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Culips English Podcast

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Casual English lessons

Casual English lessons

Culips English Podcast

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Learning English is tough stuff, but we’re here to help every step of the way. This podcast is for English language learners who want to improve their lives by becoming fluent in English. Our high-quality lessons are free, fun and taught by our expert hosts. Listening to Culips is like sitting in on an interesting chat between good friends. Your fluency, listening skills, vocabulary, and pronunciation will improve naturally as you get to know our hosts and learn about interesting topics and trends in Canada and around the world. Get awesome at English, with Culips!

Latest Episodes

Chatterbox #250 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of Suzanne’s amazing engagement story! Find out about the funny and touching experience in this Chatterbox episode with hosts Andrew and Suzanne. Fun facts Pop star Mariah Carey was once given an engagement ring reportedly worth $10 million by her then-boyfriend. Unfortunately, they did not end up getting married, although she did keep the ring after their breakup. Expressions included in the study guide * Speaking of * To keep in touch * To parley * To sidetrack [someone] * Been through a lot * On the spot * A touch Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

17 MIN3 d ago
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Chatterbox #250 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 2

Chatterbox #249 – Social distancing: Part 2

Episode description Andrew and Suzanne talk about COVID-19, the situation in North America, and English expressions that are used to talk about the pandemic in part 2 of this special Chatterbox episode. Andrew: Hey everyone, Andrew here. In this Chatterbox episode Suzanne and I continue our talk about the COVID19 pandemic and the current situation in North America. And because we wanted to release this episodes to you as soon as possible, we decided to not make a study guide for it. However, the transcript is available on our website culips.com so make sure to check that out. And also this is part 2 of our talk. So if you didn’t listen to part 1 yet, make sure to do that first. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

32 MIN5 d ago
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Chatterbox #249 – Social distancing: Part 2

Chatterbox #248 – Social distancing: Part 1

Hey everyone, Andrew here. In this Chatterbox episode and in the next one too, Suzanne and I talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and the current situation in North America. Now, because we wanted to release these episodes to you as soon as possible, we decided to not make study guides for them. However, there are still transcripts available on Culips.com, our website, for all Culips members and we hope that you’ll find them helpful. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

21 MIN1 w ago
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Chatterbox #248 – Social distancing: Part 1

Chatterbox #247 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 1

Exciting news for the Culips team! In this episode of Chatterbox, Andrew and Suzanne discuss Suzanne’s recent engagement. Tune in to hear all about Suzanne’s amazing news and how she first met her future husband. This is Part 1 of a two-part story. Fun facts Only 34% of people over the age of 15 living in Quebec are married, while another 20% are living with a common-law partner. Expressions included in the study guide * Touristy * To keep in touch * To hit on [someone] * On the hot seat * Long-distance relationship * Common-law marriage * Juicy Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

17 MIN1 w ago
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Chatterbox #247 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 1

Chatterbox #246 – What university is like in North America

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study in another country? Andrew and Suzanne answer a listener’s question about what universities are like in North America. Fun facts The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States are the top four countries for international students. These four countries take in 40% of all people who study in a different country. Expressions included in the study guide * Hitch a ride * The take-home * Under the microscope * On the hot seat * Mesh with [someone or something] * Tight with [someone] Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

22 MIN2 w ago
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Chatterbox #246 – What university is like in North America

Suzanne’s Quick Tips Episode #2: Articulate to make your English great

Episode description Today we’re going to cover a Quick Tip and we’re going to be talking about adding articulation in your speech. Something really simple, but something that many people forget to do. Quick tip takeaways * Adding articulation relates to increasing the movement of your moveable articulators like the lower jaw, the tongue, and the soft palette. * It’s important to know the manner of articulation of the sounds you want to increase effort on. In other words, are you adding more explosion of air, or are you adding more vibration? * Diphthongs are two vowels or sounds that come together to create one longer sound. These are like moving vowels. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

7 MIN2 w ago
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Suzanne’s Quick Tips Episode #2: Articulate to make your English great

Simplified Speech #082 – Volunteering

Some people like to donate their free time to help clean the streets. Some people want to go to other countries to build affordable housing. Some people like to care for the elderly. All of these are worthy forms of volunteering. In this Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy take you through the various interesting kinds of volunteering. Fun facts Since 1961, a US government organization called the Peace Corps has sent over 235,000 people to more than 141 countries. Expressions included in the study guide * A good cause * To give back * Knee-deep * To go a long way * Two sides to every coin * To pat [oneself] on the back Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

16 MIN2 w ago
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Simplified Speech #082 – Volunteering

Jeremy’s English Tips #12: Repetitive reading

Episode description Today’s episode of Jeremy’s English Tips by Culips is about repetitive reading. When we do something for the first time, a new connection forms in our brain. This connection is called a synapse. A synapse is a connection between two brain cells. When we do the same thing again, the connection gets stronger. Just like if you draw a line with a pencil and then draw over it again. Key Points * Repetition strengthens the connection between brain cells, called synapses * Repetition of an action leads to proficiency in that action * Fluency is essentially the ability to comprehend or produce language “automatically” * Choose reading material that is a little bit difficult for you * Whenever you read something, try reading it multiple times Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

6 MIN3 w ago
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Jeremy’s English Tips #12: Repetitive reading

Simplified Speech #081 – Kassy moves

Anyone who has moved from one home to another knows that it can be stressful. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about her big move out of the city. They even have a few tips for anyone who is moving soon. Fun facts The weight of the all the stuff in an average household is between 6,000 and 6,500 pounds, which is about the same weight as an elephant. It takes an average of 60 boxes to move everything. Expressions included in the study guide * The sticks and the boonies * To get rid of [something] * To pass on [something] to [someone] * For the sake of [something] * Prepper * A pain in the neck Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

11 MIN3 w ago
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Simplified Speech #081 – Kassy moves

Catch Word #220 – Save it for a rainy day

Are you a spender or a saver? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy introduce some useful phrases to talk about saving money for the future. Fun facts People in North America are finding it harder and harder to save money these days due to an increased cost of living, especially costs related to housing and daycare services. Expressions included in the study guide * To squirrel [something] away * To squander [something] away * To get away for [some time] * Frugal * Live a little * To save it for a rainy day Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

14 MIN3 w ago
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Catch Word #220 – Save it for a rainy day

Latest Episodes

Chatterbox #250 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of Suzanne’s amazing engagement story! Find out about the funny and touching experience in this Chatterbox episode with hosts Andrew and Suzanne. Fun facts Pop star Mariah Carey was once given an engagement ring reportedly worth $10 million by her then-boyfriend. Unfortunately, they did not end up getting married, although she did keep the ring after their breakup. Expressions included in the study guide * Speaking of * To keep in touch * To parley * To sidetrack [someone] * Been through a lot * On the spot * A touch Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

17 MIN3 d ago
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Chatterbox #250 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 2

Chatterbox #249 – Social distancing: Part 2

Episode description Andrew and Suzanne talk about COVID-19, the situation in North America, and English expressions that are used to talk about the pandemic in part 2 of this special Chatterbox episode. Andrew: Hey everyone, Andrew here. In this Chatterbox episode Suzanne and I continue our talk about the COVID19 pandemic and the current situation in North America. And because we wanted to release this episodes to you as soon as possible, we decided to not make a study guide for it. However, the transcript is available on our website culips.com so make sure to check that out. And also this is part 2 of our talk. So if you didn’t listen to part 1 yet, make sure to do that first. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

32 MIN5 d ago
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Chatterbox #249 – Social distancing: Part 2

Chatterbox #248 – Social distancing: Part 1

Hey everyone, Andrew here. In this Chatterbox episode and in the next one too, Suzanne and I talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and the current situation in North America. Now, because we wanted to release these episodes to you as soon as possible, we decided to not make study guides for them. However, there are still transcripts available on Culips.com, our website, for all Culips members and we hope that you’ll find them helpful. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

21 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Chatterbox #248 – Social distancing: Part 1

