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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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 Chatterbox #252 – How to think in English | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:48

Everyone goes through the stage of language learning when they find themselves constantly translating their target language into their native one. When do people get past that stage and start to think in English? In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Jeremy share their best methods for surpassing this plateau. Fun facts Have you read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? Even if you can’t read it in its original French, you can probably find it in your native language. It is thought to be the most widely translated novel, having been rendered into 361 languages and dialects! Expressions included in the study guide * To know [something] all too well * A take * Magic solution * To bounce ideas off [someone] * Muscle memory * To trust the process 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 Episode #18: Using Stories to Make Memorizing Words Easier | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:19

Episode description In this episode, I’d like to talk about how using stories can make memorizing words easier.  When adults try to learn a new language, they usually just try to learn words without context. Have you ever tried to memorize a long list of words? If so, then you are likely guilty of this as well. I know I am certainly guilty of this as well. So instead of studying a new word and learning its meaning in your native language, I suggest using context. Key points covered in this lesson: * Children learn a lot from repetitive reading of stories. * Words that repeat stick out to them and are easy to learn as a result. * The pictures in the book give the child context and make learning possible. * When adults learn a new language, they usually try to learn words without context. * Audio, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic information help make the memory of a word or phrase much stronger and therefore, easier to recall when the word is needed. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Simplified Speech #090 – School uniforms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:54

Uniforms in school is a hot topic for students. Some students love that they don’t have to choose their clothes in the morning. Others hate the lack of freedom. In this Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Suzanne share their opinions on and experiences with school uniforms. Fun facts The prevalence of school uniforms varies drastically from country to country. In the United States, most schools do not require a uniform. Compare that to schools in Seoul, South Korea, where 98% of all middle and high schools require their students to wear uniforms! Expressions included in the study guide * Private/public school * Driving force * Status symbol * To speak for everyone * Dress code * Insider 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 #5: Question intonation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:56

Episode description Today, we have a quick tip for you. And today we’re going to talk about open-ended questions, and the intonation. So, when you ask a question, does it always go up at the end? Not always. Intonation. Many times people see a question mark or ask a question and automatically assume that a question should always go up in intonation. But there are actually some rules regarding questions and intonation. Quick tip takeaways * Just because a questions ends with a question mark (?) does not mean the intonation or pitch should go up at the end. * Intonation is the rise and fall of pitch in speech, usually used to emphasize and stress a word in a sentence. * An open-ended question is a question that cannot be answered with yes or no. Instead, it is answered with a descriptive response. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Simplified Speech #089 – Personal style | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:03

Regardless of what magazines and articles say about fashion, everyone has their own unique, personal style. In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne describe their personal styles and talk about how they’ve changed over the years. Fun facts Men’s clothing has the buttons on the right side. Women’s buttons are on the left and sometimes the back. This is because some women used to be dressed by servants. As most people are right-handed, having the buttons on the left made it easier for the servants to button up the clothes. Expressions included in the study guide * To make an impact * To set your intention * V-neck * Downsize * Do [someone] a solid * To pare down 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 #227 – Get the picture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:52

There are many expressions in English that use the imagery of pictures. A common one is to ask someone, “Do you get the picture?” Listen to this Catch Word episode with hosts Andrew and Jeremy to find out the many ways to use this expression. Fun facts Humans have been painting pictures for millennia. Some of the oldest surviving pictures are found in caves throughout the world. Many of them are over 40,000 years old! Expressions included in the study guide * To get the picture * To land [something] * To cut things short * If you catch/get my drift * To spell [something] out * To get it together Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Real Talk #040 – How to order coffee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:30

People around the world often start their days with a nice cup of coffee. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss some helpful phrases that one might need when ordering a cup of energizing coffee. Fun facts Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world. It produces about a third of all coffee. That’s a lot of coffee beans! Expressions included in the study guide * Go-to * Drip coffee * [Something] doesn’t agree with [someone] * Have a good one * Bring [one’s] own cup * [Something]-free 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 #226 – I can’t help but … | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:35

