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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!

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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!

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you are awesome and i as an english learner completely understand what you are talking about

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They’re the best I ever listened. Thanks for that

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364 Ratings
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awesome

By mahdiyeh_x.b.z - Oct 04 2019
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you are awesome and i as an english learner completely understand what you are talking about

The best ESL podcast

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They’re the best I ever listened. Thanks for that

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Casual English lessons

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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 #070 – The most interesting man in the world

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How many people do you know who have founded a few international, multimillion-dollar companies? Well, today we’re talking about one. He wants to go to Mars! He wants to send people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 36 minutes! Today, our hosts Andrew and Jeremy talk about one of the most interesting people in the world, Elon Musk.


Fun facts

Elon Musk is a fascinating man. He was born in South Africa but went around the world creating companies all over. In fact, he has three different citizenships: South African, Canadian, and American!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Visionary
  • To program
  • If stuff goes down
  • To alleviate
  • Fetch
  • To remove (something) from the equation

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

Oct 29 2019

19mins

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Simplified Speech #069 – Talking about pets

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Do you have any furry friends at home? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk all about pets. Enjoy this episode requested by one of our very own Culips listeners.


Fun facts

Did you know that cats can jump up to seven times their own height? Also, the most popular breed of pet dog is the Labrador.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Time flies
  • Right off the bat
  • Up-and-coming
  • Off-leash
  • Fetch
  • Dyed

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For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

Oct 25 2019

20mins

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Real Talk #025 – How to give a compliment

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“Thanks so much for your effort!” “It’s all thanks to you!” The art of giving a compliment is sometimes difficult in a second language. In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne explore the best ways to give and receive compliments. Fun facts Early in this episode, Andrew talks about his coffee plant. Coffee has a longRead More

Jun 12 2018

23mins

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Chatterbox #240 – Interview with Steve Kaufmann

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We have another special guest for you today! Steve Kaufmann is a successful polyglot, entrepreneur, and YouTuber. He runs a company called LingQ, which is a language studying platform. Join regular Chatterbox host Andrew and Steve for this fascinating conversation on language and learning.


Fun facts

In this episode, special guest Steve Kaufmann mentions that he will soon be married for 50 years! According to a recent census report in the United States, only 6% of couples make it to 50 years. So here’s a big congratulations Mr and Mrs Kaufmann!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Neck of the woods
  • Up to snuff
  • To recognize (a country)
  • To imbibe
  • To plateau
  • All in one word

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For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

Oct 21 2019

34mins

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Real Talk #034 – Talking about movies you hate

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Have you ever watched a really bad movie and been at a loss for words on how to describe just how terrible it was? If so, look no further! In today’s Real Talk episode, Andrew and Jeremy give some useful words and phrases to talk about movies that just aren’t your thing. Fun facts TheRead More

Jul 27 2019

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Simplified Speech #053 – Fruits and vegetables

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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

Jan 18 2019

11mins

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Real Talk #033 – How to talk about movies you like in English

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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

May 16 2019

23mins

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Chatterbox #214 – Canadian food

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Poutine, maple syrup, Nanaimo bars—all great Canadian food! In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Morag talk about typical Canadian food. Join them—but beware, you might get hungry! Fun facts Canada is closely associated with maple syrup. Globally, around 70% of maple syrup is produced in the province of Quebec alone. No wonder the maple leafRead More

Sep 04 2018

20mins

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Real Talk #026 – Buying a bus ticket

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Navigating public transportation in a new area is stressful enough without a language barrier. But have no fear! In this much-requested episode, Andrew and Suzanne introduce natural expressions used when buying a ticket at the bus terminal. Fun facts The word bus comes from the Latin word omnibus, meaning “for all.” This is fitting, becauseRead More

Jul 18 2018

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Real Talk #035 – How to agree like a native speaker

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Neither? Either? Me too? Agreeing with someone in English can be complicated, especially when you add negatives, positives, and different verb tenses. To help you out, Andrew and Suzanne discuss ways of agreeing like a native speaker. Fun facts During this episode, our hosts mention a space movie. Even though we might think Star WarsRead More

Sep 08 2019

14mins

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Real Talk #032 – Lost wallet

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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

Apr 10 2019

23mins

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Real Talk #031 – Can I help you?

