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English vocabulary mega-class! Learn 10 everyday English expressions with 'the' in just 23 minutes! English vocabulary mega-class! Learn 10 everyday English expressions with 'the' in just 23 minutes!
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Improve your English vocabulary and speaking with this 'expressions with 'the'' compilation box set from our series 'The English We Speak'! Do lots of listening practice and learn LOTS of new vocabulary! There are 10 programmes in this collection from BBC Learning English and each one explains the meaning and use of a real everyday British English expression with plenty of examples of how to use the words in real-life contexts! 0:00 - Intro 0:07 - What does 'spill the tea' mean? 2:31 - What does 'take the biscuit' mean? 5:03 - What does 'bite the bullet' mean? 7:40 - What does 'talk the talk' mean? 10:11 - What does 'let the dust settle' mean? 12:15 - What does 'just the ticket' mean? 14:59 - What does 'take the rough with the smooth' mean? 17:23 - What does 'the more the merrier' mean? 20:35 - What does ' put someone on the map' mean? 22:56 - What does 'flatten the curve' mean? For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading
Food superstitions - 6 Minute English Food superstitions - 6 Minute English
3 days ago En
Have you ever blown out the candles on a birthday cake and made a wish? Or thrown rice over the bride and groom at a wedding? Rob and Sam talk about food superstitions and teach you vocabulary along the way. This week's question: The tradition of carving pumpkins, or Jack o’ Lanterns as they’re called in the United States, started out as a Celtic festival in Ireland - but it was the Americans who started using pumpkins. So what vegetable did the Irish originally use to scare away ghosts? a) turnips b) potatoes c) squash Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary superstitions old, unscientific beliefs which are connected with magic rather than human reason ward off prevent someone or something from harming you; repel evil eye bad luck or magical spells which have the power to cause bad things to happen blanket term idiomatic phrase used to describe many examples of related things chutney foodstuff mixing fruit, spices, sugar and vinegar teach (you) a lesson show you what you sho
Lilibet: Harry and Meghan's new baby - News Review Lilibet: Harry and Meghan's new baby - News Review
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – better known as Harry and Meghan – have announced the birth of their second child. They’ve named her ‘Lilibet’, which was the Queen’s nickname when she was a child. The baby’s middle name is ‘Diana’, which was the name of Harry’s mother. Related stories: Queen agrees Harry and Meghan plan: BBC News Review - https://youtu.be/ZH5LuH4FeXc The language of biscuits - 6 Minute English - https://youtu.be/4yiVfwDkntQ Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:35- Story 1:40 - Headline 1: Foster: Harry and Meghan's new baby's name a nod to the Queen (CNN) 5:10 - Headline 2: What’s in a name? The meanings of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor 8:18 - Headline3: Who is bumped down the line of succession by Harry and Meghan's second child? 11:35​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the birth of their second child. The girl was born on Friday in Santa Barbara, California. She’s been named Lilibet Diana after the Queen and Prin
The Rosetta Stone - 6 Minute English The Rosetta Stone - 6 Minute English
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In this programme, Rob and Sam talk about one of the most famous museum objects in the world, and how it helped us to get to know the writing system used by ancient Egyptians. You'll learn a bit of history, and some useful English vocabulary along the way. This week's question The writing on the Rosetta Stone is a tax agreement between the priests and which Egyptian pharaoh? a) Cleopatra b) Ptolemy c) Ramesses Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary hieroglyphs pictures or symbol that represents words and sounds and were used in ancient Egypt decipher discover the meaning of a piece of writing, even though it is difficult to read or understand pearls of wisdom wise words, sayings or advice prodigy a young person with a great natural ability or talent for doing something get the bug suddenly develop a strong enthusiasm for something there is no holding (somebody) back (idiom) when someone is doing something so enthusiastically they cannot be stopped Cover: Getty Images] To
Olympics: Tokyo too hot for athletes? - News Review Olympics: Tokyo too hot for athletes? - News Review
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There is a new report about the effects of climate change on Olympic athletes. The report says that the temperatures in Tokyo are rising three times more quickly than in other places in the world. This causes extreme heat, which the report says puts the health of athletes at risk. Related stories: What They Really Mean: Questions As Warnings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65f6vZOKuqw Lingohack – Baby elephant zoo trade banned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Boo4FLIUQ3g Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:30​ - Story 1:40 - Text 1:The mean annual temperature in Tokyo, the capital city and host of the 2021 Olympics, has risen by 2.86°C since 1900. 5:10 - Headline 2: REVEALED: Team GB's secret computerised pill to help tame the stifling heat and humidity at the Tokyo Olympics 8:18 - Text 3: The study details how events such as the triathlon, the marathon, tennis and rowing could be adversely impacted by hot conditions. 10:35​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story A new report suggests
English vocabulary mega-class! Learn 10 everyday English 'food and drink' expressions in 25 minutes! English vocabulary mega-class! Learn 10 everyday English 'food and drink' expressions in 25 minutes!
2 weeks ago En
Improve your English vocabulary and speaking with this 'food and drink' compilation box set from our series 'The English We Speak'! Do lots of listening practice and learn LOTS of new vocabulary! There are 10 programmes in this collection from BBC Learning English and each one explains the meaning and use of a real everyday British English expression with plenty of examples of how to use the words in real-life contexts! 0:00 - Intro 0:07 - What does 'milk it' mean? 2:35 - What does 'cherry-pick' mean? 5:27 - What does 'waffle on' mean? 8:09 - What is a 'pea souper'? 10:14 - What does 'snackable' mean? 12:40 - Different meanings of the word 'roast' 15:20 - What does 'leaves a bad taste in your mouth' mean? 17:50 - Why do people say 'salty'? 21:17 - What does 'something to chew on' mean? 23:36 - What does 'awesomesauce' mean? 25:58 - What does 'curry favour' mean? For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: www.bbclearningenglish.com We like receiving and reading your comments - pl
Compassion fatigue - 6 Minute English Compassion fatigue - 6 Minute English
2 weeks ago En
The suffering brought about by the coronavirus pandemic seems to be making people tired of feeling sorry for others and themselves. This is what is called 'compassion fatigue'. Are we being dehumanised? Is our compassion for others finite? After more than a year, have we reached our limit? Rob and Sam talk about the phenomenon and teach you vocabulary along the way. This week's question: Humanitarian workers see human suffering on a daily basis and can easy fall victim to compassion fatigue. Founded in 1971, Médecins Sans Frontières is one of the biggest humanitarian organisations. But what does Médecins Sans Frontières mean? a) Medicine to the frontline b) Doctors without borders c) Medicine first Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary compassion fatigue emotional exhaustion which reduces your ability to empathise or feel compassion for other people’s unhappiness and pain numb unable to feel any emotions or think clearly because you are so shocked, frightened or tired learned he
Belarus accused of 'hijacking': BBC News Review Belarus accused of 'hijacking': BBC News Review
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Western countries have condemned Belarus for diverting a plane flying over its territory to arrest a Belarusian opposition journalist. EU leaders were due to discuss their response to what the union's executive called a "hijacking" and the US state department said was "a shocking act". Belarus scrambled a fighter jet to force the plane - bound for Lithuania - to land, claiming a bomb threat. Police came and took Roman Protasevich away when passengers disembarked. Learn vocabulary to talk about the news. Related stories: Harry and Meghan interview: BBC News Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy8865AR9fM&t=23s New European Super League? BBC News Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkrMJuKyOZU&t=34s Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:32​ - Story 2:27 - Headline 1:World leaders condemn Belarus for ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight to arrest opposition activist 5:45 - Headline 2: AUS joins global outcry at Belarus over seizure of blogger from Ryanair flight 8:32 - Headline 3: Belarus forces
Hermits - 6 Minute English Hermits - 6 Minute English
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Are you happy being all alone, in silence, for long periods of time? Some people love it! Neil and Rob discuss why anybody would want to be a hermit and teach you vocabulary along the way. This week's question: Christopher Wright lived in complete isolation for nearly 30 years. When hikers discovered his tent all they found was an alarm clock. Why did Christopher Wright, the hermit of the Maine woods, United States, needed an alarm clock? Was it: a) to remind him when to hide his tent? b) to frighten away wild animals? c) to wake him up at the coldest part of the night so he didn’t freeze to death? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary hermit someone who lives alone and apart from the rest of society, especially for religious reasons dictum short statement or saying giving wise advice or a general truth about life recluse (noun) someone who lives alone and deliberately avoids other people drop out reject the normal rules and conventions of society and live outside the system b
Long working hours 'kills 745,000people a year': BBC News Review Long working hours 'kills 745,000people a year': BBC News Review
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Long working hours are killing hundreds of thousands of people a year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The first global study of its kind showed 745,000 people died in 2016 from stroke and heart disease due to long hours. Neil and Tom give you the vocabulary to talk about this news story. Related stories: 6 Minute English: Would you work for free? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNlS1lWEiQA News Review: Is red meat bad for you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67bRNdqQ7ec Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:36​ - Story 2:07 - Headline 1: Long working hours are a killer, WHO study shows 5:28 - Headline 2: A new study has put the spotlight on just how detrimental working long hours are for people's health 8:00 - Headline 3: This work-related disease burden is particularly significant in men 10:04​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story: The study looked at health risks for people working fifty-five hours a week or more and found a thirty-five percent higher risk of stroke a
4 verbs for cooking - English In A Minute 4 verbs for cooking - English In A Minute
