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Can you sleep during lockdown? - News Review Can you sleep during lockdown? - News Review
1 month ago En
Do you have issues sleeping? It seems some people – in the UK at least – are finding it hard to sleep during lockdown. Researchers at Kings College London spoke to 2,000 people and found out that more than half the people they spoke to weren’t sleeping properly. 2 in 5 were having strange dreams. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story. *Please note: We have decided to activate YouTube's automatic subtitles on this video. The BBC is not responsible for the accuracy of YouTube automatic subtitles. The story It seems people – in the UK at least – are finding it hard to sleep during lockdown. Researchers at Kings College London spoke to 2,000 people and found out that more than half the people they spoke to weren’t sleeping properly. 2 in 5 were having strange dreams. Vocabulary disrupted prevented from continuing • School closures have disrupted children’s lives. • Train strikes disrupted our journey home. uneasy worrying; anxious • Using public transport during the pandemic makes me feel uneasy. • It’s an uneasy experience watching a child learn to ride a bike. insomnia medical condition in which sleeping is difficult • Too much screen time can cause insomnia. • Long-term insomnia can lead to serious illness. To download the audio and test your understanding, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-13/session-146 We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #newsreview
Except vs Accept - English In A Minute Except vs Accept - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
What's the difference between 'except' and 'accept'? Roy will explain in this English In A Minute. Quiz: Which is the most suitable word to complete this sentence? "I love all types of film ______ horror films". A) except B) accept Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-23 For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #englishinaminute #grammar
What does 'spill the tea' mean? The English We Speak What does 'spill the tea' mean? The English We Speak
1 month ago En
Do you know someone who likes to gossip - to spread rumours? Is it your passion to listen to the latest gossip? In this episode, Feifei and Roy talk about the latest gossip, while also teaching an expression that is commonly used in English. You can download the audio and transcript from our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200608 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #showoff #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #vocabulary #flexing
What difference has #MeToo made? - 6 Minute English What difference has #MeToo made? - 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
#MeToo has become an expression of solidarity from women to women to expose the truth about abusive sexual behaviour. The message went viral due to public support from famous Hollywood actresses, but the phrase itself was thought up years earlier by civil rights activist, Tarana Burke. Sam and Georgina talk about the movement and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question The phrase 'Me Too' to refer to solidarity between women against sexual violence was thought up by civil rights activist, Tarana Burke. What year did she first use it? Was it: a) 1996 b) 2006 c) 2016 Listen to the programme to find out the answer. VOCABULARY go viral spread quickly and widely on the internet through social media survivors people who are able to carry on with their lives successfully, despite very unpleasant experiences which still affect them. unifier something that unites and brings others together came forward offered to give information or help privilege power and advantage held by a small group of people, usually because of their high social position or because they are rich dismantling breaking up or stopping from working by gradually reducing its power over a period of time You'll find the transcript and audio on our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200604 #learnenglish #MeToo #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #TaranaBurke
Training for Premier League starts - News Review Training for Premier League starts - News Review
2 months ago En
Have you missed football during the coronavirus crisis? The English Premier League clubs have agreed to start contact training – which means players will not be staying two metres apart. Clubs are discussing the restart of the football season. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story so you can talk about it too. *Please note: We have decided to activate YouTube's automatic subtitles on this video. The BBC is not responsible for the accuracy of YouTube automatic subtitles. The story Premier League clubs will be meeting again shortly to discuss a possible restart of the English Premier League football season. This follows the announcement that the clubs have agreed to start contact training - which means that players will not be staying two metres apart. Vocabulary resume start again • People wonder when normal life will resume after coronavirus. • Full office working is not expected to resume for a long time. edges moves slowly • As summer edges closer, people are thinking about their holidays. • Economists say we are edging towards a cash-free economy. back give support • Some people are surprised the prime minister decided to back his advisor. • The union won’t back the latest pay offer. To download the audio and test your understanding, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-13/session-145 We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #newsreview
Peep vs Peer vs Glimpse - English In A Minute Peep vs Peer vs Glimpse - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
Take a glimpse at this episode of EIAM, where Saskia will explain the differences between ‘peep’, ‘peer’ and ‘glimpse’. Which is the most suitable verb to complete this sentence? Someone on the bus kept _____ at Sarah – when she looked in the mirror, she realised she had some food stuck between her teeth. A) peering B) peeping C) glimpsing Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-22 For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #englishinaminute #grammar
