Chatterbox #54 – TV

Do you ever watch English TV shows to improve your listening comprehension? Television can be a great learning tool, or if you’re not in the mood for thinking, it can also be a great way to relax and veg out! In this Chatterbox episode, we’re chatting about TV. You’ll learn about some basic vocabulary words related to watching TV, some recent trends in the types of shows North Americans watch and where they watch them, and even Harp and Maura’s favourite TV shows of all time! So turn off the television for a few minutes and tune in to Culips instead. Pass me the remote!

Expressions included in the learning materialstv

  • The flicker/the clicker
  • To channel surf
  • To veg out
  • To strike your fancy
  • Rabbit ears
  • Sitcoms
  • Talk shows
  • Reruns
  • Primetime
  • Reality shows/reality TV
  • ER To go on and on
  • Speaking of…
  • To hold up

Sample transcript

Harp: Yes. We’re talking about TV.

Maura: Yes, the television. The beautiful, wonderful invention of at-home television.

Harp: Yes. TV. So today, we’re gonna start by talking about the basics, some general topics related to TV.

Maura: And then we’re gonna talk about trends in television, so what’s popular in the land of English-speaking TV right now.

Harp: Exactly. And then we’re gonna talk about our favourite TV shows of all time.

Maura: Yes. Those shows that still hold a special place in our hearts. So first, let’s talk about some basic vocabulary related to television because, really, there’s so much of it.

Harp: All right. So let’s start about by talking about the basics.

Maura: Yes. Now, if you have a television, you probably have this other little device, which is the remote control, because, well, people are lazy. They don’t wanna get up to change the channel on the TV.

Harp: Exactly. They like to sit on their couch and change the channel from there.

Maura: Yeah. So that is called a remote control, but many people also call it the flicker.

Harp: Yes, the flicker or the clicker.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips