The English We Speak

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Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service


  • Salty


    26/05/2020 Duração: 03min

    Why are people saying 'salty'? Find out with Feifei and Roy.

  • Skeleton crew

    Skeleton crew

    19/05/2020 Duração: 03min

    An expression for when there aren't many people working.

  • Lowkey


    12/05/2020 Duração: 03min

    A word used to describe something you love doing, but are embarrassed to tell people.

  • Live for something

    Live for something

    05/05/2020 Duração: 03min

    Learn a phrase for things that excite you!

  • Cabin fever

    Cabin fever

    28/04/2020 Duração: 04min

    Some people suffer from this experience.Find out what it means.

  • Bang on about something

    Bang on about something

    21/04/2020 Duração: 03min

    Do you know someone who talks about something so much that it gets annoying?

  • Fire


    14/04/2020 Duração: 02min

    Everyone knows what fire is, don't they? Think again! Roy and Feifei teach a new meaning.

  • Running on fumes

    Running on fumes

    07/04/2020 Duração: 02min

    What can you say when you have no energy? Learn a new English expression!

  • Sheeple


    31/03/2020 Duração: 02min

    Follow the crowd and learn a new English expression!

  • Hater


    17/03/2020 Duração: 02min

    Learn a phrase to describe a negative attitude.

  • Talk shop

    Talk shop

    10/03/2020 Duração: 02min

    If you have to talk about work even when you’re not doing it, this is the phrase for you!

  • Snackable


    03/03/2020 Duração: 02min

    Learn an expression to describe short online content that you can snack on!

  • A memory like a sieve

    A memory like a sieve

    25/02/2020 Duração: 03min

    Are you forgetful? This expression is for you!

  • Nomophobia


    18/02/2020 Duração: 02min

    Got a fear of not using your mobile phone? Here's how to describe your condition.

  • Peacocking


    11/02/2020 Duração: 02min

    Rob and Feifei explain the true meaning of this animal-related phrase.

  • Kick into the long grass

    Kick into the long grass

    04/02/2020 Duração: 02min

    If you want to delay doing something, where do you kick it?! We have the answer here.

  • Rat race

    Rat race

    28/01/2020 Duração: 02min

    The Year of the Rat is here – so Neil has decided to dedicate his life to work.

  • Microworker


    21/01/2020 Duração: 02min

    What's a 'microworker'? May be you are one!

  • Serial returner

    Serial returner

    14/01/2020 Duração: 02min

    Learn a phrase about exchanging clothes.

  • Talk the talk

    Talk the talk

    07/01/2020 Duração: 02min

    Neil can talk the talk, but does he know what he's talking about?

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