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Simplified Speech #067 – Noisy neighbours
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 facts<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/09/simplified-speech-067-noisy-neighbours/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #035 – How to agree like a native speaker
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 Wars<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/09/real-talk-035-how-to-agree-like-a-native-speaker/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #066 – Traffic accidents
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 to<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/09/simplified-speech-066-traffic-accidents/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #237 – The ultimate guide to high school
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!<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/08/chatterbox-237-the-ultimate-guide-to-high-school/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #065 – Little Mermaid controversy
Recently, there have been quite a few posts popping up on social media about the new live-action Little Mermaid movie set to release sometime in the next few years. This movie is getting a lot of media coverage due to Disney’s decision to cast 19-year-old Halle Bailey as the main character, Ariel. Listen to Andrew<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/08/simplified-speech-065-little-mermaid-controversy/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #236 – Interview with Suzanne’s mom
Long-time Culips host Suzanne is visited by her mom, Emily! Her mother is such an interesting person. In this Chatterbox episode, they talk about her career as a nurse, her travels in Montreal, and her future travel plans to Aruba! Fun facts Do you know anyone who always thinks they are sick? There’s an English<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/08/chatterbox-236-interview-with-suzannes-mom/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #064 – Summer foods
Summertime! Every year when summer rolls around, people get excited about the warm weather and, of course, all the good foods to eat during the season. Find out what kind of summer foods our hosts Andrew and Kassy enjoy the most in this Simplified Speech episode. Fun facts In this episode, Andrew mentions very expensive<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/08/simplified-speech-064-summer-foods/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #235 – Interview with Lindie Botes
Imagine being fluent in two or three languages—that would be great! But some people can speak five, ten, twenty languages! Those people are called polyglots. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew speaks with polyglot YouTuber Lindie Botes about language and the best techniques to learn many of them. Fun facts Ziad Fazah is recognized as the<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/08/chatterbox-235-interview-with-lindie-botes/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #034 – Talking about movies you hate
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 The<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/07/real-talk-034-talking-about-movies-you-hate/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #214 – Fire up this bad boy!
Are you in the market for a new car, motorcycle, lawnmower, or the like? In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy introduce you to some words related to machines. Fun facts The first gas-powered motorcycle was invented in Germany in 1885. It had a wooden frame and a gas engine attached to it. However,<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/07/catch-word-214-fire-up-this-bad-boy/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #234 – Are stereotypes true?
When you think of Canada, what comes to mind? How about when you think of America? In this fun episode of Chatterbox, Andrew and Kassy talk about common stereotypes in Canada and America: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Fun facts Stereotypes exist in every country and in every part of society. Even by<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/07/chatterbox-234-are-stereotypes-true/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #233 – Game shows
Game shows can be exciting. They can be informative. But, since the invention of the television, they are most of all consistently popular. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Morag talk about popular game shows in North America and who really watches them. Give it a listen! Fun facts In this episode, our hosts talk<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/07/chatterbox-233-game-shows/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #063 – Birthdays
What do birthdays mean to you? Getting one year older? Eating cake and ice cream? Making birthday wishes? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy chat about birthday traditions. Fun facts There are some funny birthday traditions around the world. For example, in Germany, if you are still single at the time of your<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/07/simplified-speech-063-birthdays/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #232 – Interview with Matt vs Japan
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 interesting<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/07/chatterbox-232-interview-with-matt-vs-japan/">Read More</a>
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Speak Easy #9 – a pronunciation tip: The flap
In this episode, Suzanne and Andrew teach you a pronunciation tip that will make your English sound more natural: the flap! Take a listen and learn how, when, and why you should use the flap in your own speech. Note The audio for the practice exercises is included at the end of the ad-free version<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/06/speak-easy-009-a-pronunciation-tip-the-flap/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #231 – K-pop
Have you ever heard of K-pop? How about BTS? BTS is the name of a Korean boy band whose popularity is sweeping the globe. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the ins and outs of K-pop, and even some slang terms related to this music movement. Fun facts The Korean boy band BTS<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/06/chatterbox-231-k-pop/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #213 – Do you know the difference between sympathy and empathy?
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 was<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/06/catch-word-213-do-you-know-the-difference-between-sympathy-and-empathy/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #062 – Old school cool
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 reminisce<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/05/simplified-speech-062-old-school-cool/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #061 – Is Canada the best place to go to elementary school?
Every country has its own unique school system. In this Simplified Speech episode, our hosts Andrew and Morag discuss what it’s like to go to elementary school in Canada. You will hear about children’s daily lives, extracurricular activities, and the differences between private and public schools. There’d so much to talk about! Fun facts Unlike<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/05/simplified-speech-61-is-canada-the-best-place-to-go-to-elementary-school/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #230 – Introducing Kassy!
In this special Chatterbox episode, Andrew does a behind-the-scenes interview with Kassy, one of Culips’ very own study guide writers. Tune in to learn about one of our newest team members! Fun facts Kassy is from Hershey, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Hershey is not just a name, but the headquarters of the international company<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/05/chatterbox-230-introducing-kass_english_audio_lessony/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #229 – Live Q+A follow up!!
Andrew answers more of your questions from the recent Instagram live broadcast in this short, bonus episode! Transcript: Hey everybody. This is Andrew from Culips and I wanted to hop behind the mic here for a special episode because yesterday I did our very first Culips English Podcast live event on Instagram. And it was<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/05/chatterbox-229-live-qa-follow-up/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #033 – How to talk about movies you like in English
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 you<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/05/real-talk-033-how-to-talk-about-movies-you-like-in-english/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #060 – Cooking shows
Do you enjoy watching cooking shows? What’s your favourite show to tune into when you have free time? In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about some of their favourite cooking shows and why they are so enjoyable to watch. Bon appétit! Fun facts There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/05/simplified-speech-060-cooking-shows-english-audio-lesson/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #059 – Technological change
It seems like technology changes so fast year after year—it’s sometimes pretty hard to keep up! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy chat about the technological changes they’ve seen during their lifetimes. Fun facts When we were young, many of us could never have imagined having something like the iPhone in our pockets.<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/05/simplified-speech-059-technological-change/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #058 – Love at first sight
Have you ever looked across a crowded room, felt an instant connection, and known deep down that you had found the person you would one day marry? Well, then, perhaps you have experienced love at first sight! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy act as your Cupid guides, discussing the ins and outs<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/04/get_fluent_simplified-speech-058-love-at-first-sight/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #228 – NIMBYism
Has there been a real estate development that you approve of but … Just as long as they don’t build it in your neighbourhood? That’s an example of NIMBYism. What is it exactly? Join Andrew and Morag as they tell you all about it! Fun facts There is an interesting phenomenon in China and other<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/04/learn_to_speak_englis_chatterbox_228_-nimbyism/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #212 – Get in the zone
Andrew and Suzanne are really getting their creative juices flowing in this Catch Word episode! Tune in to learn some useful phrases about creativity and focus. Fun facts Sleep is extremely beneficial for creativity. Therefore, if you are struggling to get those creative juices flowing, take a short nap before tackling your project again. Creativity<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/04/english-expression-meaning-cw212-get-in-the-zone/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #057 – Hip hop
In this lighthearted Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss hip hop and rap. If you’re interested in hearing the differences between these words, or if you’re simply a hardcore music fan, then plug in some headphones and enjoy. Fun facts Hip hop began in the 1970s as an underground urban movement in the Bronx,<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/04/english_audio_lesson_simplified-speech-057-hip-hop/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #032 – Lost wallet
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 come<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/04/english_lessons_real-talk-032-lost-wallet/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #056 – Jeremy’s trip to Korea
Do you like visiting places you used to live? It can be such a fun experience! In this Simplified Speech episode, Jeremy talks to Andrew about his adventures and feelings coming back to Korea and visiting family. Fun facts In this episode, Jeremy talks about eating king crab. Do you know how big a king<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/04/simplified-speech-056-jeremys-trip-to-korea/">Read More</a>
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Speak Easy #008 – English Pronunciation | Compound noun stress
Compound nouns can be tricky! In this episode, Suzanne and Andrew teach you a trick that will help you pronounce them perfectly! Fun facts Nouns that consist of more than one word are called compound nouns. The most common compound nouns are made from two nouns (for example, basketball). However, there are also adjective-noun and<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/04/english-pronunciation-speak-easy-008-compound-noun-stress/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #031 – Can I help you?
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 more<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/03/learn_to_speak_english_real-talk-031-can-i-help-you/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #227 – How susceptible are you to advertising?
Do you take a lot of time to make a decision before buying a product, or are you an impulse shopper? In this intriguing episode, Andrew and Morag discuss the power of advertising and how it affects what we think about and, inevitably, what we buy. Enjoy! Fun facts Google AdSense has changed the face<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/03/how_to_speak_fluent_english_cb227_susceptible_to_ad/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #226 – Interview with Brian
In this interesting episode, Andrew interviews his neighbour, Brian, an English teacher in South Korea and an aspiring artist. Tune in to this episode to hear Brian’s story and learn how to check out some of his amazing artwork. Fun facts Historically, the five main fine arts were painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry. Performing<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/03/english_audio_lesson_chatterbox-226-interview-with-brian/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #055 – Andrew goes to Spain
Cathedrals, the Mediterranean Sea, beautiful architecture, spectacular food! Hear about Andrew’s amazing trip to Spain as he talks about it with Morag in this Simplified Speech episode. Fun facts Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous churches in the world. However, not everyone knows this, but it’s still unfinished! It’s set to be completed<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/03/how_to_speak_fluent_english_ss55/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #030 – I don’t care for that
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 hate<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/03/useful_english_phrases_for_refusing_that_food_you_hate/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #225 – Andrew goes to Finland
In this interesting episode, Andrew takes a trip around the globe to Finland. Grab a notepad and jot down some notes for your next trip to Helsinki! Listen carefully, you might come across a great idea for your next trip abroad. Fun facts Finland is the least densely populated country in the European Union; the<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/03/chatterbox-225-andrew-goes-to-finland/">Read More</a>
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Speak Easy #007 – How to stress “-ion”
Suzanne and Andrew teach you how to properly stress words that end with the suffix “-ion” in this Speak Easy episode. Fun facts Confused about how to spell words that end with “-ion”? Check out this helpful article from Oxford Dictionaries: Material included in the study guide Transcript Practice exercises Bonus audio download Credit: Something<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/03/important-rules-to-make-your-english-pronunciation-sound-more-natural/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #224 – Reverse culture shock
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 in<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/02/english_lesson_reverse_culture_shock_in_english/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #211 – English slang quiz
Internet slang can be very difficult to understand. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew quizzes his sister Heather on new internet slang. Do you know these terms? Fun facts The World Wide Web was invented by one person. His name is Tim Berners-Lee. One of the most important decisions he ever made was to make<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/02/catch-word-211-slang-quiz/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #223 – Patriotism
Everyone has a home country, but how proud are you of that country? In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Morag talk about patriotism and how people think about their home countries. Fun facts The New England Patriots is the most successful American football team in recent history. Is it possible that their name, the Patriots,<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/02/chatterbox-223-patriotism/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #054 – Baking
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 began<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/02/simplified-speech-054-baking/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #222 – High school exams
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 school<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/02/chatterbox-222-high-school-exams/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #210 – Troll
What does it mean to troll someone? Trolling has become a big problem online. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy explore the words you can use when talking about online trolling. Fun facts In the United Kingdom, some people have been sent to prison for trolling. They were imprisoned for online harassment. Expressions<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/01/catch-word-210-troll/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #053 – Fruits and vegetables
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. It<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/01/simplified-speech-053-fruits-and-vegetables/">Read More</a>
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Speak Easy #006 – How to pronounce “-less”
In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne answer a listener’s question about the pronunciation of “-less.” Fun facts The Culips team loves answering questions from listeners. If you have a question you’d like answered, send an email to contact@Culips.com. Material included in the study guide Transcript Practice exercises Bonus audio downloads To push to the limit<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/01/speak-easy-006-how-to-pronounce-less/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #052 – Motorcycles
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.<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/01/simplified-speech-052-motorcycles/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #221 – Happy 2019!
Out with the old, in with the new; bye-bye 2018, hello 2019! In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew highlights the major events in his life in 2018 and looks ahead to 2019. Fun facts New Year’s resolutions have been around for a long time. The most common ones are to eat healthier and to do more<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2019/01/chatterbox-221-happy-2019/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #051 – The Holiday Season
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.<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/12/simplified-speech-051-the-holiday-season/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #050 – Drinking water
Since most of the human body is composed of water, drinking water is very important to everyone. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag talk about water preferences. Fun facts Lake Baikal in Siberia is the world’s largest freshwater resource for drinking water. It contains 27% of all the fresh water found in lakes!<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/12/simplified-speech-050-drinking-water/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #049 – Wearing glasses
Are you blessed with perfect vision or are you like the majority of the people in the world who must use glasses or contact lenses to see the world around them? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag talk all about eyesight and the vocabulary associated with it. If you are farsighted, don’t forget<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/12/simplified-speech-049-wearing-glasses/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #209 – Asleep at the wheel
Have you ever gotten so distracted that you forgot to do something very important? Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to explain that situation in English? Well, look no further than this Catch Word episode! Andrew and Jeremy walk you through a few useful expressions about losing focus during an important task. Make<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/12/catch-word-209-asleep-at-the-wheel/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #220 – Marathon
Do you like jogging? Can you jog 42.195 kilometres? Not many of us can. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about the joys and difficulties of long-distance running. Fun facts In September 2018, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya broke his own world record for the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute,<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/12/chatterbox-220-marathon/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #048 – Vietnam travel nightmare
In this exciting Simplified Speech episode, Andrew recounts a crazy experience he had during his trip to Vietnam. Vacation is supposed to be a time to kick back, relax, and let loose, but sometimes things don’t go the way we plan. Tune in to find out about Andrew’s travel nightmare! Fun facts In this episode,<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/11/simplified-speech-048-vietnam-travel-nightmare/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #219 – Western versus Korean weddings
Are you married? If not, have you been to a wedding recently? In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss the similarities and differences between Western weddings and South Korean weddings. This episode is chock-full of interesting stories, so grab your headphones and press play! Fun facts Did you know that engagement and wedding rings are<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/11/chatterbox-219-western-versus-korean-weddings/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #047 – Washington State
On to Washington State! In this Simplified Speech episode, Suzanne talks with Andrew about the tail end of her summer trip, Washington State. Fun facts Washington State is the only American state to be named after a former president. Expressions included in the study guide Gateway drug Practice makes perfect To border [something] Crappy Treacherous<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/11/simplified-speech-047-washington-state/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #029 – Don’t you think it’d be better if we?
What happens when someone comes to you with a suggestion you really don’t like? That could be awkward. In this Real Talk episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss ways of politely offering alternative options.  Fun facts Native English speakers often contract don’t you to sound like don’t cha. In fact, Don’t Cha is the name of<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/11/real-talk-029-dont-you-think-itd-be-better-if-we/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #218 – Oregon
In this episode, Suzanne talks to Andrew about her recent trip to the state of Oregon. While Oregon is not the most well-known state in the union, Suzanne tells us it has so much to offer. Have a listen! Fun facts Nike Inc., one of the world’s largest sports apparel companies, has its world headquarters<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/11/chatterbox-218-oregon/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #028 – Asking for something at a restaurant
Have you ever wanted to ask for something at a restaurant, but weren’t sure of the best way to phrase it? In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne introduce a phrase that allows you to politely ask for anything at a restaurant. Look out for some useful pronunciation tips, as well! Fun facts The world’s largest<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/11/real-talk-028-asking-for-something-at-a-restaurant/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #217 – California
Where do you like to go when you have a vacation? In this Chatterbox episode, Suzanne talks with Andrew about her recent trip to the most populous state in the United States, California. Fun facts If California were an independent country, its economy would be the fifth richest in the world! Expressions included in the<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/10/chatterbox-217-california/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #208 – Through the roof
What can you say when you see or experience something that is spectacular and beyond what you expected? In this episode, Andrew and Jeremy share two expressions for you to use during just such an occasion. Fun facts An expression used in this episode, TGIF, is so common that it was borrowed by the founders<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/10/catch-word-208-through-the-roof/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #027 – Asking about a product
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’t<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/10/real-talk-027-asking-about-a-product/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #046 – Drawing
Are you a creative person? Are you curious about learning some new vocabulary about art and drawing? Then listen to this Simplified Speech episode, in which Andrew and Jeremy talk about their attempts at drawing. Fun facts Did you know that Pablo Picasso, the famous Spanish artist, was also an animal lover? In his lifetime,<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/10/simplified-speech-046-drawing/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #216 – Forest fires
Forest fires have been ravaging the western coast of the United States and Canada for several months now, with devastating consequences. In this Chatterbox episode, Jeremy and Andrew discuss the terrifying results of these natural disasters and how the fires affect those who live within the burn zones. Fun facts On average, more than 100,000<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/10/chatterbox-216-forest-fires/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #207 – Ending a sentence with though
It might only be one little word, but putting though at the end of a sentence can make a big difference. Join Andrew and Jeremy as they run through the many ways of ending a sentence with though.  Fun facts In this episode, our hosts talk about expressions that are interchangeable. In English, strangely, the<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/09/catch-word-207-ending-a-sentence-with-though/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #215 – Airbnb
Would you open your home to total strangers? Sounds bizarre, but it is the basis of a thriving business. Join Andrew and Morag as they talk about their experiences with Airbnb. Fun facts Throughout the world, there are all kiAlthough Airbnb was founded only 10 years ago, it now has revenue of over $2 billion!nds<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/09/chatterbox-215-airbnb/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #045 – Attending summer camp
Attending summer camp is a very North American experience. Join Andrew and Morag as they share their memories of attending summer camp. Fun facts Throughout the world, there are all kinds of summer camps. You can go to an English camp, a music camp, a theatre camp, even a weight loss camp! Expressions included in<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/09/simplified-speech-045-attending-summer-camp/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #206 – Heavy hitter
Are you a very important person? Do you deal with VIPs all the time? In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss expressions that will help you in the world of heavy hitters and big shots! Fun facts Canada is closelBaseball player Babe Ruth is the epitome of a heavy hitter. In 1920, he<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/09/catch-word-206-heavy-hitter/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #214 – Canadian food
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 leaf<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/09/chatterbox-214-canadian-food/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #205 – Whatever floats your boat
In this week’s episode, Andrew and Jeremy teach you two new idioms about preferences. These idioms do not describe your own preferences, but rather are phrases you can use when describing other people’s preferences, interests, and quirks. Let’s find out what they are! Fun facts Do you know why boats float? It’s because of a<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/08/catch-word-205-whatever-floats-your-boat/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #044 – Summer memories
What do ice cream, air conditioners, and sunscreen all have in common? You can find them all in summertime! In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag take a walk down memory lane by reminiscing about their childhood summer adventures. Join them in their trip to discover how they spent their summer vacations. Fun facts<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/08/simplified-speech-044-summer-memories/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #043 – Sleep tips
Who doesn’t love sleep? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy talk about sleep patterns and helpful tips for getting a better night’s sleep. Fun facts Did you know that 12% of people dream entirely in black and white? Also, the longest recorded period of no sleep was made by Randy Gardner in 1964.<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/08/simplified-speech-043-sleep-tips/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #204 – A buzzkill
Is there someone in your life who is boring and pessimistic, and ruins all of your fun? Have you ever wondered what you could call that type of person in English? Well, look no further! In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy give you some perfect expressions to use. Fun facts Buzz is an<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/08/catch-word-204-a-buzzkill/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #213 – Interview with John: Part 2
