Chatterbox #96 – The Valentine’s Day special

Valentine’s Day happens every year on February the 14th. And love is in the air! Or is it? In this episode, Harp and Maura talk about Valentine’s Day and all the traditions and debates that go with it. Some people love Valentine’s Day and others dread it. Some people believe in love at first sight and others are more practical. Are you seeing someone exclusively or are you playing the field? No matter how you feel about the day of love, you’ll enjoy listening to this episode!


Expressions included in the Learning Materials:v_day

  • To drop someone a line
  • Meant to be
  • To not give a hoot
  • Hallmark
  • Old and crotchety
  • To play the field
  • A player
  • A man-eater
  • A serial monogamist
  • Diehard
  • The stars align
  • To buy something
  • Love at first sight
  • A whole whack of something


Sample transcript:

Maura: So, how do people spend Valentine’s Day? I really think there are two kinds of people: people who like to celebrate Valentine’s Day and then people who really don’t give a hoot.

Harp: Yeah, you’re right. There are only two ways about it: either you celebrate and maybe you go on a romantic date to a restaurant, or there are the people who think that it’s just commercial and they don’t do anything special.

Maura: Mmhmm. So, if you’re one of those people who does like Valentine’s Day, what people normally do in Canada is go out to dinner, spend a special evening together, they might buy each other gifts.

Harp: Yup. There are usually flowers involved. It’s the typical Hallmark idea of romance.

Maura: Well, it sounds like you think it’s a commercial holiday when you say the typical Hallmark idea.

Harp: I do. I think it’s really made to just encourage people to spend money.

Maura: Right. This is something that people might think about many holidays; that it is commercial, which means that a holiday is created so that people spend money, so that people buy things, buy decorations, buy presents.

Harp: I think if you love people, you should be celebrating every day, and that doesn’t mean having to spend money, but just appreciating the people in your life.

Maura: I agree. So, I’m wondering, even though you think it’s a commercial holiday, have you ever celebrated Valentine’s Day?

Harp: Hmm… Nope, I don’t think I’ve ever really celebrated. I have never been to a restaurant or gone out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, but I have received flowers. I remember one of my friends threw a Valentine’s Day party, but it had nothing to do with Valentine’s Day. It was just a party for all our friends.

Maura: I think it can be fun to go for dinner and do something special, but I also think Valentine’s Day is often a bigger holiday for people who are single, because it gets them looking for who might be out there or it maybe gives them the opportunity to ask someone on a date, or go to a party with other single people. That’s when it’s most exciting, when you might think, “Oh, maybe I’m gonna meet someone.”

Harp: Yup. I think you might be right about that. And I think if you’re single, you’re also thinking, “Oh, I don’t have someone special to spend the day with” when it seems most of the people I know who are in couples, who are in relationships, don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Maura: Maybe we’re just old and crotchety now

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast