Real Talk #015 – Ordering a drink

Ordering drinks in a foreign country can sometimes be tricky. Don’t worry, because Andrew and Morag are here to help! Join them for this Real Talk episode as they explain some useful questions and phrases related to ordering drinks.

Simplified Speech #024 – Roommates

Apartment hunting can be an extremely stressful activity. Never fear, Andrew and Suzanne are here to help! In this Real Talk episode, they explain the words and expressions that you need to successfully find an apartment in an English-speaking country.

Chatterbox #188 – Leadership

In this episode, Andrew and Morag tackle a difficult but interesting topic: leadership. What makes a good leader? How can you describe a good leader using idiomatic English? Join us in this Chatterbox episode to learn some of the answers to these questions!

Catch Word #184 – It’s water under the bridge

In English, bridges are a common image used to represent relationships between people. In this episode, Andrew and Morag explain two expression that are useful for talking about relationships: it’s water under the bridge and to burn your bridges.

Chatterbox #183 – Comedy

Do you like comedy? If you do, we have just the episode for you! Join Andrew and Suzanne as they discuss everything from dad jokes to stand-up and, along the way, you’ll learn vocabulary to help you talk about different types of jokes and styles of comedy.

Simplified Speech #020 – The curious case of the UVic bunnies

If you walked onto a university campus and saw hundreds of rabbits, you might think you were dreaming, but this was the reality at the University of Victoria for more than 20 years! Still can’t believe it? Join Andrew and Morag in this episode as they talk all about the UVic bunnies and their mysterious more »

Catch Word #182 – I’m an open book

Understanding idiomatic expressions can be difficult, but Culips is here to help! In today’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Morag explain two useful expressions to describe honest people: to be an open book and to be a straight shooter.

Simplified Speech #019 – Procrastination

Do you sometimes put off working on your English skills? It’s normal to avoid difficult tasks, but don’t procrastinate any longer! Come join Andrew and Suzanne for this Simplified Speech episode about the troubles everyone faces when trying to get work done.

Catch Word #178 – Touch and go

It’s always good to plan ahead, but sometimes you just can’t know what’s around the corner! In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Morag explain a couple of useful phrases for uncertain situations: touch and go and up in the air.

Chatterbox #168 – Interview with Paula MP

Join Andrew as he talks to Paula, the new author of a book written specifically for adult ESL learners! Come take it easy and learn all about Paula, a Brazilian immigrant to the United States who has achieved her American dream. Fun fact In 2014, according to the Migration Policy Institute, about 79% of households more »

Chatterbox #116 – Healthy eating

People seem to be paying more attention than ever to the food they eat. This is part 2 of our episodes on healthy living. This one is dedicated to food, and talking about what Canadians are doing to stay healthy. Andrew and Harp talk about popular lifestyle choices, like vegetarianism, and also the practice of more »

Chatterbox #113 – Movies in Canada – Film festivals

Lights, camera, action! They’re aren’t very many popular Canadian films, so what does Canada have to do with the movies? First of all, there are lots of American movies made up here in Canada, and we even have our own Canadian film industry. We also have tons of film festivals, including TIFF that happens every more »

Catch Word #142 – Easy as Pie

Do you wish that everything could be easy? In this episode, we talk about expressions to describe something that is easy and simple. You can use these expressions to talk about a test or even just finding your way to a new destination. After listening to this episode, using these expressions to talk about easy more »

Catch Word #140 – That’s so sketchy

Here’s an episode all about bad and uncomfortable feelings. Have you ever been around a person who you didn’t trust? Or maybe you entered a building and for some reason you didn’t feel safe. It can be hard to describe what makes something seem sketchy, dodgy, or shady, but we know it when we feel more »

Chatterbox #107 – Meet Andrew, the new Culips co-host

We have some very, very exciting new at Culips: We’ve added a new co-host to our team! Now, along with Maura and Harp, you’ll hear Andrew’s voice too. He’s got lots of experience and training in teaching languages, and he’s travelled a bunch too! He’s also got experience learning Korean, German, and now French; the more »