Do you have many secrets to hide? Don’t worry, we won’t make you share any of them! But that’s what we’re talking here. What should be kept secret and what do you share with people in your lives? Everyone has a different answer, and in this episode Andrew and Maura give their opinions on secrets and privacy. Shh!

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Maura: So let’s start with keeping secrets. First I would like to know Andrew, do you think that you’re good at keeping secrets? If someone told you a secret, for example me, if I said, Andrew, I gotta tell someone something and then I said please don’t tell anybody, could you keep it?
Andrew: This is a good question. I think I’m a good secret keeper, yeah. I think I’m good at keeping secrets. Absolutely.
Maura: OK. So if someone told you something and they said don’t tell anyone you would really just keep it to yourself?
Andrew: Yeah. I would lock it up. It would stay inside. I wouldn’t tell anyone for sure. But, to tell you the truth I don’t like it when people tell me secrets, you know. You have this special responsibility to hide something and it’s a lot of pressure.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Shh I would lock it up
To tell you the truth On the other hand
To air Themselves
To unload on someone Everybody and anybody
Dirty laundry The thing is
To put someone on the spot To be juicy
To be a good call

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Tickets and scalpers

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Whether you go to a show once a year or once a month, there’s some fun vocabulary related to going to one, and we’ve done an episode all about it! In this episode, Andrew and Harp also share their experiences of going to concerts and buying tickets. Listen to this episode to find out whether you’ve ever sat in the nosebleed section. Have you ever bought tickets from a scalper? And did you know that Harp was a fan of Puff Daddy?

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Harp: When I think about tickets and going to an event, I always think about the people who get the box seat tickets.
Andrew: Yeah. The people in the box seats. Those guys are super lucky because the box seats are absolutely the best ticket you can get.
Harp: Yeah. It’s usually a bit higher up, so you have a really good vantage point of whatever you’re watching, whether it’s a concert, or if you’re watching a hockey game or a football game. You have, like, pretty much the perfect view to be able to see the whole field or the complete concert stage. And usually you have a waitress in there so you’re getting drinks and food served to you. It just seems so luxurious.
Andrew: Yeah. Absolutely. You have a little table where you can eat food, and, like you said, there’s the waitress bringing you your order, and it just seems like the best way to enjoy a concert or a sporting game is in the box seats.
Maura: Yes. And I’m sure they probably even have their private bathrooms, so that you don’t have to line up with everyone else.
Andrew: Yeah. I was actually doing a little research into the cost of a ticket for a box seat, and they are super expensive.
Harp: I’m sure. ’Cause oftentimes, it’s companies that actually own the full box and they take their clients there. So they’re quite expensive.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

My jaw dropped The best seat(s) in the house
Nosebleed seats Nuts
A free-for-all Back in the day
Sketchy A scalper
The last resort On the side
A markup Underground
A horror story To miss out (on something)

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Travel stories

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This episode we’re all here sharing our favourite stories from some of our journeys abroad. Andrew talks about an interesting place he visited outside Berlin, Harp tells us about her search for tigers, and Maura shares a story about being lost in Thailand. We take turns interviewing each other to bring the stories to life. We dare you not to get the travel bug after listening to this episode!

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Maura: And do you remember how you heard about this place?
Andrew: It was just my friend that was living there. She recommended that we go, and it took us maybe an hour and a half to bike it there. It was a really beautiful day and we biked through the German forest, and it was nice.
Maura: Ah nice. You know by the end of this episode, I’m sure I’m going to feel like booking a ticket and travelling somewhere again.
Andrew: Yeah. Definitely. You’ll get the travel bug.
Maura: Yeah. That’s right. All right. Good story.
Andrew: Yeah. Thank you.
Maura: So, Harp, are you ready?
Harp: I am.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

While you’re at it… Little travel story
Teufelsberg To get up to
Man-made To listen in
A music guy The travel bug
To backpack Sundaraban forest
To hook up WWOOF
To cross your fingers In the middle of nowhere

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That’s sick!

A sick guitar player
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There are tons of negative words that are used as positive slang. We’re looking at a few of the more popular ones in this episode. Andrew and Maura give you their take on sick, mean, and wicked. If you look these words up in the dictionary, you might not find these definitions, but if you’re travelling around Canada or the U.S., you might just hear them being used.

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Maura: And the thing about these kinds of words is that they’re always changing. Every few years there’s like a new one of these that emerges and some of the other words we don’t use anymore and depending where you’re speaking English, different kinds of words are more popular.
Andrew: Mmhmm. That’s the funny thing about slang. It’s always changing with each new generation.
Maura: Yeah. When I was thinking about this episode, when I was preparing it, I thought about Michael Jackson. And you know in the 80s, he had that song “Bad”. And that’s really a prime example of this kind of slang.
Andrew: Exactly. Because “Bad” didn’t really mean bad. It meant good in the context of that song.
Maura: Yeah. Right. So he was singing about being bad, but he didn’t mean that he was negative or something was really bad. He meant that it was cool and awesome and, yeah, kind of maybe exciting.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Time flies (by) A prime example
Sick – a sick guitar player – can be used on its own To be meaning
Break dancing To be mean – must be used with the object that is being described as mean
A lift Where ya going?
Wicked – as in intensifer Fresh powder
No doubt To be sold

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Word

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This time we’re looking at casual ways to agree with a person. The expressions in this episode are cool casual slang, more often used by younger people. But if you’re older, don’t worry! These expressions can be found in music, movies, and on TV. Listen in to this episode to learn all about word, to be game, and to be down. Are you game for learning English?

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Andrew: Yeah. It’s just a one-word expression, which is word.
Harp: Yeah. And so you use this expression to say yes when someone has said something. You say word.
Andrew: Right. So if you want to agree with a statement that somebody has made you can say word. And this expression is really a shortened form of a longer expression, which is my word is my bond.
Harp: My word is my bond.
Andrew: And this means that what you’re saying is true. You’re being honest. If your word is your bond, you’re telling the truth.
Harp: Exactly. So when you say word, you’re casually agreeing with what the person has said.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To be laid back Word
My word is my bond To handle something
To grab To be a nightmare
To take on To be down
No way José Wine and cheese

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Money

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Every place on earth has some sort of money system, but everyone does it a little bit differently. Listen to this episode where Harp and Andrew talk about their experiences with money in Canada. They talk about hourly pay and salary, the two major ways to be paid for work, and they also talk about how to spend money in the two most common ways: with card and cash. Another important thing to do with money is save it! Harp and Andrew share their budgeting strategies. Check it out!

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Harp: Yeah. You like to use Interac or credit cards?
Andrew: Yeah. I’m in love with my debit card.
Harp: I have to agree with you. It’s so rare that I have cash on me now.
Andrew: Well, we should explain. A debit card is a way to pay for something automatically withdrawing the money from your bank account. So it’s a direct debit out of your account to pay for whatever you buy.
Harp: Exactly. And I would say almost every single store in Canada now has a little machine where you put your card in and then you put in your PIN number, which is a personal identification number it’s usually four numbers long or eight numbers max, and the money goes directly out of your chequing account.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Money makes the world go round Salary versus hourly wage
To be at the bottom of the ladder To crunch numbers
To put your time in Interac and debit
To have cash on you A PIN number
Cheques and checks An allowance
A passbook Post-dated cheques
A budget RRSPs

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Hanging by a thread

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Do you use things until they almost stop working and become useless? Maybe you have a TV that’s hanging on by a thread. Or do you have an old t-shirt that’s on its last legs? This time Andrew and Harp talk about expressions used to describe these kinds of things. This episode might make you realize you’ve got some stuff that’s almost dead!

