In this week’s update episode, Andrew shares some stories about the monsoon season and dog sitting a poodle! Plus, he teaches you about an extremely useful phrasal verb: to stick with [something].
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Andrew: Hey everyone, my name is Andrew and you’re listening to the Culips English Podcast. It’s great to be back here with you guys. Thanks for pressing play on this episode and joining me for another exciting English study session. If you’re new to Culips, welcome to the podcast. Here at Culips, we make fun and interesting audio lessons for intermediate and advanced English learners that are designed to teach you natural English and to help you reach your English fluency goals. I’m an English teacher from Canada, but I’ve been living in South Korea for the better part of a decade. And recently, at the start of each new week, I’ve been releasing a short bonus episode here on Culips. And in these episodes, I tell you guys about what’s new with me. And I also teach you a useful English expression that will help build your English speaking, listening, and communication skills. There’s a transcript for this episode, and it’s completely free for everyone. It can be downloaded from our website, which by the way, is Culips.com C-U-L-I-P-S.com and the transcript comes in two different formats. There’s a PDF file that you can download and print off if you’d like. But there’s also a digital version as well. And we recommend the digital transcript for if you’re studying with your phone, or computer, or maybe even a tablet.
A quick announcement for everyone before we get into things here today. And that is on June 28th, this upcoming week on June 28th, I’m going to be live streaming. So, if you’re not sure what live streaming is all about, let me quickly explain it. Really, I just hop behind the video camera, and voila, through the magic powers of the internet, I can broadcast myself to anyone who tunes in to the stream. So, it’s awesome because it’s a really nice way for me to interact with you guys, the listeners, and we can communicate with each other in real time through the chat, practice English together, and just hang out. So, as I mentioned, it’s happening on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:30pm. Korean Standard Time. And we do these live streams as a special bonus for our Culips members just so we can spend time with all of our fantastic members and that community, but also show our appreciation to our members and everyone who supports us by signing up and joining Culips. So, I hope that all Culips members can join me on the 28th and if you’re not a Culips member yet, but you would like to join us for the live stream and get an invitation to it. Then you can find all the information about how to sign up and join Culips by visiting our website, which once again, is Culips.com
So, guys, how was your week last week, mine was pretty jam packed as usual. The rainy season, the monsoon season here in South Korea has officially begun. Last week on Thursday, it rained so, so hard. I thought my street was going to be washed away. There was like a river of water rushing down my street. I’m exaggerating a little bit. It’s not like a full-blown river but there was a lot of water on Thursday. A lot of water fell from the sky and it was wet everywhere. It just rained torrentially all day long. Rained torrentially. Rained very, very hard. Now in my home country in Canada, we don’t really get strong summer rains like this. I know many countries do, but in Canada we don’t. So, I always enjoy a super rainy day here in the summer. I love opening the window and hearing the strong sound of the rain falling. It’s just so relaxing. I spent some time reading a novel and sipping on a glass of ice coffee so it was a perfect way to spend a rainy day.
What’s not the perfect way to spend a rainy day though, is taking your dog for a walk on a rainy day. Regular listeners of Culips will know that my wife and I have a dog named Pinky who we adopted around a year and a half ago. He’s an old dog, about 15 years old, and since we live in an apartment and have no backyard, we have to take Pinky out around four times a day to get some exercise, get some fresh air, and of course to do his business. Do your business. Have you heard that expression before? To do your business. It’s like a polite expression that simply means to go to the bathroom. Now, thankfully, when it’s really rainy outside or really cold outside, Pinky usually sleeps almost all day long. I’m not sure exactly why he does this, it’s probably some kind of instinctual reaction he has to the bad weather. I think something tells him that it’s best just to hunker down inside, where it’s dry and safe. So, he slept pretty much the whole day on Thursday. And finally, around 6pm, he woke up. He slept all day until like 6pm. And then, he woke up and thankfully, it was perfect timing. Because at that moment, the rain had let up a little bit. To let up. The rain had let up a little bit. L-E-T, let, up. Let up. So let up is a great phrasal verb to know, and it means to slow down or stop. So, when the rain let up a little bit, I decided it was perfect timing to get Pinky ready and to rush outside quickly so that he could do his business and we wouldn’t get soaking wet in the process. So, I put on his raincoat. He’s got this cute little yellow raincoat that he wears in the rain. And I also put on my raincoat, and then we headed outside.
Now maybe you can guess the ending of the story already, can you? Well, if you guessed that we ended up getting totally 100% soaking wet, 100% drenched, that’s right. Because when we were about halfway into our walk, suddenly the rain started back up again. And we got completely wet. I had to grab Pinky and we ran back home. But by that time, it was way too late. And we were completely soaked to the bone. Soaked to the bone, we were soaked to the bone. Have you heard that idiom before: to be soaked to the bone? It just means to be completely 100% wet. So that wasn’t really too fun. That walk wasn’t really too fun. Although I do like a rainy day, I’m going to have to be more careful about when we plan our business trips. Business trips, get it? I know I know, bad joke. But I’ll have to be more careful about when we go outside, so that Pinky can do his business on future rainy days.
