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

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What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? - English In A Minute
1 day ago En
What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? Learn why they're not the same in this quick, easy and free English class. You'll find a free quiz and downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-69 Hear Phil explain today’s lesson and then answer the following question: I _____ got any answers correct, because the exam was so _____! a) Hard / hardly b) Hardly/ hard For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com
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What does 'hot under the collar' mean? What does 'hot under the collar' mean?
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What does the English idiom 'hot under the collar' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190819 It’s hot in the studio. The air conditioning isn’t working and temperatures are rising. Soon Rob starts to get a little hot under the collar. But this phrase is about more than just body heat. It has to do with anger and also with feeling attracted to someone. Learn what it means in the programme. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Alice in Wonderland part 9: Who stole the tarts? Alice in Wonderland part 9: Who stole the tarts?
3 days ago En
Alice finds herself in court as a witness in a trial. Did the Knave of Hearts steal the Queen's tarts? And does Alice know anything about it? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of 'used to' and 'would' you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-29/session-5 Vocabulary: thrones (singular: throne) the special chair a King or Queen sits on trumpet a musical instrument made of metal that you blow into scroll a piece of paper with writing on it, rolled into a tube and used on formal occasions jury a group of people in a court who decide if the person on trial is innocent or guilty judge the person who is in charge of a court of law tarts (singular: tart) a kind of pie made with pastry and fruit, jam, meat or vegetables witness a person who saw something and tells the court what they saw nervous frightened and anxious
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Would you invest in cryptocurrencies? Listen to 6 Minute English Would you invest in cryptocurrencies? Listen to 6 Minute English
5 days ago En
Would you invest in digital money? A new kind of money might be appearing on your screen soon - Libra from Facebook. Sam and Catherine discuss how different it is from Bitcoin and teach you related vocabulary. Vocabulary: cryptography the use of complex codes to keep computer systems and information secure currency the money of a particular country cryptocurrency digitally produced money that is not controlled by banks or governments subject to the whims of being controlled by unpredictable decisions and trends notoriously volatile well known for changing by a large amount in an unpredictable way stable predictable and without big unexpected changes [Cover: Getty Images] You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190815 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
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What does 'eat your heart out' mean? What does 'eat your heart out' mean?
1 week ago En
What does the English idiom 'eat your heart out' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190812 Why would you tell someone famous to 'eat their heart out'? It might sound disgusting, but this phrase is not as bad as you think! Learn how to use it with Rob and Feifei. And be ready to learn a phrase you can use as a joke. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Alice in Wonderland part 8: Croquet with the Queen Alice in Wonderland part 8: Croquet with the Queen
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Now Alice has finally found the beautiful garden she gets to play croquet with the Queen. Is it possible to play croquet with a hedgehog as a ball? And if the Queen wants to chop off everyone's head, is Alice in danger? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of the future with ‘will’ and ‘might’ you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-28/session-5 Vocabulary: Knave of Hearts a playing card with a 'face' which has a value higher than 10 and lower than Queen soldiers people who are in the army courtiers people who travel with a King or Queen as their servants Your Majesty the name you call a King or Queen when you talk to them hedgehogs (singular: hedgehog) small animals that are covered in spikes and roll up into a ball if they are in danger flamingos (singular: flamingo) a pink bird with a long neck that often stands on one leg when it is in water arches (singular: arch) a shape like half a circle or a bridge that starts and ends on the ground arrested when you are arrested, the police take you to a police station or to prison because they think you have committed a crime trial the legal process where people look at evidence to decide if someone is guilty or innocent of a crime courthouse the place where a trial happens
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The art of tipping: Listen to 6 Minute English The art of tipping: Listen to 6 Minute English
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Tipping at a restaurant or cafe is a complicated issue. Should you leave a cash tip or is a card just as good? Do you prefer to pay a fixed service charge or do you think the whole thing is unnecessary? In 6 Minute English we discuss this tricky subject and discover some regional variations. Plus we serve up some useful vocabulary. VOCABULARY: tipping giving someone extra money as a thank you for good service i.e. Short for the Latin phrase 'id est' and means 'in other words' or 'that is'. It's used to indicate that what comes next is a clear definition of what was just said or written. differs is different the norm normal or usual tacit not spoken or written but still understood theoretically adverb used to describe something that can be done but probably won't be You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190808 [Cover: Getty Images] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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How to use tag questions - English In A Minute How to use tag questions - English In A Minute
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How do I use question tags, or tag questions? Learn question tag grammar fast and free in this English In A Minute lesson. You'll find a free quiz and downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-67 Watch Tom explain tag questions in today’s video and then answer the following question: Learning English is difficult sometimes, ___? a) is it? b) isn’t it? a) doesn’t it? For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Across: not just a preposition. What does 'across' mean? Across: not just a preposition. What does 'across' mean?
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What does the English word 'across' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190805 'Across' is a useful preposition with many meanings. Meet this familiar word, but not as you know it! It’s easy to be across a road, but how can you be across a plan? Feifei and Rob show you another side to ‘across’. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Alice in Wonderland part 7: A mad tea-party Alice in Wonderland part 7: A mad tea-party
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Alice finds the Hatter and the March Hare having a very strange tea-party. They manage to make Alice angry but how? And do riddles always have answers? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of question tags you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-27/session-5 Vocabulary: dormouse a kind of small mouse that lives in the countryside and sleeps a lot in the daytime raven a kind of big, black bird riddles (singular: riddle) a question that seems difficult or silly, but has a clever or interesting answer rude not polite
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Does recycling coffee cups make a difference? Listen to 6 Minute English Does recycling coffee cups make a difference? Listen to 6 Minute English
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Most takeaway coffee cups are not recyclable because they're lined with plastic. One big coffee shop chain has introduced a 5p levy for using a disposable cup, to encourage people to bring their own; another one pledged to recycle as many disposable coffee cups as they produce by 2020. Neil and Rob discuss if this is enough to encourage coffee drinkers to behave in a more environmentally-friendly way. And they teach you related vocabulary. You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190801 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Adverbs of frequency: How to use them and where they go in a sentence - English In A Minute Adverbs of frequency: How to use them and where they go in a sentence - English In A Minute
3 weeks ago En
Adverbs of frequency - always, sometimes, never - where do we put them in a sentence? Before the verb? After? Sam's going to show us how to use adverbs of frequency in a sentence. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Watch the video, then answer this: Adverbs of frequency help us talk about how often something happens – sometimes, often, rarely – where do they go in a sentence? Choose the correct option: a) Always she has been nice to me. b) She has always been nice to me. c) She always has been nice to me. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-66 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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What does 'fat chance' mean? What does 'fat chance' mean?
