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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.



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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!

    Simplified Speech #077 – Books, reading, and reading habits

    Simplified Speech #077 – Books, reading, and reading habits

    Soft cover or hard cover? Fiction or nonfiction? Bookworms Andrew and Morag answer a listener question by talking about the books they enjoy reading, what types of books they like, and their reading habits.









    Fun facts
    Though not an official dictionary term, bibliosmia is used by booklovers to refer to that great book smell they all love.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * Beat [someone] to it
    * Pays the bills
    * To wind down
    * To take a leaf out of [someone’s] book
    * To offset
    * To hold out (hope)



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    Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

    • 16 min
    Jeremy’s English Tips #6: Walking on eggshells

    Jeremy’s English Tips #6: Walking on eggshells

    Episode description
    In this edition of Jeremy’s English Tips, you’ll learn an idiomatic English expression that you can use to talk about sensitive situations. Take a listen and learn how to speak English like a native speaker!


    Take home messages



    * When Tom was a kid, he felt like he was always walking on eggshells when he was around his step dad.
    * You don’t have to go around like you’re walking on eggshells. I’m not mad at you.
    * After her divorce, Jessie finally felt like she didn’t have to walk around on eggshells anymore.
    * My manager has such a short temper. I feel like I’m always walking around on eggshells when he’s around.



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    • 6 min
    Catch Word #219 – Cut corners

    Catch Word #219 – Cut corners

    In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you some useful English expressions to use to talk about doing the bare minimum amount of work. After listening to this episode, you’ll know how to gossip about your lazy coworkers using completely natural English!









    Fun facts
    According to a study done by Peter Jonason, a professor at Western Sydney University, men are more likely to cut corners at work than women. The study found that people with certain personality traits, such as low levels of honesty and high levels of manipulation, self-interest, and pride, were more likely to cut corners at work. Lastly, the study suggested that those diagnosed as psychopaths were likely to make more money than their peers who do not cut corners.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * To cut corners
    * Bare minimum
    * Surefire
    * To smell [something]
    * To half-ass [something]
    * To blow it



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    • 18 min
    Simplified Speech #076 – Rice

    Simplified Speech #076 – Rice

    Rice! Some people eat it every day. Some people only eat it once in a while. Some people only eat white rice despite there being dozens of different kinds! Join hosts Andrew and Morag as they discuss the fascinating world of rice.









    Fun facts
    Did you know that approximately 87% of the world’s rice production comes from Asia?


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * Nutty
    * Hippy
    * Nutritious
    * Texture
    * To offset
    * All of this talk about



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    Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

    • 13 min
    Jeremy’s English Tips #5: Becoming an actor

    Jeremy’s English Tips #5: Becoming an actor

    Hello everyone. This is Jeremy and you’re listening to Jeremy’s English Tips. The series where I teach you interesting expressions or share language learning tips.









    Episode description
    My English tip for you today is, become an actor. Have you seen a movie lately? Did you watch a movie in your native language or was it in a language you were studying? If you’ve seen a movie recently then I’m sure you have also seen an actor. So I want you to imagine your favorite actor. Actors are good at acting because they study people, and as language learners we also are in a way, studying people. We study language, but indirectly we are studying the native speakers of that language. What I mean by this is we are learning about their culture, their way of thinking, their way of life and in doing so we are learning to talk and act like they do.


    Take home messages



    * Learning English is more than just memorizing grammar and vocabulary. It is also about learning the culture, habits, and thinking patterns of English native speakers.
    * Norms, mores, taboos, and laws differ across cultures. It is important to learn what are acceptable and what are unacceptable topics of conversation when speaking English.
    * It is normal to feel awkward and strange when speaking English. It’s a foreign language, after all! Copying native speakers will make your English sound natural.
    * Imagining you are an actor is a useful exercise than can help you develop an identity as an English spea



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    • 4 min
    Simplified Speech #075 – Dungeons & Dragons

    Simplified Speech #075 – Dungeons & Dragons

    Have you ever wished you could join a quest to find hidden treasure, battle bloodthirsty monsters, and cast magic spells alongside a group of your closest friends? Then look no further than this episode, where Andrew and Morag introduce you to the world of Dungeons & Dragons. But beware: it’s not for the weak of heart!









    Fun facts
    Dungeons & Dragons first began in a basement in Wisconsin. Two guys, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, created a game with role-play characters and storylines in which players work together to journey through the story and complete missions. The genius of this game is that it can be added to or modified in such a way that groups can play the same game with the same characters for as short or long a period of time as they want, whether that be a few days, a few months, or even 50 years!


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * Role-playing game
    * To stay away from [something]
    * Avatar
    * Nerd
    * Semi-
    * Kick oneself



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    Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

    • 18 min

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