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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

Mar 28 2019

18mins

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Chatterbox #232 – Interview with Matt vs Japan

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Talking about learning a language, even one you are not learning yourself, can be a great way to improve your skills. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew speaks with special guest Matt from the YouTube channel Matt vs Japan. Even though Matt is a learner of Japanese, he shares so much great insight and many interestingRead More

Jul 01 2019

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Real Talk #027 – Asking about a product

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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

Oct 14 2018

16mins

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Simplified Speech #052 – Motorcycles

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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

Jan 07 2019

13mins

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Chatterbox #224 – Reverse culture shock

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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

Feb 22 2019

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Simplified Speech #054 – Baking

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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

Feb 06 2019

13mins

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Catch Word #213 – Do you know the difference between sympathy and empathy?

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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

Jun 07 2019

20mins

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Chatterbox #222 – High school exams

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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

Feb 04 2019

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Catch Word #218 – Give it a shot

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Have you ever tried something and it didn’t go the way you’d planned? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy introduce useful expressions for talking about past experiences that didn’t work out the way we might have hoped.


Fun facts

Albert Einstein has a famous quote that says, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” This quote is especially useful in this episode, where we discuss failures that occurred in the past. However, as Albert says, failure is a part of life; new things cannot be experienced or achieved without a few failures and mistakes thrown in as well.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • I tried doing the whole thing for a bit, but
  • A solid [something]
  • To throw oneself into [something]
  • To give [something] a shot
  • To stick with [something]
  • Burnout

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

Dec 04 2019

18mins

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Jeremy’s English Tips Episode #3: Making mistakes

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

OK, let’s get started with another episode of Jeremy’s English Tips. Thank you for listening today. In this episode, we are going to talk about mistakes. I’m sure most of us are a bit afraid of making mistakes especially in front of other people because you know, sometimes it can be embarrassing and most of us don’t like being embarrassed. However, mistakes are actually a very, very important part of the learning process.

I would like to start by sharing a story from my Korean learning journey about a mistake that I made. Relatively early on in my Korean learning I decided to go shoe shopping. So, I went to a shoe store and I walked in and asked how much this pair of shoes cost. However, I made a mistake in pronunciation and the woman at the shoe store immediately starting laughing hysterically when I said this sentence.

At first I didn’t understand what happened, my face turned red, I was embarrassed and I looked over at my Korean friend and asked him what went wrong? At that moment he explained to me that I missed pronounced the word shoe in Korean, which is shin bal, and instead I say a very, very, very bad word, a curse word. The woman at the shoe store understood that I was still learning Korean and so thankfully she laughed and didn’t take offence, however I was mortified. I left that shoe store that day red faced, tail between my legs, and I vowed to make sure that my pronunciation was perfect before I started speaking again. However, I went on to make many, many, many more mistakes and now I realize that each of those mistakes was a very valuable opportunity to learn.

So, as I mentioned in a previous episode, I have a son who is almost 2 years old at this point. I remember when he was learning to walk, he made many, many mistakes in the process of learning to walk. In fact, everyone knows that probably every baby on the planet earth must fall many times before learning to walk. This is common knowledge, we can say and yet, for some reason when we adults try to learn a foreign language, we try to avoid making mistakes from the very beginning. So, my advice to you today in this episode is don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are your friends, each mistake is an opportunity for you to learn something new.

If you use the wrong pronoun in a sentence and you confuse someone, all you have to do is recognize your mistake and move on. If you make a pronunciation mistake and other people can’t understand you, once you become aware of it then you can fix it. In order to gain experience speaking English and making friends with English speakers, you must let go of the fear of making mistakes otherwise, you may never gain enough experience speaking English in order to get good at it.

So, take your time, try not to be afraid of mistakes and find some good friends who can help you notice your mistakes and help you correct them. In the next episode of Jeremy’s English Tips, we will talk about language exchange and how to find a friend who can help you correct your mistakes and enjoy the learning process even more.

Thank you for listening to this episode. If you found it helpful, please let us know. You can email us at contact@culips.com or find us on social media to let us know. That’s it for this episode, until next time, take care. Bye.

Take home messages

  • Making mistakes is a natural part of learning English
  • Each mistake you make is a learning opportunity
  • Letting go of the fear of making mistakes will allow you to connect with English speakers and get good at English

Writing and Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever made an embarrassing mistake while speaking English?
  2. In your opinion, why are English learners afraid of making mistakes?
  3. Do you agree with Jermey that making mistakes presents learning opportunities?
  4. What are some of the ways that English learners can get feedback about the mistakes they make?

Study Challenges

  1. Ask your friend, teacher, or language exchange partner to give you feedback on your English
  2. Upload a journal entry to an online language learning community to get feedback from English speakers
  3. Record an English audio diary and listen back to it. Can you find any mistakes in your own speaking?

