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When you think of Canada, what comes to mind? How about when you think of America? In this fun episode of Chatterbox, Andrew and Kassy talk about common stereotypes in Canada and America: the good, the bad, and the ugly.


Fun facts

Stereotypes exist in every country and in every part of society. Even by age 5, children can recognize and form opinions around stereotypes related to gender, ethnicity, and other social groups. However, stereotypes are always changing, evolving, or disappearing, thanks to education and shared experiences.

Expressions included in the study guide
  • Stereotype
  • Twang
  • To be like a religion
  • To get one’s fix
  • Gnarly
  • Black sheep
  • To get on one’s high horse

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Game shows can be exciting. They can be informative. But, since the invention of the television, they are most of all consistently popular. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Morag talk about popular game shows in North America and who really watches them. Give it a listen!


Fun facts

In this episode, our hosts talk about Bob Barker, who used to be the host of a game show called The Price Is Right. He hosted the show for 35 years! He eventually retired at the age of 83. That’s doing a good job!

Expressions included in the study guide
  • To take a crack at [something]
  • Dumb luck
  • To spay/to neuter
  • Surface
  • A foil
  • Outrageous

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What do birthdays mean to you? Getting one year older? Eating cake and ice cream? Making birthday wishes? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy chat about birthday traditions.


Fun facts

There are some funny birthday traditions around the world. For example, in Germany, if you are still single at the time of your 30th birthday, your friends will force you to sweep dirty stairs in a public place while potential soul mates walk by. Meanwhile, in Jamaica, people throw flour on you to celebrate your day of birth.

Expressions included in the study guide
  • Happy belated birthday
  • To have a hunch
  • Birthday boy/girl
  • Make a wish
  • Dream come true
  • It’s on me

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Talking about learning a language, even one you are not learning yourself, can be a great way to improve your skills. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew speaks with special guest Matt from the YouTube channel Matt vs Japan. Even though Matt is a learner of Japanese, he shares so much great insight and many interesting techniques on how to learn any language. We can all benefit from this chat!


Fun facts

Matt vs Japan is a YouTube channel that has been up since 2010. It nearly has 2 million views. Not bad!

Expressions included in the study guide
  • To immerse oneself
  • To meet in the middle
  • In the wild
  • To integrate
  • A discrepancy
  • To zone out

CB231 Interview with Matt vs Japan - YouTube

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In this episode, Suzanne and Andrew teach you a pronunciation tip that will make your English sound more natural: the flap! Take a listen and learn how, when, and why you should use the flap in your own speech.


Note

The audio for the practice exercises is included at the end of the ad-free version of this episode. To download this file, please visit the Culips Dashboard by logging in to your account or clicking the mobile version of the STUDYU GUIDE above.

Material included in the study guide
  • Transcript
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus audio download

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Have you ever heard of K-pop? How about BTS? BTS is the name of a Korean boy band whose popularity is sweeping the globe. In this episode, Andrew and Kassy talk about the ins and outs of K-pop, and even some slang terms related to this music movement.


Fun facts

The Korean boy band BTS has made history in so many different ways over the past few
years! BTS was the first Korean band to present in front of the United Nations, they were
the first Korean group to hit #1 in the Billboard Artist 100 Chart, they were able to present
an award at the US Grammys, and their concerts sell out all over the world within a matter
of minutes. Many say that the band’s success is due to their charm and their dedication to
connecting with fans on social media.

Expressions included in the study guide
  • To be in one’s prime
  • To be up with [something]
  • To spark a passion
  • To be in the same boat
  • Diehard
  • To hype [something] up

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Sympathy and empathy: these are two words that even native English speakers have difficulty with! In this Catch Word episode, Andrew and Suzanne help you understand these two similar but different words. We hope you’ll learn a lot!


Fun facts

Sympathy comes from two old Greek words meaning “with” and “feeling.” Even though that was thousands of years ago, the meaning in English still holds up.

Expressions included in the study guide
  • Sympathy
  • Empathy
  • To acknowledge
  • To dump [someone]
  • A support network

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Are you the kind of person who likes to research and buy all of the latest technologies, or do you long for the days before smartphones when the world was full of record players and film cameras? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Jeremy discuss the differences between digital and analog technology and reminisce about the old school gadgets of the past.


Fun facts

Emile Berliner invented the first flat disc record in 1888 in France. Vinyl records became extremely popular in the middle of the 20th century, but popularity rapidly declined after the introduction of tape cassettes and CDs. However, since 1993 vinyl sales have actually been increasing yearly due to music lovers’ nostalgia for the unique sound and experience that can only be had by listening to vinyl.

Expressions included in the study guide
  • Gym rat
  • Old school
  • Hip
  • Digital/analog
  • Out-of-date
  • To pop into one’s mind

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Every country has its own unique school system. In this Simplified Speech episode, our hosts Andrew and Morag discuss what it’s like to go to elementary school in Canada. You will hear about children’s daily lives, extracurricular activities, and the differences between private and public schools. There’d so much to talk about!


Fun facts

Unlike in many Western countries, it is not uncommon in Japan to see elementary schoolchildren riding trains and subways alone. That’s something that would scare a lot of parents in Canada and the United States!

Expressions included in the study guide
  • Suburb
  • To hallucinate
  • A buck
  • Single parent
  • Extracurricular activities
  • To brush up on [something]

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In this special Chatterbox episode, Andrew does a behind-the-scenes interview with Kassy, one of Culips’ very own study guide writers. Tune in to learn about one of our newest team members!


Fun facts

Kassy is from Hershey, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Hershey is not just a name, but the headquarters of the international company Hershey’s Chocolate. Milton Hershey started selling chocolate in 1900 and became so successful that he built a town called Hershey for his factory workers and their families, as well as a theme park for his workers to enjoy and a school to educate orphaned boys in the area.

Expressions included in the study guide
  • Behind the scenes
  • To spring up
  • The best of both worlds
  • To skyrocket
  • To get your hands on [something]
  • To peel

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