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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 #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.

 Jeremy’s English Tips Episode #21: 
To make a long story short | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:53

Episode description The expression for this episode is: to make a long story short. To make a long story short. I use this one a lot whenever I want to summarize something that would take too long to explain in full detail. Usually, this is used when there is a time limit on the discussion. So let’s jump right into our first situation here to help this one make sense. Example sentences To make a long story short, the reason I’m late is there was a traffic accident on the highway. You’re probably wondering why I’m not at work. Well, long story short, I quit. To make a long story short, Jessica didn’t get home until 4AM! I know you have to go soon, so anyway long story short, the repair shop said my computer can’t be fixed and I’ll have to buy a new one. To make a long story short, they decided not to sell their house and are just going to keep living in Seattle. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Catch Word #232 – That’s when it all went south | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:54

Life isn’t perfect. No matter how hard we try, sometimes things just go terribly. In this Catch Word episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy discuss two expressions you can use when that happens: to go south and to go haywire. Give it a listen! Fun facts Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It is the southernmost national capital in the world. Here’s another interesting thing about this country in the Southern Hemisphere: New Zealand is thought to be the last major land mass settled by humans. It is thought that Polynesians began settling there only about 750 years ago. Expressions included in the study guide * To go south * To shed some light * To go sour * A one-off * To spot [someone] * To go haywire 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 #042 – How to respond to good news | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:31

Good news, everybody! In this Real Talk episode, our hosts Andrew and Kassy discuss the many ways you can respond in English when you hear good news. Fun facts In this episode, our hosts talk about having drinks to celebrate good news. Apparently, after winning the US Open, famed tennis player Andy Murray treated his entourage to $9000 worth of food and drinks in one night. What did Mr. Murray have? One lemon soda—for $6! Expressions included in the study guide * A sidenote * For real? * A celebration is in order * I’m so happy for you * [One’s] hard work pays off * Drinks on me Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Chatterbox #254 – Answering listener questions: Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:42

In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Kassy are back to answer some more questions submitted by Culips listeners. Don’t be afraid to submit your own questions after listening to this episode! Fun facts Humans learn about life by asking questions. From the time they can talk, children are naturally learning about the world through observation, testing, and questioning. According to The Miniature Guide to the Art of Asking Essential Questions, “Questions are the engine, the driving force behind thinking.” Expressions included in the study guide * To pick things up where [one] left off * In one ear and out the other * I’ve got to say * A bygone era * The butterfly effect * A tough one Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Chatterbox #253 – Answering listener questions: Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:01

We love hearing from our listeners! We also love it when our listeners ask questions about how to improve their English. In Part 1 of this episode, Andrew and Kassy answer four listener questions. There are more answers to come in Part 2! Fun facts A new English word is added to the dictionary every 2 hours, with almost 4000 words added every year. For example, 2020’s new words include stan, peoplekind, and carbon sink, among others. Expressions included in the study guide * Mouthful * To coin * Surface level * Get down to business * Ease into * Thrilling conclusion Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

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