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Looking for a different angle on English language podcasts? Keiran the crazy Canadian goes where the other English podcasts don't... and more. Keiran and his native English guests discuss politically incorrect subjects as well as general English language, idioms, expressions, culture and more all while having natural unscripted conversations. This podcasts feature an educational exploration of language ranging from every day expressions, pop culture expressions, explicit language and anything in between. The podcast is geared towards adults students, professionals, university students as well as ESL teachers who want to step out of the "Safe Space" of the English language education community and have a little more fun. Join Keiran and his guests in their down to earth humorous conversations and learn to speak a more universal edgy form of English like a native! English ISN'T always PC!!!
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Dec 31, 2016

In this episode we talk about how to say you're going going to sleep or you went to sleep with an idiom in English, what it means to be "rusty", and of course for some reason we also talk about self awareness in your profession. I also swear a lot on this episode and blab about comedy. 

Dec 29, 2016

 How can you ask for help without having to say "I need help". No worries, sometimes we don't want to say those words. In this podcast Edward and I discuss a useful idiom you can use to request assistance from others. Transcript is available for free where the transcripts are found. 

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Dec 26, 2016

 Today on Uncensored English Gabriel and I have an unscripted conversation about the news, is it worth listening to? Is it always depressing? Feel free to let us know in the comments section on the Facebook page. As always Monday's podcast has a transcript so sign up for our newsletter to get weekly updates about our free transcripts, language challenges and more! 

 

Keiran:

All right, what's up everybody? Today on Uncensored English, we have Gabriel back on the podcast. How is it going, Gabriel?

 

Gabe:

Yeah, pretty good. Feeling good, feeling fresh. Came back from the gym. Wooyeah! 

 

Keiran:

All right, pumping up like Arnold.

 

Gabe:

Yeah, yes.

 

Keiran:

What you do?

 

Gabe:

Okay. I went running. I was running. You go on the tread mill, you run, you run, and then after I warmed up I had toweled myself off a bit. And I did squats, deep squats. And then I did little bit of ... I did some dead lifts. It was nice. And then I did some leg curls. Then I didn't have a good workout yesterday, because I was kind of hung over, so I completed most of the workout I wasn't able to do yesterday. I did some shoulders. I did some fucking arms. And then I did some leg ... I exercised my body.

 

Keiran:

Wait. What's all this for, man? This is for you or this is for the ladies?

 

Gabe:

For me, man. I want to look in the mirror and be like, "Oh, yeah, you fucking look to you piece of shit. Dear God, you're hot."

 

Keiran:

All right, good. All right, anyways, lets move on, man. Gabriel and I, we're going to shoot the shit. We're going to talk about news today and if it's worth watching the news and something about that. Before we do that, we've got uh we got one response from the podcast we did on Russian stereotypes from a Russian person. We're going to just play it right now  so we can all hear it together. You, Gabriel, and I. Here we go.

 

Alex:

Hello, I'm Uncensored English listeners. Hi, Keiran, hi, Gabriel.  I'm Alex, the crazy scientist from Moscow.

Gabe: What a fucking nerd

Alex : After listening to all Gabriel perverted jokes in the 115 episode of Uncensored English I got an idea, to start a fundraising campaign to hire a prostitute for Gabriel, to make Gabriel great again. Bye.

 

Keiran:

All right, that guy got ya.

 

Gabe:

You said that was 74 minutes.

 

Keiran:

Well, it said 74 minutes, but it was only 20 seconds ...

 

Gabe:

A minute. It was only 20 seconds, yeah.

 

Keiran:

Yeah. Right. I don't know if we should hire Gabriel a prostitute, because I'm sure he already has one somewhere.

 

Gabe:

Ah excuse me. They're not called prostitutes. They're called masseuses.

 

Keiran:

Uhhhh man, Asian masseuses of the night?

 

Gabe:

No, I think I moved up to Latin American.

 

Keiran:

What? Is that like a, a price point higher or something?

 

Gabe:

It goes Asian, Latina, Black, and obviously White.

 

Keiran:

All right, that's an interesting scale of uh.

 

Gabe:

Oh, I'm sorry. It goes Russian, Asian, Latina, Black, then White.

 

Keiran:

All right. All right.

 

Gabe:

Yeah. It's not even ... Anyway, whatever. Yeah, thanks ... What's his name. Igor?

 

Keiran:

Alex. It's Alex, dude. You weren't even listening good.

 

Gabe:

Alex Kovalev. Yeah, suck it.

 

Keiran:

All right, anyways ...

 

Gabe:

Next question.

 

Keiran:

Alex, thanks for sending us that message. I think that you're probably right, but you probably don't know that Gabriel already spends money on this kind of stuff. So I don't know that he needs one, but good idea, though.

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Tell him ...nevermind. You know what?

 

Keiran:

Say it.

 

Gabe:

Thank you, Alex.

 

Keiran:

What were you going to say.

 

Gabe:

I hate this guy.

 

Keiran:

Why do you hate him. He responded to the podcast, man.

 

Gabe:

Yeah, he shouldn't have.

 

Keiran:

You're upset because he's making fun of you, or something?

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Who's he think he is, huh? He's a scientist? What is he a scientist of? Being fucking dumb?

 

Keiran:

All right.

 

Gabe:

All right, I'm just joking. Thank you, Alex. Send me an email, gabeomassi.com. Send me dick pics.

 

Keiran:

I don't know, man. What are you doing to do with Russian dick pics, man?

 

Gabe:

I'm going to send them to the police. Tell them he's sending me  underage boy dick pics.

 

Keiran:

Send them to Vladimir Putin. Send them right back.

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Yeah, put you up there in Siberia with the wolves.

 

Keiran:

All right. All right, let's move on here.

 

Gabe:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

All right. Today we're going to talk about news. Is it bullshit? Is it worth looking at, or not?

 

Gabe:

Yeah, that's true.

 

Keiran:

I generally don't look at the news. I look at the sports. That's mainly all I look at, because the rest of it always seems depressing.

 

Gabe:

You get depressed by reading the news? I don't feel anything when I read the news. I go to this website called Reddit, and then they have this subsection called news, and I'm always looking for a fucking disaster, or something.

 

Keiran:

Well, that's it, man. I think I used to be like that. I used to not care about the news, and I be like every time you see some kind of terrorist thing, I would just think, "Oh, thank God, it's not here." It didn't bother me that much. But I have students in all these countries now.

 

Gabe:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I have Turkish students, and there's like a Turkish bombing the other day, and 50 people died, or something.

 

Gabe:

Oh, man, that's a lot of fucking people.

 

Keiran:

I don't know. It's different when you're connected to someone who's affected.

 

Gabe:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I mean, I still always thank like, "Thank God, it's not here," but it's always a matter of time before something shitty happens in Canada, too.

 

Gabe:

Yeah, that's true. I'm here on the website, first article, "Off-duty cop has 10 pints of beer, margarita at bar, before deadly, wrong-way crash." Yeah, fuck the police.

 

Keiran:

Right? Really, where was that? Where did that happen? In in the US?

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Four hours ago.

 

Keiran:

What kind of person drinks 10 pints and then a margarita? How do you finish your night with a margarita after 10 pints?

 

Gabe:

I think maybe it was he was on a date with a girl, he had a margarita, the girl obviously didn't like him and then left him, and then he had 10 pints of beer.

 

Keiran:

No, you said he had 10 pints and then he had a margarita.

 

Gabe:

I mean, I don't know. It's the headline of the article. It's not like giving you like... I don't know. It didn't say he had it all in order. It's probably ... I mean like you know, he maybe had some food. They didn't put that in the headline. Probably had a hotdog.

 

Keiran:

Yeah. So you don't do the news? You do any news, or just Reddit?

 

Gabe:

Yeah, I like the internet news. I go on certain websites. I don't like CNN or like Fox. It's too biased. CNN is very liberal, and Fox is too conservative.

 

Keiran:

You know what's weird, though? Whenever I go into those restaurants in Montreal, like Al-Tahib or any of uh these ethnic restaurants, they're always playing CNN. I don't get it. They're always playing it.

 

Gabe:

They're like the biggest, right? No, they might be the biggest.

 

Keiran:

They're the most blatantly ... Like you said, they're the most blatantly bias news shows ever.

 

Gabe:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

It's so transparent, and it's just hard to even sit through it.

 

Gabe:

A lot of time, it's all like programming rather than news. It's like a TV show, so it's mostly entertainment, and it's fun to watch. I can watch like CNN, because it's just fun. There's all these colors, and what's his name, Wolf Blitzer looks like a fucking weirdo. He's all white, with his crazy beard, and he looks like a cartoon character.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Gabe:

It's fun. Like, I could watch that shit all day. When I'm America, when I'm visiting my grandmother in Florida, I can watch fucking CNN all day long. It's just so fun, because I'm like, "Oh, I'm American now." Like, I need to know.

 

Keiran:

But you're looking at it from the prospective of "This is dumb shit, and I'm laughing at it," right?

 

Gabe:

I'm looking at it ... I'm not laughing all the time, but I'm like ... Okay, in 2000-whatever-it-was, remember the Boxing Day tsunami, in what's it called, Thailand?

 

Keiran:

That must have been a while ago, right?

 

Gabe:

It was like in 2005, 2006. I was in Florida for that, and man I didn't have CNN at my home, because we were all poor, but my grandmother had TV, all these channels. It was the first time I had access to 24-hour news, so I was just watching TV all day long you know. Then, before that, the only time I was ever watching the news for that long period of time was 9/11. I remember when I was 11 years old, and it was on TV, non-stop. Like, they stopped every channel. ABC, NBC was just 9/11 news, and then they showed Bush declared war, and it was just basically 24-hour news on the war.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Gabe:

It was so interesting, man. I was freaking out. It made me all paranoid and shit, fucked me up now.

 

Keiran:

Yeah. Well, that's the kind of garbage that we see on the news, right? I mean, this stuff happens all the time, but you only hear about it when it happens to North America, on our news.

 

Gabe:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Like, you never hear about all the other shit. Did you hear about the airplane that went down in Brazil?

 

Gabe:

Today?

 

Keiran:

No, last week?

 

Gabe:

No.

 

Keiran:

There's an airplane that crashed, and it had like a whole soccer team on it, and they were going to the finals.

 

Gabe:

What? Renal Dino?

 

Keiran:

No, I don't think it was that.

 

Gabe:

I think that's Spanish.

 

Keiran:

But they're going to the finals in Columbia, or something.

 

Gabe:

Jeez.

 

Keiran:

Everybody died except for six people, and the plane crashed because the pilot didn't fill up.

 

Gabe:

Oh, what a fucking dummy, man.

 

Keiran:

I know. Like, if the plane crashes because of, I don't know, a storm or something you can't control, that's sad. But the plane crashed because the guy didn't fill up? That's just pathetic, man.

 

Gabe:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

It's such a stupid tragedy.

 

Gabe:

Maybe isn't the airport supposed to fill up. It's not the airplane is going to a gas station. He's going to an airport, right?

 

Keiran:

Yeah. I don't know. I mean, I imagine. But it maybe a private ... This is a private plane, right? Because it's a team plane. So maybe there's different protocols, or something. I don't know.

 

Gabe:

Got it.

 

Keiran:

I guess, news is always depressing. When do you look at the news and it's like something good?

 

Gabe:

Fuck, man. Let me see. Let me find something now.

 

Keiran:

Unless it's sports.

 

Gabe:

Oh, this one's good. "Firefighter eating at restaurant notices carbon monoxide symptoms, saves 32 people."

 

Keiran:

Is that in the US?

 

Gabe:

Yeah, this is all US news.

 

Keiran:

So the moral of this story is trust firefighters, not policemen.

 

Gabe:

Yeah, yeah. Look at that. He noticed it. He was like, "Hey, wait a minute. Everyone's throwing up," and he saves everyone.

 

Keiran:

I wonder what's the, what happens to a kid in his life that makes him become a firefighter rather than a policeman? Because a policeman is just a thief for the government, right?

 

Gabe:

I don't know. I mean like I feel like firefighters are inherently lazy people, you know?

 

Keiran:

Yeah. "I don't want to work all month, but when I do have to work, I'll risk my life and run into a burning building."

 

Gabe:

Yeah. It's worth it. You're like, "Man, I get paid to fucking play Nintendo and lift weights." It's basically my life, without the fire. You know?

 

Keiran:

Right, it is pretty much the same as your life. Right.

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Except I'm a fucking uh comedy fighter.

 

Keiran:

That was lame.

 

Gabe:

Whatever. See, I'm not good at comedy.

 

Keiran:

It's really lame. Ah yeah yeah except that they work every two weeks and you work every weekend.

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Oh, man, yeah.

 

Keiran:

Basically, my conclusion on news is that news is depressing and probably pretty useless, most of the time. What do you think?

 

Gabe:

I mean, I'll wake up every morning and go on whatever website really quick, just to see. I mean, we just, at this point, we have so much access to information that like you can just look at it and it just doesn't even register completely. I does depress me, it doesn't to anything to me. I just read it, and I'm like, "Oh, yes, more please. More information." Then I go to video game news, and I'm like, "Oh, yeah, I love video games." Then movies, RottenTomatoes.com, look up movie reviews, and I dunno then celebrity gossip. "Oh, the Kardashians. Ooooo." No, I don't know.

 

Keiran:

That sounds fun, because then you can just judge them, right?

 

Gabe:

I mean, they're not doing anything anymore. They're not like fucking up at all.

 

Keiran:

It's just like they went to a restaurant and then they ordered some soup.

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Yeah, they like soup. Yeah, I don't know. Whatever.

 

Keiran:

All right ...

 

Gabe:

Oh, yeah. I wanted to say I was on Facebook, and I saw I was about to call him George Washington, fuckin Denzel Washington, he was talking to I don't know who, some fucking person with a microphone, and he was talking about the news. He said this, he said this quote, "If you read the news, no if don't read the news, you're uninformed, but if you read the news, you're ... " Did you capture that burp in my throat?

 

Keiran:

Yeah, it was really gross, that gurgling sound. It's pretty disgusting.

 

Gabe:

Let me take that back. "If you don't read the news, you're uninformed, but if you read the news, you're misinformed." So that's my statement of the day, his statement.

 

Keiran:

All right, you're paraphrasing him.

 

Gabe:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

It's pretty accurate, though.

 

Gabe:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

It's a little the same thing, I remember Will Smith said something like, he said like, "I vote so I can complain" And that's the wrong thing. The thing is I don't vote so I complain.

 

Gabe:

Yeah, yeah.

 

Keiran:

If you voted, then you put them in, so you can complain.

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Then again ...

 

Keiran:

But, I guess, everyone has their stupid moments, right?

 

Gabe:

Yeah. Then again, I get all my news from super rich black superstars.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, black men with more money than you'll ever have.

 

Gabe:

Yeah. I get it. I'm like, "Yes, what else? I need more news, Denzel."

 

Keiran:

I think you should trust your news from Chris Rock over Will Smith or Denzel.

 

Gabe:

Oh, Chris Rock? He's a smart guy, no?

 

Keiran:

Yeah, that's what I'm saying. I mean, Will Smith, I don't know I don't like the stuff he produces. Denzel, I don't watch anything he produces, man. He just like your Hollywood Dreamboat for Women.

 

Gabe:

He's 64 years old. he's an old man now.

 

Keiran:

So women like the older dudes. You should know that, man.

 

Gabe:

Not that much. I don't know. Whatever. He's a good actor. He looks pretty young, still. You know? He's always chewing gum.

 

Keiran:

Exactly. You just said it yourself.

 

Gabe:

Yeah, all right.

 

Keiran:

All right. We're going to wrap this up, guys. I hope you liked hearing me and Gabriel shoot the shit about news. Uh thank you, Alex, for insulting Gabriel. It was very funny.

 

Gabe:

Yeah, fuck you.

 

Keiran:

Guys, if you haven't subscribed to the page on UncensoredEnglish.ca, or on the Facebook page, so you can get free transcripts emailed to you, and you can find out about our next storytelling challenge and our live lessons, which are going to be happening soon on Facebook. We'll catch you on the next episode of Uncensored English.

Dec 24, 2016

A lot of people think they need to speak to people to improve their English, obviously this helps. But it's not the only way. Today in the podcast we speak briefly about video logs, we go for a walk around my neighbourhood, and I read you one of my favourite holiday season stories. The video is available on the youtube channel.  

 

*** Video available on Youtube Channel***

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgO0VCOAOVtj0X8X48oFhHw

 

 

Dec 22, 2016

 

Today on Uncensored English I talk about what makes me lose my head, how you can use the idiom and of course a lot more! This is a double episode. In the second half David Peachey comes on and shares stories from his latest vacation across South East Asia. The transcript is available for the second half of the podcast. 

***Transcript***

Keiran:

Hey everyone, how's it going? Welcome back to the podcast and today we have one of our all time favorite guests back on the podcast.

 

David:

Ooh, I'm a favorite.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, Mr. David Peachy. How are you doing, David?

 

David:

Hey, I'm going great Keiran, how are you going?

 

Keiran:

I am going great. Going great, that's such an Australian-ism.

 

David:

It is, yeah. How are you going, how's it going. [crosstalk 00:00:25]

 

Keiran:

Yeah, that's all right both forms of English are valid, right? Um

 

David:

Yes.

 

Keiran:

David I haven't seen you for a while and I have kind of an odd little secret to confess.

 

David:

Mm-hmm (affirmative)-

 

Keiran:

I have a little bit of an obsession with your name. When I'm all alone in the house sometimes I just introduce you just for fun. I go "Ladies and gentlemen, David Peachy."

 

David:

It's a great name to introduce.

 

Keiran:

Right. Right. And then I do it in French "Madames et Monsieurres, David Peachy."

 

David:

And I would say "Bonjour."

 

Keiran:

So David you were on an exciting trip I imagine.

 

David:

Yes I was AWOL, I was absent without leave for about three weeks.

 

Keiran:

Oh man, I mean I know where you went because you told me but why don't you tell the listeners where you took a trip to.

 

David:

Okay, hello listeners. I decided to give myself a break before the year was out, so I gave myself three weeks, roughly around East Asia/ South East Asia. It's not much space you can cover with that, but I managed to visit Hong Kong and Macau, both for the first time, catch up with some old friends in Malaysia, and then, again for the first time, explore Myanmar.

 

Keiran:

So, what were you exploring in Myanmar? I'm pretty unfamiliar with it. I imagine, based on my little knowledge I have of Myanmar, that you would probably be visiting uh ... temples? I'm just throwing it out there. Am I right?

 

David:

Absolutely. Yes. We were visiting, I went with my friend from Malaysia, and we visited a pile of temples in Yangon, that's the city in the South. Mandalay, I think it's the old capital, it's central North, and we also spent a couple of day halfway along the river, again central Myanmar, and it's a place called Bagan, and there are over 2000 temples in this 20 square kilometer space. You can't walk more than five minutes without falling over some kind of temple, really. It was very, very bizarre.

 

Keiran:

That's cool. Why are there so many temples in this area?

