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Casual English lessons for intermediate level English language learners who want to learn natural English conversation, vocabulary, and expressions

Casual English lessons for intermediate level English language learners who want to learn natural English conversation, vocabulary, and expressions

Each Culips episode is designed to teach you the natural English vocabulary, idioms, expressions, slang, phrasal verbs, pronunciation, and grammar that you need to take your English to the next level. Listen to real English conversations between native speakers as we talk about current events, share funny stories, or interview fascinating guests. Learn English idioms, phrases, common slang and interesting vocabulary make you sound like a native speaker. We only teach you English expressions that will make your English sound natural. Become a fluent listener, get exposure to Western culture, and learn the ins and outs of natural English conversations all at the same time.

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Chatterbox #231 ? K-pop

Have you ever heard of K-pop? How about BTS? BTS is the name of a Korean boy band whose popularity is sweeping the globe. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the ins and outs of K-pop, and even some slang terms related to this music movement. Fun facts The Korean boy band BTSRead More
2019-06-14
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Catch Word #213 ? Do you know the difference between sympathy and empathy?

Sympathy and empathy: these are two words that even native English speakers have difficulty with! In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Suzanne help you understand these two similar but different words. We hope you?ll learn a lot! Fun facts Sympathy comes from two old Greek words meaning ?with? and ?feeling.? Even though that wasRead More
2019-06-07
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Simplified Speech #062 ? Old school cool

Are you the kind of person who likes to research and buy all of the latest technologies, or do you long for the days before smartphones when the world was full of record players and film cameras? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss the differences between digital and analog technology and reminisceRead More
2019-05-31
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Simplified Speech #061 ? Is Canada the best place to go to elementary school?

Every country has its own unique school system. In this Simplified Speech episode, our hosts Andrew and Morag discuss what it?s like to go to elementary school in Canada. You will hear about children?s daily lives, extracurricular activities, and the differences between private and public schools. There?d so much to talk about! Fun facts UnlikeRead More
2019-05-28
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Chatterbox #230 ? Introducing Kassy! (English audio conversation)

In this special Chatterbox episode, Andrew does a behind-the-scenes interview with Kassy, one of Culips? very own study guide writers. Tune in to learn about one of our newest team members! Fun facts Kassy is from Hershey, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Hershey is not just a name, but the headquarters of the international companyRead More
2019-05-22
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Chatterbox #229 ? Live Q+A follow up!!

Andrew answers more of your questions from the recent Instagram live broadcast in this short, bonus episode! Transcript: Hey everybody. This is Andrew from Culips and I wanted to hop behind the mic here for a special episode because yesterday I did our very first Culips English Podcast live event on Instagram. And it wasRead More
2019-05-18
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Real Talk #033 ? How to talk about movies you like in English

The cinema is such a powerful medium. Movies are a good way to pass the time, but they also have the power to change the world! In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Suzanne will help you with vocabulary and expressions you can use to express yourself in English when talking about the movies youRead More
2019-05-16
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Simplified Speech #060 ? Cooking shows

Do you enjoy watching cooking shows? What?s your favourite show to tune into when you have free time? In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about some of their favourite cooking shows and why they are so enjoyable to watch. Bon appétit! Fun facts There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes ofRead More
2019-05-10
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Simplified Speech #059 ? Technological change

It seems like technology changes so fast year after year?it?s sometimes pretty hard to keep up! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy chat about the technological changes they?ve seen during their lifetimes. Fun facts When we were young, many of us could never have imagined having something like the iPhone in our pockets.Read More
2019-05-03
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Simplified Speech #058 ? Love at first sight

Have you ever looked across a crowded room, felt an instant connection, and known deep down that you had found the person you would one day marry? Well, then, perhaps you have experienced love at first sight! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy act as your Cupid guides, discussing the ins and outsRead More
2019-04-28
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Chatterbox #228 ? NIMBYism

Has there been a real estate development that you approve of but ? Just as long as they don?t build it in your neighbourhood? That?s an example of NIMBYism. What is it exactly? Join Andrew and Morag as they tell you all about it! Fun facts There is an interesting phenomenon in China and otherRead More
2019-04-26
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Catch Word #212 ? Get in the zone

