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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 #148 – Where did you grow up? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:45

Hometowns: everyone has one! In today’s Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy talk about where they grew up. One of them grew up in Canada, and the other grew up in the United States. You will hear about the interesting similarities and differences the two have to share with you. Come and join them! Simplified Speech is a Culips series with easy to understand conversations designed to help beginner and intermediate English learners improve their listening skills. We have quality study guides and transcripts available for all Culips members. Fun facts In this episode, Kassy says her hometown of Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania, was founded by a group from the Chautauqua movement. This movement toured hundreds of communities throughout the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s, especially in rural areas. Expressions included in the study guide * Teeny-tiny * Nowhere near * Ghost town * To flock * Can’t believe [one’s] ears * To add up * To have a ring to it * Remiss Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Victor Clime (Unsplash.com)

 Catch Word #260 – Pay through the nose | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:19

Have you ever wished there were an expression that perfectly fit how you feel about just how expensive something is? You’re in luck because, in English, there is! Today, Andrew and Kassy share two idiomatic expressions used when talking about buying something that is overpriced or, in your opinion, too expensive. The Culips Catch Word series explains idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions used in everyday life. Listening to our Catch Word audio lessons helps improve your English listening and speaking skills while also giving you new ways to talk about pricey or expensive things. Fun facts When it comes to price tags, nine is a magic number. Studies show that when an item’s price ends with the number nine—such as $39 or $10.99—it sells better than an identical item with any other number at the end of its price—such as $35 or $10.50. Expressions included in the study guide * To cost an arm and a leg * Bougie * It’s a wash * To put a dent in [something] * To pay through the nose * Ritzy Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Victor Clime (Unsplash.com)

 Chatterbox #287 – Pub culture in the UK and Canada | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:32

Pubs are very common in the United Kingdom and Canada. However, there are differences between the two countries and their respective cultures. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna discuss how important pubs are in their cultures and compare their traditions and customs. Chatterbox is a series where native English speakers have a natural conversation on an interesting topic. In this episode, our hosts talk about pub culture in the UK and Canada. Be sure to check our website, Culips.com, to discover the hundreds of other interesting conversations Culips hosts have had. Fun facts A pub is a place meant to be welcoming to the public. However, sometimes the place is just too small to accommodate a large crowd. Take The Nutshell, for instance. It holds the record for being the smallest pub in the UK. At 4.57 metres by 2.13 metres, they can only serve about 10 to 15 customers at a time! Expressions included in the study guide * To do [something] justice * A regular * Run-of-the-mill * To get away with [something] * Upmarket * To clean up Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Victor Clime (Unsplash.com)

 Catch Word #259 – Back in the saddle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:31

In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you two idiomatic expressions you can use when talking about something returning to normal: back in the saddle and back in business. Study with this vocabulary lesson and improve your English listening and speaking. Catch Word is the Culips vocabulary series where you can learn idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs that native speakers use all the time. Improve your English fluency with Catch Word! Fun facts The Sarmatians are credited with designing the first saddle for horseback riding over 2000 years ago! Expressions included in the study guide * Back in business * AAA * In no time * Back in the saddle * To be onto something * The wheels are in motion Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Philippe Oursel and Filip Eliasson (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #147 – Andrew’s diggin’ and Kassy’s almost married! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:54

Curious about what’s new in the lives of Culips’ podcast hosts? Listen in as Andrew and Kassy have another one of their famous catch-up calls. Simplified Speech episodes feature two native English speakers having clear, natural, and easy to understand English conversations about interesting topics. By listening to Andrew and Kassy chat about their hobbies, you’ll improve your English listening skills and increase your vocabulary. Fun facts The very first 12-inch long-play (LP) vinyl record produced was a recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, as played by the Philadelphia Orchestra. It was released in September 1931 by RCA Victor, now called RCA Records. Expressions included in the study guide * Why don’t we remedy that * What are the odds * Dying trade * The itch to [do something] * Pay the price * Just around the corner Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Oleg Ivanov  (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #146 – Kassy’s big move | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:37

