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Matt covers Grammy Award winning song of 2018, the smash hit "This is America." As it is July 4th, Independence Day in the United States, seems like the most fitting choice. Enjoy a break down of some of the more colloquial style of language used by Gambino! Childish Gambino - "This is America": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY https://o…
 
Despite Matt's misleading intro, this episode covers idioms with the word game in them. Different uses and very different means, but still all quite common in English. Help support the show with a review and warm recommendation to friends or family! Idioms in today's show: blame game numbers game two can play at that game off one's game at the top …
 
Why not go back to this 90s classic and look at some of the great language available? We cover some cool words and phrases in the song so you can really rock your English! Smash Mouth - "All-star": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_jWHffIx5E https://open.spotify.com/album/0QluVU5ReXs7oI1ZyS101F https://www.xiami.com/song/1771446391 Somebody once to…
 
We return to the idiom series talking about these 6 idioms that have to do with laughing, humour, or joking. Matt also gives his unsolicited opinion on the humour of Aussies, Kiwis, and Brits. Idioms in today's episode: butt of the joke barrel of laughs pull one's leg take a joke all joking aside (just) for kicks If you like today's lesson, please …
 
We kick off our new lyric series with the music from Canadian musician Shawn Mendes. Matt goes into some of the great language Shawn uses to convey romance, relationships, and more. Help support the podcast by subscribing! Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY2yjAdbvdQ / https://open.spotify.com/album/3wBabo4pmzsYjALMS…
 
I talk unscripted (obviously) about my fourth favourite sports team, the Toronto Raptors. Learn a little about the North American sports culture and why this run of the Raptors is so important to Canada. There is plenty of content upcoming over the next month and I am really excited for you guys to listen. Please support the show with a review, a f…
 
In this episode, we will be kicking off a new series exploring the wide variety of prefixes available in English. Today we will be learning about pre- and post-. Words uses in this lesson: Postscript Preview Postgraduate Postmortem Predict Preempt Pre-workout Post-workout Pregame Postgame Preschool Email your assignment submissions to bitesizedengl…
 
These two homonyms are very different in meaning, but are both very useful! In this episode Matt covers the means of the words, and some common phrases you might encounter: peace and quiet peace out peace in our time falling to peaces piece of cake bits and pieces piecing something together For today's assignment, I want you to describe the pieces …
 
Matt is back with a brand new series of Bite-sized English! We kick of with a lesson about returns, coming back (getting back, going back as well), and the word comeback. Questions can be directed to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com. I am very happy to be back behind the mic after so much time away. I would like to make a special mention of listener Marc…
 
What Matt, Jordan and Ian learned involves BWW and Bobsleds, modified cars over long distances, and a burnt Ferrari. We talk about an 18 year old YouTuber that killed himself and someone else in a McLaren 620 S while driving up a road in the wrong direction. The auction game involves a BMW 2002 and a 1990 Miata, and we get the results from last wee…
 
This week Matt and Ian talk about vanity plates, the Chevy Equinox, the origins of Europe's Mustang, the Ford Capri, and take a stab at guessing how much a fresh S2000 and not so fresh Range Rover will sell on Bring a Trailer. Range Rover: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1995-land-rover-range-rover-classic-32/ S2000: https://bringatrailer.com/lis…
 
A late night conversation with Matt and Ian brings up the best of American cars, the Toyota 86, Chevy's new Blazer, BMW's 8 Series. If you want to play along with our segment guessing auction prices on Bringatrailer.com we're trying to predivt the final seeling price of this Mercedes Benz 300TD https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1985-mercedes-benz-3…
 
This week we talk Top Gear without Matt LeBlanc, working on project cars versus your own maintenance, the Jaguar iPace and a couple of car movies. We also introduce a segment in the form a of a game where we try and predict the final selling price of car being auctioned on Bringatrailer.com. If you want to play along: 1989 Ferrari 348 TS 1991 BMW M…
 
This week Ian and Matt are joined by Jorden Faulkner to discuss car photography and the Autoconduct car meets. Matt also has an experience to share driving an Electric Vehicle for a week, specifically the Chevy Volt. They also go off topic and discuss how C4 and C5 Corvettes are the next big thing.Ian Wright による
 
This week Ian is joined by Jake Stumph because Matt is in LA being a Comic book nerd. Jake is a content editor for some very popular automotive websites and relentless car driver, drifter, breaker, and fixer. We run through his current garage that contains two BMW's, a 240sx, and a Civic Si. We also cover some fun cars including the so-far mythical…
 
This week Matt talks about his RX-7 that Ian didn't realise he owned. Then we talk about some Facebook topics listeners contributed to and Mark Zuckerburg probably sold to the Russians. The topics include the cars we would like to see automakers buy up to recondition and sell again and habits of other drivers that drive us nuts. Matt also gives his…
 
Matt covers some basic phrases and adverbs we use to determine how likely something is to happen. The phrases he talks about are:will definitelywill probablylikely tomay well / mightnot likely toprobably won't definitely won'tSend all questions and assignments to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com.
 
Matt talks about some (but certainly not all!) of the phrases that we use that contains the word ball. The phrases that he discusses are:-on the ball-keep your eye on the ball / take your eye off the ball-have a ball-the ball is in your court-a curve ball-drop the ball / fumble the ballPlease be sure to send all questions to bitesizedenglish@gmail.…
 
Matt goes through some basic tips when we are tackling reading comprehension in our English proficiency tests. He discusses some places to find some extra practice like: BBC News, CNN News, CBC News, The Economist, The New Scientist, and the askhistorians and askscientists subreddits on reddit.com. If you have any questions, comments, or critiques …
 
Matt wraps up his short topic on the passive voice with two more tenses, the present perfect and the future form.Present perfect: have/has + been + past participleFuture form: will + be + past participleBe sure to practice converting or changing active sentences into the passive voice to develop your skills in the passive voice. Matt is happy to he…
 
Matt begins his week talking about the passive voice with one of the more important tenses of the passive: past simple. We use it to describe some of the major achievements in human history all the way to minor happenings in day to day life.Please direct all questions and homework to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com or @bitesizedengpod.…
 
Matt summarises some of the complicated history between France and England, and how that has impacted the English language in very dramatic ways. He also covers a few French words and phrases that we use in day to day English:-touche-bon voyage-mousse-carte blanche-entree -cul-de-sacBe sure to submit your questions to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com or …
 
Matt talks about some important tips we can focus on when we are writing persuasive essays, especially for tests or in a classroom setting. He does introduce a few new words/phrases: anecdotal, infrastructure, stay on topic, rack your brain.Direct questions and comments to bitesizedenglish@gmail or on Twitter @bitesizedengpod.…
 
Matt covers some of the trickier uncountable nouns that caused some confusion for submitted answers. He talks about words like news, meats, paper, money (and currencies), and grass.If there are any more nouns you are not sure of, please do send your questions to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com.
 
Today Matt covers the main quantifiers we use in English with countable and uncountable nouns. We practice some of them with examples, and highlight some of the related quantifiers that are interchangable or similar but slightly different.Send your assignment to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com and Matt will be happy to help!…
 
Matt talks us through countable and uncountable nouns. He covers some important basic points like general rules, basic quantifiers, and some key irregularities. Check in tomorrow for more detail on quantifiers.Send your assignment to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com or Tweet at Matt @bitesizedengpod!
 
Matt covers the different feelings of fear, from the mild to the extreme. He explains how different words like startling and spooky are used.Vocabulary:spooky and eerie scary and terrifyingstartling / startlednervousPhrases: scared the crap out of mescared stiffbutterflies in my stomach/tummyPlease do send an email to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com if …
 
Matt covers how we express our anger! He covers some important synonyms and some practice on how we can sound angry.Vocabulary: -mad, angry, furious-Short temper (noun) and short tempered (adj)-enraged-blood boiling-hot bloodedPhrases we say when we are angry:-Oh come on! For Pete's sake! You gotta be kidding me! You must be joking!…
 
Matt talks about the two main ways we use the word "sad." It can be used as a feeling of unhappiness, but also as an insult for a situation or person that is unaccomplished or pathetic.Examples: -I am sad to hear that you are leaving.-She looked sad when I told her the news.-Does that make you feel sad?-That was a sad showing from the local sports …
 
We start the week of emotions with one of the best ones: joy and happiness. Matt covers the verbs we use with the adjective happy, and reminds us how to use emotional nouns like joy. Phrases from today:-happy as a clam-happy hour-happy camper (commonly "not a happy camper")For questions or comments, do be scared to send an email to bitesizedenglish…
 
Matt covers the basics of the Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous tenses. The example sentences are below:-I have seen that movie before.-She has written eight books.-You haven't cooked dinner for months.-Have you seen my watch??-I have been living here for three years. OR I have been living here since 2015.-Frank hasn't been eati…
 
We have a shorter episode today, covering some ways we use these three vocabulary words in phrases and practical spoken English.To focus on:half an hour, quarter of an hour, two and a half hours (NOT 2.5 hours)24 hours describing a store, 24/7 describing something constant."Give me a minute/second/half a minute/18 seconds" - I need more time"There …
 
Today's phrases:"It's time to +verb""The time has come""On time""I don't have the time""Time's Up""Good times""You got me at a bad time""It's a matter of time""Time flies""I am pressed for time""It's about time"Be sure to post your questions or comments to bitesizedenglish@gmail.com!
 
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