 

David:

It was the ancient capitals. It was the ancient capital actually, and I think back then they built these little temples to... Honestly I really don't know, I think it was a show of power or riches. What we see now, it looks like a scene from Indiana Jones and, I don't know the hundred temples, the 2000 temples, because you see the landscape and then you see all of these ancient temples popping up. Apparently back then, a few hundred years ago, there were actual other buildings, like wooden structures, farmers, cities, around these temples, which we don't see, it just looks like these temples have popped up in the middle of some kind of jungle, but really it was a properly civilized and populated place.

 

Keiran:

Right. The temples, I just googled it now because I wanted to see what you were talking about.

 

David:

Yeah, Bagan. B-A-G-A-N.

 

Keiran:

It just looks spectacular. It's amazing.

 

David:

Yeah. I have to say it's really, really strange just to walk any direction for about five or ten minutes and you're suddenly at a temple of some sort.

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

David:

Small or large.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, now I gotta ask you, I used to live in Vancouver and there was this small, little place that I always used to go to for cheap eats. It was called Hawkers Delight, I remember really well. It was a Malaysian restaurant, and the food there was insanely good, and I have a few students in Singapore and one of my students told me they went to Malaysia for a trip, I forget where it was, but they said... and I'm always skeptical when people tell me funny things about countries I don't know, but they said in Malaysia there tends to be more uhm I guess to put it in a funny way chunky monkeys, because their food is just so delicious, and I guess it's not the food you want to eat to maintain a thin form. But, I know this is a stretch but, what's your opinion on these ideas I've thrown out at you?

 

David:

Uh, well, good question because I have two old friends there who are very good friends.  And their plan for me before I landed was to basically fill me with food, as much food as possible. There are many types, many influences, so you've got the traditional Malaysian style, you've got your nasi lemak, which you see the fat riot for nasi lemak, and you've got a lot of Indian and Chinese influences as well, so I had a lot of Indian style food, Pakistan style food. It's actually, I understand, it's cheaper to eat out than to actually cook at home, in some cases.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

David:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

That's one of the great parts about every part of Asia I've been in, it's just restaurants are so cheap and the quality of the food is awesome. It was always amazing. In Canada if I go to a restaurant with my wife, it's gonna cost us generally upwards of $60, which isn't really cheap for me.

 

David:

Yeah that's steep.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, and I'm not always thrilled with the quality of the food so I think we get the low end of the stick in terms of fine dining over here.

 

David:

Okay, I'm just going to do a quick calculation. I just went to work out how many ringgits, the Malaysian ringgits to the dollar. I'll follow the US dollar, my gosh so a full plate of food $1.12 US.

 

Keiran:

Oh my god, that's depressing.

 

David:

You get a full plate of food. In Australia that would cost, five to six times as much. This was just a little place, I just walked around the corner and saw a large buffet.

 

Keiran:

I would never cook again if food was that price in Canada.

 

David:

Yeah. It's wonderful.

 

Keiran:

So, David, what would say was the highlight of the trip? Or was there any interesting adventures or experiences you had?

 

David:

Uhm... Good question. I think, because I and my foody friend went through Myanmar, we did a bit of a food exploration, and we realized Burmese food is, it's a little bit of influence from a bit from India, bit from China. It's not really too spicy. I think the thing with, if you're eating in Myanmar, you'll order your curry but it looks actually very, very small. Maybe three or four chunks of meat when it comes out and you're thinking "wow that's not a lot" and then you get about six or seven side dishes full of vegetables. Suddenly your table is absolutely full of all of these little side dishes and you get rice, and you get unending soup. And yeah you can fill yourself up really well for just a couple of US dollars per person. 

 

Keiran:

Yeah, oh my god.

 

David:

Wow.

 

Keiran:

It makes living in North America so depressing.

 

David:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I remember Korean restaurants are just amazing in the same sense. You would go and you'd get served immediately and the food's cooking in front of you but you would get the side dishes, which is called pancha, and you'd always get four or six of them and they'd fill them up when they're empty.

 

David:

Yeah, it's unlimited side dishes. I really enjoyed that. Some of my Korean friends here in Brisbane took me out immediately for Korean food.

 

Keiran:

You don't pay extra for them, you're not punished by a hefty bill. At least not in Korea. I don't know about...

 

David:

Yeah, true.

 

Keiran:

What's the price range of Korean restaurants in Australia?

 

David:

Good question. You'd still pay around twenty to twenty five Australian dollars. What's that, maybe about just under twenty US dollars. Which isn't too bad, especially if you're having a hot pot which everyone shares.

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

David:

Everyone's pretty satisfied at the end and you have your Soju or your Makolli, or just your regular Korean beers.

 

Keiran:

Oh yeah. Yeah I always try to stay away from the Soju. That stuff was dangerous if you had too much of it, because they come in such small bottles and in Korea the bottles are, I don't think they're more than two dollars each

 

David:

Yes I remember that.

 

Keiran:

You go out with four or five people and by the end of the night your table's just covered in bottles and it's hard to stand up sometimes.

 

David:

Yeah, good memories.

 

Keiran:

Or hazy memories, depending how much Soju you had.

 

David:

Actually there was one food experience. I love exploring the food, that's obvious, talking about a food blog. Something I saw in Yangon in the south. We flew in to Yangon and we were flying out of Yangon, so I thought "alright I've got to find this again," it's a little street side store, the store holder has this bid bowl of broth and piled against the side is offal, nothing but offal. Kidneys and livers and intestines and tongue.

 

Keiran:

Sorry what was that word you said, I didn't hear it. "Piled on the side is" what?

 

David:

Offal, offal. O-F-F-A-L, innards. Guts.

 

Keiran:

Can you spell it for me, I'm not familiar with it.

 

David:

Yeah, O double F-A-L.

 

Keiran:

Okay. I learned something new, great. So explain again what it was, you said innards and intestines.

 

David:

Okay, you'd see this little, how would I say a little counter just above the big bowl of broth, and you'd maybe identify some of these insides of the animals. Like tongue and your tripe, your intestines, kidneys, liver. The store holder I could say would cut these into little kebab sizes, throw them onto a little bamboo kebab and just sit them in the broth, and then you just sit down and start eating away, and you count out the little skewers that are left. It was really, really interesting. AND I believe in not wasting the animal.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, yeah right.

 

David:

Yeah. A good example.

 

Keiran:

That sounds so interesting. That's one of the interesting parts about travelling is you always witness these things that are normal to the people who live in that area but they just blow your mind. This sounds really strange to me too, and I remember when I was in Mongolia, my wife is from Mongolia, her family I mean not her immediate family her uncles family have a sheep farm, and it's essentially a fence in the middle of the field with 700 sheep inside of a fence, and in the morning they just open the fence and all the sheep go out and they graze. And they tied one of the sheep up to the fence and I was confused, I was like "what are they doing with that sheep?" and that was our dinner.

 

 

But it's just one of those things that we don't see this, we don't witness this. I had a discussion with one of my Polish students, we don't see the process of the animal being killed and they kill it in a very quick way, and a very pain free way to the animal, out of respect for the animal, and they dismember the whole animal right there outside on the grass and I was just, I was just shocked, I was like "Oh my god, this is insane." We're not used to seeing that. At least I'm not. Right. 

 

David:

Definitely. They have a similar tradition in Slovakia, and I think also in the Czech Replublic. It's called a zabietska, which is "a little killing." And basically what happens is, just a family day, the family would have a pig that they had fed through the summer, it's getting cold, so for as winter sets in, they start about sunrise, they'll stone the pig, slaughter the pig, drain the blood, and then go through the process of converting the whole pig into basically pork products.

 

 

I was lucky enough that some of my students organized this zabietska for me and so I could see and join in the process from the beginning. In the morning we start with the brains, because that goes off quickly, fried up with scrambled eggs, put it on toast, that's your breakfast. Brain and egg on toast, yep. While we're cutting up onions and garlic for everything else, making sausages, making bacon, making pressed meat. It's really, really fascinating, the whole process.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, these are the experiences you don't have if you don't get out of the house and travel. Such an example, incredible way to experience life, to go around the world and see how other people live.

 

David:

Exactly. Something you ya, in Australia everything pretty much comes from the supermarket.

 

Keiran:

Right, right. It's the same thing in Canada.

 

David:

I think we just don't get to see the real the reality of food sometimes.

 

Keiran:

No, we just see the finely packaged piece of meat with a little label on it and a price. It's very uh, detached from what actually happens in the countries we live in, we don't see the whole process.

 

David:

Yeah. Actually I have a little confession to make. This is from my first year in Slovakia, because there are fruit trees everywhere. Until I actually saw apples on a tree, I never realized that the apple fruit actually grew in clusters, because every cartoon I'd seen of an apple tree, the apples were evenly distributed around the tree.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

David:

When I saw apples for real I saw "hang on, the fruit are kind of clustered together, that's really strange."

 

Keiran:

Yeah, and there's nothing like eating apples fresh off the tree, they just taste so much different and so much better.

 

David:

Oh yeah, absolutely.

 

Keiran:

Well, David we're running out of time here so I just want to thank you, again, for coming on the podcast and sharing your experiences travelling with us.

 

David:

Yeah, thank you for having me again.

 

Keiran:

And guys, we're gonna do, for you listeners out there, we're gonna be doing the story telling challenge not too long in the future, so if you haven't signed up for the newsletter you can go do it on my Facebook page, you can go do it on uncensoredenglish.ca and of course we'll send you guys podcast updates with all the transcripts and all the announcements for upcoming events. Alright again, so again, thank you David, have a great day.

 

David:

Will do, you too.

 

Keiran:

We'll catch you guys on the next episode of Uncensored English.

 

Dec 20, 2016

How can you say something is gaining momentum? Today we share a great idiom exactly for that purpose. Also we laugh at ourselves and the ridiculous car accident that happened in Montreal last week. 

 *** Transcript*** 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfDZixZFzms  <-- Accident video

 

 

Keiran:

All right, what's up everybody? Today on the podcast we have one of the other famous Canadians back on here with us. How's it going Edward?

 

Edward:

It's going well, it's good to be famous.

 

Keiran:

Yes it is good to be famous, I wish I had a little more of that uh financial fame though.

 

Edward:

No, no, the notoriety, just the, just the fame in terms of no money attached to it, that's where it's at.

 

Keiran:

That's what you're going for.

 

Edward:

That's what I'm going for, yeah.

 

Keiran:

Well, we were going to do a video podcast today but Edward is a little bit embarrassed because my beard is more glorious than his.

 

Edward:

Sounds right.

 

Keiran:

So unfortunately, we're just going to do an audio one today. But O got um, one of my students sent me this video, I didn't hear about this until he sent it to me, and it's a pretty funny video. And uh, you've seen the video, right?

 

Edward:

I watched the video yesterday. I had actually talked to students about it during the week, describing it, because I'd read a headline about it and I'd read a little article about it. I described it to my students without having watched it, and I finally watched it yesterday, and it lived up to the description. It was even more ridiculous that I thought it would be.

 

Keiran:

Yeah yeah, you're right, and a few weeks we did a podcast on Russians and we made of Russians for Russian stereotypes, so you know why not laugh, let's laugh at ourselves today?

 

Edward:

It was embarrassing, it's definitely embarrassing, and once we've described it I think people will see why it's an embarrassment for Montreal. Not for Canada as a whole, I think the city of Montreal comes out looking really badly.

 

Keiran:

Right, like I think if this was Vancouver and they had a snowstorm in Vancouver- okay, we've got to describe what the video is a little bit. We're going to watch the video, we're going to describe it to you guys, but basically what the video is is there was a mild, I would call it a mild snowstorm. I wouldn't even call it a snowstorm. I would say there was a heavy snowfall in Montreal, and the next day there was a series of comical car collisions because of it, 

 

Edward:

involving city vehicles. Which, it makes it especially enjoyable or embarrassing depending on what side you're on I guess. But yeah, they just did not do a very good job at all of clearing the road or of salting the road, or of putting sand down, or gravel.

 

Keiran:

Or anything.

 

Edward:

And they paid the price. City vehicles paid the price. In the end though, taxpayers will have to pay for the repairs.

Keiran:

Yeah, that means us.

 

 

 

Edward:

We still pay the price, yes.

Edward:

But it's funny to watch I guess.

 

Definitely, maybe that's priceless.

 

Keiran:

The reason why this is so embarrassing for us as Montrealers, is because we are a city that handles snow removal generally very well, right?

 

Edward:

We have to.

 

 

I mean, every year winter comes and we have to put millions of dollars towards removing the snow so that the city can still function, so this is embarrassing.

 

Keiran:

It's very embarrassing, but you know if you're in another part of Canada like Vancouver, in Vancouver if there's one centimeter of snow-

 

Edward:

Which there is like right now.

 

Keiran:

Really?

 

Edward:

Yeah, the last week there have been stories about, kind of similar things happening in Vancouver, but it's understandable. In Vancouver they're not prepared for-

 

Keiran:

No, they never get snow. They don't even need winter tires there.

 

Edward:

That's the problem. People don't have winter tires, so now that there is a little bit of snow they're sliding around like crazy.

 

Keiran:

So guys, what we're going to do is we're going to play the video and then I guess, you want to the narration for the video?

 

Edward:

Sure, it's just it's a minute and 47 seconds, if people want to watch this video they can find it on Youtube. If they search for icy road in Montreal it should be one of the first videos that pop up.

 

Keiran:

Right, and I'm going to put the link in the description anyways, in the podcast description.

 

Edward:

There you go.

 

Keiran:

So, here we go. This narration is brought to you by Edward, and do you want to plug your podcast?

 

Edward:

Sure. You've probably heard my voice before on this podcast, but I do have Edwards ESL Edge podcast as well, and you can find that on Itunes, on Soundcloud, anywhere in the world.

 

Keiran:

So, if you're a first time listener to the podcast, you can also check out Edwards after this. All right, so let's watch the video and Edwards going to narrate things for you.

 

Edward:

Okay, so right now a city bus is sliding quite quickly down- oh. Just slammed into a bunch of parked cars, and they are all sliding into an intersection. Pretty good so far. Now, a taxi driver has done a heroic spin maneuver to avoid the bus. Fast forward to, looks like a worker in his truck, pick-up truck, has just slammed into the bus.

 

Keiran:

The ladder really flew out there a little bit.

 

Edward:

Now, there's another city bus coming, it's picking up steam. I wonder, I mean-

 

Keiran:

It's so stupid.

 

Edward:

You probably have a full busload of people. This street is, it's downhill, so once they start sliding on the ice there's no stopping, and now the bus is really-

 

Keiran:

Yeah, it's picking up speed.

 

Edward:

Just smashed into that work truck. It looked like something went into the windshield even. Now, the work truck is being pushed into the middle of the road, and oh boy.

 

Keiran:

I think this is the best part right here.

 

Edward:

Now, there's a police cruiser that has just spun around and is going down the hill backwards, and is completely out of control. Not going very fast, but-

 

Keiran:

He's got his lights on, too. Making him look like more of an idiot.

 

Edward:

Yeah, sirens are going off, and it just connected with the bus. This is the best though, this is a snowplow. The job of the snowplow is to clear the street, and it is sliding down the street.

 

Keiran:

You know, he's even salting the road as he goes.

 

Edward:

That's dedication. He is about to smash into the police cruiser.

 

Keiran:

And boom.

 

Edward:

The shovel on the front, like the plow on the front of the truck, really gets under the police cruiser and lifts it a couple of feet off the ground.

 

Keiran:

That was a great video.

 

Edward:

Yes, I've seen two versions of this now. I saw, there's a seven minute version of people at work watching from their office window and describing everything. It really is chaos.

 

Keiran:

We got to thank, a big shout out to Alex for sending me this video, and he was laughing at me and making fun of me during the class. Alex is one of my students. I was all up for it, man, because you know what when you look like an idiot, you've got to just laugh at yourself and enjoy the moment, and-

 

Edward:

It's easier when you can laugh as well.

 

Keiran:

It wasn't really me that did this. This is the thing about being Canadian, is like I don't associate myself with Canada, like I'm not a proud Canadian.

 

Edward:

You're not very patriotic?

 

Keiran:

No, I'm not patriotic at all. I enjoy living here, because it's a safe, fair, as fair as a country can be I think.

 

Edward:

It's a very good place to live.

 

Keiran:

Right, it's a good place to live.

 

Edward:

I don't know if there are any perfect places to live, but you know Canada is a very good place to live. Can I tell you yesterday, I- well I came back to Montreal from Toronto two days ago, and in Toronto there's no snow. Right now there is no snow on the ground at all. Actually, last time I was in Montreal I put my snow tires on my car, and then I drove back to Toronto and like I said no snow on the ground. So, yesterday was my first time actually driving in the snow this winter, and I went right through an intersection.

 

Keiran:

Nice.

 

Edward:

I was only going about 15 kilometers an hour, but-

 

Keiran:

You couldn't stop in time.

 

Edward:

Yeah, and even the ABS brakes were shaking, the car was just completely frozen in place, but sliding along the ice. Luckily nobody was in front of me and luckily, I mean it was a very small road so that's why they hadn't salted it I guess, but yeah it was a nice wake up call.

 

Keiran:

That's a fun part about the winter though, I like you, you got to change your driving style and sometimes you get the slippery roads and you get the ABS coming on.

 

Edward:

You need to have that experience like once in the winter to get you into winter driving mode, because after that I was like, "Okay, oh I have to start stopping, I have to start stopping 200 meters before the stop sign." Because otherwise, even if you're only going 15 kilometers an hour you're still potentially going to slide through the intersection.

 

Keiran:

All right guys, I think we're going to wrap this up. I hope you liked this podcast about us laughing at our own city. I hope you enjoyed the video, and- actually before we end the podcast, I noticed you said a good idiom throughout that podcast, which was the bus was picking up steam.

 

Edward:

Yes, to pick up steam.

 

Keiran:

Was it collecting steam that was on the road?

 

Edward:

I believe it was collecting steam from the road. Actually, it's a good expression to mean that you're picking up speed, you're getting faster and faster. I would like to say maybe it's from like a steamship in the past, you know a steamship picking up steam. Or maybe, actually probably a steam engine train makes more sense. You're picking up steam means you're going faster, you're putting out more steam.

 

Keiran:

Maybe, I don't really know, but that seems to make sense.

 

Edward:

That's for your students to find out, and tell you on, or during their next class.

 

Keiran:

During the class, come on the Facebook page, see if you guys can find out the meaning of picking up steam, the meaning, the origins of picking up steam. Right, and that's it guys, I hope you enjoyed this podcast, I hope you guys are picking up steam in your mastery of the English language through listening to our podcasts. Remember, this one is going to be transcripted so you can go find the transcript, and rate it, review it, and we'll catch you next time on the next podcast of uncensored English.

 

Dec 17, 2016

Are you working on improving your fluency? You're writing transcripts right? You're not writing transcripts? Really? Why not? Today I talk a little about writing transcripts, Xmas, some current events around the world and a few idioms.

