The English We Speak

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 Jun 24, 2020

andrea
 Apr 3, 2020
one of the best english podcast for who want to learn/improve this language. I'd like if the audios are more longer, like 10 minutes i think its good from intermediate to advanced. Keep it up!


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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

Episode Date
Sharenting
177
Don't share too many photos of your children!
Nov 24, 2020
Plastic footprint
171
It's similar to 'carbon footprint', but this focuses on your plastic usage.
Nov 17, 2020
Spoiler alert!
155
A warning when we're going to reveal part of the story of a film, book or TV series.
Nov 10, 2020
Listicle
182
Find out more about a portmanteau that combines the words 'list' and 'article'.
Nov 02, 2020
Doomscrolling
154
Learn a word about the addiction to looking at depressing news on social media.
Oct 27, 2020
Crowdsourcing
154
Learn a word that might be useful when you’re developing an idea and need help.
Oct 20, 2020
One step at a time
148
When you’re trying something new, it’s best not to rush.
Oct 13, 2020
Bog-standard
142
How do you describe something that is standard, ordinary and nothing special?
Oct 06, 2020
A wake-up call
170
Learn this expression: it's a warning sign!
Sep 29, 2020
Climate emergency
161
Find out more about this expression and learn things you can do to help the planet.
Sep 22, 2020
Thirsty
156
A word for social media attention-seekers!
Sep 15, 2020
Vanilla
156
Learn a word that can be used to describe something that is basic or bland.
Sep 08, 2020
Roast
160
Learn the other meaning of the word 'roast'.
Sep 01, 2020
Sticking point
171
A 'sticking point' is an issue or a problem in a negotiation that blocks an agreement.
Aug 25, 2020
Flatten the curve
143
Learn language to talk about the coronavirus pandemic.
Aug 18, 2020
Living in a bubble
138
Do you know someone who's a bit sheltered from the problems of the world?
Aug 11, 2020
Cancelled
152
Learn the new meaning of the word 'cancelled'.
Aug 04, 2020
New normal
144
Learn a new expression that describes our new way of life.
Jul 28, 2020
Slippery slope
145
Learn how to describe a situation that is getting worse and might end in disaster.
Jul 21, 2020
Throw shade
152
Learn an expression about criticism.
Jul 14, 2020
Bite the bullet
156
Learn an English expression with bite!
Jul 07, 2020
Blended working
148
A mix of home and office working has led to a new English expression.
Jun 30, 2020
JOMO
151
Have you ever felt like turning off your phone and not doing something social?
Jun 23, 2020
Furlough
178
Not a new word, but it’s more commonly used recently due to the coronavirus crisis.
Jun 16, 2020
Spill the tea
147
Are you a gossip? You'll love this expression.
Jun 09, 2020
Flexing
188
What word can you use to describe people who show off? Find out with Roy and Feifei.
Jun 02, 2020
Salty
222
Why are people saying 'salty'? Find out with Feifei and Roy.
May 26, 2020
Skeleton crew
185
An expression for when there aren't many people working.
May 19, 2020
Lowkey
218
A word used to describe something you love doing, but are embarrassed to tell people.
May 12, 2020
Live for something
217
Learn a phrase for things that excite you!
May 05, 2020
Cabin fever
246
Some people suffer from this experience.Find out what it means.
Apr 28, 2020
Bang on about something
188
Do you know someone who talks about something so much that it gets annoying?
Apr 21, 2020
Fire
168
Everyone knows what fire is, don't they? Think again! Roy and Feifei teach a new meaning.
Apr 14, 2020
Running on fumes
176
What can you say when you have no energy? Learn a new English expression!
Apr 07, 2020
Sheeple
145
Follow the crowd and learn a new English expression!
Mar 31, 2020
Hater
150
Learn a phrase to describe a negative attitude.
Mar 17, 2020
Talk shop
151
If you have to talk about work even when you’re not doing it, this is the phrase for you!
Mar 10, 2020
Snackable
158
Learn an expression to describe short online content that you can snack on!
Mar 03, 2020
A memory like a sieve
186
Are you forgetful? This expression is for you!
Feb 25, 2020
Nomophobia
167
Got a fear of not using your mobile phone? Here's how to describe your condition.
Feb 18, 2020
Peacocking
164
Rob and Feifei explain the true meaning of this animal-related phrase.
Feb 11, 2020
Kick into the long grass
173
If you want to delay doing something, where do you kick it?! We have the answer here.
Feb 04, 2020
Rat race
142
The Year of the Rat is here – so Neil has decided to dedicate his life to work.
Jan 28, 2020
Microworker
147
What's a 'microworker'? May be you are one!
Jan 21, 2020
Serial returner
175
Learn a phrase about exchanging clothes.
Jan 14, 2020
Talk the talk
166
Neil can talk the talk, but does he know what he's talking about?
Jan 07, 2020
Out with the old, in with the new
173
As 2020 approaches, learn a phrase to describe what you can do at this time of year.
Dec 30, 2019
The more the merrier
206
It’s Christmas and time to party. Learn a phrase that means more people equals more fun!
Dec 23, 2019
Take one for the team
133
Are you the kind of person who makes sacrifices for others?
Dec 17, 2019
Mind your Ps and Qs
155
Learn an English expression about being polite.
Dec 10, 2019
Dad dancing
158
Swing those arms, shake those hips! Is this the latest dance trend?
Dec 03, 2019
Big data
189
‘Big data’ is a hot term these days, but do you know what it means? Learn here.
Nov 26, 2019
Punch above your weight
161
It sounds violent, but this phrase might surprise you!
Nov 19, 2019
Social media influencer
178
You know all about social media, but ... what is a social media influencer? Learn here.
Nov 12, 2019
Goldilocks
182
A fairy tale with a new meaning
Nov 05, 2019
Ghosting
172
Is someone ignoring all of your calls and messages? Maybe you are being ghosted!
Oct 29, 2019
Slow TV
180
Learn about the TV trend that urges you to relax, slow down and chill out.
Oct 22, 2019
Tiger mother
169
Trying to help your kids succeed in life? These mothers have a strong idea of what to do!
Oct 15, 2019
Buzzkill
186
A phrase for when something spoils your fun.
Oct 08, 2019
Buyer's remorse
171
Have you ever regretted an expensive purchase? This is the phrase for you!
Oct 01, 2019
Freecycle
169
When you don't want to sell, freecycle! Learn what it means.
Sep 24, 2019
Carbon footprint
172
Love to travel but worried about the environment? Here's a phrase for you to use.
Sep 17, 2019
To cough up
181
When is a cough not a cough? We teach you a money-related phrase.
Sep 10, 2019
Brain fade
157
We teach you a phrase that's worth remembering!
Sep 03, 2019
Fib
174
We won’t teach you to lie, but you will learn how to use the word ‘fib’.
Aug 27, 2019
Hot under the collar
166
Cool off and learn this phrase with us.
Aug 20, 2019
Eat your heart out
191
Learn a humorous phrase about being the best!
Aug 13, 2019
Across
162
When is 'across' not a preposition?
Aug 06, 2019
Fat chance
165
Learn an expression about likelihood.
Jul 30, 2019
Milk it
166
A phrase about taking advantage of a situation to gain sympathy or respect
Jul 23, 2019
To cherry-pick
186
We’ve picked the best phrase for you to learn!
Jul 16, 2019
To fight tooth and nail
185
Learn a phrase about working hard to get just what you want.
Jul 09, 2019
It's a small world
157
Learn an expression about coincidences.
Jul 02, 2019
Vanish into thin air
147
Learn an expression about disappearing
Jun 25, 2019
Get the short straw
184
A phrase that sucks!
Jun 18, 2019
Soft skills
161
These are job skills needed to deal with the public, and very much in demand.
Jun 11, 2019
Clever clogs
164
Will wearing new shoes make Feifei more intelligent? Join her and Rob in this programme.
May 28, 2019
Couch surfing
178
Looking for a sofa to sleep on? Learn a phrase to describe your actions.
May 21, 2019
Like riding a bike
167
Learn an English expression about skills we never forget.
May 14, 2019
On fire
179
Can you be on fire without any flames?
May 07, 2019
Dead
188
If something is 'dead good' is that a positive or negative thing?
Apr 23, 2019
Give someone the runaround
159
A phrase about being unhelpful.
Apr 16, 2019
Laughing all the way to the bank
154
When can going to the bank be funny? We've got a phrase that will leave you laughing.
Apr 09, 2019
The joke is on you
193
Find out more about a seriously funny English phrase.
Apr 02, 2019
Keep a lid on it
175
Learn the right English phrase about having to put a stop to something.
Mar 26, 2019
To pull the wool over someone's eyes
172
Here's a phrase about preventing someone from discovering something.
Mar 19, 2019
Take the rough with the smooth
157
Learn an expression about experiencing bad things to enable you to enjoy good things.
Mar 12, 2019
Hard-nosed
143
What is a hard-nosed person like? Find out in this episode of The English We Speak.
Mar 05, 2019
To have a soft spot
174
How do you feel if you really like something or someone? This phrase might help you.
Feb 26, 2019
To make a song and dance (about something)
179
If things don't go your way, how can singing and dancing help?
Feb 19, 2019
Giant killer
184
Here's a phrase to describe the success of a small team.
Feb 12, 2019
A shock to the system
154
A sudden and unpleasant change can come as a shock. Learn a phrase to describe this.
Feb 05, 2019
From pillar to post
161
Moving from place to place can be chaotic. Learn a phrase to describe the situation
Jan 29, 2019
Small talk
161
Here's a phrase that describes making informal conversation about not much.
Jan 22, 2019
A bright spark
169
Here's a clever expression that can describe someone doing something stupid.
Jan 15, 2019
To be all downhill
155
Rob's done all his work! Find out here if it's all downhill until the weekend for him.
Jan 08, 2019
Fireworks
160
Learn a New Year-related expression
Jan 01, 2019
To have all your Christmases come at once
170
An expression for when you have good fortune
Dec 28, 2018
It's the thought that counts
174
Learn a polite thing to say when you receive a bad present.
Dec 18, 2018
Digital detox
181
Learn this very modern expression.
Dec 11, 2018
It leaves a bad taste in your mouth
165
How can a tasty meal leave a bad taste?
Dec 04, 2018
Pea-souper
139
Is it a meal or a type of weather?
Nov 27, 2018
Throw in the towel
158
Learn a phrase about giving up.
Nov 20, 2018
A walk in the park
160
Is walking in the park easy? It can be if you learn this phrase!
Nov 13, 2018
Dumbphone
152
Learn a new name for old tech
Nov 06, 2018
No fear
132
Are you ready for Halloween?
Oct 30, 2018
Something to chew on
153
Feifei gives Neil something to chew on
Oct 23, 2018
Waffle on
175
Not all waffling is good!
Oct 16, 2018
Skew-whiff
187
Describe something that isn't straight.
Oct 09, 2018
Play a blinder
236
Doing something amazing.
Oct 02, 2018
Miffed
211
Has someone annoyed you? Use this word.
Sep 25, 2018
Humblebrag
239
Brag if you must - just don’t humblebrag! Find out what that means with Rob and Feifei.
Sep 18, 2018
Out of your depth
200
A phrase for when you're struggling to do something.
Sep 11, 2018
Mardy
181
A word for a bad mood.
Sep 04, 2018
Curry favour
153
Learn a spicy expression.
Aug 28, 2018
Take the biscuit
168
A sweet phrase for irritating behaviour.
Aug 21, 2018
Step on it
152
Do you need someone to go faster? Use this informal phrase.
Aug 14, 2018
Ping
159
When does the word 'ping' not make a sound? Find out in this programme.
Aug 07, 2018
Crunch time
172
When the time comes to make an important decision, what do you say?
Jul 31, 2018
Have a pop
150
Learn a phrase about having a go at something
Jul 24, 2018
A necessary evil
154
Can you accept something you don't like?
Jul 17, 2018
If the cap fits
147
Learn an expression about accepting criticism
Jul 10, 2018
My bad
160
Learn a phrase about accepting blame
Jul 03, 2018
To have a good nose (for something)
174
Rob and Feifei sniff out a new phrase to learn
Jun 26, 2018
Friends in High Places
162
Learn a phrase about important people
Jun 19, 2018
Catch-22
168
Learn an expression for a no-win situation.
Jun 12, 2018
Let the dust settle
140
Learn a phrase about allowing a situation to become calm again
Jun 05, 2018
Nothing to shout about
143
Learn a phrase about not saying much
May 29, 2018
Let sleeping dogs lie
180
Learn about a trouble-free phrase
May 22, 2018
Bleed someone dry
165
An expression for a financial injury
May 15, 2018
Small change
146
A phrase for trivial things
May 08, 2018
That'll teach you
172
Learn from what you've done
May 01, 2018
An old hand
154
Someone who's skilled and experienced
Apr 24, 2018
Out of the loop
162
Learn a phrase about missing out.
Apr 17, 2018
Rub it in
138
Learn an expression about enjoying someone's misfortunes.
Apr 10, 2018
Smombie
136
Are you a smartphone zombie?
Apr 03, 2018
Freegan
174
Are you someone who only eats food that has been wasted or thrown away? Learn a word that describes what you are
Mar 27, 2018
Barking up the wrong tree
168
Have you ever made the wrong assumption? Here's a dog-related phrase to describe your actions
Mar 20, 2018
Cloud cuckoo land
152
Can you make the impossible possible? This phrase implies you can't but what's it got to do with a cuckoo?
Mar 13, 2018
A taste of your own medicine
162
Payback time
Mar 06, 2018
Happy-go-lucky
179
Relaxed about the future? Here's a phrase that might describe your character
Feb 27, 2018
Whizz-kid
136
Young, clever and successful: find out a phrase that describes someone like this
Feb 20, 2018
The best of both worlds
163
Can you enjoy the advantages of two different situations at the same time? You can if you use this phrase
Feb 13, 2018
Bone idle
172
Are you taking it easy or just being lazy? Here's a phrase to describe your condition
Feb 06, 2018
To cut a long story short
183
Have you got a story to tell? Here's a phrase about just telling the important bits
Jan 30, 2018
A thing
141
Beards have been 'a thing' for a while. Is it now time to shave them off?
Jan 29, 2018
Just the ticket
180
Rob and Feifei help teach a phrase to describe something you really want or need
Jan 23, 2018
Do a runner
137
Is it time to go? Here's a phrase about avoiding a tricky situation
Jan 09, 2018
All that jazz
148
We love slang, idioms, phrases and all that jazz! Learn a new phrase with us
Dec 26, 2017
Not gonna lie
165
A phrase to use when you're being brutally honest
Dec 18, 2017
Up your game
158
Don't know which one to use? You need to up your emoji game
Dec 12, 2017
To shout it from the rooftops
135
Have you heard the good news? This programme has something to shout about!
Dec 05, 2017
To blow the cobwebs away
143
No spiders involved. It's time to get lively and learn a new English phrase
Nov 28, 2017
A knees-up
141
Want to go to a party? This phrase might help you get an invitation
Nov 21, 2017
To put someone on the map
156
Need directions to learn a new English phrase? Here's one about a map and being famous
Nov 14, 2017
Down in the dumps
131
Feeling unhappy? Here's a phrase to describe your mood but don't take it too literally!
Nov 07, 2017
Excuse me!
160
Rob keeps saying 'excuse me' but what does he really mean? You and Feifei are about to find out the many uses of this phrase
Oct 31, 2017
A sting in the tail
168
Rob's become a bee keeper but there's something more unpleasant to this hobby than being stung. Find out how a sting in the tail doesn't just come from bees!
Oct 24, 2017
So done with
111
Are you doing something very boring? We have just the phrase for you!
Oct 17, 2017
lolz
143
You might know the slang expression ‘LOL’, but do you know about ‘lolz’?
Oct 10, 2017
Have a go
119
Poor Neil gets a lot of criticism in the programme. Of course, it’s all to help you learn English!
Oct 03, 2017
About
115
You know what ‘about’ means, right? But maybe not this extra meaning! Take another look with us
Sep 26, 2017
Wing it
130
Learn an informal expression for when you have to improvise
Sep 19, 2017
Pot luck
153
Not sure what to expect? Learn a phrase about hoping your choice will turn out ok
Sep 12, 2017
It beats me
130
Why does Feifei keep hitting Rob? There could be some confusion about the meaning of today's authentic English phrase. Find out what Rob really means when he says 'it beats me'
Sep 05, 2017
Jiggery-pokery
106
Tricks and dishonesty: Learn this phrase before it fools you!
Aug 29, 2017
Left, right, and centre
131
If you do something left, right, and centre does that mean you do it everywhere? Rob's being doing just that but what's he been doing it with?
Aug 22, 2017
Donkey's years
149
Why has Rob got a donkey in the studio?! It's probably got something with today's authentic English phrase which is about not doing something for a long time
Aug 15, 2017
Give us a bell
156
What's that ringing sound? Is it someone giving you a bell? Find out what it all means
Aug 08, 2017
Echo chamber
131
Echo echo echo echo…
Aug 01, 2017
Snowflake
128
Do you melt too easily?
Jul 25, 2017
The heat is on
118
Learn an expression which you can use to say you're under pressure
Jul 18, 2017
Wet weekend
136
When can a wet weekend be dry? Find out with another authentic English expression
Jul 11, 2017
No picnic
122
Some things in life are hard work. Discover a phrase that describes these situations
Jul 04, 2017
A busman's holiday
138
Going on holiday to do your job? What's it got to do with driving a bus?
Jun 27, 2017
Fuddy-duddy
130
Old-fashioned and set in your ways? Could you be one of these people?
Jun 20, 2017
No great shakes
147
Not impressed by something? Here's an expression that describes what you think
Jun 13, 2017
Not a sausage
125
Nothing, absolutely nothing, nothing at all… Not even one little sausage!
Jun 06, 2017
Long
106
Not everything in this life is fun. Learn a phrase to describe boring jobs!
May 30, 2017
Not half
127
Love pizza? Feifei and Neil bring you a phrase to show how much you enjoy something
May 23, 2017
All over the shop
184
Looked everywhere? Learn a phrase about shops that isn’t about shops!
May 16, 2017
It comes with the territory
124
Some things have to be expected. Learn a phrase to describe this situation
May 09, 2017
It won't wash
147
Heard something unconvincing? Maybe it's time to get out the washing powder!
May 02, 2017
Jack-of-all-trades
144
Can you do lots of different things? This could be the phrase to describe you
Apr 25, 2017
The coast is clear
148
Doing something you shouldn't? Here's a phrase about not being caught
Apr 18, 2017
Pull a fast one
136
Make the English you speak sound more natural
Apr 11, 2017
Suck it and see
110
Learn a phrase about having new experiences
Apr 04, 2017
To cut your teeth
124
Starting out in a new profession? Here's an expression about gaining experience
Mar 28, 2017
Shrinkflation
148
Getting less for your money? Could you be the victim of 'shrinkflation'?
Mar 21, 2017
La-la land
131
Is someone making unreasonable requests? Here's where they live
Mar 14, 2017
A different kettle of fish
137
Fishing for a phrase? This could be the one for you
Mar 07, 2017
At the drop of a hat
129
What would Rob do at the drop of a hat? Find out more about this expression
Feb 28, 2017
Brass neck
176
What does being confident but rude have to do with your neck? Learn an expression that should not be taken literally
Feb 21, 2017
Reinvent the wheel
143
Wasting time doing something that's been done before? There's a phrase to explain this
Feb 14, 2017
Frenemy
143
Do you have a false friend? In The English We Speak we get to hear how one of Feifei's best friends isn't a friend at all and discover that there's a great word to describe them
Feb 07, 2017
To be fair
138
Give both sides of the argument with this phrase
Jan 31, 2017
On the box
120
Watching a ‘box’ can’t be very enjoyable, can it?
Jan 24, 2017
Duck
146
Learn a phrase you can use that features our feathered friend
Jan 17, 2017
Bottle
113
Use this phrase involving bottles when you’re too afraid to do something
Jan 10, 2017
Got your number
128
Understanding someone's true intentions
Jan 03, 2017
Clickbait
156
Learn a word that describes tempting online links
Dec 20, 2016
Mash-up
131
Dan and Feifei are in the studio and Dan has been working on a new music track. Will it be good? Let's find out
Dec 13, 2016
Air kiss
135
How do you kiss someone without kissing them? Neil and Feifei explain a word which describes a popular way of greeting and saying goodbye to friends
Dec 06, 2016
Mansplaining
130
A word for when a man explains to a woman something in a way which suggests she's stupid.
Nov 29, 2016
Rolling in it
132
Neil is rolling on the floor to teach a phrase connected to wealth. Feifei explains
Nov 22, 2016
Photobomb
156
Feifei and Sian discuss a word to use when something unexpectedly appears in your photo.
Nov 15, 2016
Cyberchondriac
172
Do you look up every symptom on the internet and then imagine you have a serious illness? Here's an expression to describe what you're doing
Nov 08, 2016
To wash your dirty linen in public
142
Are you discussing your private life in public? Here's an expression to describe what you're doing
Nov 01, 2016
Cat got your tongue?
140
There's a cat about and Feifei's not talking. Learn an expression that questions her quietness
Oct 25, 2016
It takes two to tango
146
Neil's doing a partner dance on his own in the studio to help you learn English. Learn an expression which means two people need to accept the blame for a bad situation
Oct 18, 2016
Knee-jerk reaction
128
Feifei kicks Neil in the face after he hits her knee with a hammer. It's all to teach you a useful English expression
Oct 11, 2016
To have an axe to grind
159
An expression with three related but slightly different meanings connected to strong opinions
Oct 04, 2016
Close, but no cigar
123
Why is Neil trying to smoke a cigar in the studio? Learn an English expression about almost succeeding
Sep 27, 2016
Get somebody's goat
126
Neil's goat Fred is a bit smelly but useful for teaching an English expression. Feifei's not happy
Sep 20, 2016
Bust a gut
130
Neil's wearing a vest in the studio to teach an expression about effort. Feifei's concerned he'll injure himself
Sep 13, 2016
Old-school
139
Feifei has written a letter to her family. Find out why Sian finds this old-school
Sep 06, 2016
Shedloads
133
Sian has received lots of emails! Learn another way to say 'lots'
Aug 30, 2016
Hangry
134
Sian is irritable today because she skipped breakfast! Learn an adjective to describe people who feel angry when they get hungry
Aug 23, 2016
To pull something out of the hat
154
What can you pull out of a hat? Learn an expression that describes doing something that saves the day
Aug 16, 2016
Off the hook
112
Are you obliged to do something you can't or don't want to? We teach you what to say
Aug 04, 2016
Barefaced
146
Is someone telling an outrageous lie? Here's an expression we can use
Jul 26, 2016
To make a mountain out of a molehill
145
Someone making a big fuss about something small? Here's a phrase to describe what they're doing
Jul 19, 2016
The last straw/final straw
143
When friendship is under test, something tiny and as light as a straw could cause a huge problem
Jul 12, 2016
The university of life
151
Want to learn about life? Here's a place most of us have studied at
Jul 05, 2016
White collar worker / blue-collar worker
159
What does the colour of your clothes say about your job?
Jun 28, 2016
Drama queen
149
No need to be in the theatre to find a drama queen. We teach you where to find them…
Jun 21, 2016
It's on the cards
127
An expression for when something is likely to happen. What's on the cards for you?
Jun 14, 2016
Until you're blue in the face
164
Is nobody listening to you? Learn a colourful phrase to explain the situation
Jun 07, 2016
Clean up your act
167
Someone behaving badly? Here's a phrase that tells them what to do
May 31, 2016
You're pulling my leg!
159
Want to trick someone? Here is a phrase that involves pulling a part of your body!
May 24, 2016
One good turn deserves another
163
A helpful phrase for doing something good
May 17, 2016
To fall at the first hurdle
165
Got an idea that's never going to work? Here is a phrase to describe the situation
May 10, 2016
Pain in the neck
117
Learn the phrase Helen needs to describe the headache her mobile phone company is causing her
May 03, 2016
Burn a hole in your pocket
149
When you are in the habit of spending all your money as soon as it comes in, you can use this phrase to express yourself
Apr 26, 2016
To turn something upside down
121
How to describe doing a thorough search for something in a very messy way
Apr 19, 2016
Going forward
139
How do you ask someone to change the way they do things in the future? Learn this phrase connected to motion
Apr 12, 2016
A recipe for disaster
173
When things go wrong and the outcome isn't good, what kind of recipe are you following? Learn a phrase that has nothing to do with cooking
Apr 05, 2016
Crash course
133
When you need to learn something very quickly, it’s worth considering a super fast learning programme, but it’s not for everyone
Mar 29, 2016
You've sold it to me
134
When you are in total agreement with ideas or suggestions from others, try a new phrase to express yourself
Mar 22, 2016
Full of the joys of spring
156
What time of the year describes a good mood? Learn this lively and cheerful phrase
Mar 15, 2016
Six of one, half a dozen of the other
137
Is this expression related to numbers? If half a dozen is six, what does this expression mean? Listen to the programme
Mar 01, 2016
Test the water
132
How can you make sure a new project is going to be a successful? Here's a piece of good advice
Feb 23, 2016
To lie through your teeth
153
Not telling the truth is not a good thing to do. Learn a phrase to describe your actions
Feb 16, 2016
To make a monkey out of me
173
Rob's been asked to dress up like a monkey but it seems like someone is literally making a monkey out of him!
Feb 09, 2016
There's method to my madness
152
Although other people may think you are behaving rather strangely, you know what you are doing. There's a reason and a phrase to describe your behaviour
Jan 26, 2016
In good nick
124
Learn a phrase to describe something in top condition
Jan 19, 2016
Cheap and cheerful
125
Most people like a present that is cheap and cheerful. But no one likes something that is cheap and nasty
Jan 12, 2016
A bitter pill to swallow
178
When a situation is hard to accept, what do you say? This phrase could be for you
Jan 05, 2016
Potty
120
When we see people going crazy about something, here is an alternative expression
Dec 31, 2015
I'm game
119
Neil is dying for a game of squash but Li is not game. Find out why...
Dec 22, 2015
That'll put hairs on your chest!
158
Learn a humorous expression that is used when someone is going to have a strong alcoholic drink
Dec 15, 2015
Down the pan
138
When things are not going as planned, we can say they've gone ‘down the pan’, but which pan is it?
Dec 01, 2015
Sweet tooth
147
Do you have a sweet tooth? Is it something that you are born with or do you develop it?
Nov 17, 2015
Bumper-to-bumper
143
When a car bumper is almost touch another car bumper, you know the situation on the road is bad
Nov 10, 2015
Eye candy
144
How can you describe someone good looking but not interesting?
Nov 03, 2015
Thingy
131
Oh no, you've forgotten the word for something! Don't worry, this expression might help
Oct 27, 2015
Across the pond
150
Are London and New York separated by a pond? Learn this expression people say on both sides of the Atlantic
Oct 20, 2015
People person
143
Are you good at working with other people? This expression might describe you
Oct 13, 2015
It's a steal!
158
Have you paid very little money for something normally expensive? Learn an expression for when you find a bargain
Oct 06, 2015
Bull and bear market
177
Learn what you say when share prices rise and when they fall. We help you to understand financial terms
Sep 29, 2015
Social media words
153
'Trolls' and 'haters' are the people who want to annoy you. The names are part of the new vocabulary of social media
Sep 22, 2015
Don't give up the day job
151
If you don't think someone is very good at doing something what should you say? Here's a phrase to help you
Sep 15, 2015
A barrel of laughs
175
What object is full of laughs? This is a phrase that describes someone who is fun
Sep 08, 2015
To know something like the back of your hand
139
Do you know a place very well? Are you able to find your way in a place without looking at any maps? Here is a way of saying it with help from your hand
Sep 01, 2015
Give me credit
162
Learn a phrase that's full of praise. You won't need a credit card to use this one
Aug 18, 2015
To keep the wolf from the door
164
Who's that knocking at the door? Someone's here to tell you you're in financial trouble
Aug 11, 2015
Red tape
152
Fed up with rules and regulations? You must learn this expression
Jul 14, 2015
To drink someone under the table
144
Drink to celebrate the good things in life, drink to forget the bad. Here's an expression for people who like an alcoholic drink
Jun 30, 2015
Cyberbullying
151
Is there someone tormenting you online? Here's an expression for when people hide behind a computer to attack others
Jun 16, 2015
A close shave
131
What's a razor got to do with Rob's bike ride to work? Here's an expression for when you've had a narrow escape.