This is another special episode with a returning guest, Andrew’s brother John. Andrew and John discuss the struggles of finding an apartment to rent in the increasingly expensive Kelowna area of British Columbia. Fun facts As of 2017, the average cost of a home in Kelowna was $725,000, and up to $10 million in the<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/07/chatterbox-213-interview-with-john-part-2/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #211 – YouTube
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 of<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/07/chatterbox-211-youtube/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #026 – Buying a bus ticket
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, because<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/07/real-talk-026-buying-a-bus-ticket/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #212 – The World Cup
What do you know about the beautiful game? The beautiful game, otherwise known as soccer or football, is probably the most popular sport in the world. This year marks the 21st World Cup season and, as such, Andrew and Jeremy thought it would be a perfect topic to discuss in this Chatterbox episode. Enjoy! Fun<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/07/chatterbox-212-the-world-cup/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #042 – Yoga
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 the<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/07/simplified-speech-042-yoga/">Read More</a>
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Speak Easy #005 – Sentence stress: Part 1
Knowing which words to stress in a sentence (and which words not to stress) is an extremely important part of English pronunciation. In this episode, Suzanne and Andrew teach you all you need to know about sentence stress. Take a listen and make your English pronunciation sound more natural. Fun facts English is a stressed-timed<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/07/speak-easy-005-sentence-stress-part-1/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #210 – Interview with John: Part 1
In this special episode, Andrew interviews his brother, John. This is the first episode of a two-part interview. In this first episode, John talks about his unique job as a forklift operator with a mining company in remote northern Canada. Fun facts Thanks to its mineral-rich soil, Canada is one of the largest mining nations<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/06/chatterbox-210-interview-with-john-part-1/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #203 – In a pickle
What does it mean to be in a pickle or in a jam? It sounds strange, but these are helpful expressions to use when you’re in trouble. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy show you how and when to best use these idioms. Fun facts Pickling food has been done for almost 4500<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/06/catch-word-203-in-a-pickle/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #209 – Luxury products
Have you ever wished you were rich and could buy anything you ever wanted? In this episode of Chatterbox, Andrew and Morag discuss different types of luxury goods and why people buy them. Fun facts The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is made of 18 karat gold and encrusted with 4,500 diamonds. It sold for<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/06/chatterbox-209-luxury-products/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #025 – How to give a compliment
“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 long<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/06/real-talk-025-how-to-give-a-compliment/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #208 – Horoscopes
Do the planets influence our lives? In this episode of Chatterbox, we find out what Andrew and Morag think about the subject of horoscopes and astrology. Fun facts Cultures have long been trying to understand the stars. The oldest known system of astrology comes from ancient Mesopotamia and dates back to more than 4000 years<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/06/chatterbox-208-horoscopes/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #202 – With a grain of salt
Don’t believe everything you hear! But you can trust our hosts Andrew and Jeremy when they talk about key expressions regarding skepticism. Believe me! Fun facts Skepticism is very important in Western philosophy. In fact, since 1992, there’s been a popular US magazine called Skeptic. Expressions included in the study guide Grain of salt Seeing<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/06/catch-word-202-with-a-grain-of-salt/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #041 – Cooking
Everyone needs to eat, but not everyone is a good cook! Join Andrew and Jeremy in this episode of Simplified Speech and find out how well our hosts cook. You might get hungry! Fun facts Kimchi is a popular fermented food from Korea. You can find restaurants that serve the spicy cabbage that has been<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/simplified-speech-041-cooking/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #024 – How to cancel a plan
It’s not always a fun thing to do, but sometimes we need to cancel plans we have already made. Doing it tactfully is very important. In this episode of Real Talk, Andrew and Suzanne give you the best expressions for cancelling plans. Fun facts Early in this episode, Suzanne mentions she recently switched from drinking<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/real-talk-024-how-to-cancel-a-plan/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #040 – Home remedies
If you ask five people for the best remedy for a sore stomach, you might get six different answers! It seems everyone has their own ideas when it comes to medicine. Join Andrew and Suzanne for this episode as they talk about their favourite home remedies! Fun facts Did you know that the cocktail gin<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/simplified-speech-040-home-remedies/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #023 – Returning a missed call
