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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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Soft skills

These are job skills needed to deal with the public, and very much in demand.
2019-06-11
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Big deal

When is a big deal not impressive?
2019-06-04
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Clever clogs

Will wearing new shoes make Feifei more intelligent? Join her and Rob in this programme.
2019-05-28
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Couch surfing

Looking for a sofa to sleep on? Learn a phrase to describe your actions.
2019-05-21
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Like riding a bike

Learn an English expression about skills we never forget.
2019-05-14
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On fire

Can you be on fire without any flames?
2019-05-07
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Dead

If something is 'dead good' is that a positive or negative thing?
2019-04-23
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Give someone the runaround

A phrase about being unhelpful.
2019-04-16
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Laughing all the way to the bank

When can going to the bank be funny? We've got a phrase that will leave you laughing.
2019-04-09
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The joke is on you

Find out more about a seriously funny English phrase.
2019-04-02
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Keep a lid on it

Learn the right English phrase about having to put a stop to something.
2019-03-26
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To pull the wool over someone's eyes

Here's a phrase about preventing someone from discovering something.
2019-03-19
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Take the rough with the smooth

Learn an expression about experiencing bad things to enable you to enjoy good things.
2019-03-12
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Hard-nosed

What is a hard-nosed person like? Find out in this episode of The English We Speak.
2019-03-05
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To have a soft spot

How do you feel if you really like something or someone? This phrase might help you.
2019-02-26
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To make a song and dance (about something)

If things don't go your way, how can singing and dancing help?
2019-02-19
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Giant killer

Here's a phrase to describe the success of a small team.
2019-02-12
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A shock to the system

A sudden and unpleasant change can come as a shock. Learn a phrase to describe this.
2019-02-05
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From pillar to post

Moving from place to place can be chaotic. Learn a phrase to describe the situation
2019-01-29
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Small talk

Here's a phrase that describes making informal conversation about not much.
2019-01-22
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A bright spark

Here's a clever expression that can describe someone doing something stupid.
2019-01-15
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To be all downhill

Rob's done all his work! Find out here if it's all downhill until the weekend for him.
2019-01-08
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Fireworks

Learn a New Year-related expression
2019-01-01
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To have all your Christmases come at once

An expression for when you have good fortune
2018-12-28
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It's the thought that counts

Learn a polite thing to say when you receive a bad present.
2018-12-18
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Digital detox

Learn this very modern expression.
2018-12-11
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It leaves a bad taste in your mouth

How can a tasty meal leave a bad taste?
2018-12-04
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Pea-souper

Is it a meal or a type of weather?
2018-11-27
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Throw in the towel

Learn a phrase about giving up.
2018-11-20
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A walk in the park

Is walking in the park easy? It can be if you learn this phrase!
2018-11-13
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Dumbphone

Learn a new name for old tech
2018-11-06
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No fear

Are you ready for Halloween?
2018-10-30
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Something to chew on

Feifei gives Neil something to chew on
2018-10-23
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Waffle on

Not all waffling is good!
2018-10-16
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Skew-whiff

Describe something that isn't straight.
2018-10-09
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Play a blinder

Doing something amazing.
2018-10-02
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Miffed

Has someone annoyed you? Use this word.
2018-09-25
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Humblebrag

Brag if you must - just don?t humblebrag! Find out what that means with Rob and Feifei.
2018-09-18
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Out of your depth

A phrase for when you're struggling to do something.
2018-09-11
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Mardy

A word for a bad mood.
2018-09-04
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Curry favour

Learn a spicy expression.
2018-08-28
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Take the biscuit

A sweet phrase for irritating behaviour.
2018-08-21
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Step on it

Do you need someone to go faster? Use this informal phrase.
2018-08-14
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Ping

When does the word 'ping' not make a sound? Find out in this programme.
2018-08-07
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Crunch time

When the time comes to make an important decision, what do you say?
2018-07-31
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Have a pop

Learn a phrase about having a go at something
2018-07-24
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A necessary evil

Can you accept something you don't like?
2018-07-17
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If the cap fits

Learn an expression about accepting criticism
2018-07-10
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My bad

Learn a phrase about accepting blame
2018-07-03
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To have a good nose (for something)

Rob and Feifei sniff out a new phrase to learn
2018-06-26
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