BBC Learning English
Learn how to speak English with the BBC. Every day we have a new video to help you learn the English language. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: Exam Skills - top tips for studying and preparing for an exam TUESDAY: News Review – discover the language used to explain the news WEDNESDAY: Pronunciation in the News - pronounce words from the news like a native speaker WEDNESDAY: LingoHack - vocabulary from the most recent BBC news reports THURSDAY: The Teachers' Room - ELT tips for teachers FRIDAY: Learners' Questions - we answer your frequently asked questions We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

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Anxious about talking to new people? Listen to 6 Minute English Anxious about talking to new people? Listen to 6 Minute English
3 days ago En
Many people feel uncomfortable about the idea of talking with new people, but this is something that could it be good for their state of mind. Neil and Georgina discuss research that says that seemingly inconsequential conversations with people we don't know can have a beneficial effect on our mood and wellbeing. And our presenters feel good about teaching you related vocabulary! This week's question According to the Oxford English dictionary, approximately how many words are in use in the English language? a) 171,146 b) 271,146 c) 371,146 Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary underestimate think that something is smaller or less important than it really is anticipating guessing or expecting a certain outcome to pluck up (the) courage to force yourself to do something that you’re scared or nervous about connect start or have a good relationship with someone mood the way we feel introvert person who prefers to spend time on their own To download the transcript and the audio, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191212 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
How to use each and every - English In A Minute How to use each and every - English In A Minute
5 days ago En
What's the difference between 'each' and 'every'? Phil is going to tell us each and every thing about 'each' vs 'every'! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then tell us which sentence is incorrect: a) Each day is different. b) I drink coffee every day. c) I'm wearing a glove on every hand. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-85 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'mind your Ps and Qs' mean? What does 'mind your Ps and Qs' mean?
6 days ago En
What does the English 'mind your Ps and Qs' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191209 Neil has an important speech to give, so why is Feifei reminding him about the two specific letters, P and Q? Listen and learn a phrase that can remind us to be polite in formal situations. But for Neil, the phrase is still mysterious. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Why take a gap year? Listen to 6 Minute English Why take a gap year? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 week ago En
Some students delay university to take a year off travelling. The emphasis now is on doing a productive, purposeful gap year that will look good on your CV and help you get a job. Is it a good idea? Neil and Georgina hear two students with different views and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, which subject studied at university will lead to the highest average earnings five years after graduating? Is it… a) Law b) Veterinary science c) Medicine and dentistry Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary gap year year between leaving school and starting university that is usually spent travelling or working at the back of my mind an idea we don’t think about frequently but keep stored deep in our memory productive something that leads to a good or useful outcome predicted what is likely to happen in the future based on current information an alien concept an idea that is strange and not familiar practical relating to the learning of real skills which can be usefully applied To download the transcript and the audio, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191205 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
See vs watch vs look See vs watch vs look
1 week ago En
What's the difference between 'see', ''watch' and 'look? Look! Watch Sam explain see vs watch vs look and see the differences! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this question: Complete the gaps in the sentence with the correct option: Last night, I (1)____ television when I thought I (2)____ someone outside the window. I got up and (3)____ but luckily no one was there. a) saw b) was watching c) looked ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-84 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'dad dancing' mean? What does 'dad dancing' mean?
1 week ago En
What does the English expression 'dad dancing' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191202 Neil believes his dancing is fantastic. Feifei is not so sure. Find out exactly what we mean by the term ‘dad dancing’, and whether or not it is something to be embarrassed about! Watch the video. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
The joy of free diving: 6 Minute English The joy of free diving: 6 Minute English
2 weeks ago En
Free diving is a sport where people dive underwater as deep as they can without carrying air tanks, so just by holding their breath. We hear about Herbert Nitsch who holds the world record for the deepest free dive and find out how an why he does it - plus we'll teach some useful vocabulary along the way. This week's question: On dry land, at sea level, the pressure or weight of all the air above us is known as an atmosphere. How far underwater do you have to go until the weight of water is equal in pressure to another atmosphere? Is it: A: 1 metre B: 10 metres C: 100 metres Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: lungs the organs in our body we use for breathing urge a strong need or desire to do something spooky scary and mysterious intimidating overpowering and frightening in a way that makes you lose confidence to be deprived of to not have something you usually have, to have something taken away sensations physical feelings and senses like sight and sound To download the transcript and the audio, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191128 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment.