Andrew and Suzanne are really getting their creative juices flowing in this Catch Word episode! Tune in to learn some useful phrases about creativity and focus. Fun facts Sleep is extremely beneficial for creativity. Therefore, if you are struggling to get those creative juices flowing, take a short nap before tackling your project again. CreativityRead More
2019-04-17
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Simplified Speech #057 ? Hip hop

In this lighthearted Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss hip hop and rap. If you?re interested in hearing the differences between these words, or if you?re simply a hardcore music fan, then plug in some headphones and enjoy. Fun facts Hip hop began in the 1970s as an underground urban movement in the Bronx,Read More
2019-04-14
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Real Talk #032 ? Lost wallet

Have you ever lost your wallet in public? It?s a terrible feeling, and it could be even worse if you?re in a country where you don?t speak the local language. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss ways you can use English to help find your lost items. Listen up! They might comeRead More
2019-04-10
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Simplified Speech #056 ? Jeremy?s trip to Korea

Do you like visiting places you used to live? It can be such a fun experience! In this Simplified Speech episode, Jeremy talks to Andrew about his adventures and feelings coming back to Korea and visiting family. Fun facts In this episode, Jeremy talks about eating king crab. Do you know how big a kingRead More
2019-04-07
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Speak Easy #008 ? English Pronunciation | Compound noun stress

Compound nouns can be tricky! In this episode, Suzanne and Andrew teach you a trick that will help you pronounce them perfectly! Fun facts Nouns that consist of more than one word are called compound nouns. The most common compound nouns are made from two nouns (for example, basketball). However, there are also adjective-noun andRead More
2019-04-02
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Real Talk #031 ? Can I help you?

Speaking with a salesperson in your second language can be difficult at times. In this episode of Real Talk, Andrew and Suzanne discuss the ways you can respond properly in shopping situations. Fun facts The world?s largest shopping mall is called the New South China Mall and is located in Dongguan, China. It has moreRead More
2019-03-28
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Chatterbox #227 ? How susceptible are you to advertising?

Do you take a lot of time to make a decision before buying a product, or are you an impulse shopper? In this intriguing episode, Andrew and Morag discuss the power of advertising and how it affects what we think about and, inevitably, what we buy. Enjoy! Fun facts Google AdSense has changed the faceRead More
2019-03-25
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Chatterbox #226 ? Interview with Brian

In this interesting episode, Andrew interviews his neighbour, Brian, an English teacher in South Korea and an aspiring artist. Tune in to this episode to hear Brian?s story and learn how to check out some of his amazing artwork. Fun facts Historically, the five main fine arts were painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry. PerformingRead More
2019-03-21
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Simplified Speech #055 ? Andrew goes to Spain

Cathedrals, the Mediterranean Sea, beautiful architecture, spectacular food! Hear about Andrew?s amazing trip to Spain as he talks about it with Morag in this Simplified Speech episode. Fun facts Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous churches in the world. However, not everyone knows this, but it?s still unfinished! It?s set to be completedRead More
2019-03-18
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Real Talk #030 ? I don?t care for that

Have you ever been in a situation where you were offered some food that you really hate, but you didn?t know how to politely decline it without offending the person? Well, then, look no further! In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Suzanne provide you with some useful phrases for refusing that food you hateRead More
2019-03-13
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Chatterbox #225 ? Andrew goes to Finland

In this interesting episode, Andrew takes a trip around the globe to Finland. Grab a notepad and jot down some notes for your next trip to Helsinki! Listen carefully, you might come across a great idea for your next trip abroad. Fun facts Finland is the least densely populated country in the European Union; theRead More
2019-03-11
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Speak Easy #007 ? How to stress ?-ion?

