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Culips English Podcast

Summary: Learn conversational English for everyday use! We teach you English the way native speakers really use it in everyday conversation, show you how to use natural English idioms, expressions. Listen to our amazing audio episodes and improve your fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and understanding of common English expressions!

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 Chatterbox #198 – Interview with Andrew’s dad | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:52

In this special Chatterbox episode, Andrew interviews his dad, Terry. Join Andrew and his dad as they take a trip down memory lane and talk about Hamilton, Ontario, and the War of 1812!    Fun Facts The Rust Belt refers to an area around the Great Lakes. The area was very well-known for its booming steel mills and factories but, over time, industry decreased as Canada and the United States began to use manufacturers from other countries. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * A pinko * Foresight * To whump * To go the way of the dodo * To give [something] a spin Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Catch Word #193 – In a jiffy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:36

In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss two idiomatic expressions that you can use to talk about being speedy: in a jiffy/in a jiff and in a flash. Join them to learn how to make your English sound like a native speaker’s!    Fun Facts A jiffy is used not only in English idioms, but also as a unit of time! A jiffy is an actual measurement of time used in many fields such as computer science, physics, and even animation! Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * In a jiffy/in a jiff * In a flash * To take 10 * To be useless at [something] * To piggyback off of [something] Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Chatterbox #197 – Interview with Andrew’s mom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:13

Are you ready to get to know Andrew and his family better? In this special Chatterbox episode, Andrew interviews his mom, Fiona. Join them as they chat about immigrating to Canada and Oakville, Ontario!    Fun Facts Oakville, located in Ontario, is only about 30 kilometres away from downtown Toronto (Canada) and 123 kilometres away from Buffalo (United States). Oakville is not only a popular tourist spot, but also the third best place to live in Canada and the fourth most romantic place to live in Canada! Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * A tale * A jack-of-all-trades * Paraphernalia * To long * To flood Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Simplified Speech #030 – The beach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:56

Do you like the beach? That’s the topic in this Simplified Speech episode. Join Andrew and Suzanne as they talk about everything under the sun. From beachcombing to nude beaches, you’ll be sure to laugh!    Fun Facts Canada has the longest coastline in the world, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Artic Ocean. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * On the DL * A dry [something] * Jam-packed * Sketchy * To dare Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Chatterbox #196 – Kitchen renovation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:36

Do you dream about renovating your kitchen? In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss Suzanne’s changes to her kitchen. Join them as they have a natural and fun conversation all about renovations!    Fun Facts Over the past decades, kitchens have changed. In the 1930s, kitchen countertops were custom-built based on the height of the woman of the house! Now, in Canada, the standard height of the average kitchen countertop is 36 inches. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * A veggie * A mock-up * To crack open * To be blown away * To be eco-friendly Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Catch Word #192 – Late to the party | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:04

Have you ever felt left out because you were behind the times? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Suzanne explain two fun expressions related to being late and missing out: to be late to the party and to miss the boat.    Fun Facts Canada’s largest national park is Wood Buffalo National Park, which is in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. At 44,807 square kilometres, it’s bigger than Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, and Taiwan! Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * To be late to the party * To miss the boat * To go viral * A campsite * A social circle Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Chatterbox #195 – Apps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:17

Do you love technology and the latest apps? If so, this episode is for you! Sit back, relax, and listen to Andrew and Morag as they chat about the devices and apps they’ve fooled around with.    Fun Facts Apple is one of the most successful companies worldwide, generating more money than Google or Facebook. After coming back from an apple orchard, Steve Jobs, one of Apple’s founders, suggested the name Apple for the company, and it stuck. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * A diehard fan * Off to the races * To be lame * To fool around with [something] * To cross over to the dark side Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Catch Word #191 – Get a hold of yourself! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:16

English expressions can be tricky, especially if they sound the same but have different meanings. Don’t worry, because Andrew and Morag are here to help! Join them for this Catch Word episode as they explain three uses of the expression to get a hold of.    Fun Facts Depending on the dictionary or grammar website that you consult, you may see a hold written as one word (ahold) or two words (a hold). The one-word version (ahold) is usually not recommended in formal writing, but is becoming more and more common in dialogue or informal writing. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * To get a hold of [someone] * To get a hold of [something] * To get a hold of yourself * To pull strings * To snap out of it Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Real Talk #018 – Fill ’er up! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:01

