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

The more the merrier Dec. 23, 2019
It’s Christmas and time to party. Learn a phrase that means more people equals more fun!
Take one for the team Dec. 17, 2019
Are you the kind of person who makes sacrifices for others?
Mind your Ps and Qs Dec. 10, 2019
Learn an English expression about being polite.
Dad dancing Dec. 3, 2019
Swing those arms, shake those hips! Is this the latest dance trend?
Big data Nov. 26, 2019
‘Big data’ is a hot term these days, but do you know what it means? Learn here.
Punch above your weight Nov. 19, 2019
It sounds violent, but this phrase might surprise you!
Social media influencer Nov. 12, 2019
You know all about social media, but ... what is a social media influencer? Learn here.
Goldilocks Nov. 5, 2019
A fairy tale with a new meaning
Ghosting Oct. 29, 2019
Is someone ignoring all of your calls and messages? Maybe you are being ghosted!
Slow TV Oct. 22, 2019
Learn about the TV trend that urges you to relax, slow down and chill out.
Tiger mother Oct. 15, 2019
Trying to help your kids succeed in life? These mothers have a strong idea of what to do!
Buzzkill Oct. 8, 2019
A phrase for when something spoils your fun.
Buyer's remorse Oct. 1, 2019
Have you ever regretted an expensive purchase? This is the phrase for you!
Freecycle Sept. 24, 2019
When you don't want to sell, freecycle! Learn what it means.
Carbon footprint Sept. 17, 2019
Love to travel but worried about the environment? Here's a phrase for you to use.
To cough up Sept. 10, 2019
When is a cough not a cough? We teach you a money-related phrase.
Brain fade Sept. 3, 2019
We teach you a phrase that's worth remembering!
Fib Aug. 27, 2019
We won’t teach you to lie, but you will learn how to use the word ‘fib’.
Hot under the collar Aug. 20, 2019
Cool off and learn this phrase with us.
Eat your heart out Aug. 13, 2019
Learn a humorous phrase about being the best!