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Everyone knows someone who seems to know about all the trends or the latest news before everyone else. You might even be that person among your friends! In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy explain two idioms that you can use to describe these people, finger on the pulse and ahead of the curve. Catch Word English audio lessons are design…
 
Andrew’s whirlwind weekend Episode description Andrew talks about his super busy weekend that included not only celebrating his birthday but also celebrating his first wedding anniversary. He also teaches you how to use the expression to pull out all the stops and gives a preview of the next Culips episode. The post Andrew’s whirlwind weekend first…
 
Hometowns: everyone has one! In today’s Simplified Speech episode, hosts Andrew and Kassy talk about where they grew up. One of them grew up in Canada, and the other grew up in the United States. You will hear about the interesting similarities and differences the two have to share with you. Come and join them! Simplified Speech is a Culips series …
 
Have you ever wished there were an expression that perfectly fit how you feel about just how expensive something is? You’re in luck because, in English, there is! Today, Andrew and Kassy share two idiomatic expressions used when talking about buying something that is overpriced or, in your opinion, too expensive. The Culips Catch Word series explai…
 
Pubs are very common in the United Kingdom and Canada. However, there are differences between the two countries and their respective cultures. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna discuss how important pubs are in their cultures and compare their traditions and customs. Chatterbox is a series where native English speakers have a natural conv…
 
In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you two idiomatic expressions you can use when talking about something returning to normal: back in the saddle and back in business. Study with this vocabulary lesson and improve your English listening and speaking. Catch Word is the Culips vocabulary series where you can learn idioms, expressions,…
 
Curious about what’s new in the lives of Culips’ podcast hosts? Listen in as Andrew and Kassy have another one of their famous catch-up calls. Simplified Speech episodes feature two native English speakers having clear, natural, and easy to understand English conversations about interesting topics. By listening to Andrew and Kassy chat about their …
 
Kassy shares her big news: she’s moving to Thailand so she can pursue her dream job teaching in a new country! Moving can be stressful. Moving to a new country is even more stressful. Andrew and Kassy discuss the process and everything that Kassy needs to do to prepare for her big move. In this episode, two native English speakers talk about moving…
 
Have you ever won a contest? That’s the discussion question that Andrew and Kassy talk about in this episode. Join them as they teach you the differences between draws, contests, sweepstakes, and lotteries. Then listen in as they share some stories about the different contests they’ve won in the past. Simplified Speech episodes are designed to help…
 
Have you ever bought or sold something used online? That’s the question that Andrew and Suzanne discuss in this Simplified Speech episode. Andrew talks about some sales he’s made recently, and Suzanne shares some crazy stories about different experiences she’s had as both a buyer and a seller. Simplified Speech episodes feature two native English s…
 
“I was so nervous. I was sweating bullets!” That might sound a bit strange, but it’s a common English expression. Sweating bullets means to be very stressed or nervous. Does that happen to you sometimes? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you two idioms with the word sweat: no sweat and sweating bullets. After this episode, you’ll k…
 
Do you like the way you look in photos? Considering the huge market for online filters for photographs, there must be a lot of people who prefer embellishing their pictures instead of keeping them natural. Is that a problem? In this Chatterbox episode, hosts Andrew and Anna discuss the pros and cons of online beauty filters. Chatterbox is a series …
 
In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy give some updates about what’s going on in their lives these days. Kassy tells us the results of a big math test she took recently and talks about choosing a wedding dress and last-minute wedding planning. Andrew shares about why he started playing drums again and talks about growing herbs at home…
 
What are some of your favourite life hacks? That’s the topic of discussion for this Chatterbox episode. Join Andrew and Anna as they share some of their favourite shortcuts for optimizing and organizing their lives and work. Chatterbox is the Culips series for intermediate and advanced English learners. Each episode features a natural conversation …
 
Plant-based meat alternatives have gained in popularity over the past decade. People following vegan and vegetarian diets now enjoy better, tastier fake meats. Today, Andrew and Kassy talk about this new, controversial food trend. This episode is part of Culips’ Simplified Speech series. It features natural, easy‑to‑understand English conversations…
 
