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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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    • 4.6 • 372 Ratings

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!

    Catch Word #256 – The different ways English speakers use damn

    Catch Word #256 – The different ways English speakers use damn

    Damn! I can’t wait to listen to the new Culips episode. This is just one of the many ways you can use the word damn. You may have heard people say this word in films, TV, and music, but never truly understood all of the many meanings of the word. Listen to this Catch Word episode to learn some of the different definitions and how you can use the word like a native English speaker.

    The Culips Catch Word series teaches you how to use everyday expressions, idioms, and slang to improve your speaking and listening skills. Sit back and listen to Kassy and Andrew explain four different ways to use damn in natural conversation.



















    Fun facts

    The word damn originates from the Bible and it means to condemn someone. Therefore, in a religious context, saying this word means that you should be condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell! Of course, we don’t use it to mean the same thing in our everyday conversations.





    Expressions included in the study guide







    * Damn

    * I’ll be damned

    * [I] Don’t give a damn

    * Damn [adjective]

    * To shy away from [something]

    * In the slightest







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

    Photo Credit: Icons8 (Unsplash.com)

    • 25 min
    Simplified Speech #138 – What do you think about online trolls?

    Simplified Speech #138 – What do you think about online trolls?

    Trolls. No, we’re not talking about mean mythical creatures who live under bridges. We’re talking about online trolls. They are very real and very mean people who like to anger others by posting nasty and cruel comments online. This has become a big problem associated with social media.

    In this Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy discuss the various ways online trolls operate, and how you can deal with them in your own way



















    Fun facts

    The troll character comes from Scandinavian mythology and has been around for centuries. Online trolls, however, date back to the early beginnings of the internet.





    Expressions included in the study guide







    * To scratch [one’s] head

    * To brush [something] off

    * To get a kick out of [something]

    * To spew

    * Tainted

    * To solve [something] overnight







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

    Photo Credit: Headway (Unsplash.com)

    • 22 min
    Simplified Speech #137 – Kassy’s board game club

    Simplified Speech #137 – Kassy’s board game club

    Board games are a fun way to spend an evening with friends. In this episode, Kassy talks with Andrew about her board game club and shares how it helps her meet new people, despite the pandemic.

    Simplified Speech episodes feature two native English speakers having clear, natural and easy to understand English conversations about interesting topics, like board games with friends. By listening to Andrew and Kassy chat and following along with the transcript and study guide, you can improve your English listening skills and increase your vocabulary



















    Fun facts

    In 2008, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Scrabble, two skydivers in Florida played a short game…13,000 feet in the air! They built a special wooden board with adhesive pieces that stayed on the board while they were in the air.





    Expressions included in the study guide







    * That’s the right idea

    * To dwindle

    * Revolving door

    * Beast of a [something]

    * A renaissance

    * To branch out







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    For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

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

    Photo Credit: Collie Coburn (Unsplash.com)

    • 21 min
    Happy 2022!! BONUS EPISODE

    Happy 2022!! BONUS EPISODE

    Episode description

    Happy 2022! In this short episode, Andrew and the Culips team pass on the greetings and wishes for the new year.

    Transcript

    Note: The words and expressions that appear in bold text within the transcript are discussed in more detail in the Detailed Explanations section that follows the transcript. The transcript has been edited for clarity.

    Andrew:  Hey, everyone! It’s Andrew here and you’re listening to the Culips English Podcast.

    Happy New Year, everyone! We are a few days into 2022 and I hope it’s going well for you so far. Did you do anything special to ring in the new year? To ring in the new year means to celebrate the new year. And I rang in the new year by having a very small but also very fun party with my wife, it was a party of two, well, three if you include our dog Pinky. Now due to the social distancing rules that are in place right now in South Korea, where we live, we couldn’t really have a new year’s party or meet up with any of our friends this year. But we still managed to make the most out of a difficult situation by having this little private party by ourselves. We were given a bottle of champagne as a wedding present after our wedding that happened in May of 2021. So we had some champagne, and we prepared some other tasty snacks as well, and we enjoyed those. We also recently bought a record player and I kind of went on a shopping spree lately, everyone, I spent a little bit too much money buying a bunch of old LP records. So I was the party DJ, and we listened to a bunch of great music and spent the night that way.

