Catch Word #188 – Thunderstruck

English has a lot of strange and amusing expressions! Join Andrew and Morag in today’s episode to learn how to use two colourful expressions related to being surprised: to be blindsided and to be thunderstruck. Don’t keep living under a rock; start listening and learn about these fun expressions today!

Catch Word #187 – To make bank

In today’s episode, Andrew and Suzanne give detailed explanations of two expressions related to making lots of money: to make bank and to rake it in. Do you dream of making a lot of money through working hard, or would you rather just win the lottery? Either way, this is the episode for you!

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Simplified Speech #026 – Math

Love it or hate it, many people have a strong opinion about math. In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne share their memories of taking math in school. Join them and learn some interesting new terms and expressions!

Simplified Speech #019 – Procrastination

Do you sometimes put off working on your English skills? It’s normal to avoid difficult tasks, but don’t procrastinate any longer! Come join Andrew and Suzanne for this Simplified Speech episode about the troubles everyone faces when trying to get work done.

Catch Word #178 – Touch and go

It’s always good to plan ahead, but sometimes you just can’t know what’s around the corner! In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Morag explain a couple of useful phrases for uncertain situations: touch and go and up in the air.

Chatterbox #158 – An interview with Ben: Part 1

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as a bartender? In this, another special two-part Chatterbox episode (this is part 1), Andrew interviews his friend and bandmate Ben, who works as a bartender in Montreal. Join them as they talk about their friendship and some of the highs and lows of working in the more »

Chatterbox #148 – Bad habits

Everyone has a bad habit or two. And despite how unhealthy or annoying bad habits are, they can be hard to break. In this Chatterbox episode, Harp and Andrew talk all about bad habits.

Catch Word #157 – You killed it

Would you ever guess that to kill something could mean to do it well? In English it can mean exactly that! In this episode, we’re looking at expressions that mean to do something very well. They’re casual expressions that can be used to talk about a big performance or a small school project.

Catch Word #155 – Let’s just play it by ear

Are you the kind of person who likes to plan everything? Or would you rather just play it by ear? This episode is about being in the moment, not planning too much, and accepting what happens. To play it by ear is a very common expression used when people are deciding not to make plans. more »

Chatterbox #121 – Aleks: Part 2

This episode is a continuation of our previous interview with Aleks. If you missed that one, go check it out. We left off as Aleks was talking about her first trip to Canada. In this episode, she tells us how she ended up moving to Montreal and where her career has taken her. She also more »

Chatterbox #117 – Study habits

How people study varies from person to person, from school to school, and from place to place. In this episode, Andrew shares his experience of doing a master’s degree in Montreal, and tells us about what being a university student is like for him. Technology has certainly had an impact on education, and this episode more »

Chatterbox #116 – Healthy eating

People seem to be paying more attention than ever to the food they eat. This is part 2 of our episodes on healthy living. This one is dedicated to food, and talking about what Canadians are doing to stay healthy. Andrew and Harp talk about popular lifestyle choices, like vegetarianism, and also the practice of more »

Chatterbox #115 – Working Out

People are active all around the world in different ways: playing sports, going to the gym, or physical activity that is part of their daily routine. Here’s an episode that is all about getting in shape, however you do it.

Catch Word #98 – Mooch

Does it bother you when someone is always asking you for things and always taking from you? It really bothers some people, so much so that we even have special verbs to talk about it: to mooch, to sponge, and to bum. In this episode, we’re talking about the people who like to borrow from more »

Chatterbox #46 – Making small talk

There are so many different kinds of conversation to have! Small talk is the simple kind of conversation that people often have with others that they don’t know very well. In this episode, we give examples of what you can talk about to break the ice, and how people strike up a conversation in different more »