BBC Learning English

BBC Learning English
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Learn how to speak English with the BBC. Every day we have a new video to help you learn the English language. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new.

MONDAY: Exam Skills - top tips for studying and preparing for an exam
TUESDAY: News Review – discover the language used to explain the news
WEDNESDAY: Pronunciation in the News - pronounce words from the news like a native speaker
WEDNESDAY: LingoHack - vocabulary from the most recent BBC news reports
THURSDAY: The Teachers' Room - ELT tips for teachers
FRIDAY: Learners' Questions - we answer your frequently asked questions

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For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

Learn to talk about mermaiding in 6 minutes!

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Swimming is a great activity for getting fit but for some people, going up and down a pool can be tedious. Now there's a new trend in dressing up and swimming like a mermaid. It's called mermaiding and although it's aimed at teaching kids to be safe in in water, it's catching on with adults too. Find out more about this hobby in 6 Minute English. Find out more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

1 day ago

Second Conditional: The Grammar Gameshow Episode 20

Welcome to the Grammar Gameshow! Test your knowledge in this crazy quiz! The presenter is a bit strange, the points don't make sense and the prizes could use some improvement, but at least the grammar is correct! We finally have a winner! Liz makes it through to round two! This episode is all about the second conditional! That present-to-future construction with ‘if’ that’s all about the unreal! Will you be able to answer the questions? Will Liz survive another round? And why is Will acting so differently? Find out in this episode of the Grammar Gameshow! For more information, a quiz and other episodes, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/tgg/ Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

2 days ago

Whizz-kid: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Rob is contemplating a new career – one where he can use his youth and intelligence to become successful. There's a phrase to describe this but Feifei is ready to point out that this phrase will never apply to Rob. Find out more about being a 'whizz-kid' in this programme. You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180219 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) Please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

4 days ago

Everybody's Talking About... #WinterOlympics

Do you wish you could talk confidently about trending topics? Have no fear: BBC Learning English is here! If it's going viral, BBC Learning English will be there, finding out what real people are saying about it! The #WinterOlympics It’s day seven of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. BBC presenter Charlene finds out what people are saying about this international sporting event - and what actual words they're using to say it. Find out more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/experiment/unit-1/session-25 Send your comment to us by email (learningenglish@bbc.co.uk) . Please write '#WinterOlympics' in the subject line. We'll publish our favourite emails here on this page. We can't reply to individual comments, but we do read all of them! Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

1 week ago

Learn to talk about new uses for drones in 6 minutes!

[Image: GETTY IMAGES] Drones have become commonplace in the skies above our heads. In certain cases they have been dangerous, but there are many new uses for them that are bringing us benefits too. From delivering parcels to saving lives, drones are taking off. Join our discussion about them and learn some new vocabulary in 6 Minute English. You can learn more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180215 Vocabulary surveillance carefully watching someone or something, usually to try and stop something illegal aerial footage film recording made from the sky game changer something that completely changes the way something is done or thought about the sky's the limit there's no limit to something harmonised two things being suitable for each other to allow them to work properly droning on talking too much in a boring way Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. We like receiving and reading your comments - please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

1 week ago

Prepositions: The Grammar Gameshow Episode 19

Welcome to the Grammar Gameshow! Test your knowledge in this crazy quiz! The presenter is a bit strange, the points don't make sense and the prizes could use some improvement, but at least the grammar is correct! Wow, who would have known that our last winner would make a speedy exit? That means two brand-new contestants will run the gauntlet of questions. This episode is all about prepositions! Those little but oh so important words for talking about movement, place and time! How will our contestants fare? Will we have a winner this time? What is it that Will keeps muttering? Find out in this episode of the Grammar Gameshow! For more information, a quiz and other episodes, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/tgg/ Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: The Grammar Gameshow and LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

1 week ago

Bad Dates: Valentine's Day - Episode 6

Will Daniel ever find love? Well, today is the day that Cupid is out helping those who want love to find love. Will he see Daniel and help him? Watch to find out. #valentinesday For more great videos: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

1 week ago

The best of both worlds: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Rob enjoys living in the country and working in the city. Is he enjoying 'the best of both worlds'? Feifei might have some news that could change his mind. Learn more about this English phrase in The English We Speak. You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180212 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. More here: MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) Please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

1 week ago

Everybody's Talking About... #Gridgirls

Do you wish you could talk confidently about trending topics? Have no fear: BBC Learning English is here! If it's going viral, BBC Learning English will be there, finding out what real people are saying about it! No more #Gridgirls What do you think about the end of grid girls in Formula 1? Does it bother you that the women concerned are going to lose their jobs? And do you think grid kids are a good idea? Send your comment to us by email (learningenglish@bbc.co.uk) . Please write '#Gridgirls' in the subject line. We'll publish our favourite emails here on this page. We can't reply to individual comments, but we do read all of them! Find out more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/experiment/unit-1/session-23 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

2 weeks ago

Learn to talk about the future of transport in 6 minutes!

