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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 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.

 

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