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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 #291 – Decision paralysis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:45

Making decisions isn’t always easy, especially these days, when there are so many options for us to pick from. If you’ve ever felt stuck when faced with choices, you’re not alone! This sensation is called decision paralysis and many people face it, including Culips hosts Andrew and Anna. Listen in as they talk about this sensation and how they work through it. Culips’ Chatterbox series is designed for intermediate and advanced English learners. All Chatterbox episodes feature natural conversations between two native English speakers. Listening to these audio lessons helps to improve your grammar, vocabulary, and listening skills so that you can build your fluency. You’ll be able to speak English naturally with Culips, and you might even learn something interesting along the way. Fun facts Studies show that decision paralysis, also known as choice paralysis or analysis paralysis, often leads to procrastination. Those who experience this become so overwhelmed with the options available that they avoid making a decision, and instead do something else Expressions included in the study guide * To let the world pass you by * In the heat of the moment * On a whim * Click of a finger * Put one’s finger on it * Grass is always greener Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Image: Victoriano Izquierdo (Unsplash.com)

 The search for the lost ring | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:55

The search for the lost ring Episode description In this week’s bonus episode, Andrew tells a story about losing his wedding ring. Plus, he teaches you an idiomatic expression that native speakers use all the time: on and off. Visit Culips.com to get the 100% free transcript for this episode.

 Simplified Speech #150 – Have you ever been obsessed with something? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:05

There are things that we like, and then there are things we really obsess over! But watch out: you don’t want your obsession to turn into an addiction. In this Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy explore expressions dealing with our obsessions. Simplified Speech is a series featuring easy and natural English conversations. Both beginner and intermediate language learners can benefit from this series. So be sure to go through our full catalogue online! Fun facts As our hosts mention in this episode, Obsession is also the name of a famous perfume from Calvin Klein. It became extremely popular in the ’80s and ’90s, largely due to its iconic marketing campaign. Expressions included in the study guide * Flippantly * Well put * To the detriment of [something] * [One’s] thing * To trigger * Thought experiment Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Image: Clay Bank (Unsplash.com)

 Here comes the rain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:23

Here comes the rain Episode description In this week’s update episode, Andrew shares some stories about the monsoon season and dog sitting a poodle! Plus, he teaches you about an extremely useful phrasal verb: to stick with [something]. Visit Culips.com to get the 100% free transcript for this episode.

 Catch Word #262 – Doomscrolling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:07

At some point, we’ve all found ourselves scrolling through the news or social media for hours on end. Sometimes the things we discover make us feel good (cute puppy videos!), and other times we find things that makes us feel bad (most news article about the world nowadays!). In this episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you two idiomatic expressions that you can use to talk about spending time on the Internet. The Culips Catch Word series teaches you idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions used in everyday life. Listening to this Catch Word audio lesson will help you improve your English listening and speaking skills, while also giving you interesting new ways to talk about the internet and social media. If you’d like to watch the video Andrew mentions in this video, you can find it here. Fun facts While people have used doomscrolling to describe their internet usage since early 2018, it only became popular and entered everyday usage in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Expressions included in the study guide * Doomscrolling * Break the internet * Apt * Doom and gloom * Pack * If I do say so myself Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Image: Adrian Swancar and LinkedIn Sales Solutions (Unsplash.com)

 Spontaneous photo shoot [Bonus episode ] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:47

Spontaneous photo shoot Episode description In this week’s update episode, Andrew shares a story about getting his picture taken in a photo booth. Plus, in the vocabulary lesson, he teaches you a useful expression: unbeknownst to [someone]. Visit Culips.com to get the 100% free transcript for this episode.

 Chatterbox #290 – Is bread the world’s favourite food? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:39

Bread is a staple around the world. Every culture has its own version or style, from India’s naan to Brazil’s pão de queijo. In today’s episode, Andrew and Anna chat about bread and what makes it so delicious (and popular). The Chatterbox series is designed for intermediate and advanced English learners. Each episode features natural, unedited conversations between native speakers, so you can build your English vocabulary while learning about interesting topics, like bread. Fun facts Bread was once used as an eraser. Prior to the 1770s—and the creation of today’s modern erasers—people would use de-crusted, moistened, balled-up bread to erase unwanted pencil marks. Expressions included in the study guide * Happy to report * On the [adjective] end/side * Bad press * Stumped * Nerve racking * Across the pond Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Image: Wesual Click (Unsplash.com)

 Adventures in cooking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:18

Adventures in cooking Episode description In this week’s update episode, Andrew shares a story about the highs and lows of learning how to cook Korean food. Plus, in the vocabulary lesson, he teaches you a useful expression: there’s never a dull moment. Visit Culips.com to get the 100% free transcript for this episode.

