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The English We Speak

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

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  • 19.01.2021
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    Mic drop

    Roy and Feifei teach you a new English expression.

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  • 12.01.2021
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    02:54
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    Tone deaf

    Learn when 'tone deaf' has nothing to do with music...

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  • 05.01.2021
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    'A' game

    Sometimes people need to be on top form and do their best work.

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  • 28.12.2020
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    Frontliner

    We describe nurses and doctors who have been working on the frontline

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  • 15.12.2020
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    02:29
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    On fleek

    From eyebrows to clothes, when they look good we like to say so.

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  • 08.12.2020
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    02:30
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    Contact tracing

    Learn vocabulary related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • 01.12.2020
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    Key worker

    Someone who has become more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • 24.11.2020
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    02:57
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    Sharenting

    Don't share too many photos of your children!

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  • 17.11.2020
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    02:51
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    Plastic footprint

    It's similar to 'carbon footprint', but this focuses on your plastic usage.

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  • 10.11.2020
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    02:35
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    Spoiler alert!

    A warning when we're going to reveal part of the story of a film, book or TV series.

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  • 02.11.2020
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    03:02
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    Listicle

    Find out more about a portmanteau that combines the words 'list' and 'article'.

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  • 27.10.2020
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    Doomscrolling

    Learn a word about the addiction to looking at depressing news on social media.

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  • 20.10.2020
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    02:34
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    Crowdsourcing

    Learn a word that might be useful when you’re developing an idea and need help.

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  • 13.10.2020
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    One step at a time

    When you’re trying something new, it’s best not to rush.

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  • 06.10.2020
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    Bog-standard

    How do you describe something that is standard, ordinary and nothing special?

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  • 29.09.2020
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    02:50
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    A wake-up call

    Learn this expression: it's a warning sign!

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  • 22.09.2020
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    Climate emergency

    Find out more about this expression and learn things you can do to help the planet.

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  • 15.09.2020
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    Thirsty

    A word for social media attention-seekers!

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Vanilla

    Learn a word that can be used to describe something that is basic or bland.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    02:40
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    Roast

    Learn the other meaning of the word 'roast'.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    02:51
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    Sticking point

    A 'sticking point' is an issue or a problem in a negotiation that blocks an agreement.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Flatten the curve

    Learn language to talk about the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    02:18
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    Living in a bubble

    Do you know someone who's a bit sheltered from the problems of the world?

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Cancelled

    Learn the new meaning of the word 'cancelled'.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    02:24
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    New normal

    Learn a new expression that describes our new way of life.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Slippery slope

    Learn how to describe a situation that is getting worse and might end in disaster.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Throw shade

    Learn an expression about criticism.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Bite the bullet

    Learn an English expression with bite!

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Blended working

    A mix of home and office working has led to a new English expression.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    JOMO

    Have you ever felt like turning off your phone and not doing something social?

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Furlough

    Not a new word, but it’s more commonly used recently due to the coronavirus crisis.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Spill the tea

    Are you a gossip? You'll love this expression.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Flexing

    What word can you use to describe people who show off? Find out with Roy and Feifei.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Salty

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Skeleton crew

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Lowkey

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Live for something

    Learn a phrase for things that excite you!

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Cabin fever

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Bang on about something

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Fire

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Running on fumes

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Sheeple

    Follow the crowd and learn a new English expression!

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Hater

    Learn a phrase to describe a negative attitude.

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Talk shop

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Snackable

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    A memory like a sieve

    Are you forgetful? This expression is for you!

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Nomophobia

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Peacocking

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Kick into the long grass

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

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  • 09.09.2020
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    Rat race

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

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