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Culips Everyday English Podcast

Summary: 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!

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 Simplified Speech #100 – Andrew’s getting married! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:48

In this very special 100th episode of Simplified Speech, Andrew shares exciting news: he’s getting married! Listen in as he tells Kassy how he and his now-fiancée first met and how they got engaged. Fun facts The tradition of giving engagement rings dates back to ancient Rome. In the second century BC, Roman brides-to-be were given two rings, a gold one to wear out in public and an iron one to wear at home while doing chores. Expressions included in the study guide * Plant a seed * Hit it off * Cement a relationship * The rest is history * The whole kit and caboodle * Bask in [something] Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Jeremy’s English Tips #24: The most fun and difficult part of the English learning journey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:33

Episode description In this episode of Jeremy’s English Tips, I’d like to talk about the terrible twos. Do you have something like this in your native language? In English, we have this term, the terrible twos. This term describes a developmental stage in which young children under the age of three throw temper tantrums quite often, and say no to seemingly everything. Key points that Jeremy covers in this episode * The “terrible twos” are a developmental stage in which toddlers throw temper tantrums quite often and say “no” to seemingly everything * As language learners, we must also go through this phase in which we do not know how to communicate what we want or need and often get frustrated as a result. * The fully developed native speaker in you must be like the patient parent, helping the little one to learn to communicate what it needs. * This phase will pass, just as it does with young children. Continued repetitive exposure to content in English combined with deliberate practice is the fastest way to get out of this phase. * The number of hours you invest will dictate how fast you grow and improve. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Real Talk #043 – Talking about video call problems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:19

Isn’t it frustrating when you are on a video call and all of a sudden you experience technical difficulties? Sometimes the video is faulty. Sometimes it’s the audio. What should you do? In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Kassy give you many expressions that will help you deal with these situations. Fun facts We like to think that video conferencing is a recent invention, but the ability to see and speak with someone from far away has been around since the invention of television in the 1930s! Expressions included in the study guide * To cut out * To lag * To be frozen * Our connection is bad * Let’s try that again * I lost you * Can you hear me now? * To turn [something] on and off * It might be my [something] Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Catch Word #233 – I’ve got a lot on my plate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:31

Do you have a lot on your plate? No, we’re not talking about food. To have a lot on your plate means to be very busy. Well, if you’re not too busy, give this Catch Word episode a listen! Fun facts Another expression for being busy is to have a lot of plates to spin. Plate spinning is a performance where someone spins numerous plates on polls. It is a popular act for circuses and street performers. The world record for simultaneous plate spinning is 108 plates, set by David Spathaky. Expressions included in the study guide * By any stretch of the imagination * To have a lot on your plate * To be slammed * The end is in sight * To be swamped * Business is booming Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Jeremy’s English Tips #23: 
You are raising an English baby in your head | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:53

Episode description In this episode of Jeremy’s English Tips, I would like to talk to you about how to help yourself improve your English by raising a baby English speaker in your head. Key points that Jeremy covers in this episode *  Everyone knows that babies learn language quite quickly and effortlessly. Why do adults seem to struggle so much? *  Children are open minded and open hearted. They aren’t afraid to make mistakes and they know the power of repetition. *  When you start learning a language, you are like a child in that language. *  The fully developed native speaker in you must be like the parent to the English learner child. *  Guidance, encouragement, support, and practice are all ways that the “parent” can help the “child” learn better.</ Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Simplified Speech #099 – Pizza | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:11

A much-loved dinner option, pizza is eaten all over the world. Today, Andrew and Kassy discuss the many different pizza types out there and answer a few controversial pizza questions. Fun facts Pizza traces its origins to the Greeks and Egyptians, who cooked a flatbread and topped it with olive oil and spices. Today’s more modern pizza started in Naples, Italy. It has evolved as it spread around the world and countries developed their own regional spins. In Brazil, chefs top their pizzas with green peas. In France, they love fried eggs on their slices. In China, a crust made of mini hotdogs is popular. And then there’s Canada, home of the Hawaiian pizza. In 1962, Greece-born Sam Panopoulos was bored with the traditional mushroom, bacon, and pepperoni toppings, so he decided to put some canned pineapple on pizza instead! Expressions included in the study guide * I’m a [something] kinda guy/girl * Don’t get me wrong * I take it * That’s not one that you hear every day * Live up to expectations * Out of the question Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Simplified Speech #098 – Convenience stores | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:32

