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

Bog-standard Oct. 6, 2020
How do you describe something that is standard, ordinary and nothing special?
A wake-up call Sept. 29, 2020
Learn this expression: it's a warning sign!
Climate emergency Sept. 22, 2020
Find out more about this expression and learn things you can do to help the planet.
Thirsty Sept. 15, 2020
A word for social media attention-seekers!
Vanilla Sept. 8, 2020
Learn a word that can be used to describe something that is basic or bland.
Roast Sept. 1, 2020
Learn the other meaning of the word 'roast'.
Sticking point Aug. 25, 2020
A 'sticking point' is an issue or a problem in a negotiation that blocks an agreement.
Flatten the curve Aug. 18, 2020
Learn language to talk about the coronavirus pandemic.
Living in a bubble Aug. 11, 2020
Do you know someone who's a bit sheltered from the problems of the world?
Cancelled Aug. 4, 2020
Learn the new meaning of the word 'cancelled'.
New normal July 28, 2020
Learn a new expression that describes our new way of life.
Slippery slope July 21, 2020
Learn how to describe a situation that is getting worse and might end in disaster.
Throw shade July 14, 2020
Learn an expression about criticism.
Bite the bullet July 7, 2020
Learn an English expression with bite!
Blended working June 30, 2020
A mix of home and office working has led to a new English expression.
JOMO June 23, 2020
Have you ever felt like turning off your phone and not doing something social?
Furlough June 16, 2020
Not a new word, but it’s more commonly used recently due to the coronavirus crisis.
Spill the tea June 9, 2020
Are you a gossip? You'll love this expression.
Flexing June 2, 2020
What word can you use to describe people who show off? Find out with Roy and Feifei.
Salty May 26, 2020
Why are people saying 'salty'? Find out with Feifei and Roy.