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Learn how to speak English with the BBC. Every day we have a new video to help you learn the English language. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

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What's the difference between 'all' and 'everybody' or 'everyone'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'all' and 'everybody' or 'everyone'? - English In A Minute
1 day ago En
What's the difference between 'all' and 'everybody' or 'everyone'? Sam will explain the difference between these confusing words. Learn all about 'all', 'everybody' and 'everyone' in this 60 second free English class. Which is correct? The movie was great! ____ really liked it. a. All b. Everyone / Everybody ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-14 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #confusingwords #eiam
Running on fumes: The English We Speak Running on fumes: The English We Speak
1 day ago En
You know that feeling when you have no energy left, but somehow you have to keep going? Learn a new expression to help you describe that feeling. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200406 #vocabulary #leftonread #bbclearningenglish #theneglishwespeak For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment.
Touring bands and climate change: 6 Minute English Touring bands and climate change: 6 Minute English
5 days ago En
When music bands tour, it comes at a cost to the environment. Huge amounts of carbon are generated when the musicians and fans travel the world to attend a gig. But now some bands are trying to develop a blueprint for performers and artists who want to continue what they do but reduce their environmental impact. In 6 Minute English we discuss some of the ideas and teach some useful related vocabulary. This week's question One British band recently announced they would stop going on tour until they were 100% carbon neutral, but which band? Was it: a) The 1975 b) The Rolling Stones, or c) Coldplay Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: carbon footprint the amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 released into the atmosphere as a result of your everyday activities. turn down reject or refuse an offer of something a precarious situation a situation where things could become difficult or dangerous do the right thing do what is most fair, ethical or just. gig live concert played by a music band the (national) grid the network supplying electrical power across a country To download a transcript and audio, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200402 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #bands #environment #carbonfootprint
What's the difference between 'hire', 'rent' and 'let'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'hire', 'rent' and 'let'? - English In A Minute
1 week ago En
What's the difference between 'hire', 'rent' and 'let'? James will explain the difference between these three confusing words. Learn all about 'hire', 'rent' and 'let' in this 60 second free English class. Which is the best word to complete this sentence? I don’t have my own house – I _______ one. a)hire b)rent c)let ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-13 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #confusingwords #eiam
Left on read: The English We Speak Left on read: The English We Speak
1 week ago En
Learn an English expression with Roy and Feifei! “Why haven’t they replied yet?” We sometimes find ourselves saying them when we send a message and the person only reads it without replying! Learn an interesting expression to describe this situation. #vocabulary #leftonread #bbclearningenglish #theenglishwespeak To download the audio and transcript, go to our webpage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200330 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment.
Training artificial intelligence: 6 Minute English Training artificial intelligence: 6 Minute English
1 week ago En
How clever is artificial intelligence? It currently helps us in many ways from car satnavs to detecting cancer cells but it's yet to be clever than us humans. We still need to train AI to do things but should we fear that it eventually learns too much? Neil and Sam discuss the subject and teach some useful vocabulary. This week's question: In terms of brain cell count, what level of intelligence is AI currently working at? Is AI as smart as: a) a frog b) an earthworm c) a bumblebee Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: chat-up lines remarks men and women make to start up a romantic conversation with someone they don’t know but find attractive computer programmers people who write, or code, computer programmes algorithms a set of rules or procedures to be followed by computers in problem-solving exercises trial and error repeating the same task over and over until finding the most successful way minimising reducing as much as possible a stroke of luck when something unexpected happens by good luck or chance To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200326 #vocabulary #artificialintelligence #topicalenglish For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment.
What's the difference between 'all', 'every' and 'whole'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'all', 'every' and 'whole'? - English In A Minute
2 weeks ago En
What's the difference between 'all', 'every' and 'whole'? Georgina is going to explain the difference between these three confusing words. Learn all about 'all', 'every' and 'whole' in this 60 second free English class. Try to complete the sentence below… _____ sandwich we make is delicious. a) Every b) All c) Whole ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-12 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #confusingwords #eiam
Sheeple: The English We Speak Sheeple: The English We Speak
2 weeks ago En
Sometimes people just follow the crowd. Instead of thinking for themselves they copy what others are doing – a bit like sheep do. Why not leave the crowd and learn an informal English word to describe them, To download the audio, go to our webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200323 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. #learnenglish #englishidioms #vocabulary #tews
Meditation and your brain: 6 Minute English Meditation and your brain: 6 Minute English
2 weeks ago En
Meditating can change your mind - that's the opinion of some experts. Listen to this episode of 6 Minute English as Sam and Neil discuss the effects of meditating on your brain and teach you some useful English vocabulary along the way. Question: What is the meaning of the Tibetan word for ‘meditation’? Is it… a) to relax b) to feel blissful c) to become familiar [The answer is at the end of the programme.] Vocabulary: neuroscience science concerning the workings of the nervous system and brain compassion attitude wishing everyone to be free from all physical and mental suffering a flash of insight a sudden moment of understanding something previously not understood; also known as an Aha! moment neuroplasticity the brain’s ability to restructure its neural, electrical pathways in response to purposeful activity brain circuits groups of interconnected neurons that perform a specific function when activated enduring lasting over a long period of time To download the audio and a transcript, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200319 #vocabulary #learningEnglish #bbclearningenglish #6minuteenglish For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment.
What's the difference between 'hear' and 'listen'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'hear' and 'listen'? - English In A Minute
3 weeks ago En
'Hear' and 'listen' are confusing words. Do you ever mix them up? Listen to Roy explain the difference between 'listen' and 'hear' in this English In A Minute - our 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then complete this sentence: I listen ____ music every day. A) by B) at C) to ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-11 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish #eiam
What does 'hater' mean? - The English We Speak What does 'hater' mean? - The English We Speak
3 weeks ago En
We all have dislikes but sometimes there’s no pleasing some people! Neil's being a bit of a hater in this programme but luckily Feifei has an English word that describes his attitude and that can be used to describe people who are far worse. Find out what a 'hater' is in this free English class. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200316 [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #hater #bbclearningenglish #informalenglish #TEWS
Will humans become extinct? 6 Minute English Will humans become extinct? 6 Minute English
3 weeks ago En
What is the chance of the human race surviving the 21st century? There are many dangers – climate change for example, or nuclear war, or a pandemic, or planet Earth being hit by a giant asteroid. Sam and Neil discuss our future and whether we need to start panicing but not before they teach you some useful vocabulary. QUESTION: The species was hunted so much that within a century, every single bird had died out. But do you know which island the dodo was from? Was it: a) The Galapagos b) Mauritius c) Fiji [The answer is at the end of the programme.] VOCABULARY: existential risks dangers that threaten the continuation of human life on Earth the historical record the collection of all written and recorded past events concerning the human race wipes out completely destroys leaving nothing remaining plague infectious, epidemic disease Doomsday final day of the world’s existence; apocalypse false alarm warning given incorrectly so that people wrongly believe something dangerous is about to happen To download an audio version and a transcript, go to our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200312 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. #bbclearningenglish #usefulvocabulary #englishpodcast #6minuteenglish
How to use modal verbs of deduction - English In A Minute How to use modal verbs of deduction - English In A Minute
4 weeks ago En
Must, can't, may, might and could. How do we use these modal verbs of deduction? Saskia can't do a better job of explaining modal verb of deduction in this English In A Minute! Learn all about modal verbs of deduction in this 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then complete this sentence: It _____ be winter – it’s 35 degrees here in London! A) must B) could C) can’t ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-10 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #onlineenglish
What does 'talk shop' mean? What does 'talk shop' mean?
4 weeks ago En
Work, work, work! We spend so much time doing it, do we really want to talk about it when we’re not in the office? Well, for some people they just can’t help it, so here’s an authentic English phrase to describe what they’re doing. Could this describe you too?! Learn what 'talk shop' means. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200309 [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #talkshop #bbclearningenglish #informalenglish
What's the difference between 'sensible' and 'sensitive'? - English In A Minute What's the difference between 'sensible' and 'sensitive'? - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
What's the difference between 'sensible' and 'sensitive'? Phil's sensible enough to explain the difference between these two confusing words. Learn all about 'sensible' and 'sensitive' in this 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then complete this sentence: If you need to give someone bad news, it’s _______ to be ______ about their feelings. a) sensitive / sensible b) sensible / sensitive ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-9 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #confusingwords
What does 'snackable' mean? What does 'snackable' mean?
