Chatterbox Episodes

English conversions at a normal speed. We interview someone who has an interesting story to tell.

Catch Word Episodes

English idioms, phrases, common slang and interesting vocabulary

Simplified Speech Episodes

Our hosts have natural conversations in everyday English, while speaking slowly and clearly.

Real Talk Episodes

Practical English expressions for everyday situations that you encounter in an English speaking country.

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LATEST EPISODES

Simplified Speech #024 – Roommates

Apartment hunting can be an extremely stressful activity. Never fear, Andrew and Suzanne are here to help! In this Real Talk episode, they explain the words and expressions that you need to successfully find an apartment in an English-speaking country.

Real Talk #014 – Apartment hunting

Apartment hunting can be an extremely stressful activity. Never fear, Andrew and Suzanne are here to help! In this Real Talk episode, they explain the words and expressions that you need to successfully find an apartment in an English-speaking country.

Simplified Speech #023 – Doin’ the laundry

In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne trade stories about a chore that everyone can relate to: doing the laundry. Since no one likes doing the laundry, today’s episode is full of colourful vocabulary and expressions that our hosts use when swapping laundry horror stories!

Catch Word #185 – Stat!

We’re all in a hurry sometimes! In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Morag explain three terms that you can use when you are in a rush: pronto, stat, and ASAP. Don’t delay and listen today!

Chatterbox #188 – Leadership

In this episode, Andrew and Morag tackle a difficult but interesting topic: leadership. What makes a good leader? How can you describe a good leader using idiomatic English? Join us in this Chatterbox episode to learn some of the answers to these questions!

Real Talk #013 – At the bakery

Baked goods are delicious! Ordering baked goods, however, can be tricky! In this Real Talk episode, Suzanne and Andrew explain important expressions and phrases to help you get your hands on some mouth-watering baked goods!

POPULAR EPISODES

Simplified Speech #020 – The curious case of the UVic bunnies

If you walked onto a university campus and saw hundreds of rabbits, you might think you were dreaming, but this was the reality at the University of Victoria for more than 20 years! Still can’t believe it? Join Andrew and Morag in this episode as they talk all about the UVic bunnies and their mysterious more »

Simplified Speech #016 – American Thanksgiving

Have you ever wondered what Thanksgiving is all about, and why Canada and the United States celebrate it on different days? Come join Andrew and Suzanne as they explain this unique North American holiday.

Catch Word #180 – I’m just spitballing here

When you have a problem that needs solving, sometimes you have to toss a few ideas around in order to get the ball rolling and figure out how to solve it. In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Morag explain two expressions that will help you talk about generating and evaluating ideas: to spitball and more »

Real Talk #011 – Making a hair appointment

What do you do when a bad hair day leads to a bad hair month? Get a haircut! Join Andrew and Suzanne as they explain how to book a hair appointment and other types of appointments.

Real Talk #009 – Do you mind?

In English, sometimes yes can mean no and no can mean yes. In this episode, Andrew and Morag tackle an example of such a tricky situation. Come join them as they explain all about the useful, but potentially difficult construction of do you mind if [something]?

Real Talk #006 – Crossing into the USA

Crossing the border and responding to border agent questions can be stressful, especially when you have to do it in English! Join Andrew and Morag as they explain and discuss the questions you’re most likely to be asked when crossing the border from Canada into the United States.