Chatterbox #286 – Beauty filters

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Do you like the way you look in photos? Considering the huge market for online filters for photographs, there must be a lot of people who prefer embellishing their pictures instead of keeping them natural. Is that a problem? In this Chatterbox episode, hosts Andrew and Anna discuss the pros and cons of online beauty filters.

Chatterbox is a series featuring native English speakers carrying on a natural conversation. This series is designed to help intermediate and advanced English learners improve their English.

Fun facts

According to Lifewire, the most popular Instagram filter in the United States is Clarendon. This filter is used to brighten colours and sharpen contrasts while keeping skin tones warm and natural.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To morph
  • Just a touch
  • To rag on
  • To see [something] firsthand
  • Body dysmorphia
  • To be bombarded with [something]

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
Photo Credit: Fausto Sandoval (

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6 months ago

Using beauty filters sometimes is fun. But there is a flip side like you guys mentioned, which is there might be a danger to being addicted and make compassion who’s got a better looking.

6 months ago

Thank you for a nice rich topic full of vocabulary, I totally agree with both of you, actually, photo filters and procedures/surgeries that enhance the appearance make people look similar.

Andrew from Culips
Andrew from Culips
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6 months ago

Glad you enjoyed this episode, thanks for listening to it.
I think you’re probably right. If everyone uses the same filters, we’re all going to start looking similar!

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