Welcome to Culips, a free English learning podcast!

Are you looking for a fun way to learn natural English, including idioms and slang? You can stop searching because now you’re here. Culips English as a second language (ESL) podcast is for people who want to have fun while learning natural, everyday English, focusing on idioms, expressions, and slang. Every week we have a new, free audio episode available on our site and through iTunes. In all our episodes, we always speak English as it’s actually used in day-to-day life, and we give you plenty of explanations of new or interesting terms along the way.

Our English language podcast is for learners of all levels and ages. Each episode takes you out of the classroom and introduces you to common slang, natural expressions, and interesting vocabulary. Culture is also an important part of Culips, and we want you to get to know us!

Talk to you soon,
Harp and Maura (Culips hosts)

Culips Membership

By becoming a member of Culips English Podcast, you can learn even more from each episode. Culips Members have access to extra learning materials. As a member, you’ll get a written transcript for each of our episodes, so you can follow along while listening or review the text separately. You’ll also get detailed explanations of new or interesting vocabulary, with additional examples and cultural advice. Afterwards, you can take the quiz for each episode to see how much you’ve learned. And of course, our English podcast is designed to help you with your listening comprehension too!

Latest Episode:

Simplified Speech #3 – Haircuts


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How do you style your hair? Today’s Simplified Speech episode is all about haircuts. Join Harp and Andrew as they discuss their own worst haircuts ever and talk about some trendy hairstyles that can be seen in Canada right now!