What does 'flexing' mean? Learn in The English We Speak What does 'flexing' mean? Learn in The English We Speak
2 months ago En
What do you say when someone is showing off? Maybe they’re using social media, sending photos or talking about what they have or do. In this episode, Feifei and Roy talk about an interesting expression to describe that feeling for people who do that. You'll find the audio and transcript to download on our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200601 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #flex #informalenglsh #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish
Is the recycling system broken? - 6 Minute English Is the recycling system broken? - 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
With countries shutting their doors to foreign recyclable waste and a lack of processing capacity in Western countries, is the recycling system broken? Neil and Georgina talk about the excessive reliance on recycling rather than reducing the use of plastics and teach you related vocabulary along the way. This week's question On average, how many kilograms of household waste were generated per person in the UK last year? Was it: a) 280 kg b) 480 kg c) 680 kg Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary scrap unwanted waste material; rubbish public at large most people (in the world), rather than just some of them raise consciousness develop awareness of an unfair situation, with the aim of making people want to help in changing it virgin plastic original, unused plastic containers before anything else is done to it– made directly from crude oil or natural gas slogan short, easily remembered phrase, often used to advertise an idea or product emphasised highlighted as being especially important; drawn attention to You can download the audio and a transcript from our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200528 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #recycling #vocabulary #environment #recycle
Toddler buys $25 onion on dad’s phone - News Review Toddler buys $25 onion on dad’s phone - News Review
2 months ago En
Have you ever bought anything online by mistake? One-year-old Alice was playing with her dad's phone when she ordered an onion by accident at the eye-watering price of almost £20. Neil and Catherine discuss this news story and help you to learn English vocabulary to talk about it. *Please note: We have decided to activate YouTube's automatic subtitles on this video. The BBC is not responsible for the accuracy of YouTube automatic subtitles. The story It’s one of the most important lessons in life – don’t leave your unlocked phone lying around. Jamie Mitchell wasn’t listening, though. His one-year-old was straight on there – not with a joke Facebook status or a million selfies… Alice chose Deliveroo. And spent 20 quid on an onion. Vocabulary eye-watering describes an amount much larger than expected • 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore has raised an eye-watering 28 million pounds for charity. • Students often take on eye-watering amounts of debt to pay for their studies. racks up gets a large amount of something • Cat videos rack up huge viewing figures on social media platforms. • The coronavirus is racking up massive bills for the economy. bemused a little confused • There are often bemused tourists at fish and chip shops in London wondering whether to add vinegar. • He looked at the map with a bemused expression then walked off in the wrong direction. To download the audio and test your understanding, go to our website: https://bbc.in/2TC8GPB We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #newsreview
Could vs Was able to - English In A Minute Could vs Was able to - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
What’s the difference between ‘could’ and ‘was able to’ to talk about past ability? Let Phil explain in this English In A Minute - our 60 second free English class. Test yourself! Which is correct a) I could win a medal when I was younger. b) I was able to win a medal when I was younger. Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://bbc.in/3bVt6JI For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #englishinaminute #grammar
Salty - The English We Speak Salty - The English We Speak
2 months ago En
What upsets you? Sometimes we get upset over nothing, or over something that seems trivial. In this episode, Feifei and Roy talk about an adjective to describe when people are upset over nothing. Learn more about the word 'salty'. You can download the audio and text from our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200525 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #angry #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #vocabulary
The soothing power of books - 6 Minute English The soothing power of books - 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
How can books help us relax and feel more alive during troubled times such as during the coronavirus pandemic? Would reading be one of the best ways to find relief from the pressures of modern life? Neil and Georgina talk about 'bibliotherapy' and teach you related vocabulary along the way in this free English lesson. This week's question What is the best-selling book of all time? Is it: a) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling b) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens c) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary scanning reading rapidly in order to find specific facts literature written works including novels, poetry and plays which are considered to have artistic value hemisphere half of a sphere, usually the earth or the brain coming to life starting to be activated after a quiet period scalp skin under the hair on your head stimulus something that encourages activity in people or things You can download the audio and transcript from our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200521 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #literature #therapy #bibliotherapy #books
Covid-19: The end for live music? BBC News Review Covid-19: The end for live music? BBC News Review
2 months ago En
#bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #coronavirus #newsreview Learn vocabulary from a news story about the coronavirus pandemic's impact on live music gigs: A top music boss doesn’t think live music will be back until the end of the year at the very least. Avoiding gatherings is considered a crucial step to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Neil and Catherine discuss this news story and look at the vocabulary being used. *Please note: We have decided to activate YouTube's automatic subtitles on this video. The BBC is not responsible for the accuracy of YouTube automatic subtitles. Key words and phrases: wasteland a situation which contains nothing positive Experts are warning of a future economic wasteland due to the coronavirus lockdown. The village I grew up in was a cultural wasteland. I couldn’t wait to move to the city. go to the wall fail; be destroyed Many small businesses will go to the wall because of Covid-19. Lots of online companies went to the wall when the dot com bubble burst. decimation destruction; killing of large numbers of something Coral reefs are facing decimation because of pollution in the oceans. World travel has been decimated by coronavirus. No one is going on holiday. To download the audio and test your understanding of the vocabulary, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-13/session-143 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.
Needn't vs No need to - English In A Minute Needn't vs No need to - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
What’s the difference between ‘needn’t’ and ‘don’t need to’? Let Sam explain and then try the quiz! Match the sentence with what it means: 1. I didn’t need to get to work at 8. I didn’t have any meetings. 2. I needn’t have got to work at 8. The meeting was cancelled. a. I knew it wasn’t necessary to get to work at 8. b. I didn’t know it wasn’t necessary to get to work at 8. Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://bbc.in/2WFGkWD For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #englishinaminute #grammar
What's a 'skeleton crew'? The English We Speak What's a 'skeleton crew'? The English We Speak
2 months ago En
Many companies have been operating with a 'skeleton crew' because of the coronavirus pandemic. This phrase describes the minimum number of people that are needed to run a business. Roy and Feifei teach you more about this expression in this episode of The English We Speak. You can download audio and text here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200518 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #skeletoncrew #informalenglsh #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish
Shocking facts about electricity - 6 Minute English Shocking facts about electricity - 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
When visiting another country and taking our electronic goods we may find ourselves checking plugs and voltage, looking for an adaptor and trying to avoid blowing a fuse. Neil and Georgina talk about how electrical systems differs from country to country and teach you related vocabulary along the way. This week's question Who discovered electricity? Was it: a) Thomas Edison b) Alexander Graham Bell, or c) Benjamin Franklin Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary frequency how often something repeats; electrical current frequency is the number of times a wave repeats a positive-to-negative cycle synchronous occurring together at the same time, place or rate a bit of a pickle informal expression meaning a difficult situation with no obvious answer charge up get the power needed to work; recharge anomalies differences from what is usual or expected solid state electronics using semiconductors which have no moving parts and can automatically convert different electrical currents You can download the audio and a transcript from our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish... #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #electricity #vocabulary
Covid-19: A new era for cyclists? - News Review Covid-19: A new era for cyclists? - News Review
2 months ago En
Could the Covid-19 pandemic mean more people using bicycles in the future? Fear of catching the coronavirus has seen many people trying to avoid public transport. The UK has seen a huge uptake of cycle-to-work schemes, which allow new bicycles to be bought tax-free. Neil and Catherine discuss this news story and help you to learn English vocabulary to talk about it. Please note: We have decided to activate YouTube's automatic subtitles on this video. The BBC is not responsible for the accuracy of YouTube automatic subtitles. Story: Fear of catching the coronavirus has led to many people trying to avoid using public transport. However, people still need to be able to get around which has in turn created a huge demand for bicycles with cycle shops in the UK reporting a surge in sales. Cycle-to-work schemes are also in high demand. These schemes are an arrangement that allow people buy a bicycle without paying tax, effectively making bicycles more affordable. Some people are predicting that this will become a great time for cycling in Britain. Vocabulary: boom time a period in which there is a large increase in demand for something • Lockdown is a boom time for online shops. • While radio was big in the last century, it’s now a boom time for podcasts. golden age a period in which a particular activity is popular or successful • Critics say Hollywood’s golden age ended in the early 1960s. • The 2000s have been a golden age for social media companies. at the crossroads at a point where an important decision needs to be made • The climate stands at the crossroads. Our decisions now will change the future of the planet. • With many countries debating their future membership, the EU could be standing at the crossroads. #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #coronavirus #newsreview To download the audio and to test your understanding, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-13/session-142 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.