1 month ago En
We all lead busy lives so everything we do needs to be quick and easy – that includes the things we read and watch online. Watch The English We Speak to learn an expression to describe short online content that you can snack on! To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200302 [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #snackable #learningenglish #informalenglish
Would you eat pond scum? Eating Microalgae! Listen to 6 Minute English Would you eat pond scum? Eating Microalgae! Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
How do you feed the world's ever-growing population when the amount of land available to grow things is getting smaller? Could pond scum be the answer? Scientists say this microalgae, which can be grown almost anywhere, could be part of the solution. Neil and Sam discuss the latest superfood craze and teach you some useful vocabulary too. This week's question What do the following three things have in common: oceans, snow and Neil's garden patio? a) They are all good places to relax b) They are all very cold c) They are all places where microalgae grow Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary pond scum a slang name for microalgae like spirulina and chlorella having a moment becoming more well-known and popular at this moment in time; similar to ‘trending’ superfood a type of food which is especially full of healthy nutrients like vitamins, minerals and protein becoming stretched not enough resources to meet people’s needs. sustainable intensification food produced in ways which don’t damage the environment or use new land. organism any plant or animal life form You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200227 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #superfood #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish
4 uses of quite - English In A Minute 4 uses of quite - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Sensational Sam will explain 4 uses of quite - and they're quite good! Learn all about verb patterns and gerunds in this 60 second free English class. Watch the video, then answer this question: In which sentence does ‘quite’ mean ‘very good’? a) Cristiano Ronaldo is quite a good footballer. b) Cristiano Ronaldo is quite a footballer. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-8 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 'a memory like a sieve' mean? What does 'a memory like a sieve' mean?
1 month ago En
If your head is full of things to think about, it can be easy to forget some of them. Rob is in the kitchen cooking up an English expression that describes a forgetful memory that you’ll always remember! Learn what 'to have a memory like a sieve' means. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200224 [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #memory #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish
Could you give up fast fashion? Listen to 6 Minute English Could you give up fast fashion? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Lots of people are planning to buy no new clothes this year, favouring second-hand or making do with what they already have. However, sales at online fast fashion sites, trade is going well. Could you give up buying new clothes for a year? Would you do it over concerns with the environment? Georgina and Neil discuss this fashion and environment and teach you some useful items of vocabulary. This week's question: Do you know how many items of clothing were sent to landfill in the UK in 2017? Was it… a) 23 million items b) 234 million items c) 2.3 billion items Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: pledging publicly promising to do something (you can make a pledge to do something) outsourced given to another company to do, often because that company has the skills to do it or it can be done cheaper undercuts if a company undercuts another, it charges less to do a job than its competitor stems from (something) caused by or a result of something illogical unreasonable - not sensible, more driven by emotions than practical reason backlash strong negative reaction to what is happening You can download the text here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200220 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
What does 'nomophobia' mean? What does 'nomophobia' mean?
1 month ago En
We all love our smartphones, but do you get anxious if you can’t use it? We have the perfect word to describe this feeling - nomophobia - and Rob’s about to experience it in this episode of The English We Speak. Find out what it is now. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200217 [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
How resilient are you? Listen to 6 Minute English How resilient are you? Listen to 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
How do you deal with difficult situations? Why do some people cope better in times of stress than others? Are we born with resilience or can we learn it? Rob and Georgina discuss resilience and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question ‘Resilience’ is also a word used in science to describe the characteristic of a substance or object. But what does it mean? a) It is very tough or hard. b) It can return to its original shape after being bent. c) It can turn from a solid into a liquid quickly. Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary resilient (adjective) able to cope with difficult situations or to improve quickly after an illness or injury resilience (noun) ability to cope with difficult situations or improve quickly after an illness or injury optimistic have positive thoughts about the future and believe things will turn out well distress feeling you get when you are worried or upset by something manifest show clearly and is easy to notice adversity difficult situation in somebody’s life [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200213 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment. #resilience #resilient #learnenglish
Mixed conditionals - English In A Minute Mixed conditionals - English In A Minute
1 month ago En
What are mixed conditionals? How do we use mixed conditionals? Georgina's happy to explain! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this free English lesson. Watch this video and complete the sentence: If I _______ to bed earlier, I wouldn’t be tired now. a) was going b) went c) had gone ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-5 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 'peacocking'? What is 'peacocking'?
