Chatter Box #28 – Paul’s travel stories of North America

Paul Kerrison is a friend of Maura from England who was visiting North America for the first time. In this interview you get to know Paul, and hear about his American adventures in New York City and the Independence Day celebrations he attended. You’ll also hear about Paul’s impressions of Montreal.

As Paul is from England, you have a chance to compare the Canadian and British accents when listening to this episode. Paul and Maura also discuss slang differences between England and North America.


Expressions included in t learning materialsPaul

  • On air
  • Independence Day
  • Massachusetts
  • JFK
  • High Line
  • Meatpacking district
  • Heat wave
  • Sunscreen
  • Coney Island
  • Too much hassle
  • Candyfloss
  • Guy Fawkes
  • To be taken back
  • Taco Bell
  • Legendary
  • Cuppa
  • Chinwag
  • Can-do
  • To throw a party
  • -ify
  • whey-aye

Sample transcript

Maura:  So what did you do after your time in New York?
Paul: So after New York, I headed to western Massachusetts, to a town called Greenfield to see my friend’s family and experience Independence Day in America, which was a first for me.
Maura: Yeah, I’ve never experienced Independence Day, but I imagine it would be pretty huge over there.
Paul: Yeah, they have lots of flags out in the street and there’s a big festival in the town square with fireworks, and stores with candyfloss, and clams, and roasted chestnuts, the usual kind of festival stalls. We spent the day preparing for it, getting food for the barbecue and making different types of salads, like potato salad and green salad, and then we sat out on the lawn and waited for his family to come round, which was like 20 members, and all his friends as well from high school. And then in the, there was like a square green park and a mountain at the top with like a high tower, and the fireworks were set off from there at about 10 o’clock at night.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips