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Football: 'Super League' for Europe: BBC News Review Football: 'Super League' for Europe: BBC News Review
1 day ago En
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are among 12 clubs who have agreed to join a new European Super League (ESL). In a seismic move for European football, the Premier League clubs will join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: 5 ways to use 'break' - English In A Minute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fTXl2wCm1M Why are football crowds getting quieter? 6 Minute English - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxTpScOY8c4 Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:30​​​​​​​ - Story 1:34​​​ - Headline 1: European Super League: Latest news and live updates as Premier League teams sign up to breakaway Super League 5:10​​ - Headline 2: Arrogance of the ‘Big Six’ over European Super League beggars belief 7:59​​​​​​​​ - Headline 3: Roy Keane delivers blunt take on European Super League 10:00​​​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story It’s been c
Modifying Comparative Adjectives - English In A Minute Modifying Comparative Adjectives - English In A Minute
2 days ago En
How can we modify comparisons? Charlene has some tips for you! Which is correct? The Sun is _____ bigger than the Earth. A) very B) much C) really Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-67 #bbclearningenglish​​ #learnenglish​​ #comparisons #englishinaminute​
Naked in nature - 6 Minute English Naked in nature - 6 Minute English
6 days ago En
Naturists think not wearing clothes outdoors is a healthy way to live, and it makes them feel good. Georgina and Neil discuss why being naked in nature might be good for you. This week's question: The world’s largest skinny dip took place in Ireland in 2018 - but do you know how many naked swimmers went into the sea? Was it approximately… a) 250 people? b) 2,500 people? c) 25,000 people? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary skinny dipping swimming naked naturists people who think not wearing clothes outdoors is a healthy way to live and it makes them feel good advocate publicly support (something) at one with nature have a connection with the natural world that makes you feel good liberation being freed from something shock, horror said to mean something in not shocking or surprising [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish​... More 6 Minute English episodes: Is punctuality important? https://youtu.be/cSl
Natanz: Iran blames Israel - News Review Natanz: Iran blames Israel - News Review
1 week ago En
A cyber attack on an underground nuclear site in Iran has left new advanced machines, known as centrifuges, no longer working. The Iranian foreign minister has said his country will "take revenge" on the perpetrators and has blamed Israel for a cyber attack. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: Stopping the cyber-criminals - https://youtu.be/hKZDNaKwy4U South Africa power cuts enter fourth day - https://youtu.be/2yG2fqfZe_c Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:30​​​​​​ - Story 1:56​​ - Headline 1: Iran says key Natanz nuclear facility hit by 'sabotage' 5:19​ - Headline 2: Iran says it identified person who caused power outage at Natanz — report 7:55​​​​​​​ - Headline 3: Pentagon chief declares 'ironclad' U.S. commitment to Israel 10:27​​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story As soon as it emerged there had been some kind of problem at the Natanz facility, speculation arose as to what might have caused it. Now the head of Iran’s atomic agenc
5 ways to use 'stand' as a verb - English In A Minute 5 ways to use 'stand' as a verb - English In A Minute
1 week ago En
Tom explains 5 ways to use 'stand' as a verb in this English In A Minute. 'Stand' is a word with many uses! Which of the following is NOT a meaning of 'stand'? A) to buy something for someone B) to arrange C) to endure Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-66 #bbclearningenglish​ #learnenglish​ #stand​ #englishinaminute​
The language of biscuits - 6 Minute English The language of biscuits - 6 Minute English
1 week ago En
Rob and Neil talk about the origins and the language of this humble snack. Learn what it has to do with the Industrial Revolution and pick up some related vocabulary along the way. This week's question The British aren’t the only fans of biscuits. So in which country are barazeks traditionally eaten? a) Syria b) Morocco c) Spain Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary dunking dipping something, like a biscuit, into liquid for a short period of time fit for consumption edible or can be eaten edible can be eaten sustenance food prominence important or well-known sugar rush get a quick blast of energy [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-210408 More 6 Minute English episodes: Why do we choose to text instead of talk? https://youtu.be/PL90RepTkhk​ Melting ice sheet: Is it too late? https://youtu.be/3fBxa1IEb74​ Will Covid-19 change cities? https://youtu.be/jO8d0wwXyk8​
Space wine: Does it taste better? - News Review Space wine: Does it taste better? - News Review
2 weeks ago En
