Have you ever wondered what kinds of animals live in Canadian cities? How about the wild animals that live in the vast wilderness of Canada? Join Andrew and Morag as they talk about Canadian wildlife in this special listener-requested Simplified Speech episode.
Orcas, also called killer whales, are found in all Canadian oceans. They don’t have any natural predators, live in family groups called pods, and can grow to weigh up to 5 tonnes and measure up to 9 metres!
Expressions included in the learning materials
- To pop up
- Loud and clear
- To be bad news
- Down south/up north/out west/back east
- Leave it at that
we’re going to do a Simplified Speech episode where we
have a natural conversation and we use normal, everyday vocabulary, but
we speak at a slower pace than we would in our regular lives. Let’s kick it
off, let’s start the episode. And I’m curious, Morag, what is your favourite
|Morag:||Mmm, that’s a bit of a tough one. I think it would have to be the seal.|
|Andrew:||The seal. I wasn’t expecting that answer. OK, why a seal?|
Well, I love the ocean; I’m definitely a coastal girl. And they’re so cute. Oh,
my God, little baby seal eyes, like they just have these giant, brown eyes
and they come, and they’re fat and adorable and really friendly, so if you
are out on a wharf, say, on either coast, west coast or east coast—pretty
sure on the east coast, definitely west—you will get these seals that come
up and say hello, and just sort of pop up. They are the cutest things in the
They are cute. I know, when I lived in Victoria, occasionally I would go to
the harbour downtown, and there’s a couple of seals that just hang out
there all the time. And yeah, they come up and say hello. And they’re very
cute, you’re right.
They’re adorable. They’re also—I did a lot of kayaking when I was a kid in
Victoria—and they’re some of the sea creatures, when you are doing sea
kayaking, that aren’t scary when they come say hi. Because if you come too
close to a whale, that can be kind of dangerous, but if a seal comes up and
says hello, it’s just nice.
|Andrew:||Now, you just touched upon my favourite Canadian sea creature.|
|Andrew:||The orca whale. The killer whale.|
Oh, the orca. OK, because it has two names, yeah, the orca whale or the
killer whale, and it’s a sort of image of the west coast. It’s used a lot in First
Nations art, and is all over west coast-ey things, you know.
|Andrew:||Yeah, it’s a very iconic animal.|
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