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Andrew: That’s right. So, if we’re talking about a thing that’s on its last legs, it means it’s almost totally useless, and it’s broken.
Harp: Yes. That means that it’s still working a little bit, but really not very well or only a little bit. Or only one function of it is working. So maybe for our fridge, just the fridge works but the freezer doesn’t work anymore. That’s how you use this.
Andrew: Right. So a part of it is broken and you have the sense that it is going to completely break really soon. And then it is on it’s last legs.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Super To be hanging by a thread
Here you go To be dead
Aw To make someone look bad
To run To be on its last legs
To skip To almost kill yourself
To have one foot in the grave Is that a …. you’ve got there?

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Home is where the heart is

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Home is a special place, so it makes sense that we’ve got a bunch of expressions to talk about it. Andrew and Maura start by explaining the difference between house and home, then review the most popular expression with home. They also talk about their experiences being away from home, including culture shock and homesickness. Oh, there’s no place like home!

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Andrew: Right. Expressions with home. So our first one is home sweet home.
Maura: And you see, there’s even a kind of way that you say it. You stop and you take the time to say home sweet home.
Andrew: Yeah. Because when you say home sweet home there’s a certain sentiment. A certain memory that’s attached to home, right. It’s special for me so, yeah, when I use this expression I’m sort of, it’s like what we were talking about earlier, how it’s a warm and cozy place, your home. Because you think about it differently than another place. This is a special place. It’s your home.
Maura: Right. This expression is used when someone is talking about their home and they love it and they think it’s a really great place. They might be saying this when they’re away from home because when you’re away from home sometimes you start to realize all the great things about it and you really start to miss it. So someone might start to use this expression, home sweet home, when they’re away from their home.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To be near and dear to our hearts House and home
To house Home sweet home
To live out of a suitcase This is news to me
There’s no place like home Home is where the heart is
Hometown To know what you were getting into
Different strokes for different folks Culture shock and reverse culture shock
To push your horizons A home away from home

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Go call your folks

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Everyone’s got some kind of parental unit, so there’s gotta be some slang to talk about it. We’re talking about mommy and daddy in this episode and reviewing some of the fun names we can call them. We also review some of the standard names for these important people and the difference between using mom or mother. If you haven’t seen your old man lately, this episode will make you want to give him a call!

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Maura: So in this example we heard from someone whose parents were coming to visit her and instead of saying my parents are coming, she says, “my folks are coming.” And in this case my folks just directly means my parents. It’s just a more casual, familiar way to talk.
Andrew: That’s right. And while we’re talking about folks maybe we should we talk about the word itself. So folks is spelled F-O-L-K-S. If you notice when you hear the word folks, you don’t hear an L sound, even though there is an L in the spelling. So when you’re reading this word, don’t say folks, it sounds strange, just say folks. Pretend the L is not there.
Maura: Right. That’s good advice. You know there are so many of these words in English that just have a strange spelling.
Andrew: Absolutely.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To get the hang of Lingo
To get sidetracked A tight family
Mum or Mum Folks
To be in town The slopes
‘Rents Come to think of it
To get to it A hand
Mama and ma Pops and old man

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You pulled a fast one on me

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Do you know someone who always likes to joke around? In this episode, we talk about expressions that can be used to describe when one person tricks another. It could be just for fun, or someone might intentionally try to deceive someone else. Whatever the situation, listening to this episode could help you figure out whether someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Listen and learn!

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Andrew: So today’s expressions are all about tricking somebody.
Harp: Yes. And they all have the word pull in them.
Andrew: That’s right. So they have two things in common.
Harp: All right, so let’s get started with our first expression, which is to pull a fast one.
Andrew: That’s right. To pull a fast one on somebody.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

No? To stop and look at something
To pull a fast one To mail something out
To take a car for a spin The shop
A junker To pull someone’s leg
To kid To pull the wool over someone’s eyes
A toque To be up to no good
To deke

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