 Chatterbox #289 – What’s your MBTI? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:25

Do you really know yourself? Sometimes you think you know your own personality, but you might think differently after taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator! The MBTI is a test designed to evaluate what kind of personality you have, based on 8 sets of traits. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna explore the MBTI as they talk about their own test results! Give it a listen. The results may surprise you! Here’s a free personality test for you! Fun facts If you’ve taken the MBTI assessment and don’t like the results, don’t worry about it. On the organization’s official website, the Myer-Briggs company admits that the traits that they use in their assessment exist on a spectrum. Most people don’t fit perfectly into each of the personality types. And that’s okay! We’re all individuals after all. Expressions included in the study guide * To not picture [something] * Self-fulfilling prophecy * To wear different hats * To be on the same wavelength * A broad brush * A double-edged sword Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Image: Andrea Piacquadio (Pexels.com)

 Presents from the island | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:32

Presents from the island Episode description In this week’s update episode, Andrew talks about all the wonderful things his wife brought back for him from her trip to Jeju Island. Plus, in the vocabulary lesson, he teaches you a useful idiomatic expression: to go to town. Visit Culips.com to get the 100% free transcript for this episode.  Note: The transcript has been edited for clarity.

 Chatterbox #288 – What’s your favourite quote? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:43

Words can inspire us. Everyone has that moment when they read something, or hear something, that just makes sense. So much so that we want to share these quotes with the world. In this episode, Andrew and Anna talk about inspirational quotes and share the ones they feel have influenced their lives in some way. Our Chatterbox series is designed for intermediate and advanced English learners. Podcasts and audio lessons are a great way to improve your English listening skills. Chatterbox episodes feature natural, unedited conversations between native speakers, so you can build your English skills and learn something new at the same time. Fun facts According to a study by cognitive scientists, people tend to believe that a statement that rhymes is more accurate than the one that doesn’t, even if both statements say the same thing. Expressions included in the study guide * A fine line between [X and Y] * In line with * To spin * Through the lens of * Rusty * To Boil [something] down Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar Image: Cristofer Maximilian (Unsplash)

 Holding down the fort | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:39

Holding down the fort Episode description In this week’s update episode, Andrew talks about holding down the fort while his wife is away for the week. Plus, in the vocabulary lesson, he teaches you a useful phrasal verb: to take on [somebody/something].

 Simplified Speech #149 – Kassy’s wedding story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:02

Here comes the bride! Kassy recently got married and in this episode, she tells Andrew all about her big day. In our Simplified Speech series, native English speakers have natural conversations about everyday topics. These episodes are designed to boost your English listening skills and increase your vocabulary. On occasion, our hosts share their personal stories, making it easy to listen to these English audio lessons. Fun facts Due to the COVID pandemic, the number of weddings that occurred in 2020 fell by nearly 20%, the lowest since the 1960s. As the world starts to recover, the number of weddings that occur in 2022 is expected to explode. Expressions included in the study guide * Spill the beans * Hiccup * From the get-go * Glam up * Book it * Taken Copyright: Culips.com For more information about this episode, visit culips.com. Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

 Broken tape player | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:50

Broken tape player Episode description Andrew talks about how he spent the last week and about how his vintage cassette player broke. He also teaches you how to use the expression to slack off on doing something and gives an update about what you can expect this week from Culips. Visit Culips.com to get the 100% free transcript for this episode.

 Catch Word #261 – Finger on the pulse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:33

Everyone knows someone who seems to know about all the trends or the latest news before everyone else. You might even be that person among your friends! In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy explain two idioms that you can use to describe these people, finger on the pulse and ahead of the curve. Catch Word English audio lessons are designed for intermediate and advanced English learners. Through natural conversations, you’ll learn idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions that will help improve your English listening and speaking skills. Fun facts Trends, also known as fads or crazes, are any collective behaviour that develops within a culture, generation, or social group. They tend to be short-lived, lasting only as long as people are able to change or to innovate the trend. Interestingly, the first people to follow a fad are usually the first ones to stop following it! Expressions included in the study guide * Heartfelt * Finger on the pulse * Regular old * To wow [someone] * Ahead of the curve * Easier said than done 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: Victor Clime (Unsplash.com)

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