Scientists sent twelve bottles of wine to the International Space Station for over a year to study the effects of zero gravity on wine. Wine experts said the wine which had been to space appeared to mature more quickly than the same wine that had been left on Earth. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: SpaceX splash down - News Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0MU_hP4RF0&list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC&index=29 Mango surplus in the Philippines: News Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK7zJQvjLH8&list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC&index=93 Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:39​​​​​ - Story 1:52​ - Headline 1: Château Pétrus: does a case of top-notch Bordeaux really taste different after being in Space? 4:47 - Headline 2: Experts savour £4,000 bottle of wine that spent a year in space - and reveal what it tastes like 7:47​​​​​​ - Headline 3: Scientists Pouring Over Results Of Experiment To Blast Wine Into Space 10
3 phrasal verbs for feelings - English In A Minute 3 phrasal verbs for feelings - English In A Minute
2 weeks ago En
Sometimes, it’s good to talk! Sam has three phrasal verbs to help you talk about how you feel. Which is the correct word order? My brother is so moody! He always… a) takes out other people on his problems. b) takes his problems out on other people. Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-65 #bbclearningenglish​ #learnenglish​ #phrasalverbs​ #englishinaminute​
Is English really English? 6 Minute English Is English really English? 6 Minute English
2 weeks ago En
Many of the English words we use today like beer, hand, mother and love have all survived from Old English. Neil and Georgina discuss where the English language we use today really comes from. This week's question: The year 1066 is remembered for a famous battle when the French-speaking Norman king, William the Conqueror, invaded England – but what is the name of the famous battle? Is it... a) The Battle of Waterloo? b) The Battle of Hastings? c) The Battle of Trafalgar? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary invasion when an army of country uses force to enter and take control of another country suffix letter or group of letters added to the end of a word to make a new word in common parlance using the words that most people use in ordinary conversation building blocks the basic parts that are put together to make something through someone’s eyes from someone else’s point of view; how someone else would experience something at heart used to say what something is really like [Cove
Oomph - The English We Speak Oomph - The English We Speak
3 weeks ago En
Do you know someone who has charm, energy and is exciting to speak with or listen to? You can learn an English expression to describe that person. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210329 More The English We Speak episodes: You do you https://youtu.be/H-_2iKiXAkw​ Key worker https://youtu.be/kiAW4399gBE​ Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw​ Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #oomph #charm #theexfactor #informalenglish
Suez Canal: Delays continue - News Review Suez Canal: Delays continue - News Review
3 weeks ago En
Shipping using the Suez Canal has been subject to long delays after a large ship called the Ever Given became stuck on 23rd March. The blockage in the busiest global shipping route has caused massive queues and other ships to be re-routed. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: Stranded female penguin mystery solved - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUg_AOeml2w Not budge an inch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoevk9BDghY Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:29​​​​​ - Story 1:45​ - Headline 1: Syria forced to ration fuel as stricken ship keeps Suez Canal blocked 4:43 - Headline 2: Megaship blocking Suez Canal budges for first time 8:03​​​​​​ - Headline 3: Suez Canal blockage stretches to a fifth day, in pictures 11:28​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story Another tugboat has arrived to help the growing effort to refloat the giant container ship which has been blocking the Suez Canal since last Tuesday. There are now twelve tugs trying to dis
5 ways to use 'set' - English In A Minute 5 ways to use 'set' - English In A Minute
3 weeks ago En
Here's the latest video in our EIAM set! Learn some new expressions with this video then answer this question: ‘Are you set?’ can mean: a) Are you comfortable? b) Are you hurt? C) Are you ready? https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-64 #bbclearningenglish​ #learnenglish​ #set​ #englishinaminute​ #grammar
Astronauts on strike? 6 Minute English Astronauts on strike? 6 Minute English
3 weeks ago En
In 1973, three US astronauts on board the Skylab space station had a disagreement with mission control over their workload. Neil and Georgina talk about what really happened. This week's question: How did the Skylab astronauts protest to their bosses at ground control? Did they… a) pretend the radio had broken? b) stop shaving and grow beards? c) fake the results of their experiments? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary micromanage control every part of a situation, including small details go on strike refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer, usually about working conditions or pay tight schedule a small amount of time to complete a job or task bossy always telling people what to do twenty-four hours a day all day and night; all the time the way to go the best method for doing a particular job [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish​... More 6 Minute English episodes: The men t
Australia's 'one-in-a-fifty-year' flood: BBC News Review Australia's 'one-in-a-fifty-year' flood: BBC News Review
4 weeks ago En