Dec 15, 2016

There's so many ways to learn a language, today Sabrina from Calm English comes on to share some of her most creative techniques that you can use to retain the English you're learning in a more efficient manner. 

Dec 13, 2016

Learn a great way to express that you can connect with someone or you can't. Anna is back on the podcast and we bounce around this great idiom and have some fun.

*** Transcript***

 

Keiran:

Hey Anna, how's it going?

 

Anna:

Hello again, Keiran. How are you?

 

Keiran:

Good, I'm good. It's good to have you back on the podcast. So what's new with you?

 

Anna:

It's good to be back.

 

 

What's new? Not a lot. The sky is up, still.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, it's been a long time since we last talked.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Anna, today on the podcast I thought it would be really fun if we could just share an idiomatic expression that you often hear in your life or that you often use, you know, with people around you or at least when you lived in Australia. People can use no matter where they go in the english speaking world.

 

 

So if you think about one, is there any one that pops into your mind?

 

Anna:

Yeah, there's one that I really like and that I use very often and that's "to be on the same wavelength as someone".

 

Keiran:

Okay, to be on the same wavelength. Okay, and what specifically do you mean by that?

 

Anna:

Yeah, you know how sometimes you go to a party and you meet someone and within a few minutes you kind of already know that you're going to be friends.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Anna:

Yeah, you have that moment where you're like, hang on we like, we think the same way or we're interested in the same things and straight away you're like, wow! This person and I, we share something, yeah? This saying to be "on the same wavelength as someone" basically explains that relationship. That we feel like, you know, a wavelength is part of what they use in radio for example, so it's like we're tuning in to the same radio station in our heads.

 

Keiran:

Right, exactly. That's an awesome way of explaining it.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

It's so interesting that you say that because it's so true that even when, you know, I would go on dates back in the day.

 

Anna:

Back in the day.

 

Keiran:

When I was single. It's an amazing thing that you can, you know, go out with someone and within a matter of minutes you're just like, mmm this person's nice but we're not on the same wavelength, right?

 

Anna:

Yup, exactly.

 

Keiran:

I can't see myself being with someone who doesn't like A, B, and C or I can't even connect ...

 

Anna:

Curb your enthusiasm.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, exactly. Right. You gotta be able to connect with someone. You gotta be on the same wavelength, I think to grow a long...

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

... lasting relationship, right?

 

Anna:

Absolutely, and I think the weird thing about, you know being human is that there's no guidelines for who that's going to occur with.

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

Anna:

You could meet a group of people your same age, you know, same gender, same background and not really click with them. Not be on the same wavelength, but then suddenly you meet some ... This has happened to me. I meet some 75 year old German man, and I'm just like, wow! We really connect.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, yes.

 

Anna:

For some reason. It doesn't make any sense but we are on the same wavelength.

 

Keiran:

Right, that's amazing. It's interesting. I think that I've been someone over my life that I've never ... I've always had friends ...

 

Anna:

Mm-hmm (affirmative)

 

Keiran:

I've never clicked in a group. I always just felt like I was never part of a group. I never clicked.

 

Anna:

I'm the same way. Yeah, wow.

 

Keiran:

Then when I started doing comedy like, these people were on my wavelength.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I can just like talk for hours about nothing and I'm like, oh! I was with the wrong people.

 

Anna:

Yes! The same thing happened to me, actually. Exactly the same when I moved into opera and like suddenly, for example, back when I started doing opera I had a non-opera boyfriend.

 

Keiran:

Mm-hmm (affirmative)

 

Anna:

I brought him to an opera party and I was like, I hope you're ready for what's about to happen because it was such a different ... As you probably know, performers, it's such a different world. Some people can't connect to that wavelength. Some people can't be on that wavelength.

 

Keiran:

Right, exactly. That's so funny. I actually remember one comedy show I went to. It was more of an amateur comedy show. I was on it and I had this other friend who was on it. He has this joke now that that comedy show destroyed his relationship with his girlfriend because it was ... I mean, some amateur comedy shows sometimes go too long. Amateur comedy, if it's not good it's painful.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

To the comedians, it either is painful but sometimes we can enjoy it cause, like we know these people. We them regularly. I can be like, wow! John's really bombing, look at that. The audience is just like, oh this is terrible but I'm laughing at that experience because I know ...

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

... What it feels like and it's entertaining for me to see my friend fall to pieces. You know, in a different way.

 

Anna:

That was really interesting.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, so whose someone who you know are the type of person that you're not on the same wavelength as.

 

Anna:

Yeah, I was just thinking about that. To me, honestly, it's negative people. You know, people who have decided that either the world is against them or that work sucks and everyone is you know, a pain in the ass or something like that. You know, people who always complain, I find it very hard ...

 

Keiran:

Oh yeah.

 

Anna:

... To be on the wavelength with them because for me, I'm the kind of person  always trying to look at the good things, and what can we do? What's positive that we can take out of this? I find myself never being on the same wavelength as someone who is very negative and pessimistic.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, right. That's interesting. You know, it's interesting, I think my mom's a bit like that kind of person. Not really, she's a very positive person but she just gets into ... People get stuck in a mood sometimes.

 

Anna:

Right.

 

Keiran:

I know when she's stuck in a mood cause I'll just hear her be like, "ahhh", "ahhhh" and she'll do it like every 20 seconds and then ...

 

Anna:

The heave sighs.

 

Keiran:

Sometimes we're on the same wavelength but when I hear that I just kind of wish I had some kind of stick and I can just like push her away, you know. This wavelength that you're on is not what I want to be on.

 

Anna:

It's not for me.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, no.

 

Anna:

What about you? Is there a particular type of person you find you're not on the wavelength with?

 

Keiran:

I think I struggle with people who are too much into like, reality shows or pop culture. I mean, I don't mean pop culture. I like a lot of pop culture but like reality shows and I'm going to say ... I don't want to offend. I mean, I'm going to offend someone, but, bullshit artists.

 

Anna:

I know.

 

Keiran:

People who like, they make one song and it's really catchy. I don't know, I don't like worship of, like people who I don't feel aren't talented. I can't stand having a conversation with these people. I'm just like, no.

 

 

I don't want to just be like, that person sucks. That person's terrible cause I know this person loves them, you know. These people I can't have a conversation with cause I just have no respect for their opinion.

 

Anna:

Wow.

 

Keiran:

We're not on the same wavelength. I can't mesh ...

 

Anna:

The next time, if I come on again we should not be talking about Bachelorette Canada.

 

Keiran:

No...

 

Anna:

... Is what you're saying?

 

Keiran:

I mean I can have fun and watch it once or twice and laugh at it but like, people who take it seriously. I don't know. I just rather be wrapped up in my own reality then, like, watching another one.

 

Anna:

Right. Fair enough. Yeah, sure.

 

Keiran:

I can't lie and say I've never watched it. Back in the day I was like, this is great! Then I was like, this is dumb [inaudible 00:08:17]

 

Anna:

I don't know I think sometimes it's both. Sometimes we love to hate something.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, like everyone needs something to like, beat up, once in a while or something, right.

 

Anna:

Yeah, absolutely. We're kind of suckers for it.

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

What about you? Is there any other thing that you're ... Any other people who you totally are on the same wavelength on?

 

Anna:

Interesting you should ask that. Let me think about that.

 

 

I guess my mom and I have always been on the same wavelength. I love both my parents, I love my whole family. I've got a really great family. I'm very lucky.

 

Keiran:

Mm-hmm (affirmative).

 

Anna:

My mom and I in particular, we've kind of always just, we just get each other. We just understand each other.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Anna:

She has this habit of not finishing her sentences so she'll just say, oh I really need to go to the uh... And then she doesn't say anything. Over time, I think I kind of learned to mind read a bit and kind of know what she was going to say. I think that kind of helped keep us on that same wavelength.

 

Keiran:

Great. Is your mom kind of artistic like you are in the sense?

 

Anna:

She's an academic, actually. She's more the brains of the operation.

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

That's interesting.

 

Anna:

What about you?

 

Keiran:

Ahhh, I think, people who I'm not on the same wavelength with I already described that. People who are on the same wavelength really, it's just I think people who like to analyze society and kind of...

 

Anna:

Yeah, cool.

 

Keiran:

... Pinpoint ... I find through teaching english online I met lots of people who sooner or later they'll get on to, like, corruption. It's this pick topic that's really popular with a lot of students.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

They like to talk about how their country's corrupt and they like to say, "you would never understand my country, you would never understand". I like that topic, I like looking at our societies and kind of saying, what's wrong with it?

 

Anna:

Yeah, what can be better?

 

Keiran:

That's a wavelength that I know a lot of people aren't on. I have friends who, they love politics and stuff and I'm just like, no I can't trust politics.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Political people are not on the same wavelength as me. What about you? Here's the thing, do you vote or do you ...

 

Anna:

Well, we don't have a choice. In Australia it's compulsory.

 

Keiran:

Oh, that's weird.

 

Anna:

Everyone votes. I would say I am into politics but less so now than I used to be. I think for me it's more, like, exactly what we were saying about The Bachelorette. I kind of love to hate it and I kind of ... I like being ... I wouldn't say I'm part of it but I like following it partly because I'm just like, oh that's so stupid and oh, why would they do that?

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Anna:

... And oh, it's all going wrong. It's all going in the wrong direction. I kind of, I don't know, take some sort of weird perverse pleasure in that.

 

Keiran:

That's the level I'm on.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

We're on the critical, like, we're analyzing it from the outside.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

The level that other of my friends are on is like, they've chosen a party and I'm just like, no. The system is broken, don't you see? It doesn't matter which party you choose.

 

Anna:

Yeah. Do you think that's true in every country though? Or just in Canada?

 

Keiran:

I mean, I can't say. I haven't lived in every country.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I don't know. I just know that I don't trust either party.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

In Canada we have several parties. The U.S. I think that's an unfortunate reality. They only have two.

 

Anna:

Yeah. It's kind of very similar in Australia, actually.

 

Keiran:

Okay, so you guys have two also?

 

Anna:

Yeah, we have two main parties. We do have some smaller independent parties and the Greens party but really, there's no competition. It's always going to be one or the other.

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

Anna:

In terms of who wins.

 

 

Yeah, I mean it really comes down to that age-old debate, you know, is it better to be on the outside criticizing it or is it better to be on the inside changing it? I don't know that there's a simple answer to that.

 

Keiran:

Right. My thing is, I don't vote because I just think the system's broken, like, people are upset in the U.S. that they elected Trump but if they didn't elect Trump, you would have got Hilary whose pretty much just as bad.

 

Anna:

Yeah, we're going to disagree on that one because she has her faults, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't say she's nearly as bad. I think she was about as bad as any politician is. Whereas I think he's at a whole other level.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, he's not a politician or anything.

 

Anna:

Yeah, but that's kind of ...

 

Keiran:

That's why he got elected because people are tired of politicians. I think that's the main reason.

 

Anna:

Yeah, but the majority didn't vote for him which is a whole other.

 

Keiran:

Right, that's their electoral system, really.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Right, it's weird, I know.

 

Anna:

Well, hey, at least you're independent. In Australia we're still connected to the common wealth. We're still British. We still don't have a president.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Anna:

Just a prime minister.

 

Keiran:

That's weird. Well, we have a prime minister.

 

Anna:

You don't have a president. Do you elect them directly or do you elect the parties and then he's ...

 

Keiran:

You elect the ... What do we elect? I forget. We have parties ...

 

Anna:

I can tell you're very passionate about this.

 

Keiran:

That's why I'm telling you. I really don't like politics.

 

Anna:

Okay. I think we should stick to TV.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, we should stick to the wavelength that we were on before.

 

 

I'm definitely on the wavelength of the critical person and I don't even care enough about politics to ...

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

To be on the wavelength as someone whose going to support the party.

 

Anna:

Yeah, I understand.

 

Keiran:

All right. Okay, we got to wrap this one up.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Anna it was so great having you back on.

 

Anna:

Nice chatting to you too. We got a little sidetracked there but ...

 

Keiran:

That's what happens in a great conversation. I think that's what people...

 

Anna:

That's true.

 

Keiran:

... Want to hear anyways. I hope you bump into some people later on today who you're on the same wavelength with and, you know.

 

Anna:

I'm going to see my boyfriend. I guess he counts.

 

Keiran:

I hope so. All right, well, thanks so much Anna and we'll catch you next time.

 

Anna:

Yeah, I look forward to it. See you later, Keiran. Have a good one.

 

Keiran:

All right, chao.

 

Anna:

Bye.

 

 

 

Dec 10, 2016

How do you say you've been working hard? Today on Uncensored English we share a great idiom you can use to express that you've been working hard. Also Keiran talks about chickens, creating a healthy work life balance and what one of our Russian listeners had to say about the podcast. 

 

***No Transcript today but check out the Youtube Channel for the Video Version!***

Dec 8, 2016

How to improve your English? You could read English books and study how the language is used, you could watch tv and read a transcript as you go along. Or you could listen to the silliest most inappropriate podcast right here! On this episode of Uncensored English Gabe joins Keiran and they shoot the shit about Russian stereotypes. Don't worry, if this offended you, you can get back to us. Listen up for our challenge at the end of the podcast.

 

***Transcript***

 

Keiran:

Today on Uncensored English podcast number 114, Gabe O'Massi comes back on, and he and I shoot the shit about Russian stereotypes. We discuss hypothetical situations about what would happen if we lived in Russia. Lastwee, lastly we offer a little challenge for your Russians out there if you want to come join us on the podcast, so listen up in the end. Let's get this thing started.

 

Automated:

The following podcast is not intended for younger audiences. It contains coarse language, adult topics, controversial ideas, and is riddled with insanity. Listener's discretion is strongly advised.

 

Keiran:

What's up everybody? This is Keiran the crazy Canadian, and welcome to another podcast of Uncensored English because English isn't always PC. What's up everybody? Today, we have good ole Gabriel back on the podcast. How's it going buddy?

 

Gabriel:

(whistles) Hey babies, how's it going?

 

Keiran:

*chuckles* I haven't seen you in awhile. What have you been up to man?

 

Gabriel:

Not much. I've been exercising, drinking a lot of coffee. Oh wait, oh no, get out of my room. I'm doing a podcast. Sorry, my mom is here. Yeah You're on TV, yeah.

 

Keiran:

You're famous. Everyone's listening to you.

 

Gabriel:

Am I on TV? Anyway, sorry. How are you on TV? I'm on the phone.

 

Keiran:

Does your mom know what a podcast is?

 

Gabriel:

No, I don't know. My mom's crazy.

 

Keiran:

That's hilarious man. You've got to resolve that situation.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, anyway. She's gone now.

 

Keiran:

Alright anyways, I hope everyone's doing well out there. I recently upgraded my podcasting host, and now I get to see where all the listeners come from. I found out that a good percentage of the listeners are in Russia. So today, me and Gabriel are going to do a little bit of teasing, a little bit of mocking. We're going to make fun of you Russians out there.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

We're going to go through ten stereotypes about Russians. And just I don’t know we're going to see what we think about you even though neither of us have ever been there.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, I've never been to Russia, and I don't think I'll ever fucking go to Russia either.

 

Keiran:

Why do you never want to go to Russia man?

 

Gabriel:

Cause that’s uh, they're in bed with Trump's baby. You know what they say about Trump, he's a bad guy.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, he's clearly a bad guy, but what do you mean they're in bed with Trump?

 

Gabriel:

You know, shit, okay I don't know. I don't know. I have no idea. I don't know. I'm stupid.

 

Keiran:

Anyways, let's do a stereotype. The first one we're doing today, Russians are flashy.

 

Gabriel:

Russians are flashy. Yeah, if I were Russian, I would like not know that I was so flashy because all I see is fuckin flashy shit, and I would think it's normal.

 

Keiran:

If I was Russian, I would probably wear a fur coat or something.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, that's true. Yeah, shoot all they wear ... like uh. They have these golden necklaces and hairy ass chests and a track pant suit and a track pant sweater, if that makes sense.

 

Keiran:

You know those hats they have when you go to the Jewish part of town where they kind of look like a big birthday cake on the guy's head?

 

Gabriel:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I think Russian people have that hat, but I think it's a little bit less wide. What are those things called?

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, uhh .. shit man, I don't know what they're called. They're just stupid hats.

 

Keiran:

Alright let's go to the next stereotype. Russian clubs are very exclusive.

 

Gabriel:

Oh, Man, if I was in Russia, I would make sure ... I know how to be cool, you know? This is a hard one. I don't know. I don't ever go to the ... If I were Russian, I wouldn't go to those clubs because you know what I like to chat and hang out and have a nice beer or a vodka as they call beer there.

 

Keiran:

If you were Russian, you would go to a Russian dive bar or something like that.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah. Hang out, I'd go on Russian Tinder and meet a Russian lady.

 

Keiran:

Okay. Let's go to the next one. Gender roles are alive and well in Russia.

 

Gabriel:

Ah man, If I were Russian, I'd make sure everything would be more politically correct. I would make sure that my lady-

 

Keiran:

Dude, really? I think you'd get your ass kicked in Russia. This one ... I have a lot of Russian students, and I agree with this. The women are very feminine, and the men are pretty masculine.

 

Gabriel:

The thing is I'm very in touch with my feminine side. I know what ... Let people be whatever they want to be. I don't want to be masculine all the time because it's exhausting.

 

Keiran:

You don't have to be hyper masculine, but I think ... It's like-

 

Gabriel:

I'm lazy.

 

Keiran:

Over here sometimes we have men who are like women, and we have women who act like men.

 

Gabriel:

Like Caitlyn Jenner?

 

Keiran:

No, that's a man who's become a woman.

 

Gabriel:

Okay.

 

Keiran:

They're saying-

 

Gabriel:

Anyway.

 

Keiran:

If I was in ... Next one, there's a lot of corruption in Russia.

 

Gabriel:

Ah man, these are way more difficult. If I were a political figure in Russia, I would take advantage of the corruption and cash in, baby.

 

Keiran:

Oh man, yeah, if I were in Russia I would have a hard time with the corruption. I guess that's the way to live if you're a political figure, right?

 

Gabriel:

Yeah it's almost like becoming a businessman. It's like a business. You go, and you get into politics, you get your hands greased up by the fish lobbies or whatever.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Gabriel:

I don't know what Russia exports.

 

Keiran:

Go with the flow, right?

 

Gabriel:

They export fucking sadness.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, I had one student who said, "If you want to have a good life in Russia, you have to be friends with a doctor and a policeman because otherwise you're not going to have good protection or good medical services." Alright let's go to the next one, Russians are blunt and serious.

 

Gabriel:

Uh.. I’ve never really hung out ... I have had a few Russian girlfriends and-

 

Keiran:

*laughs* I’ve never met a Russian before, except for all those girls I dated.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, I dated a girl from Ukraine. I know that's not Russia, but it might as well be Russia. She was horrible. She was so mean to me, and I liked her so much. She did not like me, and I tried to like date her, but she didn't think I was funny. She would show me pictures of other men, of other cooler looking men, and I was like man one day I'll be fucking cool. Then one day I saw her at a bar, and she was kind of fat and ugly, and I was like man I'm fucking hot. I have a huge dick. Anyway, so yeah, that's my story.

 

Keiran:

So basically, the point of your story is Ukrainian women are bitches, and you don't know much about Russian women because you can't remember the women you've dated.

 

Gabriel:

The one I dated, that was a long time ago. Good head.

 

Keiran:

Good to know. Let's go to the next one, Russians are superstitious.

 

Gabriel:

Man, I don't know. Are they? Yeah sure. If I was Russian, I'd be superstitious according to this show. I mean are they religious? That's the same thing? Scared of God?

 

Keiran:

Are they religious? I don't know. I generally don't talk to my students about religion that much unless it's a topic that the student enjoys.

 

Gabriel:

A lot of them are Jewish aren't they? I guess not anymore ever since 1940.

 

Keiran:

I don't know. That's a good question. I'm going to let that one go. We're going to ask the listeners out there at the end of the podcast. Are Russians religious, and are they superstitious?

 

Gabriel:

Yeah because as a man of faith I want to know. By the way, I got that email from ... I don't know who I got that email from, but I never responded to her because I was so lazy, but now that I read it, and I appreciate you.

 

Keiran:

Oh yeah, from one of our listeners.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, yeah. She was nice. I think she actually thought I was religious, which I am by the way. So, thank you.

 

Keiran:

No you're not you liar.

 

Gabriel:

Sure, yeah.

 

Keiran:

Let's go on. Russian babushkas.

 

Gabriel:

What the fuck is that?

 

Keiran:

The babushka or Russian granny is a pervasive image in western culture, and she exists. There are a lot of older Russian women in Russia who look exactly like stereotypical babushkas; small and short with scarfs around their head ready to run you down with a wheeled shopping cart.

 

Gabriel:

Oh, my grandmother kind of looks like that, but she's Greek. She's kind of short and fat and old, and she's got a lot of energy. She's a terrible cook. I don't know, but yeah.

 

Keiran:

If I was in Russia I would hang out with the babushkas and drink some vodka, and then pick fights with younger people because you can't beat up old ladies.

 

Gabriel:

If I were in Russia and were Russian, I'd love my babushka, and I'd visit her.

 

Keiran:

Ahhh You sweetie. We're down to two more. Russian women are extremely beautiful.

 

Gabriel:

Man, Yo, I could attest to that man. If I were Russian, man, I would be in heaven with all those Russian babes. I also watch a lot of Russian porn, and some of them are like ... Anyway, you get the idea.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, I think I know what you do. Would you settle down or would you play the game forever if you were in Russia?

 

Gabriel:

I'd play the field, which means I'd go around, and I'd meet people. And then like one day I'd be at a bar, and then a Russian girl would come through the door entering the bar, and she'd steal my heart.

 

Keiran:

You'd settle down in the long run.

 

Gabriel:

Eventually, you know, I want to have a cute kid.

 

Keiran:

I don't think I would settle down if I was single in Russia. I had one student, Boris, and he was like ... I'm like, "Do you have a girlfriend?" He was like, "Why I have girlfriend? There's more women in Russia."

 

Gabriel:

That's hilarious.

 

Keiran:

Last stereotype, Russians love vodka.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, I love ... I don't like Russian vodka to be honest or the European trash. I love Am ... I'm sorry, let me phrase this right. If I were Russian, I wouldn't drink the vodka in Russia. I'd drink Tito's Austin, Texas vodka. Delicious. Hmm, hmm, hmm.

 

Keiran:

If you were in Russia, you would drink Austin, Texas vodka?

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, it's really good.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, I don't know if that's a good choice. I think if I was in Russia, I would trust the Russian vodka because they've been drinking it for awhile.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, what do they drink there? What's the fucking vodka that they drink in Russia, specifically? [crosstalk 00:12:16].

 

Keiran:

I'm sure they got a shitload of brands man. In Mongolia alone, they had at least 20 brands of vodka there.

 

Gabriel:

Holy shit.

 

Keiran:

They've got a lot of different vodka over there.

 

Gabriel:

I like vodka, man. I love martinis and shit. I love vodka martinis, delicious.

 

Keiran:

Alright, alright, good. Guys, I hope you enjoyed me and Gabriel shitting on your stereotypes. We're going to make a little offer to all the Russians out there who are listening today. Gabriel has agreed to participate in this challenge. All you guys got to do, the Russian listeners out there, is if you want to have uh a conversation with Gabriel-

 

Gabriel:

Yeah man.

 

Keiran:

Gabriel's probably looking more out for the women, but if you're a guy too, you can participate. You can talk to Gabriel for ... How long is the conversation going to be, 15-20 minutes?

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, whatever. Yeah, you know what would be cool? If you guys come up with Canadian stereotypes to get us back.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, yeah, you can make fun of us Canadians on the call.

 

Gabriel:

Yeah, then we could dispute it. I could be like, "Hey man, I don't fucking do that shit."

 

Keiran:

OK here's what you got to do, if you want to participate, if you want to have a conversation with Gabriel, all you got to do is make a short little audio recording of yourself. Tell us what you think of Gabriel and our stupid podcast about you Russians out there, and send it in. Gabriel's going to listen to all the recordings he gets, and he's going to choose the winner, and we're going to line up a podcast with you and Gabriel on Uncensored English.

 

Gabriel:

Here's a little hint, talk about your big boobs. I'm joking.

I’m joking, I’m joking.

Keiran:

Oh my God. You're going to get a picture from some extremely fat Russian guy names Vladimir who has the hugest knockers.

 

Gabriel:

That's cool. I like that too.

 

Keiran:

All right guys, this podcast has been completely silly and stupid. We did actually do some grammar practice. We didn't actually tell you about it, but the whole time we did if statements. If I lived in Russia, I would do this. Listen to it again. Have some fun, laugh at this silly podcast, and send us an email. Actually just send Gabriel the email because he's going to pick. Gabriel, what's your email?

 

Gabriel:

Okay, listen carefully. It's gabomassi@gmail.com, G-A-B-O-M-A-S-S-I @gmail.com. G-A-B-O-M-A-S-S-I.

 

Keiran:

G-A-B-O-M-A-S-S-I @gmail.com. Record a little audio of yourself. Send it into Gabriel, and we're going to line up the follow up podcast for all you dirty Russians out there. That's it, we'll catch you on the next podcast of Uncensored English.

 

 

Dec 6, 2016

Are you looking for a way to challenge your English? Want to speak to native English speakers in a group? Why the hell haven't you done our Story Telling Challenge. Today we have the second winner from the Story Telling Challenge #2 on the podcast. We talk about technology, knees, and the possible cyborg future. Don't be a chicken to the next challenge!

 

*** Transcript*** 

 

 

Keiran:

All right. What's up, everybody. Today, on the podcast, we have two guests with us. We have Max [Lemire 00:00:09], the American, the Trump supporter, back on the podcast. How's it going, Max?

 

Max:

Hey, Keiran. I'm not a Trump supporter, but thanks for that. Doing well, thanks. How are you?

 

Keiran:

I'm good, I'm good. Thank you. Then we also have Pavel who was one of the participants in our Storytelling challenge. How are you doing, Pavel?

 

Pavel:

Hello. I'm fine.

 

Keiran:

Good. All right. Great. Max, why don't you and Pavel get to know each other for one minute while I pull up the article?

 

Max:

Sure, sure. Pavel, what are you doing for work?

 

Pavel:

I'm working as a software developer.

 

Max:

Nice. Are you working on cell phone applications?

 

Pavel:

Cell phone applications, too, as well.

 

Max:

All right. What's the main application?

 

Pavel:

Last year, I'm working on entertainment publications for iPhones.

 

Max:

Nice. That sounds fun. I don't code very well, but I tried to do a bit in university. After the hard physics related stuff, I just stopped doing any of it.

 

Keiran:

All right. You're not a big fan of physics then, Max.

 

Max:

It's hard to program it. I like physics, but it's hard to program.

 

Keiran:

That's great because we got a perfect topic for you then today. We're going to talk a little bit about some sciences, and I don't know if it's physics related stuff, but I'm going to read the title of this article so the listeners can know a little bit about what we're talking about. I'm going to post the article in the transcript so you guys can read it if you want. Then Max and Pavel and I are going to just have a conversation about it. The title of this and the caption below it, The Innovators, The Silk Road to Reducing Knee Operations. New bio material called FibroFix re-spins a silk protein like a spider into tough cartilage type material for knee implants, cutting the rising number of expensive knee replacement ops.

 

 

Basically, they created a material that's similar to a spider web or I guess silkworms web or webbing or whatever, and they're going to use this to reduce the cost of knee operations. I'm going to read a little bit more here. Silkworms and spiderwebs may hold the solution to one of the Western world's most pressing health problems, the surge in the need for knee replacements as the population grows older and more obese.

 

 

Max, what do you think about this, using technology that we're mimicking silkworms or spider worms to replace faulty knees?

 

Max:

I think that's fantastic. Typically, what we're making replacement parts for people out of are either other animals. We use pig heart valves for heart valve replacements in people, we use pig's valves. Otherwise, we're using mechanical ones made out of metal and other different I guess materials. If we're able to use something that's organic, more organic, I think it's better because our body won't reject it.

 

Keiran:

All right. What do you think about that, Pavel? Do you think this article and what they're proposing is a good idea?

 

Pavel:

Yes, I think it's a very good idea to use spider proteins for a human tissues. Also, I'm very glad that the science in general still developing. Still there are many things that need to be developed, and scientists still working on it.

 

Keiran:

This is pretty amazing technology, I think, but the one thing I think is that, to me, it seems like one step closer to ... We're using organic materials to heal ourselves or to treat ourselves so that we can last longer.

 

Max:

Exactly.

 

Keiran:

This is the principle behind this article. Max?

 

Max:

I totally agree with that. I think the big deal of the article is right now the implants they're using are real expensive, and these are going to be a lot cheaper so people are going to be able to afford the operation.

 

Keiran:

If you think about this a little more, it seems like we're just one step away or a few steps away from organically combining robotics and humans. If they're doing this to replace a knee, weak knees or bad knees, I imagine in the future, we're going to be seeing some kind of cyborg. This is a good idea. Pavel, you agree with that. Max, you agree with that, but what if we go towards replacing bad knees with robotics that make us stronger, superior? Do you think this is maybe dangerous for us?

 

Max:

I've always dreamed of becoming half robot, half man, so I think that would be ... Even if there's risks involved, I think it's worth it. What do you think, Pavel?

 

Pavel:

I don't think there is something dangerous to be more robotics for people. Maybe people will be better. I think most of people will be better.

 

Keiran:

You guys are both in favor of combining robotics, basically upgrading human beings with robotic limbs.

 

Max:

Yeah. How do you feel about that, Keiran?

 

Keiran:

I think for someone like me or you or Pavel, I think it's fine. If we had a bad knee and we want to just go for a walk or a run, that's fine, but if we use robotic in replacements in military soldiers, that might be problematic, no?

 

Max:

It would be scary. It's just like any technology. It's going to be whoever has the newest technology has the strongest army. That's been a classic. Whoever had tanks first was dominant in World War I. Then whoever had the better tanks in World War II. I think it's more World War II, but technology will always be like that no matter what happens. I'm looking forward to becoming half man, half silkworm. Like this article says, I can become part silkworm.

 

Keiran:

Ok that's weird.

 

Max:

Joke.

 

Keiran:

Pavel, would you be worried about anything if we were, we were approving cyborg limbs? Would any of this worry you?

 

Pavel:

Excuse me. I did not hear the last part of phrase.

 

Keiran:

No problem. If we legalize cyborg limbs, like robotic knees and robotic arms, for people who have arm problems, do you think this would maybe be dangerous in any way?

 

Pavel:

No. I think it can be dangerous because people can use a robotic arms or guns or rifles. What's the difference? If people want to be evil or dangerous, they can find a way anywhere.

 

Keiran:

That's an interesting point.

 

Max:

That's a good point. You're saying, Pavel, the tool doesn't matter. If the person's going to break the law, they can do it already.

 

Pavel:

Exactly. If people want to do something good, they can get better abilities for it. I think it's good for every side.

 

Keiran:

All right. I guess that makes sense. You're saying if people are going to do bad things, they're just going to do them. It doesn't matter if they have robotic legs or guns. The robotics upgrades are not going make them do it more. They're already going to do those bad actions. That's basically what you're saying. I just think we had this shooting a few years ago in Montreal, Pavel, where this guy went to a college with a machine gun and he killed many people in that college. Do you remember that, Max, the Dawson shooting?

 

Max:

Yeah. I was there a few weeks before it happened. It was scary.

 

Keiran:

If they never had machine guns, he probably would have still did something. Maybe he would have went in with a sword, but he would have done less, right?

 

Max:

Right, right. I see what you mean.

 

Keiran:

Maybe. Maybe. Who knows? Maybe with a sword, he would have to be a more fit person to actually do it. I don't know.

 

Max:

Maybe if he had to dedicate a few years to learning the sword, he would have found peace instead of going on a crime with someone that's easy to use. I'm not even joking. It takes a lot of training to use those things.

 

Keiran:

To use a sword?

 

Max:

Yeah. To use it well and to be able to defend yourself.

 

Keiran:

All right. Any last thoughts about this, Pavel, before we finish it up?

 

Pavel:

Actually, no.

 

Keiran:

What about you, Max?

 

Max:

I still want to be half man, half silkworm.

 

Keiran:

Pavel and Max are still on the cyborg boat, and I'm against the cyborgs. All right. Pavel, thanks for coming on so much and for doing this. I know this is challenging, but it's a great challenge for you, and I think you did really well.

 

Max:

Thanks for coming, Pavel.

 

Pavel:

Thank you. It was nice to meet you.

 

Max:

It was nice to meet you, too.

 

Keiran:

All right. Max, we don't really appreciate you because you're a dirty American, but I guess we should thank you a little bit.

 

Max:

I guess I'm just patient then.

 

Keiran:

Thanks also, Max, for coming on. Guys, if you're listening to this and you want to do the next Storytelling challenge, then listen up for it because you can come on like Pavel and can have a conversation with another native speaker and really challenge your own English. You can like it, subscribe to us, and check it out on the Facebook page, too. We'll put more updates up there soon. Thanks, guys, and we'll catch you on the next episode of Censored English.

 

 

Dec 3, 2016

How to express that you are overwhelmed with work, garbage, or you have to many things to do. Today on the podcast we briefly talk about being swamped. Then we fill you sexy listeners out there in on a special challenge we have coming up next week. Lastly Sabrina joins me on the podcast to discuss a hot topic right now, flag burning in America. 

 

***No Transcript*** Video Version available on Youtube

 

 

Nov 30, 2016

Have you felt confused about what to say in the beginning of a conversation? Have you ever felt lost in a conversation? Today on Uncensored English two native English speakers talk to each other for the very first time! Anna the Australian English teacher joins me and we speak to each other for the very first time live on the podcast.

 

*** Transcript *** 

 

Keiran:

Hey Anna! How's a going?

 

Anna:

Hello, Hello Keiran! Nice to meet you finally.

 

Keiran:

Yeah it's good to meet you. So what's the weather over there like?

 

Anna:

(laughter) Well, it's probably not much for you, but for me it's very cold. It's just gotten down to zero and it's starting to go under.

 

Keiran:

Okay, and where exactly are you?

 

Anna:

Oh, I'm in Germany, sorry. Um but so I am originally from Australia, as you can probably hear from my accent. Yes I am living in Germany, living and working in Germany for a bit over a year now.

 

Keiran:

Okay, great, and what have you been doing?

 

Anna:

Mostly teaching, actually. I kind of have two lives, so I work as a teacher and a translator on one side, but on the other side I work as a musician, as an opera singer.

 

Keiran:

Oh great, that's awesome.

 

Anna:

Yeah. What about you? Like where are you located?

 

Keiran:

I'm in Montreal, Montreal Canada.

 

Anna:

Oh, wonderful.

 

Keiran:

And I used to have two lives, I used to be as cool as you, I don't anymore. Um I used to be teaching ... well I would say teaching full time ... and then doing stand-up comedy.

 

Anna:

Noooo

 

Keiran:

Yeah, but actually I was teaching and I was doing stand-up comedy, and then I was podcasting and, unfortunately how it is in Montreal, is that it's not very good to make a living doing comedy.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

So the teaching was going great. The podcasting, I didn't put too much energy into it up until recently, but it was stably growing.

 

Anna:

Cool.

 

Keiran:

So I decided to put the comedy on pause for a little bit, and now, I've dropped by double life I guess.

 

Anna:

(laughter) That's amazing. How does it work being a stand-up comedian? What's the business like? I don't really know anything about it.

 

Keiran:

It's degrading.

 

Anna:

Oh (laughter) So it's not that different from being an opera singer then I'm sure.

 

Keiran:

Right, there's a lot of performing for free in the beginning ...

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I was doing it for about 2 years. And I can't say like seriously, like if I was doing it seriously for 2 years I would be trying to go up and perform every night. And I didn't do it that much. I feel until you've reached a certain level, or you've made the right connection, you're going to perform for free.

 

Anna:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

And that sometimes involves driving 6 hours to perform for 6 minutes and getting no money.

 

Anna:

Yeah. Do you have auditions as well? Because one of the things we have to do is you know, drive across the country, or to catch a train across the country to just do these auditions for like, you know, 2 minutes, sing, leave, and then find out in a few weeks.

 

Keiran:

 

Uh Not really, like we don't do auditions so much as we do open mics.

 

Anna:

Right.

 

Keiran:

Open Mic is basically you and a bunch of amateurs, or they also have pro comics who are working on new material. So obviously they don't want to do new material in front of like an audience that's paid like a good amount of money right? Because that might back-fire.

 

Anna:

Yeah, exactly.

 

Keiran:

That's our audition.

 

Anna:

Okay well there you go. And so how long ago was it that you kind of put that on hold?

 

Keiran:

I put it on hold in the beginning of November. Yeah, it's going to be like that until maybe April, May, May, June, put it on hold.

 

Anna:

Oh okay. All right. That's not that big of a break, that's all right.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, it's not big of a break but I think it's one of those things where you need to put in the time to get better, and I don't know, you're never getting younger so I don't think you should delay your passions for too long you know?

 

Anna:

(laughter) That's a really good point. And that's actually, I actually used to work in the corporate world. I used to work in project management and marketing, and this kind of stuff. And actually, what you just said is exactly why I changed paths completely and ended up studying music, halfway through my twenties.

 

Keiran:

That's great. That's awesome.

 

Anna:

So, yeah.

 

Keiran:

It takes a lot of courage to do that because these are jobs that are paying you money right?

 

Anna:

Yes (laughter)

 

Keiran:

[crosstalk 00:04:07] these are gambles, like these are ... so that's awesome.

 

Anna:

I like to say that every year I've gotten poorer, but happier.

 

Keiran:

(laughter) Ah that's funny.

 

Anna:

(laughter) So there you go, I don't know if I'm getting happier because of my age or because of those decisions but ...

 

Keiran:

Right. Well, I mean you're pursuing your passion. That takes courage, I think that's great.

 

Anna:

Yeah

 

Keiran:

So, how did you start teaching? How did you get into teaching?

 

Anna:

Yeah, actually it, I mean technically I've always been a helper ... I guess you would say ... or a leader maybe is a better word for it. I've always been the kind of person who likes taking charge and you know, I learn very quickly. So even at school, really, I was always that brat who put her hand up right at the beginning of class and already knew all of the answers, and so I kind of always kind of helped other students in that way.

 

 

But I didn't really start teaching until I was at University and then I would start kind of helping people with writing essays, especially foreign language students maybe, who needed that extra help editing things. I'd also tutored in Spanish, because I was learning Spanish at University. And um when I finished my degree, I got my certification, my TESOL certification. And then I kind of always done it kind of casually, but then since moving to Germany, it then kind of became a bit more of a full-time thing in order to kind of tie me over between my old life and my new life I guess you would say.

 

Keiran:

Okay, and so you're teaching in Germany in what way?

 

Anna:

Uh just, with this kind of stuff, with I talking on Skype, just online.

 

Keiran:

Okay, so you're not teaching in schools.

 

Anna:

No, so there's very ... it kind of, oh sorry you don't mean a public school you mean like a private school?

 

Keiran:

Well, any kind of school, like are you, you're purely teaching online at the moment?

 

Anna:

At the moment, yeah. So I have done in person classes, mainly through corporate agencies. So still one on one, but you know, actually going out to the businesses and sitting down with executives and talking things through. Um of course because of my performance background, I also love helping people on things like giving presentations, and how to use their voice ... and I think you also do some work with accents, which makes sense now that I know about your kind of, other life. (laughter) ... But yeah, you know, it's kind of that kind of thing helping people be confident and ...

 

Keiran:

Yeah

 

Anna:

... feel a bit more maybe, relaxed while also improving.

 

Keiran:

Right. Yeah, and you're voice is such an important tool.

 

Anna:

Mm-hmm

 

Keiran:

Yeah, I think you're right. You know I never thought that stand-up ... comedy, whatever I kind of came into teaching ... because usually it's, you're very onto like the politically incorrect end of the spectrum right? But it is, it's a lot of, part of fitting in I think is just learning to accept that you're not perfect and you grow more confident as you keep trying and you keep doing things.

 

Anna:

True, but also probably the stand-up, I'm guessing you do stuff with word play at some, like a few points?

 

Keiran:

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, you're right

 

Anna:

I think, I think you know in my experience all the good language teachers, be they you know in English or Spanish or German, you know, the ones who really have that passion, and who really can have fun with a language? Who, you know, it's not just about rules, rules, rules, but actually about like how can we make this something more exciting?

 

Keiran:

Right, yeah and that's one thing I was curious about whether you taught in schools because I've taught ... I've been teaching since I was 16, I started as a swim instructor for about 8 years.

 

Anna:

Oh! I used to be a personal trainer! There you go.

 

Keiran:

There you go! Yeah. We just have this track record of being in the position of, you know ... these are, you have to get concrete results for the people who are coming to your classes right? Like this is, if you don't they just choose someone else ... and that's why I was curious because I didn't like schools. I didn't like language schools, I thought they were ineffective. And in a language school, the students kind of get the short end of the stick. They get tested, they get put in a class, and that's their teacher, that's their curriculum, they don't have a choice.

 

Anna:

And that's the pace at which they learn.

 

Keiran:

Exactly. And they're stuck at that like, speed. And if you are the most advanced student in that class, that sucks. And if you're the lowest student in the class that sucks right?

 

 

Online it's amazing, like first of all, if you don't like your teacher then, just "Bye, bye, I'll find someone else."

 

Anna:

Yeah "It was nice meeting you, see you later."

 

Keiran:

Yeah and the curriculum is, it's always malleable, you can always change it the way you want right?

 

Anna:

Yeah exactly. I mean I'm, as you can imagine, I'm also learning German at the moment to keep expanding my skills here, and I pick up grammar rules very quickly, I mean I think a lot of English teachers, when you go to, like familiarity with how other people learn languages, sometimes you get to know what works for you as well, very quickly. And for me I found that in group classes that I've tried, yeah it's so frustrating because, sometimes they'll be explaining something they explained yesterday, and I'm like "But I understood it when you explained it yesterday" ...

 

Keiran:

Right, right. And then, yeah and then ...

 

Anna:

And then on the flip-side you can see other people struggling and you're like, I don't know, like there's no solution in a group class, in that situation.

 

Keiran:

No its, and in a group class usually the teacher is teaching, like this is how the teacher will teach the subject, either you get it or you don't. Like they haven't prepared, most teachers don't prepare 5 ways to teach ... because there's different types of learners right? And that doesn't ...

 

Anna:

Of course.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, so that's another good point.

 

 

So Anna, what's your ... I'm curious more about you as a person ... what's your family life like? Like do you come from a big family, a small family?

 

Anna:

Yeah. I come from a bit of a, it's strange, I guess a modern family you would say. (laughter) So quite small, in some respects. I have a lot of cousins, because my mother was one of five children, so there's quite a lot of cousins and aunts and uncles. But in terms of my immediate family, I have two half brothers.

 

Keiran:

OK

 

Anna:

So my mother married quite young, she had my two brothers in her first marriage. Then they got divorced, and much, much later she met my father and had me.

 

Keiran:

That's interesting. So what's your relationship like with your half brothers?

 

Anna:

I kind of think of it more like uncles, because they were 16, sorry they were 15 and 16 when I was born. So they're quite a bit older, so I think they've always been kind of an older presence, maybe not so much like brothers in a traditional sense. We didn't really grow up together for example. But we get along great ... is the short answer ... my whole family is terrific, I'm very lucky in that respect.

 

Keiran:

Right. I'd imagine there would be more tension like if you were born very close to them, because I ... like I just know in my family, I have three sisters ...

 

Anna:

Oh, wow.

 

Keiran:

... three sisters, who are your sisters, like you're immediate sisters, like you're always going to have friction.

 

Anna:

Mm-hmm (affirmative)

 

Keiran:

But I imagine if my father and my mother married someone else and then had more kids, then I imagine the friction with like a step brother ...

 

Anna:

Would be more

 

Keiran:

... who was the same age would be way worse.

 

Anna:

Yeah

 

Keiran:

You know like, that's, you're your mother's kids, but that kid is your step father's kid ...

 

Anna:

Yeah

 

Keiran:

... I imagine that would just ... maybe I'm wrong but ...

 

Anna:

Yeah, I mean I was quite lucky in that like, my first few years like as a toddler, my brothers were kind of in their late teens. And so to them, I was just a bunch of fun. Like they just loved like playing games with me and like playing, like throwing balls, and kind of I guess babysitting for my mom a bit, and so it was really, I think it worked out really well. And then, if course like my brother, my younger older brother (laughter) was the first to give me a beer, for example, when I was 13. (laughter) He gave me my first beer, he was in his late twenties and, you know, so it's kind of been quite a fun relationship really. And they're all musicians as well, actually.

 

Keiran:

That's cool so that's where you get your, I guess you're artistic side

 

Anna:

Yeah, that's interesting. Yeah, and what about, so you said you had three sisters, are they all older or?

 

Keiran:

No. I have one older sister, and then I have two younger sisters. And yeah, I mean like I said, he had a lot of friction growing up. We ...

 

Anna:

Oh, Okay. Are you all very close in age or?

 

Keiran:

My oldest sister is I think 2 or 3 years older than me. Yeah I never know my sister's ages. (laughter)

 

Anna:

(laughter)

 

Keiran:

My younger sisters are ...

 

Anna:

There's so much friction, you never remembered they're birthdays

 

Keiran:

Yeah maybe because I haven't remembering their birthdays and buying them presents or something. My younger sisters are, I don't know, 2 and 5 years younger than me I think? Yeah, we're spread out, but I mean it's a lot of bodies in the house and we grew up in a one TV household, so I think that itself creates a lot of problems back in the day.

 

Anna:

Oh that wasn't so uncommon though, back when you were growing up I imagine.

 

Keiran:

No, but, I mean today it doesn't matter because first of all, we don't really use TV anymore, and then second of all everyone has their own thing. But ...

 

Anna:

Mm-hmm (affirmative) Yeah true.

 

Keiran:

I mean I didn't want to watch whatever show they were watching you know. It's kind of like a 3 against 1 thing, like "Oh, let's watch the show that appealing to them or me." You know, I would always lose out because it just, the majority wins on those right?

 

Anna:

Yeah. Well I suppose like you know, on the plus side, I mean it's a kind of a hashtag first world problem (laughter)

 

Keiran:

Yeah, yeah what a terrible life I had right?

 

Anna:

Especially when I think about the stories my mom told me about her growing up because she was, as I said, 1 of 5, but she had 4 brothers. So she was the only girl with 4 brothers. And of course, back when she was growing up, that meant she had to do all of the work.

 

Keiran:

Yeah

 

Anna:

You know, she had to help with all of the washing and the cleaning and the cooking, and that was her responsibility and the boys could just go play.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, I think I kind of got that, I mean it's, I kind of got that side of the deal in the sense that ... like my father I think is a very modern man. He washes the dishes, he cooks too, he at least ...

 

Anna:

Yeah so does mine.

 

Keiran:

But, when there's a family event, my family's a little odd in that, basically my father and I are the only males in our family so my mother has 3 sisters, and one of her sisters has 4 daughters ...

 

Anna:

Oh my gosh, Okay.

 

Keiran:

... her husband is divorced and dead. So we have a family thing it's like me and my father and then a whole bunch of women.

 

Anna:

Yeah, not a lot of Y chromosomes floating around I guess.

 

Keiran:

No but then that makes me a very special like, everyone's always like "Oh Keiran! The boy of the family!" And my sisters are like, "It's not fair, he gets treated special" you know?

 

Anna:

Well I mean, the good thing is that my mom, being the only girl, she was the only one who got her own room.

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

Anna:

So that was the benefit.

 

Keiran:

Yeah

 

Anna:

That was the only benefit, according to her, was that she got her own room.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, she gets a little privacy right.

 

Anna:

Yeah, exactly.

 

Keiran:

All right well Anna, it was great talking to you, but we gotta wrap this one up.

 

Anna:

Sure.

 

Keiran:

Thanks so much for coming on the podcast, this was a great conversation I would like to have you on again.

 

Anna:

Yeah, awesome I would love that.

 

Keiran:

All right

 

Anna:

Lovely to meet you.

 

Keiran:

Yeah it was great meeting you too, Bye bye!

 

Anna:

Bye!

 

Nov 28, 2016

Want to improve your English speaking abilities? Want to get some high pressure, intense yet fun practice. We hold the story telling challenge periodically to reward our listeners for working on their English. Today one of the winners, Mais, joins myself and Edward for a discussion about a topic that has been shrouded in controversy over the last few years. 

 

*** Transcript*** 

 

Keiran:

All right, what's up everyone? Today is the podcast for Monday, November 28th and we have one of the winners from the story telling challenge number two, Mais, on the podcast. How's it going, Mais?

 

Mais:

Good. How are you?

 

Keiran:

I'm good, I'm good. We also got Edward on the podcast. How's it going, Edward?

 

Edward:

I'm going well, I'm doing well.

 

Keiran:

You're doing well.

 

Edward:

It's going well, it's going well. Thank you.

 

Keiran:

All right, you guys want to get to know each other briefly for a minute?

 

Edward:

Sure. So this is the first time that we are meeting. Mais, so nice to meet you.

 

Mais:

Tru, nice to meet you too.

 

Edward:

Where are you, where are we speaking to you? No wait. Where are you, as we are speaking to you?

 

Mais:

Okay, right now I'm in Tampa, Florida, the US.

 

Edward:

Okay.

 

Mais:

Yeah.

 

Edward:

And what's the weather like in Tampa, Florida? It looks like ...

 

Mais:

Well, actually I'm scared to tell you because you might kill me.  while it's very cold over there while we're having very nice weather. It's like around 15 Celsius.

 

Edward:

Okay.

 

Mais:

Which is nice.

 

Edward:

Yeah, I think today's not too bad. I think it's probably about five degrees, so only about ten degrees difference today.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, I'd take the 15 though.

 

Mais:

Well, that is too much. Actually in a few hours it's going to go up to 26, 27 or something.

 

Edward:

Okay, then we'll be angry.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, then we'll be very ...

 

Edward:

We'll call you back in a few hours to yell at you.

 

Mais:

Yeah. Okay.

 

Keiran:

Let's start this conversation. Today we're going to talk about a controversial subject. It's been in the news a lot in the last few years in Montreal, and I'm sure it's been in the news in many places around the world.

 

 

So we're going to talk about the hijab or head coverings. Mais, can you tell us right off the bat, what do you think about ... Like a lot of people have a negative opinion in the western world about them. Do you think that they kind of take away freedoms from women? Or do you think that they give the woman a certain freedom in a certain way that western women maybe don't have?

 

Mais:

Yeah, well first of all it sounds bad right now that women have, or people in general, having bad or negative opinions toward it. But actually, I can see it from the positive way. It's nice to be curious about something. At that point you start to learn about it. Then that, if that wasn't happen like people would never be curious, like why those people are covering or doing this. Right?

 

Keiran:

Right. That's interesting, I never thought of it like that.

 

Mais:

Yeah, well I'm always trying to look at the positive side for every single ... like I believe that we are blessed with something called a Islamphobia. Actually it's something good that because it raised us to go back to our religion and study more, learn more, so we can ... And that's for our good, our own benefits.

 

 

Anyways, so the hijab actually is not, it's a kind of freedom. We do it first of all because we are Muslim and we believe in God, and this is God's instructions to us so we don't argue about it. But, why it's freedom? Because we actually tried by covering our heads or tried to dress in a certain way, is covering our physical beauty and try to manifest the beauty of our personalities. Beauty of mind and so we can interact with other people, specifically the other, the opposite sex in a way that more justice, like more fairness because we gonna talk about, we will discuss issues rather than just let them focus on how we do look like. Right? Well, it's not clear, probably I didn't make it clear.

 

 

 

Mais:

Yeah?

 

Edward:

I think I understand that idea, so basically to remove any distraction to ...

 

Mais:

Exactly. For example, [inaudible 00:04:32] went to people while apply for a job if the woman looks like, not like but similar, like where she has only to show her skills and her knowledge and cover her beauty, she will be equal to the man who is applying for the same job. Both of them will have the same chance or opportunity to get the job. When she's wearing half covered, half naked, she's going to be like she'll have more chance to get the job, not because she's qualified for that, just because she looks nice.

 

Keiran:

You're saying that the hijab can allow women to be seen for their work skills and for who they are rather than just for their looks.

 

Mais:

Yeah, you can focus on my thoughts, on my knowledge, on my personality. I can't, rather than my physical beauty.

 

Edward:

It still does have to do with beauty, though, in terms of you, the hijab that you're wearing now, is nicely decorated. There's still some fashion element, some aesthetic element to it. You 

 

Mais:

Then I'm doing it wrong and I should change it. I shouldn't do this anymore. That explains why some people wear the black ones or try to cover more or try to ... The idea is to look modest, to show that decency and modesty. If you are not doing this, then you are doing it in a wrong way. You should fix it.

 

Keiran:

Okay, so that's where just a plain of black color or a dark color, that's more of a modest choice.

 

Mais:

Exactly. And some people need to cover their faces as well and their hands. It's not just my opinion but for others like the  says they have to do this as long as they're a source of infatuation. If there's a source for that then she has to do it. As long as she won't attract anyone, like I'm here in the US. No one is going to look at me because they have other options much better. Then I won't be a source of infatuation. In Jedah, for example, in Saudi Arabia, in the same city there are some places where I can't go without covering my face because otherwise all people are going to stare at me and I would be just uncomfortable with the situation.

 

Keiran:

My thing is that like in one way I understand you and I think that makes sense in a certain sense, like if a woman is wearing that then it does take away like a certain relationship where the man may just see the woman as oh, she's a beautiful thing. She's something that I can have or something, you know like. In that sense it puts you as equals. At the same time, I think if a man can only see a woman's beauty and can't like interact with her on a higher level than that, then maybe kinda shows that the man is not really in control of his own energy and his own, himself.

 

 

Let's say if you did not have your head covering on right now and I was like, "Oh, my God. Mais is ..." If I couldn't interact with you normally ...

 

Mais:

Exactly. It's just like the sign. I'm sending you a sign. We do have limits. We can be friends. We're not going to cross that limit. It's not just for certain case which is me. It's applicable on everyone else.

 

Keiran:

I know, but I'm just talking about I've heard ... This is just something that I've heard. Some people when they go through the airport in Saudi, the women that don't, they're not Muslims, they don't have head covers, they get treated very strangely for them because the men in Saudi are not used to seeing that.

 

Mais:

Yeah, they're gonna stare at them. That's why in Saudi Arabia it's better for them to cover, at least at that part. Some other places in Judah, like Abdeen and some places like coffees shops and restaurants, you would never see anyone covered unfortunately. They call themselves Muslims but you won't see any single woman is covered with her scarf. I look weird to them when I go there. Yeah, it's based on that place, where are you. In general, I'm wearing my scarf first of all to tell people I'm a Muslim. What does that mean? It means that you are going to deal with someone with good manner character. Muslims have to be honest, have to be peaceful, love others, defend others, generous, compassionate, just and the list goes on. This will give you relief that who you are going to deal with.

 

 

Your neighbor, for instance, a Muslim then you expect what you're going to see. If you saw your coworker is a Muslim, then you'll ... It is important to cover my beauty but it's not just, it doesn't stop at that point. It means a lot of other things as well.

 

Edward:

Obviously this is tradition and it has a long history to it, but why is it that men have never had to wear the equivalent of a hijab? Why is it that men don't offer the same distractions. There's a very handsome man. I don't care what he's saying. I don't care what his ideas. I'll look at his face, very handsome. Why isn't there the equivalent for men?

 

Keiran:

Because, this is my thing, but because men are not primary valued for their beauty. It's kinda a sad reality that as women ... You know this. In Asian countries like Korea, if a woman's 30 and she's not married, then she's pretty much considered finished. Its' the end of the line. Their primary value is their beauty. It's not accurate. It's not realistic. Like a woman can be beautiful and be very capable of doing many things, but that's my opinion. What do you think about that, Mais? What's your opinion about why men have never had to have a hijab?

 

Mais:

Well the men part of hijab actually is to lowering their gaze when they are going to see someone which is pretty nice or beauty. They have to lower. They shouldn't stare or keep staring or gazing at her. Why they don't cover their hair, for instance, because usually the the woman who spends most of her time and effort on fixing her hair in order to look more pretty, the men doesn't do the same thing in order to look handsome.

 

Edward:

Some men might. I mean, maybe it's more common in North American than in the Middle East, but some men will grow their hair out long and spend just as much time treating their hair as a woman.

 

Mais:

How would you look at them, like you? Don't you going to see them they are silly?

 

Edward:

Well not necessarily silly. It's not something that ... I'm not going to spend 45 minutes or an hour doing my hair, but maybe if my hair was beautiful and long and luscious, then ...

 

Mais:

I don't think it's just normal for men to do that. Actually, how a woman would look at a man, not on their faces maybe, on their buddies when they work out or look nice, okay, this is an attractive man. If he's spending time on fixing his eyebrows or his hair, it's I don't know, worse than a woman. I don't want such a man.

 

Keiran:

Right, traditionally it's seen as a bit feminine but I think it's more common in Korea. Korea is the number one seller of men's makeup.

 

Edward:

Yeah, I think men's makeup is becoming more common. Okay, to me again, I would not wear makeup because I'm not expected to wear makeup and it doesn't really appeal to me.

 

Keiran:

And you're so handsome.

 

Edward:

I'm already naturally so handsome. You know, you can see I have a beard. Sometimes I get comments from other men or from women. They say, "Oh, your beard looks nicely trimmed," as if I have worked all morning to make it perfect. But it's not true, but some people might look at me and think, "Oh, he must spend a lot of time grooming himself."  So it does relate. There are, I'm sure, some people who would think it's quite similar in terms of the effort that men and women are putting into their appearance.

 

Mais:

Again, you won't be a source of infatuation.

 

Edward:

I won't be?

 

Mais:

You won't.

 

Edward:

I'm very disappointed, then.

 

Mais:

No, you won't be. Yeah, you look nice. You look good, but okay. That's it. You're not going to do a problem, cause a problem. The hijab is more about behavior, manner. It's like speech and appearance and all. It's multiple elements together just to look modest in order to save, like the woman going to save herself, her family, and eventually the whole community or the whole society.

 

Keiran:

Let's move on quickly to one more thing. I want to talk about you said at the beginning Islamophobia is kind of like you look at it in a positive way because now people are becoming more curious about Islam. I think a lot of people probably in North America or in some European countries, their Islamophobia, maybe part of it comes from all the terrorist acts that happen once in a while, but the other part of it comes from the belief that they're not going to integrate into the culture because I think you know the religion with a lot of people is very strong. They pray five times a day. They take their religion very seriously whereas some North American people are very relaxed about their religion. I know for one thing, you are someone who has integrated very well. You go out and you connect with people in the North American culture who are not part of the Muslim world. What do you think about that? Do you think that it's important for them to integrate or do you think most people will? Do you think that this is an issue?

 

Mais:

I think what you are talking about is just available on the media or how some people try to manifest the issue. In reality, no. Did you meet or have you ever met someone who wasn't able to get involved in any issue or ...

 

Keiran:

I would say Edward and I worked at an ESL school, not at the same time but at the same school. There was many Saudi students. There was many Libyan students. I know it depends on the student. Some students there was no way they were ever going to integrate. They came to the class. They did the class. They left. They didn't really mix with other students.

 

Mais:

Do you know why?

 

Keiran:

I just think it was they were too ... I don't know. I don't know why. I think they're very deeply involved in their religion.

 

Edward:

The students that I'm thinking of, they were very conservative.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, very conservative.

 

Edward:

I had different students. I had Saudi students and the men and the women. Just one woman in particular, she chose to wear a burka, I mean a full niqab, I think even a full burka in class. She had to sit beside female students. She had to do assignments with female students because her husband was also a student there. I think she was just very conservative in her values. She would not even speak to another Saudi student's father if they met on the street. So I think she was just very, very conservative. That was her reason.

 

Mais:

Well, yeah because this is the way how she raise. Okay, then, yeah I would say she's a Muslim and she conservative, but it's not something applicable to every single Muslim. This is her case. This is her environment that she was raised on. It doesn't mean that Muslims are the same way. Muslims you're going to, when you go to the east and you visit Saudi Arabia or Syria or Jordan or Lebanon, you're going to see different things, different traditions, different environments. In Judah itself, the city where I have been raised as I told you, you're going to see different things in different societies in there. It's not about maybe religion. I don't think that Muslims cannot integrate because I hear like there is 35,000 Muslim in Tampa. It's pretty important for us. It's from our religion, actually, to go and integrate with a society, to help and interact with people because this is how we going to let people know what our religion.

 

 

Some people try just to go to see what, to find the spots where Muslims are located and just to go with them, but when you talk to the Islamic scholars they are against this idea. No, you have to reach the places where you won't find Muslims because the something? is coming from inside you. It's not something you cannot acquire it.

 

Edward:

Actually just recently in Montreal there was a news story about a man who, a Muslim man from Egypt who came to Canada who wants to start a community. Everybody's paying attention to this because his idea is to start a community, a Muslim community, but he's saying the only reason it's a Muslim community is because he wants to buy property and he figured it's easier to buy property with other people. Who does he ask first? He asks his friends who happen to be Muslim because just because they're his closest friends. Those are the people he knows. People, maybe they wouldn't pay attention to this if I decided to buy land and I asked my friends to help me. Nobody would care, but because he's Muslim it becomes, "Wait, do we want an all Muslim community only 30 minutes from Montreal? What are they going to do? What are they going to plan?"

 

 

I heard him talking on the radio and I felt sorry for him because nobody understands what he's actually trying to do. He wasn't even able to explain it clearly because he was saying one thing and then backtracking saying, "No, I will invite anybody to come but I am asking these people first. If I don't have to ask other people, I won't ask other people."

 

 

Then, "Oh, so you don't want other people."

 

 

It's hard for people, I think, just to look at the situation and not be influenced by what they already think.

 

Keiran:

The media and .

 

Edward:

The way the media covers it, too. It's not a news story but they make it a news story. People think, "Oh, then we should be worried."

 

Keiran:

Right. All right, this has been interesting but we're going to have to wrap it up because I got to actually have the ... I have a student very shortly. But Mais, thank you so much for coming on and having this discussion with us.

 

Mais:

My pleasure.

 

Keiran:

Thank you, Edward, for coming too.

 

Edward:

My pleasure.

 

Keiran:

If you guys listening to the podcast have any comments or any opinions about this subject, yeah, put it in the comment section below. We'll catch you next time on the next podcast of Uncensored English.

 

Mais:

Okay.

 

Nov 26, 2016

How to improve become more fluent in group conversations. 

Do you sometimes struggle in group conversations in English? Do you find you lose your confidence or you have trouble following? Today we discuss group conversations and a technique you can use to force yourself into the group conversation. Also we briefly compare ESL teachers and Online English teachers while I discuss the ad I launched.

Nov 23, 2016

Do you want to skip the line at the grocery store, today I teach you a sentence that helps you do this.. at least in Canada. 

 

 

**** Transcript****

 

 

Keiran:

What's up everybody? It is Wednesday! It's Wednesday, it's hump day it's a day where I don't have to work, it's a day where I can sleep all day, it's Wednesday! Hope it's going good for you. Hump day's a funny day isn't it? Because everyone's like, "Yes! The week is half over, half over!" That's kind of sad, that you hate the majority of the week, you're just like, "Oh, I just have to get through the week to get to Friday. On Friday things will be good." Then on Saturday you don't have to work. Then on Sunday you start to feel like shit because you know that Monday's coming.

 

But I love Wednesday! I don't have to work on Wednesday, but I like to work anyways, I work on my podcast, I do it for free. I work on my podcast, I don't get money, but it's fun, it's fun, it's good for you, so listen to it if you know what's good for you.

  

So today on the podcast, I want to talk about that idiom we did on Monday with Edward which was, "It boggles my mind, it boggles my mind". We're going to talk about something that boggles my mind. The thing that we're going to talk about that boggles my mind, is this thing that was in the newspaper last week, this story that happened last week. And my mom, she just kept talking about it to me, and she just kept talking about it, and talking about ... and then it's actually gone deep enough into my mind that I've been thinking about it. So I thought, "Fuck it's in there, why don't we just talk about it, right?" It's pretty silly. I'm going to read a little bit of this article to you, it was in the ... what newspaper was it anyway? Here let me find it. Okay, it was the Star. Star.com. I don't know what that is, that must be Toronto.

 

 

All right, this is the article title. "The grey what? Outcry as the grey jay named Canada's national bird. The grey jay, also known as the whiskey jack, is friendly, hardy, and intelligent ... just like Canadians," hah hah hah, "experts say."

 

 

So basically, the Royal Canadian Geographic Society had a vote about which bird people should choose to represent Canada, and they decided to choose the grey jay, and people are upset about it. They're like, "What? What the hell's the grey jay? I've never heard about that before. Why are we picking the grey jay? Why don't we pick the loon, you know, the one that goes 'woo'," which is the sound a loon makes, it's pretty cool.

 

 

Uh so people are outraged about it, they're angry, and it just boggled my mind. Why do you care so much about what bird a little group of people decided was important? It really ... it's insignificant, right? But I read a little bit about the grey jay and it's actually a pretty cool bird. It's found all over Canada. It's the only bird that's found all across Canada, I'm pretty sure. Maybe seagulls are found in ... nah, I bet seagulls aren't in the middle of Canada. And then it's very intelligent apparently, it's a hardy bird. It can withstand harsh ... a harsh environment, harsh weather. Apparently it incubates its egg in minus 30 degrees temperatures. That's amazing. So it's a good parent.

People are upset, and it just boggles my mind. These people, literally someone somewhere in the world was like, "What, the grey jay, what the fuck is that? Why didn't we ... Choose the loon, choose the snowy owl, choose the Canadian goose!" I don't think we should call the Canadian goose the Canadian goose, because it goes to Florida for the winter. I think it needs to be like the Canadian-American goose or something. Anyways, that's it about that.

 I want to share with you guys another little story, another little English sentence you can use, and I ... about two years ago when my daughter was two years old, I spent lots of time with her. There's this thing that happens with young children which you know if you ever spent a lot of time with young children, is that they are either not aware of their body or they're not good at communicating it. And you do this thing when you go anywhere with a young child, is that when you go outside, you always say, "Okay, do you need to go pee, because we're going to be in the car for a while," and then the kid will inevitably go, "No, I'm okay." Then you get in the car, and as soon as you have driven far enough from the house that you can't make it back in time for them to go to the bathroom, then they have to go to the bathroom. 

One day we were at the grocery store, and then we're in the store there shopping and my daughter's like, "Daddy, I need to go pee," and it's just like, "Oh no." I picked her up with one arm, we ran to the front of the store. I only had one thing so I went to the front of the cache and I said, "You know, do you mind if I go in front of you? My daughter really has to pee." The woman looked at me, then she looked at my hand, and she said, "Well, you only have one thing, so I you can go." I was like well, okay, I thought the pee was the main reason, but I guess it's the one thing.

 

But something clicked in my head that I can probably do this any time. Since then, I have done that many times. If I only have one or two things, I just go to the front of the line and say, "Hi, I only have this. Do you mind if I go in front of you, because I only have one thing," and usually they let you go by.

 

So I was at the grocery store on Saturday and I go, I have only one thing, I've got a pack of Shin Ramyun, which is my favorite ramen. It's a Korean ramen, it's spicy. It's not good for you, don't eat it guys, it's ... I should not be eating it either.

 

Anyways I go to the front of the line, there's two people. I go to the second person, I'm like, "Hey man, I only have one thing, do you mind if I go in front of you?" He's like, "Yeah yeah, sure." I go in front of him, and then the other person is in front of me. I look at the other person, and it's my dad. So I tap him on the shoulder, he's like, "Yep." He doesn't look back. I'm like, "Sir, do you mind if I go in front of you in line?" He's like, "Yeah sure." Then he turns around and sees me and he's like, "Hell no you're not going in front of the line!" Then the guy behind me, who already let me in front of the line, starts laughing, he goes, "Heh heh heh what an asshole." I'm like, "Yeah, I know!" Then my dad started laughing, and I was laughing, and the guy behind us was laughing. But of course, he's not going to let me go in front of me, because he ... because I'm his son, right? He doesn't care. He knows I'm not going anywhere important at that time of the day on Saturday.

 

That's it guys, so you can try that out. Let me know if that works in your country. Do you mind if I go in front of you, I only have one thing? I wonder, is this a Canadian thing, because we have a reputation for being very polite, or is this a worldwide thing that you can just butt in front of someone if you only have one thing? 

All right guys, that's the end of the podcast, so remember: it boggles my mind, use it, write a few sentences, share it with a friend, and do you mind if I go in front of you, I only have one thing, a little weird little life hack for skipping the line if you only have a few items.

 

All right, I hope you enjoyed this podcast, I'll catch you on the next podcast of Uncensored English.

Nov 21, 2016

Have you ever needed to express that you're confused in English? Here' s a great way that native speakers often do that. 

 

***Transcript***

Keiran:

Today on Uncensored English, Edward is back on the podcast and we talk about a great idiom you can use to express that you are confused about something. All right. Let's get this podcast started. The following podcast is not intended for younger audiences. It contains coarse language, adult topics, controversial ideas, and is riddled with insanity. Listeners' discretion is strongly advised. What's up everybody? This is Keiran, the Crazy Canadian, and welcome to another podcast of Uncensored English, because English isn't always PC. What's up, everyone? How's it going. Today is Monday, the ... I forgot the date, of course. Monday, the Twenty-First of November. Thank you, Edward, for giving me some nice little hand signs to let me know what date it was.

 

Edward:

No problem.

 

Keiran:

Great, and yeah, today Edward's back on the podcast. How's it going, Edward?

 

Edward:

Things are going well. How are you doing, Keiran?

 

Keiran:

I'm pretty good asides from not knowing what date it is.

 

Edward:

Now that's a little troubling, I guess.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, considering my work-

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Runs on a pretty strict schedule-

 

Edward:

All of the students that you saw today-

 

Keiran:

Oh, it's funny.

 

Edward:

Hopefully, you were in the right class.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, hopefully, it was the right students.

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Anyways, today we're going to talk about a really fun idiom that has to do with confusion, and that idiom is, "It boggles my mind," or "It boggles his mind," or "It boggles-

 

Edward:

"The mind."

 

Keiran:

"The mind." Of course, it boggles the mind means, it confuses you or confuses someone-

 

Edward:

That's right, yeah. You cannot understand it.

 

Keiran:

You cannot understand how that happened.

 

Edward:

What happened?

 

Keiran:

What happened? Why it happened?

 

Edward:

Who made it happen?

 

Keiran:

I have no idea.

 

Edward:

Right.

 

Keiran:

Today I was wondering, if you can share a story with us, about something in your life that boggled your mind, or someone else's mind?

 

Edward:

Okay, let me think about boggling minds. Actually, I don't know why, but a couple of days ago, I was thinking about this story.

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

In this story, my mind was not boggled, but I boggled someone else's mind.

 

Keiran:

Okay, so you confused someone else.

 

Edward:

I really did a really good job of confusing someone else, and this was back when I first went to Korea, I had only been in the country for about a week.

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

I was in this small town and I was going to go visit my friend in a larger city.

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

I had to take the train there, and I knew that there was a train station in my little town-

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

I hadn't seen it. I just knew that my town was small enough that I could find it, right? What I did was, I packed my stuff, and it was like an early Saturday morning, and I just decided I was going to like walk into the middle of the town, and ask someone where the train station was.

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

Edward:

At this point, I could basically, in Korean, I could say, "Excuse me."

 

Keiran:

Yeah, that's scary.

 

Edward:

It's an interesting thing.

 

Keiran:

That's a really scary thing to do.

 

Edward:

It's an interesting experience to have, right?

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

Edward:

Any language that you really don't know, in a place that you're not familiar with, you're just trying to do something so simple.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Edward:

Something we could do without even thinking about it-

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Edward:

Here, in Canada.

 

Keiran:

Yeah. I remember that in Korea, the first time I took the subway, and it was the first time I had talked to someone. I tried to talk to someone in Korean. It was probably one of the most intense moments of my life.

 

Edward:

Right.

 

Keiran:

I was alone on the subway, and there's a few people there, and I just said to this old man like, "[inaudible 00:04:24]." He's like, "Oh," and he was very happy.

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I was like, "[inaudible 00:04:29]." I just started counting numbers, right?

 

Edward:

Yeah, you're just like proud of yourself-

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Edward:

For being able-

 

Keiran:

He was like, "Oh, yes."

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Okay, so what happened-

 

Edward:

Okay.

 

Keiran:

Like when you had to ask for a-

 

Edward:

All right, so I'm getting ready to leave, and I have my Korean English Dictionary.

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

I figure, "Okay, I'm going to see how to say train station." I look up the first word, train. [Keecha 00:04:57]. Okay, that's pretty easy, keecha. I look up the word station, and I just see YOK. The O has this little symbol over it, it's like Korean written out in English, but with special symbols-

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

For pronunciation. I don't know the pronunciation, the symbols, what they mean-

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

I see YOK, and I think, "Yok."

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

"Yok," right? I'm saying, "Keecha yok, keecha yok," okay, I'm getting my stuff together. "Keecha yok, keecha yok. [inaudible 00:05:27]" That's me practicing, right?

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Edward:

I leave my apartment, I hit the street. It's early Saturday morning. No one is around. I'm walking, walking kind of towards the center of town. Finally, I see someone and it's an old man. This elderly gentleman sees me, and he's already confused, just to see me on the street, I guess.

 

Keiran:

A white man.

 

Edward:

I decided I'm going to ask him. There's nobody else around. I start, I say, "[inaudible 00:06:05] keecha yok, keecha yok," and he's looking at me. I'm like, "Keecha," and I'm making like the train movements with my arms for the wheels and-

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Edward:

Gears turning. I say, "Yok, yok, yok."

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

The man had no idea what I was talking about.

 

Keiran:

Okay.

 

Edward:

I just kept saying, "Yok, yok," anyways, it didn't work. Okay. He had no idea. I looked at him. He was looking at me with the blankest stare you could imagine. Anyways, I just walk into town. Eventually, I find the train station, no problem, because the town was so small, but I told my Korean co-teachers about this a couple of days later. It turns out that I was saying, "Yok," instead of "Yuk."

 

Keiran:

Oh, okay.

 

Edward:

Yuk is station. Yok means swear word, so-

 

Keiran:

Oh, that's great.

 

Edward:

Initially, I thought, "Oh, was I swearing at this old man?" No, it wasn't as bad as that. I wasn't swearing at him. I was just saying, "Swear word, swear word, swear word," again and again.

 

Keiran:

Oh, that's funny, man.

 

Edward:

Anyways, I can understand why-

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Edward:

This elderly man was so confused, and why-

 

Keiran:

Yeah, you boggled his mind.

 

Edward:

I definitely boggled his mind. The whole situation was perfect for boggling his mind.

 

Keiran:

Great. That's pretty funny, and if you wonder, if you guys are wondering about boggle, I'm not actually, I probably should have [blew 00:07:49] this up before, but I just know that boggle is a classic game, right?

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

It's a word game, right?

