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

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360 episodes

A doddle

Is this phrase easy to learn?

1m
Aug 02
It’s now or never

Learn how to use ‘it’s now or never’

2m
Jul 26
Happy days

Learn a phrase to use when you hear good news.

2m
Jul 19
Double down

Learn a phrase about extra effort.

2m
Jul 12
Game face

Learn an expression about determination.

2m
Jul 05
Bitten by the bug

Learn a phrase about becoming interested and excited in doing something.

2m
Jun 28
It escapes me

A phrase about forgetting something

2m
Jun 21
Onboarding

Starting a new job means becoming familiar with new duties!

1m
Jun 13
Thereby hangs a tale

When there is more to say....

2m
Jun 06
The royal treatment

Are you ready to feel like a king or a queen?

2m
May 31
Tell me about it

Sometimes people say something that you can’t help but agree with. Learn a new phrase.

2m
May 24
Creatively bankrupt

Do you ever feel like your creativity just vanishes? Here's a phrase for that situation.

2m
May 17
As if

A phrase to use when someone says something that is ridiculous or blatantly untrue.

3m
May 10
Bad hair day

How are you looking today? Could you be having a bad hair day?

1m
May 04
'Ish' - The English We Speak

Make the English you speak sound more natural

2m
May 03
Promises, promises

Learn a new expression about not believing someone’s promises.

2m
Apr 19
Not see hide nor hair

Sometimes it’s impossible to find someone. Here's a phrase to use in this situation.

2m
Apr 12
A curate's egg

Learn an odd expression which means something is a little good but mainly bad

2m
Apr 05
That'll be the day

Learn a phrase about things that are unlikely to happen.

2m
Mar 29
Gathering dust

What’s gathering dust in your house?

2m
Mar 22
Easier said than done

Talking about doing things can be easy, but doing them can be a bit more complicated.

2m
Mar 15
The plot thickens

A phrase for when a situation becomes more mysterious.

2m
Mar 08
All at sea

Discover more about this nautical phrase in The English We Speak.

2m
Mar 01
Don't mind me

If you want tell someone to ignore what you’re doing, what can you say?

2m
Feb 22
Cramp my style

Who’s cramping your style?

2m
Feb 15
You couldn't make it up

Learn an expression for unbelievable events.

2m
Feb 08
Cool cat

Do you know someone who is really hip and trendy?

2m
Feb 01
There's nothing to it

Sometimes we do things that are simple. Learn an 'easy' phrase to describe this.

2m
Jan 25
As sick as a parrot

Learn a phrase about disappointment.

1m
Jan 18
Eke out

We have the perfect phrase to describe making the most of what you’ve got left.

1m
Jan 13