Around 18,000 people have been evacuated from severe floods across New South Wales (NSW) in Australia, with more heavy rainfall predicted. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #australiafloods #australia #sydney #climatechange #newsreview Related stories: Lingohack: Fires in Australia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDEZ_ZAnNS8 Tim's Pronunciation Workshop - 'and': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-lWwRomisk Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:33​​​​ - Story 1:37 - Headline 1: Torrential rain floods New South Wales, Australia. 5:05​​ - Headline 2: Flood appeal launched as torrential rain batters east coast. 9:03​​​​​ - Headline 3: 'Kick in the guts': Family homes lost to flood after bushfires battle 12:05​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story The premier of New South Wales in Australia has described the flooding in parts of Sydney as a once-in-fifty-year event. Speaking at a press conference, Gladys Berejiklian said another four
How to use 'ish' - English In A Minute How to use 'ish' - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
‘ish’ is very common in spoken English, but do you know how to use it ? Answer the #quiz question below and then watch Sian’s video to find out the answer and to learn lots more uses of ‘ish’ :) Which of these is NOT a common use of ‘ish’ A) I’ll see you at the park at 10ish. B) The film was longish. https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-63 #bbclearningenglish​ #learnenglish​ #ish​ #englishinaminute​
33 Confusing Words in English - Learners' Questions Mega Class! 33 Confusing Words in English - Learners' Questions Mega Class!
1 month ago En
Improve your English vocabulary and grammar with this Learners' Questions Mega Class! Nearly 40 minutes of English vocab, grammar and phrasal verb lessons with our expert English teacher, Dan! In particular, Dan looks at 33 of the most confusing words in 10 English lessons and shows you how to understand and use these terms correctly! 0:00 What's the difference between 'advice' and 'advise'? 4:00 What's the difference between 'fault', 'flaw' and 'weakness'? 7:59 What's the difference between 'lie' and 'lay'? 12:47 What are the differences between 'peek', 'peak' and 'pique'? 16:11 What's the difference between 'pop in', 'pop out' and 'pop round'? 18:14 'Rememeber', 'recollect', 'remind' and 'recall' - what's the difference? 22:18 What's the difference between 'see', 'look' and 'watch'? 25:50 What's the difference between 'situation', 'position' and 'condition'? 29:27 How do we use 'tough', 'rough' and 'stiff'? 33:34 What's the difference between 'win', 'earn' and 'gain'? Discover more about any of
Digital help for blind people - 6 Minute English Digital help for blind people - 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Digital technology is dramatically improving the lives of blind people all around the world. Neil and Georgina talk about these inventions which help blind people work around their disabilities or challenges. This week's question: In 1842 a technique of using fingers to feel printed raised dots was invented which allowed blind people to read. But who invented it? Was it... a) Margaret Walker? b) Louis Braille? c) Samuel Morse? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary assistive technology equipment and technology that assist individuals with disabilities to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible obstacle object that blocks your movement because it is in your way echo-location ultrasound system used by some animals to determine the position of nearly objects by measuring how long it takes for an echo to return from the object visually impaired having a decreased ability to see that causes problems, whether disabling or not normalises treats as normal some
Beyonce sets new world record - News Review Beyonce sets new world record - News Review
1 month ago En
Beyonce has set a new world record after becoming the first female artist to win 28 Grammy awards. All this happened at the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: News Review: Golden Globes 2021- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W95gbUmUwU8 News Review: Black Lives Matter: Racism at London protest - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx-v84KLDko Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:29​​​​ - Story 1:37​​​​ - Headline 1: Grammys 2021: Beyoncé becomes most decorated female artist 4:01​​ - Headline 2: Grammys 2021: Black Lives Matter took centre stage as artists speak out on racial equality 6:36​​​​ - Headline 3: Beyoncé “opted not to perform” at Grammys 2021, despite leading nominations 8:51​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story: And the singer Beyonce has collected her twenty-eighth Grammy award overnight, beating the previous all-time female record set by the country music star Alison Krauss. Taylor Swift
Rules for silent 'e' - English In A Minute Rules for silent 'e' - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
Learn about the silent 'e' with James in this English In A Minute. Which of these words ending in a silent ‘e’ have a long vowel sound? a) love b) some c) hate Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-62 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #silente #englishinaminute #pronunciation
