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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. 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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Could you give up booze for a month? Listen to 6 Minute English Could you give up booze for a month? Listen to 6 Minute English
2 days ago En
Do you enjoy a glass of wine, gin or having a beer with friends? Would you be able to give it up for a whole month? That's what Dry January is all about - a traditional campaign to encourage people to resist the temptation of having booze and enjoy some health benefits from it. Sam and Rob discuss the challenge of having no alcohol at all and teach you related English vocabulary. This week's question According to historians, which people were thought to be the first group to make New Year's resolutions? Was it the… a) Romans b) Native Americans c) Babylonians Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary resolution a promise to yourself to stop or start doing something peer pressure influence a group of similar people have on you to behave like them ingrained an attitude or idea that's been done in a certain way for a long time and is difficult to change merchandise goods we buy and sell hangover sick, tired and sometimes anxious feeling you get after drinking too much alcohol permeating spreading through something and influencing every part of it To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200116 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Match vs fit vs suit Match vs fit vs suit
4 days ago En
Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Sam's going to explain how to use match, fit and suit with clothes! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English. I think that top really ___ you! It ___ you so well and it even ___ your shoes! a) suits / fits / matches b) fits / matches / suits c) matches / suits / fits ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://bbc.in/2QMldz8 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 'serial returner' mean? What does 'serial returner' mean?
4 days ago En
What does the English expression 'serial returner' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. Feifei's wearing a lovely new coat today. In fact she's had a lovely new coat every day for the last month. How can she afford it? Learn an expression for a person who frequently buys but then returns items from shops. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200113 For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
The decline of the apostrophe: 6 Minute English The decline of the apostrophe: 6 Minute English
1 week ago En
A retired journalist who founded a campaign to preserve the correct use of the apostrophe in the English language. is giving up his battle because he says "ignorance has won". We discuss what's causing the decline in the use of this punctuation mark and teach you some vocabulary along the way. This week's question The word ‘apostrophe’ itself – which language does it come from? Is it: a) Latin b) Greek c) Arabic Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: a pedant Someone overly concerned with correcting small mistakes to linger to stay in a place longer to wander to walk around with no real purpose or desire to get somewhere quickly up in the air at risk, possibly not going to happen ignorance a lack of knowledge about something a barbarian a primitive and uncivilized person To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200109 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.
Try + -ing or to + verb? - English In A Minute Try + -ing or to + verb? - English In A Minute
1 week ago En
Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? James is going to explain how to use try + -ing or to + verb! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English. Watch the video and complete the sentence. “I tried _____ a professional tennis player, but it’s very difficult to make it to the top.” a) becoming b) to become ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://bbc.in/37EpoT9 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 'talk the talk' mean? What does 'talk the talk' mean?
1 week ago En
What does the English expression 'talk the talk' 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-200106 Have you ever met someone who sounds like they know lots about a certain topic, but in reality… doesn't? Neil and Feifei have an expression for you that describes just that type of person – but what has it got to do with public speaking and hiking? 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
Why does seeing someone yawn make us yawn? Why does seeing someone yawn make us yawn?
2 weeks ago En
Have you ever wondered why seeing someone yawn also makes you yawn? According to researchers, it makes a difference if you think of yourself as similar to the person who started the yawning. Georgina and Rob discuss yawning and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question What biological function does yawning have? a: To take in more oxygen b: To get rid of carbon dioxide from our body c: No one really knows Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary a yawn / to yawn breathe in and out with our mouth stretched open contagious can be spread from one person to another a behaviour an action, often automatic, in response to a particular situation cognitive connected to mental processes and the way our minds work to identify with (a group) to feel close to and have a sense of belonging to (a group) exhibit (a behaviour) do, show (a behaviour) To download the transcript and the audio, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200102 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
American English vs British English spelling American English vs British English spelling
2 weeks ago En
What's the difference between American English and British English spelling? Georgina's going to explain how to spell British and American English. 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. Fill the gap with British spelling: Let’s meet at the _____. You’ll love the play – it’s British _____. a) theatre / humor b) theater / humour c) theater / humor d) theatre / humour ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-88 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 'out with the old, in with the new' mean? What does 'out with the old, in with the new' mean?
2 weeks ago En
What does 'out with the old, in with the new' 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-191230 As 2020 approaches, Rob’s decided to tidy up the office, clear out some old things and add some new touches to the workplace – like a vase of flowers. But for Feifei there’s just one old thing she’d like to replace with a new one. It sounds like a perfect excuse to teach a new English phrase that can be used at this time of year! 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 or real: What’s the best tree to have at Christmas? 6 Minute English Fake or real: What’s the best tree to have at Christmas? 6 Minute English
2 weeks ago En
They're the ultimate Christmas decoration and millions are bought around the world each year. But what impact do Christmas trees - real and artificial - have on the environment? Neil and Sam discuss Christmas's carbon footprint and teach you some new vocabulary all in 6 minutes! To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191226 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Use comparatives to show something is changing - English In A Minute Use comparatives to show something is changing - English In A Minute
3 weeks ago En
How do you use comparatives to show something is changing? Roll up to hear Roy explain how to use comparatives to show something is changing! 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 complete the following sentence: This day is getting longer and _____ a) more long b) long c) longer ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-87 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 more the merrier' mean? What does 'the more the merrier' mean?
3 weeks ago En
What does the English phrase 'the more the merrier' 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-191223 It’s almost Christmas but Feifei doesn’t seem in a festive mood. She’s stuck in the studio with just Rob for company. It’s time for a party and to learn a new phrase. Watch this and see if the meaning of the authentic English phrase really comes true! 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
Have you ever had ecotherapy? Listen to 6 Minute English Have you ever had ecotherapy? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Being in the green open space can certainly help us relax and de-stress. So much so that the beneficial contact with the outdoors is inspiring a particular kind of therapy. Neil and Georgina discuss ecotherapy and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question How high is the world’s tallest tree thought to be? Is it... a) 65.8 metres, b) 115.8 metres, or c) 185.8 metres Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary tonic something that makes you feel happier and healthier horticulture the study or activity of growing garden plants panacea something that is believed to solve everything therapeutic makes you feel better or healthier biophilia a passion for or empathy with the natural world and living things innate a quality that you’re born with To download the transcript and the audio, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191219 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Fine vs Finely - What's the difference? - English In A Minute Fine vs Finely - What's the difference? - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
What's the difference between 'fine' and 'finely'? Which is both an adjective and an adverb? Is there a difference in meaning? Saskia's done a fine job of explaining fine vs finely! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then complete the sentence below: You need to ______ chop carrots. a) fine b) finely ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-86 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 'take one for the team' mean? What does 'take one for the team' mean?
1 month ago En
What does the English phrase ''take one for the team' 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-191216 Neil and Feifei are about to go to a concert, when they discover they don’t have enough tickets. Who will ‘take one for the team’? Learn a phrase that reminds us it’s good to put others ahead of ourselves. At least sometimes… 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
Anxious about talking to new people? Listen to 6 Minute English Anxious about talking to new people? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month 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
1 month 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?
1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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?
1 month 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
2 months 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?
2 months 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
2 months 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'?
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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?
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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? 👻
2 months 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
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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
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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'?
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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