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English Idioms, Slang and Useful Vocabulary

  1. Simplified Speech #035 – Plastic bags2018/01/11
    Plastic bags are a major source of pollution. In this episode, Andrew and Morag talk about how people use bags in Kenya, Korea, and Canada. Take a listen and learn some great English expressions! Fun Facts A centipede is an arthropod with many, many legs—so many that its name comes from the Latin words […]
  2. Speak Easy #01 – [y] and [w] insertion2018/01/06
    In this episode, Suzanne and Andrew teach you a pronunciation trick that will make your English sound smooth and natural. You’ll learn how to link words together by inserting a [y] or [w] sound. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free
  3. Simplified Speech #034 – 2017 in review2017/12/31
    What a year 2017 was! Some people loved every moment of 2017, and some people wished it never happened. Find out what Andrew and Morag have to say about this year as we say goodbye to 2017 in this special Simplified Speech episode! Fun Facts Many people think fake news is a new expression, […]
  4. Simplified Speech #033 – Fear2017/12/27
    Andrew and Morag talk about fears and how to get over them in this Simplified Speech episode. Fun Facts Twenty-four percent of Americans are afraid of speaking in public. This makes public speaking America’s number one phobia. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: To break a fall To take the brunt To listen in […]
  5. Chatterbox #202 – Christmas traditions2017/12/23
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the holiday season! And, in this podcast, Andrew and Suzanne talk about Christmas traditions when they were growing up. Come and join the fun! Fun Facts The idea of Santa Claus has been around for many centuries, but the modern jolly old man dressed in […]
  6. Chatterbox #201 – Naoshima – the island of art2017/12/18
    In this special Chatterbox episode, Andrew talks to Suzanne about his trip to the island of Naoshima. Join them as they chat about public art installations, electric bikes, beaches, and galleries! Fun Facts Naoshima, an island located in the Seto Inland Sea, is known for its modern art and architecture. In fact, one of […]
  7. Simplified Speech #032 – Dancing2017/12/15
    Are you a good dancer, or do you have two left feet? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag talk about dancing and share fun expressions you can use to talk about dancing. Fun Facts In the 1920s and 1930s, dance marathons were a popular craze. Couples would try to win prizes by […]
  8. Catch Word #194 – Easy on the wallet2017/12/11
    Should you buy new shoes? Will the shoes be easy or heavy on the wallet? We can’t help you with whether you should buy the shoes, but we can help you talk about it! In this episode, Suzanne and Andrew discuss expressions involving wallets and money. Fun Facts Wallets can be cheap or expensive, […]
  9. Real Talk #019 – Complaining at a restaurant2017/11/30
    Have you ever received cold food at a restaurant? In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Suzanne explain important expressions and phrases to help you deal with this problem. Join them to learn how to politely voice a complaint at a restaurant. Fun Facts Many restaurants in Quebec have poutine on their menu. Poutine […]
  10. Chatterbox #200 – Hiking up Mount Fuji2017/11/26
    In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about Andrew’s summer trip to Japan and his hike up Mount Fuji. Join them and improve your conversational English skills! Fun Facts Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization […]
  11. Simplified Speech #031 – School lunches2017/11/22
    What kind of lunch did you eat when you went to school? In this episode, Morag and Andrew take a trip down memory lane and discuss the school lunches of their youth. Come learn about the ins and outs of the cafeteria. Fun Facts In this episode, Morag says she’s a slight goth. The […]
  12. Chatterbox #199 – A day in Beijing2017/11/17
    In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew talks to Suzanne about his whirlwind day in Beijing, China! Join them and learn all about Andrew’s crazy adventure! Fun Facts Beijing is the capital city of China and is populated by over 21 million people! Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: To get a taste of [something] To […]
  13. Chatterbox #198 – Interview with Andrew’s dad2017/11/11
    In this special Chatterbox episode, Andrew interviews his dad, Terry. Join Andrew and his dad as they take a trip down memory lane and talk about Hamilton, Ontario, and the War of 1812! Fun Facts The Rust Belt refers to an area around the Great Lakes. The area was very well-known for its booming […]
  14. Catch Word #193 – In a jiffy2017/11/03
    In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss two idiomatic expressions that you can use to talk about being speedy: in a jiffy/in a jiff and in a flash. Join them to learn how to make your English sound like a native speaker’s! Fun Facts A jiffy is used not only in English […]
  15. Chatterbox #197 – Interview with Andrew’s mom2017/10/27
    Are you ready to get to know Andrew and his family better? In this special Chatterbox episode, Andrew interviews his mom, Fiona. Join them as they chat about immigrating to Canada and Oakville, Ontario! Fun Facts Oakville, located in Ontario, is only about 30 kilometres away from downtown Toronto (Canada) and 123 kilometres away […]
  16. Simplified Speech #030 – The beach2017/10/23
    Do you like the beach? That’s the topic in this Simplified Speech episode. Join Andrew and Suzanne as they talk about everything under the sun. From beachcombing to nude beaches, you’ll be sure to laugh! Fun Facts Canada has the longest coastline in the world, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Artic Ocean. […]
  17. Chatterbox #196 – Kitchen renovation2017/10/16
    Do you dream about renovating your kitchen? In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss Suzanne’s changes to her kitchen. Join them as they have a natural and fun conversation all about renovations! Fun Facts Over the past decades, kitchens have changed. In the 1930s, kitchen countertops were custom-built based on the height of […]
  18. Catch Word #192 – Late to the party2017/10/10
    Have you ever felt left out because you were behind the times? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Suzanne explain two fun expressions related to being late and missing out: to be late to the party and to miss the boat. Fun Facts Canada’s largest national park is Wood Buffalo National Park, which […]
  19. Chatterbox #195 – Apps2017/10/01
    Do you love technology and the latest apps? If so, this episode is for you! Sit back, relax, and listen to Andrew and Morag as they chat about the devices and apps they’ve fooled around with. Fun Facts Apple is one of the most successful companies worldwide, generating more money than Google or Facebook. […]
  20. Catch Word #191 – Get a hold of yourself!2017/09/26
    English expressions can be tricky, especially if they sound the same but have different meanings. Don’t worry, because Andrew and Morag are here to help! Join them for this Catch Word episode as they explain three uses of the expression to get a hold of. Fun Facts Depending on the dictionary or grammar website […]
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