What is the key to happiness? 6 Minute English What is the key to happiness? 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Feeling happy is more important than ever right now, especially as many things seem to be out of our control. Neil and Georgina talk about what small things you can do to feel better about life. This week's question: Did you know that every year the UN publishes its Global Happiness Survey revealing the happiest countries in the world? It’s based on factors like income, life expectancy and health. The Nordic countries often come in the top ten, but which country was rated the happiest in 2020? Was it... a) Iceland? b) Denmark? c) Finland? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary the glass is half full/empty used to say that someone has a tendency to look at situations in a positive or negative way alignment correct position in relation to something else gratitude feeling grateful, expressing thanks to another person hamster on a wheel someone involved in activities that make them busy all the time but without ever achieving anything important or managing to finish a task satisfac
Awesomesauce - The English We Speak Awesomesauce - The English We Speak
1 month ago En
There are many ways to talk about something amazing, but this new informal word is incredible. You can use it to describe almost anything - but Feifei finds it useful in complimenting Rob’s homemade ice cream! To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210308 More The English We Speak episodes: Sadfishing https://youtu.be/0YJc-5TmfX4​ Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw​ Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ Thirsty https://youtu.be/oOjJaxQDE6s​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #awesomesauce #amazing #informalenglish
Harry and Meghan interview: BBC News Review Harry and Meghan interview: BBC News Review
1 month ago En
The Duchess of Sussex has said she found life within the British Royal Family so difficult that at times she "didn't want to be alive any more". In a deeply personal TV interview, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey that she did not get help when she asked for it. #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #harryandmeghan #meghanmarkle #DuchessofSussex #newsreview Related stories: English in a Minute: A lesson on lay vs lie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bjnkq9LsIE News Review – Harry and Meghan get married: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsuxxNqvMSs Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:35​​​ - Story 2:04​​​ - Headline 1: Meghan and Prince Harry interview with Oprah lays bare royal rift 4:30​ - Headline 2: Meghan and Harry on Oprah: All the key quotes from bombshell interview as couple discuss leaving royal life 7:35​​​​ - Headline 3: Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview: Latest reaction after couple fire salvo of allegations at Royal family 10:00​​​​​​ - Language summary The story: The Duchess of Sussex has reve
5 ways to say 'ough' - English In A Minute 5 ways to say 'ough' - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
Charlene shows us five different ways to say ‘ough’ in this video! Do you know all five? Which is the most difficult to say? Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-61 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #ough #englishinaminute #pronunciation
6 Minute English - 'All About Language' English Mega Class! One Hour of New Vocabulary! 6 Minute English - 'All About Language' English Mega Class! One Hour of New Vocabulary!
1 month ago En
Improve your English vocabulary and speaking with this 'all about language' 6 Minute English compilation from BBC Learning English! One hour of listening practice to help improve your English listening and learn LOTS of new vocabulary! There are 11 episodes and each contains authentic listening practice, fun quiz questions, analysis of new vocabulary and looks at how to use these words in real-life contexts! 0:00 How do you learn to speak a language? 6:14 Why do we text instead of talking? 12:18 Does your name start with the wrong letter? 18:20 The decline of the apostrophe 24:25 Cultural differences and body language 30:17 For the love of foreign languages 36:35 How to talk about conspiracy theories 42:40 Using 'x' for kisses 48:45 Debating veganism: how to change someone's opinion 54:55 The history of 'hello' 1:01:00 Why is it called 'mother tongue'? You can find the transcripts, quizzes, vocabulary and activities on our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-englis
Looking for utopia - 6 Minute English Looking for utopia - 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Many people aspire to create a happy place where everyone is cared for and nobody goes without. Rob and Georgina talk about how to create utopia. This week's question: According to the 2020 United Nations World Happiness Report, which country is the world’s happiest? Is it… a) Finland? b) Singapore? c) Austria? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary utopia a place where everyone lives together in harmony thriving growing and successful inclusive including everyone and treating them equally mindset fixed thoughts and attitudes someone has mistreat treat someone badly or cruelly social security payment system used by governments that helps people live a reasonable life [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-210304 More 6 Minute English episodes: Covid: One year on https://youtu.be/x4xlQTP-XDU Grandma therapy in Zimbabwe https://youtu.be/LXw2xdWqkS0 Have you ever had ecoth
Clout - The English We Speak Clout - The English We Speak
1 month ago En