6 ways to use 'late': what does 'late' mean? - English In A Minute 6 ways to use 'late': what does 'late' mean? - English In A Minute
2 weeks ago En
How do we use 'late'? Is it an adjective or an adverb? Does it have other meanings? It's a lot more useful vocabulary than you think! Dan's stayed here late just to explain 6 uses of late! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this question: Which preposition can be combined with 'late' to mean 'recently'? a) by b) of c) from d) to ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-83 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'big data' mean? What does 'big data' mean?
2 weeks ago En
What does the English expression 'big data' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191125 ‘Big data’ is a hot term these days, but do you know what it means? Neil thinks he does, and he thinks it can help him start a successful company. Feifei has other ideas. Join us to learn a phrase that’s very ‘big’ right now! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
5 ways of using 'run' - English In A Minute 5 ways of using 'run' - English In A Minute
3 weeks ago En
What does the verb 'run' mean? 'Run' has many uses in English and Georgina's going to teach us 5 of them. Watch Georgina run the show and explain 5 uses of 'run'! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this question: I run the shop because… a) I am the owner of the shop. b) The shop is going to close in 10 minutes, and I need to buy some milk. c) The shop is a regular service ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-82 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'punch above your weight' mean? What does 'punch above your weight' mean?
3 weeks ago En
What does the English idiom 'punch above your weight' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191118 Neil is in love. Feifei doesn't think he has a chance, but Neil says he 'punches above his weight'. What does the phrase mean? And what is really happening in Neil's love life? For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Mental health in the workplace. Listen to 6 Minute English Mental health in the workplace. Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Huge numbers of people suffer from mental health issues in the workplace. Not only does it make life very difficult for sufferers, it also costs business a huge amount of money. Neil and Georgina talk about things people can do to make a difference. This week's question: In what year was World Mental Health Day first held? A: 1992 B: 2002 C: 2012 Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: failing to address not dealing with, not helping with colossal huge, very big contributor someone who has something positive to give to normalise to make normal to suffer in silence to have a problem but not discuss it or share it to cling onto (something) to hold on tight to something You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191114 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment.
What is a 'social media influencer'? What is a 'social media influencer'?
1 month ago En
What does the English phrase ''social media influencer' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191111 Neil is struggling to explain the meaning of the phrase ‘social media influencer’. Luckily Feifei can help him out. But why does Neil suddenly have a new business idea? And why is he growing a long moustache? Watch the programme to find out. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Why do people like sad music? Listen to 6 Minute English Why do people like sad music? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
A recent study has shown that sad music has become increasingly popular, but why do people choose to listen to it, and what goes on in the brain and the body when they do so? Sam and Neil talk about music and biology and teach you some vocabulary. This week's question: The music video has been around for a while, but in what year was MTV, the first dedicated music video channel, launched in the US? a) 1981 b) 1982 c) 1983 Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: can’t stand have a strong dislike of hormone a natural chemical produced in the body lactation the process in mammals of producing milk comforting calming and soothing, making you feel better emotionally what’s going on what’s happening an excess of too much or a more than normal amount of something You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191107 [Cover: Getty Images] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
5 uses of break - English In A Minute 5 uses of break - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
Sam's going to explain to us 5 uses of the word break! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this question: What does break mean in this example… 'When my mobile breaks, I take it to a technician'? a) stop functioning b) surpass; do better ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-80 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does the expression 'Goldilocks' mean? What does the expression 'Goldilocks' mean?