 

Edward:

It is, and it's kind of a ... You mix up all these letters, and they randomly fall-

 

Keiran:

Right, you have like this plastic cube with all these letters, sort of in place, and then you shake it, and all the letters get mixed up, or they get boggled up.

 

Edward:

Right.

 

Keiran:

That's why you boggled his mind.

 

Edward:

That's right.

 

Keiran:

Oh.

 

Edward:

I mixed his brain right up.

 

Keiran:

Right, oh, that's funny, man. Bad word. Curse words.

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, I remember, I had a boggled mind once. When I was in Korea, also in Korea, I went to go see Ben, our friend, Ben. I went up there with another friend of ours, [Ally 00:08:38]. We went up to Ben's place to go, we were all going to go skiing the next day, or snowboarding, I don't remember which one we were going to do, but the night Ally and I arrived, her, I, and Ben, we all went out to a bar. We all drank a lot. We had a crazy night. We all got home. Then the next day, I just remember, I woke up and they were both just passed out. I was so, I felt so nauseous.

 

 

I'm just like, "Oh, my God. I need air." I got my jacket, and I put my jacket on, and went for like a walk, for like 20 to 30 minutes. I think it was 20 or 30 minutes, maybe it was longer. Then I came back, and then like I knocked on the door, and nobody answered the door. I knocked, and I knocked, and nobody answered the door. Then I just like I was mad, I was pounding the door, and no one answered. After a while, I gave up, and I had no idea. My mind was completely boggled, right?

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

After a while, I'm like, "Oh, I got to go get some food." I walked around the town, and I didn't know the town, I couldn't speak Korean, I didn't know anyone in there. Then I saw Brian, and Brian looked at me, and I think I looked like a mess-

 

Edward:

Brian who is Ben's friend?

 

Keiran:

Brian was Ben's friend, and I think Brian's mind was completely boggled to see me, like a hungover me, just walking around, like ah. "Brian."

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Then he, I mean, he's like, "Hey, how's it going?" Then like I told him what happened.

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Then he, he's like, "Oh, just come over to my house. We'll hang out." A few hours later, like it's not fun hanging out with an older person for a long period of time.

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I think his mind was completely boggled. Like, "Why am I hanging out with this hungover person?" Like at the end of the day, when Ben, and I finally found Ben and Ally like, literally, at the end of the day. Like 7 or 8 o'clock. I think Brian was there, too.

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

I think Brian was just like, "Ah, I'm so mad at Ben." Like Ben was, like I think Ben, Ben's mind was not boggled at all. He knew why I was mad.

 

Edward:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

Why Brian was mad.

 

Edward:

What happened?

 

Keiran:

They waited for me, and they called me many times, but I had my phone in my pocket, and my phone was on silent, so it never, I never heard it. They just couldn't get in touch with me.

 

Edward:

Okay.

 

Keiran:

They decided to go skiing-

 

Edward:

Without you.

 

Keiran:

On their own.

 

Edward:

Oh, man.

 

Keiran:

Which I wasn't a fan of that decision.

 

Edward:

No.

 

Keiran:

At the same time, that didn't boggle my mind, because why would you sit around all day and wait for someone who's not answering their phone? When I was there like 20 minutes ago.

 

Edward:

Right.

 

Keiran:

Like maybe they thought I just got angry, or I was unhappy, or hungover, so I went home.

 

Edward:

Everybody's mind was boggled.

 

Keiran:

Everyone's mind was boggled.

 

Edward:

At some point in the day.

 

Keiran:

Right.

 

Edward:

Brian was thinking, "Why is he the one that's left to take care of you?"

 

Keiran:

He was probably, like I think his mind was probably boggled the most, because like he had to endure like a hungover person, because Ben was skiing.

 

Edward:

Okay.

 

Keiran:

Without me. I should say, "Ben and Ally," it wasn't all Ben.

 

Edward:

Right.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, that was a mind boggling day.

 

Edward:

Ah, see and I think we probably had a lot of mind boggling experiences, especially early on in Korea.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, for sure. What's something that's boggled your mind recently?

 

Edward:

Something that has boggled my mind recently? Gosh, you're putting me on the spot here with another boggling story.

 

Keiran:

Let's think of short things here, like it boggles my mind that Trump was elected.

 

Edward:

Yeah, it's over a week ago, so if you would asked me this question a week ago, I think I would have been in full boggle mode. Now it's like, as strange as the situation is, you're getting used to it. You've said it a few times, so yeah, it is boggling though. Definitely-

 

Keiran:

It's mind boggling.

 

Edward:

It's mind boggling, yes. Any other boggling issues that need to be mentioned here?

 

Keiran:

I think we're out of mind boggling ideas right now. All right.

 

Edward:

I'm getting a little mind boggled.

 

Keiran:

No worries. This has been a great podcast, guys. If you guys like this, please remember, rate it, review it, subscribe to us on the podcast, share it with your friends, if you have friends who are learning English. We hope we didn't boggle your minds, but if we did, then listen to it again, and your mind will probably be less boggled.

 

Edward:

That's right.

 

Keiran:

All right. All right, guys. That's it for today and we'll catch you on the next podcast of Uncensored English.

 

Nov 19, 2016

Do you want to correct the mistakes you make while speaking a little quicker? Today we discuss error corrections, professionalism, and say hello to a special guest.

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Nov 17, 2016

Learn how to do a long warm heartfelt thank you, with lots of jokes and laughs. 

 

***Transcript***

Speaker 1:

What's up everybody? Today is Wednesday, November the 16th. How are you doing? How's it going as you walk along the street, listening to this podcast. Maybe you're going for a jog. Maybe you're going for a run. Maybe you're making breakfast. Maybe you are lying in bed, but not if you're Areil. I know she said she doesn't listen to my podcast when she's lying in bed, because my voice is too unstable and she can't sleep with that, so she listens to a more relaxing podcast, one that won't frighten her when she's trying to sleep.

 

 

How's it going, guys? It's November the 16th. Yes, it's hump day, it's hump day. Hump day is the end ... It's not the end. It's the middle of the week. Just like a camel has a hump in the middle of its back, Wednesday is the hump of the work week. We are over the hump. We're over the hump, guys. You made it to Wednesday. Congratulations. You've got two more days of bull crap. Then it's the weekend. You can do what you want. Congratulations.

 

 

Today's going to be a really weird podcast. Today all I'm going to do on the podcast is something I think I should have done a long time ago. I'm just going to thank you guys. I'm going to thank all you people out there for listening to the podcast, for encouraging me to do the podcast and my videos also, and for inspiring me, because I couldn't have done this alone, and I got a lot of people to thank, and I'm going to thank them one by one, and it's going to get funny at some point, so don't worry. It won't be too fucking boring.

 

 

I'm going to stop right at the top. I'm going to start right at the top with my student, and I'm going to talk, I'm going to thank Boris for being my first student. You were amazing. You were fun. I'm happy I could help you land that job in that company where you work now, where you're probably bored of working now, because you've been there for about a year, but thanks, man, for being my first student. Resul, my student from Turkmenistan, you are one crazy atheist, buddy, I'm really impressed by how you learned English. You were probably the most passionate student I've ever had. I learned so much from you, man. You're also fucking nuts. That's why I love you.

 

 

Irina. Irina from Moscow. Irina, I know you are sailing around the world right now. You're probably not going to listen to this. Maybe you'll never listen it. We were supposed to meet up in Montreal. I did drive down to the port. I couldn't find your boat. I was disappointed to not meet you, but I'm glad you landed a job and that our English sessions helped you out.

 

 

Alisa, also in Moscow, thank you for sending me all those amazing Russian students. I hope you're ... I hope my podcast has helped you. I hope you learned something from it. You have such amazing students. I don't know where you find these people.

 

 

Alisa, another Russian student, also ... She's not in Moscow. I don't know where you are. Actually I do know where you are. I'm not going to say where you are. That's nobody's business, but thanks for being a great student and for sharing the struggles of parenthood with me. I hope you're enjoying your life.

 

 

Ying, for helping me out with the Macbook. Oh my God, you saved my life and this podcast, so everyone else who listens to this has to say thank you to you, and for showing me how quickly a person can improve their language if they just work hard at it. It's amazing. You're an amazing student.

 

 

Ruben, you are one of my best students. I always had such fun talking to you. I learned a lot from you. Thank you for taking me to Teneriffe so many times, man. I know those flights aren't cheap. Well, they're free for you, but hey, I've never been there and now I've been there several times, and I can tell that to all my friends, and they're jealous, even though I actually haven't physically been there, but I've been there, and it's been cool going there.

 

 

Mellita, for teaching me the value of customer service and customer care, thank you so much. Those sessions we did together were very valuable for me. I learned a lot. I hope I helped you improve your English as much as you wanted to, and also for sharing all those amazing stories about all those concerts you've been to. Holy crap, I'm so jealous.

 

 

Monica, for being so brave in your life. You're an inspiring person, for going to Canada without knowing anyone there, not really knowing what you were getting into, doing the video challenge first, constantly pursuing what you want. It's an amazing way to live your life. I know it's not easy, but staying in a job you're not happy in is not ever going to be fulfilling.

 

 

Craig and Robert, my Polish pair, just for being Craig and Robert, you guys are great students. You're funny. You're intelligent. I've learned a lot from you guys.

 

 

Ariel, for being a great student and sharing all your interesting, amazing stories that you come up with, that you write. I think you are secretly one of Taiwan's best writers, and in the future maybe. Maybe that's what you should be pursuing. I don't know. Actually, I don't want to suggest things. I just think your stories are great.

 

 

Alex, in Colombia, man, in Bogota. I hope I said that properly. I'm sure I didn't. Keep going. Your English is going to improve a lot. Keep studying. Keep listening to yourself. Keep working at it.

 

 

Pavel. Haven't seen you in a while. You're a great student. You're a diligent student. You know what you want. You go after that. It's amazing. Thanks for sharing all those amazing interesting articles. The one about Elan Musk, the one about the spiderwebs, that just blew my mind. I hope those cats are doing well, too. I hope they're keeping you company, over in Montenegro.

 

 

Yasuyo, for being ... You are such an inspiration. It's amazing to see someone just pursue their goal and achieve them quickly. That's amazing. Keep going, you're doing great.

 

 

Dasha, I hope you're doing well. I know you were sick recently. You're a great student. I'm really, I was really disappointed I couldn't go to your wedding. It was a little far and I was pretty busy, but Edward told it was great, and I hope you're not having a hard time with all that stupid government shit that you got to do when you move across the world.

 

 

Vladimir. Vladimir Vladimir. I know that's not your second last name, but it's funny, for sharing lots of information with me about Russian traditions, Russian culture, and all those great cocktail recipes, and our great conversations. Keep it up, man. You're doing fantastic.

 

 

Anastasia, for amazing talks on [inaudible 00:07:24], sharing and teaching me about Singlish, that crazy, cute language, and just our opinions. We've had some really great, deep conversations. You're improving a lot. I know sometimes people out there don't feel like they're improving, but you got to put the time in, and it happens gradually. Just keep going.

 

 

Kostya, for educating me about small Russian cities. I don't know if we can call it a city. I guess you're the expert on that, but it looks like a city, with that population size you told me about.

 

 

Alexander Freeman. I don't know if that's how you ... It can't be your name, man. That's got to be a fake name. Anyways, your car you built is sick, it's impressive, man. Keep going with your English. You're a great student, and you have a great mindset. I would be a little worried about your car, because it's a really cool car, and I assume maybe Putin's going to steal it if he finds out about it, so maybe I should take this podcast down after I put it up.

 

 

Who else? Stefan, Stefano, in Italy, man. You're a model student. You always do your work. It's great. Keep going. You're going to have a great time when you get over there in the U.S. Don't worry about the Trump thing.

 

 

Then all those strangers in the private Facebook page, who I don't know who you are. I don't know who you are. You're there. I know you're listening. I don't know who you are. Who are you? Tell us who you are? We need to know? Anton, who are you? Are you a spy? Are you a spy, Beatrice? Bea is Spanish. Beatrice? I don't know. Beatrice, are you a spy? Maybe you guys are all spying together. Maybe you guys are colluding or something. I don't know. Tigris, I got to be butchering that name. I don't know who you guys are. Who are you? Tell us who are you.

 

 

Of course, Mais. I'm so happy that I could help you pass that stupid piece of shit TOEFL test. I hate those things. It's a scam. They're just taking money off people. You're an awesome person. Keep pursuing your goals. Keep going for it. I'm just so happy that I could have helped you, and that you motivate me a lot. You're one of those people who just knows what they want and they go after it. Keep going, and I know that exam you have to do is a lot of work coming up, but keep doing it, man. Keep going after it.

 

 

Okay, and all those Chinese students who have a hard time hearing me because your government is insane and they block a lot of stuff outside of your country ... Actually, you're not the only one with the insane government. Korea blocks a lot of stuff, too. That's Grace, Yonghao, Chelsea, Swen, Martian, keep going guys, keep studying, keep improving your English.

 

 

Oh fuck, I'm probably forgetting a few people. If I'm forgetting you, don't feel like I forgot you. It's not that I forgot you, it's just that in the moment I forgot you, but I remember you, just not right now. I'm going to remember you later, when the podcast's finished. "Oh, shit, I forgot that person."

 

 

Who else? Kinga, for all those great conversations we had. Your English is really good. It can improve a small little bit, but keep going. You're a great student, too. Birgit, haven't spoken to you in a while. I hope you're still listening. You're a passionate person. You inspire me to learn language. Keep going with your English. I hope you've reached that level that you were going for when we stopped our student-teacher relationship.

 

 

I think that's everybody I wanted to mention. I'm sure I forgot people. If I forgot you, I didn't forget you. I just forgot you right now. I wanted to make one small announcement. If you're in that private Facebook page, I hope you value it. I hope you value those weekly videos I'm putting up, because I'm officially closing that page to new people, except for new students of mine. I recommend if you're not in there you ask me about it and you get in, because I've put up some really useful, great videos that can help you learn language every week. Actually, the one this week is going to be more entertainment value.

 

 

I'm closing it for a bit. It's a little project of mine, and in the future it's going to be open again to other people, but it's mainly just for my paying students now. If you're in there, I hope you value it, and if any of my students, you guys are in there, if you ever want to ask me questions, just shoot me a question. I'll answer as soon as I can.

 

 

That's it for the podcast for today, guys. I have one small favor to ask of you. I have a small favor to ask of you guys. I've been doing this podcast for nearly a year. I've put out a hundred and five podcasts. I've made eight or nine video podcasts. I hope you guys have valued these, and I'd really like to ask all you people out there listening to give me some feedback, because in the next four or five months I'm going to be creating some programs to help English language learners out there, and I want to know what do you want to improve. What is interesting to you? I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head, but I want you to let me know which ones are most appealing to you. I'm just going to reel some of these off right off from the top of my head, and tell me if any of these are interesting to you.

 

 

One that I've already started making is a program on curse words, bad language, and slang. It's an audiobook. It's probably going to have a few videos that go along with it. I have another project I'm pushing around in my head, which is how to have great conversations in English. It's a book of great conversation questions and techniques to get conversations going. Then I have a third one, which is tales of crazy Canadians. This is going to be stories from people I know, from their lives, great stories with great expression, idioms, phrasal verbs, all in audio format along with the transcript, so you can read along.

 

 

Oh shit, I had a few more. I had a few more. One was just going to be self-study course on how to learn a language faster and in a deep, effective way. I think that's it, man. There's another one. I know I'm missing it, but that's it. That's it for now. If there's something that you want to learn that I haven't mentioned, something appealing to you, tell me about it, because I'm going to be building courses very soon, and I want to know what to work on. What's useful for you guys? What areas do you guys want to improve? You guys can send me an email to tell me this information, or if you're in the private Facebook page you can just put it in the comment section below, but if you're not, you can send me an email at uncensored.english.ca@gmail.com. That's uncensored.english.ca@gmail.com. Send me an email there. Tell me what you want, and also, if there's anything you don't like in the podcast, like the intro music is uncomfortable to listen to, or there's some problems you think I haven't weeded out yet, let me know.

 

 

All right, guys, I know this podcast was a weird format, but it's a one-off. It's not going to be happening again. Please give me some feedback. I love you guys. Have a great night, and we'll catch you next time on the next episode of Uncensored English.

Nov 14, 2016

Learn how to sound just a tad more fluent with a really simple idiom, plus we talk to an American about that silly election.

 ***Transcription***

 

 

Keiran:

All right. What's up everybody? Welcome to the Uncensored English Monday Podcast for November the 14th. And today, we have Max back on the podcast. How is it going, Max?

 

Max:

Hey, really good. How you doing, Keiran?

 

Keiran:

I'm doing good. I'm doing good. What'd you get up to on the weekend this week?

 

Max:

I saw a UFC fight on Saturday night.

 

Keiran:

Nice. Like in a bar or?

 

Max:

Oh yeah, sitting in a bar. Sorry. We didn't go to see it live, didn't go to Madison Square Garden.

 

Keiran:

Okay. Yeah. It's a little bit of a trek from Montreal.

 

Max:

Yeah, yeah. I'm not quite at that pay scale yet.

 

Keiran:

Alright. Last week on ... I think it was Wednesday. We did a podcast about the election, and you are the first American person I talked to about the election. And why don't you just ... You're living there. You're an American citizen. Why don't you just share your thoughts about what happened, man?

 

Max:

I think there was a lot of umm confusion between the different people just you know per state, and a lot of people, in my opinion, voted for change, and I think probably presidential candidate at the time, Donald Trump looked like he was giving a bigger message that he was going to change things and try to make things different, but ah Hillary, the democratic ... Hillary Clinton, democratic candidate,  ah looks like she wasn't really sending that same message, so she lost people's uh favor.

 

Keiran:

Yeah. I think also that people are just sick of politicians like Trump just doesn't seem like a politician.

 

Max:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

He seems like a ... Maybe not the brightest like he's like ... You see, he comes across very honest, and I think people maybe think he has a successful track record in business. Maybe he can use that to improve the country or something.

 

Max:

Yeah. I think people were definitely thinking that. They're really hoping for that business savvy.

 

Keiran:

All right. Okay, great. Last week, we talked about umm this expression, "Rub me the wrong way," and I was saying how Donald Trump rubs me the wrong way, but also, Hillary rubs me the wrong way. I'm curious. Do either of those people rub you the wrong way in any sort of manner?

 

Max:

Umm no, no. They're just politicians. It's a different game. It's not something that I should take personally at all so.

 

Keiran:

Okay. Donald's hair doesn't rub you the wrong way?

 

Max:

It looks ugly, that hair. That hair rubs me the wrong way. Definitely ugly hair. Yeah, yeah.

 

Keiran:

Okay. I wanted to continue today with another expression that's very similar to, "Rub me the wrong way." It's, "Rubbed off on you," or, "Rubbed off on me."

 

Max:

Oh yeah.

 

Keiran:

Can you explain real quickly what does, "Rubbed off on you," mean?