We all have moments in our lives when we want to say, “I can’t help it!” Sometimes we’re looking for an excuse. Sometimes we really can’t change something about our lives. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy look at the different ways this phrase can be used. Fun facts In this episode, our hosts talk about food cravings. There are a lot of possible reasons you might have a craving. It could be caused by a hormonal imbalance, a lack of certain nutrients in your body, or simply an abundance of pleasure associated with special foods. Expressions included in the study guide * I can’t help (-ing) * I can’t help (can’t change something) * I can’t help but [do something] * To get turnt up * To munch * Dark Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Chatterbox #251 – Interview with Jonson Lee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:39

In this edition of Chatterbox, Andrew talks with Jonson Lee. Jonson is originally from Seoul, South Korea but has learned English to a very high level. Jonson talks about his English language learning journey and shares some great tips about how to become a better English speaker. Fun facts Jonson is a podcaster and Youtuber! You can find him online at spongemind.org and youtube.com/spongemindtv Some of the key points we discussed were: * How watching TV helped Jonson to boost his English fluency and helped him to keep up with native speakers * The right kind of approach to take when it feels like you aren’t making progress with your learning * Why saving time and studying efficiently isn’t necessarily a good thing * How to pick good study materials 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 Episode #17: Get your foot in the door | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:30

Episode description Our expression for today is to get your foot in the door. To get your foot in the door, it can be get her foot in the door, get his foot in the door, get my foot in the door. The key is to get a foot in the door. What this means is that you have succeeded with the first step and are on your way to being successful. Extra example sentences * I haven’t been offered the job yet but at least I got my foot in the door! * You should go down and apply for a job at the bank. Even if you don’t get it, at least you’ll be able to get your foot in the door. * First, he got his foot in the door with an internship. Then, a few years later, he was hired by the company as a full-time employee. * Have you ever tried using a dating app? It’s a great way to get your foot in the door and meet new people. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Simplified Speech #088 – How to write English like a native speaker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:04

Many of our listeners have become better English speakers, but what does it take to become a better English writer? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy give their advice on how to write like a native English speaker. Fun facts There are around 4000 new English words added to the Oxford English Dictionary every year. One reason is that new technology requires us to come up with descriptive terms for new actions. For example, emoji, tweet, retweet, crowdfund, and so many more have only been made official words in the last 10 years.. Expressions included in the study guide * Thirsty * To throw [someone] under the bus * Ton * Hack * Open-ended 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 #225 – Four ways to use -ish | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:02

You may have heard many English speakers put ish at the end of certain words. It is quite common. In this Catch Word episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy explore four different ways to use ish in everyday speech. Fun facts In this episode, our hosts talk about eye colour. There is some debate as to whether green eyes or amber eyes are the rarest in the world. The most common? I’m sure you guessed it. It’s brown; roughly 79% of the world’s population has brown eyes. Expressions included in the study guide * To stand corrected * ish (for colours) * ish (for time and age) * ish (attached to a noun) * ish (attached to an adjective) * To have what it takes 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 #087 – Working out at the gym | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:08

Gyms aren’t just places for body builders. They are also popular with anyone who wants to get healthy and maintain a good body weight. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy explore some expressions you can use when you go to the gym. Fun facts Long before fitness centres became popular, Joe Gold opened his first gym in 1965 in Venice Beach, California. Now, Gold’s Gym is a chain of gyms with over 700 locations around the world! Expressions included in the study guide * To play pickup * To warm up * To end up * To get toned * To bulk up * To cool down Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Real Talk #039 – How to pick up medicine at the pharmacy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:10

Do you often visit the pharmacy during flu season? In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Kassy introduce useful phrases and vocabulary that are heard at the pharmacy. Fun facts The popular fizzy beverages Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, and ginger ale were all invented by three different pharmacists in the late 1800s. Expressions included in the study guide * Just living [one’s] life * Symptoms and side effects (drowsiness, nausea, swelling) * Clear up * Dairy products * Dose * To fight off [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 Episode #16: How to Choose Good Repetitive Listening Material | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:48

Episode description In this episode of Jeremy’s English Tips, I would like to talk about repetitive listening. More specifically, how to choose good repetitive listening material. In a previous episode of Jeremy’s English tips, I talked about repetitive listening. So if you haven’t listened to that one yet, you might want to check it out first, before listening to this one. Key Points * Repetitive listening is a form of study in which you listen to the same audio file over and over again for a period of time * Choose content that is the right length for your level * Choose content that has good sound quality * Choose content with a voice that you enjoy listening to and want to emulate * Choose content that you can get on your phone in MP3 format so that you can loop it easily Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

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