Chatterbox Episodes
English conversions at a normal speed. We interview someone who has an interesting story to tell.
Catch Word Episodes
English idioms, phrases, common slang and interesting vocabulary
Simplified Speech Episodes
Our hosts have natural conversations in everyday English, while speaking slowly and clearly.
Real Talk Episodes
Practical English expressions for everyday situations that you encounter in an English speaking country.


Happy National Grammar Day!

Did you know that today’s a special holiday?  Of course you did!  It’s National Grammar Day!  What’s that you say?  You DIDN’T know that March 4th is National Grammar Day? Well that’s okay.  Actually I only found out about it a couple of days ago myself. The first National Grammar Day was celebrated in the […]

Catch Word #23 – Plan B

Sometimes we have a plan to do something and it does not work. In that case we need to plan something different, and that is when we use this expression. If you want to listen to this podcast, but your internet is not working, you will have to go to Plan B! What is your […]

Catch Word # 22 – The Tip of the Iceberg

We, in Montreal, hope this snowy weather is not just the tip of the iceberg! This expression, the tip of the iceberg can be used to talk about many other things than the weather. We often use the expression when there is some kind of problem. Do you know this expression? If not, check out […]

Close Up #9 – Love at First Sight

Happy Valentine’s Day! In this episode we are talking about the phenomenon of falling in love at first sight. Actually Robin and Harp are continuing their conversation from last episode and Maura explains some of the expressions they use. You’ll also learn about Cupid! Do you know Cupid?

Close Up #8 – Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s one week until Valentine’s Day and to get you in the mood for love we are uploading our episode a week early! Maura talks a bit about the history of Valentine’s Day to start and then we listen to a REAL conversation between Robin and Harp about Valentine’s Day. What do Robin and Harp […]

The Temperature Challenge

Brrrr! Photo by Ryan King It’s pretty cold here in Montreal these days, but I’ve been drinking lots of hot tea to stay warm!  Maybe that’s why I started to think about all the ways we use temperature words in the English language.  There are so many expressions and idioms that have to do with […]


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