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

Talk about gaming in 6 minutes!

[Image: GETTY IMAGES] Neil and Catherine discuss gaming as a sport, talk about the Fortnite phenomenon and teach you six items of vocabulary. You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180614 Vocabulary: fortnight a period of two weeks competitively playing against other people to win to get into (something) to become really interested in something professional someone who gets paid to do something industry area of business that is made up of different parts scene the world of a particular activity 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 days ago

Friends in high places: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180618 It's good to have friends but how about important and powerful friends? Feifei is about to find out about Rob's friends in high places and discovers they don't live on top of mountains! Find out the real meaning of 'friends in high places' in this programme. 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

5 days ago

EIAM: Too and Very

Do you know the difference between 'too' and 'very'? Which of these sentences is incorrect? a) I love this cake, it's too sweet. b) I like very spicy food. c) I hate it when it's too hot. You'll find the answer, a summary and more questions here http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-8 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

5 days ago

Learn to talk about the World Cup in 6 minutes!

You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180614 The 2018 World Cup is about to kick off in Russia. Many of us will be glued to our TV screens to follow the ups and downs of our own nation's teams and to see who finally becomes the world champion. But not everyone will be sharing the excitement of the tournament. In this programme we hear from people with different viewpoints; Neil and Rob discuss the vocabulary they use. [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

EIAM: How to use 'wish'

Watch the video to learn about the words we use after ‘wish’. Then, answer the following question: Which sentence is NOT correct? a) I wish I knew the answer. b) I wish I had known the answer. c) I wish I know the answer. You'll find a summary and more quizzes here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-7 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

Catch-22: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180611 Feifei wants a new job but without experience she can't get it. It's an impossible situation but Rob has the perfect phrase to describe her position – unfortunately it won't get her a new job! Learn about this phrase in this episode of The English We Speak. 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

Learn to talk about virtual assistants in 6 minutes

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] More and more people are talking to machines. Rob and Dan discuss how this is changing the way we interact with technology and the type of language we use. See our webapge for a transcript: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english Vocabulary: chit-chat informal conversation about unimportant things to date up until this moment in time agent something that causes change agency ability to think, make decisions and act independently vernacular native language brusque/to the point very direct, not very polite 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

Let the dust settle: The English We Speak

You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180604 Neil's keeping out of the way. There's an argument in the office about the messy desks but it's really only about one desk – Neil's! It's a good time for him to teach Feifei a new phrase while the dust settles – whatever that means! [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

EIAM: Must vs have to

Which of the following do we generally use to describe rules set by others? a. Have to b. Must c. Both Watch the video to find out how to use 'have to' and 'must'. Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-6 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

Talk about taking risks in 6 minutes!

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Rob and Neil discuss risk and how different people react to different levels of risk in different ways. See our webapge http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english Vocabulary: risk-averse describes people who don’t like risk risk-tolerant describes people who don't mind risk risk seekers describes people who like risk and want risk are to assess to make a judgement or a decision based on information to put money away to save money retirement time of life when you are too old to work anymore or you have enough money that you don’t need to work anymore. 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

EIAM: Stop doing vs stop to do

What's the difference between stop doing and stop to do? Watch the video and find out! Then answer the quiz question! My doctor told me to stop _______. a) smoke b) to smoke c) smoking Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/eiam/unit-1/session-5 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

Nothing to shout about: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Neil has tried the new restaurant - and he isn't impressed. But why should Feifei keep her voice down when she's asking him about it? This sounds like an opportunity to learn another authentic English phrase! You'll find the transcript here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180528 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

Talk about women in space in 6 minutes

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] You can see this video on our website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/6-minute-english/ep-180524 It’s been 40 years since NASA first recruited women to be astronauts. Today, a third of the people who work at NASA are women. 2016 was the first year that there were an equal number of women and men joining as astronaut trainees. 6 Minute English discusses the future for women in space and asks if the first person to step on Mars could be a woman. 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

Let sleeping dogs lie: The English We Speak

Feifei's not happy that she's got to make more tea for the team but there's a good reason for this. It's best she doesn't make a fuss and let sleeping dogs lie. Find out what this phrase means in this programme. You'll find the transcript here: http://www.live.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/the-english-we-speak/ep-180521 [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

Talk about football songs in 6 minutes!

[Cover: GETTY IMAGES] A football match! There's nothing like it, is there? The action, the drama, the atmosphere! Except that football fans don't seem to be singing as much as they used to and some managers are complaining it's having a negative effect on the players! So why is this happening? Follow Dan and Neil to find out and learn 6 related pieces of vocabulary. You can see this video on our website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180517 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

EIAM: History vs Story

What's the difference between history and story? Which one of these is not true? a) History and story are the same b) History is about real past events c) A story is about real or imagined events 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

Bleed someone dry: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Feifei is worried that Neil's plumber has attacked him. He's certainly bled him dry, but why is there no need to go to hospital? Listen to this programme and all will become clear and you'll learn the meaning of another strange English phrase. You'll find more idioms and phrases here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak 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

1 month ago

Talk about the word in 'hanger' in 6 minutes

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] It's been a long time since breakfast and lunch is still a while away. You want to shout at anyone who comes near you. Could it be that you're 'hangry'? Learn a new word made up of two words and find out the science behind the feeling of 'hanger'. You can see this video on our website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-180510 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

EIAM: Make and Do

Watch the video to find out when to use ‘make’, & ‘do’, then answer this question: which ONE is INCORRECT? a. This video makes me want to study. b. I’m making some study with this video. c. I’m making a video to study with. 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

Small change: The English We Speak

[Images: GETTY IMAGES] Feifei opens her purse to illustrate a phrase that has more than one meaning. She's ready to explain using a phrase that describes trivial and insignificant things – and it won't cost you a penny! You'll find more idioms and phrases here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak 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

1 month ago