1 month ago En
Do you know anyone who's always showing off? Who goes out of their way to attract attention? Learn how the word 'peacocking' is used. Rob’s showing off (again), but this time he’s decided to dress up and impress Feifei. Watch The English We Speak to see Feifei’s reaction, and find out the true meaning of this animal-related phrase. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200210 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
How to disagree better: Listen to 6 Minute English How to disagree better: Listen to 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Have we lost respect for those who disagree with us? At a time when public debate has become so ill-tempered, a battle of ideas might have become an exchange of insults. Sam and Rob wonder if the art of persuasion is lost and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question Which spiritual leader is famous for saying “Disagreement is something normal”? Is it… ? a) Pope Francis b) The Dalai Lama c) Ravi Shankar Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary pedantic focussing too much on the small details or formal rules hierarchy a way of organising people according to their importance contempt a dislike or lack of respect for someone or something a point of view someone’s perspective on something civility polite behaviour stagnation staying the same and not developing [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200206 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Continuously vs continually: What's the difference? English In A Minute Continuously vs continually: What's the difference? English In A Minute
2 months ago En
Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Roy's ready to reveal the difference between 'continuously' and 'continually'. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this free English class. Watch the video, then answer this question: I lived in Brazil for three years _______. I never left. a) continuously b) continually ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-5 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
To kick into the long grass: The English We Speak To kick into the long grass: The English We Speak
2 months ago En
Sometimes it’s hard to make a decision or to do some work that you don’t really want to do. What’s the best way to deal with it? Maybe you should ‘kick it into the long grass’, which is what Rob is trying to do in this programme as he sets out to explain more about this English phrase. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200203 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment.
Low emission zones: 6 Minute English Low emission zones: 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
What are the benefits of low emission zones? Cities around the world are trying to clean up the air people breathe. One way of doing this is introducing low emission zones, which restrict or ban polluting cars. Last year, London introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), and this year British cities including Bath, Leeds and Birmingham are also bringing in Clean Air Zones. 6 Minute English discusses this clean-air initiative and teaches some useful items of vocabulary. This week's question Which UK city recently announced it wants to be the country’s first ‘net zero’ city - placing their greenhouse emissions at a neutral level. Was it… a) Glasgow b) Manchester c) Cardiff Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: emissions amounts of, usually, gas that is sent out into the air from things like cars pollutants substances that cause pollution to focus the mind to concentrate on one idea or thought incentive something that encourages someone to do something complex something that is complicated, difficult and involves many parts concentrations amounts of substances, or pollutants, within something [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200130 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
How to use the future in the past - English In A Minute How to use the future in the past - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Saskia's going to tell us how to use the future in the past! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this free English class. Read this sentence - when did I buy the present? “Last time I saw Jo, I said I would get her a present. Here it is!” a) I haven’t bought it yet. b) before I saw Jo. c) after I saw Jo. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-4 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 'rat race' mean? What does 'rat race' mean?
2 months ago En
According to Chinese tradition, 2020 is the 'Year of the Rat'. Rob has decided to dedicate his life to work, chasing promotions and pay rises at the expense of his free time. Learn a rat-related expression which describes this lifestyle, and find out why Rob’s glued whiskers to his cheeks in The English We Speak. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200127 [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
What's getting women into politics? 6 Minute English What's getting women into politics? 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Thousands of women have signed up with 50:50 Parliament to register their interest in standing as an MP (Member of Parliament) in the UK. What's inspiring them to get involved? Sam and Georgina discuss the engagement of women in politics and teach you related English vocabulary. This week's question Which country has the highest percentage of women in its parliament? Is it: a) Rwanda b) Sweden c) New Zealand Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary to stand to be a candidate in an election to see yourself (doing something) to imagine that it is possible for you to do something the prospect of the possibility of jargon vocabulary and expressions related to a particular job a disadvantaged background growing up in a family situation without much money to tailor (what you say) to change (how you speak) to make it suitable for a particular group [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200123 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
On time vs In time: What's the difference? - English In A Minute On time vs In time: What's the difference? - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
What's the difference between 'on time' and 'in time'? Phil's just in time to explain. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this free English lesson. Watch this video and complete this sentence: I didn't get home ___ time but I was still ___ time to make dinner for everyone. a) on/in b) in/on ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-3 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 a 'microworker'? What is a 'microworker'?
