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-Differences between Canadian and American spelling

Beta – Beta is an old word, but is being used as a new technological term. A beta version means that it is the first version and it is still in the testing stage. At Culips, this is the beginning stage of our podcasts so we will be making some changes as we learn how to improve our services.

Blog – A blog is a new word too! It is a log, or journal and can be about almost anything. It is a place to put more personal comments on the Internet. Culips has a blog! Click here to read our latest entries.

Catch Word – This is the name of one type of podcast that we do here at Culips. It is usually an episode about one word or expression. We explore where the word or expression comes from, all the different meanings and synonyms, and situations where we might use it. “Catchword” is a real word in English, it means “a well-known word or phrase that captures a quality or notion.” Catchwords are used often in business marketing as part of slogans or tag lines (short phrases that describe the product or company). For example, our catchword at Culips is “Fun, Practical, Everyday English.” Click here to check out our Catch Word podcasts.

Chatterbox – This is the name of one type of podcast that we do here at Culips. It is usually an interview with someone who has an interesting story to tell. The verb “to chatter” means to talk a lot, and “chatterbox” is a fun word to call someone who talks a lot. Click here to check out our Chatterbox podcasts.

Close Up – This is the name of one type of podcast that we do here at Culips. It is where we take an in-depth look at something cultural or social. In the Close Up podcast, Maura looks closely at one conversation and talks about the vocabulary, idioms, and slang used. She even might look at some grammar, but not too much! Click here to check out our Close Up podcasts.

Culips – It is not an English word that you can find in the dictionary! We created the name Culips from Culture and Language. CUL for culture and LIPS for language (we use our lips to talk). And so every Culips episode has interesting elements of culture as well as language; they are inseparable!

Curious Questions – This is another name of one type of podcast that we do here at Culips. In this type of podcast episode we answer your questions about English. We would love to hear from you! Click here to send us your questions! The adjective “curious” means “eager to learn” or “interested in learning.” Click here to check out our Curious Questions podcasts.

Lipservice – You may have seen or heard this word at Culips. This is what we call our study guide here. Lipservice includes the transcripts, a more detailed explanation and a quiz.

Lipservice is actually part of a real expression in English. The expression is “to pay lip service.” This means to say you are going to do something, but not actually do it.

Example: Don’t just pay lip service to your staff, give them new office furniture like you promised.

The Plateau – You may have heard this in some of our episodes. This is the area of Montreal, Canada where we podcast from!

Podcast – This a brand new word in English. It is only a couple years old so you may not find it in some dictionaries. It is like a radio show through the Internet that you can listen to whenever you want. It is what this website is all about! We use it as a noun and a verb.

Sarcasm – We don’t mention this word a lot, but if you listen to our Catch Word podcasts we use this sense of humour a lot. Sarcasm is a kind of humour. This humour usually works by saying the opposite of what is true, or saying untrue things, sometimes absurd things.
Example: in Catch Word episode Put, Robin says that Maura puts him down a lot. He is being sarcastic. It isn’t the truth and it is a bit funny because of that.

Transcript – At Culips we write down our podcasts and make a written version for you to see. Transcripts are written records of speech. Transcripts are helpful for ESL learners because they allow you to see the words that we say in our podcasts. If you can’t understand something you hear in the podcast, you can read it in the transcript.