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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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 Catch Word #253 – Just chill | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:44

To calm down, hang out, relax, be easygoing: native English speakers use the word chill in many ways. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy explain how to use this versatile word in four different situations. 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. So, get ready to chill out as you listen to this natural conversation between two native English speakers. Fun facts Chill was first used as slang to mean something other than cold in 1980. Most of the definitions in this episode come from the idea that, when it’s cold, we move more slowly; when we’re calm or relaxed, we also tend to move more slowly. Also, anger, anxiety, sadness, and agitation all tend to be hot emotions—our body temperatures rise. Chill refers to the lower emotional temperature that comes with being calm. Expressions included in the study guide Expressions included in the study guide * Chill (out)! * Chill (out) with [someone] * Chillin’ * Chill * Road rage * Wait it out 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: S Migaj (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #133 – Moving to a foreign country | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:13

Have you ever lived or thought about living in a foreign country? If so, hit play and listen to Andrew and Suzanne’s perspectives about living in a foreign country. In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about the ups and downs of living in a foreign country. Tune in to hear this interesting conversation full of natural English expressions and vocab Fun facts An expat is someone who does not live in the country they hold citizenship in. Expats make up a little over 3% of the world’s population! The Expat Insider conducted a survey this year in which 12,420 expats around the globe participated to determine the best and worst expat destinations. Taiwan, Mexico, and Costa Rica made up the top three best expat destinations. Expressions included in the study guide * To bring [someone] up to speed * Label * All walks of life * To tie up one’s point * A tall task * To have blinders on one’s eyes 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: S Migaj (Unsplash.com)

 Chatterbox #280 – Say goodbye to grey hair? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:12

What? Another grey hair? If we’re fortunate enough to grow old, finding grey hairs will be a common occurrence for sure. In this Chatterbox episode, hosts Andrew and Anna talk about their relationship with grey hairs and a surprising new study on the topic. Apparently, your grey hairs can grow back to their natural colour. Imagine that! Chatterbox is a series for intermediate to advanced English language learners. Our hosts speak in an easy-to-understand and natural way about a topic chosen to keep you interested. Fun facts Did you know that the average human has about 100,000 hair follicles on their head? What might also be surprising is that people with blonde hair have about 150,000 hair follicles, on average. Expressions included in the study guide * Groundbreaking * Beacon of hope * To take [something] in stride * To pay dividends * To reverse the clock * Realm of possibilities 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: JJ Jordan (Unsplash.com)

 Catch Word #252 – Do you have deep pockets? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:25

Do you know how to describe rich people and companies in English? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you two idiomatic English expressions that you can use to do just that. Upgrade your vocabulary and make your English sound more natural by learning with this lesson. Catch Word is the Culips vocabulary series for intermediate and advanced English language learners. In each episode, you’ll learn expressions, idioms, slang, phrasal verbs, and more that will help you become a better English listener and speaker. Fun facts With an estimated net worth of $177 billion, Jeff Bezos is rolling in it and is the richest person on Earth. Meanwhile, his company Amazon made nearly $400 billion in profits last year. It’s safe to say that Amazon must have very deep pockets. Expressions included in the study guide * To be rolling in it * To be tight with [your money] * Crypto * To sell off * To have deep pockets * Jet set 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: Alexander Mils (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #132 – Kassy’s getting married! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:55

Kassy has joined the Culips wedding club! Many of the Culips hosts and listeners have gotten married these past few years, and Kassy is engaged to become the next! Listen to this Simplified Speech episode where Kassy talks about the events leading up to her engagement to her boyfriend. Simplified Speech is a series where you can follow Culips hosts speaking in an easy-to-understand way. Also, we have a transcript and study guide designed to help you follow along with each episode. Fun facts Andrew, and soon Kassy, is in an international marriage in South Korea. There has been a rise in international marriages in South Korea in the past few years, but it looks like the COVID-19 pandemic has changed some things. In 2019, international weddings accounted for 9.8% of all weddings in South Korea. However, that number plummeted to 7.1% in 2020, the first year of the pandemic. Expressions included in the study guide * In [one’s] world * Ta-da * The whole shebang * To play ball * Out of [one’s] element * To lose its lustre 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: Kassy White

 Chatterbox #279 – Shrinkflation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:00