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What does the English idiom 'fat chance' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190729 Rob has entered a competition but Feifei isn’t sure if he can win. Listen to this episode of The English We Speak to learn about the informal phrase ‘fat chance’ (and it has nothing to do with eating a lot!) For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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The past perfect tense: how we form it and why we use it - English In A Minute The past perfect tense: how we form it and why we use it - English In A Minute
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What is the past perfect tense? How do we use the past perfect and why do we use it? James is jumping with joy to tell us all about the past perfect tense! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Watch the video, then answer this: I _____ at the restaurant because I _______ earlier. A)didn’t eat/had eaten B)hadn’t eaten/ate C)hadn’t eaten/had eaten ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-65 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Alice in Wonderland part 6: Pig and Pepper Alice in Wonderland part 6: Pig and Pepper
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Someone inside the Duchess's house is angry but who? The Duchess's baby is making some very strange sounds and the Cheshire-Cat smiles while the cook throws things. Will Alice meet anyone who's not mad? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of the present perfect and past simple you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-26/session-5 Vocabulary: footman a male servant who delivers letters and messages croquet a traditional English game played on grass. Players use long wooden hammers called mallets to hit wooden balls along the grass and through arches made of curved pieces of metal grinning; (verb to grin) smiling very widely pots and pans containers that people cook and serve food in plates and dishes the flat (usually ceramic) objects that people serve and eat food from mad crazy
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Falling for fraud: 6 Minute English Falling for fraud: 6 Minute English
3 weeks ago En
Fraud - the criminal activity of getting money by deceiving people - is a big issue. Clever and complicated scams can trick us into handing over lots of cash. Sam and Rob discuss the methods criminals use, hear from some experts and teach some honest fruad-related vocabulary. This week's question: According to UK Finance – an organisation that represents the British banking industry – how much money did criminals steal through fraud and scams last year? Was it…. a) £1.2m b) £120m, or c) £1.2bn The answer is given at the end of the programme. Vocabulary: fraud the criminal activity of getting money by deceiving people scam illegal or dishonest way of making money by tricking someone fall for (something) believe (something), that is a trick or a lie, to be true sleight of hand use of clever skill to gain something dishonestly rifle search something in order to steal from it phishing tricking someone by email or online to get their personal data by pretending to be from your bank sophisticated clever and often complicated Go to our website to download the audio and a transcript http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190725 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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What does 'milk it' mean? What does 'milk it' mean?
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What does the English idiom 'milk it' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190722 Rob’s looking for respect, kindness and sympathy. He won’t get it from Feifei who knows what he’s up to. She has the prefect phrase to use. Find out what it is and how you can use this useful expression in The English We Speak. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Alice in Wonderland part 5: Advice from a caterpillar Alice in Wonderland part 5: Advice from a caterpillar
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Alice is beginning to wonder who she is, when a caterpillar gives her some advice about a magical mushroom. But is it good advice – and who thinks Alice is a snake? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of state verbs you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-25/session-5 Vocabulary: shrank past tense of shrink; became smaller hookah pipe a water pipe for smoking tobacco. Hookah pipes are popular in Turkey and the Middle East height how tall or short something is chin the bottom part of your face under your mouth shoulders (singular: shoulder) the part of your body on each side of your neck, between the top of your arms and your neck neck the part of your body between your shoulders and your head
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Is there anything good about shame? Listen to 6 Minute English Is there anything good about shame? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Why is ‘shame’ the emotion of now? Does it have anything to do with social media? We know that shame can make someone sad and hopeless but, could there be a positive side to this feeling? Neil and Sam discuss the feeling of shame and teach you new vocabulary along the way. VOCABULARY shame (noun) a strong feeling of guilt and embarrassment to shame (verb) to make someone feel shame by, for example, publicly highlighting their bad behaviour crippling / debilitating this could be emotional, physical or even financial and means making a situation impossible to deal with to effect to make something happen Teflon A brand name of the chemical PTFE which is used, amongst many other things, to make cooking pots and pans non-stick coated covered in You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190718 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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See & Hear: How to use verbs of perception - English In A Minute See & Hear: How to use verbs of perception - English In A Minute
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Saskia's going to set us up with everything we need to use the verbs of perception see and hear! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Watch the video, then answer this: Choose the best option to complete this sentence: I saw him ___ to his ex-girlfriend. a) talk b) talking ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-64 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Cherry-pick - The English We Speak Cherry-pick - The English We Speak
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What does the English idiom 'cherry-pick' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190715 For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com 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
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Alice in Wonderland part 4: The White Rabbit's house Alice in Wonderland part 4: The White Rabbit's house