2 months ago En
There are thousands of little jobs computers can't do which tech companies need to get done in order to improve their services. But what are the people who do those jobs called? Learn a new expression and find out why Neil's bashing away at his keyboard all the way through this episode of The English We Speak. To download the audio and a transcript, go here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200120 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Could you give up booze for a month? Listen to 6 Minute English Could you give up booze for a month? Listen to 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Do you enjoy a glass of wine, gin or having a beer with friends? Would you be able to give it up for a whole month? That's what Dry January is all about - a traditional campaign to encourage people to resist the temptation of having booze and enjoy some health benefits from it. Sam and Rob discuss the challenge of having no alcohol at all and teach you related English vocabulary. This week's question According to historians, which people were thought to be the first group to make New Year's resolutions? Was it the… a) Romans b) Native Americans c) Babylonians Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary resolution a promise to yourself to stop or start doing something peer pressure influence a group of similar people have on you to behave like them ingrained an attitude or idea that's been done in a certain way for a long time and is difficult to change merchandise goods we buy and sell hangover sick, tired and sometimes anxious feeling you get after drinking too much alcohol permeating spreading through something and influencing every part of it To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200116 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Match vs fit vs suit Match vs fit vs suit
2 months ago En
Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Sam's going to explain how to use match, fit and suit with clothes! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English. I think that top really ___ you! It ___ you so well and it even ___ your shoes! a) suits / fits / matches b) fits / matches / suits c) matches / suits / fits ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://bbc.in/2QMldz8 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'serial returner' mean? What does 'serial returner' mean?
2 months ago En
What does the English expression 'serial returner' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. Feifei's wearing a lovely new coat today. In fact she's had a lovely new coat every day for the last month. How can she afford it? Learn an expression for a person who frequently buys but then returns items from shops. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200113 For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty/BBC] For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
The decline of the apostrophe: 6 Minute English The decline of the apostrophe: 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
A retired journalist who founded a campaign to preserve the correct use of the apostrophe in the English language. is giving up his battle because he says "ignorance has won". We discuss what's causing the decline in the use of this punctuation mark and teach you some vocabulary along the way. This week's question The word ‘apostrophe’ itself – which language does it come from? Is it: a) Latin b) Greek c) Arabic Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary: a pedant Someone overly concerned with correcting small mistakes to linger to stay in a place longer to wander to walk around with no real purpose or desire to get somewhere quickly up in the air at risk, possibly not going to happen ignorance a lack of knowledge about something a barbarian a primitive and uncivilized person To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200109 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment.
Try + -ing or to + verb? - English In A Minute Try + -ing or to + verb? - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? James is going to explain how to use try + -ing or to + verb! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English. Watch the video and complete the sentence. “I tried _____ a professional tennis player, but it’s very difficult to make it to the top.” a) becoming b) to become ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: https://bbc.in/37EpoT9 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'talk the talk' mean? What does 'talk the talk' mean?
3 months ago En
What does the English expression 'talk the talk' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-200106 Have you ever met someone who sounds like they know lots about a certain topic, but in reality… doesn't? Neil and Feifei have an expression for you that describes just that type of person – but what has it got to do with public speaking and hiking? Watch the video. For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Why does seeing someone yawn make us yawn? Why does seeing someone yawn make us yawn?
3 months ago En
Have you ever wondered why seeing someone yawn also makes you yawn? According to researchers, it makes a difference if you think of yourself as similar to the person who started the yawning. Georgina and Rob discuss yawning and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question What biological function does yawning have? a: To take in more oxygen b: To get rid of carbon dioxide from our body c: No one really knows Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary a yawn / to yawn breathe in and out with our mouth stretched open contagious can be spread from one person to another a behaviour an action, often automatic, in response to a particular situation cognitive connected to mental processes and the way our minds work to identify with (a group) to feel close to and have a sense of belonging to (a group) exhibit (a behaviour) do, show (a behaviour) To download the transcript and the audio, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200102 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
American English vs British English spelling American English vs British English spelling
3 months ago En
What's the difference between American English and British English spelling? Georgina's going to explain how to spell British and American English. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Fill the gap with British spelling: Let’s meet at the _____. You’ll love the play – it’s British _____. a) theatre / humor b) theater / humour c) theater / humor d) theatre / humour ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-88 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'out with the old, in with the new' mean? What does 'out with the old, in with the new' mean?