Are you a big playlist person? That’s the question that Andrew and Suzanne discuss in this Simplified Speech episode. Join them as they chat about the kinds of playlists they make, how they make them, and when they like to listen to them. Simplified Speech is perfect for intermediate-level English learners who are looking to improve their English f…
 
What is your favourite way to say, “I have to leave now, and fast”? In this episode, Andrew and Kassy explain two common English expression that mean to leave quickly: duck out and hightail it out of there. The Culips Catch Word series explains idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions used in everyday life. Today’s audio lesson is designed to help yo…
 
Have you ever heard of kombucha? For some people, it’s an amazing tea full of health benefits. For others, it’s a weird-tasting beverage that only strange people drink! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew asks Kassy about her kombucha brewing lifestyle. They talk about the various steps of Kassy’s brewing process. Simplified Speech is a serie…
 
What is your favourite way to say, “I have to leave now, and fast”? In this episode, Andrew and Kassy explain two common English expression that mean to leave quickly: duck out and hightail it out of there. The Culips Catch Word series explains idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions used in everyday life. Today’s audio lesson is designed to help yo…
 
Did you know that every country has their own special wedding traditions? Recently, Suzanne travelled to France to start planning her wedding. In this episode, Suzanne tells Andrew about the wedding traditions she discovered there. In our Simplified Speech series, native English speakers have natural conversations about common topics. These episode…
 
In many countries, there is a cult of overworking and people are expected to work long hours. In fact, working long hours can be seen as a sign of good moral ethics. However, overworking is also a big problem for workers, as it puts a lot of stress on them. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna discuss the cult of overworking and their experi…
 
Have you heard about the newest trend that combines a daily walk or jog with picking up litter? If not, you’re not alone. It’s called plogging, and in this Chatterbox episode Andrew and Anna explain it, how it came to be called plogging, and why it’s becoming a popular activity for many people around the world. The Chatterbox series is designed for…
 
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 wo…
 
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 disc…
 
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, …
 
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 f…
 
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 improv…
 
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 epis…
 
In this episode, Suzanne tells us about her experience of flying internationally during the pandemic, which didn’t go as smoothly as planned. If you are thinking about taking a trip abroad, listen to this episode to get some useful tips on how to avoid problems at the airport. The Simplified Speech series is the perfect way to learn from native spe…
 
Podcasts are evolving. From the technology used to the companies producing them and everything in between, the podcasting industry is seeing a lot of new, exciting changes. In this episode, Andrew and Anna talk about the changes they’ve seen, and discuss what it might mean for the future of podcasting. The Chatterbox series is designed for intermed…
 
Have you ever wished there was another way to describe how friendly you are with certain people? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy share a couple ways native English speakers refer to their relationships with others. The Culips Catch Word series explains idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions used in everyday life. Listening to our Catch…
 
In this episode, Andrew and Anna debate the pros and cons of reading paper books and digital e-books. They also discuss their experiences with reading online and talk about the daily distractions that prevent them from reading properly. Our Chatterbox series is the perfect way to learn English with our Culips hosts who discuss interesting and conte…
 
Would you like to have a bombshell dropped on you? That sounds pretty bad, but don’t worry, our hosts Andrew and Suzanne are here to explain expressions you can use when you’re shocked at hearing big news. In this Catch Word episode, the two main expressions are to drop a bombshell and a rude awakening. Do you think you know what they mean? Give th…
 
Are you the type of person who loves food and wishes your plate would never go empty? Going to a buffet restaurant means you can eat as much as you want. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Suzanne give us their opinions on buffets. The Simplified Speech series helps you to learn English naturally with easy-to-understand conversations on …
 
To calm down, hang out, relax, be easygoing: native English speakers use the word chill in many ways. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy explain how to use this versatile word in four different situations. The Culips Catch Word series explains idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions used in everyday life. Listening to our Catch Word audio …
 
