Simplified Speech #136 – How was your 2021?

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For some, 2021 was a lot better than 2020. However, that is not the case for everyone. We’re all still dealing with the COVID pandemic. In this episode, the Culips team looks back at some of the highs and lows of the last year.

Simplified Speech is a series meant for intermediate English language learners. This series is designed to help you improve your English skills with interesting and easy to listen to episodes.

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The COVID pandemic has disrupted the entire world. Future generations might not fully understand what we went through. On the lighter side, years from now, they might be asking us why the Tokyo 2020 Olympics took place in 2021!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To recentre
  • To babble
  • A fairy-tale [something]
  • Daunting
  • A win
  • Trouper

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
Photo Credit: Clay Banks (
Links Andrew mentions in this episode:
Culips December Live Stream
Anna with 2Ns

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4 months ago

For me, 2021 was a good and a bit of a busy year as well. However, I was really happy to be able to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you guys for motivating and encouraging listeners to keep going. Let’s look forward to better times in 2022! I do think things will be much better this year.

Andrew from Culips
Andrew from Culips
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4 months ago

I loved watching the Olympics in 2021 too. I was really proud of the Canadian women’s soccer team and a runner named Andre De Grasse for winning gold medals! Thanks for learning with us in 2021 and happy new year!!

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