1 month ago En
What does the English expression 'Goldilocks' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191104 Feifei can’t decide where she wants to sit, and Neil is getting annoyed. But how is this connected to a little girl from a traditional fairy tale? Be decisive, and learn how to use this phrase with us. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Why's it called 'mother tongue'?: 6 Minute English Why's it called 'mother tongue'?: 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
'Mother tongue' is an interesting English expression. Like many languages, English has a number of gender-specific terms that don’t refer to gender-specific ideas and concepts. And this complicated relationship between language and gender is what Sam and Georgina are talking about in this programme. This week's question: Which of these languages is the newest? Is it: A: Esperanto B: Afrikaans C: Light Warlpiri Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: primary caregiver the person most responsible for looking after someone point of origin the place or time where something begins or comes from metaphor a way to describe something by saying that it is something else with similar qualities perceive to understand something to be true, to think of something in a particular way prestigious important, respected a disparity a difference, an inequality You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191031 [Cover: Getty Images] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Simple Inversion: I will never or never will I? - English In A Minute Simple Inversion: I will never or never will I? - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
Never before has inversion been explained so quickly! Dan tells us how to do it! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this question: What is the inverted version of this sentence: 'I will rarely smoke cigars'? a) Rarely will I smoke cigars. b) Will I rarely smoke cigars. c) Cigars will I rarely smoke. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-79 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does the English word 'ghosting' mean? 👻 What does the English word 'ghosting' mean? 👻
1 month ago En
What does the English word 'ghosting' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191028 Neil’s new girlfriend hasn’t replied to any of his calls or messages. What’s going on? Could she be ‘ghosting’ Neil? That’s what Feifei thinks. Learn this phrase in the programme. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Is having a tattoo a good idea? Watch 6 Minute English Is having a tattoo a good idea? Watch 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Do you have a tattoo? If not, have you ever felt tempted to have one? Some tattoos can be very artistic and elaborate and are ways some people found to express their creativity and make them unique. But tattoos can last a long time and... what do you do if you feel your ink no longer represents how you feel about yourself? Sam and Rob discuss body art and teach you some vocabulary. This week's question According to the Guinness World Records, the record for the most tattooed person in the world goes to Lucky Diamond Rich from New Zealand. Do you know how much of his body is covered by tattoos? Is it… a) 80%? b) 90%? Or c) 100%? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary parlour name for a shop or room where certain businesses carry out their trade – such as a tattoo parlour, a massage parlour or an ice cream parlour creative person someone who uses imagination and experiments with new ideas express yourself show outwardly how you feel and what you’re thinking big business activity that is currently popular and making lots of money fashionable popular at a particular time dilute make something less strong or less valuable You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191024 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Lend or borrow: what's the difference? - English In A Minute Lend or borrow: what's the difference? - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
What's the difference between 'lend' and 'borrow'? Georgina's going to give us a clue as to why lend and borrow aren't the same. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this question: I ______ my own book ______ John a) borrowed/from b) lent/to c) borrowed/to d) lent/from ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-78 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What is 'slow TV'? What is 'slow TV'?
1 month ago En
What does the English expression 'slow TV' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191021 TV programmes need to have more and more action and excitement these days in order to keep people watching, right? Wrong! Learn about a TV trend that is the complete opposite, and meet its number one fan: Neil! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Would you work for free? Listen to 6 Minute English Would you work for free? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Some companies offer students or recent graduates what they call 'internships'. These are extended periods of work experience where someone can be working full-time without an actual contract and, in many cases, without even being paid. But does this mean some people on lower incomes can't afford to take up the opportunities it offers? We discuss the pros and cons of working for free. This week's question: Which is the oldest stock exchange in the world? Is it: A: Bombay B: New York C: Amsterdam Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: an internship a temporary, often unpaid, job for a student or recent graduate at a company as a way of getting work experience in a particular industry social mobility the ability to move to a higher social status to rule out to exclude or prevent someone from doing something established connections previous or pre-existing links well-connected having strong links with important people at high levels within a company to open doors to make it easier to get into a career To download a free transcript and audio, go to our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191017 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
'Little' vs 'A little' - What's the difference? English In A Minute 'Little' vs 'A little' - What's the difference? English In A Minute
2 months ago En
What's the difference between 'little' and 'a little'? Let Phil explain.Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then check you understand with this question: If you have 'a little money', is it a good thing, or a problem? ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-77 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'tiger mother' mean? What does 'tiger mother' mean?
2 months ago En
What does the English expression 'tiger mother' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191014 What’s the best way to help your kids succeed in life? Neil's kids have been studying hard all summer, and they’re taking extra classes to make sure they pass their exams. But how is this parenting style connected to tigers? For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Can you spot a lie? Listen to 6 Minute English Can you spot a lie? Listen to 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Do you know when someone is lying to you? Are all lies bad or could they be a way to keep a good relationship with people? Sam and Rob discuss the social benefits of lying and teach you some vocabulary. Honestly. This week's question: A competition is held in Cumbria in the UK every year to find and award the title of "The Biggest Liar in the World". But which type of people are not allowed to take part? a) Farmers b) Lawyers c) Estate agents Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: fib small inoffensive lie white lie small lie, told to avoid upsetting someone deceive try to hide something by tricking people to gain an advantage at the heart most important or essential part response latency a term used in psychology to describe the time taken between a stimulus or question and a response to it porkies informal word for 'lies' You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191010 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Good vs well - what's the difference? English In A Minute Good vs well - what's the difference? English In A Minute
2 months ago En
What's the difference between 'good' and 'well'? Sams here to explain. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then fill in the gaps below: To learn English ______ you should watch ______ videos like this one! a) good / well b) well / good ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-76 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'buzzkill' mean? What does 'buzzkill' mean?
2 months ago En
What does the English idiom 'buzzkill' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191007 Neil and Feifei have just reached the top of a mountain when… Neil’s phone rings. But who is calling, and is it good news? What a 'buzzkill'! Learn all about this expression in this programme. And turn off your phone next time, Neil! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Are you good at complaining? Listen to 6 Minute English Are you good at complaining? Listen to 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
When a company's service is not to your satisfaction, how do you complain? What's the best way to get what you want? And when has complaining been completely futile? Sam and Rob discuss people's readiness to complain and teach you vocabulary. This week's question: The oldest recorded complaint is on a stone tablet in the British Museum. It’s nearly 4000 years old. What was the complaint about? a) An incorrect number of goats that were delivered after being bought at market. b) The quality of copper bars that were supplied. c) The non-payment of a bill for a banquet. Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: a sector an area of business within the economy, for example: the telecommunications sector inherent a natural part of something, usually a difficulty or risk, that can’t be avoided to perform if a company is performing well, it is being successful dominant strongest, most used to escalate (adj, noun: escalation) to take something to a higher level, for example to escalate a complaint if you are not satisfied with the first response to deal with (a problem or complaint) to try to fix a problem or resolve a complaint You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191003 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
How to say hello like a British English speaker - English In A Minute How to say hello like a British English speaker - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
How do British people really say hello? What do Brits really say to their friends? Tom's here to tell us 4 ways the British really say hello! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this free English lesson! Watch the video, then answer this: Which of these words does Tom NOT say in this expression: How are you doing? a) How b) are c) you d) doing? Watch the video for the answer! ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-75 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'buyer's remorse' mean? What does 'buyer's remorse' mean?
2 months ago En
What does the English idiom 'buyer's remorse' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190930 Have you ever bought something expensive, then regretted it? Well, you’re not alone. And neither is Neil, who is about to find out exactly what ‘buyer’s remorse’ is. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Does your name start with the wrong letter? Listen to 6 Minute English Does your name start with the wrong letter? Listen to 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Why do we remember old classmates whose surnames start with letters at the beginning of the alphabet? According to a professor of economics at Colorado University, the initial of your surname may affect your life chances. The nearer to 'A' you are, the better. Neil and Sam discuss alphabet disadvantage and teach you vocabulary. This week's question Where does the alphabet come from in its earliest form? Was it… a) Ancient Egypt b) Ancient Greece c) Ancient Rome Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary to pay attention to something to concentrate on something and not be distracted intensity strength engagement involvement in a communicative situation diminishes gets weaker to drop out to quit a college or university course without finishing it prestige respect and social status You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190926 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
'Unless' vs 'As long as': What's the difference? English In A Minute 'Unless' vs 'As long as': What's the difference? English In A Minute
2 months ago En
Georgina explains the differences between 'unless' and 'as long as'. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this: Which of these sentences is incorrect? a) Unless you eat your breakfast, you can’t go to meet your friends. b) As long as you eat your breakfast, you can’t go to meet your friends. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-74 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'freecycle' mean? What does 'freecycle' mean?
