Who’s got mail?—Culips English Podcast

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snail mail Culips English podcast Before we had e-mail, the popular way to exchange written messages was by sending letters through snail mail. Canada’s postal service recently went through a period when they weren’t delivering mail, which inspired us to create this episode. We talk about traditional mail versus e-mail too, as well as Harp’s grandparents’ letters from India and Maura’s pen pal in England.

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Harp: So you met him on the Internet, and then you guys become pen pals and used traditional snail mail. Then you met in real life and then now you met again, years later, using Facebook.
Maura: Yup. It’s pretty cool.
Harp: That’s a very cool story.
Maura: Yeah, it was fun. And it’s always fun to meet people from different places and exchange with them and get to know people. I like that.
Harp: Yeah. I had pen pals when I was young but they were always living somewhere far and I never wrote to them for a long time. I never met any of my pen pals. That’s very cool.
Maura: Yeah, yeah, it was fun.

Expressions included from this episode in Learning Materials:

Snail mail A strike
Sick days To walk off
The bargaining table To be backed up
Junk mail and bills A rule of thumb
Paperless Back in the day
Pen pals

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Girls from the hills

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  1. adriansgarbi@gmail.com' adrian sgarbi says:

    Dear Friends,

    I do think that Culips is a great podcast and I really like the materials that you are elaborating for us english learners. But (and I will say that just because I like you guys) there are a lot of “definitely” into your conversation. This podcast has 10 “definitely”. Please, change that is a kind of vicious that you are spreading unnecessarily. I would like to continue to recommend your podcast without this “but” for all my friends. Thank you and great job guys. I’ve been learning a lot.

  2. mimipdomi@yahoo.fr' Domi says:

    Hello Culips!
    Great podcast. You’re right, it’s more fun to receive mails rather than email. I have an inmate pen pal, and the idea of receiving his mails any time is so cool!

  3. Maura says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words!

    Adrian, we know we repeat some words or expressions often, but because we speak naturally this is what happens sometimes. We do try to cut down though :)

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