Try not to step on anyone's toes

Try not to step on anyone’s toes

Most people don’t like to be bothered or to disturb other people, but sometimes we do it anyway. In this episode, we look at expressions describing when someone is disturbed by another person. It could be something said or done that upsets this person, and it could be intentional or unintentional. We don’t want to more »

Multiculturalism in Canada—Culips English Podcast

Here’s another episode suggested by a Culips listener. Compared to other countries, Canada is pretty new and very multicultural. Harp and Maura talk about how multiculturalism works in Canada and share their own family backgrounds. Where is Maura’s family from? Where did Harp’s family live when they first moved to Canada? Learn more about Canada’s more »

Countdown to 2010!!!

At Culips, we will be taking a short break to rest and relax during the holidays. In this break we will be featuring a countdown of our Top 4 most popular episodes. Also during this short break we will be preparing to gear up for some exciting new changes, including a new website design and a forum for you to discuss your English questions.

Culture: Love At First Sight

Happy Valentine’s Day! In this episode we are talking about the phenomenon of falling in love at first sight. Actually Robin and Harp are continuing their conversation from last episode and Maura explains some of the expressions they use. You’ll also learn about Cupid! Do you know Cupid? Robin : But how long does it more »

Culture: Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s one week until Valentine’s Day and to get you in the mood for love we are uploading our episode a week early! Maura talks a bit about the history of Valentine’s Day to start and then we listen to a REAL conversation between Robin and Harp about Valentine’s Day. What do Robin and Harp more »

Can you do me a favour?

Can you do me a favour? Rich has had an accident and needs some help from a friend. In this episode, he calls Chris and asks him for a favour. (In Canada favour is spelled with a u. For other spelling differences, check out our glossary.) Rich and Chris use expressions like on my way more »

Linda starts her new job

Linda has started her new job and meets one of her new colleagues. What can you say when you meet someone new? It is the best time to make a first impression, so let’s listen to what Alice and Linda talk about here. Alice: Hi, I’m Alice. Nice to meet you. Linda: Nice to meet more »

Blind Date part 2

Jen gets mixed up and Rick is a couch potato! Do you already know these funny expressions? After finding out about Jen’s date in part 1 of Catching Up, she asks Rick about his night. Find out what is new with him. Jen: So what about your night? Rick: Well, I didn’t do anything special. more »

Blind Date Part 1

Jen just went on a blind date and Rick tries to find out all the details. A blind date means that Jen and Rick did not know each other before. Learn how to talk about love in this episode. Were there sparks? Was there chemistry? This episode also features the expression to beat around the more »

Catching Up Part 2

Tara and Fred haven’t seen each other in awhile. In this episode they continue their meeting in a cafe and catch up. And someone walks in on their boss in the washroom! Oh no, how embarrassing! Check out the explanations of all the new vocabulary in Lipservice too. Host: Tara: Guess what happened to her more »

Catching up Part 1

Have you caught up with a good friend lately? Tara and Fred have just met in a cafe and are telling each other what’s new. Here, learn how to catch up in English with ease, and also hear some new expressions explained for you including over here, guess what and to tough it out. Host: more »

Culture Shock!

In this episode Jen and Chris meet up in a crowded café to discuss Chris’s latest adventure. He is Canadian and has just come back from an exciting trip to Tokyo. They discuss about Chris’s experiences in another country and culture. Here we explain expressions like time flies and to show someone the ropes, and more »