Chatterbox #302 – What is cancel culture?
In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna discuss the controversial topic of cancel culture. Cancel culture refers to...
Have you ever considered living in a micro apartment or tiny home? In this episode, Andrew and Anna discuss the rising trend of micro apartments in the real estate and housing industry. They explore why tiny living is becoming more popular and share their opinions on the matter.
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The tiniest house ever made is only 1 square metre. It was created by architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel. It’s a do-it-yourself house that costs around €250 to build and includes a bed, a desk, a chair, and a small shelf.
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Hi Andrew and Anna,
My name is Takako I really enjoyed this episode.
I got so used to living in an apartment that’s around 60 squared meters which is considered to be an average size for a couple with 1 or 2 kids. I have lived in this kind of apartment for more than 30years in Japan . We prefer to use jyo 畳/ tatami mat as a counter to describe a size of rooms rather than square meters.
My son is living in a micro/studio apartment in Tokyo for about 6 years, he’s 28 years old. It seems like Andrew and my son share similar experiences. The rent of his apartment is ¥10000 higher than ours even though his place is way more smaller than ours.
Aside from the pros of living in a micro apartment you guys mentioned, I found it that it feels secured and safe when I’m alone in my apartment and l don’t have to worry about burglary so much because there is always someone on the watch. I mean there’s always someone’s presence.
Thank you for always bringing up interesting topics!!
Thanks for your comment, Takako. That’s a great point about security. You’re right that many micro apartment buildings often have security guards, cameras, and people around at all times. That does offer some peace of mind.
By the way, I had one of the best sleeps of my entire life on a tatami mat when I visited Japan in 2018. It’s interesting to learn that you use them as a way to measure a room.
My name is Manjin K.
I have had something to tell you, which has been in my mind so long time.
I like your low, clear voice and speaking speed, which are very helpful for improving my listening ability. And also I enjoy your conversation with Kassy via Real Talk series. Kassy has also both a clear voice and a good speed tone. I like both of you.
But I have a big problem in understanding what Anna is saying.
Maybe that’s because I am not familiar with the British pronunciation and intonation. However that is not all, I think.
When sometimes I used to listen to Euronews (some pieces of video clips), I can make out relatively well what they are saying.
I know that Euronews is based on France. Though they are far from American accent and pronunciaton, I am more comfortable than when I listen to your Chatterbox.
Strictly evaluating my English levels,
Grammer – advanced++
Reading – advanced+
Writing – intermediate to advanced
Listening – intermediate
Speaking – better than poor
Can I go further and catch up with Anna?
I want a fast speed of American English which has easy words and phrases, not British ones.
Thank You for reading me.
Thank you for your comment. We have a variety of hosts and series at Culips, so we can appeal to a wide range of learners. Our Chatterbox series is targeted at intermediate-to-advanced learners who are looking to challenge themselves with more difficult vocabulary, faster speaking speeds, and both Canadian and UK accents.
To my native-speaker ears, Anna speaks very much like a “real person.” What I mean by that is that her speaking is completely natural and unaltered. The language you hear her use on Culips is pretty much exactly what you would hear if you had a conversation with her. We want to teach this kind of real-life English on Culips so that our listeners can achieve high levels of listening fluency that will prepare them for having actual conversations with English speakers. Although it can be difficult and time-consuming, ultimately, to become better listeners, we need to challenge ourselves with content that is outside of our comfort zone.
That being said, please feel free to study with whichever Culips series you like the most. If you’re more interested in American accents, then I recommend Simplified Speech, which I co-host with Suzanne and Kassy, who are both from the USA.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your opinion. I appreciate it.
Indeed, she is one of the best cases of a British accent. Non-native speakers cannot choose what accent to converse with, even though I wish I could.