Catch Word #188 – Thunderstruck

English has a lot of strange and amusing expressions! Join Andrew and Morag in today’s episode to learn how to use two colourful expressions related to being surprised: to be blindsided and to be thunderstruck. Don’t keep living under a rock; start listening and learn about these fun expressions today!

Real Talk #014 – Apartment hunting

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.

Real Talk #001 – In a cab

Welcome to Culips’s first Real Talk episode, where we explain practical expressions and vocabulary to help you get around in English-speaking places! In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne teach you extremely useful phrases for taking a cab.

Catch Word #147 – She just swept it under the rug

Have you ever done something that you wanted to forget about, and hoped that everyone else would forget about it too? If so, then you wanted to sweep it under the rug. This week’s episode is about wanting to pretend that something didn’t happen. Sometimes people act this way when they’re embarrassed.

Chatterbox #114 – Cell phones

Ring, ring … Hello? A lot has changed about cell phones since they became popular. There are tons of features and functions, and more and more people have smart phones. In this episode, Harp and Andrew talk about cell phone etiquette. What is acceptable behaviour for cell phone use? Do you think cell phones have more »

Chatterbox #83 – We’re cooking up a storm

Everybody eats! That’s probably why we have so many expressions related to cooking and food. This episode is about filling our bellies with square meals and going back for seconds. Harp and Maura love to eat, but before you can eat, someone has to prepare the food! In this episode, the hosts share their own more »

Catch Word #68 – Moolah

In this week’s episode, we talk about money. First we review some slang terms for money, and then we talk about the popular names for our coins – have you every heard of the loonie? We also look at a couple more expressions to do with making money: the breadwinner and to bring home the more »

Catch Word #53 – Rip off

Have you ever spent a lot of money on something and then felt that it was too much money? Then you may have felt ripped off! In this episode, we look at the differences between a rip off and to be ripped off. We also examine the expression highway robbery. We also look at the more »

Catch Word # 48 – Chicken

Are you a chicken? In this episode we look at a familiar word but show you how it can be used in another way. Most of you probably know that a chicken is a kind of bird. And you can also probably imagine a chicken dinner.

Curious Question # 23 – Dude

Dude! This word is very popular nowadays, especially with young people. You can often hear this word in movies and television shows, or with your Native English speaker friends. It has been around for awhile but young people are using the word dude, more and more. So…dude, what does it mean?

Catch Word #26 – Get Down

Get down is very important for you to know if you like to party! If you like to go out to the club and dance you will hear this expression! Or if you like to listen to dance music, it is fun to know all the slang for dancing. 

Catch Word #17 – Wasted

Have you ever been wasted? It is a slang word for something that is fun and important if you are going to a lot of parties. Check out Robin’s story below and see if you can guess what wasted means.

Catch Word #16 – Crazy

At Culips we always try to be a little crazy! This word has a literal meaning but also tons of slang ways to use it. In North America it is a very popular word. Other similar words include, “insane”, “bananas”, “nuts”. Check out this podcast to hear how we use them all.   Expressions included more »

Catch Word #10 – Stone

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Do you know this expression? It’s a good one for kids to know. Check it out and other definitions like the one below in this episode!   Expressions included in the learning materials Leave no stone unturned Nancy Drew Sticks and stones more »

Curious Question #9 – Sweet

Sweet! Have you all heard of this new slang term “sweet”? What does it mean? When can you use it? Find out in this podcast. We will give you a couple examples.   Expressions included in the learning materials Sweets A sweet tooth Sweet pea/Sweetheart Short and sweet More “sweet” slang Sample transcript Harp: “Sweet” is more »