Credit: Music: Miei by Broke for Free, Feel Good (Instrumental) by Broke for free
Episode preparation/research: Jeremy Brinkerhoff
Audio editor: Andrew Bates
Transcriptionist: Heather Bates
Study guide writer: Andrew Bates
Audio editor: Andrew Bates
Business manager: Tsuyoshi Kaneshima

Nov 26 2019

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Chatterbox #241 – You ask, we answer

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We’re really happy we receive so many emails for our listeners! So in this Chatterbox episode, our hosts Andrew and Jeremy have decided to answer as many emails as they can in one episode. Maybe we’ve answered your questions!


Fun facts

At one point in this episode, hosts Andrew and Jeremy talk about their desire to run. Who could blame them? It’s quite the popular activity. An estimated 60 million people in the United States ran or jogged in 2017. That’s a lot of exercise!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Pristine
  • Island fever
  • To butcher [something]
  • To follow the news
  • Something in the water
  • Mad respect

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For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

Nov 19 2019

30mins

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Simplified Speech #071 – Quitting Jobs

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In another listener-requested episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about quitting jobs. Quitting a job is never easy; it requires preparation, courage, and a leap of faith. Andrew and Suzanne talk about why they quit certain jobs in the past and how they felt afterward.


Fun facts

Have you ever heard of ghosting? Ghosting is a phenomenon in which two people form a connection, get acquainted, and communicate frequently, and then suddenly one of the members of the relationship drops all contact with the other person unexpectedly and with no warning. This phenomenon is most often witnessed in dating, but these days ghosting is becoming common in the workforce as well. Instead of formally quitting, sometimes these days employees simply stop coming to work and block their boss’ phone numbers to avoid the awkward situation of a formal resignation.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To snag [something]
  • Fit of rage
  • Unhinged
  • Leap of faith
  • Hot head
  • To boss [someone] around
  • Jerk

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

Nov 15 2019

20mins

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Jeremy’s English Tips Episode #2: Repetitive Listening

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Hello there, this is Jeremy and you’re listening to Jeremy’s English Tips, a series by the Culips English Podcast where I teach you interesting expressions or share language learning tips.

So, in this episode, I am going to talk to you about listening, now you are already listening to a podcast in English. So, the first thing I want to say is good job. You have chosen the most valuable language learning method in the world, in my opinion at least. Many people when they try to learn a language, they focus on reading and writing first, but anyone who has children knows that children do not do this. Children focus on listening from the very beginning. In fact, children listen to their mother’s voice in the womb. So, listening practice starts even before birth. Once a baby is born, they spend two, three, or even four years mostly listening to all the people around them. They hear their mother, father and other family members speaking to them and talking about them, pretty much every day. Every time they eat, they hear some of the same words repeated. For example, with my son who is currently almost 2 years old, we often say things to him like “sit down, sit in your chair, don’t climb on the table” things like this. If he hears them many times over and over and over, eventually he will be able to understand them and he will be able to say those things.

So, we are all adult language learners. I have been learning Korean for almost 9 years now and I have been teaching English for equally as long. Learning Korean taught me many things about language learning in general. The most important thing it taught me is that listening is king. What I mean by that is listening is the most important part of any language learners study routine. But, not just listening in general, specifically repetitive listening.

Repetitive listening has been the most valuable part of my Korean study by far. So, let me explain what I mean by this. Repetitive is the adjective form of the word repeat. So, listening repetitively means listening to the same podcast, maybe a Culips podcast, or the same YouTube video or the same audio from your textbook over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Now, some people think that this is annoying and difficult, but I beg to differ. This expression, I beg to differ means I think differently. My opinion is that repetitive listening is only difficult if you are trying to understand what you are listening to.

Children, young children and babies do not try to understand what they hear. They simply hear sounds and over time they become familiar with the sounds that they hear the most. So why don’t you give it a try? Why don’t you listen to this episode or another episode of Culips say, 20 times? You don’t have to listen all at once, all in one day. You can listen twice today, three times tomorrow, four times on Friday and eventually after you’ve listened maybe 20 times, you will probably have memorized a lot of the expressions, sentences, even intonations of the speaker in the podcast.

If you’d like to give it a try, you can do so with an episode of Culips and the best part is, we have study guides and transcripts available at our website. If you go to Culips.com you can find out how to download the study guide for this episode and for others and after you’ve listened repetitively to one of the episodes you can even check the transcript to find out if what you heard is correct. 

So that’s it for this English tip episode. I’m sure I will share more tips regarding listening and other language learning things in the future. As well as share interesting expressions with you. Hope you liked the episode today and if you found it helpful, let us know via email contact@culips.com or on social media. Thanks for listening and I’ll catch you next time. Bye.