Previous Episodes


Bad habits Bad habits
Privacy Around the Culips water cooler
Privacy Privacy
Gardening Simplifed speech #02 – Gardening
On the tip of my tongue On the tip of my tongue
Learning to drive Learning to drive
Interview with Marshall Interview with Marshall
Checking out flicks Checking out flicks
Simplified Speech #1 – Coffee Simplified Speech #1 – Coffee
Differences between Canada and America Differences between Canada and America
Predicting the future Predicting the future
latest slang latest slang
Schmoozing Schmoozing
Fads and trends Fads and trends
An interview with Ross An interview with Ross
Testing the waters Testing the waters
Meet Suzanne Meet Suzanne
You killed it A train wreck
You killed it Superheros
You killed it Stop goofing off
You killed it Andrew’s band trip: Part 2
You killed it Andrew’s band trip: Part 1
You killed it To know the ropes
You killed it Bilingualism in Canada
You killed it Have you ever been canned?
You killed it Give me a ballpark figure
You killed it Death and cultural traditions
You killed it Dancing at different ages
You killed it You killed it
Movers and shakers Movers and Shakers
Interview with Jade Let’s just play it by ear
Interview with Jade Interview with Jade
Secrets Secrets
That's Sick Tickets and scalpers
That's Sick Travel stories
That’s sick!
Home is where the heart is Word
Home is where the heart is Money
Home is where the heart is Hanging by a thread
Home is where the heart is Home is where the heart is
Go call your folks Go call your folks
Learn English You pulled a fast one on me
Learn English High school cliques
Learn English An interview with Roberto
Learn English The Winter Olympics
Learn English Aleks: Part 2
Learn English Don’t rock the boat
Learn English Aleks: Part 1
Learning languages What’s fashionable
Learning languages Host’s choice episode – Maura’s choice: Pig out!
Learning languages Host’s choice episode – Harp’s choice: Tips for Canadian job interviews
Learning languages Host’s choice episode – Andrew’s choice: Learning languages
Study habits Study habits
It’s as clean as a whistle It’s as clean as a whistle
Busted! She just swept it under the rug
Busted! Busted!
Working out Healthy Eating
Working out Working out
Cell phones The straw that broke the camel’s back
Cell phones Expressions with one
Cell phones Travel in Canada
Cell phones Canadian movies – Film festivals
Cell phones Cell phones
Canadian inventions Canadian inventions
Harp’s big trip
Harp’s big trip
She beat me to the punch She beat me to the punch
Saving the planet The Environment (Saving the planet)
Easy as pie Easy as pie
An interview with Alexandre To hit the roof
An interview with Alexandre An interview with Alexandre
That’s so sketchy That’s so sketchy
Working around the clock Working around the clock
Friendship Meet Andrew, the new Culips co-host
Friendship Introducing Emily
Friendship Trying to make ends meet
Friendship Friendship
To dot your i’s and cross your t’s To dot your i’s and cross your t’s
Getting educated in Canada Getting educated in Canada
The numbers are skyrocketing The numbers are skyrocketing
Canadian myths Customer service
Canadian myths Like water off a duck’s back
Canadian myths Canadian myths
It’s in mint condition What’s your personality?
It’s in mint condition Let’s put it on the shelf for now
It’s in mint condition The corporate world
It’s in mint condition Let bygones be bygones
It’s in mint condition It’s in mint condition
Commuting Commuting
Slowpoke Slowpoke
Media, advertising, and celebrity gossip Media, advertising, and celebrity gossip
Interviewing Erin Interviewing Erin
The Valentine’s Day special The Valentine’s Day special
Sleep on it! Sleep on it!
Interviewing Pamela Interviewing Pamela
She knows it like the back of her hand
Party time
An interview with Maura
An interview with Harp
Someday we all have to grow up
We all mess up sometimes
Time for Bed
You’re late!
You’ll never guess what I got wind of!
You eat like a bird
I’ve got you wrapped around my finger
A Canadian Childhood
What a klutz!
Interview with a Brit living in Canada: Helen
Never look a gift horse in the mouth
Take it easy
We’re cooking up a storm
They’re on the prowl
An interview with Georgina
We’re just shooting the breeze
Maura’s road trip: What actually happened
Buying a home according to Harp
Birds of a feather flock together
Who wants to eat out tonight?
Maura’s road trip
Try not to step on anyone’s toes
We all have to settle down someday
Let’s go to the movies
She has a bun in the oven
This episode’s a nail-biter
At the workplace
Board games aren’t boring!
English idioms: to walk on egg shells, to walk on pins and needles, to tread lightly, etc.
Here’s Michael Gilday, a Canadian short track speed skater!
Yes and no sounds—Culips English Podcast
To sell like hot cakes—Culips English Podcast
To toot your own horn—Culips English Podcast
The Dentist—Culips English Podcast
To get dolled up—Culips English Podcast
Fat Chance—Culips English Podcast
School—Culips English Podcast
Viral Videos—Culips English Podcast
Sports In Canada—Culips English Podcast
To go out on a limb—Culips English Podcast
Multiculturalism in Canada—Culips English Podcast
The proof is in the pudding—Culips English Podcast
Learning languages—Culips English Podcast
Teamwork—Culips English Podcast
Back to the drawing board—Culips English Podcast
To get your feet wet—Culips English Podcast
Fears—Culips English Podcast
Blah blah blah—Culips English Podcast
To stick out like a sore thumb—Culips English Podcast
A light bulb moment—Culips English Podcast
Looking back – 2011 —Culips English Podcast
Christmas – Culips English Podcast
Public Speaking – Culips English Podcast
Starting from scratch – Culips English Podcast
Meet Kelly – Culips English Podcast
Tightwad—Culips English Podcast
You are what you eat – Culips English Podcast
To bite the dust – Culips English Podcast
Parents – Culips English Podcast
Canada – Culips ESL Podcast
Mooch – Culips ESL Podcast
Working like a dog—Culips English Podcast
Who has to go to the bathroom?—Culips English Podcast
Going down in flames—Culips English Podcast
She has something up her sleeve!—Culips English Podcast
Clipped words – A special kind of abbreviation
Getting engaged—Culips English Podcast
Right on the money—Culips English Podcast
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks—Culips English Podcast
Who’s got mail?—Culips English Podcast
Other languages in English—Culips English Podcast
The story of Culips!—Culips English Podcast
You’re my rock.—Culips English Podcast
TV—Culips English Podcast
I have to get something off my chest.—Culips English Podcast
Outer space—Culips English Podcast
Give it 100%!—Culips English Podcast
Driving around Canada—Culips English Podcas
Embarrassing Moments!—Culips English Podcas
To get it off the ground—Culips English Podcast
Pets—Culips English Podcast
Heads up!—Culips English Podcast
It’s written all over your face!—Culips English Podcast
Homeowners! —Culips English Podcast
Making small talk—Culips English Podcast
The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy—Culips English Podcast
To bounce back – Culips English Podcast
Introducing Tom! – Culips English Podcast
I am dead tired – Culips English Podcast
Another Canadian Winter
It’s never good to steal someone’s thunder.
Who doesn’t love a good book?
Don’t cry over spilled (spilt) milk
It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
Are we on the same page?
Holidays throughout the year in Canada
Christmas Questions from our listeners answered!
Tips for Canadian job interviews
A taste of your own medicine
Baby talk
It happened out of the blue!
Word Blends like fantabulous, ginormous, and frenemy
Snack time!
The art of telling stories in English
What’s the big deal? Don’t blow it out of proportion.
Air Travel
We hope that you are into Culips podcasts!
Working for a Living
Would you ever butter someone up?
An Interview with Katie
Dream vacations, vacation memories, and staycations
Is this episode over your head?
Urban Legends, Old Wives’ Tales, and Superstitions from North America
Paul’s travel stories of North America
An interview with Ricardo Dasilva
The World of Dating: Are you seeing anyone?
Do you usually try to look on the bright side?
Talking about the weather with Harp and Maura
Harp is a chip off the old block.
Expression: To have a ball
Expression: Over the hill
Expression: On the ball
Cross-Cultural Relationships: An interview with Melanie
We are going to pump you up!
The early bird special!
Slang: Let’s bounce
Expression: To bump into someone
Do you have the guts to listen to this episode?
Interviewing Adam Hoyt

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Culips – ESL Site of the Year 2009

siteOfYearThe Culips site has been chosen as EnglishClub.com’s “ESL Site of the Year” for 2009! Everyone at Culips is honoured by this special award. We thank English Club for its recognition and thank our listeners for their support.