Do you know someone who has a lot of followers on social media? Do they often use their influence and power? That's what Feifei and Roy talk about. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210301 More The English We Speak episodes: Sadfishing https://youtu.be/0YJc-5TmfX4 Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw​ Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ Thirsty https://youtu.be/oOjJaxQDE6s​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #clout​ #informalenglish
Golden Globe 2021 - News Review Golden Globe 2021 - News Review
1 month ago En
British actors and talent took home several Golden Globes awards at Sunday's ceremony. The awards celebrate TV and film achievements. Neil and Tom have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: 'Hothouse Earth' - News Review: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=OONr10MkRiASite Ghosting - The English We Speak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85S6cJPr4q4 Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​ - Introduction 0:30​​ - Story 1:31​​ - Headline 1: In pictures: Golden Globes stars shine without red carpet 4:18 - Headline 2: Emma Corrin Channeled Queen Elizabeth (the First) at the 2021 Golden Globes 7:26​​​ - Headline 3: Chadwick Boseman wins his first Golden Globe posthumously 10:33​​​​​ - Language summary The story: And British stars have dominated this year's Golden Globes Awards, which celebrates the best in TV and film. The ceremony is often seen as a strong indicator of what will do well at the Oscars. Daniel Kaluuya got the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the fil
3 ways to use 'put up' - English In A Minute 3 ways to use 'put up' - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
How many different ways can you use 'put up'? Phil explains 3 here; can you suggest any more? Which of these is correct? a) It'll be late when you arrive, but we can put up you. b) It'll be late when you arrive, but we can put you up. Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-60 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #phrasalverbs #englishinaminute #putup
Covid: One year on - 6 Minute English Covid: One year on - 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Covid-19 has been responsible for more than two million deaths globally. Over a year on since the first outbreak, what have we learnt? Neil and Georgina look back over the situation and see how our knowledge has changed. This week's question: Do you know approximately, how many people were infected by it? a) 5 million b) 50 million c) 500 million Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary pandemic disease that affects many people around the world take hold become stronger and is difficult to stop wimpy feeble or not very strong sheer great or significant kicks in starts to happen genome the full amount of genetic information of something. [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-210225 More 6 Minute English episodes: How to disagree better https://youtu.be/rWHGKGS7zSc Meditation and your brain https://youtu.be/sm6EtQg-hxw No more bosses https://youtu.be/ktgDXNML2uI How can we
GOAT - The English We Speak GOAT - The English We Speak
1 month ago En
Who's your favourite film star, musician or sports star? Are they great, or are they the greatest ever? That's what Feifei and Roy talk about in The English We Speak. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210222 More The English We Speak episodes: A game https://youtu.be/_jwtoBMRclY​ Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw​ Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ Thirsty https://youtu.be/oOjJaxQDE6s​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #GOAT​ #informalenglish
Kardashian and West to divorce - News Review Kardashian and West to divorce - News Review
1 month ago En
After nearly seven years of marriage, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband the superstar rapper Kanye West are getting divorced. The couple have four children. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: Kanye West says he'll run for US president: https://youtu.be/DToOEhbwE2U Is red meat really bad for you?: https://youtu.be/67bRNdqQ7ec Video chapters: 0:00​​​​ - Introduction 0:32​ - Story 1:21​ - Headline 1: Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West after nearly seven years of marriage 4:10​​ - Headline 2: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West call it quits after tumultuous 2020 7:12​​ - Headline 3: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to split $2 BILLION fortune evenly — unless he goes on Twitter rants 10:20​​​​ - Language summary The story: They’ve been having problems for the last several years out of their seven-year marriage. So, no – this has not come as a big surprise to people who have been following them, but it’s big news. Key words and phra
Pronunciation of 'th' - English In A Minute Pronunciation of 'th' - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
The correct pronunciation of the two ‘th’ sounds in English can be difficult but, don’t worry! Here’s a simple explanation in one minute! In which group of words is the ‘th’ pronounced /ð/ (remember, this is the ‘voiced’ sound, where we use our vocal cords)? 1.think, birthday, breath 2.this, other, breathe Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-59 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #th #englishinaminute #pronunciation
6 Minute English - Emotional Wellbeing Mega Class - One Hour of New Vocabulary! 6 Minute English - Emotional Wellbeing Mega Class - One Hour of New Vocabulary!