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Do you follow recipes? Charlene's here to explain 4 verbs we use to talk about cooking. Which sentence could be from a recipe? a) Mix in the tomatoes. b) Mix up the tomatoes. Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-71 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​​ #cookingverbs #englishinaminute
When males are not needed - 6 Minute English When males are not needed - 6 Minute English
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Many animals can reproduce without having sex. Does it bring any advantage to the species that do that? Neil and Rob talk about science, listen to an evolutionary biologist and teach you vocabulary along the way. This week's question: In Britain’s Chester Zoo in 2006, ‘Flora’ laid eleven eggs that developed into healthy babies. Her zookeepers were mystified because Flora had only been kept with other females and had never been near a male. But what type of animal was Flora? a) a python b) a zebra shark c) a Komodo dragon Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary mate an animal’s sexual partner celibate not having sex paradox situation which seems contradictory or impossible because it contains two opposite facts hatch when an egg breaks open in order to allow the young animal to come out the best of both worlds situation where you can enjoy the advantages of very different things at the same time hedge your bets follow two courses of action instead of making a decision between
China Rocket lands in ocean - BBC News Review China Rocket lands in ocean - BBC News Review
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The remains of a Chinese rocket that was travelling back towards Earth at great speed have crashed into the Indian Ocean. Most of the rocket was destroyed as it re-entered the atmosphere, but Chinese state media reported that parts of it landed just west of the Maldives on Sunday. People have been wondering for days where the rocket might land. US officials and other experts warned its return could have caused injuries. But China insisted the risk was low. Neil and Catherine give you the vocabulary to talk about this news story. Related stories: SpaceX splash down - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0MU_hP4RF0&list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC&index=35 Harry and Meghan's interview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy8865AR9fM&list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC&index=9 Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:34​ - Story 1:43 - Headline 1: China-US tensions move to space as rocket debris heads for Earth 4:45 - Headline 2: China blames the US for hyping fears of uncontrolled rocket ree
How to complain politely - English In A Minute How to complain politely - English In A Minute
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Learn how to complain in a polite manner with Tom on this EIAM video. Then answer this question: Which sentence means ‘become angry’? A) Lose your temper B) Temper your emotions. Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-70 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​​ #beingpolite​ #englishinaminute
Mermaids - 6 Minute English Mermaids - 6 Minute English
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Half-human, half-fish creatures have captured the imagination of people in different parts of the world. Neil and Georgina talk about different representations of mermaids and teach you related vocabulary along the way. This week's question: A fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen became so famous that a statue of its character, the little mermaid, was built in the harbour of his birthplace. Which city is it? a) Amsterdam b) Copenhagen c) Oslo Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary amphibious describes a creature that lives both on land and in water pidgin English a language that has developed from a mixture of two languages. It is used as a ‘lingua franca’ – a way of communicating by people who do speak each other’s languages loose translation translation of writing or speech which carries over the basic idea but using words which may not be so accurate or nuanced deity god or goddess shape-shifter imaginary person or creature that has the power to change into a differ
India's Covid nightmare: BBC News Review India's Covid nightmare: BBC News Review
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An aggressive second wave of Covid is sweeping across India and hospitals are becoming overwhelmed – meaning they can’t cope. A new website was launched to allow adults to register for a vaccine, but demand was so high that it crashed. There is a delay in reporting the number of infections and deaths, so the true number may be much higher that thought. Neil and Catherine give you the vocabulary to talk about it. Related stories: Suez Canal: Delays continue - News Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROW9EMz_8Tc&list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC&index=6 Covid-19 vaccine - News Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSqT75A9sXM&list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC&index=23 Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:20 - Story 2:15​​​​ - Headline 1: Covid-19 in India: Patients struggle at home as hospitals choke 5:37​​​ - Headline 2: China offered Covid aid to India while US dragged its feet, but Delhi isn't that keen 8:18 - Headline 3: Is a new variant driving India’s coronavirus catastrop
Being polite: giving opinions and talking about mistakes - English In A Minute Being polite: giving opinions and talking about mistakes - English In A Minute
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It’s important to be polite – even when you’re giving your opinion or telling someone that they’ve made a mistake! Find out from Sian some ways you can be less direct and then answer this quiz question. Fill in the gaps below to give your opinion politely: I ______ your hair is getting ______ long! A) know/ too B) see / so C) reckon / a little Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-69 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​ #beingpolite #englishinaminute
A quieter world - 6 Minute English A quieter world - 6 Minute English
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Whether it’s the natural sounds of birdsong or the beeping sound on a reversing lorry - noise is something that always surrounds us. Neil and Georgina discuss noise and whether it is bad for our health. This week's question: According to a guide by the World Health Organisation, what is considered the highest measurement of sound level we can be safely exposed to for a maximum of eight hours? Is it… a) 55 decibels? b) 85 decibels? c) 125 decibels? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary grate annoy or irritate conscious aware of something get into the habit of (something) start doing something regularly, often without even thinking about it suppressing preventing, stopping or reducing honk short, loud sound a car horn makes express yourself show how you feel. [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish... More 6 Minute English episodes: Is talking on the phone embarrassing? https://youtu.be/NhVXCMjhmho Can dea
Nomadland wins at the Oscars - News Review Nomadland wins at the Oscars - News Review
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Chloe Zhao, who was born in Beijing, broke records at the Oscars on Sunday night. She became the first woman of colour to win Best Director for her film Nomadland and only the second woman to win the award in 93 years. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: Nadal’s 20th Grand Slam win - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgWXJzjR3u4 Myanmar: Military takes control - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_cTpbVfZ0Q Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:36 - Story 1:56​​​​ - Headline 1: Oscars 2021: Nomadland, Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Kaluuya share glory 5:37​​​ - Headline 2: Oscars 2021: no real upsets but Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland triumph is a wonderful coup 8:53 - Headline 3: Oscars 2021: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Chadwick Boseman to Frances McDormand 11:50​​​​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story Nomadland. Nomadland won Best Picture, and its lead, Frances McDormand, won her third Oscar for her portrayal of a widow and her journey throug
Rules for silent 'e' part 2 - English In A Minute Rules for silent 'e' part 2 - English In A Minute
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What difference does a silent ‘e’ make to pronouncing words? James is here to explain some more rules and he does it in just one minute! How do we pronounce the ‘th’ in ‘bathe’? A. /t/ as in ‘bat’ B. /ð/ as in ‘the’ C. /θ/ as in ‘path’ Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-68
US and China vs climate change - 6 Minute English US and China vs climate change - 6 Minute English
1 month ago En
Can the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases – the USA and China - work together for the good of the environment? That's what we will be watching when their representatives meet in November for a climate summit. Neil and Rob discuss the issues around climate and teach you vocabulary along the way. This week's question: In November this year, world leaders are due to meet at a climate conference. In which city will this be taking place? a) Brisbane b) Glasgow c) Vienna Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary emitters countries, industries or just things that produce – or emit - harmful substances that harm the environment ambitions things you want to achieve even if they are difficult to do paradox an impossible situation because it has two opposite factors alleviate make less severe or serious humility not trying to be more important than others and admitting your bad qualities flaws faults or mistakes [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript,
Football: 'Super League' for Europe: BBC News Review Football: 'Super League' for Europe: BBC News Review
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Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are among 12 clubs who have agreed to join a new European Super League (ESL). In a seismic move for European football, the Premier League clubs will join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: 5 ways to use 'break' - English In A Minute https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fTXl2wCm1M Why are football crowds getting quieter? 6 Minute English - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxTpScOY8c4 Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:30​​​​​​​ - Story 1:34​​​ - Headline 1: European Super League: Latest news and live updates as Premier League teams sign up to breakaway Super League 5:10​​ - Headline 2: Arrogance of the ‘Big Six’ over European Super League beggars belief 7:59​​​​​​​​ - Headline 3: Roy Keane delivers blunt take on European Super League 10:00​​​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story It’s been c
Modifying Comparative Adjectives - English In A Minute Modifying Comparative Adjectives - English In A Minute
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How can we modify comparisons? Charlene has some tips for you! Which is correct? The Sun is _____ bigger than the Earth. A) very B) much C) really Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-67 #bbclearningenglish​​ #learnenglish​​ #comparisons #englishinaminute​
