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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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 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

 Simplified Speech #094 – Swimming | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:00

Swimming is an activity with worldwide appeal. Some people see it as a fun activity. For others, it’s a competitive sport. Join hosts Andrew and Kassy in this Simplified Speech episode as they discuss their relationship with swimming. Dive right into it! Fun facts Swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports. There were 34 swimming events at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Amazingly, the United States won gold medals in 16 of those events! Expressions included in the study guide * To dive into [something] * Iconic * That’s wild * Avid * That’s not too shabby * Fashion statement 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 #20: 
How to step outside of your English comfort zone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 8:27

Episode description In this episode of Jeremy’s English Tips, we are going to be talking about your comfort zone. Now, there is a very commonly used expression in English and it goes: to step outside of one’s comfort zone. Key points covered in this lesson: * “To step outside of one’s comfort zone” is a commonly used expression meaning that someone is doing something they are not yet comfortable doing. It doesn’t come easily to them yet. * Your “English comfort zone” is the collection of topics that you feel comfortable talking about in English. *  Identify the holes and fill them. In other words, figure out what topics, sentence forms, or pronunciation points are difficult for you and fix them by exposing yourself to content that includes those things. *  Practice with a language exchange partner by talking about what your weaknesses are and sharing how you are going about strengthening them. *  Make repetitive listening a major part of your study routine and choose your listening content wisely so as to help expand your comfort zone. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Catch Word #231 – So cute, it hurts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:47

Super! Really! Very! Extremely! There are many ways to add emphasis to your conversation and show the intensity of a feeling or situation. In today’s episode, Andrew and Jeremy share two catch words that native English speakers use every day. Fun facts Intensifiers are adverbs used to give force or emphasis. These parts of speech have a variety of rules and guidelines that native English speakers know instinctively but that require some research to fully understand. Expressions included in the study guide * So [adjective], it hurts * Hella * [Something] nerd * Secondhand embarrassment * Breeding ground * Getting into [something] territory 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 #230 – That’s out the window | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:11

Sometimes things go missing. Whether you’ve lost an item, a person, or an idea, there are unique phrases to fit the situation. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy explain two phrases you can use to say that something has disappeared. Fun facts The Bermuda Triangle is famous for making planes and ships disappear. This area, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is between Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico; while there are many theories as to why ships disappear here, no one has been able to properly explain it. Expressions included in the study guide * Out the window * Vanish into thin air * Big time * Lost for good * Goner * In my books 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 #093 – Big purchases | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:55

Most of us can’t afford to recklessly spend money. So when it comes to making big purchases, we’re forced to make big decisions. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about some of the big purchases they have made. Fun facts The most expensive private home in the world is called Antilia. It is in Mumbai and currently owned by Mukesh Ambani. It cost approximately $2 billion to build. While that might sound like a lot of money to us, Mr. Ambani can more than afford it. He’s worth $81 billion! Expressions included in the study guide * To shop around * Buyer’s remorse * To splurge * Flimsy * To get scammed * To pull the trigger 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 #229 – I’m racking my brain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:44

There are so many ways to tell people that you’re thinking. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy cover two expressions that you can use to tell someone just how hard you’re thinking about something. Fun facts Naps can improve your memory. German researchers at the University of Lübeck asked study participants to do some tasks; half of them had to stay awake while the other half got to nap. The group that napped was able to remember more than the group that stayed awake. Expressions included in the study guide * To rack your brain * To chew on [something] * To throw out ideas * Draining * To talk [something] over * To gloss over [something] 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 #6: Breath support | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:29

Episode description Today’s topic is breath support. Sometimes when we’re in an important meeting, an interview or maybe a class presentation, we might find that we’re kind of nervous, right? Our nerves go up, our body temperature goes up. Our breathing starts getting shallow. And we tend not to have a lot of what we call vocal presence and breath support. Quick tip takeaways * Breath support is using our lungs and diaphragm efficiently so that we don’t damage our vocal folds and so that we have vocal presence. * Vocal presence is having a loud enough, yet supported enough voice that fills the room and feels relaxed and at ease when you are speaking. * Remember to try stretching your back body when filling up your lungs so that you use the full capacity of your inhalation. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Real Talk #041 – How to meet new people at a party | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:53

Do you dread social gatherings because you’re never quite sure exactly what to say? Then tune in to this Real Talk episode, where Andrew and Jeremy introduce some great phrases to use when making small talk at a party, wedding, or similar event. Fun facts Most people love to share stories about themselves. The best way to make a good impression at any social gathering is to ask questions that will spark the interest of those around you. Then all you have to do is sit back, listen as the conversation flows around you, and pat yourself on the back for your great social skills! Expressions included in the study guide * The [something] * Goof * To mean business * To break the ice * Well * A blast * Singing [one’s] praises 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 #092 – Garbage and recycling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:30

Taking care of the environment through recycling and proper garbage disposal is such an important aspect of our lives. However, everyone goes about it differently. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the differences between how Canada and the United States deal with waste management. Fun facts Recycling isn’t easy for every country to do. It’s often very expensive and citizens need the discipline to do it. So here’s a big congratulations to Germany for being the world’s leading recycling country. They recycle 56.1% of all the waste they produce! Expressions included in the study guide * Waste management * Bright and early * To subsidize * A [something] drive * To devise [something] * Win-win 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 #228 – It’s really eating me up! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:50

In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy introduce two phrases that can be used when expressing negative emotions. Although we wish life could always be full of happy times, that definitely isn’t the reality. Sometimes we have some pretty negative emotions bottled up inside; Andrew and Jeremy are here to help you express those emotions in English. Fun facts Bad feelings are actually good for you! Negative emotions help us to reflect on and evaluate our experiences. Someone who only experiences positive emotions could become complacent in life and ignores key issues in an effort to maintain their constant state of false positivity. Expressions included in the study guide * To eat [someone] up * High-stakes * To go with one’s gut * To tear [someone] up * To spill the beans * Tearjerker 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 #19: Three ways to share your opinion in English | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:29

Episode description In this episode we are going to talk about three super useful ways to share your opinion in English. Now in English, it is very common for people to share their opinions and to discuss differing opinions in a rather casual setting. Key points covered in this lesson: * The easiest way to share your opinion is with I think. However, this has another meaning too. It can mean that you are unsure or do not know if something is 100% true or not. * Use to me to share your opinion, but also show that you respect other people’s opinions. It can be used in formal or informal situations. * Use I feel like to gently share your opinion but also allow the other people to share their opinions without getting into an argument. * When adults learn a new language, they usually try to learn words without context. * Use as far as I’m concerned to strongly assert your opinion. If you are certain that you are right but the other person thinks differently, you can use this one. Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

 Simplified Speech #091 – Food delivery apps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:51

There are more and more food-delivery options available every year. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the apps they use and how often they order food, cook for themselves, or treat themselves to a night out. Fun facts It is said that the first-ever food delivery order happened in 1889. Italy’s King Umberto and Queen Margherita had Raffaele Esposito deliver a pizza to their palace in Naples. Expressions included in the study guide * Big players * [Someone] can’t be bothered * Wherever [something] lands * Market towards [someone] * A step up from * Side hustle 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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