Suzanne and Andrew teach you how to properly stress words that end with the suffix ?-ion? in this Speak Easy episode. Fun facts Confused about how to spell words that end with ?-ion?? Check out this helpful article from Oxford Dictionaries: Material included in the study guide Transcript Practice exercises Bonus audio download Credit: SomethingRead More
2019-03-01
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Chatterbox #224 ? Reverse culture shock

Have you ever experienced culture shock while travelling abroad? How about reverse culture shock? In this episode, Andrew talks about some instances of reverses culture shock that he felt in Canada after living abroad in South Korea for a long time. Fun facts Reverse culture shock occurs when you return home after immersing yourself inRead More
2019-02-22
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Catch Word #211 ? English slang quiz

Internet slang can be very difficult to understand. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew quizzes his sister Heather on new internet slang. Do you know these terms? Fun facts The World Wide Web was invented by one person. His name is Tim Berners-Lee. One of the most important decisions he ever made was to makeRead More
2019-02-19
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Chatterbox #223 ? Patriotism

Everyone has a home country, but how proud are you of that country? In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Morag talk about patriotism and how people think about their home countries. Fun facts The New England Patriots is the most successful American football team in recent history. Is it possible that their name, the Patriots,Read More
2019-02-12
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Simplified Speech #054 ? Baking

Winter is in full swing in Canada, and many people like to stay indoors where it is warm and cozy. What better way to spend time inside than by baking some delicious treats? In this episode, Andrew and Morag talk about their baking skills and even some baking disasters. Enjoy! Fun facts Bread baking beganRead More
2019-02-06
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Chatterbox #222 ? High school exams

Senior year of high school is a stressful time. It is a time when many students have to make a lot of big decisions and choose a path for their life, whether it be going to college, getting a job, or taking a gap year. Either way, one of the final challenges of high schoolRead More
2019-02-04
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Catch Word #210 ? Troll

What does it mean to troll someone? Trolling has become a big problem online. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy explore the words you can use when talking about online trolling. Fun facts In the United Kingdom, some people have been sent to prison for trolling. They were imprisoned for online harassment. ExpressionsRead More
2019-01-30
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Simplified Speech #053 ? Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are essential to maintaining a healthy diet. And there are so many to choose from! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss their favourites. Fun facts The durian is a fruit native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Many people call it the ?king of fruits? due to its size. ItRead More
2019-01-18
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Speak Easy #006 ? How to pronounce ?-less?

In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne answer a listener?s question about the pronunciation of ?-less.? Fun facts The Culips team loves answering questions from listeners. If you have a question you?d like answered, send an email to contact@Culips.com. Material included in the study guide Transcript Practice exercises Bonus audio downloads To push to the limitRead More
2019-01-14
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Simplified Speech #052 ? Motorcycles

Have you ever thought about buying a motorcycle and cruising through the neighbourhood at breakneck speeds? Then this is the topic for you! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag talk all about these two-wheeled vehicles. Fun facts The very first motorcycle was invented by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Germany in 1885.Read More
2019-01-07
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Chatterbox #221 ? Happy 2019!

Out with the old, in with the new; bye-bye 2018, hello 2019! In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew highlights the major events in his life in 2018 and looks ahead to 2019. Fun facts New Year?s resolutions have been around for a long time. The most common ones are to eat healthier and to do moreRead More
2019-01-01
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Simplified Speech #051 ? The Holiday Season

Happy holidays, everyone! The holiday season is in full swing in Canada; therefore, Andrew and Morag are here to talk to you about the holiday season in this Simplified Speech episode. Sit back, drink a cup a cup of cocoa, and enjoy! Fun facts In Canada, the day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day.Read More
2018-12-23
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Simplified Speech #050 ? Drinking water

Since most of the human body is composed of water, drinking water is very important to everyone. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag talk about water preferences. Fun facts Lake Baikal in Siberia is the world?s largest freshwater resource for drinking water. It contains 27% of all the fresh water found in lakes!Read More
2018-12-19
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Simplified Speech #049 ? Wearing glasses

Are you blessed with perfect vision or are you like the majority of the people in the world who must use glasses or contact lenses to see the world around them? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag talk all about eyesight and the vocabulary associated with it. If you are farsighted, don?t forgetRead More
2018-12-14
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Catch Word #209 ? Asleep at the wheel

Have you ever gotten so distracted that you forgot to do something very important? Have you ever wondered if there?s a way to explain that situation in English? Well, look no further than this Catch Word episode! Andrew and Jeremy walk you through a few useful expressions about losing focus during an important task. MakeRead More
2018-12-08
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Chatterbox #220 ? Marathon