Take home messages

  • Babies learn language through listening
  • Listening is an essential English skill and it requires lots of practice
  • You can develop excellent listening abilities through repeated listening
  • Repeated listening does not require that you understand everything
  • Jeremy became fluent in Korean though repeatedly listening to podcasts and Youtube videos

Writing and Discussion Questions

  1. What skills have you developed through repetitive practice?
  2. Have you ever tried repetitive listening before? What was your experience like?
  3. Do you agree with Jeremy when he says, “listening is king”?
  4. Why might English learners not want to use repetitive listening to study
  5. In your opinion, what is the most important skill to develop when learning English?

Study Challenges

  1. Listen to the same Culips episode 20 times or more this week
  2. Use an application on your phone to track how much time you spend listening to English
  3. Create your own English immersion experience by loading up an MP3 player with only English music and podcasts

Credit: Music: Miei by Broke for Free, Feel Good (Instrumental) by Broke for free
Episode preparation/research: Jeremy Brinkerhoff
Audio editor: Andrew Bates
Transcriptionist: Heather Bates
Study guide writer: Andrew Bates
Audio editor: Andrew Bates
Business manager: Tsuyoshi Kaneshima

Nov 09 2019

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Catch Word #217 – Spittin’ chiclets

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He got into a fight and now he’s spittin’ chiclets? What on earth does that mean? Well, if you played hockey in Canada, you would certainly know the answer. In fact, the sport of hockey has many interesting expressions. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew tests Jeremy’s knowledge of these unique sayings.


Fun facts

On November 1st, 1959, hockey goaltender Jacques Plante changed hockey forever. He put on a face mask! At the time, no goalie in the league wore one. He was tired on getting the puck in the face and spittin’ chiclets!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Spittin’ chiclets
  • To roughhouse
  • To chirp
  • A sniff
  • -ski
  • Like it’s nobody’s business

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For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

Nov 05 2019

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Episode #1: Introduction to Jeremy’s English Tips

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Hello everyone, this is Jeremy and you’re listening to Jeremy’s English Tips, a series by the Culips English Podcast where I teach you interesting expressions or share language learning tips.


Trailer (Episode #1): Introduction to Jeremy’s English Tips

Hello there Culips listeners, this is the very first episode of Jeremy’s English Tips. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself for those who don’t know me and to explain a bit about my background as a language teacher. So, as you know, my name is Jeremy and I am from California, which is a state on the west coast of the United States.

Jeremy’s English Tips (A New Series!)

I grew up in a very diverse area, meaning most of my friends were from other countries and spoke other languages at home. So, I became very interested in foreign languages at an early age. However, I did not begin studying languages seriously until after I graduated from college.

The first language I studied intensively was Korean. Little did I know that Korean is one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn for a variety of reasons. However, I stuck with it and it has been almost ten years now that I have been speaking and learning Korean.
Currently, I teach Korean on Youtube and through online courses to English speakers all over the world. I also teach English to Korean people. When I went to Korea almost 10 years ago, I went there to be an English teacher and as I was teaching English to Korean people and studying the Korean language in my free time, I noticed lots of similarities between what I was struggling with and what my students were struggling with. This was fascinating to me and so I decided to continue to teach language and here I am still doing it today.
So, going forward with this series, entitled Jeremy’s English Tips. We will be discussing various language learning tips as well as words and phrases that are useful for any English learner to know. 
You may also send your questions to contact@culips.com and we may even be able to make an episode about them.
Our goal with this series is to help you become the best English learner you can be. 
So, that you for listening to this first episode and we hope you enjoy the rest of them. I’ll see you in the next one, bye!

Credit: Music: Miei by Broke for Free, Feel Good (Instrumental) by Broke for free
Episode preparation/research: Jeremy Brinkerhoff
Audio editor: Andrew Bates
Business manager: Tsuyoshi Kaneshima

Oct 31 2019

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Simplified Speech #070 – The most interesting man in the world

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How many people do you know who have founded a few international, multimillion-dollar companies? Well, today we’re talking about one. He wants to go to Mars! He wants to send people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 36 minutes! Today, our hosts Andrew and Jeremy talk about one of the most interesting people in the world, Elon Musk.


Fun facts

Elon Musk is a fascinating man. He was born in South Africa but went around the world creating companies all over. In fact, he has three different citizenships: South African, Canadian, and American!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Visionary
  • To program
  • If stuff goes down
  • To alleviate
  • Fetch
  • To remove (something) from the equation

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For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

Oct 29 2019

19mins

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Simplified Speech #069 – Talking about pets

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Do you have any furry friends at home? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk all about pets. Enjoy this episode requested by one of our very own Culips listeners.


