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

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Lend or borrow: what's the difference? - English In A Minute Lend or borrow: what's the difference? - English In A Minute
1 day ago En
What's the difference between 'lend' and 'borrow'? Georgina's going to give us a clue as to why lend and borrow aren't the same. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this question: I ______ my own book ______ John a) borrowed/from b) lent/to c) borrowed/to d) lent/from ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-78 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What is 'slow TV'? What is 'slow TV'?
1 day ago En
What does the English expression 'slow TV' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191021 TV programmes need to have more and more action and excitement these days in order to keep people watching, right? Wrong! Learn about a TV trend that is the complete opposite, and meet its number one fan: Neil! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Would you work for free? Listen to 6 Minute English Would you work for free? Listen to 6 Minute English
5 days ago En
Some companies offer students or recent graduates what they call 'internships'. These are extended periods of work experience where someone can be working full-time without an actual contract and, in many cases, without even being paid. But does this mean some people on lower incomes can't afford to take up the opportunities it offers? We discuss the pros and cons of working for free. This week's question: Which is the oldest stock exchange in the world? Is it: A: Bombay B: New York C: Amsterdam Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: an internship a temporary, often unpaid, job for a student or recent graduate at a company as a way of getting work experience in a particular industry social mobility the ability to move to a higher social status to rule out to exclude or prevent someone from doing something established connections previous or pre-existing links well-connected having strong links with important people at high levels within a company to open doors to make it easier to get into a career To download a free transcript and audio, go to our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191017 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
'Little' vs 'A little' - What's the difference? English In A Minute 'Little' vs 'A little' - What's the difference? English In A Minute
1 week ago En
What's the difference between 'little' and 'a little'? Let Phil explain.Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then check you understand with this question: If you have 'a little money', is it a good thing, or a problem? ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-77 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'tiger mother' mean? What does 'tiger mother' mean?
1 week ago En
What does the English expression 'tiger mother' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191014 What’s the best way to help your kids succeed in life? Neil's kids have been studying hard all summer, and they’re taking extra classes to make sure they pass their exams. But how is this parenting style connected to tigers? For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Can you spot a lie? Listen to 6 Minute English Can you spot a lie? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 week ago En
Do you know when someone is lying to you? Are all lies bad or could they be a way to keep a good relationship with people? Sam and Rob discuss the social benefits of lying and teach you some vocabulary. Honestly. This week's question: A competition is held in Cumbria in the UK every year to find and award the title of "The Biggest Liar in the World". But which type of people are not allowed to take part? a) Farmers b) Lawyers c) Estate agents Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: fib small inoffensive lie white lie small lie, told to avoid upsetting someone deceive try to hide something by tricking people to gain an advantage at the heart most important or essential part response latency a term used in psychology to describe the time taken between a stimulus or question and a response to it porkies informal word for 'lies' You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191010 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Good vs well - what's the difference? English In A Minute Good vs well - what's the difference? English In A Minute
2 weeks ago En
What's the difference between 'good' and 'well'? Sams here to explain. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then fill in the gaps below: To learn English ______ you should watch ______ videos like this one! a) good / well b) well / good ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-76 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'buzzkill' mean? What does 'buzzkill' mean?
2 weeks ago En
What does the English idiom 'buzzkill' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191007 Neil and Feifei have just reached the top of a mountain when… Neil’s phone rings. But who is calling, and is it good news? What a 'buzzkill'! Learn all about this expression in this programme. And turn off your phone next time, Neil! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Are you good at complaining? Listen to 6 Minute English Are you good at complaining? Listen to 6 Minute English
2 weeks ago En
When a company's service is not to your satisfaction, how do you complain? What's the best way to get what you want? And when has complaining been completely futile? Sam and Rob discuss people's readiness to complain and teach you vocabulary. This week's question: The oldest recorded complaint is on a stone tablet in the British Museum. It’s nearly 4000 years old. What was the complaint about? a) An incorrect number of goats that were delivered after being bought at market. b) The quality of copper bars that were supplied. c) The non-payment of a bill for a banquet. Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: a sector an area of business within the economy, for example: the telecommunications sector inherent a natural part of something, usually a difficulty or risk, that can’t be avoided to perform if a company is performing well, it is being successful dominant strongest, most used to escalate (adj, noun: escalation) to take something to a higher level, for example to escalate a complaint if you are not satisfied with the first response to deal with (a problem or complaint) to try to fix a problem or resolve a complaint You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191003 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
How to say hello like a British English speaker - English In A Minute How to say hello like a British English speaker - English In A Minute
3 weeks ago En
How do British people really say hello? What do Brits really say to their friends? Tom's here to tell us 4 ways the British really say hello! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this free English lesson! Watch the video, then answer this: Which of these words does Tom NOT say in this expression: How are you doing? a) How b) are c) you d) doing? Watch the video for the answer! ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-75 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'buyer's remorse' mean? What does 'buyer's remorse' mean?