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Improve your English vocabulary and speaking with this 'emotional wellbeing' 6 Minute English compilation from BBC Learning English! One hour of listening practice to help improve your English listening and learn LOTS of new vocabulary! There are 10 episodes and each contains authentic listening practice, fun quiz questions, analysis of new vocabulary and looks at how to use these words in real-life contexts! 0:00 What to do when you can't sleep 06:09 Improving your memory 12:13 Can you spot a lie? 18:17 The soothing power of books 24:21 Are you good at complaining? 30:25 How resilient are you? 36:29 Mental health in the workplace 42:33 How to disagree better 48:37 Anxiety and evolution 54:41 Why do people like sad music? ???????????????????????????????? ???????????????? ???????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????? ????????????????: What makes you happy? https://youtu.be/JjESWHykTJQ Street food: why is it becoming popular? https://youtu.be/UIg6n0ypaHw How do you learn to speak a language? https://youtu.be/wkjSBC-_bDA What to do when you c
Singing in tune - 6 Minute English Singing in tune - 6 Minute English
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The act of singing itself is a very complex skill, involving a huge number of processes in our bodies and brains. Neil and Georgina discuss singing and how it’s not essential to sing in tune to benefit from doing it. This week's question: What is the meaning of ‘karaoke’? Is it... a) machine voice? b) angry cat? c) empty orchestra? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary tone-deaf unable to sing tunes accurately or recognise different notes vocal cords pair of folds in the throat that move backwards and forwards when air from the lungs moves over them larynx organ between the nose and the lungs that contains the vocal cords; otherwise known as the voice box vibration continuous and quick shaking movement stress response the human body's reaction to anything that disturbs its internal balance, for example pain, infection, fear or exercise keep it up! used to encourage someone to continue doing something [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https
Workation - The English We Speak Workation - The English We Speak
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Most people love a holiday, but some people are worried about leaving their work behind while they relax. Now some people are working on holiday. That's what Feifei and Roy talk about. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210215 More The English We Speak episodes: Frontliner https://youtu.be/yLRet5uG5AE Tone deaf https://youtu.be/d3nWZ0-DDTM Climate emergency https://youtu.be/3SOENeBwJyo​ You do you https://youtu.be/H-_2iKiXAkw​ Key worker https://youtu.be/kiAW4399gBE A Game https://youtu.be/_jwtoBMRclY​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #workation #portmanteau #slang
Trump acquitted - News Review Trump acquitted - News Review
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The former US president Donald Trump has been found not guilty of inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol last month. Mr Trump is the first president in US history to face two impeachment trials. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: Trump impeachment trial comes to a close: BBC News Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o7blHbvtUc Day 1 of Britain's EU divorce talks: https://youtu.be/qewnaAmcLwQ Video chapters: 0:00​​​ - Introduction 0:33 - Story 1:34 - Headline 1: Trump acquitted, Biden calls it ‘sad chapter’ for democracy 4:21​ - Headline 2: Senate acquittal exposes deep Republican rifts over Trump 8:01​ - Headline 3: Johnson: US democracy strong after Trump impeachment 'kerfuffle’ 9:36​​​ - Language summary The story Donald Trump has suggested that he will return to politics after he was acquitted in his second impeachment trial in the United States Senate. The Senate fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to find him guilty of incite
4 ways to use 'like' - English In A Minute 4 ways to use 'like' - English In A Minute
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Speak English LIKE a pro with this video! Then test yourself with this question: How can we complete the following sentence? "Like father, ___ ___." A) like son B) son likes Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-58 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #like #englishinaminute #belike
Working for yourself - 6 Minute English Working for yourself - 6 Minute English
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Many people choose to, or have to work as a freelancer to survive, but is it worth the risk? Rob and Georgina talk about the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing. This week's question: What kind of job was a drummer? Were they… a) someone who played the drums? b) a travelling salesman? c) a music publicist – who drums up – meaning encourages, support for a band? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary drum up increase or encourage support or sales for something freelance work for yourself, selling your skills or services to different businesses petrifying frightening, so you can’t speak or move self-sabotage having doubts and fears that stop you achieving something fulfilment good feeling of achieving something for yourself financial freedom able to control how you earn and use your money [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish​​... More 6 Minute English episodes: How can I help the environment? ht