 

Max:

"Rubbed off on you." If somebody rubbed off on me, it means pretty much that I've adopted some of their characteristics you know by spending time with them.

 

Keiran:

Right. In your recent life or like in the last few years, can you think of ... Who's the person who you think has rubbed off on you the most?

 

Max:

Oh man, loaded question. Umm.. that's a tough ...

 

Keiran:

Wait, wait, wait. Wait, wait, wait. What's a loaded question? People might not know that.

 

Max:

A loaded question is a question with a lot of meaning behind it, so if I answer it wrongly, it wouldn't be as ... It's got a lot of weight behind it.

 

Keiran:

Okay. Let's do something to take the pressure off you. Let's take off ... take me another question because I don't want to ... I don't know, aside from ... Maybe people who you know who I don't know in your personal life, who has rubbed off on you the most in, in the last year?

 

Max:

Okay. Let's say my buddy Stefan has rubbed off on me the most in the last year. I learned a lot about the way he thinks about, ah you know situations and the way he patiently think things through. It's not my strongest suit.

 

Keiran:

Right. Do you think you rub off on him at all?

 

Max:

Yeah, definitely. I think he's got a ... He's a little bit more ... How do you say it? A little more expressive about his needs. He doesn't spend as much time thinking about it, and he knows quickly how he feels about things.

 

Keiran:

Ah that's great, man. I think that's another area where I've had a weakness in the past is like sometimes, instead of just communicating with someone or getting the issue out in the open, you think about it too much.

 

Max:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

When you think about it too much, sometimes it builds into something that it actually isn't, and it turns into a terrible situation.

 

Max:

Right. It becomes a big deal even though it was a small thing that you weren't sure you cared about, but actually you did, and you waited too long to say it.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, yeah. Exactly. So what else has rubbed off on you? It's not only people that rub off on you. Has anything else rubbed off on you in the last year?

 

Max:

Mmm.. I guess work life has rubbed off on me, really forcing me to get more organized in a lot of ways that I never expected to. Planning weeks in advance for simple meetings.

 

Keiran:

Right. That's that's probably a good thing in some ways. You know what's weird? I noticed that since I stopped comedy, I think I've become less lazy.

 

Max:

Really?

 

Keiran:

Yeah, and that doesn't surprise me because ... If you think about the group of comedians we hang out with, the vast majority of them are unemployed or like semi-employed.  And they're brilliant people, but I think it's a stereotype and it's generalizations, but there's a lot of lazy comedians.

 

Max:

Definitely. I would even say that I, myself, am a bit of a lazy comedian. I .

 

Keiran:

I would agree with you. You are lazy.

 

Max:

I don't even have a writing routine. Gosh, thank you, but I don't ... I didn't say that expecting you to say the opposite. I actually mean it. I don't have a writing routine. And you know they say your friends rub off on you, so the people you keep near you, you're going to adopt their traits.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Max:

If you hang out with people who are super motivated, always pushing each other, you might become competitive and motivated as well and push as well to get ahead of them and them ahead of you in terms of race.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Max:

If your friends are lazy, that will rub off on you, and you get lazy too.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, and that's one thing I love about being a private tutor online is I meet so many amazing people, and a lot of these people are really motivated or really accomplished. And I feel like just by being in their presence, some of those things rub off on me.

 

Max:

What what student, if I can ask you a question, has rubbed off on you let's say in the last year?

 

Keiran:

Oh man. Well, i can't really say names, but ...

 

Max:

Sure.

 

Keiran:

I think that, I'm going to talk about it soon. There's actually a student I've had who I've started teaching recently, and he is just so diligent, and he really ... Whatever exercise I ask him to do, he just does it in such a deep way, like I think we learn this method of studying in school where you have to learn something, and then move on to something, and then learn something, and move on to something. And we had that in language schools. You would have to teach like two pages a day, which is dumb because you can't learn something properly if you only look at it for two days.

 

Max:

Right.

 

Keiran:

And I... you know just by witnessing this student like take this one audio file and like work on it for like a week or two weeks, I've been applying that to my French studying, and I've been seeing amazing results.

 

Max:

That's fantastic.

 

Keiran:

Yeah.

 

Max:

It's actually kinda like a deep learning. You don't just ... It's like if you were reading a book. You wouldn't just read it once and assume you knew all of it. You'd go back, and read it slowly, and look for different kind of morals and ideas in it, right?

 

Keiran:

Right. Right, exactly.

 

Max:

Yeah.

 

Keiran:

And it's it's really like I'm just happy that that like trait has rubbed off on me because if I want to master anything, whether it's comedy, or teaching, or any other like life project or skill, you gotta, you gotta do it whatever you're doing like 110%.

 

Max:

Yeah. Yeah, and take your time doing it, right? I think that's the takeaway.

 

Keiran:

All right. Let's have some fun here. Let's create a few sentences just out of our minds with the expression, "Rubbed off on."

 

Max:

Okay.

 

Keiran:

All right. I'm drawing a blank here. You want to go first?

 

Max:

Yeah, i got one. I was having a really bad day, and it became a really bad month, and then I saw every time I came home, my dog was so happy. It really rubbed off on me, and i decided to be more happy just like my dog.

 

Keiran:

Aw, that's cute. You're such a sweetie pie, Max.

 

Max:

I'm a softie.

 

Keiran:

All right. Two year ago, when my wife went to Mongolia with my daughter, I decided to do as much comedy as i could and i started to hang out with Gabriel and Max more, and heavy drinking really started to rub off on me.

 

Max:

Yeah. Keiran's students, listen. That was a weird way to use that. We could try again.

 

Keiran:

Okay. Gabriel's heavy drinking really rubbed off on me.

 

Max:

Two years ago, this is me, Max. I started drinking heavily, and the lack of discipline and organization that my friends represented really rubbed off on me. Because I let myself go, I also ... Maybe we're not the best examples since we were doing this probably at the same time.

 

Keiran:

Yeah. Well, whatever. It's fun and it's a good example.

 

Max:

I'm just kidding, just kidding.

 

Keiran:

Let's just summarize this for the guys out there. Rubbing off on someone means you are influencing them, and if they rub off on you, that means you are being influenced by them probably just because you're around them a lot.

 

Max:

Right, and sometimes it's because you want those traits. Not always, but if you want to be like someone else that you spend time with, you will learn how they do it, and you will emulate it. You'll copy it.

 

Keiran:

Yeah, especially, yeah, if you witness it and you really ... You're just aware when you're around them. You can pick it up.

 

Max:

A good one  is growing up with your parents. I'm sure you've got a lot of traits, Keiran, that your parents have and you didn't even try.

 

Keiran:

Oh my god. I got my mom's worst trait which is she just loses like everything.

 

Max:

Oh, no.

 

Keiran:

Like every day, she loses her keys. Like every day, and we're just like ... I'm just like, "Please, just put it on the key rack." She's like, "Well, I always put it in my purse, or in the glove compartment, or I leave it in the ignition, or I put it on the counter, or I put it in my bag." I'm like, "Okay, so it's not in one of those six places. Where in like ...?"

 

Max:

Yeah, Keiran. I think that one might be genetic, buddy. Sorry.

 

Keiran:

Yeah. I don't know. Probably. My dad never loses shit.

 

Max:

No, no. I'm serious. I think it could be like ... You just learn that behavior of just dropping your stuff wherever.

 

Keiran:

But it's weird because when I lived on my own, I didn't lose shit as much, so I'm happy. I'm excited to be getting out of here soon because I think that problem will ... Like I don't have it that bad, but every once in a while, I do lose my wallet.

 

Max:

Ah, that's a bummer. It could be also when you're in a smaller place, it's harder to lose things.

 

Keiran:

Right, right. All right. We're going to wrap this podcast up, so guys, if you've liked this podcast, rate it, review it. If you're in the private Facebook page, feel free to test out this expression in the comment sections below. As always, you can record yourself saying some sentences if you want some corrections on pronunciation or grammar, or you can just write a few sentences down and I'll still point out what you're doing right or wrong. And that's it, man. You want to say toodaloo, Max, or give a goodbye to all these people out here?

 

Max:

I'll take your lead. Toodaloo, everyone. Toodaloo.

 

Keiran:

All right. We'll catch you on the next podcast of Uncensored English.

Nov 12, 2016

How do Eastern and Western people and cultures differ? Today Keiran and Edward discuss stereotypes and generalizations by contrasting their own experience. For more context open the link at the end of this description.

 http://ism.intervarsity.org/resource/east-vs-west-cultural-comparison

Nov 9, 2016

Learn a simple, fun, easy to use phrasal verb that is incredibly common. Today we discuss the presidential election, Trump and how you can sound more like a native speaker with this expression.

 

***Transcript***

 

What's up everybody? How's it going? I hope you're doing well. Today is Wednesday, November the 9th. It is one day after election day, or I guess it is kind of the day of the election that it has been decided. And what did I tell ya? What did I tell ya? I told all my students. None of them believed me. I told all my friends. None of them believed me. I told my family. None of them believed me, but Trump won. Trump won, so I gotta say. I gotta say I told you so. I told you so.

 

 

I told you so is an expression that it's probably not something you need to say most of the time, but it's just something you say to someone when you had one opinion and they had another opinion, and you ended up being right. It's kind of childish, but I told you so. I knew I was right man. Trump won. I don't know. I don't really think it's a big deal. Both of those candidates were pretty shitty, right? So whether they chose him or her, they're still getting a shitty president in the long run.

 

 

So, what do you think's going to happen? I don't know. There is one thing for sure is that Trump rubs me the wrong way. Does Trump rub you the wrong way? I think Trump rubs a lot of people the wrong way. What do you think that means, Trump rubs me the wrong way? It sounds kind of dirty in a way. It doesn't mean something dirty. It means that Trump, there's something about him that I don't like. There's something about him that I don't trust. That's what we mean when we say someone rubs us the wrong way, so I'm pretty sure Trump rubs most of all people the wrong way. Maybe it's because he's been the president of all his companies for I don't know 10, 20, 30 years, and he's used to having like the final say. I think he's very used to getting his way. That he can't really take an honest criticism.

 

 

Maybe that's what rubs me the wrong way about Trump. I mean you're going to have someone who's gonna  supposedly lead a country. You want that person to be able to look accurately at themselves, right. Maybe they will make a whole bunch of bad decisions, but they won't be aware of it because they can't take a criticism. So that's probably the main thing that rubs me the wrong way about Trump other than the fact that he's just blatantly racist. That also rubs me the wrong way.

 

 

But I think most people are probably a little bit racist in some way or another. So what rubs you the wrong way about Trump? What rubs you the wrong way about Trump? I'm sure there's lots of things that rub you the wrong way about Trump. If you guys are listening to the podcast inside of the private Facebook page, write it down. Write it down in the comments section below. What rubs you the wrong way about Trump? Did you watch those electoral debates? They were pathetic, man. It's so sad to see like that we all pay attention to this.

 

 

That's the first time I've ever watched any kind of American politics, and I was just ... I thought it was amazing about how childish they are, you know. That's another thing that rubs me the wrong way about both of them. It just seems so childish. If we had a presidential election for a classroom of like kindergartners, I think they would have better arguments. I think they might be better leaders than these two.

 

 

All right, guys. This is going to be a short podcast, so the expressions we did today were rub you the wrong way. It rubs you the wrong way. What rubs you the wrong way about Trump? And then the second one we did was I told you so. It's a popular thing to say when you're right. It's also a juvenile thing to say when you're right. Actually it's probably something that Donald Trump says a lot when he's right. But hey, I had to say I told you so because I knew that this was going to happen.

Nov 7, 2016

Think Canada is one of the best countries to live in? You may be right… but you may be wrong....
Listen in on Melissa and Keiran as they discuss a surprising discovery that happened just last week. Subscribe & Get the FREE transcript at UncensoredEnglish.ca

 

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Keiran:

All right. Today we have Melissa back on the podcast.

How's it going, Melissa?

 

Melissa: Good, Keiran. How are you?

 

Keiran: I'm all right. I'm all right. What's new with you?

 

Melissa: Not too much. I had a long day at work today, but I don't feel so bad because it's raining outside.

 

Keiran: Ok. It's not the worst day to be locked inside.

 

Melissa: Yes. Exactly.

 

Keiran:

All right. All right. Today, we have a not so pleasant topic we're going to talk about. Melissa is unaware of what it is. It is a little bit gross. If you're a squeamish person, if you're a person who doesn’t like graphic descriptions of things, maybe you should stop listening to the podcast now. If you have the courage to go ahead, maybe we should start now. 

Are you ready to hear about this article, Melissa?

 

Melissa:

Sounds like I'm in for a treat.

 

Keiran:

Yes. You are.

I read this a few days ago in the newspaper. It's about a retirement home in Ottawa. I'm not going to read the title because it gives away everything. Actually, it's all in the first paragraph anyway. Let's just start it off. 

 

"Staff at an Ottawa nursing home, recently discovered that maggots had infested a resident's leg wound, landing the woman in hospital, horrifying her family and triggered a police investigation. The Ottawa police force said Tuesday, it's elder abuse unit has had deemed the incident to be a noncriminal matter. But the discovery suggesting flies laid eggs and larvae hatched in the sore before anyone noticed, raises a new question about the quality of care in Canadian long-term facilities."

Okay. Melissa. What do you think about that?

Melissa:

That's sad.

Keiran:

Yes. It's sad and it's pathetic in my mind.

Melissa:

My gosh. How? So in order for a fly lay any type of eggs, or for larvae to grow, the wound must have been open long enough for that to happen and flies would have to land on it.

Keiran: Right.

Melissa: That's disturbing.

 

Keiran:

Right. It says here in the article, "It takes days for fly larvae to reach a full grown stage. Something that should not happen in a properly treated patient." 

Ummm... so basically this woman ... I think what happened is that she had a wound, and she was just was neglected or no one treated her for a few days.

 

Melissa: Absolutely.

 

Keiran: And uh ..I mean, it's this issue that I talk about with many of my students about retirement homes. I don't know. Have you been to any of them recently? Do you have any family in retirement homes?

 

Melissa: I have my Grandma who's in a retirement home, yeah. And I go and visit her once and awhile.

 

Keiran: Yes. One of my grandmas is in there too. Well, I should say my Grandma. The other one is dead. She can't be in the retirement home.

 But I just thing the place is so depressing. There's a wide variety of people ... this I think  is the end of the road home. Before this, I think she was in a more active home with healthier people. In this one, there is just bunch of people in wheelchairs parked in front of TVs and a lot of people can't ... they're really losing their wit or their bodily functions. And, I think that these places probably speed up the mental deterioration of the people who live there.

 

Melissa: Absolutely. Yeah. The lack of emotional support and intellectual stimulation, is really gonna to accelerate the process because people don't really want to be around there. What kind of environment would you want to keep living in if it's terrible?

Keiran: I remember ... you always hear about ... that's neglect, right? This situation is neglect. This woman was not taken care of properly. They probably didn't know that the wound needed to be cleaned or something.

You also hear about abuse. Patients who are just mad at old people. Old people get senile. Maybe they become difficult. They're kind of like kids after a certain point; like really young kids.

Melissa: Umhmm  

Keiran : What's the solution? Obviously, this situation doesn't work.

 

Melissa: I mean, I think it's a societal responsibility. It's a civil responsibility. The way a society should take care of homeless people and of children, it's society's responsibility to take care of elderly people. And it's not a priority of modern societies. But I think it should be a little but more than it is.

Keiran:

It's scary. I think for myself, my Grandma is pretty lucky, because she has one of her daughters lives in that town that her home is in. And then my mom lives about an hour away. They take turns taking care of her. She sees someone almost everyday. I think most people don't get that in a retirement home.

 

Melissa: You're right. Most people don't. Even if you think bout how demanding life is in general, even if you're an adult and you have kids. And then never mind trying to go spend time with elderly people, or grandmothers or grandparents it ends up being difficult. That's why the solution has to be societal one. To allow people the time to support a part of society that's growing older.

 

Keiran: There's also the situation that I think a huge part of our society is growing older. Which is a bad situation, right? The youth is smaller and the seniors ... the size of the population has grown a lot because people live longer now. 

 

Melissa:

Yeah, and I read an article not too long ago. It was really interesting; trying to find simple solutions to alleviate some of the problems. This article was about how school children came into the nursing home to play with the people and to get to know them; to play games and play cards and play all these things. It ended up being a mutually beneficial environment because the elderly people felt engaged and entertained. The kids, it provided them people to talk to and play games. It ended up being a win-win situation. I think if we spent just a little bit of time to think about solutions, we can come up with some that are innovative and really quite simple.

Keiran:

I always thought that they should just put daycare in the same building as a retirement home.

Melissa: Yeah

Keiran: Kids that age are not judgmental. Older people have nothing to do. Why not just put them together?

Melissa:

Put them together.

 Keiran:

Let them fight it out and have fun with each other.

 Melissa:

How rejuvenating would it be to have your life infused with the youthfulness and energy of young kids? I think that would be an example of a simple thing, if you want to call it simple, solution as opposed to ... we always think that money is the solution though. If you put more money into the system it will help. It doesn't have to be money. There are lots of creative way that we can find simple solutions that can make it better.

Keiran:

Let's switch things up here and have a fun question to end it off on. 

How would you like to die? 

Melissa:

How would I like to die? That's such a good question. I've never thought about it, but I would like to die doing something that's really exciting; that gets my adrenaline pumping. Be it ...

Keiran:

Picking maggots out of a wound on your leg?

Melissa:

Yes. That is definitely not the way I'd want to die. 

Like a really difficult rock climbing problem. Or doing a really difficult physical exercise.

Keiran:

Yes. That would be fun, right?

Melissa:

So it's sudden. You end up dying in a happy moment.

 

Keiran:

On a high?

 

Melissa:

Exactly. On a high.

 

Keiran:

I wouldn't want to die in a home. That's my nightmare. I don't want to be just lying around waiting like, "When will it come?" To me, that's the most terrible scenario ever.

 

Melissa:

No kidding.

 

Keiran:

I think I want to die in an airplane crash. I think that's kind of exciting, you know? Then you can die with lots of other people at the same time, so it's like a big group activity.

 

Melissa:

The process of the plane coming down and everybody screaming, that would be freaking me out.

 

Keiran:

It only lasts like a minute or something. You might even just die on the way down from shock.

 

Melissa:

Yeah, well you know what, as long as I have Chris next to me, that'd be fine.

 

Keiran:

All right. That's very romantic.

 

Melissa:

Yes.

 

Keiran:

All right. Anyways, thanks for coming on this podcast and having this casual conversation about leg maggots and death.

 

Melissa:

Thanks Keiran. Thanks for having me.

 

Keiran:

All right, guys. I hope you guys enjoyed this podcast. Remember, you can get the transcript for it on the website. If you liked it, rate it. Review it.

 

 

We'll catch you next time on the next podcast of Uncensored English.

Nov 5, 2016

How to use the common and useful expression "in the world", plus Keiran complains about another shitty language partner. Lastly he rambles about random things.

 

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