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Since the days of the horse and cart, the way we travel has been developing and improving with a desire to move faster. One new idea – called Hyperloop One - is to travel at high speed in a pod through a metal tube. But will it catch on? Rob and Neil discuss the future of transport and explain some useful items on vocabulary on the journey. Learn more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180208 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

2 weeks ago

Adjectives: The Grammar Gameshow Episode 18

Welcome to the Grammar Gameshow! Test your knowledge in this crazy quiz! The presenter is a bit strange, the points don't make sense and the prizes could use some improvement, but at least the grammar is correct! Another show, another two contestants! Will anyone ever be able to beat the record? This show’s two contestants must test their grammar knowledge of adjectives! Those just-before-a-noun words that put some detail into our dialogue. Who will succeed? What will the prize be? Why are the contestants acting so strangely? Find out in this episode of the Grammar Gameshow! For more information, a quiz and other episodes, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/tgg/ Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: The Grammar Gameshow and LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

2 weeks ago

Bone idle: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Is there something wrong with Rob's bones?! He can't seem to move but Feifei knows what's wrong and she has a phrase to describe his condition. Watch this programme to find out what it is. More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180205 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) Please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

2 weeks ago

Bad Dates: Episode 5 - Drunk date

In this episode, Daniel is on a date with someone who likes to have a drink or two... or seven. What phrases does he use to move the conversation along? Watch the video to discover some key dating language. Watch the video and complete the activity here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/experiment/unit-1/session-22 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) Please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

3 weeks ago

Learn to talk about names in 6 minutes!

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] A growing number of western millennial men are ignoring tradition and taking their new wife's name when they get married. Dan and Neil discuss this trend and teach you six items of vocabulary. More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180201 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

3 weeks ago

Will: The Grammar Gameshow Episode 17

Welcome to the Grammar Gameshow! Test your knowledge in this crazy quiz! The presenter is a bit strange, the points don't make sense and the prizes could use some improvement, but at least the grammar is correct! It’s birthday time for our host Will! This episode is all about the verb ‘will’. That little modal verb that does so much! There will be singing, games and jokes galore - whether the contestants want them or not! Will our contestants survive? Will Will have a good birthday? Did Leslie get him a birthday present? Find out in this episode of the Grammar Gameshow! For more information, a quiz and other episodes, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/tgg/ Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: The Grammar gameshow and LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

3 weeks ago

To cut a long story short: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Rob's had a late night but we're not sure why. He's not giving Feifei all the details to save time - but is there another reason why he's cutting his long story short? Learn a new English phrase and find out his reasons in this episode of The English We Speak. More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180129 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) Please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

3 weeks ago

Bad Dates: Episode 4 - Flirty date

In this episode, Daniel is on a date with someone who shows a little too much interest in the waiter. What phrases does he use to move the conversation along? Watch the video to discover some key dating language. Watch the video and complete the activity here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/experiment/unit-1/session-21 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) Please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

4 weeks ago

Learn to talk about artificial intelligence in 6 minutes

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] An American company has said its ambition is to achieve an AI that can beat humans at any intellectual task. But can machines ever out-think humans? Dan and Neil discuss the rise of artificial intelligence and teach you six items of vocabulary. More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180125 Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) Please use English when you comment. For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

4 weeks ago

Relative Clauses: The Grammar Gameshow Episode 11

Welcome to the Grammar Gameshow! Test your knowledge in this crazy quiz! The presenter is a bit strange, the points don't make sense and the prizes could use some improvement, but at least the grammar is correct! Levington already has one win under his belt, but Kate is hard on his heels. In this episode, our contestants test themselves against defining relative clauses! Those useful, noun modifying phrases that make complex sentences! Will Levington win through, or can Kate take him down? And what’s this big surprise at the end? Find out in this episode of the Grammar Gameshow! Watch and see! Learn more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/tgg/ Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: The Grammar Gameshow and LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) For more videos and content that will help you learn English, visit our website: http://www.bbclearningenglish.com

4 weeks ago

Present and Past Passives: The Grammar Gameshow Episode 16

Welcome to the Grammar Gameshow! Test your knowledge in this crazy quiz! The presenter is a bit strange, the points don't make sense and the prizes could use some improvement, but at least the grammar is correct! So, despite heart break, Selene made it through. How will she be able to cope any longer? This time she’ll need to answer questions on present and past passives! Those whodunit verb forms that are made with ‘be’ and a past participle. Who will be our second contestant? What’s the big surprise? Can love win through? Find out in this episode of the Grammar Gameshow! For more information, a quiz and other episodes, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/tgg/ Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new. MONDAY: The English We Speak TUESDAY: News Review TUESDAY: English At Work WEDNESDAY: The Grammar Gameshow and LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: The Experiment (watch this space for new and exciting content that we are trying out!) 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

4 weeks ago