Simplified Speech #017 – Morag’s bucket list

What are the things you dream about achieving in your life? Today’s episode is all about big personal goals and accomplishments. Join Andrew as he interviews Morag about her bucket list: the things she dreams about doing before she dies.

Chatterbox #168 – Interview with Paula MP

Join Andrew as he talks to Paula, the new author of a book written specifically for adult ESL learners! Come take it easy and learn all about Paula, a Brazilian immigrant to the United States who has achieved her American dream. Fun fact In 2014, according to the Migration Policy Institute, about 79% of households more »

Catch Word #148 – It’s as clean as a whistle

It’s great when you have a nice, clean space, and you may want to talk about it. This episode is all about expressions for saying that something is really clean. Harp and Maura also talk about whether their bedrooms were spick and span as teenagers, and Maura asks Harp whether her desk at work is more »

Catch Word #147 – She just swept it under the rug

Have you ever done something that you wanted to forget about, and hoped that everyone else would forget about it too? If so, then you wanted to sweep it under the rug. This week’s episode is about wanting to pretend that something didn’t happen. Sometimes people act this way when they’re embarrassed.

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 »

Catch Word #144 – Expressions with one

This episode we’re doing things a bit differently – We’re looking at expressions with the word one. You’ll hear explanations for one-horse race, one-track mind¬, and one-two punch. If you’re curious about what all these expressions mean, then this is the episode for you. Do you have a one-track mind for learning English? Listen here more »

Chatterbox #113 – Travel in Canada

Canada is a big, big country! Most people who come from other places to visit us aren’t able to visit the whole country because it is just that big. In this episode, Andrew and Harp talk about travelling around Canada, the best places to visit and how to do it. Do you know what the more »

Chatterbox #113 – Movies in Canada – Film festivals

Lights, camera, action! They’re aren’t very many popular Canadian films, so what does Canada have to do with the movies? First of all, there are lots of American movies made up here in Canada, and we even have our own Canadian film industry. We also have tons of film festivals, including TIFF that happens every more »

Chatterbox #114 – Cell phones

Ring, ring … Hello? A lot has changed about cell phones since they became popular. There are tons of features and functions, and more and more people have smart phones. In this episode, Harp and Andrew talk about cell phone etiquette. What is acceptable behaviour for cell phone use? Do you think cell phones have more »

Catch Word #142 – Easy as Pie

Do you wish that everything could be easy? In this episode, we talk about expressions to describe something that is easy and simple. You can use these expressions to talk about a test or even just finding your way to a new destination. After listening to this episode, using these expressions to talk about easy more »

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 »

Catch Word #97 – Working like a dog

Many people try their best and put in a lot of effort at work or school. This week, we’re talking about expressions that mean to work hard. You can work like a dog, work your butt off, or put your nose to the grindstone. As usual, we give you lots of examples and teach you more »

Catch Word #71 – To be into something

In this episode we are talking about expressions used to mean that you like something or someone. We look at the popular expressions to be into or to be crazy about something or someone. We also look at to be big on something or to be a big something person. Instead of saying that you more »

Catch Word #66 – Look on the bright side

When you find yourself in a bad situation, do you try to look on the bright side? If your friend gets some bad news, have you ever said: Every cloud has a silver lining? When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade? In this episode, we are optimistic and trying to find the good more »

Catch Word #65 – A chip off the old block

Are you a chip off the old block? Are you similar to any relatives that came before you? In this episode we are talking about family, and how often family members look alike and act alike. There are many ways to talk about this, and some especially fun expression like to be a chip off more »