2 months ago En
What does the English phrase ''freecycle' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190923 Neil has a cupboard full of old junk, but he’s having trouble knowing what to do with it. Feifei suggests he freecycles it. What will Neil do? And what exactly is freecycling? Learn how to use this word with us. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Fake smiles and the computers that can spot them: 6 Minute English Fake smiles and the computers that can spot them: 6 Minute English
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Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if someone is really smiling or the smirk on their face is fake. But now there are computers that are able tell real smiles from fake ones better than humans can. How do they work and what are the benefits? It's something Neil and Sam are discussing in 6 Minute English as well as teaching you some useful vocabulary that will hopefully bring a smile to your face. This week's question: The expressions we can make with our face are controlled by muscles. How many muscles do we have in our face? Is it: A: 26 B: 43 C: 62 Listen to the programme to get the answer. Vocabulary: facial adjective to do with the face to infer to come to a decision about something using the information you have, which may not be complete in real time at the same time as, without delay to induce to cause something to happen genuine real, not fake to figure out to calculate, to work out To download a transcript and audio, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190919 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
3 English phrases with 'face' - English In A Minute 3 English phrases with 'face' - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
Tim's going to tell us three useful phrases with the word 'face'! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this: In English, when we tell someone to confront something which is scary, we can tell them to “face ____”. a) up to it b) up from it c) away from it ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-73 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'carbon footprint' mean? What does 'carbon footprint' mean?
3 months ago En
What does the English phrase 'carbon footprint' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190916 Feifei loves to travel, but she’s concerned about the size of her ‘carbon footprint’. What does this phrase mean, and how is it related to the environment? And what can Feifei do about it? We explain all, in the programme. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Is tourism harmful? Listen to 6 Minute English to find out Is tourism harmful? Listen to 6 Minute English to find out
3 months ago En
European cities such as Rome and Bruges have decided to impose restrictions on tourism to prevent overcrowding and make life easier for the local residents. Rob and Sam talk about it and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question According to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index, what was the most visited city in 2018? Was it… a) London b) New York, or c) Bangkok? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190919 Vocabulary respect treat something or someone with care clampdown (or crackdown) officially trying to stop or limit people doing something misbehave do something bad or inappropriate objective a plan or aim to achieve something Disneyfication turning something into an artificial, not real, commercial environment, similar to a Walt Disney theme park to cap to restrict, to limit [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
How to use prepositions of place - English In A Minute How to use prepositions of place - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
'At', 'on' and 'in' are all prepositions of place. Sam explains how to use them in this English In A Minute free English class. Watch Sam's video and decide how to fill in the missing words in this sentence: My keys are ___ my office ___ work. I left them ___ the desk. a) in, at, on b) on, in, at c) at, in, on ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-72 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does the English idiom 'cough up' mean? What does the English idiom 'cough up' mean?
3 months ago En
What does the English idiom 'cough up' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190909 Feifei has learned an impressive new skill and has won a bet. Will Neil pay her? He is feeling unwell. But when she asks him to ‘cough up’, he doesn’t seem too keen. Watch the video and learn how to use this phrase. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
The future of food - 6 Minute English The future of food - 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
With population growth and climate change, we might have to radically change our diets in the future. There are all sorts of developments going on to help feed us in the future, from growing artificial meat to developing insect-based foods. In 6 Minute English we discuss what we might be tucking into in the future and serve up some useful vocabulary. This week's question: In which continent did tomatoes originate? Is it… A: South America B: Africa C: Asia Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: a futurologist a person who studies and predicts how we will live in the future a trend a way to refer to something that is popular now or that is becoming popular to latch onto become very interested in a hunch a feeling you have based on your knowledge and experience that something might be true even though you don’t have any real evidence ingesting taking into your body, i.e. eating and drinking stringent strict, strong To download a transcript and audio, go here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190905 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
When 'tell' doesn't mean 'tell' - English In A Minute When 'tell' doesn't mean 'tell' - English In A Minute
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What does 'tell' mean? Does it always mean speaking? Dan's here to tell you about when tell doesn't mean tell in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this: Which word combines with 'tell' to mean 'know' or 'understand'? a) will b) can c) do d) have ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-71 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'brain fade' mean? What does 'brain fade' mean?
