Happy Holidays Culips

Chatterbox #38 – Christmas

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 »


Catch Word #76 – 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 »


Chatterbox #37– Job Interview

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 »


Catch Word #75 – 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 »


Chatterbox #36 – 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?   more »


Catch Word #74 – 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 »

Canadian ESL Podcast

Catch Word #73 – Word blends

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)!


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 »


Chatterbox #35 – Snacks

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 »


Chatterbox #34 – 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 »


Catch Word #72 – To blow things 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.


Chatterbox #33 – Air travel

Everyone at Culips is a traveler. And if you are learning English, then maybe you also like to visit other countries and experience different cultures. Taking airplanes is part of the fun of traveling, and there is lots of special vocabulary and slang that go with it. If you’re ever going to take a flight more »


Catch Word #71 – To be into something

In this episode we are talking about expressions used to mean that you like something or someone. We look at the popular expressions to be into or to be crazy about something or someone. We also look at to be big on something or to be a big something person. Instead of saying that you more »


Chatterbox #32 – Working in Canada

Are you working right now? Are you thinking about coming to Canada to work? Are you going to working one day? I think that’s about everybody! Listen to this episode to find out about working in Canada. Harp and Maura talk about what it is like to work in Canada and share their own experiences more »


Catch Word #70 – To butter someone up

Have you ever needed something from someone a lot? Maybe you needed someone to do something for you so much that you buttered them up first. Do you know someone who is a sweet talker and often gets what they want? Or would you kiss someone’s butt? In this episode we give you lots of more »