Chatterbox #44 – Tom from Montreal to Korea to England and back again

Introducing Tom! This week’s episode is an interview, where you can get to know Tom, the Montrealer who has also had a variety of experiences living abroad. We hear about his travels, and also what he loves about Montreal and his hobby of making music. He also recommends some good reading and gives advice on learning a second language. Check out all the expressions he uses!

Expressions included in the learning materialstom

  • In the middle of Jacques
  • Cartier Bridge
  • Fireworks competition
  • A pain in the neck
  • The mountain and Beaver Lake
  • The long-distance thing
  • The long-distance thing That’s right.
  • That’s right.
  • To pay someone a visit
  • The bank machine ate my bankcard

Sample transcript

Tom: I think Montreal is a really special place. I think we’re lucky to be here. I think one of the things that makes it so special is the fact that there are so many different kinds of people, so many different cultures, all kind of mixed together and stuck beside each other. Depending on where you go, you can find people from different countries who speak different languages, who eat different kinds of food, who listen to different kinds of music, all together on this one island.

Maura: Yeah, I agree that that is something really cool about Montreal. And it’s also interesting that it’s an island. For the longest time, when I was living in Ontario, I didn’t even know that Montreal was an island.

Tom: It’s true, a lot of people don’t realize it. But I think it kind of gives people who live here a sense of being part of one complete whole, rather than just a bunch of different little towns stuck together.

Maura: Yeah. I think one reason, as well, why people might not realize it’s an island is because the water that separates the island of Montreal from the mainland is not very large. You don’t have to cross an ocean to get here.

Tom: No, that’s true. We’re just an island in the middle of a river. We’re not out in the middle of the ocean or anything like that. That being said, some of the bridges that lead to Montreal make for some of the best views in town.

Maura: That is true. I do actually really enjoy the view from the Jacques Cartier Bridge. So, you grew up here, you know a lot about the city, obviously. What are some of your favourite things to do around Montreal?

Tom: Well, it depends what time of year it is, of course. Talking about the Jacques Cartier Bridge, in the summertime, you can go and watch the fireworks competitions that happen usually twice a week. And we have contestants from all different countries who come and put on these beautiful fireworks displays, and you can go and either stand up on the bridge, high above the water, or down on the shore below the bridge, and watch the fireworks and listen to the music. It’s a beautiful thing to do on a summer evening.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips, Photo: Tom