Who has to go to the bathroom?—Culips English Podcast

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This week at Culips, our episode is about a topic that most people don’t really like talking about. We finally decided to talk about going to the bathroom, including how we talk about it in Canada and other details, like what a restroom looks like over here. Harp and Maura do their best to teach you about bathroom etiquette in North America, and the subject only gets gross a couple of times!

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Maura: And when you’re in someone’s home, you wanna use only washroom or bathroom. You wouldn’t say restroom in someone’s home. It just doesn’t work.
Harp: It’s really only for public spaces.
Maura: Right. So, what about the word toilet, when people say they are going to the toilet?

Harp: We don’t really say that very often in Canada.
Maura: Yeah, it’s not that common. Sometimes you might hear it, though; some people might say it.
Harp: Some people might use it, but it really does lead to a visual picture, which…

Maura: It’s a bit direct for Canadians, and I think a lot of Americans to the south of us too, because we usually say washroom or bathroom.
Harp: Yeah, exactly. If you say, Oh, where is the toilet? It’s very clear what you’re going there to do.
Maura: Yeah. It is true, though, that in England and Australia, they do say toilet and it’s very common.
Harp: Because it’s common, I think it’s not a big deal there, but because it’s not common here, it sounds strange when people say it.

Expressions included from this episode in Learning Materials:

The ins and outs Washroom, bathroom, restroom, toilet
Being indirect Touchy
To gross someone out/To be grossed out To go to the can/To go to the john
Borderline Hold that thought
To hold it The Blue Jays
To go to the ladies’ room To run into someone
Elevator talk Canadian restrooms
Number 1 and number 2, and more!

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Dummy Sky

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  1. laderon2@yahoo.com' Mark (Russia) says:

    Hello. One more fantabulous podcast!!!! Thank you so mush guys!!! (or just ‘girls’ if that won’t be too rude). It’s recalled me some embarrassing situation while I was in the US. By the way, there was one thing that threw me for a loop: prices!!!! Or better to say written prices – you see one price on the item you want to purchase but this is not the price you will actually pay!!!! You need to add the sale tax, and only than you’ll come up with the actual price. That was too strange for me, and one of the things that I was not able to get used to. So my question is how is it going in Canada? Does a written price in stores corresponds with the actual one? And what are others tricky shopping things that a foreigner must expect going shopping in Canada.
    And how has it changed since that Economical crisis happened?
    Thank you so much.
    You are awesome!

  2. andrelmariano@gmail.com' Andre Mariano says:

    I’ve liked so much!! Very funny and useful podcast. Congratulations.


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