Naked in nature - 6 Minute English Naked in nature - 6 Minute English
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Naturists think not wearing clothes outdoors is a healthy way to live, and it makes them feel good. Georgina and Neil discuss why being naked in nature might be good for you. This week's question: The world’s largest skinny dip took place in Ireland in 2018 - but do you know how many naked swimmers went into the sea? Was it approximately… a) 250 people? b) 2,500 people? c) 25,000 people? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary skinny dipping swimming naked naturists people who think not wearing clothes outdoors is a healthy way to live and it makes them feel good advocate publicly support (something) at one with nature have a connection with the natural world that makes you feel good liberation being freed from something shock, horror said to mean something in not shocking or surprising [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish​... More 6 Minute English episodes: Is punctuality important? https://youtu.be/cSl
Natanz: Iran blames Israel - News Review Natanz: Iran blames Israel - News Review
2 months ago En
A cyber attack on an underground nuclear site in Iran has left new advanced machines, known as centrifuges, no longer working. The Iranian foreign minister has said his country will "take revenge" on the perpetrators and has blamed Israel for a cyber attack. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: Stopping the cyber-criminals - https://youtu.be/hKZDNaKwy4U South Africa power cuts enter fourth day - https://youtu.be/2yG2fqfZe_c Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:30​​​​​​ - Story 1:56​​ - Headline 1: Iran says key Natanz nuclear facility hit by 'sabotage' 5:19​ - Headline 2: Iran says it identified person who caused power outage at Natanz — report 7:55​​​​​​​ - Headline 3: Pentagon chief declares 'ironclad' U.S. commitment to Israel 10:27​​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story As soon as it emerged there had been some kind of problem at the Natanz facility, speculation arose as to what might have caused it. Now the head of Iran’s atomic agenc
5 ways to use 'stand' as a verb - English In A Minute 5 ways to use 'stand' as a verb - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
Tom explains 5 ways to use 'stand' as a verb in this English In A Minute. 'Stand' is a word with many uses! Which of the following is NOT a meaning of 'stand'? A) to buy something for someone B) to arrange C) to endure Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-66 #bbclearningenglish​ #learnenglish​ #stand​ #englishinaminute​
The language of biscuits - 6 Minute English The language of biscuits - 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Rob and Neil talk about the origins and the language of this humble snack. Learn what it has to do with the Industrial Revolution and pick up some related vocabulary along the way. This week's question The British aren’t the only fans of biscuits. So in which country are barazeks traditionally eaten? a) Syria b) Morocco c) Spain Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary dunking dipping something, like a biscuit, into liquid for a short period of time fit for consumption edible or can be eaten edible can be eaten sustenance food prominence important or well-known sugar rush get a quick blast of energy [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-210408 More 6 Minute English episodes: Why do we choose to text instead of talk? https://youtu.be/PL90RepTkhk​ Melting ice sheet: Is it too late? https://youtu.be/3fBxa1IEb74​ Will Covid-19 change cities? https://youtu.be/jO8d0wwXyk8​
Space wine: Does it taste better? - News Review Space wine: Does it taste better? - News Review
2 months ago En
Scientists sent twelve bottles of wine to the International Space Station for over a year to study the effects of zero gravity on wine. Wine experts said the wine which had been to space appeared to mature more quickly than the same wine that had been left on Earth. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: SpaceX splash down - News Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0MU_hP4RF0&list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC&index=29 Mango surplus in the Philippines: News Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK7zJQvjLH8&list=PLcetZ6gSk968l1s4WuxwyhiyEUmg5GOZC&index=93 Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:39​​​​​ - Story 1:52​ - Headline 1: Château Pétrus: does a case of top-notch Bordeaux really taste different after being in Space? 4:47 - Headline 2: Experts savour £4,000 bottle of wine that spent a year in space - and reveal what it tastes like 7:47​​​​​​ - Headline 3: Scientists Pouring Over Results Of Experiment To Blast Wine Into Space 10
3 phrasal verbs for feelings - English In A Minute 3 phrasal verbs for feelings - English In A Minute
2 months ago En
Sometimes, it’s good to talk! Sam has three phrasal verbs to help you talk about how you feel. Which is the correct word order? My brother is so moody! He always… a) takes out other people on his problems. b) takes his problems out on other people. Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-65 #bbclearningenglish​ #learnenglish​ #phrasalverbs​ #englishinaminute​
Is English really English? 6 Minute English Is English really English? 6 Minute English
2 months ago En
