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 »

Sugar Shack (Cabane à Sucre)

When people think of Canada, one of the first things that comes to mind is maple syrup. Canada’s maple syrup industry in mostly in the eastern part of the country, and I was raised out west (in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta), so I didn’t grow up knowing very much about maple syrup, more »

Montreal’s Famous Bagels

Lots of places—whether cities, provinces, states, countries, or regions—have a food or foods that they’re famous for. Sometimes those foods are famous worldwide, like Japan’s sushi or Italy’s pasta. Sometimes they’re just famous within the country or region itself. To give you just a few examples, Canada is known for its maple syrup production; the more »

Culips Team Holiday Party – Bowling

2010 was a busy year at Culips. We’ve been working hard at making the best ESL podcasts to help you, our listeners, learn English—improving your English listening comprehension and giving you tons of idioms to help you sound more natural when you speak English. After all this hard work throughout the year, we decided that more »

Where do you listen to Culips???

Do you remember the time before portable music? Only being able to listen to music while inside? Well, I still remember my first portable cassette tape player; it was a hand-me-down from my older sister. It was amazing to me to be able to listen to the radio and music while walking around outside. Then more »

Movember

It’s the month of November and I have been seeing quite a number of men with moustaches around! I found out recently this is because of Movember. For more information you can go to their website: www.movember.com. Movember is a charity event that happens during the month of November. What happens is that men grow more »

Want to hear a funny story?

I just finished listening to this week’s Culips ESL podcast episode, hosted by Harp and Maura, and I really enjoyed it! It’s a Chatterbox episode about the art of telling stories in English. If you haven’t heard the episode yet, check it out here (for free, as always): The art of telling stories in English more »

Harvest Time – My Visit to a Farm

In early September I made a trip out west to visit my best friend, Deneille. I met Deneille when we were both teaching English in South Korea. Deneille had a very different childhood than I did, because she grew up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan. I’ve wanted to visit her family’s farm ever since more »

Summertime Adventures

Hello! Most of us at Culips have been away from the blog, enjoying the summer, and just now are accepting that fall is here and the cold winter weather is coming! There are leaves all over the ground and we need to wear a jacket to go outside now. Brrrr! I had a really great more »

Twins Parade

Ha ha ha! The Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal just ended last weekend. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Twins Parade. I had heard of it before but I had never attended. It was super interesting and fun to watch! The concept for the Twins Parade is very simple – Lots more »

Dragon’s Beard Candy in Chinatown

Hi everybody! It’s summertime in the Northern Hemisphere and in Montreal that means that it’s time for all kinds of festivals and outdoor events like sidewalk sales. A sidewalk sale is a special event where all the stores and restaurants on a certain street or in a certain area move outside and sell their things more »

PostSecret

Hello everyone, If you ever read this blog you may have noticed that one of my favourite things to do in my spare time is listen and watch for expressions we’ve looked at in Culips’ episodes! But seriously — I was surfing the net, looking at a site I like to check out from time more »

Stuck in my head

Do you ever get a song stuck in your head? You keep singing it over and over in your mind. Last weekend I edited the Catch Word episode about the word wannabe. In it, Jessie and Maura talk about the singer Lady Gaga and how someone might be a Lady Gaga wannabe and dress like more »

Snowshoeing!

Hey all! I went snowshoeing a couple weeks ago and wanted to share some photos with you. You can see in the picture where we are standing that my two friends are wearing some funny things on their feet. These are snowshoes! They are like shoes for snow. But actually, they are just attachments that more »

Olympic Fever

I love the Olympics, I always have and I always will. As a young girl, I remember being excited whenever the Olympics were happening. I was about 7 years old when the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics happened and I remember watching many of the different events. I love both the Summer and Winter Olympics and more »