Parents – Culips English Podcast

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Parenting Image Culips English PodcastWhen you were young, did your parents give you an allowance? Did you have a curfew? Parents always want the best for their kids, but raising a child is not always easy. In this episode, Harp and Maura talk about parents and everything parents have to do for their kids. We talk about rules, chores, and punishments that many Canadian parents use. We also talk about some of the crazy expressions that parents say to their children. Listen to this one if you’re a parent, or if you have one!

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Harp: Another thing that parents do is they give an allowance.
Maura: Right. Especially for doing chores. So, parents will give their children a certain amount of money per week and then it’s their money to do with what they want. So they could save it, or they could spend it. And that’s called an allowance.
Harp: So often times in families, when kids are growing up, when they do their chores, they get an allowance and the amount would depend on the family.
Maura: I probably don’t even know what kids get nowadays but I would say maybe $20 a week or something?
Harp: I have no idea. I never got an allowance when I was growing up.
Maura: Yeah, me neither.
Harp: It always seemed to be so cool though. On TV I would see in shows that people would get an allowance, and I would imagine the things I would do with money.
Maura: So right, children do chores, sometimes they get allowances, and then they also possibly get into trouble.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To raise a child Chores
Alotta Dishwasher
To sleep in Allowances
Kids and other slang terms for children To ground
Punishments Curfews
Money doesn’t grow on trees As long as you live under my roof, you’ll do what I say
To walk uphill both ways Do you think those socks are going to pick themselves up?
I brought you into this world, and I can take you out To keep an ear out

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Sander van der Wel

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  1.' lotfollah says:

    Dear Maura and Harp,
    Since parenting can be a bit different in different countries,this episode is quite helpful to know something about the Canadian parenting.Thanks again for the wonderful job you are doing.

  2.' Mark, Russia says:

    I love the word “ground”, we call it literally “home imprisonment”. And the phrase “I brought you into this world,…” exists in our languge in this form: “I have given birth to you, I will kill you”-taken from a classic novel.
    thanks for nice topic!!!
    love yall

  3. Maura says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Mark. It’s interesting to know that similar expressions exist in Russian too. I’m sure they also exist in many other languages. Everywhere you go there are parents and kids!

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