Have you noticed your usual grocery items are smaller than they used to be, but cost the same? You may not have heard of shrinkflation before, but it’s something that’s affecting everyone and people aren’t happy about it! In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna discuss the issue of shrinkflation. Culips’ Chatterbox series helps you learn English from native speakers, with detailed expressions you can add to your own vocabulary that will surely impress your English-speaking friends! Fun facts You may get excited when your favourite cereal is re-branded with fancy new packaging, but this is actually one of the smart ways companies disguise reduced contents. Coca Cola did this in 2019, reducing their bottles from 2 litres to 1.75 litres. Expressions included in the study guide * Evil twin * Perfect storm * At the heart of [something] * To get laid off * To fall victim to [something/someone] * To vote with your pocketbook 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: Jonas Augustin (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #131 – Squid Game | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:33

Squid Game on Netflix is a Korean show that has become extremely popular around the world. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the show, sharing their thoughts on the plot, story, and characters. If you liked Squid Game or are thinking about watching it, you shouldn’t miss this Simplified Speech episode! Simplified Speech episodes feature two native English speakers having clear, natural, and easy-to-understand conversations about interesting topics, like popular TV shows. This helps improve your English listening skills and, by listening, helps you speak English naturally. Fun facts The oversized doll from the first episode of the show is real. It now resides in Jincheon County, 3 hours north of Seoul, where it guards the entrance of a horse carriage museum called Macha Land. There is even a smaller, 10-foot replica in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Expressions included in the study guide * Spoilers * To be invested in [someone] * Take the world by storm * Zero-sum game * Late-stage capitalism * To have [one’s] moment 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: Jonas Augustin (Unsplash.com)

 Real Talk #052 – Making an appointment to see the dentist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:01

Not everyone enjoys going to the dentist’s office. However, there are certainly many people who fear making an appointment over the phone more than the dentist’s drill! Fear not. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Kassy help you with the vocabulary and expressions you’ll need to make a dentist’s appointment. Real Talk is a series designed to help you in real life situations. Although this episode focuses on making an appointment to see the dentist, you can use what you’ll learn in this episode to make many different kinds of appointments. Fun facts Even though you may be apprehensive to visit the dentist, dentistry has come a long way from its early days. Anaesthetics and precision tools have made going to the dentist a much safer and more pleasant experience. Just take a look at medieval paintings showing what dentists did centuries ago and you’ll agree! Expressions included in the study guide * To work for [someone] * The sooner, the better * To fit [someone] in * After next * To double-check * Walk-in * Cavity * Scaling 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: Caroline LM (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #130 – A new hobby and a big purchase | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:20

We love catching up with friends. In fact, before every Culips episode, our hosts spend some time doing just that. Today you get to listen in as Andrew and Kassy catch up on the latest news in their lives – from Andrew’s new hobby to Kassy’s big purchase! Simplified Speech features clear, natural, and easy to understand English conversations between native speakers. By studying with this Simplified Speech episode, you’ll improve your English listening skills, increase your vocabulary, and find out how to talk about new events happening in your life. Fun facts According to a 2013 study, people spend 60 percent of their conversations talking about themselves. And 80 percent of conversations consist of gossip, according to Dr. Nicholas Emler, a British psychologist. Expressions included in the study guide * Welcome to the club * There’s no turning back * Out of whack * Fender bender * New-to-me * To crash 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: Danielle MacInnes (Unsplash.com)

 Chatterbox #278 – Music festivals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:58

Are you a fan of music festivals? In this episode, Andrew and Anna discuss the ins and outs of a typical musical festival. Tune in to learn about music festival culture and useful tips to make your music festival experience more enjoyable, all while practicing your English listening skills. Culips’ Chatterbox series is great for high-intermediate and advanced English learners. This episode is chock-full of interesting phrases and vocabulary related to music festivals and festivals in general. Hit the play button and enjoy! Fun facts Festivals have been around for thousands of years. Festivals were especially popular in ancient Greece and ancient Rome, with competitions and performances in athletics and the performing arts being the most popular. Expressions included in the study guide * Skill set * A staple of [something] * A trooper * Luck of the draw * Out-of-body experience * Lead-up/buildup 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: Tony Pham (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #129 – Road trips | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:12