Have you ever lived or thought about living in a foreign country? If so, hit play and listen to Andrew and Suzanne’s perspectives about living in a foreign country. In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about the ups and downs of living in a foreign country. Tune in to hear this interesting conversation full of natural English expressions and vo…
 
What? Another grey hair? If we’re fortunate enough to grow old, finding grey hairs will be a common occurrence for sure. In this Chatterbox episode, hosts Andrew and Anna talk about their relationship with grey hairs and a surprising new study on the topic. Apparently, your grey hairs can grow back to their natural colour. Imagine that! Chatterbox …
 
Do you know how to describe rich people and companies in English? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you two idiomatic English expressions that you can use to do just that. Upgrade your vocabulary and make your English sound more natural by learning with this lesson. Catch Word is the Culips vocabulary series for intermediate and ad…
 
Kassy has joined the Culips wedding club! Many of the Culips hosts and listeners have gotten married these past few years, and Kassy is engaged to become the next! Listen to this Simplified Speech episode where Kassy talks about the events leading up to her engagement to her boyfriend. Simplified Speech is a series where you can follow Culips hosts…
 
Have you noticed your usual grocery items are smaller than they used to be, but cost the same? You may not have heard of shrinkflation before, but it’s something that’s affecting everyone and people aren’t happy about it! In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna discuss the issue of shrinkflation. Culips’ Chatterbox series helps you learn Englis…
 
Squid Game on Netflix is a Korean show that has become extremely popular around the world. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the show, sharing their thoughts on the plot, story, and characters. If you liked Squid Game or are thinking about watching it, you shouldn’t miss this Simplified Speech episode! Simplified Speech episodes feature …
 
Not everyone enjoys going to the dentist’s office. However, there are certainly many people who fear making an appointment over the phone more than the dentist’s drill! Fear not. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Kassy help you with the vocabulary and expressions you’ll need to make a dentist’s appointment. Real Talk is a series designed to hel…
 
We love catching up with friends. In fact, before every Culips episode, our hosts spend some time doing just that. Today you get to listen in as Andrew and Kassy catch up on the latest news in their lives – from Andrew’s new hobby to Kassy’s big purchase! Simplified Speech features clear, natural, and easy to understand English conversations betwee…
 
Are you a fan of music festivals? In this episode, Andrew and Anna discuss the ins and outs of a typical musical festival. Tune in to learn about music festival culture and useful tips to make your music festival experience more enjoyable, all while practicing your English listening skills. Culips’ Chatterbox series is great for high-intermediate a…
 
Hitting the road with friends or family, for a week-long adventure is a time-honoured tradition–especially in North America. In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about what makes a great road trip and share their favourite road trip memories. This is Culips’ Simplified Speech series. It features clear, natural and easy to understand English con…
 
Have you ever wanted to travel to space? A few well-known billionaires definitely have! In fact, they have restarted the Space Race and their companies are racing into infinity and beyond. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna talk about the new Space Race and what it means for the future of space travel. Chatterbox is a series designed for i…
 
We’re back with another Catch Word episode! In this episode, Andrew and Kassy teach you some idiomatic expressions or phrases to use when talking about something that improves or gets better. Tune in to improve your English listening skills by leaps and bounds! Catch Word is a great series that focuses on key vocabulary and phrases used in all sort…
 
Many have cherished memories of their grandparents, from listening to their stories to feeling loved and supported throughout childhood. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Kassy share stories about their grandparents. Today’s conversation might tug on your heartstrings! The Simplified Speech series features clear, easy to understand conv…
 
Have you ever noticed a well-dressed, friendly person working in the hotel lobby? This person is often helping guests with taxis or telling them about the best restaurants in town. Many hotels employ a person called a concierge. Their job is to help you with all your needs, big or small. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the va…
 
Have you missed hearing Jeremy’s voice on the podcast? Then tune in to this episode, which was recorded last year while Jeremy was still on the team. This Chatterbox episode is full of useful tips and resources for finding great listening materials for learning English. Culips’ Chatterbox series is perfect for upper-intermediate or advanced English…
 
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