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

How to use infinitives of purpose: English In A Minute

Learn a quick and easy way to say why we are doing something. Dan’s here to tell you all about infinitives of purpose. Watch the video and then tell me, why is this sentence incorrect? “I went to school to an education.” 👁️Watch the video to find out the answer!👁️ ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-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 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 day ago

Miffed: The English We Speak

Rob is going to a rock concert, but s/he finds out that none of his friends can make it. It’s no surprise he’s feeling ‘miffed’. Learn more about this phrase in the programme. And find out the surprise Feifei has in store. [Images: GETTY IMAGES] You can download the audio and a transcript here http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180924 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

Snowflakes and taking offence: 6 Minute English

The word snowflake has taken on a new meaning in recent years. These days it's used as an insult. It's used to criticise people or groups that are seen to be very easily offended or upset by things that others say. Rob and Neil discuss what it takes to be offended. [Images: GETTY IMAGES] You can download the audio and transcript here http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180920 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

5 days ago

Humblebrag: The English We Speak

Rob has a lovely car. But instead of simply talking about how much he loves the car on social media, he feels the need to humblebrag. What does this mean? And why is it worse than bragging? Listen to the programme to find out. You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180917 [Images: GETTY IMAGES] 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 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

Watch and learn 3 ways to use 'pick up'

🤔Do you know the different meanings of the phrasal verb 'pick up'? Can you tell us the meaning of 'pick up' in the following sentence?⠀ "I spent six months in France, but I hardly picked up any French."⠀ 👁️Watch the video to find out the answer!👁️ ☺️Visit our website for the transcript, a summary and more quizzes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-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 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

Dating apps: How our brains react

Rob and Dan discuss what our brains are doing when we are using dating apps. Listen to the discussion and learn new items of vocabulary in just 6 minutes! To download the audio and transcript, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180913 [Image: GETTY IMAGES] 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 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

No vs not any vs none: English In A Minute

'Zero' means nothing, but there's nothing to learning three ways to say it in this English In A Minute. Watch the video and then answer this question: Watch the video to find out which of these sentences is NOT correct? a. I have no pets. b. I don’t have any pets. c. I have none pets. You'll find the answer, a summary and more questions here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-20 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

Out of your depth - The English We Speak

Feifei's attempt at learning to swim is nothing compared the struggle Rob is having to complete a new project. It's time to learn an English expression that applies to both situations. Listen to the programme to find out why. You'll find the text here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180910 [Images: GETTY IMAGES] 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 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

Do you lead a sedentary lifestyle? Watch 6 Minute English

Spending too much time in a sedentary position and not being physically active is a problem around the world. In the UK, 20 million people don't do any exercise at all. Finland used to have one of the highest mortality rates from heart disease but it's managed to buck the trend. Dan and Catherine talk about Finland's experience and teach you new vocabulary. Vocabulary: sedentary is our first word in our vocabulary review. It's an adjective used to describe a lifestyle which involves a lot of sitting and not much exercise life-expectancy the age to which you are expected to live shirker someone who avoids doing something they don't like, usually because they are lazy tongue-in-cheek something meant to be humorous and not taken seriously stern adjective that means serious and strict clipboard a board you attach papers to so you write on them as you walk around [Image: GETTY IMAGES] 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 WEDNESDAY: LingoHack THURSDAY: 6 Minute English FRIDAY: English In A Minute 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

Five ways to use 'get': Learn English in a minute!

'Get' is a very useful word! There are lots of ways to use it. Here are five ways to use 'get' courtesy of Sian! She even tells a joke! Watch the video to learn about five ways to use 'get', then answer this question: Which of these does 'get' NOT mean? a. become b. arrive c. steal You'll find the answer, a summary and more questions here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-19 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 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

Mardy: The English We Speak

What's wrong with Feifei? Rob thinks she's looking grumpy and has a word to describe her: mardy. But Feifei claims she's fine. Maybe it's just an excuse to teach another piece of authentic English. Listen to this programme to find out. You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180903 [Images: GETTY IMAGES] 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 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

Street food: Why is it becoming popular?

Buying food on the street is nothing new but in the UK this idea is really taking off. It's a great way of sampling freshly cooked dishes from around the world. Rob and Neil discuss the subject and hear from an expert who explains the popularity in this type of food - plus you can learn some new vocabulary along the way. Listen to a discussion about street food and learn new items of vocabulary in just 6 minutes! To download the audio and transcript, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180830 [Cover: GETTY IMAGES] 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 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

'Play', 'do' and 'go' for sports: Learn English in a minute!

'Play', 'do' and 'go' are all sports verbs, but which goes with which? It can be very confusing. Luckily, here's Phil to explain. Watch the video to find out how 'play', 'do' and ‘go' are used with different sports, then answer this question: In the summer I love to ______ swimming! a. play b. do c. go You'll find the answer, a summary and more questions here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-18 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 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

4 weeks ago

Curry favour: The English We Speak

You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180827 Rob's spotted Feifei having lunch with the boss – what is she up to? He thinks she's after something and has a phrase to describe this – but what's it got to do with curry? Listen to The English We Speak and all will be clear. [Images: GETTY IMAGES] 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 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

Are smartphones killing cameras? Watch 6 Minute English

Everybody has a smartphone these days and these devices carry not one, but two cameras! Who buys separate cameras? Catherine and Neil talk about photography and teach you six items of related vocabulary. Vocabulary: obsolete something that has been replaced and is no longer the first choice to drop off a cliff used about, for example, sales numbers, it means sales have fallen significantly over a short period of time opt for something choose something get into something become very interested in an activity frustrated with something disappointed with something take the next rung up do something at a higher level. You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180823 [Images: GETTY IMAGES] 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 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 month ago

Take the biscuit: The English We Speak

Rob's not happy with Feifei using up his coffee but has she eaten all his biscuits too – or is there some confusion with an English expression? Listen to the programme to find out. You can download a transcript and audio here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-190820 [Images: GETTY IMAGES] 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 month ago

Learn the difference between 'every time' and 'all the time'

Watch the video to find how ‘every time’ and ‘all the time’ are different, then fill the gap with the correct phrase: “You can’t believe a word George says. _____ he opens his mouth, a lie comes out.” a. Every time b. All the time You'll find the answer, a summary and more questions here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-17 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 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 month ago

Why do men want to be fathers? Watch 6 Minute English

Why do men want to have children? Evolutionary anthropologist Anna Machin wrote a book about it and tries to answer this question. Catherine and Neil - a father himself - discuss her theories and teach you six items of related vocabulary. Vocabulary: admit to something say something is true, even if it might make you look a little bit bad to be keen on something to be very interested in and enthusiastic about something going along with something agreeing to do something even though you don't really want to do it an absent father a father who is not at home to spend time with his children disciplinarians people who have strict rules and they give out punishments when these rules aren't followed to be hands-on to be very much involved in something You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180816 [Image: GETTY IMAGES] 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 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 month ago

Step on it: The English We Speak

Poor Rob! He's hurt his foot and Feifei's taking him to hospital but he uses an expression that leaves him in even more pain. Listen to the programme to find out about the phrase 'step on it' and how you should really use it. [Images: GETTY IMAGES] You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180813 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 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 month ago

3 ways to use take off: Learn English in a minute

🤔 Which of these uses of 'take off' means 'be successful'? a) I'm going to take my shoes off. b) Can I take the day off tomorrow? c) The new song has taken off. You'll find a quick guide here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-16 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 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 month ago