Kassy shares her big news: she’s moving to Thailand so she can pursue her dream job teaching in a new country! Moving can be stressful. Moving to a new country is even more stressful. Andrew and Kassy discuss the process and everything that Kassy needs to do to prepare for her big move. In this episode, two native English speakers talk about moving to a new country. This English audio lesson is designed to help you improve your English listening and speaking fluency. And along the way, you might just learn a few things about international moves! Fun facts As of 2019, there are an estimated 272 million people who now live in a country different from the one in which they were born. Expressions included in the study guide * Welcome [someone] with open arms * Send [something] into the void * Lo and behold * Hoppin’ * Start from square one * Globetrotting Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Braden Jarvis (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #145 – Have you ever won a contest? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:45

Have you ever won a contest? That’s the discussion question that Andrew and Kassy talk about in this episode. Join them as they teach you the differences between draws, contests, sweepstakes, and lotteries. Then listen in as they share some stories about the different contests they’ve won in the past. Simplified Speech episodes are designed to help you improve your English listening and speaking skills. During these episodes, two native English speakers discuss interesting topics, like winning contests, using clear and easy to understand language. When you follow along, you will improve your English and learn something new. Fun facts Lotteries, contests, draws, and sweepstakes have been around since 205 BC or earlier. They were used during the Chinese Han dynasty to fund major government projects and, during the Roman Empire, the elite would hold lotteries for entertainment at dinner parties. Expressions included in the study guide * Types of contests * Pool * Swaggy * Collab * Game the system * Uber Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Nataliya Vaitkevich and Anna Shvets (Pexels.com)

 Simplified Speech #144 – Buying and selling used things | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:58

Have you ever bought or sold something used online? That’s the question that Andrew and Suzanne discuss in this Simplified Speech episode. Andrew talks about some sales he’s made recently, and Suzanne shares some crazy stories about different experiences she’s had as both a buyer and a seller. Simplified Speech episodes feature two native English speakers having clear, natural, and easy-to-understand conversations about interesting topics, like buying and selling used things. This helps improve your English listening skills and, through listening, helps you speak English naturally. Fun facts Launched in 1995, Craigslist was the first online buying and selling website in the world. Twenty-six years later, it is the largest online marketplace for people to buy and sell used things. In fact, it’s the 33rd most viewed website in the world! Expressions included in the study guide * Jump on [something] * Out of place * X Millennial * At the cusp * This puppy * Room for [negotiation] Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: SHVETS production and Karolina Grabowska (Pexels.com)

 Catch Word #258 – Sweating bullets | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:12

“I was so nervous. I was sweating bullets!” That might sound a bit strange, but it’s a common English expression. Sweating bullets means to be very stressed or nervous. Does that happen to you sometimes? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you two idioms with the word sweat: no sweat and sweating bullets. After this episode, you’ll know how to use these expressions perfectly! Catch Word is the Culips vocabulary series that teaches you idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs that are useful in everyday life. Improve your English, grow your word power, get fluent faster with Catch Word! Fun facts Do you know that you have anywhere between 2 to 5 million sweat glands in your body? But don’t worry, even though many people don’t like sweating, it is a healthy part of life. Expressions included in the study guide * No sweat * A twist on [something] * To veg out * On [its] last legs * Sweating bullets * Knock on wood Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Nathan Dumlao (Unsplash.com)

 Chatterbox #286 – Beauty filters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:19

Do you like the way you look in photos? Considering the huge market for online filters for photographs, there must be a lot of people who prefer embellishing their pictures instead of keeping them natural. Is that a problem? In this Chatterbox episode, hosts Andrew and Anna discuss the pros and cons of online beauty filters. Chatterbox is a series featuring native English speakers carrying on a natural conversation. This series is designed to help intermediate and advanced English learners improve their English. Fun facts According to Lifewire, the most popular Instagram filter in the United States is Clarendon. This filter is used to brighten colours and sharpen contrasts while keeping skin tones warm and natural. Expressions included in the study guide * To morph * Just a touch * To rag on * To see [something] firsthand * Body dysmorphia * To be bombarded with [something] Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Fausto Sandoval (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #143 – Kassy’s acing tests and Andrew’s drumming away | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:08

