On the tip of my tongue

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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.

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Harp: You know, this has happened to me so often, but at work, when I go to my colleague’s office and I get there and I say hi and then I forget what my question is.
Andrew: Yes definitely. It’s happened to me as well.
Harp: Yeah. I often have brain farts. I think I’m getting old.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

The Big Apple To head on over to somewhere
On the tip of my tongue To swear you’ve done something before
A brain fart To be like
What are friends for? A senior moment
To go with something To have something in mind

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips English Learning Podcast

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Learning to drive

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Do you remember getting behind the wheel for the very first time? This episode is all about learning to drive. Join Andrew and Harp for their conversation about getting their driver’s licences. They talk about going to driver’s ed., hating parallel parking, and feeling the freedom that comes with becoming a driver!

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Harp: I’m a pretty safe, cautious driver. I have to be honest though, I think that during my driver’s test is the only time that I successfully parallel parked.
Andrew: Me too! That’s so funny. I hate parallel parking, which is dumb, because in Montreal, you have to parallel park all the time. But I still hate it and I think the only time that I’ve nailed it, just perfectly, was on my driving test.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Same old To rack up something
A life event To get behind the wheel
Wild To jog someone’s memory
Driver’s ed Yeah, no
It goes to show that To nail something
A breeze To freak someone out

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips English Learning Podcast

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Interview with Marshall

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Do you relax by playing video games? If so, you’re not alone! In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew gets an inside look at the video game industry. Join him for a special interview with his friend Marshall, a real cool guy who tests video games for a living.

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Andrew: Today, I wanted to talk to you about video games.
Marshall: Yes.
Andrew: Because you’re in the biz of video games.
Marshall: Yes. I’m a video game tester.
Andrew: A video game tester. And what does that mean? What does a video game tester do?

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

A loft The canal
The biz Colloquial language versus jargon
To freeze To beat a video game
A bug To be a big something for someone
Muscle memory For sure
To go along for the ride Goldilocks

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips English Learning Podcast

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Checking out flicks

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Don’t you just love kickin’ back and relaxing with a big bowl of popcorn and a great movie? If so, you’re in luck because today’s episode is all about the movies. Join Harp and Maura as they debate watching movies at home versus going out to the theatre and chat about some of their all-time favourite flicks!

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Maura: So, Harp, have you been to the movies lately?
Harp: I actually haven’t been to the movies in probably a year.
Maura: I actually haven’t been lately either, although I’ve been wanting to go. I really love going to see a movie.
Harp: See, I’m kind of torn. I love things like popcorn at the movies. And I love trailers. But I find the seats kind of uncomfortable and I prefer to be on my couch.
Andrew: That’s really funny, because I remember that I was a bit uncomfortable in the movie seats, too. But if the movie is really good, then I find it can distract you if you’re a bit uncomfortable.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

A busy bee To be totally pumped
To be torn Super-duper
To good ol’ days To crack down on something
To shop around To bite
To be dying to do something Cheesy

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips English Learning Podcast

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Simplified Speech #1 – Coffee

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Join us for the very first episode of our new series, Simplified Speech! Today’s topic is coffee. In this episode, Harp and Andrew chat all about coffee using natural English and everyday expressions, but with a focus on simpler, slower speech and careful pronunciation. So grab a cup of coffee, tune in to this episode, and enjoy!

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Andrew: So, I’m curious. Do your friends like to drink coffee?
Harp: They actually love to drink coffee, and I have a problem because my coffee machine is broken.
Andrew: Oh no! Well, what a coincidence. Our topic for today is coffee. And so, your coffee machine is broken, Harp?
Harp: Yes. I just discovered this week it’s broken because I don’t use it very often. I don’t drink coffee.
Andrew: You don’t drink coffee? I can’t believe it.
Harp: I don’t drink coffee at all.
Andrew: So what do you do in the mornings to get yourself awake?
Harp: I drink tea.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Right on A non-issue
Wait a second Comparisons using one-syllable adjectives
Picky and choosy An average Joe
A winning streak Used to / use to
To cut down on something At all

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips English Learning Podcast

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