Hitting the road with friends or family, for a week-long adventure is a time-honoured tradition–especially in North America. In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about what makes a great road trip and share their favourite road trip memories. This is Culips’ Simplified Speech series. It features clear, natural and easy to understand English conversations about interesting topics, like road trips. By listening to native English speakers speak naturally, you’ll improve your English listening skills and increase your vocabulary. Tune in to today’s adventurous English audio lesson to learn something new. Fun facts The world’s first recorded road trip took place in Germany, in 1888. Bertha Benz, wife of the first car inventor, Karl Benz, travelled from Mannheim to Pforzheim with her sons. They travelled 106 km (66 mi) in the third experimental Benz car, which had a maximum speed of 16 km/h (10 m/h). She even took this trip without her husband’s consent or knowledge! Expressions included in the study guide * Location hopping * Fluid * Fly by the seat of your pants * Twist [one’s] arm * Gnarly * Quota 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: Dino Reichmuth (Unsplash.com)

 Chatterbox #277 – The new space race | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:45

Have you ever wanted to travel to space? A few well-known billionaires definitely have! In fact, they have restarted the Space Race and their companies are racing into infinity and beyond. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna talk about the new Space Race and what it means for the future of space travel. Chatterbox is a series designed for intermediate and advanced English learners. Podcasts and audio lessons are a great way to improve your English listening skills. Culips’ Chatterbox episodes feature natural, unedited conversations between native speakers, so you can build your English fluency. And this time, you will learn about the latest in space travel. Fun facts The original Space Race started in the 1950s. In 1957, the USSR launched the first satellite into space called Sputnik. In 1961, they launched the first person into space. There were many developments over the years, most notably in 1969 when the United States landed the first humans on the moon. The Space Race ended after the collapse of the USSR. After that, countries from both sides of the former Cold War have worked together. Expressions included in the study guide * In a heartbeat * Pet project * To beat [someone] to the post * Low-key * Nerves of steel * To get a lot of flack 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: SpaceX (Unsplash.com)

 Catch Word #251 – You’ve improved by leaps and bounds! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:26

We’re back with another Catch Word episode! In this episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you some idiomatic expressions or phrases to use when talking about something that improves or gets better. Tune in to improve your English listening skills by leaps and bounds! Catch Word is a great series that focuses on key vocabulary and phrases used in all sorts of common everyday English conversations. While this episode focuses on phrases that you might use when talking about making progress, improving, or getting better at something, it is also chock-full of other useful expressions highlighted in the study guide. Fun facts There are thousands of books and articles out in the world telling people how to improve their mental health, sleep patterns, exercise habits, study habits, financial literacy, and much more. What’s interesting is that these articles and books all say the exact same thing to a certain degree. Most self-improvement or self-help books tend to agree that the #1 way to make significant improvements in anything you set out to achieve is to make small, concise goals and then a routine or plan to achieve those goals, and to consistently execute that plan each and every day. Expressions included in the study guide * By leaps and bounds * To bomb [something] * Out and about * On the up and up * To be in the moment * To branch off 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: Kid Circus (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #128 – Grandparents | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:44

Many have cherished memories of their grandparents, from listening to their stories to feeling loved and supported throughout childhood. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy share stories about their grandparents. Today’s conversation might tug on your heartstrings! The Simplified Speech series features clear, easy to understand conversations between native English speakers. This helps improve your English listening skills and, by listening, helps you speak English naturally. The topics covered are relevant to everyday life, so you can use what you learn right away. Fun facts The Simplified Speech series features clear, easy to understand conversations between native English speakers. This helps improve your English listening skills and, by listening, helps you speak English naturally. The topics covered are relevant to everyday life, so you can use what you learn right away. Expressions included in the study guide * The name stuck * Reckon * My heart burst * Tug on [one’s] heartstrings * Waterworks * Hop on the [adjective] train 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: Christian Bowen (Unsplash.com)

 Real Talk #051 – How to talk with the concierge at a hotel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:27

Have you ever noticed a well-dressed, friendly person working in the hotel lobby? This person is often helping guests with taxis or telling them about the best restaurants in town. Many hotels employ a person called a concierge. Their job is to help you with all your needs, big or small. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the various ways a hotel concierge can help you during your visit. Real Talk is a Culips series where we help you with real-life English in real-life situations. In this episode, our hosts talk about the hotel concierge. This person helps you with directions, restaurant suggestions, transportation tips, and reservations for whichever city you’re visiting. Fun facts In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about hotel concierges and the services they provide in most hotels. However, it is possible to hire the services of a luxury personal concierge. For a price, this person can show you the high life of any location, from yachts to high-class parties to the most exclusive restaurants! Expressions included in the study guide * Concierge * Correct me if I’m wrong * Must-see * Don’t be afraid to ask * To get a sense of [someone] * To pass 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: Christiann Koepke and Gaurav Dhwaj Khadka (Unsplash.com)

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