3 months ago En
What does the English idiom 'brain fade' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190902 Neil seems a bit forgetful today. Thankfully, he does remember how to explain the phrase ‘brain fade’. Join Neil and Feifei as they teach a phrase we hopefully won’t forget! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
How can I help the environment? - 6 Minute English How can I help the environment? - 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
How can I help the environment? What can I do to be more environmentally friendly? What can we do to make a difference? Sam and Neil discuss the small practical changes you can make to be more environmental and teach you 6 items of useful English vocabulary in this 6 Minute English free English class! THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Plastic has many natural variations but where was the first artificial plastic developed? Was it: a) England b) Germany or c) Switzerland? [The answer is at the end of the programme] VOCABULARY: a pet peeve something someone finds particularly annoying or frustrating (buying) in bulk buying many or a large quantity of something decant to transfer from an original container to a different one to pass on to give something to someone a hand-me-down a possession or item of clothing that is not new but has come from someone who no longer needs it or has outgrown it in good nick in good condition You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190829 [Cover: Getty Images] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment.
What does the English idiom 'fib' mean? What does the English idiom 'fib' mean?
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What does the English idiom 'fib' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190826 Sometimes, telling the truth is hard to do. But why is Rob fibbing about his reason for being late? And is Feifei telling the truth either? We won’t teach you to lie, but you will learn how to use the word ‘fib’ in the programme. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What's the difference between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'? - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
What's the difference between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'? Watch Georgina's explanation and then fill the gaps of this sentence using 'their', 'there' and 'they're': a) ____ is a great fruit shop on the same street as b) ____ house. c) ____ always buying delicious fruit! You'll find more quizzes and a downloadable transcript on our website: https://bbc.in/2NsC4G2 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com
Alice in Wonderland part 10: Alice's evidence Alice in Wonderland part 10: Alice's evidence
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The trial becomes more and more mad. And Alice is now taller than ever before. She's going to shock everyone, but will she stay in Wonderland? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of expressions of ability in the past and present you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-30/session-5 Vocabulary: rules (singular: rule) a list of instructions about what you are allowed to do and not allowed to do persons a formal word for 'people' pale (here) when you are pale, your skin colour is lighter than is usual because you are frightened or ill evidence facts or things that prove something sentence the punishment that a judge in a court gives to a criminal
Do our political views change as we get older?: 6 Minute English Do our political views change as we get older?: 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
Does our age affect the way we vote? And do our political views change as we get older? It's what Sam and Neil are discussing in 6 Minute English as well as teaching some related vocabulary. THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What was the first UK general election in which 18-year-olds could vote? A: 1929 B: 1950, or C: 1970 [The answer is at the end of the programme] VOCABULARY: plausible believable, possible resistant to against idealistic having a clear and simple moral view of how things should be platform the policies of a political party or politician status quo the situation as it is now pragmatism the idea of being realistic and practical about what can be achieved. You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190822 [Cover: Getty Images] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment.
What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? Learn why they're not the same in this quick, easy and free English class. You'll find a free quiz and downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-69 Hear Phil explain today’s lesson and then answer the following question: I _____ got any answers correct, because the exam was so _____! a) Hard / hardly b) Hardly/ hard For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'hot under the collar' mean? What does 'hot under the collar' mean?
3 months ago En
What does the English idiom 'hot under the collar' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190819 It’s hot in the studio. The air conditioning isn’t working and temperatures are rising. Soon Rob starts to get a little hot under the collar. But this phrase is about more than just body heat. It has to do with anger and also with feeling attracted to someone. Learn what it means in the programme. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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