Christmas Questions from our listeners answered!

Happy Holidays wherever you are! This year we asked what people wanted to know about the holiday season in Canada and we got some questions! In this episode, Harp and Maura answer these questions, talking about clementines and whether Christmas or New Year’s is the bigger holiday. They both also share some memorable moments from more »

Dibs!

In today’s episode we’re going to look at an expression that you can use to say that something is yours. To make a claim that something or some activity belongs to you, you can call dibs. It’s a funny little word with some variations that we also talk about, like to have first dibs. And more »

‘Tis the season!

Everyone at Culips is getting ready to relax and be with friends and family this holiday season! We are currently working on our Christmas episode. A great way to to learn English with this episode is to sit back and have some egg nog (a traditional holiday drink). One thing that always get me in more »

Tips for Canadian job interviews

Harp is back by popular demand with more advice on looking for work. This time Harp gives advice on everything about the interview process. She talks about how to prepare, what to do during the interview, and how to follow up afterwards. You’ll get some tips about the Canadian job hunt, and hear some of more »

A taste of your own medicine

Have you ever given someone a taste of their own medicine? Has anyone ever given you a taste of your own? Shawn gave Angela a taste of her own medicine. This means that Shawn treated Angela in the same bad way that she had been treating him. This episode is about the expressions that people more »

Baby talk

Babies are special little people that have vocabulary special to them. In this episode, we look at vocabulary for before the baby gets here, when the mother is in labour, and after the baby is born and starts to grow. Do you know what a onesie is? Are you afraid of the terrible twos? Harp: more »

Where do you listen to Culips???

Do you remember the time before portable music? Only being able to listen to music while inside? Well, I still remember my first portable cassette tape player; it was a hand-me-down from my older sister. It was amazing to me to be able to listen to the radio and music while walking around outside. Then more »

It happened out of the blue!

Sometimes life is unpredictable and things happen out of the blue. Sometimes people say things that seem to come from out of nowhere. In situations like this you might react by saying, Where did that come from?, or I didn’t see that coming. You can prepare for what to say in English when something unexpected more »

Word Blends like fantabulous, ginormous, and frenemy

Languages are always evolving and changing. Here we look at a pretty modern trend in English, which is to make new words by blending two words together. Sometimes these two words have similar meanings, and sometimes they have opposite meanings. Check out this episode and chillax (chill and relax)! Maura: So we take fantastic and more »

Movember

It’s the month of November and I have been seeing quite a number of men with moustaches around! I found out recently this is because of Movember. For more information you can go to their website: www.movember.com. Movember is a charity event that happens during the month of November. What happens is that men grow more »

Snack time!

Our eating habits around the world are so different, from the food to eat, to the time we eat, to what we eat. But no matter where you are or where you’re from, you snack! In this episode Maura and Harp talk about popular snack habits in Canada and North America. They talk about healthy more »

Want to hear a funny story?

I just finished listening to this week’s Culips ESL podcast episode, hosted by Harp and Maura, and I really enjoyed it! It’s a Chatterbox episode about the art of telling stories in English. If you haven’t heard the episode yet, check it out here (for free, as always): The art of telling stories in English more »

The art of telling stories in English

Listen to this! That is just one of the ways that people begin stories to get people’s attention. We discuss ways to begin stories in English, and also how people use the present tense to tell a story in the past! People often exaggerate when telling stories and this episode we give you some examples more »

What’s the big deal? Don’t blow it out of proportion.

This episode is about how people react to different situations. Some people have big reactions to situations that are not important. In these cases, we can use to blow something out of proportion, to make a mountain out of a molehill, or to make a big deal out of something. We give lots of examples more »

Harvest Time – My Visit to a Farm

In early September I made a trip out west to visit my best friend, Deneille. I met Deneille when we were both teaching English in South Korea. Deneille had a very different childhood than I did, because she grew up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan. I’ve wanted to visit her family’s farm ever since more »