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The English We Speak

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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Clout

Learn an expression about having influence.
2021-03-02
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GOAT

'GOAT' is used to talk about things or people that we think are the best.
2021-02-23
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Workation

'Workation' is a combination of the words 'work' and 'vacation'.
2021-02-16
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Moonshot

Learn an expression used to describe an experimental project.
2021-02-09
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Slap-bang

Learn a phrase to describe an exact position.
2021-02-02
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Sadfishing

A word used when someone exaggerates their emotional problems to get attention.
2021-01-26
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Mic drop

Roy and Feifei teach you a new English expression.
2021-01-19
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Tone deaf

Learn when 'tone deaf' has nothing to do with music...
2021-01-12
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'A' game

Sometimes people need to be on top form and do their best work.
2021-01-05
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Frontliner

We describe nurses and doctors who have been working on the frontline
2020-12-28
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On fleek

From eyebrows to clothes, when they look good we like to say so.
2020-12-15
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Contact tracing

Learn vocabulary related to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-12-08
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Key worker

Someone who has become more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-12-01
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Sharenting

Don't share too many photos of your children!
2020-11-24
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Plastic footprint

It's similar to 'carbon footprint', but this focuses on your plastic usage.
2020-11-17
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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.
2020-11-10
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Listicle

Find out more about a portmanteau that combines the words 'list' and 'article'.
2020-11-02
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Doomscrolling

Learn a word about the addiction to looking at depressing news on social media.
2020-10-27
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Crowdsourcing

Learn a word that might be useful when you?re developing an idea and need help.
2020-10-20
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One step at a time

When you?re trying something new, it?s best not to rush.
2020-10-13
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Bog-standard

How do you describe something that is standard, ordinary and nothing special?
2020-10-06
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A wake-up call

Learn this expression: it's a warning sign!
2020-09-29
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Climate emergency

Find out more about this expression and learn things you can do to help the planet.
2020-09-22
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Thirsty

A word for social media attention-seekers!
2020-09-15
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Vanilla

Learn a word that can be used to describe something that is basic or bland.
2020-09-08
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Roast

Learn the other meaning of the word 'roast'.
2020-09-01
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Sticking point

A 'sticking point' is an issue or a problem in a negotiation that blocks an agreement.
2020-08-25
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Flatten the curve

Learn language to talk about the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-08-18
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Living in a bubble

Do you know someone who's a bit sheltered from the problems of the world?
2020-08-11
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Cancelled

Learn the new meaning of the word 'cancelled'.
2020-08-04
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New normal

Learn a new expression that describes our new way of life.
2020-07-28
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Slippery slope

Learn how to describe a situation that is getting worse and might end in disaster.
2020-07-21
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Throw shade

Learn an expression about criticism.
2020-07-14
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Bite the bullet

Learn an English expression with bite!
2020-07-07
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Blended working

A mix of home and office working has led to a new English expression.
2020-06-30
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JOMO

Have you ever felt like turning off your phone and not doing something social?
2020-06-23
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Furlough

Not a new word, but it?s more commonly used recently due to the coronavirus crisis.
2020-06-16
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Spill the tea

Are you a gossip? You'll love this expression.
2020-06-09
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Flexing

What word can you use to describe people who show off? Find out with Roy and Feifei.
2020-06-02
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Salty

Why are people saying 'salty'? Find out with Feifei and Roy.
2020-05-26
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Skeleton crew

An expression for when there aren't many people working.
2020-05-19
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Lowkey

A word used to describe something you love doing, but are embarrassed to tell people.
2020-05-12
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Live for something

Learn a phrase for things that excite you!
2020-05-05
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Cabin fever

Some people suffer from this experience.Find out what it means.
2020-04-28
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Bang on about something

Do you know someone who talks about something so much that it gets annoying?
2020-04-21
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Fire

Everyone knows what fire is, don't they? Think again! Roy and Feifei teach a new meaning.
2020-04-14
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Running on fumes

What can you say when you have no energy? Learn a new English expression!
2020-04-07
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Sheeple

Follow the crowd and learn a new English expression!
2020-03-31
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Hater

Learn a phrase to describe a negative attitude.
2020-03-17
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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!
2020-03-10
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