Moonshot - The English We Speak Moonshot - The English We Speak
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Have you ever worked on an experimental project? Roy is going to be wearing something rather unusual while Feifei is going to teach the real meaning of 'moonshot'! To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210208 More The English We Speak episodes: Sadfishing https://youtu.be/0YJc-5TmfX4​ Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw​ Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ Thirsty https://youtu.be/oOjJaxQDE6s​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #moonshot​​ #informalenglish
India: Flood in Himalayas: BBC News Review India: Flood in Himalayas: BBC News Review
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India: Flood in Himalayas At least 18 people are dead and 150 missing after a piece of a Himalayan glacier fell into a river and triggered a huge flood in northern India. The floodwaters burst open a dam and a deluge of water poured through a valley in the state of Uttarakhand. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: BBC News Review: Dam at risk of bursting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR2L6kIg5yY Irma Hits Florida: BBC News Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-C2hHOo6Kk Video chapters: 0:00​​ - Introduction 0:31​​ - Story 1:23​​ - Headline 1: Uttarakhand glacier disaster:Eighteen dead after India glacier bursts dam 4:55 - Headline 2: Rescuers search for 170 missing after Indian glacier causes devastating flood 7:22 - Uttarakhand flood: Raini villagers had raised alarm before HC around 2 years ago 10:49​​ - Language summary The story Indian troops have rushed to the scene to help, as emergency workers battle through thick mud and debris in the ef
4 phrasal verbs for clothes and accessories - English In A Minute 4 phrasal verbs for clothes and accessories - English In A Minute
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Sian shares 4 essential phrasal verbs to talk about clothes and accessories. Watch the video and then try this quiz to test what you’ve learnt! Which sentence is correct? A) Sian forgot to hang up her clothes. B) Sian forgot to hang her clothes up. C) Both sentences are correct. Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-57 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #clothes #englishinaminute #phrasalverbs
6 Minute English - Lifestyle English Mega Class! One Hour of New Vocabulary! 6 Minute English - Lifestyle English Mega Class! One Hour of New Vocabulary!
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Improve your English vocabulary and speaking with this 'lifestyle' 6 Minute English compilation from BBC Learning English! One hour of listening practice to help improve your English listening and learn LOTS of new vocabulary! There are 10 episodes and each contains authentic listening practice, fun quiz questions, analysis of new vocabulary and looks at how to use these words in real-life contexts! 0:00 Would you pay more for ethical coffee? 06:11 Should we have a bucket list? 12:16 How much risk are you prepared to take? 18:19 Would you like to have a microadventure? 24:31 Why take a gap year? 30:35 Is having a tattoo a good idea? 36:37 Why are fewer people going to the countryside? 42:41 What is mermaiding? 48:43 Does wearing a uniform change our behaviour? 54:47 Do you want to upgrade your phone? You can find the transcripts, quizzes, vocabulary and activities on our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english ???????????????????????????????? ???????????????? ???????????????????????????? �
How much heat do you lose from your head? 6 Minute English How much heat do you lose from your head? 6 Minute English
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Can a woollen hat make a difference when you are cold? Every winter someone might tell you to put one on to save your body from losing all of its heat. But how much heat do you actually lose from your head? Rob and Georgina talk about percentages and teach you some English vocabulary. This week's question According to the ‘Cold Weather Survival’ chapter of the US army field guide, how much heat is lost in the cold through an uncovered head? a) 30 to 35% b) 40 to 45% c) 50 to 55% Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary popular myth something believed to be true by many people but which is actually not true surface area total area of the outer surfaces of an object heat loss measurement of the total heat transferred away from something through its surface insulation material used to stop heat from escaping in order to keep something warm resting not moving or doing anything active; in a state of rest core temperature body’s internal temperature, including the heart, other vital
Slap-bang - The English We Speak Slap-bang - The English We Speak
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‘Slap’ and ‘bang’ are two examples of onomatopoeia – words that sound like the word they are describing. Rob is going to stick the words together to create an authentic English phrase which Feifei is going to use to describe where she’s going for a drink tonight! To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210201 More The English We Speak episodes: Sadfishing https://youtu.be/0YJc-5TmfX4 Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY Thirsty https://youtu.be/oOjJaxQDE6s #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #slapbang #accurate #exactly #informalenglish