Do you like jogging? Can you jog 42.195 kilometres? Not many of us can. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about the joys and difficulties of long-distance running. Fun facts In September 2018, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya broke his own world record for the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute,Read More
2018-12-03
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Simplified Speech #048 ? Vietnam travel nightmare

In this exciting Simplified Speech episode, Andrew recounts a crazy experience he had during his trip to Vietnam. Vacation is supposed to be a time to kick back, relax, and let loose, but sometimes things don?t go the way we plan. Tune in to find out about Andrew?s travel nightmare! Fun facts In this episode,Read More
2018-11-28
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Chatterbox #219 ? Western versus Korean weddings

Are you married? If not, have you been to a wedding recently? In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss the similarities and differences between Western weddings and South Korean weddings. This episode is chock-full of interesting stories, so grab your headphones and press play! Fun facts Did you know that engagement and wedding rings areRead More
2018-11-26
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Simplified Speech #047 ? Washington State

On to Washington State! In this Simplified Speech episode, Suzanne talks with Andrew about the tail end of her summer trip, Washington State. Fun facts Washington State is the only American state to be named after a former president. Expressions included in the study guide Gateway drug Practice makes perfect To border [something] Crappy TreacherousRead More
2018-11-16
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Real Talk #029 ? Don?t you think it?d be better if we?

What happens when someone comes to you with a suggestion you really don?t like? That could be awkward. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss ways of politely offering alternative options.  Fun facts Native English speakers often contract don?t you to sound like don?t cha. In fact, Don?t Cha is the name ofRead More
2018-11-12
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Chatterbox #218 ? Oregon

In this episode, Suzanne talks to Andrew about her recent trip to the state of Oregon. While Oregon is not the most well-known state in the union, Suzanne tells us it has so much to offer. Have a listen! Fun facts Nike Inc., one of the world?s largest sports apparel companies, has its world headquartersRead More
2018-11-08
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Real Talk #028 ? Asking for something at a restaurant

Have you ever wanted to ask for something at a restaurant, but weren?t sure of the best way to phrase it? In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne introduce a phrase that allows you to politely ask for anything at a restaurant. Look out for some useful pronunciation tips, as well! Fun facts The world?s largestRead More
2018-11-03
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Chatterbox #217 ? California

Where do you like to go when you have a vacation? In this Chatterbox episode, Suzanne talks with Andrew about her recent trip to the most populous state in the United States, California. Fun facts If California were an independent country, its economy would be the fifth richest in the world! Expressions included in theRead More
2018-10-28
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Catch Word #208 ? Through the roof

What can you say when you see or experience something that is spectacular and beyond what you expected? In this episode, Andrew and Jeremy share two expressions for you to use during just such an occasion. Fun facts An expression used in this episode, TGIF, is so common that it was borrowed by the foundersRead More
2018-10-21
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Real Talk #027 ? Asking about a product

Calling customer service over the phone can be scary in a second language. In this episode, Andrew gives you key expressions to help you communicate over the phone when asking about a product. Fun facts Have you ever noticed that telephone numbers in American movies usually start with the number 555? That?s because they don?tRead More
2018-10-14
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Simplified Speech #046 ? Drawing

Are you a creative person? Are you curious about learning some new vocabulary about art and drawing? Then listen to this Simplified Speech episode, in which Andrew and Jeremy talk about their attempts at drawing. Fun facts Did you know that Pablo Picasso, the famous Spanish artist, was also an animal lover? In his lifetime,Read More
2018-10-08
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Chatterbox #216 ? Forest fires

Forest fires have been ravaging the western coast of the United States and Canada for several months now, with devastating consequences. In this Chatterbox episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the terrifying results of these natural disasters and how the fires affect those who live within the burn zones. Fun facts On average, more than 100,000Read More
2018-10-03
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Catch Word #207 ? Ending a sentence with though

It might only be one little word, but putting though at the end of a sentence can make a big difference. Join Andrew and Jeremy as they run through the many ways of ending a sentence with though.  Fun facts In this episode, our hosts talk about expressions that are interchangeable. In English, strangely, theRead More
2018-09-28
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