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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!

    Jeremy’s English Tips #13: How to sound like a native with filler words

    Jeremy’s English Tips #13: How to sound like a native with filler words

    Episode description
    This episode will be helpful for people who are having conversations in English but want to sound more natural. That means that this episode will be helpful for people who want to sound more like a native English speaker when they’re speaking English. And you can do that by utilizing filler words.


    Key Points



    * Filler words are words or sounds that fill the gaps in speech
    * Native speakers use filler words all the time without knowing it
    * English learners can use filler words to “buy time”
    * Some examples of filler words in English include: uhh, umm, ahh, OK, you know
    * These words at NOT used in writing and, if possible, should be avoided in formal speaking



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    • 9 min
    Chatterbox #250 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 2

    Chatterbox #250 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 2

    Here’s Part 2 of Suzanne’s amazing engagement story! Find out about the funny and touching experience in this Chatterbox episode with hosts Andrew and Suzanne.









    Fun facts
    Pop star Mariah Carey was once given an engagement ring reportedly worth $10 million by her then-boyfriend. Unfortunately, they did not end up getting married, although she did keep the ring after their breakup.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * Speaking of
    * To keep in touch
    * To parley
    * To sidetrack [someone]
    * Been through a lot
    * On the spot
    * A touch



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

    • 17 min
    Chatterbox #249 – Social distancing: Part 2

    Chatterbox #249 – Social distancing: Part 2

    Episode description
    Andrew and Suzanne talk about COVID-19, the situation in North America, and English expressions that are used to talk about the pandemic in part 2 of this special Chatterbox episode.
    Andrew: Hey everyone, Andrew here. In this Chatterbox episode Suzanne and I continue our talk about the COVID19 pandemic and the current situation in North America. And because we wanted to release this episodes to you as soon as possible, we decided to not make a study guide for it. However, the transcript is available on our website culips.com so make sure to check that out. And also this is part 2 of our talk. So if you didn’t listen to part 1 yet, make sure to do that first.








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

    • 32 min
    Chatterbox #248 – Social distancing: Part 1

    Chatterbox #248 – Social distancing: Part 1

    Hey everyone, Andrew here. In this Chatterbox episode and in the next one too, Suzanne and I talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and the current situation in North America.
    Now, because we wanted to release these episodes to you as soon as possible, we decided to not make study guides for them. However, there are still transcripts available on Culips.com, our website, for all Culips members and we hope that you’ll find them helpful.








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

    • 21 min
    Chatterbox #247 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 1

    Chatterbox #247 – Sue’s engagement story: Part 1

    Exciting news for the Culips team! In this episode of Chatterbox, Andrew and Suzanne discuss Suzanne’s recent engagement. Tune in to hear all about Suzanne’s amazing news and how she first met her future husband. This is Part 1 of a two-part story.









    Fun facts
    Only 34% of people over the age of 15 living in Quebec are married, while another 20% are living with a common-law partner.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * Touristy
    * To keep in touch
    * To hit on [someone]
    * On the hot seat
    * Long-distance relationship
    * Common-law marriage
    * Juicy



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

    • 17 min
    Chatterbox #246 – What university is like in North America

    Chatterbox #246 – What university is like in North America

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study in another country? Andrew and Suzanne answer a listener’s question about what universities are like in North America.









    Fun facts
    The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the United States are the top four countries for international students. These four countries take in 40% of all people who study in a different country.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * Hitch a ride
    * The take-home
    * Under the microscope
    * On the hot seat
    * Mesh with [someone or something]
    * Tight with [someone]



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

    • 22 min

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