Myanmar: Military takes control - News Review Myanmar: Military takes control - News Review
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The army in Myanmar have claimed an election in November 2020 was fraudulent and have taken control of the country. Several politicians, including Aung San Suu Kyi, have been arrested. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: News Review – 100 years since the Russian revolution: https://youtu.be/yGH9HAlg4HM Keeping cars out of city centres - 6 Minute English: https://youtu.be/bJq9kPc_-tw Video chapters: 0:00​​ - Introduction 0:31​​ - Story 1:41​​ - Headline 1: Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control 5:12- Headline 2: Myanmar: Military's rogue move puts country at dangerous and disturbing crossroads 7:14 - Military power grab deals killer blow to Myanmar's fledgling democracy 9:33​​ - Language summary The story: The armed forces in Myanmar have carried out a coup, arresting Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures in the ruling party. The military claims that the election she won in November was fraudulent and are imposing a state
4 phrasal verbs for dating - English In A Minute 4 phrasal verbs for dating - English In A Minute
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We hope you fall for this lovely video about phrasal verbs for dating! Try this quiz to test what you’ve learned. "I met my girlfriend last year, but we didn’t get together straight away. We’ve been ______ for about 3 months." A) going out B) breaking up Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-56 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #datingverbs #englishinaminute #phrasalverbs
The woman whose cells never die - 6 Minute English The woman whose cells never die - 6 Minute English
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Henrietta Lacks made an amazing contribution to medical research which has only recently been recognised. Rob and Georgina discuss her remarkable story. This week's question: Do you know what other medical breakthrough happened in 1921? Was it... a) the discovery of insulin? b) the discovery of penicillin? c) the discovery of vitamin E? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary in vitro fertilization technique for women who cannot become pregnant naturally in which an egg is fertilized outside her body and the resulting embryo replaced in her womb figure out understand or solve something; work out workhorse someone who does a large amount work, especially dull or routine work scourge something that causes much trouble or suffering unwitting done without knowing or planning centenary the 100th anniversary of an important event [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish... More 6 Minute English episodes: Melting i
Sadfishing: The English We Speak Sadfishing: The English We Speak
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People sometimes post how they feel on social media. If what they say is exaggerated in order to get attention or sympathy, we have a phrase to describe their actions. In this programme Rob is guilty of doing it too but does it work? To download a transcript and audio, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210125 More The English We Speak episodes: Mic drop https://youtu.be/FkF4I8cR4Uc Frontliner https://youtu.be/yLRet5uG5AE Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ Thirsty https://youtu.be/oOjJaxQDE6s #learnenglish #vocabulary #sadfishing #theenglishwespeak
Russian Navalny Protests - News Review Russian Navalny Protests - News Review
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Demonstrations have been taking place in Russia after Alexei Navalny, President Putin's most high-profile critic, was arrested on his return to Russia a week ago. In the summer last year, Navalny was poisoned. Catherine and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: Belarus: Protests spread - https://youtu.be/MV2fDZX8AZA Djokovic hits line judge with ball - https://youtu.be/FzFqgZ1FxFw Video chapters: 0:00​ - Introduction 0:30​ - Story 1:58​ - Headline 1: Alexander Navalny's political gifts could spell the beginning of the end for Vladimir Putin 4:35​ - Headline 2: Russia Navalny protests: Kremlin hits out at West as it downplays rallies 8:19​ - Headline 3: Echoes of Belarus in Russia's Navalny protests 11:11​ - Language summary Key words and phrases spell the end indicate a major change is going to happen *Electric cars spell the end for the petrol engine. *Everyone is hoping the vaccine will spell the end for the pandemic. downplays makes something seem less import
Regret + ing or + to - English In A Minute Regret + ing or + to - English In A Minute
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Have you ever wanted to know the difference between 'regret' + -ing form of the verb vs 'to' + infinitive. Find out with Charlene in this English In A Minute. Which is correct? A) You won’t regret to watch this video! B) You won’t regret watching this video! Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-55 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #regret #englishinaminute #grammar
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