3 ways to use infinitive with to - English In A Minute 3 ways to use infinitive with to - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
Why do we use the infinitive with 'to'? James is going to explain three reasons 'to use' the infinitive in today's EIAM. See if you can answer this question… Why do we use the infinitive ‘to go’ in this example: I went to London to go shopping. a) it's after an adjective b) to explain the reason c) it's after a quantifier ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-19 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #eiam #grammar
What does 'lowkey' mean? The English We Speak What does 'lowkey' mean? The English We Speak
2 months ago En
Do you have a guilty pleasure? Something that you love doing, but are a bit embarrassed to tell people about? In this episode of The English We Speak we have an interesting new expression to describe that feeling: 'lowkey'. #bbclearningenglish #lowkey #vocabulary #theenglishwespeak 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-200511 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
The importance of handwashing: 6 Minute English The importance of handwashing: 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Apparently, handwashing helps the fight against Covid-19. Health authorities say that washing your hands can help to prevent the spread of viruses such as the coronavirus. But the idea of keeping hands clean to help prevent diseases is nothing new. Hungarian doctor, Ignaz Semmelweiss was one of the first people to realise its importance. Neil and Georgina talk about his work and teach you some useful English vocabulary along the way. This week's question Ignaz Semmelweiss was known as the ‘saviour of mothers’ for keeping maternity wards germ-free and he had a very interesting life. But what happened to him in the end? Was it: He won the Nobel prize He ended up in hospital for mentally ill people He started the first company to produce hand soap Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary patron saint protecting or guiding saint believed to give special help to a person or place hygiene practices for maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness jumped out made a strong visual or mental impact; was easy to notice evidence facts and information available to decide whether a belief is true or valid issue important topic or subject that people are thinking about and discussing scream and shout speak in a forceful and sometimes angry way to try to convince someone To download a transcript and the audio, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200507 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com #handwashing #bbclearningenglish #topicalenglish #6minuteenglish
Covid-19: Drug trial gives hope: BBC News Review Covid-19: Drug trial gives hope: BBC News Review
3 months ago En
Learn vocabulary to talk about the news. Drug trial gives hope for people with coronavirus. Remdesivir is an antiviral that was originally developed as a treatment for Ebola. A full clinical trial of more than a thousand people suggests it cuts coronavirus symptoms from an average of 15 days down to 11. However, the impact on deaths is still not certain, and the fine detail is lacking. The data has not been published or reviewed by independent scientists. It means we cannot be convinced of the drug’s effectiveness or usefulness. Please note: We have decided to activate YouTube's automatic subtitles on this video. The BBC is not responsible for the accuracy of YouTube automatic subtitles. Vocabulary: clear-cut obvious; easy to understand • It was a clear-cut penalty. How did the referee miss it? • The election result was not clear-cut. A coalition government is likely to follow. opening the door making something possible • By going to university, you’re opening the door to job opportunities. • Lockdown has opened the door for online delivery companies. show promise give an indication of likely success • Picasso showed promise even when he was a child. His drawings were brilliant. • Treatment to help people with sleeping problems has been showing promise. #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #coronavirus #newsreview To download the audio and to test your understanding, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-13/session-141 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.
