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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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Casual English lessons

Latest release on May 27, 2020

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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!

Rank #1: Jeremy’s English Tips #15: How to make English learning fun

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Episode description

In this episode, I would like to talk about how to make learning English more fun. I will explain three tips to help you make your English study more fun.

Key Points

  • English is a global language that can help you connect with people from all over the world
  • English can help you get ahead in your career but learning English solely for professional reasons can easily lead to burnout
  • Focus less on studying grammar and more on enjoying the content you listen to, read, or watch
  • Find content you actually like, rather than content that seems educational
  • Make friends with English speakers through language exchange

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

May 07 2020

6mins

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Rank #2: Simplified Speech #086 – Forgiveness

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Forgiving someone might be a difficult thing to do, but it is also a very healthy act. In this Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy discuss the value of forgiveness and their personal thoughts on the subject.


Fun facts

Canada’s biggest mountain is Mount Logan, which is a staggering 5,959 metres tall! The tallest mountain in the United States is Denali, which is 6,190 metres tall and the highest mountain in North America.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To wrong [someone]
  • Don’t cry over spilt milk
  • To be hotheaded
  • To be emotionally stunted
  • Closure
  • A slap on the wrist

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

May 04 2020

20mins

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Rank #3: Simplified Speech #085 – Nature is all around us

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Nature is all around us. Some of us enjoy it and others prefer staying in the city. Andrew and Suzanne discuss nature in this episode of Simplified Speech.


Fun facts

Canada’s biggest mountain is Mount Logan, which is a staggering 5,959 metres tall! The tallest mountain in the United States is Denali, which is 6,190 metres tall and the highest mountain in North America.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • City person
  • Nature-oriented
  • Ruled by [something]
  • To put time aside
  • A skewed view

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

Apr 30 2020

18mins

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Rank #4: 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 inRead More

Oct 29 2019

19mins

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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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 desireRead More

Nov 19 2019

30mins

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Rank #7: Simplified Speech #042 – Yoga

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Feeling tense? Yoga can help! Our yoga instructor Jeremy speaks with Andrew about the practice and benefits of the ancient art of yoga. Come loosen up and have a listen to this episode of Simplified Speech. Fun facts Yoga is a part-time activity for some. But if you want beat the world record for theRead More

Jul 09 2018

15mins

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Rank #8: Chatterbox #211 – YouTube

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Are you a YouTube addict? What’s your favourite channel to watch these days? In this interesting episode, Andrew and Morag talk about YouTube, what they love about it, and some unique content one can’t find anywhere else. Fun facts The first YouTube video was uploaded on April 23rd, 2005. Now, in 2018, every minute ofRead More

Jul 23 2018

18mins

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Rank #9: 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 petRead More

Oct 25 2019

20mins

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Rank #10: 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 thatRead More

Oct 21 2019

34mins

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Rank #11: 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

24mins

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Rank #12: Chatterbox #249 – Social distancing: Part 2

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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 situationRead More

Mar 27 2020

32mins

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Rank #13: Chatterbox #248 – Social distancing: Part 1

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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 areRead More

Mar 24 2020

21mins

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Rank #14: Real Talk #030 – I don’t care for that

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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

Mar 13 2019

17mins

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Rank #15: 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

20mins

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: Simplified Speech #051 – The Holiday Season

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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

Dec 23 2018

15mins

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Rank #18: Simplified Speech #074 – Jeremy’s trip to Mexico

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Want to know what it’s like to visit a place where the people speak your second (or third) language? Jeremy tells Andrew about his trip to Mexico, where he spoke Spanish with the locals and took his son on adventures. Fun facts Did you know there is a species of cheetah that lives in Asia?Read More

Jan 07 2020

20mins

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Rank #19: Chatterbox #245 – Shake up your life

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Have you ever felt like your life is a bit boring, like you’re stuck doing the same old routine every day? Then listen to this Chatterbox episode with Andrew and Kassy, where they introduce some useful tips on how to shake up your life and appreciate the world around you. Fun facts According to theRead More

Feb 26 2020

16mins

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Rank #20: Simplified Speech #062 – Old school cool

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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

May 31 2019

16mins

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Simplified Speech #087 – Working out at the gym

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Gyms aren’t just places for body builders. They are also popular with anyone who wants to get healthy and maintain a good body weight. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy explore some expressions you can use when you go to the gym.