In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy give some updates about what’s going on in their lives these days. Kassy tells us the results of a big math test she took recently and talks about choosing a wedding dress and last-minute wedding planning. Andrew shares about why he started playing drums again and talks about growing herbs at home. In our Simplified Speech series, native English speakers have natural conversations about interesting topics. These episodes boost your English listening skills and increase your vocabulary. On occasion, our hosts share their personal stories, making it easy to listen to these English audio lessons. Fun facts Historians and archeologists believe drums and drumming have been a part of human rituals since the dawn of mankind. In fact, the alligator drum is the oldest discovered drum, dating back to as early as 5500 BC in Neolithic China. Expressions included in the study guide * Up to speed * Come on * To be too hard on [someone] * Bridezilla * Chops * To take [someone] up on [something] Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Matthijs Smit (Unsplash.com)

 Chatterbox #285 – Life hacks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:52

What are some of your favourite life hacks? That’s the topic of discussion for this Chatterbox episode. Join Andrew and Anna as they share some of their favourite shortcuts for optimizing and organizing their lives and work. Chatterbox is the Culips series for intermediate and advanced English learners. Each episode features a natural conversation between native speakers about a fascinating topic. By learning English with Chatterbox, you’ll be able to build your fluency, listening skills, and vocabulary. Fun facts Andrew and Anna both name drop YouTube channels in this episode. Andrew watches The Bliss Bean for productivity tips and Anna likes The Minimalists. Check out these channels if you’re looking to learn some new life hacks! Expressions included in the study guide * To write [someone] off * Sounds like my kind of [something] * To be on the same page * To knock out [something] * A hoarder * On hand Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Matthijs Smit (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #142 – Fake meat and meat alternatives | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:30

Plant-based meat alternatives have gained in popularity over the past decade. People following vegan and vegetarian diets now enjoy better, tastier fake meats. Today, Andrew and Kassy talk about this new, controversial food trend. This episode is part of Culips’ Simplified Speech series. It features natural, easy‑to‑understand English conversations about interesting topics, like fake meat. Listening to native English speakers having natural conversations will improve your listening skills and increase your vocabulary. Tune in to today’s English audio lesson to learn something new. Fun facts Even though fake meat is plant based, nutritionists say that they are not replacements for vegetables. In fact, plant-based burgers have almost the same nutritional benefits as regular meat. So having a side salad or other vegetable dish with your fake meat is a must! Expressions included in the study guide * That’s [someone’s] deal * See what all the hype is about * On that front * On the horizon * Camp * Lukewarm Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Grooveland Designs (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #141 – Are you a big playlist person? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:44

Are you a big playlist person? That’s the question that Andrew and Suzanne discuss in this Simplified Speech episode. Join them as they chat about the kinds of playlists they make, how they make them, and when they like to listen to them. Simplified Speech is perfect for intermediate-level English learners who are looking to improve their English fluency. Each episode features clear and natural conversations about an interesting topic. Studying with Simplified Speech will help you to improve your English listening skills, conversation ability, and vocabulary knowledge. Fun facts Although there are many different music streaming apps available in North America, Spotify is the most popular. A total of 32% of people who use music-streaming apps say they listen to music through Spotify. Other popular apps include Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music. Expressions included in the study guide * To tweak [something] * Pump-up jam * To taper off * To lean on * To be spot on * No pun intended Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Dee. (Unsplash.com)

 Real Talk #054 – Joining a gym | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:13

What is your favourite way to say, “I have to leave now, and fast”? In this episode, Andrew and Kassy explain two common English expression that mean to leave quickly: duck out and hightail it out of there. The Culips Catch Word series explains idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions used in everyday life. Today’s audio lesson is designed to help you improve your English listening and speaking skills while also giving you new, fun ways to say that you’re leaving. Fun facts The gym industry is big business. In the United States alone, gyms make about $35 billion annually. You would think everyone would be fit, right? But according to the website RunRepeat, about 6.3% of Americans never even use memberships they have already paid for! Expressions included in the study guide * Do you need a hand with anything? * Let me tell you about * 24/7/365 * Month to month * To break a contract * Cancellation fee * A free trial / trial membership * A good fit * Release form Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Photo Credit: Sam Moqadam (Unsplash.com)

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