Soon vs Early vs Quickly - English In A Minute Soon vs Early vs Quickly - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
Do you know how to use 'soon', 'early' and 'quickly''in English? Georgina's going to inform us. Give us 60 in this English In A Minute - our 60 second free English class. Complete the sentence: I like arriving _____ for meetings. a) quickly b) early c) soon ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-18 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #eiam #confusingwords
Live for something: The English We Speak Live for something: The English We Speak
3 months ago En
Have you ever felt so excited about something? Maybe it was a wedding, a party or the release of a new product like a phone or a car. Learn a great expression English speakers use to describe this feeling of excitement in this episode of The English We Speak. You can download the audio and a transcript from our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200504 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com #tolivefor #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #informalenglish
Lockdown: Tips for parents coping with kids at home - 6 Minute English Lockdown: Tips for parents coping with kids at home - 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
How do you keep children educated and entertained at home in situations like the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic? That's what Neil and Georgina discuss in this 6 Minute English. They'll listen to an expert who gives parents tips on coping and teach you some useful vocabulary. This week's question Under normal circumstances, which country has the longest school summer holidays? Is it: A) Australia B) Argentina C) Italy Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary unprecedented never having happened or existed before coping skills skills and methods a person uses to cope or deal with stressful situations brainstorm discuss with others to suggest ideas or solutions to a problem chunk a piece of something, often a large part downtime time when you relax and do not do very much let off stream do something to get rid of strong feelings like anger or excitement by expressing them without harming anyone You can download text and audio from our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200430 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #quarantine #bbclearningenglish #childrenathome #learnenglish #kids
Coronavirus: Oktoberfest cancelled: BBC News Review Coronavirus: Oktoberfest cancelled: BBC News Review
3 months ago En
Oktoberfest in Munich has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. With people in lockdown due to Covid-19, the biggest beer festival in the world isn't happening. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story. Please note: We have decided to activate YouTube's automatic subtitles on this video. The BBC is not responsible for the accuracy of YouTube automatic subtitles. The story You can perhaps understand why the authorities have made this call. If you’ve been to Oktoberfest, you’ll know that people pack into huge decorated tents. They sit side by side at trestle tables drinking beer and eating German food while listening to German brass bands. The authorities have simply taken the view that it would be far too great a risk to public health to let it continue. Vocabulary iconic very famous; represents a particular idea •The Eiffel Tower is Paris’s most iconic landmark. •Most people agree The Beatles were the most iconic band from the 1960s. bitter pill unpleasant but necessary •The coronavirus lockdown is a bitter pill. •Tax increases may help the economy but they are a bitter pill to swallow. scrapped not continued; cancelled •The new law was so unpopular it was eventually scrapped. •I scrapped my plans to throw Katka a surprise birthday party when she said she hated surprises. To download the audio and test yourself in a quiz, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-13/session-140 #bbclearningenglish #coronavirus #englishinthenews #vocabulary #Oktoberfest #newsreview 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.
As ... as comparatives - English In A Minute As ... as comparatives - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
It's time for a one-minute English lesson. Do you know how to use 'as' and 'as' to make comparatives in English? Roy's going to inform us. Give us 60 in this English In A Minute - our 60 second free English class. Try the quiz before watching this episode all about it. Complete the sentence below. I am as ______ as James. A) tall B) taller C) tallest ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-17 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #eiam
Cabin fever: The English We Speak Cabin fever: The English We Speak
3 months ago En
Have you ever had to stay at home for an extended period of time without leaving? Some people suffer from this experience. Find out an interesting new expression, and some ways to deal with those feelings in this episode of The English We Speak. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish... For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #englishexpressions #theenglishwespeak
The power of crying - 6 Minute English The power of crying - 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
Do you feel better after a good cry? Do women cry more than men? Is it more acceptable nowadays for people to cry in public? Neil and Sam talk about it and help you learn vocabulary in this free English lesson ... without the tears. This week's question According to a study from 2017 conducted in the UK, on average, how many times a year do women cry? Is it: a) 52 b) 72 c) 102 Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary be taken seriously be treated as being deserving of attention or respect get a label be thought of as having a particular character or nature, often unfairly final straw further problem or difficulty, usually minor in itself, which comes after a series of other problems and makes you want to give up resentments feelings of anger because you think you have been treated unfairly or because you have been forced to accept something that you don’t like weeping crying tears backlog accumulation of uncompleted matters that you should have dealt with before and must now do To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200423 #vocabulary #crying #bbclearningenglish #6minuteenglish #tears
Coronavirus: 99-year-old man raises millions for NHS: BBC News Review Coronavirus: 99-year-old man raises millions for NHS: BBC News Review
3 months ago En
👏 While we are in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, learn vocabulary with this good news story to cheer us up. A 99-year-old British man has raised millions of pounds to donate to the UK’s National Health Service to help fight the coronavirus. People have been sponsoring him to walk up and down his back garden. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this heart-warming story. Please note: To help you follow this programme, we have decided to activate YouTube's automatic subtitles on this video. They may not be entirely accurate. Vocabulary: fundraiser event organised to raise money • Have you donated to Gustavo’s fundraiser? He’s running a marathon for a cancer charity. • The dinner’s a fundraiser for the party ahead of the general election. uplifting making people feel happier • That film about the dog that rescued its owner was so uplifting. • At times of crisis, people want uplifting stories to make them feel better. vet person who used to be in the armed forces • There are hundreds of Hollywood films about the struggles of Vietnam vets. • You can see vets in their uniforms at war memorial services around the world. To download the audio and test yourself in a quiz, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-13/session-139 #bbclearningenglish #coronavirus #englishinthenews #vocabulary #CaptainMoore #fundraising #newsreview 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.
