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Simplified Speech #047 – Washington State

11/16/2018
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On to Washington State! In this Simplified Speech episode, Suzanne talks with Andrew about the tail end of her summer trip, Washington State. Fun facts Washington State is the only American state to be named after a former president. Expressions included in the study guide Gateway drug Practice makes perfect To border [something] Crappy TreacherousRead More

Duration:00:21:06

11/14/2018
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Chatterbox #211 – YouTube Episode description Are you a YouTube addict? What’s your favourite channel to watch these days? In this interesting episode, Andrew and Morag talk about YouTube, what they love about it, and some unique content one can’t find anywhere else. Fun fact The first YouTube video was uploaded on April 23rd, 2005.Read More

Duration:00:16:17

Real Talk #029 – Don’t you think it’d be better if we?

11/11/2018
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What happens when someone comes to you with a suggestion you really don’t like? That could be awkward. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss ways of politely offering alternative options. Fun facts Native English speakers often contract don’t you to sound like don’t cha. In fact, Don’t Cha is the name ofRead More

Duration:00:17:55

Chatterbox #218 – Oregon

11/7/2018
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In this episode, Suzanne talks to Andrew about her recent trip to the state of Oregon. While Oregon is not the most well-known state in the union, Suzanne tells us it has so much to offer. Have a listen! Fun facts Nike Inc., one of the world’s largest sports apparel companies, has its world headquartersRead More

Duration:00:22:32

Real Talk #028 – Asking for something at a restaurant

11/3/2018
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Have you ever wanted to ask for something at a restaurant, but weren’t sure of the best way to phrase it? In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne introduce a phrase that allows you to politely ask for anything at a restaurant. Look out for some useful pronunciation tips, as well! Fun facts The world’s largestRead More

Duration:00:19:35

Chatterbox #217 – California

10/27/2018
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Where do you like to go when you have a vacation? In this Chatterbox episode, Suzanne talks with Andrew about her recent trip to the most populous state in the United States, California. Fun facts If California were an independent country, its economy would be the fifth richest in the world! Expressions included in theRead More

Duration:00:20:09

Catch Word #208 – Through the roof

10/21/2018
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What can you say when you see or experience something that is spectacular and beyond what you expected? In this episode, Andrew and Jeremy share two expressions for you to use during just such an occasion. Fun facts An expression used in this episode, TGIF, is so common that it was borrowed by the foundersRead More

Duration:00:23:40

Real Talk #027 – Asking about a product

10/14/2018
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Calling customer service over the phone can be scary in a second language. In this episode, Andrew gives you key expressions to help you communicate over the phone when asking about a product. Fun facts Have you ever noticed that telephone numbers in American movies usually start with the number 555? That’s because they don’tRead More

Duration:00:18:52

Simplified Speech #046 – Drawing

10/7/2018
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Are you a creative person? Are you curious about learning some new vocabulary about art and drawing? Then listen to this Simplified Speech episode, in which Andrew and Jeremy talk about their attempts at drawing. Fun facts Did you know that Pablo Picasso, the famous Spanish artist, was also an animal lover? In his lifetime,Read More

Duration:00:13:05

Chatterbox #216 – Forest fires

10/3/2018
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Forest fires have been ravaging the western coast of the United States and Canada for several months now, with devastating consequences. In this Chatterbox episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the terrifying results of these natural disasters and how the fires affect those who live within the burn zones. Fun facts On average, more than 100,000Read More

Duration:00:21:54

Catch Word #207 – Ending a sentence with though

9/28/2018
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It might only be one little word, but putting though at the end of a sentence can make a big difference. Join Andrew and Jeremy as they run through the many ways of ending a sentence with though. Fun facts In this episode, our hosts talk about expressions that are interchangeable. In English, strangely, theRead More

Duration:00:27:02

Chatterbox #215 – Airbnb

9/22/2018
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Would you open your home to total strangers? Sounds bizarre, but it is the basis of a thriving business. Join Andrew and Morag as they talk about their experiences with Airbnb. Fun facts Throughout the world, there are all kiAlthough Airbnb was founded only 10 years ago, it now has revenue of over $2 billion!ndsRead More

Duration:00:22:53

Simplified Speech #045 – Attending summer camp

9/16/2018
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Attending summer camp is a very North American experience. Join Andrew and Morag as they share their memories of attending summer camp. Fun facts Throughout the world, there are all kinds of summer camps. You can go to an English camp, a music camp, a theatre camp, even a weight loss camp! Expressions included inRead More

Duration:00:19:32

Catch Word #206 – Heavy hitter

9/10/2018
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Are you a very important person? Do you deal with VIPs all the time? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss expressions that will help you in the world of heavy hitters and big shots! Fun facts Canada is closelBaseball player Babe Ruth is the epitome of a heavy hitter. In 1920, heRead More

Duration:00:25:00

Chatterbox #214 – Canadian food

9/4/2018
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Poutine, maple syrup, Nanaimo bars—all great Canadian food! In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Morag talk about typical Canadian food. Join them—but beware, you might get hungry! Fun facts Canada is closely associated with maple syrup. Globally, around 70% of maple syrup is produced in the province of Quebec alone. No wonder the maple leafRead More

Duration:00:23:51

Catch Word #205 – Whatever floats your boat

8/28/2018
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In this week’s episode, Andrew and Jeremy teach you two new idioms about preferences. These idioms do not describe your own preferences, but rather are phrases you can use when describing other people’s preferences, interests, and quirks. Let’s find out what they are! Fun facts Do you know why boats float? It’s because of aRead More

Duration:00:26:02

Simplified Speech #044 – Summer memories

8/20/2018
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What do ice cream, air conditioners, and sunscreen all have in common? You can find them all in summertime! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag take a walk down memory lane by reminiscing about their childhood summer adventures. Join them in their trip to discover how they spent their summer vacations. Fun factsRead More

Duration:00:14:57

Simplified Speech #043 – Sleep tips

8/12/2018
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Who doesn’t love sleep? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy talk about sleep patterns and helpful tips for getting a better night’s sleep. Fun facts Did you know that 12% of people dream entirely in black and white? Also, the longest recorded period of no sleep was made by Randy Gardner in 1964.Read More

Duration:00:12:26

Catch Word #204 – A buzzkill

8/5/2018
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Is there someone in your life who is boring and pessimistic, and ruins all of your fun? Have you ever wondered what you could call that type of person in English? Well, look no further! In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy give you some perfect expressions to use. Fun facts Buzz is anRead More

Duration:00:24:46

Chatterbox #213 – Interview with John: Part 2

7/31/2018
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This is another special episode with a returning guest, Andrew’s brother John. Andrew and John discuss the struggles of finding an apartment to rent in the increasingly expensive Kelowna area of British Columbia. Fun facts As of 2017, the average cost of a home in Kelowna was $725,000, and up to $10 million in theRead More

Duration:00:22:15