Many of the English words we use today like beer, hand, mother and love have all survived from Old English. Neil and Georgina discuss where the English language we use today really comes from. This week's question: The year 1066 is remembered for a famous battle when the French-speaking Norman king, William the Conqueror, invaded England – but what is the name of the famous battle? Is it... a) The Battle of Waterloo? b) The Battle of Hastings? c) The Battle of Trafalgar? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary invasion when an army of country uses force to enter and take control of another country suffix letter or group of letters added to the end of a word to make a new word in common parlance using the words that most people use in ordinary conversation building blocks the basic parts that are put together to make something through someone’s eyes from someone else’s point of view; how someone else would experience something at heart used to say what something is really like [Cove
Oomph - The English We Speak Oomph - The English We Speak
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Do you know someone who has charm, energy and is exciting to speak with or listen to? You can learn an English expression to describe that person. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210329 More The English We Speak episodes: You do you https://youtu.be/H-_2iKiXAkw​ Key worker https://youtu.be/kiAW4399gBE​ Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw​ Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #oomph #charm #theexfactor #informalenglish
Suez Canal: Delays continue - News Review Suez Canal: Delays continue - News Review
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Shipping using the Suez Canal has been subject to long delays after a large ship called the Ever Given became stuck on 23rd March. The blockage in the busiest global shipping route has caused massive queues and other ships to be re-routed. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: Stranded female penguin mystery solved - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUg_AOeml2w Not budge an inch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoevk9BDghY Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:29​​​​​ - Story 1:45​ - Headline 1: Syria forced to ration fuel as stricken ship keeps Suez Canal blocked 4:43 - Headline 2: Megaship blocking Suez Canal budges for first time 8:03​​​​​​ - Headline 3: Suez Canal blockage stretches to a fifth day, in pictures 11:28​​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story Another tugboat has arrived to help the growing effort to refloat the giant container ship which has been blocking the Suez Canal since last Tuesday. There are now twelve tugs trying to dis
5 ways to use 'set' - English In A Minute 5 ways to use 'set' - English In A Minute
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Here's the latest video in our EIAM set! Learn some new expressions with this video then answer this question: ‘Are you set?’ can mean: a) Are you comfortable? b) Are you hurt? C) Are you ready? https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-64 #bbclearningenglish​ #learnenglish​ #set​ #englishinaminute​ #grammar
Astronauts on strike? 6 Minute English Astronauts on strike? 6 Minute English
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In 1973, three US astronauts on board the Skylab space station had a disagreement with mission control over their workload. Neil and Georgina talk about what really happened. This week's question: How did the Skylab astronauts protest to their bosses at ground control? Did they… a) pretend the radio had broken? b) stop shaving and grow beards? c) fake the results of their experiments? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary micromanage control every part of a situation, including small details go on strike refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer, usually about working conditions or pay tight schedule a small amount of time to complete a job or task bossy always telling people what to do twenty-four hours a day all day and night; all the time the way to go the best method for doing a particular job [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish​... More 6 Minute English episodes: The men t
Australia's 'one-in-a-fifty-year' flood: BBC News Review Australia's 'one-in-a-fifty-year' flood: BBC News Review
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Around 18,000 people have been evacuated from severe floods across New South Wales (NSW) in Australia, with more heavy rainfall predicted. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #australiafloods #australia #sydney #climatechange #newsreview Related stories: Lingohack: Fires in Australia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDEZ_ZAnNS8 Tim's Pronunciation Workshop - 'and': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-lWwRomisk Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:33​​​​ - Story 1:37 - Headline 1: Torrential rain floods New South Wales, Australia. 5:05​​ - Headline 2: Flood appeal launched as torrential rain batters east coast. 9:03​​​​​ - Headline 3: 'Kick in the guts': Family homes lost to flood after bushfires battle 12:05​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story The premier of New South Wales in Australia has described the flooding in parts of Sydney as a once-in-fifty-year event. Speaking at a press conference, Gladys Berejiklian said another four
How to use 'ish' - English In A Minute How to use 'ish' - English In A Minute
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‘ish’ is very common in spoken English, but do you know how to use it ? Answer the #quiz question below and then watch Sian’s video to find out the answer and to learn lots more uses of ‘ish’ :) Which of these is NOT a common use of ‘ish’ A) I’ll see you at the park at 10ish. B) The film was longish. https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-63 #bbclearningenglish​ #learnenglish​ #ish​ #englishinaminute​
33 Confusing Words in English - Learners' Questions Mega Class! 33 Confusing Words in English - Learners' Questions Mega Class!
