Snack time!

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learn Canadian culture and English onlineOur 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 and unhealthy snacks, sweet and salty snacks, and even the midnight snack. Try to listen to this episode without feeling like grabbing a snack yourself!

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Maura: Yeah, so at convenience stores you can definitely buy big bags of potato chips or small bags, which is really a snack size..
Harp: Yup, exactly. You again have so many different flavours – ketchup, barbecue, sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar, and the list goes on and on and on.
Maura: Yeah we should mention the first flavour you said was ketchup and that is a flavour that I think we only have in Canada.
Harp: Oh, really?
Maura: Yeah, ketchup-flavoured chips.
Harp: It’s an unusual chip, but it’s good.
Maura: It is unusual and, I agree, it’s delicious.
Harp: If you come to Canada, you have to try the ketchup chip.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

A snack Healthy v.s. unhealthy
More healthy or healthier A meal
A convenience store A Twinkie
A Wagon Wheel A doughnut
Frosted, glazed, etc. Doughnut shop/Coffee shop
Ketchup-flavoured potato chips The best of the bunch
Granola In one sitting
The push for Willpower
Tim Hortons A timbit
A midnight snack

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Tinym

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  1.' Amr Wady says:

    Hi Maura and Harp,

    Thanks a bunch for this great real life lesson.
    Unfortunately, The audio file has a problem on it and hope to fix it and reload it again for us as possible as. The audio file stopped on page 1 on the transcript; Maura: Right. Of course, you have breakfast ” and then skipped to page 5 on ” When I was a teenager, I was so bad ”

    Thanks in advance,

    Amr Wady.

  2. Harp Brar says:

    Hi Amr,

    Hope you are doing well! Thanks for letting us know about the problem.

    Can you please try checking again to see if you’re still having an issue with the audio? We have checked on a couple of different computers and we’re able to hear the whole episode without any problems.

    Let us know if the audio is still a problem and we’ll troubleshoot some more.

    Also if anyone else out there is having the same problem, please let us know.

    Culips ESL Podcast

  3.' Frida says:

    Thanks for this real nice episode.
    The audio was complete for me.

  4.' Amr Wady says:

    Hi Harp,

    I am doing well. How about you? The audio file works completely now. So, Thanks a lot for fixing this troubleshoot.
    And i have a question; ” Is it acceptable to say; Greetings instead of hello as Frida said at her comment here? ”

    Thanks in advance,

    Amr Wady.

  5.' Carla says:

    Hi Maura,

    Here in Brazil we have a ketchup-flavoured chips too!

    Best Regards,


  6. Maura says:

    Hey everyone,

    We’re glad to know that no one else is having any other problems on the site. Thanks for the feedback.

    Amr, yes, it is acceptable to use “Greetings” as Frida did. It is a bit more formal than “Hello”, and used when you are writing to someone who you do not know, or a large group of people. Since we have never met Frida and her comments are public it is appropriate. Good question!

    Carla, I am happy to hear that if I ever go to Brazil I can get ketchup-flavoured chips! They’re good, aren’t they? Thanks for letting us know!


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