Chatterbox #247 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 1

Exciting news for the Culips team! In this episode of Chatterbox, Andrew and Suzanne discuss Suzanne’s recent engagement. Tune in to hear all about Suzanne’s amazing news and how she first met her future husband. This is Part 1 of a two-part story. Fun facts Only 34% of people over the age of 15 living in Quebec are married, while another 20% are living with a common-law partner. Expressions included in the study guide * Touristy * To keep in touch * To hit on [someone] * On the hot seat * Long-distance relationship * Common-law marriage * Juicy Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

17 MIN1 w ago
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Chatterbox #247 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 1

Chatterbox #246 – What university is like in North America

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study in another country? Andrew and Suzanne answer a listener’s question about what universities are like in North America. Fun facts The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States are the top four countries for international students. These four countries take in 40% of all people who study in a different country. Expressions included in the study guide * Hitch a ride * The take-home * Under the microscope * On the hot seat * Mesh with [someone or something] * Tight with [someone] Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

22 MIN2 w ago
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Chatterbox #246 – What university is like in North America

Suzanne’s Quick Tips Episode #2: Articulate to make your English great

Episode description Today we’re going to cover a Quick Tip and we’re going to be talking about adding articulation in your speech. Something really simple, but something that many people forget to do. Quick tip takeaways * Adding articulation relates to increasing the movement of your moveable articulators like the lower jaw, the tongue, and the soft palette. * It’s important to know the manner of articulation of the sounds you want to increase effort on. In other words, are you adding more explosion of air, or are you adding more vibration? * Diphthongs are two vowels or sounds that come together to create one longer sound. These are like moving vowels. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

7 MIN2 w ago
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Suzanne’s Quick Tips Episode #2: Articulate to make your English great

Simplified Speech #082 – Volunteering

Some people like to donate their free time to help clean the streets. Some people want to go to other countries to build affordable housing. Some people like to care for the elderly. All of these are worthy forms of volunteering. In this Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy take you through the various interesting kinds of volunteering. Fun facts Since 1961, a US government organization called the Peace Corps has sent over 235,000 people to more than 141 countries. Expressions included in the study guide * A good cause * To give back * Knee-deep * To go a long way * Two sides to every coin * To pat [oneself] on the back Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

16 MIN2 w ago
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Simplified Speech #082 – Volunteering

Jeremy’s English Tips #12: Repetitive reading

Episode description Today’s episode of Jeremy’s English Tips by Culips is about repetitive reading. When we do something for the first time, a new connection forms in our brain. This connection is called a synapse. A synapse is a connection between two brain cells. When we do the same thing again, the connection gets stronger. Just like if you draw a line with a pencil and then draw over it again. Key Points * Repetition strengthens the connection between brain cells, called synapses * Repetition of an action leads to proficiency in that action * Fluency is essentially the ability to comprehend or produce language “automatically” * Choose reading material that is a little bit difficult for you * Whenever you read something, try reading it multiple times Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

6 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Jeremy’s English Tips #12: Repetitive reading

Simplified Speech #081 – Kassy moves

Anyone who has moved from one home to another knows that it can be stressful. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about her big move out of the city. They even have a few tips for anyone who is moving soon. Fun facts The weight of the all the stuff in an average household is between 6,000 and 6,500 pounds, which is about the same weight as an elephant. It takes an average of 60 boxes to move everything. Expressions included in the study guide * The sticks and the boonies * To get rid of [something] * To pass on [something] to [someone] * For the sake of [something] * Prepper * A pain in the neck Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

11 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Simplified Speech #081 – Kassy moves

Catch Word #220 – Save it for a rainy day

Are you a spender or a saver? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy introduce some useful phrases to talk about saving money for the future. Fun facts People in North America are finding it harder and harder to save money these days due to an increased cost of living, especially costs related to housing and daycare services. Expressions included in the study guide * To squirrel [something] away * To squander [something] away * To get away for [some time] * Frugal * Live a little * To save it for a rainy day Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

14 MIN3 w ago
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Catch Word #220 – Save it for a rainy day
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