About Us

Our mission

Our mission is to help you learn English the way it’s really used by native speakers in everyday conversations. We think it is really important to learn English how it is really spoken. That’s why our episodes are always focused on real, current English. If you want to learn English for everyday use, you’ve come to the right place. At Culips, we help make English understandable. By listening to our podcast, you can learn natural expressions and conversational structure.

Who we are

We are podcasting from Montreal, Canada, home to a diverse population that celebrates a variety of cultures and languages; in fact most people here speak French and English, and a lot of people speak a third language.

Listening to our audio episodes is like sitting in on an interesting chat between good friends. Your fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and understanding of common English expressions will improve naturally as you get to know our hosts and learn about interesting topics and trends in Canada and around the world.

In addition to the podcast, we have some great resources, called learning materials, that go along with each podcast. This includes complete transcripts, detailed explanations and even quizzes to test your comprehension. Our learning materials are accessed through membership fees. Our written learning materials help you to explore each episode further and learn more about the expressions and topics discussed in the show. They also help you to test your understanding of what you’ve learned.

Meet the team

Andrew Bates
Co-host, Content Creator, Audio Editor
Hi, I’m Andrew and I’m a content creator and co-host at Culips. I’m originally from the West Coast of Canada. I joined the Culips team while going to school in Read More
Suzanne Cerreta
Hi! I learned about Culips when Andrew interviewed me for the podcast about 2 years old, and I changed my accent so I could fit in with all the cheerleaders Read More
Morag St. Clair
Co-host, Content Creator
Hi, I’m Morag and I’m a co-host and content creator here at Culips. I live in Montreal, but I’m originally from the West Coast of Canada. I recently graduated with Read More
Yoshi kaneshima
Co-founder, Operations/Marketing Manager
I enjoy learning languages. Back when I was studying English in my home country of Japan, I relied on textbooks and grammar-focused English classes as my main learning methods. This Read More
Harp Brar
Co-founder, Co-host
Hi, I’m Harp and I’m one of the co-founders and co-hosts of Culips. Right before we started Culips, Yoshi, Maura, and I were studying French together and discussing our frustration Read More
Maura Smith
Co-founder, Co-host
Hello! I was really excited when I first heard about this English as a second language podcast project. It felt perfect for me. I’ve been teaching English for about 5 Read More
Jessie Cox
Managing Editor
Hi! I met the Culips team after I moved to Montreal from my home province of Ontario, Canada, to start a job as a medical editor, and I couldn’t wait Read More
Hussain Mohammed
Hi! Like most superheroes, I’ve got an alter ego: I’m “the tech guy” at Culips when I’m not running around in my cape fighting cybercrime as a cyber security engineer. Read More
Stephanie Minelga
English Editor
Hi! I first heard about Culips through Jessie, and I’m so excited to be part of the team. I’ve always been extremely passionate about education and the English language. After Read More
Stephanie MacLean
English Editor
Hi! I got involved with the Culips team through Jessie, who I met while working as a copy editor for a medical education company. I’m now a freelance editor, which Read More

What does Culips mean anyway?

Culips is not an English word that you can find in the dictionary! We created the name Culips from Culture and Language. CUL for culture and LIPS for language (we use our lips to talk). And so every Culips episode has interesting elements of culture as well as language; they are inseparable!

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