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Culips Everyday English Podcast

Culips English Podcast

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!

528 - Catch Word #246 – Butterfingers
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  • 528 - Catch Word #246 – Butterfingers

    Are you clumsy and uncoordinated? You’re not alone! In this episode, Andrew and Kassy teach us two ways to talk about being clumsy and share stories where they broke things by accident.
    Culips’ Catch Word series teaches you idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions that help improve your English listening and speaking skills. Our online English grammar episodes are the best way to learn English. With Catch Word, you learn common phrases used by native English speakers while listening to a casual, natural conversation. You’ll even learn new ways to refer to clumsy actions!









    Fun facts
    According to a 2007 study from the University of Delaware, clumsiness is something we’re born with. They quizzed 1500 student athletes and found that those with the slowest mental reaction times and processing speeds were the most likely to get injured. If you’re a naturally clumsy person, doctors suggest slowing down and taking in your surroundings before you act—that will help reduce the number of accidents.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * Butterfingers
    * Klutz
    * Pump [someone] up
    * Deets
    * Lighten the mood
    * Umbrella term



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    For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
    Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
    Photo Credit: Maria Bobrova & Sung Jin Cho (Unsplash)

    Mon, 14 Jun 2021 - 18min
  • 527 - Catch Word #245 – Heart-to-heart

    In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy introduce two really useful phrases for talking about emotions and feelings. Sharing the thoughts buried deep in your heart isn’t an easy thing to do, especially in a foreign language. By listening to this episode, you can make those difficult emotional conversations feel a little less stressful.
    Our Catch Word series is perfect for intermediate learners looking to boost their English listening fluency to the next level. Tune in to learn two common idiomatic expressions about feelings and emotions, to have a heart-to-heart and to get [something] off [one’s] chest.









    Fun facts
    Did you know a woman’s heart typically beats faster than a man’s? An adult woman has an average heartbeat of 78 beats per minute, while men hover around 70 beats per minute. Newborns have an even faster heartbeat than adults averaging somewhere between 70 and 190 beats per minute.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * To have a heart-to-heart
    * Cut the crap
    * To iron [something] out
    * To make up
    * To shift gears
    * To get [something] off [one’s] chest



    Copyright: Culips.com
    For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
    Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
    Photo Credit: Maria Bobrova & Sung Jin Cho (Unsplash)

    Wed, 09 Jun 2021 - 22min
  • 526 - Chatterbox #269 – The subscription economy

    Do you have a Netflix, Spotify, or YouTube Premium subscription? All three? In this interesting Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Suzanne chat about monthly subscription services. Tune in to hear about different types of subscriptions services that are available and which ones Andrew and Suzanne subscribe to.
    Chatterbox episodes are perfect for high-intermediate and advanced English language learners. Listen to completely natural English conversations spoken at normal speeds and chock-full of everyday phrases and colloquialisms. This episode focuses on phrases related to the subscription economy—buying things that are billed your account every cycle, whether that be weekly, monthly, or yearly.









    Fun facts
    According to an article from Business Wire, subscription services have increased over 350% in the last 8 years. More and more people are moving from buying physical products to buying access to digital services for a moderate monthly fee. Gone are the days of buying CDs, DVDs, and cable TV. Now people flock towards subscription-based digital services to listen to their favourite music and watch their favourite movies and TV shows with just the click of a button.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * To nail it on the head
    * A good fit
    * The good stuff
    * To get you
    * Voila
    * To pique one’s interest

    Sat, 05 Jun 2021 - 20min
  • 525 - Catch Word #244 – Connect the dots

    Some people can’t get enough of jigsaw puzzles. They like connecting the dots and the challenge of piecing everything together. In the end, it’s always important to pay attention to the bigger picture. In this Catch Word episode, that’s exactly what hosts Andrew and Jeremy are talking about. Their two main expressions are to connect the dots and to piece together [something]. They explore the similarities between these two expressions and how to use them. Give it a listen!









    Fun facts
    Did you know that there is an annual puzzle competition called the World Puzzle Championship? It features several different puzzles where competitors must connect the dots and piece together logical information as best as they can.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * To connect the dots
    * To piece together [something]
    * The whole picture
    * To funnel money
    * I never would have guessed
    * To be up to no good



    Copyright: Culips.com
    For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
    Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
    Photo Credit: Maria Bobrova & Sung Jin Cho (Unsplash)

    Wed, 02 Jun 2021 - 18min
  • 524 - Catch Word #244 – Read between the lines

    The way we communicate includes more than what we actually say. Sometimes there are hidden meanings! In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne explain two phrases that mean to look past the obvious for the truth.
    Catch Word episodes define idioms, phrases, and slang so you can sound like a native speaker. Listen as two English speakers have a natural conversation so you can improve your vocabulary and listening skills. You will also learn new ways to talk about finding the hidden meaning!









    Fun facts
    The expression read between the lines comes from cryptography—using codes to protect information. In one code, reading every second line of a message gives a different meaning from that of the entire text.


    Expressions included in the study guide



    * Read between the lines
    * To take a hint
    * To break down [something]
    * Face value
    * Body language
    * Keep an eye out



    Copyright: Culips.com
    For more information about this episode, visit culips.com.
    Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
    Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski (Unsplash)

    Wed, 26 May 2021 - 29min
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