Fun facts

Long before fitness centres became popular, Joe Gold opened his first gym in 1965 in Venice Beach, California. Now, Gold’s Gym is a chain of gyms with over 700 locations around the world!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To play pickup
  • To warm up
  • To end up
  • To get toned
  • To bulk up
  • To cool down

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

May 27 2020

22mins

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Real Talk #039 – How to pick up medicine at the pharmacy

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Do you often visit the pharmacy during flu season? In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Kassy introduce useful phrases and vocabulary that are heard at the pharmacy.


Fun facts

The popular fizzy beverages Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, and ginger ale were all invented by three different pharmacists in the late 1800s.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Just living [one’s] life
  • Symptoms and side effects (drowsiness, nausea, swelling)
  • Clear up
  • Dairy products
  • Dose
  • To fight off [something]

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

May 22 2020

17mins

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Jeremy’s English Tips Episode #16: How to Choose Good Repetitive Listening Material

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In this episode of Jeremy’s English Tips, I would like to talk about repetitive listening. More specifically, how to choose good repetitive listening material. In a previous episode of Jeremy’s English tips, I talked about repetitive listening. So if you haven’t listened to that one yet, you might want to check it out first, before listening to this one.

Key Points

  • Repetitive listening is a form of study in which you listen to the same audio file over and over again for a period of time
  • Choose content that is the right length for your level
  • Choose content that has good sound quality
  • Choose content with a voice that you enjoy listening to and want to emulate
  • Choose content that you can get on your phone in MP3 format so that you can loop it easily

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

May 19 2020

8mins

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Suzanne’s Quick Tips Episode #4: What’s up?

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Today our quick tip is going to be covering the use of the common greetings, What’s up? and How’s it going? These are two very common native speaker greetings that are used among friends and family. We say what’s up? and how’s it going? a lot.

Quick tip takeaways

  • It’s common to use linking from the ending consonant of one word into the beginning vowel of the next word.
  • It’s important to use these greetings, “What’s up?” and “How’s it going?” with familiar friends or co-workers but not in formal contexts.
  • These greetings can be used just to say hello, even if you do not intend to continue a conversation. They can stand alone as a simple greeting to a familiar person.

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

May 15 2020

4mins

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Catch Word #224 – Take the wind out of your sails

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When you’re feeling down, it is still important to express yourself. In this episode of Catch Word, Andrew and Jeremy define two phrases that are used during those low moments in life.


Fun facts

Most sailboats have two sails: a mainsail and a headsail or jib. A sailboat is any boat that moves through the water using sails. The wind blows against the sails and pushes the boat.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • The highs and lows
  • To take the wind out of your sails
  • To shoot it down
  • To kick you when you’re down
  • In a bad place
  • A slap on the wrist

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

May 11 2020

15mins

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Jeremy’s English Tips #15: How to make English learning fun

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Episode description

In this episode, I would like to talk about how to make learning English more fun. I will explain three tips to help you make your English study more fun.

Key Points

  • English is a global language that can help you connect with people from all over the world
  • English can help you get ahead in your career but learning English solely for professional reasons can easily lead to burnout
  • Focus less on studying grammar and more on enjoying the content you listen to, read, or watch
  • Find content you actually like, rather than content that seems educational
  • Make friends with English speakers through language exchange

Copyright: Culips.com
For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.

May 07 2020

6mins

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Simplified Speech #086 – Forgiveness

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Forgiving someone might be a difficult thing to do, but it is also a very healthy act. In this Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy discuss the value of forgiveness and their personal thoughts on the subject.


Fun facts

Canada’s biggest mountain is Mount Logan, which is a staggering 5,959 metres tall! The tallest mountain in the United States is Denali, which is 6,190 metres tall and the highest mountain in North America.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To wrong [someone]
  • Don’t cry over spilt milk
  • To be hotheaded
  • To be emotionally stunted
  • Closure
  • A slap on the wrist

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

May 04 2020

20mins

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Simplified Speech #085 – Nature is all around us

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Nature is all around us. Some of us enjoy it and others prefer staying in the city. Andrew and Suzanne discuss nature in this episode of Simplified Speech.


