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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 #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)

 Chatterbox #276 – Evaluating different sources of listening materials | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:34

Have you missed hearing Jeremy’s voice on the podcast? Then tune in to this episode, which was recorded last year while Jeremy was still on the team. This Chatterbox episode is full of useful tips and resources for finding great listening materials for learning English. Culips’ Chatterbox series is perfect for upper-intermediate or advanced English learners to practise their English listening skills. The hosts talk in everyday English at an ordinary speed. If you’re looking for English listening materials where the hosts talk at the same level as native speakers, then this is the series for you. Enjoy! Fun facts Radio has been around for awhile, but radio stations first started popping up around the globe in the early 1920s. One of the first radio stations in the United States started in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It first aired on November 2, 1920, broadcasting the returns of the presidential election between Harding and Cox. Expressions included in the study guide * Off to the races * Geeky * Fleeting * Crystal clear * To cut [someone] off * On the surface 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: insung yoon (Unsplash.com)

 Catch Word #250 – Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:30

It’s always fun to compliment a friend (and to receive a compliment, too). Luckily, the English language has many expressions you can use to tell people how good they look! Today, Andrew and Kassy define two such expressions: to look like a million bucks and a sight for sore eyes. 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. In the process, you’ll even learn a few new ways to compliment your friends! Fun facts Research shows that giving and receiving compliments is good for your health, confidence, and overall happiness! Compliments motivate people, inspire them, and, of course, make them happy. Expressions included in the study guide * To look like a million bucks * A sight for sore eyes * Got this [thing] beat * To clean up pretty nice/well * Rhetorical question * To put a smile on [one’s] face 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: Tim Mossholder (Unsplash.com)

 Simplified Speech #127 – Animal communicator | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:53

Can you talk to animals? In this Simplified Speech episode, Suzanne tells Andrew an interesting story about her dog and an animal communicator. She says this animal communicator communicated with her dog and found out the problems in his life. Even if you are skeptical, it’s worth a listen! In Simplified Speech episodes, two native English speakers have natural conversations using clear and easy to understand language. In this episode, you will learn expressions like sixth sense, to be skeptical, debriefing, and high maintenance. Fun facts There is a long history of people who claim to talk to animals. In English, many people use the word whisperer to refer to people who can talk to animals. The American actor Robert Redford starred in a popular 1998 movie called The Horse Whisperer. After that movie came out, it became common for people to joke about being a dog whisperer or a cat whisperer because they say they understand their pets’ thoughts and feelings very well. Expressions included in the study guide * Sixth sense * To be skeptical * -phone * To sprain * Debriefing * High maintenance 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: Eric Ward (Unsplash.com)

 Chatterbox #275 – The pandemic economy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:31

The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone over the past year and a half. So what does this mean for the economy? In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Kassy discuss the pandemic economy, how it’s changing, and what this could mean for the future. Culips’ Chatterbox series is designed for intermediate and advanced English learning. All Chatterbox episodes feature natural conversations between two native English speakers. Listening to these audio lessons helps improve your grammar, vocabulary, and listening skills so that you can become fluent. You’ll be able to speak English naturally with Culips, and you might just learn something interesting along the way. Fun facts During the pandemic, there is one restaurant service that has done really well: pizza. Pizzerias, and other restaurants that deliver pizzas, saw a 40% increase in sales just a few months into the pandemic. Expressions included in the study guide * Uptick * Skyrocket * Ups and downs * Come to a dead halt * Sell like hotcakes * Left-leaning 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: Eric Ward (Unsplash.com)

 Catch Word #249 – A gigantic slap in the face | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:17

Would you like to receive a slap in the face? Probably not! However, the expression a slap in the face isn’t a physical thing, it’s more of an insult. In this Catch Word episode, you’ll learn all about it as Andrew and Suzanne talk about the various ways of using the expressions a slap in the face and a slap on the wrist. Take a listen and learn how to use these two natural English expressions. Catch Word is the Culips vocabulary series. By studying with Catch Word, you will be able to grow your English vocabulary and learn idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs that will make you sound like an English native speaker. In this episode, you will learn what a slap in the face and a slap on the wrist mean. Additionally, you will learn the meaning of to ghost [someone] and to get riled up. Fun facts In this episode, our hosts talk about an example where one friend leaves dinner without paying for their food. If both of them did that, the situation would be called a dine and dash. Have you ever heard of that? A dine and dash is when you eat your food and then dash, or run, out of the restaurant without paying. Expressions included in the study guide * A slap in the face * A slap on the wrist * To ghost [someone] * To get riled up * A grant * A phase 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: Andrew Le on Unsplash

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