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 more »

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 more »

Culips is Now Available on Stitcher

Hi Culips fans! Wow, Culips is really getting into all the latest technology these days. You can find us on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/culips-esl-podcast/id279999557 You can drop by our busy Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CulipsPodcast And you can follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Culips But the newest development in our vast multimedia empire is that our podcast is now available more »

[BLOG] Follow up on an episode about klutzes

Hey Culips listeners! We recently did an episode about klutzes, where we told you all about clumsy people and the expression we can use to talk about them. In one of our example dialogues, we used the word vase. If you’re a Culips member, you might have seen the note about this word vase having two more »

Autumn is Oyster Season in Canada

Do you like seafood? Are oysters common where you live? In Canada, peak oyster season happens in the fall. Last weekend, we saw some boxes of fresh oysters in the grocery store and decided to try preparing them for ourselves! Before that, I’d only ever eaten oysters at a restaurant. There’s a popular restaurant in more »

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 www.facebook.com/CulipsPodcast.) So why do we say “I’m going to school” but not “I’m going to more »

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 more »

Sugar Shack (Cabane à Sucre)

When people think of Canada, one of the first things that comes to mind is maple syrup. Canada’s maple syrup industry in mostly in the eastern part of the country, and I was raised out west (in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta), so I didn’t grow up knowing very much about maple syrup, more »

Blog – Montreal’s Famous Bagels

Lots of places—whether cities, provinces, states, countries, or regions—have a food or foods that they’re famous for. Sometimes those foods are famous worldwide, like Japan’s sushi or Italy’s pasta. Sometimes they’re just famous within the country or region itself. To give you just a few examples, Canada is known for its maple syrup production; the more »

Movember

It’s the month of November and I have been seeing quite a number of men with moustaches around! I found out recently this is because of Movember. For more information you can go to their website: www.movember.com. Movember is a charity event that happens during the month of November. What happens is that men grow more »

Dragon’s Beard Candy in Chinatown

Hi everybody! It’s summertime in the Northern Hemisphere and in Montreal that means that it’s time for all kinds of festivals and outdoor events like sidewalk sales. A sidewalk sale is a special event where all the stores and restaurants on a certain street or in a certain area move outside and sell their things more »

Snowshoeing! – Maura

Hey all! I went snowshoeing a couple weeks ago and wanted to share some photos with you. You can see in the picture where we are standing that my two friends are wearing some funny things on their feet. These are snowshoes! They are like shoes for snow. But actually, they are just attachments that more »

I was on the radio last week!

Hello everyone! A good friend of mine who is originally from Montreal now lives in Vancouver. Her name is Marie-Eve and she has a radio show on CITR, which is a community radio station with all kinds of cultural shows and podcasts. You can look at the schdule for their shows here. On May 21, more »

Sunday Afternoon in Mount Royal Park

Last weekend I had a great adventure and learned more about Montreal culture at the same time! On Sunday afternoon my boyfriend and I took the metro (that’s what we call the subway here in Montreal) over to the stop closest to Mount Royal Park, then walked up the busy street for a few minutes more »