    Canadians usually think of New Year’s Eve as a pretty special night and we’d like to do something fun to ring in the new year. So I’m glad I was able to carry out that tradition this year, even though we’re still going through the pandemic. Anyway, everyone in this episode, the Culips team, and I just want to pass on our new year’s greetings and well wishes to you. This is going to be a short episode and there isn’t a study guide for it. We did, however, make a transcript and that transcript will be available to everyone. Whether you’re a Culips Member or not, on our websites, which is Culips.com, C-U-L-I-P-S.com.

    We’ll hear from all of the Culips hosts here in just a moment. But before we do, I want to remind everyone about our special new year sale that is happening right now. Until January 15th of 2022, you can save 25% off a yearly Culips membership. A few people have messaged me to ask if this promotion is only available to new members, and the answer to that question is no. Even if you’re already a member, if you would like to extend your membership for another year, and take advantage of this discounted sale price, you can absolutely do that. Or if you were a member before and your membership recently expired and you want to renew it and take advantage of the discounted price, you can do that as well. No problem.

    So everyone, if your goal for 2022 is to improve your English and build fluency in listening, speaking, and pronunciation, then I highly recommend a Culips membership. On top of that, by studying with Culips, you’ll learn helpful and useful English vocabulary and learn about the culture of English speaking countries and the people who live in them. Culips members get access to all of the tools that we’ve designed and created to help you learn natural English in a fun, interesting, and immersive way. Some of those tools include access to our entire study guide library for all of our episodes. And these days, we have over 600 episodes, we’ve got tons of material. You’ll also get transcripts for all of those episodes plus access to our members only series, which is called the Fluency Files. Plus, you’ll get other great extras like ad-free audio, invitations to the monthly video live streams that Kass...

    • 12 min
    Simplified Speech #136 – How was your 2021?

    Simplified Speech #136 – How was your 2021?

    For some, 2021 was a lot better than 2020. However, that is not the case for everyone. We’re all still dealing with the COVID pandemic. In this episode, the Culips team looks back at some of the highs and lows of the last year.

    Simplified Speech is a series meant for intermediate English language learners. This series is designed to help you improve your English skills with interesting and easy to listen to episodes.



















    Fun facts

    The COVID pandemic has disrupted the entire world. Future generations might not fully understand what we went through. On the lighter side, years from now, they might be asking us why the Tokyo 2020 Olympics took place in 2021!





    Expressions included in the study guide







    * To recentre

    * To babble

    * A fairy-tale [something]

    * Daunting

    * A win

    * Trouper







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    For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

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

    Photo Credit: Clay Banks (Unsplash.com)

    Links Andrew mentions in this episode:

    Culips December Live Stream

    Anna with 2Ns

    • 23 min
    Real Talk #053 – Visiting the dentist

    Real Talk #053 – Visiting the dentist

    Making a dental appointment, finding the time to go, and paying for dental insurance can all be quite the hassle. But of course, the main part of the whole experience is talking with your dentist about dental health. In this Real Talk episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy help you with the English you can expect to hear in the dentist chair.

    In this episode, our hosts go over how to respond to the doctor’s polite requests. They also help you with some dental vocabulary, such as molar, canine, incisor, and gum tenderness. We hope you don’t have to use these expressions too regularly, but it’s always good to be prepared before your visit!



















    Fun facts

    Do you have dental insurance? In the United States, only about 50% of adults aged 18 to 64 have coverage. That number goes up to around 65% in Canada.





    Expressions included in the study guide







    * Why don’t you

    * Tenderness

    * I’ll just get you to

    * If you could just

    * Molar, canine, incisor

    * To fill a cavity

    * To be covered by insurance

    * To go a long way

    * To brighten [one’s] smile

    * Two-way street







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

    Photo Credit: Atikah Akhtar(Unsplash.com)

    • 24 min

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372 Ratings

Naohito from Japan ,

Great podcast

Hi guys, I really love Culips!
I have been listening to this podcast for almost 2 years.
Can I ask you something? Do you have any daily routines for your health?
Best regards

jaggig ,

The Bee’s Knees’ podcast - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dear Culips Team

I have been listening to your podcast for quite a long time. I had tried many other podcasts, however, particularly Culips has managed to hook me for a long time.

I am an intermediate speaker, hailed from India. Currently, lodging in Japan 🇯🇵. I am eager to know how to improve upon intonation while speaking. Though I try to incorporate different tones in my voice, I want to include it naturally like a native speaker.

Cheers!
GJ

Monet0131 ,

I can’t believe that I experienced !

I became to understand my favorite youtuber’s video in English that time I started listening to this podcast! I’m really surprised at what I happened to me. This is the best English podcast for me!!! Thank you!!!!!!

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