Chatterbox #174 – Playing in bands

Everybody likes listening to music, but what is it like to actually make music? From song writing, to recording, to gigging, come learn all about Andrew and Suzanne’s experiences playing in bands in Montreal. Rock on!

Catch word #172 – Causing a scene

If you’re angry and want to make your feelings known, it’s time to raise hell with Andrew and Morag as they discuss three expressions for publicly expressing anger and frustration: to cause a scene, to make a stink, and to raise hell.

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.

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 #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 »

Chatterbox #83 – We’re cooking up a storm

Everybody eats! That’s probably why we have so many expressions related to cooking and food. This episode is about filling our bellies with square meals and going back for seconds. Harp and Maura love to eat, but before you can eat, someone has to prepare the food! In this episode, the hosts share their own 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 #41 – To bite off more than you can chew

If you bite off more than you can chew things might be difficult for you. This expression might sound like it is talking about eating but – don’t be fooled – it is not. Another expression with a similar meaning is to get in over your head. You can use both of these expressions when more »

Catch Word #19 – Have a crush

Have you ever had a crush? At some time in your life, you have probably had a crush, someone who you liked in a special way. This week, Maura and Robin are talking about the expression, “to have a crush on someone”. They also look at other ways that you can say that you are more »

Catch Word #18 – Out of it

How are you feeling today? Are you a bit out of it? Here we look at a common expression for not quite feeling awake or present. Maybe Canadians are always sleepy because we use this expression often! Learn about it and similar expressions in this episode.   Expressions included in the learning materials Out of more »

Curious Question #15 – Had Better

You had better listen to this episode! Did you understand this first sentence? If you didn’t, check out this episode and hear us explain “had better” for you. We will also give you lots of examples of how to use it. Expressions included in the learning materials Had better Ought to Situations when we use more »

Curious Question #14 – Down Cold

Do you have all English idioms down cold? If you don’t know every English idiom, listen to this podcast to learn a couple more. The question this week is about the expression “to have something down cold.”