Speaking of dogs, I guess this is kind of a dog-themed episode. So, if you’re not a dog lover, I apologize about that. But speaking of dogs, I’m actually currently dog sitting one of my friend’s dogs right now. And in fact, he’s just sitting here at my feet looking at me as I’m talking into the microphone. His name is Peter. And he has a brown, miniature poodle. Peter, the poodle. He’s only three years old. And guys, I have to say he has so much energy, he is really completely the opposite of Pinky. So, it’s been a busy weekend taking care of these two dogs. My wife and I have jokingly talked about getting another dog before, but I think after this experience, just sticking with one dog is the best course of action. One thing that’s awesome about Peter is that he really likes to run, and so do I. So, it was fun to take him out to the park for some runs.
We even did a 5k run together, which is something that ol’ Pinky just can’t do these days. I was really impressed with Peter’s running skill. He’s never been running before, according to his owner, and the very first run that he ever did was incredibly fast. He can run much, much faster than me. And I’m a seasoned running veteran and I run all the time. So, I was shocked at how fast Peter could run. And he gave me a good workout trying to keep up with him. So that was something that was a bit of a change of pace and something fun that I got to do with Peter and having him here has been really fun, but at the same time I have to say it’s been pretty exhausting.
Guys, I told you about the live stream that will be happening on June 28th. But in addition to that, we’ll also be releasing a brand-new Simplified Speech episode this week as well. And in that episode, Kassy joins me as a cohost, and we talk about obsession, and answer the question: Have you ever been obsessed with anything? So please keep your eyes and ears open for that episode when it is released a little bit later this week.
It’s time for this week’s vocabulary lesson. OK, guys, the expression that I want to focus on for this episode is a really common phrasal verb, and an excellent one that you need to know if you want to understand English fluently. And of course, speak it naturally. It is: to stick with something. To stick with something. Did you hear when I used it in this episode? Why don’t we rewind, go back, and take a listen to that part of the episode a couple more times.
My wife and I have jokingly talked about getting another dog before, but I think after this experience, just sticking with one dog is the best course of action.Okay, so in that sentence, I said, just sticking with one dog is the best course of action. So, can you guess what stick with means here? Well, it means to continue to do something, or to not stop doing something, or even to not change something. So, in other words, what I said was, I think we should just continue to have only one dog, we should stick with one. We should only have one dog and not change that by adding another dog to our family. So, whenever you stick with something, you just continue without making any changes. As always, I’ve prepared some example sentences for us to study with that will help us to learn this phrasal verb a bit more deeply. So, everyone, let’s take a listen to example sentence number one right now.
Example sentence number one
By creating a diet and exercise plan and sticking with it for a year, my friend Bill lost 10 kilograms.
Let’s break that example sentence down. So, in that example, we heard about a guy named Bill who was able to lose 10 kilograms by creating a diet and exercise plan and sticking with it for a year. So that means he continued following the plan for a year. He didn’t break the diet plan, he didn’t break the exercise plan, he just continued with it, he stuck with it, and eventually he was successful at losing some weight.
Example sentence number two
If you want to learn English fluently, you need to stick with it. If you want to learn English fluently, you need to stick with it.Let’s break that example sentence down. If you want to learn English fluently, you need to study regularly, right? You need to continuously study, to spend time with English, to practice, all of these things that you guys know so, so well. It’s all part of the learning process, right? You need to stick with it, you need to continue without quitting, without stopping. And that’s how you can find success in English learning and in pretty much any skill that you might want to learn.
Example sentence number three
When my phone contract is finished, I don’t think I’ll stick with the same telecom company. I think I can get a better deal elsewhere.Let’s break this example sentence down. So, the speaker said, “I don’t think I’ll stick with my same telecom company. So this guy has an idea to change from one telecom company, from one phone provider, to a different one when his current contract is finished. I don’t know about where you live, but in my home country Canada, and where I’m living now in South Korea, it’s really, really common to have a contract for your phone and your talk time, and your messaging, and your data. Usually contracts are two years, and then after, when that contract is finished, you can resign and continue. Or you could change telecom companies, also known as phone providers and maybe switch to a different provider, get a different service. And sometimes by doing that, you can save some money. So, I guess that’s what the speaker of that example sentence is hoping to do.
All right, everyone, that is it for this episode. Guys, thanks as always, for listening. I really appreciate it. And great job at getting some English practice in today. It’s a fantastic way to start your week with a little dose here of English study. If you like Culips, we’d really appreciate your support. And you can support us by following us on social media, by telling your friends who are learning English to check Culips out, or even by signing up and becoming a Culips Member. And of course, for all the details about that, just visit Culips.com. That’s a wrap for today, everyone. Hope you have a great week, take care, and I’ll talk to you next time. Bye bye!
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