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Alice is too big to fit inside the White Rabbit's house. The problem is, she's already inside it! How does she get out - and why is everyone throwing cakes? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of the second conditional you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-24/session-5 Vocabulary: chop off remove by cutting housemaid a female whose job is to cook and clean in a house chimney the vertical tunnel above a fireplace in a room which smoke goes up so that it doesn't go into the room ladder a wood or metal set of steps that you climb to reach things that are high up roof the part of a building which covers the top gardener a person whose job is to look after a garden giant a very big person, often a character in fairy tales caterpillar a small creature that will one day become a butterfly
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Money and lifestyle - 6 Minute English Money and lifestyle - 6 Minute English
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Do you worry about your standard of living when you retire? How much money do you need to live the life you desire? How much money is enough money? These questions got Neil and Rob thinking as they talk about financial planning and teach you money-related vocabulary. You'll find transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190711 [Cover Image: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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To fight tooth and nail: The English We Speak To fight tooth and nail: The English We Speak
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What does the English idiom 'fight tooth and nail' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190708 Rob’s not happy – his local cafe is changing the food it serves. He’s determined to get them to change its mind. When you are determined to get what you want, this English phrase might come in useful. [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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How to use 'because', 'as' and 'since' - English In A Minute How to use 'because', 'as' and 'since' - English In A Minute
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Tim's going to tell us what's what about because, as and since! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Watch the video, then answer this: What is wrong with this sentence? "Because I didn’t have breakfast now I'm hungry!" ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-63 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
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Alice in Wonderland part 3: The Caucus-race Alice in Wonderland part 3: The Caucus-race
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Alice is still in Wonderland. Improve your English as Alice meets all sorts of creatures as she swims around in a pool of her own tears. She joins in a Caucus-race - but how can you win a race with no rules? And who will give the prizes? Improve your English with this language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of first conditional you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-23/session-5 Vocabulary: shore the place where the water of a lake, sea or river meets the land creatures (singular: creature) animals dodo a large bird that lived in the past and could not fly. prizes (singular: prize) something you get as a reward for winning a race or competition destroy to break something completely so it can't be used at all
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Women's football World Cup: 6 Minute English Women's football World Cup: 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
As the FIFA Women's World Cup approaches the end of the tournament, we look at the rise in the popularity of female only football. We hear about the history of the women’s sport in the UK and around the world and what progress has been made since the FA banned women’s matches in 1921. You can learn some related vocabulary along the way too. This week's question: When was the first official women’s football world cup? A: 1970 B: 1988, or C: 1991 Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: a struggle - word used to describe something that is difficult to do and might involve a lot of hard work or conflict (to have) agency - being able to act independently and make your own choices a backlash - a strong negative reaction to something to dampen enthusiasm (for something) - to make people less interested in something to ban - to use rules to stop something from continuing to happen (to make) a concerted effort (to do something) - to try really hard to do something To download a transcript and the programme, go to our website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190704 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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The 3rd conditional: What is it? How to use it! - English In A Minute The 3rd conditional: What is it? How to use it! - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
Sam's sure to show us all about the third conditional! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Watch the video, then answer this: 'If I'd checked the weather forecast, I would have brought an umbrella!' Is this sentence talking about: a) the past b) the present c) the future ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-62 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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It's a small world - The English We Speak It's a small world - The English We Speak
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Rob was out shopping when he bumped into half the BBC Learning English team. Feifei’s doesn't understand why he says 'it's a small world' when there are nearly 200 countries. Find out the meaning of this expression in The English We Speak. [Images: Getty Images] You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190701 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
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Alice in Wonderland part 2: The pool of tears Alice in Wonderland part 2: The pool of tears
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Alice can't stay the same size for more than a few minutes! When she's big, she cries a pool of tears. What will happen to her when she gets smaller again? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of present and past simple passives you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-22/session-5 Vocabulary: curious if you describe things as curious you mean they are strange; if you describe a person as curious, it means they're interested in everything ceiling the top part of a room tears the water that comes from your eyes when you cry fan an object made of material or paper that you move up and down, or from side to side to make cold air shrinking (verb: shrink) getting smaller escape to get away from a difficult or dangerous situation or place
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The business of eSports: 6 Minute English The business of eSports: 6 Minute English