3 months ago En
What does 'out with the old, in with the new' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191230 As 2020 approaches, Rob’s decided to tidy up the office, clear out some old things and add some new touches to the workplace – like a vase of flowers. But for Feifei there’s just one old thing she’d like to replace with a new one. It sounds like a perfect excuse to teach a new English phrase that can be used at this time of year! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Fake or real: What’s the best tree to have at Christmas? 6 Minute English Fake or real: What’s the best tree to have at Christmas? 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
They're the ultimate Christmas decoration and millions are bought around the world each year. But what impact do Christmas trees - real and artificial - have on the environment? Neil and Sam discuss Christmas's carbon footprint and teach you some new vocabulary all in 6 minutes! To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191226 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Use comparatives to show something is changing - English In A Minute Use comparatives to show something is changing - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
How do you use comparatives to show something is changing? Roll up to hear Roy explain how to use comparatives to show something is changing! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then complete the following sentence: This day is getting longer and _____ a) more long b) long c) longer ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-87 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'the more the merrier' mean? What does 'the more the merrier' mean?
3 months ago En
What does the English phrase 'the more the merrier' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191223 It’s almost Christmas but Feifei doesn’t seem in a festive mood. She’s stuck in the studio with just Rob for company. It’s time for a party and to learn a new phrase. Watch this and see if the meaning of the authentic English phrase really comes true! For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Have you ever had ecotherapy? Listen to 6 Minute English Have you ever had ecotherapy? Listen to 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
Being in the green open space can certainly help us relax and de-stress. So much so that the beneficial contact with the outdoors is inspiring a particular kind of therapy. Neil and Georgina discuss ecotherapy and teach you related vocabulary. This week's question How high is the world’s tallest tree thought to be? Is it... a) 65.8 metres, b) 115.8 metres, or c) 185.8 metres Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary tonic something that makes you feel happier and healthier horticulture the study or activity of growing garden plants panacea something that is believed to solve everything therapeutic makes you feel better or healthier biophilia a passion for or empathy with the natural world and living things innate a quality that you’re born with To download the transcript and the audio, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191219 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
Fine vs Finely - What's the difference? - English In A Minute Fine vs Finely - What's the difference? - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
What's the difference between 'fine' and 'finely'? Which is both an adjective and an adverb? Is there a difference in meaning? Saskia's done a fine job of explaining fine vs finely! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then complete the sentence below: You need to ______ chop carrots. a) fine b) finely ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-86 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
What does 'take one for the team' mean? What does 'take one for the team' mean?
3 months ago En
What does the English phrase ''take one for the team' mean? Improve your English vocabulary with this free 3-minute English language tutorial. You'll find a free downloadable transcript on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-191216 Neil and Feifei are about to go to a concert, when they discover they don’t have enough tickets. Who will ‘take one for the team’? Learn a phrase that reminds us it’s good to put others ahead of ourselves. At least sometimes… For more English idioms and expressions, visit The English We Speak playlist: http://bit.ly/2WmnRuN [Images: Getty Images] For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
Anxious about talking to new people? Listen to 6 Minute English Anxious about talking to new people? Listen to 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
Many people feel uncomfortable about the idea of talking with new people, but this is something that could it be good for their state of mind. Neil and Georgina discuss research that says that seemingly inconsequential conversations with people we don't know can have a beneficial effect on our mood and wellbeing. And our presenters feel good about teaching you related vocabulary! This week's question According to the Oxford English dictionary, approximately how many words are in use in the English language? a) 171,146 b) 271,146 c) 371,146 Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary underestimate think that something is smaller or less important than it really is anticipating guessing or expecting a certain outcome to pluck up (the) courage to force yourself to do something that you’re scared or nervous about connect start or have a good relationship with someone mood the way we feel introvert person who prefers to spend time on their own To download the transcript and the audio, go to our webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-191212 For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com Please use English when you comment.
How to use each and every - English In A Minute How to use each and every - English In A Minute
4 months ago En
What's the difference between 'each' and 'every'? Phil is going to tell us each and every thing about 'each' vs 'every'! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson. Watch the video, then tell us which sentence is incorrect: a) Each day is different. b) I drink coffee every day. c) I'm wearing a glove on every hand. ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-85 Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and English exams. Please use English when you comment. For more free English lessons and videos visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com
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