What’s your favourite thing to buy at the local convenience store? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about their favourite convenience store snacks, special features of convenience stores in North America, and differences between convenience stores in the United States and Canada. Fun facts 7-Eleven convenience stores can be found in countries around the world. It is estimated that there are 68,236 locations globally. Japan has the most 7-Eleven locations in the world, with a whopping 20,904 stores! Expressions included in the study guide * Bad for [one’s] waistline * Sidenote * Religiously * Rowdy * To loiter around * Easy target Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Jeremy’s English Tips #22: 
Four tips for making friends with English speakers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:09

Episode description Have you ever struggled with making friends with English speakers? If so, then this episode is for you. Now, we’ll be talking about some cultural stuff in this one as well. And since there are many different English speaking countries around the world, I will use the word English speaker to refer to people who speak English as their native language. Key points that Jeremy covers in this episode * Show interest in what English speakers have to say and their stories. * Don’t ask questions about physical appearance, marital status, personal finances, politics or religion. * Ask questions about what English speakers likes and dislike. * Compliment the choices English speakers make. * Choices are highly important in English speaking culture. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Chatterbox #257 – Dating a native speaker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:20

Learning a new language is hard. Dating a native speaker in your target language can help make it easier. Andrew and Kassy discuss how being in a relationship with a native speaker has helped them improve their language skills. Fun facts There are 378 million native English speakers and 743 million non-native speakers. Only 4% of English conversations happening in the world involve only native speakers. The rest involve at least one non-native speaker. Expressions included in the study guide * Between the sheets * When in Rome * In (too) deep * Stepping-stone * Bubble * Long in the tooth Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Simplified Speech #097 – Getting ready for the day | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:24

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about their daily routines for getting ready in the morning. Enjoy this episode while you complete your own morning routine! Fun facts More than 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day! That’s a lot of caffeine consumption! Expressions included in the study guide * Good to go * Prep * To switch up [something] * To take a load off [one’s] back * To knock [something] out * To hit snooze Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Simplified Speech #096 – Do you collect anything? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:16

People have been collecting things for eons. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether it’s seashells or rare coins, anything can be considered a collector’s item. In this episode of Simplified Speech, Andrew and Kassy dive into the world of collecting. Fun facts São Paulo is home to the largest collection in the world. A resident has more than 7,000,000 vinyl records, which he has been collecting since he was in high school. Expressions included in the study guide * Lost art * Lame-o * Dork * Rings a bell * Mom thing * It’s a thing Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Chatterbox #256 – Working from home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:56

It’s 2020 and much of the world is working from home; for many, it’s the first time. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about their home offices and how the work from home experience has been for them. Fun facts Working from home reduces stress, increases productivity, and is eco-friendly. That’s why, before the pandemic, the number of people who worked from home had increased by 140% since 2005. Expressions included in the study guide * It’s been a minute * It’s funny because * Per se * Paint a mental picture * Piece of work * Feng shui Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Chatterbox #255 – Tips for talking about art | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:05

It’s hard to share your thoughts and feelings in a different language. Sometimes you don’t have the words! In this episode, Andrew and Jeremy share their four tips for talking about art, films, and literature in English. Fun facts Vincent van Gogh, one of history’s greatest painters, only officially sold one painting while he was alive. He sold it to his fellow painter Anna Boch in early 1890, and it’s his only painting with documentation showing that he sold it. Expressions included in the study guide * On the right track * You can say that again * It’s hard to say * People/person behind the [something] * Pick up [something] * Expose yourself to [something] Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Simplified Speech #095 – Arts and Crafts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:58

Arts and crafts are popular all over the world. Some people paint, knit, or sew as a hobby. Some do arts and crafts as a job. In this Simplified Speech episode, host Andrew and Kassy talk about their relationship with arts and crafts. Fun facts In this episode, Kassy talks about attending Paint and Sip parties. These are gatherings where people paint while drinking wine or other beverages. This concept really took off—there are an estimated 1000 Paint and Sip groups throughout North America! Expressions included in the study guide * On another level * To sip * To bitch * To let off some steam * To settle down * Doing it for the Gram Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Suzanne’s Quick Tips Episode #7: Discourse markers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:25

Episode description In this episode, we’re going to be talking about discourse markers. All right, let’s jump right in. So what is a discourse marker? Well, a discourse marker, or discourse markers are those little words like, first, second, third, however, or finally that helped us to clarify or categorize our thoughts. Quick tip takeaways * Discourse markers are words or phrases, usually at the beginning of a sentence, that help us organize and categorize our thoughts. * Discourse markers are used in written English, as well as in spoken English. * Discourse markers help the listener to follow your story in a more organized way. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

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