3 weeks ago En
What does the English idiom 'buyer's remorse' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190930 Have you ever bought something expensive, then regretted it? Well, you’re not alone. And neither is Neil, who is about to find out exactly what ‘buyer’s remorse’ is. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Does your name start with the wrong letter? Listen to 6 Minute English Does your name start with the wrong letter? Listen to 6 Minute English
3 weeks ago En
Why do we remember old classmates whose surnames start with letters at the beginning of the alphabet? According to a professor of economics at Colorado University, the initial of your surname may affect your life chances. The nearer to 'A' you are, the better. Neil and Sam discuss alphabet disadvantage and teach you vocabulary. This week's question Where does the alphabet come from in its earliest form? Was it… a) Ancient Egypt b) Ancient Greece c) Ancient Rome Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary to pay attention to something to concentrate on something and not be distracted intensity strength engagement involvement in a communicative situation diminishes gets weaker to drop out to quit a college or university course without finishing it prestige respect and social status You'll find audio and text for download on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190926 [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
'Unless' vs 'As long as': What's the difference? English In A Minute 'Unless' vs 'As long as': What's the difference? English In A Minute
4 weeks ago En
Georgina explains the differences between 'unless' and 'as long as'. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this: Which of these sentences is incorrect? a) Unless you eat your breakfast, you can’t go to meet your friends. b) As long as you eat your breakfast, you can’t go to meet your friends. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-74 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'freecycle' mean? What does 'freecycle' mean?
4 weeks ago En
What does the English phrase ''freecycle' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190923 Neil has a cupboard full of old junk, but he’s having trouble knowing what to do with it. Feifei suggests he freecycles it. What will Neil do? And what exactly is freecycling? Learn how to use this word with us. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Fake smiles and the computers that can spot them: 6 Minute English Fake smiles and the computers that can spot them: 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if someone is really smiling or the smirk on their face is fake. But now there are computers that are able tell real smiles from fake ones better than humans can. How do they work and what are the benefits? It's something Neil and Sam are discussing in 6 Minute English as well as teaching you some useful vocabulary that will hopefully bring a smile to your face. This week's question: The expressions we can make with our face are controlled by muscles. How many muscles do we have in our face? Is it: A: 26 B: 43 C: 62 Listen to the programme to get the answer. Vocabulary: facial adjective to do with the face to infer to come to a decision about something using the information you have, which may not be complete in real time at the same time as, without delay to induce to cause something to happen genuine real, not fake to figure out to calculate, to work out To download a transcript and audio, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190919 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
3 English phrases with 'face' - English In A Minute 3 English phrases with 'face' - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
Tim's going to tell us three useful phrases with the word 'face'! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this: In English, when we tell someone to confront something which is scary, we can tell them to “face ____”. a) up to it b) up from it c) away from it ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-73 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'carbon footprint' mean? What does 'carbon footprint' mean?
1 month ago En
What does the English phrase 'carbon footprint' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190916 Feifei loves to travel, but she’s concerned about the size of her ‘carbon footprint’. What does this phrase mean, and how is it related to the environment? And what can Feifei do about it? We explain all, in the programme. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Is tourism harmful? Listen to 6 Minute English to find out Is tourism harmful? Listen to 6 Minute English to find out
1 month ago En
European cities such as Rome and Bruges have decided to impose restrictions on tourism to prevent overcrowding and make life easier for the local residents. Rob and Sam talk about it and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question According to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index, what was the most visited city in 2018? Was it… a) London b) New York, or c) Bangkok? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. You'll find the transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190919 Vocabulary respect treat something or someone with care clampdown (or crackdown) officially trying to stop or limit people doing something misbehave do something bad or inappropriate objective a plan or aim to achieve something Disneyfication turning something into an artificial, not real, commercial environment, similar to a Walt Disney theme park to cap to restrict, to limit [Cover: Getty Images] Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
How to use prepositions of place - English In A Minute How to use prepositions of place - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
'At', 'on' and 'in' are all prepositions of place. Sam explains how to use them in this English In A Minute free English class. Watch Sam's video and decide how to fill in the missing words in this sentence: My keys are ___ my office ___ work. I left them ___ the desk. a) in, at, on b) on, in, at c) at, in, on ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-72 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does the English idiom 'cough up' mean? What does the English idiom 'cough up' mean?
1 month ago En
What does the English idiom 'cough up' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190909 Feifei has learned an impressive new skill and has won a bet. Will Neil pay her? He is feeling unwell. But when she asks him to ‘cough up’, he doesn’t seem too keen. Watch the video and learn how to use this phrase. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
The future of food - 6 Minute English The future of food - 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
With population growth and climate change, we might have to radically change our diets in the future. There are all sorts of developments going on to help feed us in the future, from growing artificial meat to developing insect-based foods. In 6 Minute English we discuss what we might be tucking into in the future and serve up some useful vocabulary. This week's question: In which continent did tomatoes originate? Is it… A: South America B: Africa C: Asia Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: a futurologist a person who studies and predicts how we will live in the future a trend a way to refer to something that is popular now or that is becoming popular to latch onto become very interested in a hunch a feeling you have based on your knowledge and experience that something might be true even though you don’t have any real evidence ingesting taking into your body, i.e. eating and drinking stringent strict, strong To download a transcript and audio, go here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190905 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
When 'tell' doesn't mean 'tell' - English In A Minute When 'tell' doesn't mean 'tell' - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
What does 'tell' mean? Does it always mean speaking? Dan's here to tell you about when tell doesn't mean tell in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then answer this: Which word combines with 'tell' to mean 'know' or 'understand'? a) will b) can c) do d) have ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-71 Learn English with our free English videos everyday on BBC Learning English's website and YouTube channel. Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'brain fade' mean? What does 'brain fade' mean?