How to use 'last', 'for the last' and 'in the last' - English In A Minute How to use 'last', 'for the last' and 'in the last' - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
Do you know how to use 'last', 'for the last' and 'in the last'? What's the difference between them? Saskia's going to inform us. Give us 60 in this English In A Minute - our 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then complete the sentence: I’ve been on holiday _________ two weeks! I had a great time but I’m not excited about going back to work. a) last b) in the last c) for the last ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-16 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #eiam
Bang on about something: The English We Speak Bang on about something: The English We Speak
3 months ago En
Roy keeps talking about something and it's annoying Feifei. Find out what he's talking about and learn an interesting new expression. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish... For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #englishexpressions #theenglishwespeak
Should we have a bucket list? 6 Minute English Should we have a bucket list? 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
Have you always wanted to learn to dance the tango, do a magic trick, or skydive? If so, perhaps you need a bucket list – a list of all the things you want to do before you die. A list might sound great but they’ve also been accused of limiting the imagination by encouraging people to follow someone else’s idea of the perfect life. Neil and Sam discuss the subject and teach you some useful vocabulary. Question: Which of the following things is the most popular activity on a bucket list? Is it: a) Swimming with dolphins b) Getting a tattoo c) Seeing the northern lights [The answer is at the end of the video] Vocabulary: bucket list a list of all the things you want to do before you die comfort zone a situation where you feel safe and comfortable and where your ability is not being tested empowerment process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling your life fooling yourself trying to make yourself believe something that you know is not really true; deceiving yourself ‘kick the bucket’ an informal way to say, ‘die’ spontaneous doing something in a natural, impulsive or sudden way based without any planning or premeditation To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200416 #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #bucketlist #6minuteenglish
Fire: The English We Speak Fire: The English We Speak
3 months ago En
Sometimes you watch a film that’s fantastic! Maybe your friend is wearing a really cool T-shirt. Why not learn an informal English word to say they’re amazing? To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200413 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #vocabulary #englishexpressions #theenglishwespeak
What's the difference between 'speak' and 'talk'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'speak' and 'talk'? - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
What's the difference between speak and talk? Phil's going to talk us through it. Give us 60 in this English In A Minute - our 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then answer this question: Who are you more likely to talk than speak to? a. Your doctor b. Your family ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-15 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #eiam
Is the pasty really Cornish? 6 Minute English Is the pasty really Cornish? 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
Do you know the origins of the Cornish pasty? This traditional tasty snack is popular around the world but does it have to be made in this region of England to make it a genuine Cornish pasty and are there other versions of it that are made elsewhere? Rob and Neil talk about food and teach you some vocabulary in this free English lesson. This week's question What is the traditional filling in an authentic Cornish pasty? Is it: a) Chicken, avocado and brie b) Beef, potato and turnip c) Pork, onion and chorizo Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary pewter dishes traditional dishes made from a silver-coloured metal called pewter labourers people who do physical work, especially outdoors harvest the time of year when crops like wheat or barley are cut and collected from the fields mining digging up materials such as coal, diamonds or metals like gold and tin from the ground replicated done again in exactly the same way reminiscent (of) making you remember a particular person, place or thing To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200409 #vocabulary #cornishpasty #bbclearningenglish #6minuteenglish
What's the difference between 'all' and 'everybody' or 'everyone'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'all' and 'everybody' or 'everyone'? - English In A Minute
4 months ago En
What's the difference between 'all' and 'everybody' or 'everyone'? Sam will explain the difference between these confusing words. Learn all about 'all', 'everybody' and 'everyone' in this 60 second free English class. Which is correct? The movie was great! ____ really liked it. a. All b. Everyone / Everybody ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-14 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #confusingwords #eiam
Running on fumes: The English We Speak Running on fumes: The English We Speak
4 months ago En
You know that feeling when you have no energy left, but somehow you have to keep going? Learn a new expression to help you describe that feeling. 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-200406 #vocabulary #leftonread #bbclearningenglish #theneglishwespeak 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.