Fun facts

Canada’s biggest mountain is Mount Logan, which is a staggering 5,959 metres tall! The tallest mountain in the United States is Denali, which is 6,190 metres tall and the highest mountain in North America.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • City person
  • Nature-oriented
  • Ruled by [something]
  • To put time aside
  • A skewed view

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

Apr 30 2020

18mins

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Catch Word #223 – Blow-by-blow

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Are you a sports fan? What is your favourite sport to watch? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy introduce some useful phrases and idioms that are often heard at sporting events and that can also be used in a variety of other situations.


Fun facts

Boxing was first introduced in ancient Greece. It became an event in the Olympic Games in 688 BC.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • The nitty-gritty
  • Down for the count
  • Knock out
  • To pass out
  • Blow-by-blow
  • Back in the day

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

Apr 28 2020

15mins

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Speak Easy #012 – Introduction to intonation

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In this episode, Suzanne and Andrew introduce intonation, describe what it is, and explain how it’s essential for mastering English pronunciation.

Note

English speakers use intonation for a variety of different reasons. Some of these include expressing emotion, conveying a grammatical function, and marking their social identities!

Material included in the study guide

  • Transcript
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus audio download
  • Quiz
  • Writing and discussion questions

Note: Download the study guide for this episode on culips.com
Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Let It Go by Scott Dugdale

Apr 25 2020

28mins

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Catch Word #222 – Weekend warrior

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Do you know what a weekend warrior is? Maybe you are one and you don’t even know it! In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy explore two expressions that go well with sports and hobbies: a weekend warrior and a newbie. Fun facts Andrew and Jeremy reference the song Grenade by Bruno Mars. GiveRead More

Apr 21 2020

17mins

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Suzanne’s Quick Tips Episode #3: Stressin’ Out

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Episode description Today we’re talking about stress, word stress. So in a sentence when you’re trying to put emphasis on a word, it can be a little confusing, it can be a little jarring. A little confusing right in the moment when you’re trying to communicate. Well, have you ever been caught stressing an adjectiveRead More

Apr 17 2020

7mins

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Simplified Speech #084 – Animals

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If you had to pick the cutest animal, which would you choose? Andrew and Suzanne talk about the animals they think are the cutest and the ones they find scary in this episode of Simplified Speech. Fun facts There are between 17 and 20 different types of penguins. Most of them live in the SouthernRead More

Apr 14 2020

22mins

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Jeremy’s English Tips #14: What to do if you don’t understand

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Episode description What have you usually done when you didn’t understand something that was said to you? Today, I will share my opinion about what to do if you didn’t understand what someone said to you. So, I’m sure all of us language learners have found ourselves in this kind of situation before. My opinionRead More

Apr 09 2020

7mins

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Simplified Speech #083 – Raising a bilingual child, revisited

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In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy continue their discussion about raising a bilingual child. Tune in to learn some useful tips on how to raise a bilingual child in your own household. Fun facts Even monolingual parents can raise bilingual children! It’s important that they set clear goals and dedicate time and energyRead More

Apr 07 2020

24mins

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Catch Word #221 – I’d take a bullet for you

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There are many ways to tell someone you love them. Jeremy and Andrew look at two curious expressions that mean “I love you” or “I care about you.” Fun facts Andrew and Jeremy reference the song Grenade by Bruno Mars. Give it a listen to hear some of the expressions from this episode used inRead More

Apr 03 2020

15mins

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

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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. KeyRead More

Apr 03 2020

9mins

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

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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 didRead More

Mar 30 2020

17mins

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Chatterbox #249 – Social distancing: Part 2

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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 situationRead More

Mar 27 2020

32mins

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Chatterbox #248 – Social distancing: Part 1

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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 areRead More

Mar 24 2020

21mins

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iTunes Ratings

453 Ratings
Average Ratings
388
35
11
10
9

Graet

By moe 9191 - Feb 19 2020
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Great for me to learn conversations

Great

By Mohamad Halakoo - Feb 18 2020
Read more
They’re great. Various topics from culture to everyday life things are covered in this podcast.