Running out of gas is one of the most stressful things that can happen when you’re travelling—so it’s always best to make sure that your car has a full tank. But what vocabulary and phrases should you use when talking to a gas station attendant? Don’t worry, Andrew and Morag are here to explain everything you’ll need to know to refuel!    Fun Facts There’s a lot more going on at gas stations than you can see. Did you know that there can be as many as five giant underground tanks storing tens of thousands of gallons of gas at each station? That’s a lot of gas! Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * To be on the ball * To run out of [something] * To gas up (and related verbs) * Fill ’er up * Get ’er done Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Chatterbox #194 – A Maritimes road trip | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:17

The Maritime provinces—Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island—are known for their simple beauty and rich history. In this episode, Suzanne shares with Andrew memories of her road tip across the Maritimes. Be sure not to miss this gem of an episode!    Fun Facts Green Gables, a farm located in Prince Edward Island, is a wildly popular Canadian landmark. It is the setting of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novels, which tell the story of a red-haired orphan named Anne. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * A gem * To crash * To pass out * Fair enough * No way, José Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Chatterbox #193 – Interview with Andrew’s sister | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:30

Meeting someone’s family and learning about their hometown is a great way to get to know them better. So get ready to learn all about Andrew! In this special Chatterbox episode, he interviews his sister, Heather. Join them as they talk about British Columbia and the best places to study English in Canada.    Fun Facts In this episode, Andrew interviews his sister in their hometown, Kelowna. If you think Kelowna sounds like a strange name for an English-speaking city, you’re on to something! The names of many cities in Canada are taken from the language of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. So Kelowna isn’t an English word at all; it comes from the Interior Salish word for grizzly bear. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * To bottleneck * A home base * To suck it up * Business as usual * Off the top of your head Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Catch Word #190 – All the fixings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:05

Learning English can be a blast! Laugh along with Andrew and Morag as they share three fun expressions that you can use when talking about condiments or toppings: all the fixings, all dressed, and the works. Join them to learn all about these three expressions.    Fun Facts Ketchup is one of North America’s most popular condiments. This sweet, bright red, tomato-based sauce is well loved and goes on all kinds of food. Interestingly, ketchup originally wasn’t even red! It was a vinegar-based sauce, and didn’t contain any tomatoes until the 19th century. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * All the fixings * All dressed * The works * To turn [something] down * To be down with/for [something] Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Chatterbox #192 – Alternative medicine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:25

While no one likes going to the doctor, it’s still very important to take care of your health. Luckily, going to a Western doctor isn’t the only option. In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss alternative medicine! Join them to hear Suzanne’s story about how she fixed her health troubles using alternative and non-Western medical help.    Fun Facts Did you know that massage, the practice of rubbing or kneading joints and muscles, is a form of alternative medicine? While some alternative medicine is controversial, everyone can agree that massages are a great way to treat and reduce muscle pain! Expressions you’ll learn in this episode: * Go-to * Hogwash * A gut feeling * Funky * To throw [someone or something] off Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Simplified Speech #29 – Veganism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:40

Do you eat meat and dairy? Many people all over the world avoid eating or using animal products—vegans. In this episode, Andrew and Morag have a slow but natural conversation all about veganism. Join them to learn about this growing trend.    Fun Facts Vegan is a relatively new term. Until about 1994, vegans were simply known as non-dairy vegetarians. However, since the term was coined, the vegan lifestyle, neither eating nor using any animal products, has become more popular and mainstream. Expressions you’ll learn in the Learning Materials: * A vegetarian/vegetarian * The more the merrier * On a shoestring (budget) * Junk food * The odd man out Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License

 Real Talk #017 – Getting clothes altered | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:49

Do you have an item of clothing that you really like, but it doesn’t fit quite right? Luckily for you, that’s a problem with a simple solution! In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Morag walk you through all the English vocabulary and expressions you’ll need get an item of clothing altered to fit you perfectly!      Fun Facts Have you ever wondered why some people, especially celebrities, always look good in the clothes they wear? It’s because they get their clothing altered by a seamstress or tailor. If you want to look your best, you can even get loose t-shirts altered to fit perfectly! Expressions included in the learning materials * A trooper * A baby step * To take in/to let out * Measure twice, cut once * Hand-me-down Credit: Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free; Step On by Jahzzar; Lobby Time by Kevin (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License  

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