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 »


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 »


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 »

Check out my cheques!

Hi everyone, One of the things I love about being a part of this podcast is seeing the English that we share here at Culips being used in real situation that I encounter in my life! The other day I was waiting at a cash register to pay for some photocopies and I noticed a more »

Hat Head!

Hey everyone! Today (like most days in winter) I was thinking about hat head. I have hat head pretty much every day in winter…and I don’t like it! Hat head is an expression we use in Canada (and the U.S.) to describe what hair looks like after someone has worn a hat for some time. more »

Hiking around Montreal

A few posts back, Jessie wrote about Mount Royal (a small mountain located on the island of Montreal). And just outside of Montreal there are even more mountains to choose from! Since the weather in Montreal is getting warmer and warmer I have been lucky enough to get out of Montreal on weekends and get more »

I ran out of batteries!

Yesterday was a holiday in Canada. It was Victoria Day. Victoria Day is celebrated on the last Monday before or on May 24 in honour of Queen Victoria. In Canada this holiday is known for camping, parties, fireworks, and hoping for nice weather. (We never know what the weather will be like at this time more »

Dance expressions

Hi! Have you already checked out our new episode this week? It was so fun to make for you. This episode is about expressions we have for dancing. It is called “Get Down” which is just one expression for dancing. When we were working on this episode different dance songs would get in our heads, more »

Love at first sight

Every time that I hear this expression I automatically get this song stuck in my head. It’s a very catchy and fun song. I really don’t believe in love at first sight in the traditional sense, I don’t think that I could see someone and be in love with them just by seeing them. Even more »

The Temperature Challenge

Brrrr! Photo by Ryan King It’s pretty cold here in Montreal these days, but I’ve been drinking lots of hot tea to stay warm!  Maybe that’s why I started to think about all the ways we use temperature words in the English language.  There are so many expressions and idioms that have to do with more »

Indian Summer?

Every September, I hope for an Indian Summer. An Indian summer is when we have weather that stays warm into the fall season. So far this month it has been pretty warm in Montreal. But today was a bit chilly (cool, not so cold) and windy, and I needed a coat. The sun is also more »

Easier said than done!

Hey everyone! Today I was thinking about everyone who is learning a new language. It can be so hard! Right now I am in Beauceville, a small town in the province of Quebec. Everyone speaks French here. There is no English spoken here. Even after some years learning French it can still be difficult! Last more »

Making a scene!

Hello everyone, I have quite a story to share with you all about my new neighbour. A neighbour is someone who lives in your neighbourhood, which is the area where you live. My new neighbour is a SKUNK. Last week, I was walking home with Craig when I saw something move. It was about 2 more »

Hot and muggy (slang terms for the heat)

Canadians generally like to talk about the weather. We complain about the cold, cold winters and we whine about hot summers. It’s a pretty varied climate in this country. In the winter, even in the southern part of Canada, it can be -30 °C (-22 °F)! This weekend summer arrived in Montreal! And it sure more »