Chatterbox #275 – The pandemic economy

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The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone over the past year and a half. So what does this mean for the economy? In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Kassy discuss the pandemic economy, how it’s changing, and what this could mean for the future.

Culips’ Chatterbox series is designed for intermediate and advanced English learning. All Chatterbox episodes feature natural conversations between two native English speakers. Listening to these audio lessons helps improve your grammar, vocabulary, and listening skills so that you can become fluent. You’ll be able to speak English naturally with Culips, and you might just learn something interesting along the way.

Fun facts

During the pandemic, there is one restaurant service that has done really well: pizza. Pizzerias, and other restaurants that deliver pizzas, saw a 40% increase in sales just a few months into the pandemic.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Uptick
  • Skyrocket
  • Ups and downs
  • Come to a dead halt
  • Sell like hotcakes
  • Left-leaning

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
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9 months ago

Hi Andrew and Kassy!

Thanks for this new episode!

I’d like to kindly ask if you have some tips how to succes a quite difficult online assessment tests in English.

I need to battle with time and with words which are really specific. Like this:

Find a synonyms

a. Beggared, b. Affluent, c. Exasperated d. Intoxicated

a. Dictator, b. Deluge, c. Torn, d. Torpid

I’m struggling, how can I understand at least of them. Maybe you could make an episode of this like. 

Studying with Culips is always enthusiastic. Thanks a lot! 🙂

Andrew from Culips
Andrew from Culips
Reply to  kasu94
9 months ago

Hi kasu94,

Thanks for your question. That sounds like a difficult test! In my opinion, the best way to build your word knowledge and vocabulary to that level is through building a reading habit. Since those words aren’t used in everyday conversations, you’ll usually only encounter them when reading.

You may also want to look into resources that are made specifically for that test. There may be some guides or materials that can help you prepare.

Good luck! I hope you ace your exam.

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