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Improve your English vocabulary and grammar with this Learners' Questions Mega Class! Nearly 40 minutes of English vocab, grammar and phrasal verb lessons with our expert English teacher, Dan! In particular, Dan looks at 33 of the most confusing words in 10 English lessons and shows you how to understand and use these terms correctly! 0:00 What's the difference between 'advice' and 'advise'? 4:00 What's the difference between 'fault', 'flaw' and 'weakness'? 7:59 What's the difference between 'lie' and 'lay'? 12:47 What are the differences between 'peek', 'peak' and 'pique'? 16:11 What's the difference between 'pop in', 'pop out' and 'pop round'? 18:14 'Rememeber', 'recollect', 'remind' and 'recall' - what's the difference? 22:18 What's the difference between 'see', 'look' and 'watch'? 25:50 What's the difference between 'situation', 'position' and 'condition'? 29:27 How do we use 'tough', 'rough' and 'stiff'? 33:34 What's the difference between 'win', 'earn' and 'gain'? Discover more about any of
Digital help for blind people - 6 Minute English Digital help for blind people - 6 Minute English
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Digital technology is dramatically improving the lives of blind people all around the world. Neil and Georgina talk about these inventions which help blind people work around their disabilities or challenges. This week's question: In 1842 a technique of using fingers to feel printed raised dots was invented which allowed blind people to read. But who invented it? Was it... a) Margaret Walker? b) Louis Braille? c) Samuel Morse? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary assistive technology equipment and technology that assist individuals with disabilities to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible obstacle object that blocks your movement because it is in your way echo-location ultrasound system used by some animals to determine the position of nearly objects by measuring how long it takes for an echo to return from the object visually impaired having a decreased ability to see that causes problems, whether disabling or not normalises treats as normal some
Beyonce sets new world record - News Review Beyonce sets new world record - News Review
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Beyonce has set a new world record after becoming the first female artist to win 28 Grammy awards. All this happened at the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: News Review: Golden Globes 2021- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W95gbUmUwU8 News Review: Black Lives Matter: Racism at London protest - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx-v84KLDko Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:29​​​​ - Story 1:37​​​​ - Headline 1: Grammys 2021: Beyoncé becomes most decorated female artist 4:01​​ - Headline 2: Grammys 2021: Black Lives Matter took centre stage as artists speak out on racial equality 6:36​​​​ - Headline 3: Beyoncé “opted not to perform” at Grammys 2021, despite leading nominations 8:51​​​​​​​ - Language summary The story: And the singer Beyonce has collected her twenty-eighth Grammy award overnight, beating the previous all-time female record set by the country music star Alison Krauss. Taylor Swift
Rules for silent 'e' - English In A Minute Rules for silent 'e' - English In A Minute
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Learn about the silent 'e' with James in this English In A Minute. Which of these words ending in a silent ‘e’ have a long vowel sound? a) love b) some c) hate Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-62 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #silente #englishinaminute #pronunciation
What is the key to happiness? 6 Minute English What is the key to happiness? 6 Minute English
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Feeling happy is more important than ever right now, especially as many things seem to be out of our control. Neil and Georgina talk about what small things you can do to feel better about life. This week's question: Did you know that every year the UN publishes its Global Happiness Survey revealing the happiest countries in the world? It’s based on factors like income, life expectancy and health. The Nordic countries often come in the top ten, but which country was rated the happiest in 2020? Was it... a) Iceland? b) Denmark? c) Finland? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary the glass is half full/empty used to say that someone has a tendency to look at situations in a positive or negative way alignment correct position in relation to something else gratitude feeling grateful, expressing thanks to another person hamster on a wheel someone involved in activities that make them busy all the time but without ever achieving anything important or managing to finish a task satisfac
Awesomesauce - The English We Speak Awesomesauce - The English We Speak
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There are many ways to talk about something amazing, but this new informal word is incredible. You can use it to describe almost anything - but Feifei finds it useful in complimenting Rob’s homemade ice cream! To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210308 More The English We Speak episodes: Sadfishing https://youtu.be/0YJc-5TmfX4​ Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw​ Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ Thirsty https://youtu.be/oOjJaxQDE6s​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #awesomesauce #amazing #informalenglish
Harry and Meghan interview: BBC News Review Harry and Meghan interview: BBC News Review
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The Duchess of Sussex has said she found life within the British Royal Family so difficult that at times she "didn't want to be alive any more". In a deeply personal TV interview, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey that she did not get help when she asked for it. #learnenglish #bbclearningenglish #harryandmeghan #meghanmarkle #DuchessofSussex #newsreview Related stories: English in a Minute: A lesson on lay vs lie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bjnkq9LsIE News Review – Harry and Meghan get married: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsuxxNqvMSs Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​​ - Introduction 0:35​​​ - Story 2:04​​​ - Headline 1: Meghan and Prince Harry interview with Oprah lays bare royal rift 4:30​ - Headline 2: Meghan and Harry on Oprah: All the key quotes from bombshell interview as couple discuss leaving royal life 7:35​​​​ - Headline 3: Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview: Latest reaction after couple fire salvo of allegations at Royal family 10:00​​​​​​ - Language summary The story: The Duchess of Sussex has reve
5 ways to say 'ough' - English In A Minute 5 ways to say 'ough' - English In A Minute
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Charlene shows us five different ways to say ‘ough’ in this video! Do you know all five? Which is the most difficult to say? Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-61 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #ough #englishinaminute #pronunciation
6 Minute English - 'All About Language' English Mega Class! One Hour of New Vocabulary! 6 Minute English - 'All About Language' English Mega Class! One Hour of New Vocabulary!