Touring bands and climate change: 6 Minute English Touring bands and climate change: 6 Minute English
4 months ago En
When music bands tour, it comes at a cost to the environment. Huge amounts of carbon are generated when the musicians and fans travel the world to attend a gig. But now some bands are trying to develop a blueprint for performers and artists who want to continue what they do but reduce their environmental impact. In 6 Minute English we discuss some of the ideas and teach some useful related vocabulary. This week's question One British band recently announced they would stop going on tour until they were 100% carbon neutral, but which band? Was it: a) The 1975 b) The Rolling Stones, or c) Coldplay Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: carbon footprint the amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 released into the atmosphere as a result of your everyday activities. turn down reject or refuse an offer of something a precarious situation a situation where things could become difficult or dangerous do the right thing do what is most fair, ethical or just. gig live concert played by a music band the (national) grid the network supplying electrical power across a country To download a transcript and audio, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200402 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #bands #environment #carbonfootprint
What's the difference between 'hire', 'rent' and 'let'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'hire', 'rent' and 'let'? - English In A Minute
4 months ago En
What's the difference between 'hire', 'rent' and 'let'? James will explain the difference between these three confusing words. Learn all about 'hire', 'rent' and 'let' in this 60 second free English class. Which is the best word to complete this sentence? I don’t have my own house – I _______ one. a)hire b)rent c)let ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-13 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #confusingwords #eiam
Left on read: The English We Speak Left on read: The English We Speak
4 months ago En
Learn an English expression with Roy and Feifei! “Why haven’t they replied yet?” We sometimes find ourselves saying them when we send a message and the person only reads it without replying! Learn an interesting expression to describe this situation. #vocabulary #leftonread #bbclearningenglish #theenglishwespeak To download the audio and transcript, go to our webpage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200330 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.
Training artificial intelligence: 6 Minute English Training artificial intelligence: 6 Minute English
4 months ago En
How clever is artificial intelligence? It currently helps us in many ways from car satnavs to detecting cancer cells but it's yet to be clever than us humans. We still need to train AI to do things but should we fear that it eventually learns too much? Neil and Sam discuss the subject and teach some useful vocabulary. This week's question: In terms of brain cell count, what level of intelligence is AI currently working at? Is AI as smart as: a) a frog b) an earthworm c) a bumblebee Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: chat-up lines remarks men and women make to start up a romantic conversation with someone they don’t know but find attractive computer programmers people who write, or code, computer programmes algorithms a set of rules or procedures to be followed by computers in problem-solving exercises trial and error repeating the same task over and over until finding the most successful way minimising reducing as much as possible a stroke of luck when something unexpected happens by good luck or chance To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200326 #vocabulary #artificialintelligence #topicalenglish 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's the difference between 'all', 'every' and 'whole'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'all', 'every' and 'whole'? - English In A Minute
4 months ago En
What's the difference between 'all', 'every' and 'whole'? Georgina is going to explain the difference between these three confusing words. Learn all about 'all', 'every' and 'whole' in this 60 second free English class. Try to complete the sentence below… _____ sandwich we make is delicious. a) Every b) All c) Whole ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-12 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #confusingwords #eiam
Sheeple: The English We Speak Sheeple: The English We Speak
4 months ago En
Sometimes people just follow the crowd. Instead of thinking for themselves they copy what others are doing – a bit like sheep do. Why not leave the crowd and learn an informal English word to describe them, To download the audio, go to our webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200323 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. #learnenglish #englishidioms #vocabulary #tews
Meditation and your brain: 6 Minute English Meditation and your brain: 6 Minute English
4 months ago En
