Phrasal Vocabulary

How big is your phrasal vocabulary? We get many emails from listeners asking us about phrasal verbs and expressions. If you find them difficult, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Phrasal verbs and expressions are really hard to learn.  For example, understanding the core definition of to give may be simple but learning all of give’s […]

Listener Question: To Ship vs. To Deliver

We recently got a great question from a Culips listener via email (Thanks Ana!), so I thought I’d share my answer here, in case other people are wondering about the same thing. Ana wanted to know more about the verbs to ship and to deliver, and the differences between the two. This is a great […]

Adverbs of Place

Over at the Culips Facebook page, we’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about why in English we don’t use the preposition to with words like home, downtown, and outside. (You can check out the Culips Facebook page at So why do we say “I’m going to school” but not “I’m going to […]

Pronouncing the words should’ve, would’ve, must’ve, and could’ve

Hello Culips listeners! We recently received a great question from one of our listeners in the United States. Luis’s first language is Spanish, and he was wondering about how native English speakers pronounce the words should’ve, would’ve, must’ve, and could’ve, which are contractions of should have, would have, must have, and could have. It can […]

Happy National Grammar Day!

Did you know that today’s a special holiday?  Of course you did!  It’s National Grammar Day!  What’s that you say?  You DIDN’T know that March 4th is National Grammar Day? Well that’s okay.  Actually I only found out about it a couple of days ago myself. The first National Grammar Day was celebrated in the […]

The Temperature Challenge

Brrrr! Photo by Ryan King It’s pretty cold here in Montreal these days, but I’ve been drinking lots of hot tea to stay warm!  Maybe that’s why I started to think about all the ways we use temperature words in the English language.  There are so many expressions and idioms that have to do with […]