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Improve your English vocabulary and speaking with this 'all about language' 6 Minute English compilation from BBC Learning English! One hour of listening practice to help improve your English listening and learn LOTS of new vocabulary! There are 11 episodes and each contains authentic listening practice, fun quiz questions, analysis of new vocabulary and looks at how to use these words in real-life contexts! 0:00 How do you learn to speak a language? 6:14 Why do we text instead of talking? 12:18 Does your name start with the wrong letter? 18:20 The decline of the apostrophe 24:25 Cultural differences and body language 30:17 For the love of foreign languages 36:35 How to talk about conspiracy theories 42:40 Using 'x' for kisses 48:45 Debating veganism: how to change someone's opinion 54:55 The history of 'hello' 1:01:00 Why is it called 'mother tongue'? You can find the transcripts, quizzes, vocabulary and activities on our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-englis
Looking for utopia - 6 Minute English Looking for utopia - 6 Minute English
3 months ago En
Many people aspire to create a happy place where everyone is cared for and nobody goes without. Rob and Georgina talk about how to create utopia. This week's question: According to the 2020 United Nations World Happiness Report, which country is the world’s happiest? Is it… a) Finland? b) Singapore? c) Austria? Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary utopia a place where everyone lives together in harmony thriving growing and successful inclusive including everyone and treating them equally mindset fixed thoughts and attitudes someone has mistreat treat someone badly or cruelly social security payment system used by governments that helps people live a reasonable life [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-210304 More 6 Minute English episodes: Covid: One year on https://youtu.be/x4xlQTP-XDU Grandma therapy in Zimbabwe https://youtu.be/LXw2xdWqkS0 Have you ever had ecoth
Clout - The English We Speak Clout - The English We Speak
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Do you know someone who has a lot of followers on social media? Do they often use their influence and power? That's what Feifei and Roy talk about. To download the audio and a transcript, go to our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-210301 More The English We Speak episodes: Sadfishing https://youtu.be/0YJc-5TmfX4 Bog-standard https://youtu.be/6zX3GAngHrw​ Furlough https://youtu.be/df2RP6ib3RA​ Cancelled https://youtu.be/jIx8-Qmvs7U​ Flatten the curve https://youtu.be/xAninfk-OOY​ Thirsty https://youtu.be/oOjJaxQDE6s​ #learnenglish​ #bbclearningenglish​ #clout​ #informalenglish
Golden Globe 2021 - News Review Golden Globe 2021 - News Review
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British actors and talent took home several Golden Globes awards at Sunday's ceremony. The awards celebrate TV and film achievements. Neil and Tom have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story. Related stories: 'Hothouse Earth' - News Review: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=OONr10MkRiASite Ghosting - The English We Speak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85S6cJPr4q4 Video chapters: 0:00​​​​​ - Introduction 0:30​​ - Story 1:31​​ - Headline 1: In pictures: Golden Globes stars shine without red carpet 4:18 - Headline 2: Emma Corrin Channeled Queen Elizabeth (the First) at the 2021 Golden Globes 7:26​​​ - Headline 3: Chadwick Boseman wins his first Golden Globe posthumously 10:33​​​​​ - Language summary The story: And British stars have dominated this year's Golden Globes Awards, which celebrates the best in TV and film. The ceremony is often seen as a strong indicator of what will do well at the Oscars. Daniel Kaluuya got the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the fil
3 ways to use 'put up' - English In A Minute 3 ways to use 'put up' - English In A Minute
3 months ago En
How many different ways can you use 'put up'? Phil explains 3 here; can you suggest any more? Which of these is correct? a) It'll be late when you arrive, but we can put up you. b) It'll be late when you arrive, but we can put you up. Summary here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-2/session-60 #bbclearningenglish #learnenglish #phrasalverbs #englishinaminute #putup
Covid: One year on - 6 Minute English Covid: One year on - 6 Minute English
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Covid-19 has been responsible for more than two million deaths globally. Over a year on since the first outbreak, what have we learnt? Neil and Georgina look back over the situation and see how our knowledge has changed. This week's question: Do you know approximately, how many people were infected by it? a) 5 million b) 50 million c) 500 million Listen to the programme to find out the answer. Vocabulary pandemic disease that affects many people around the world take hold become stronger and is difficult to stop wimpy feeble or not very strong sheer great or significant kicks in starts to happen genome the full amount of genetic information of something. [Cover: Getty Images] To download the audio and a transcript, go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-210225 More 6 Minute English episodes: How to disagree better https://youtu.be/rWHGKGS7zSc Meditation and your brain https://youtu.be/sm6EtQg-hxw No more bosses https://youtu.be/ktgDXNML2uI How can we
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