What should you do when you pick up your phone and notice a missed call? Andrew and Jeremy can help you! In this episode of Real Talk, they share the most natural ways English speakers return a missed call. Fun facts Even though companies like Apple and Samsung are leaders in the smartphone industry, they<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/real-talk-023-returning-a-missed-call/">Read More</a>
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Speak Easy #004 – How to pronounce “s” endings
In this Speak Easy episode, Suzanne and Andrew teach you how to make your English sound natural by mastering “s” endings on plural nouns and third-person singular verbs. Fun facts Did you know the letter “s” can be pronounced three different ways? Learn the pronunciation rules by listening to this episode. he London Underground holds<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/speak-easy-004-how-to-pronounce-s-endings-2/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #201 – Emotional baggage
Not all of our experiences in life are positive. Sometimes life is difficult or even traumatic. In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss English terms to use when speaking about emotional baggage and our past experiences. Fun facts The emotional baggage of the brothers in the film The Darjeeling Limited was not just<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/catch-word-201-emotional-baggage/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #207 – Homelessness
Homelessness is a big problem throughout the world. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss the causes and the social implications of this serious issue. Fun facts Although homelessness is no laughing matter, Charlie Chaplin had a stellar film career making people laugh with his tramp character. Expressions included in the study guide To<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/chatterbox-207-homelessness/">Read More</a>
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Speak Easy #003 – Linking
In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne teach you a connected speech feature called linking, or connecting one word to the other, in order to sound more fluent. Fun facts Linking can be found in many languages. In French, it is called using the liaison. Expressions included in the study guide Transcript Pronunciation exercises Bonus listening<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/speak-easy-003-linking/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word #200 – Beats me!
Nobody likes admitting they’re no good at something. But if you must, in this episode of Catch Word, Andrew and Jeremy explore two sayings that will help you express yourself: beats me and to not have a clue. Fun facts Clue is the name of a movie from the 1980s, based on the board game<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/05/catch-word-200-beats-me/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #206 – Creativity
Everyone is creative to some degree, but what makes some people more creative than others? This question has fascinated artists and thinkers for centuries. In this episode of Chatterbox, Andrew and Morag add their own two cents. Fun facts The London Underground holds claim to the oldest subway system in the world. When it opened<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/04/chatterbox-206-creativity/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #039 – Gettin’ around
In this episode of Simplified Speech, Andrew and Suzanne discuss the various ways of navigating a city. Should you travel by public transportation or go your own way? Find out how our hosts get around. Fun facts The London Underground holds claim to the oldest subway system in the world. When it opened in 1863,<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/04/simplified-speech-039-gettin-around/">Read More</a>
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Real Talk #022 – You got the wrong number
Have you ever called the wrong number and didn’t know what to say? Don’t worry! In this Real Talk episode, Suzanne and Andrew discuss the best ways of dealing with these awkward situations on the phone. Fun facts Inventors Innocenzo Manzetti, Charles Bourseul, Johann Philipp Reis, and Antonio Meucci all had claims on the invention<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/04/real-talk-022-you-got-the-wrong-number/">Read More</a>
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Catch Word 199 – To die for
In this episode, Andrew and Jeremy talk about the expressions to die for and to kill for. Don’t worry, it’s not all about death—it’s about wants and desires! You won’t want to miss this episode! Fun facts Food truck festivals are popular the world over. The one in Brussels claims to be the world’s largest,<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/04/catch-word-199-to-die-for/">Read More</a>
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Chatterbox #205 – Conspiracy theories
In this episode, Morag and Andrew share their thoughts on popular conspiracy theories. You may agree or disagree with some of these, but you will surely learn some new words!  Fun facts NASA scientists say that the US flag planted on the moon should still be standing, although you probably wouldn’t find colour on it.<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/03/chatterbox-205-conspiracy-theories/">Read More</a>
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Simplified Speech #038 – Jeju Island
Andrew tells Suzanne all about his recent trip to Jeju Island, South Korea, and his trek to the top of Mount Halla. Fun facts The last time that Mount Halla erupted was in the year 1007. Expressions you’ll learn in this episode To be jam-packed To rough it A way away That stinks Smack dab<a class="read-more" href="https://esl.culips.com/2018/03/simplified-speech-038-jeju-island/">Read More</a>
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