Sue’s Karaoke Cuts

In Chatterbox #170, Sue tells us that she sang Karaoke during her trip to Orlando, Florida. Here are video links to the three songs she sang! Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner Are You Going to Be My Girl? – Jet Just Give Me a Reason – Pink  Next time you find yourself singing more »

Does Mozart eat Pizza and Mozzarella: TS or ZZ?

We recently had a message on Facebook inquiring as to why we pronounce PIZZA, MOZART, NAZI, and MOZZARELLA with a “TS” sound, as opposed to a “ZZ” sound. This is a great question! As you may know, when we have other words with double ZZ’s, such as DIZZY, FIZZY, or DRIZZLE, we pronounce them exactly more »

In A Cab Comprehension Questions

In our latest episode, Real Talk 001: In A Cab, we asked you three comprehension questions. If you haven’t listened to this episode, make sure to check it out now. Here are the answers to the comprehension questions: 1. When Lisa points out that she lives in “this brick building”, is she close to the more »


Pizza Ladder

A Culips listener from South Korea sent us an email asking about Andrew’s use of the expression pizza ladder in Simplified Speech #010 First Jobs. If you haven’t heard this episode yet, you should do so now! Today’s blog is dedicated to explaining what pizza ladder means. In the episode, Andrew and Morag talk about their first more »

5 Ways You Can Support Culips

A lot of people ask us how they can support Culips. Your support means we can dedicate more time and resources to making Culips better than ever.  Here are a couple of easy ways you can help us take Culips to the next level. 1.) Rate and review us on iTunes iTunes ratings and reviews more »


Tips for Learning English

Everyone knows that learning English is difficult, but don’t worry—Culips is here to help! We’ve put together a list of language-learning tips that will have you speaking fluently in no time! Live English As much as you can, try to mimic the life of English speakers. Follow the same TV shows as they do, listen more »

Happy New Year!

The holidays provide a great opportunity to take some time and reflect back on the past 365 days. 2015 was a fantastic year for Culips! We recorded interviews with some very interesting people like Andrew’s friend Luke and Jessica from All Ears English. Our Catch Word episodes kept you up to date on some of the freshest slang and we introduced more »

All about IELTS

By Jessica Beck from IELTS Energy Podcast and All Ears English The team at Culips was kind enough to have me on the show to talk about IELTS—a test perhaps many listeners were unfamiliar with. Andrew asked some great questions about the exam, and, even though it was a conversation essentially about test preparation, I had more »

All About Writing

Welcome to another edition of the Culips Blog! Today I’m going to talk all about writing. We here at Culips strongly believe that our podcast can help you improve your English in many different ways. We realize, however, that it may be difficult to become a better writer through listening to our podcast. So, today’s more »


Have you ever noticed a word from your native language being used in English? English has a long and interesting history. During its evolution, English has borrowed many, many words from other languages. This has helped enrich the language’s lexicon. Often these borrowed words are referred to as loanwords. The excellent blog Lexicon Valley recently posted an more »

Phrasal Vocabulary

How big is your phrasal vocabulary? We get many emails from listeners asking us about phrasal verbs and expressions. If you find them difficult, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Phrasal verbs and expressions are really hard to learn.  For example, understanding the core definition of to give may be simple but learning all of give’s more »

Listener Question: To Ship vs. To Deliver

We recently got a great question from a Culips listener via email (Thanks Ana!), so I thought I’d share my answer here, in case other people are wondering about the same thing. Ana wanted to know more about the verbs to ship and to deliver, and the differences between the two. This is a great more »

Culips is Now Available on Stitcher

Hi Culips fans! Wow, Culips is really getting into all the latest technology these days. You can find us on iTunes: You can drop by our busy Facebook page: And you can follow us on Twitter: But the newest development in our vast multimedia empire is that our podcast is now available more »


Hey Culips listeners!

We recently did an episode about klutzes, where we told you all about clumsy people and the expression we can use to talk about them. In one of our example dialogues, we used the word vase. If you’re a Culips member, you might have seen the note about this word vase having two pronunciations. Here’s more »

Autumn is Oyster Season in Canada

Do you like seafood? Are oysters common where you live? In Canada, peak oyster season happens in the fall. Last weekend, we saw some boxes of fresh oysters in the grocery store and decided to try preparing them for ourselves! Before that, I’d only ever eaten oysters at a restaurant. There’s a popular restaurant in more »