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eSports is essentially competitive video gaming. Individuals and teams take part in competitions where they play video games. Tens of thousands of people turn up to watch these events. The players are professional and get paid huge salaries – the best ones are millionaires. Find out more about it in 6 Minutes English and learn new vocabulary along the way. VOCABULARY eSports the business of competitive video gaming a staple a basic essential that is expected and common time-consuming using up a lot of time discipline the following of rules and restrictions to put (something) together to organise (something, such as an event) an aspiration a hope or ambition for the future You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190627 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Maybe vs may be - What's the difference? English In A Minute Maybe vs may be - What's the difference? English In A Minute
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Dan's going to demonstrate the difference between 'maybe' and 'may be'. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! 'Maybe' and 'may be' are obviously related, but they aren't the same. Can you complete this sentence with the correct answer? This video will be seen by ____ a million people. a) maybe b) may be ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-61 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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To vanish into thin air: What does it mean? - The English We Speak To vanish into thin air: What does it mean? - The English We Speak
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Feifei’s homemade cake has disappeared! Can Rob solve the mystery of her missing cake? There’s a perfect phrase to describe the situation and there’s an obvious answer to the mystery. All will be revealed in The English We Speak! [Images: Getty Images} You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190624 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
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Alice in Wonderland part 1: Down the rabbit-hole Alice in Wonderland part 1: Down the rabbit-hole
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Alice is an ordinary girl, until the day a White Rabbit runs past her, saying "I'm late!" Alice follows the White Rabbit as he runs down a rabbit hole, and a whole Wonderland of adventures begin… Language challenge: While you watch the first episode, see how many examples of indirect questions you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-21/session-5 Vocabulary: curious wanting to know everything about everything daisies (singular: daisy) small garden flowers that are white with yellow centres marmalade a kind of jam made from oranges telescope a metal tube with glass at the end that you use to see things that are very far away. Some telescopes are made from several tubes of different sizes that can fit inside each other creep to move very carefully and secretly so that nobody sees you
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Can death metal bring you joy? Find out in 6 Minute English Can death metal bring you joy? Find out in 6 Minute English
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Death metal music is a kind of heavy metal which explores the themes of death and destruction. But does it inspire it's fans to appreciate violence? According to a new study, it does not. The death metal band Bloodbath might sing about cannibalism, but its fans do not go and eat their neighbours. Neil and Rob talk about this kind of music and teach you some vocabulary. You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190620 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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4 ways to use just - English In A Minute 4 ways to use just - English In A Minute
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Saskia's got just the information we need - 4 ways to use just! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Watch the video and then try this task: Add 'just' to this sentence to indicate that something is happening at the moment: “I'm arriving at the studio to record a programme.” ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-60 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
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Get the short straw - The English We Speak Get the short straw - The English We Speak
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Sometimes you’re the one who gets the worst outcome in a situation – but it’s not all bad luck because we’re here to teach you a great English expression to describe the situation, with the help of a short straw! [Images: Getty Images} You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190617 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
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Is talking on the phone embarrassing? - 6 Minute English Is talking on the phone embarrassing? - 6 Minute English
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Do you think talking on the telephone is embarrassing? What clues about yourself and your background are you giving away? In what way might people be judging you incorrectly because of your phone conversation? That's what Neil and Sam talk about as they teach you related vocabulary. You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190613 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Soft skills: What does this mean? - The English We Speak Soft skills: What does this mean? - The English We Speak
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Rob’s thinking of applying for a new job, but it needs someone with ‘soft skills’. Feifei thinks he’s ‘soft’, but has he got the right skills? Watch this programme to find out what soft skills really are and who might be suitable for the new position. [Images: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, visit our webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190610 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Thanks... '2 million'? ☺️☺️☺️ Thanks... '2 million'? ☺️☺️☺️
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There are more than 2 million of you here now! We are happy you - our subscribers - are celebrating the beauty of the English language with us. We love teaching and you love learning - what could be better? We hope you keep enjoying our videos. Share the joy with your friends. Get them to subscribe too! And... thanks a million! (the expression 'thanks 2 million', well, doesn't exist - but we are sooooo happy!) This is our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish 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
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Why are motorbikes seen as masculine? Listen to 6 Minute English Why are motorbikes seen as masculine? Listen to 6 Minute English
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Biker culture is often seen as essentially masculine. What's the current image of women on motorcycles? And what happens to gender at 110 kph? That's what Neil and Sam talk about as they teach you related vocabulary. You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190606 [Image: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Take your English forwards with BBC Learning English! Subscribe! Take your English forwards with BBC Learning English! Subscribe!