1 month ago En
What does the English idiom 'brain fade' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190902 Neil seems a bit forgetful today. Thankfully, he does remember how to explain the phrase ‘brain fade’. Join Neil and Feifei as they teach a phrase we hopefully won’t forget! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
How can I help the environment? - 6 Minute English How can I help the environment? - 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
How can I help the environment? What can I do to be more environmentally friendly? What can we do to make a difference? Sam and Neil discuss the small practical changes you can make to be more environmental and teach you 6 items of useful English vocabulary in this 6 Minute English free English class! THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Plastic has many natural variations but where was the first artificial plastic developed? Was it: a) England b) Germany or c) Switzerland? [The answer is at the end of the programme] VOCABULARY: a pet peeve something someone finds particularly annoying or frustrating (buying) in bulk buying many or a large quantity of something decant to transfer from an original container to a different one to pass on to give something to someone a hand-me-down a possession or item of clothing that is not new but has come from someone who no longer needs it or has outgrown it in good nick in good condition You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190829 [Cover: Getty Images] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment.
What does the English idiom 'fib' mean? What does the English idiom 'fib' mean?
1 month ago En
What does the English idiom 'fib' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190826 Sometimes, telling the truth is hard to do. But why is Rob fibbing about his reason for being late? And is Feifei telling the truth either? We won’t teach you to lie, but you will learn how to use the word ‘fib’ in the programme. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What's the difference between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'? - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
What's the difference between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'? Watch Georgina's explanation and then fill the gaps of this sentence using 'their', 'there' and 'they're': a) ____ is a great fruit shop on the same street as b) ____ house. c) ____ always buying delicious fruit! You'll find more quizzes and a downloadable transcript on our website: https://bbc.in/2NsC4G2 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com
Alice in Wonderland part 10: Alice's evidence Alice in Wonderland part 10: Alice's evidence
1 month ago En
The trial becomes more and more mad. And Alice is now taller than ever before. She's going to shock everyone, but will she stay in Wonderland? Language challenge: While you listen to the audio, see how many examples of expressions of ability in the past and present you can spot. For the answer to the challenge, and to do a quiz about this episode, visit our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/lower-intermediate/unit-30/session-5 Vocabulary: rules (singular: rule) a list of instructions about what you are allowed to do and not allowed to do persons a formal word for 'people' pale (here) when you are pale, your skin colour is lighter than is usual because you are frightened or ill evidence facts or things that prove something sentence the punishment that a judge in a court gives to a criminal
Do our political views change as we get older?: 6 Minute English Do our political views change as we get older?: 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Does our age affect the way we vote? And do our political views change as we get older? It's what Sam and Neil are discussing in 6 Minute English as well as teaching some related vocabulary. THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What was the first UK general election in which 18-year-olds could vote? A: 1929 B: 1950, or C: 1970 [The answer is at the end of the programme] VOCABULARY: plausible believable, possible resistant to against idealistic having a clear and simple moral view of how things should be platform the policies of a political party or politician status quo the situation as it is now pragmatism the idea of being realistic and practical about what can be achieved. You'll find the transcript and vocabulary on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-190822 [Cover: Getty Images] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment.
What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
What's the difference between 'hard' and 'hardly'? Learn why they're not the same in this quick, easy and free English class. You'll find a free quiz and downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-69 Hear Phil explain today’s lesson and then answer the following question: I _____ got any answers correct, because the exam was so _____! a) Hard / hardly b) Hardly/ hard For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'hot under the collar' mean? What does 'hot under the collar' mean?
2 months ago En
What does the English idiom 'hot under the collar' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190819 It’s hot in the studio. The air conditioning isn’t working and temperatures are rising. Soon Rob starts to get a little hot under the collar. But this phrase is about more than just body heat. It has to do with anger and also with feeling attracted to someone. Learn what it means in the programme. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Alice in Wonderland part 9: Who stole the tarts? Alice in Wonderland part 9: Who stole the tarts?
2 months 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
Would you invest in cryptocurrencies? Listen to 6 Minute English Would you invest in cryptocurrencies? Listen to 6 Minute English
2 months 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
What does 'eat your heart out' mean? What does 'eat your heart out' mean?
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Falling for fraud: 6 Minute English Falling for fraud: 6 Minute English
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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
What does 'milk it' mean? What does 'milk it' mean?
3 months ago En
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
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
Is there anything good about shame? Listen to 6 Minute English Is there anything good about shame? Listen to 6 Minute English
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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
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
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
Alice in Wonderland part 4: The White Rabbit's house Alice in Wonderland part 4: The White Rabbit's house
3 months ago En
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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