Fun facts

Did you know that cats can jump up to seven times their own height? Also, the most popular breed of pet dog is the Labrador.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Time flies
  • Right off the bat
  • Up-and-coming
  • Off-leash
  • Fetch
  • Dyed

Copyright: Culips.com
For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

Oct 25 2019

20mins

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Chatterbox #240 – Interview with Steve Kaufmann

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We have another special guest for you today! Steve Kaufmann is a successful polyglot, entrepreneur, and YouTuber. He runs a company called LingQ, which is a language studying platform. Join regular Chatterbox host Andrew and Steve for this fascinating conversation on language and learning.


Fun facts

In this episode, special guest Steve Kaufmann mentions that he will soon be married for 50 years! According to a recent census report in the United States, only 6% of couples make it to 50 years. So here’s a big congratulations Mr and Mrs Kaufmann!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Neck of the woods
  • Up to snuff
  • To recognize (a country)
  • To imbibe
  • To plateau
  • All in one word

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For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

Oct 21 2019

34mins

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Catch Word #216 – Cabin fever

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Have you been cooped up inside all day? Why don’t you go out and enjoy the sunshine while listening to a brand-new Culips episode? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy introduce two useful expressions that one can use when experiencing boredom and restlessness. Fun facts There are various types of boredom in ourRead More

Oct 12 2019

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Chatterbox #239 – Interview with Iván

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Culips really appreciates the feedback we get from our listeners. One such member, Iván from Spain, impressed Andrew with his story so much that we just had to have him on the podcast! Iván is a good example of a success story for learning English. Give this episode a good listen! Fun facts Special guestRead More

Oct 08 2019

28mins

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Simplified Speech #068 – Ultimate Frisbee

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In this week’s Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy discuss one of Kassy’s favourite sports, ultimate Frisbee. Have you ever heard of it? If not, be sure to tune in and find out about this exciting sport. Fun facts Ultimate has been a sport since the early 1970s. The rules were created at Columbia High.Read More

Oct 02 2019

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Catch Word #215 – I totally blanked

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What’s the topic today? It totally slipped my mind. Oh, that’s right! Today’s topic is forgetfulness. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Suzanne provide useful phrases to express forgetfulness when our mind goes blank and we can’t remember what we wanted to say. Enjoy! Fun facts Did you know there’s a world record forRead More

Sep 30 2019

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Chatterbox #238 – Interview with Andrew’s cousin, Sarah

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Have we got a treat for you! Andrew goes to his mother’s hometown in Scotland and interviews his cousin, Sarah. They talk about language, rural life, the Scottish weather, and vintage cars. We’re sure you’ll enjoy listening to Sarah’s stories … And her great Scottish accent! Fun facts Edinburgh, Scotland, hosts the world’s largest artsRead More

Sep 25 2019

16mins

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Speak Easy #010 – Your question about minimal pairs

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Suzanne and Andrew share a great English pronunciation lesson about how to pronounce and hear the differences between some difficult minimal pairs. If you struggle to pronounce or hear English vowels, you won’t want to miss this episode!! Note The audio for the practice exercises is included at the end of the ad-free version ofRead More

Sep 20 2019

21mins

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Simplified Speech #067 – Noisy neighbours

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Have you ever lived in a place with noisy neighbours? It can be quite annoying when you’re trying to enjoy the peace and quiet of your own home, right? In today’s Simplified Speech episode, which was requested by a listener, Andrew and Suzanne talk about their experiences with their own pesky, noisy neighbours. Fun factsRead More

Sep 16 2019

21mins

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Real Talk #035 – How to agree like a native speaker

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Neither? Either? Me too? Agreeing with someone in English can be complicated, especially when you add negatives, positives, and different verb tenses. To help you out, Andrew and Suzanne discuss ways of agreeing like a native speaker. Fun facts During this episode, our hosts mention a space movie. Even though we might think Star WarsRead More

Sep 08 2019

14mins

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Simplified Speech #066 – Traffic accidents

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Have you ever been in a traffic accident? In this listener-suggested episode, Andrew and Morag talk about traffic accidents that commonly occur in Canada and around the globe. Fun facts The Canadian Transportation Safety Board estimates that Canada has an average of 160,000 traffic accidents per year. Annually, 20% of these accidents are due toRead More

Sep 03 2019

12mins

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Chatterbox #237 – The ultimate guide to high school

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In this interesting Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Kassy answer a Culips listener’s questions about high school life in Canada and the United States. How was high school different for you? Listen and find out! Fun facts Boston Latin, in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest high school in the United States. It was founded in 1635!Read More

Aug 29 2019

19mins

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