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Do you want to take your English forwards? Then join us on BBC Learning English for grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and more! Subscribe here: http://tinyurl.com/ps3hplv Download our App: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/app Website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbclearningenglish.multimedia Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bbcle Instagram: https://instagram.com/bbclearningenglish/ Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Bored vs Boring - What's the difference? Ed and Ing Adjectives - English In A Minute Bored vs Boring - What's the difference? Ed and Ing Adjectives - English In A Minute
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Sam's here to explain the difference between bored and boring! It won't bore you! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Some #adjectives end in '-ed' (= 'bored') and others in '-ing' (= 'boring') – but which ending describes how you feel? a) –ed b) –ing Watch the video and check your answer with Sam. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-58 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
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Big deal - The English We Speak Big deal - The English We Speak
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Rob’s very excited about a discount he got on some packets of biscuits but Feifei’s not impressed. She reckons it’s a big deal – but can a big deal not be impressive? Find out the different meanings of this phrase in this episode of The English We Speak. [Images: Getty Images] You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190603 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
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Vampire shoppers - 6 Minute English Vampire shoppers - 6 Minute English
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Are you a vampire shopper? Do you like shopping online? More and more people are spending the night shopping on their laptops and smartphones. But is this always a good idea? Neil and Rob discuss their shopping habits and offer you vocabulary for free! You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190530 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Clever clogs: What does it mean? - The English We Speak Clever clogs: What does it mean? - The English We Speak
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Fashion-conscious Feifei has bought a new pair of wooden shoes – what we call clogs- but she’s been told they are ‘clever clogs’. Will wearing them make her more intelligent? Rob is on hand to offer some words of wisdom. Find out what they are in this programme. To download the audio and a transcript, visit our webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190527 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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5 ways to say goodbye like a Brit: How to say goodbye in English - English In A Minute 5 ways to say goodbye like a Brit: How to say goodbye in English - English In A Minute
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Tom tells it like it is by explaining 5 ways to say goodbye just like the British! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Which is your favourite? ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-57 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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What to do when you can't sleep: 6 Minute English What to do when you can't sleep: 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
What can you do when you can't sleep? Is there anything more frustrating than lying there in the dark with your eyes open especially if it's not just now and then, but night after night? According to one expert in all things to do with sleep, there is one simple and effective solution - even if it seems like the opposite of what most people would suggest. Neil and Rob find out all about it and teach you the related vocabulary. You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190523 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
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In the end vs At the end: What's the difference? English In A Minute In the end vs At the end: What's the difference? English In A Minute
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James is jumping to explain the difference between in the end and at the end. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English! Watch the video and answer this question: The couple couldn’t agree where to go on holiday - _____, they decided to save their money. A)at the end B)in the end ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-56 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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Couch surfing - The English We Speak Couch surfing - The English We Speak
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Where’s Rob going to sleep while his house is being fixed? It looks like he’ll need to do some couch surfing at his friends’ houses – but will they want him?! Find out what couch surfing is and if Feifei is happy to help, in this programme. [Images: Getty Images] You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190520 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
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