Meditating can change your mind - that's the opinion of some experts. Listen to this episode of 6 Minute English as Sam and Neil discuss the effects of meditating on your brain and teach you some useful English vocabulary along the way. Question: What is the meaning of the Tibetan word for ‘meditation’? Is it… a) to relax b) to feel blissful c) to become familiar [The answer is at the end of the programme.] Vocabulary: neuroscience science concerning the workings of the nervous system and brain compassion attitude wishing everyone to be free from all physical and mental suffering a flash of insight a sudden moment of understanding something previously not understood; also known as an Aha! moment neuroplasticity the brain’s ability to restructure its neural, electrical pathways in response to purposeful activity brain circuits groups of interconnected neurons that perform a specific function when activated enduring lasting over a long period of time To download the audio and a transcript, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200319 #vocabulary #learningEnglish #bbclearningenglish #6minuteenglish 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's the difference between 'hear' and 'listen'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'hear' and 'listen'? - English In A Minute
4 months ago En
'Hear' and 'listen' are confusing words. Do you ever mix them up? Listen to Roy explain the difference between 'listen' and 'hear' in this English In A Minute - our 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then complete this sentence: I listen ____ music every day. A) by B) at C) to ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-11 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #eiam
What does 'hater' mean? - The English We Speak What does 'hater' mean? - The English We Speak
4 months ago En
We all have dislikes but sometimes there’s no pleasing some people! Neil's being a bit of a hater in this programme but luckily Feifei has an English word that describes his attitude and that can be used to describe people who are far worse. Find out what a 'hater' is in this free English class. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200316 [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #hater #bbclearningenglish #informalenglish #TEWS
Will humans become extinct? 6 Minute English Will humans become extinct? 6 Minute English
4 months ago En
What is the chance of the human race surviving the 21st century? There are many dangers – climate change for example, or nuclear war, or a pandemic, or planet Earth being hit by a giant asteroid. Sam and Neil discuss our future and whether we need to start panicing but not before they teach you some useful vocabulary. QUESTION: The species was hunted so much that within a century, every single bird had died out. But do you know which island the dodo was from? Was it: a) The Galapagos b) Mauritius c) Fiji [The answer is at the end of the programme.] VOCABULARY: existential risks dangers that threaten the continuation of human life on Earth the historical record the collection of all written and recorded past events concerning the human race wipes out completely destroys leaving nothing remaining plague infectious, epidemic disease Doomsday final day of the world’s existence; apocalypse false alarm warning given incorrectly so that people wrongly believe something dangerous is about to happen To download an audio version and a transcript, go to our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200312 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. #bbclearningenglish #usefulvocabulary #englishpodcast #6minuteenglish
How to use modal verbs of deduction - English In A Minute How to use modal verbs of deduction - English In A Minute
4 months ago En
Must, can't, may, might and could. How do we use these modal verbs of deduction? Saskia can't do a better job of explaining modal verb of deduction in this English In A Minute! Learn all about modal verbs of deduction in this 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then complete this sentence: It _____ be winter – it’s 35 degrees here in London! A) must B) could C) can’t ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-10 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish
What does 'talk shop' mean? What does 'talk shop' mean?
4 months ago En
Work, work, work! We spend so much time doing it, do we really want to talk about it when we’re not in the office? Well, for some people they just can’t help it, so here’s an authentic English phrase to describe what they’re doing. Could this describe you too?! Learn what 'talk shop' means. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200309 [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #talkshop #bbclearningenglish #informalenglish
What's the difference between 'sensible' and 'sensitive'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'sensible' and 'sensitive'? - English In A Minute
5 months ago En
What's the difference between 'sensible' and 'sensitive'? Phil's sensible enough to explain the difference between these two confusing words. Learn all about 'sensible' and 'sensitive' in this 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then complete this sentence: If you need to give someone bad news, it’s _______ to be ______ about their feelings. a) sensitive / sensible b) sensible / sensitive ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-9 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 #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #confusingwords
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