May 19, 2015
My mind's gone blank
127
Why did Rob ask Feifei to meet him in the studio? Here's an expression for when you've forgotten something.
May 12, 2015
To sleep on it
159
Find out how 'sleeping on it' doesn't just mean lying on a bed!
May 05, 2015
All over the place
125
Neil can't find his script. His pen's gone missing. He's feeling a bit confused. What's wrong with him? Find out in the programme.
Apr 28, 2015
To go around the houses
165
Feifei wants to borrow Rob's car but she takes a long time getting to the point. Find out why Rob tells her not to go around the houses. And why doesn't Rob want her to drive his car?
Apr 21, 2015
Done and dusted
142
When someone says the phrase 'done and dusted', do they mean doing some proper cleaning?
Apr 14, 2015
Chill pill
163
It's hard to swallow but maybe it's time for a chill pill!
Apr 07, 2015
Put a sock in it!
194
Why has Helen put a sock in the toaster and how is that going to keep her quiet?
Mar 31, 2015
A wild card
132
Who's the wild card in the office? Rob and Feifei use a phrase to describe an unpredictable colleague.
Mar 31, 2015
To take a shot / stab in the dark
169
Feifei thinks someone's been killed but then discovers taking a stab in the dark doesn't involve using knives!
Mar 17, 2015
To keep a lid on it
162
Li and Neil go for a coffee, but why do they have to keep a lid on it?
Mar 10, 2015
To be on the ball
100
Learn a phrase to describe the ability to react quickly to things.
Mar 03, 2015
Mind-blowing
196
Feifei and Harry use an expression for things that amaze and astound.
Feb 24, 2015
Out for the count
151
Neil and Li talk about how a boxing expression can be used in everyday life.
Feb 17, 2015
Game changer
180
Feifei and Harry use an expression for people and ideas that change the way we do things.
Feb 10, 2015
Wow factor
178
Harry and Feifei look at an expression for when things surprise and impress you.
Feb 03, 2015
Full on
169
Harry and Feifei talk about a common colloquial expression for when things are intense.
Jan 27, 2015
Stab in the back
160
Harry and Feifei talk about an expression that is not as violent as it sounds.
Jan 20, 2015
To downsize
143
Neil and Feifei talk about a word made popular by the economic downturn
Jan 13, 2015
At the movies
160
Sci-fi, romcom, whodunnit – What kind of movies do you like?
Jan 06, 2015
Killing time
153
Neil tells Helen to kill time but she smashes up a clock. Find out why and learn a useful expression.
Dec 30, 2014
Like turkeys voting for Christmas
158
Do you celebrate Christmas? Do you like eating turkey? Do you think turkeys like Christmas? Learn this humorous idiom
Dec 23, 2014
Face the music
120
There's something Neil's forgotten to do and now he has to face the music. Listen to the programme to find out why.
Dec 16, 2014
Internet speak
197
'Snail mail', 'post' and 'hard copy' – learn expressions connected with computers
Dec 09, 2014
Viral
177
Li's cat video has gone viral. Will she be happy about it? Learn an expression from the internet age
Dec 02, 2014
Give the cold shoulder
154
Is Feifei's designer shawl a solution to her problems with Lisa? Listen to the programme to find out
Nov 25, 2014
Phishing
147
Rob is deleting some emails. He won't take the bait sent in by criminals!
Nov 18, 2014
Take to the cleaners
182
Rob's very expensive shirt is ruined! Who will pay for it? Listen to the programme to find out
Nov 11, 2014
Eat humble pie
187
Is Rob hungry enough to win a pie-eating competition? Listen to the programme
Nov 04, 2014
Water off a duck's back
183
Feifei has a thing or two to learn from the ducks in the park. So do you. Listen to the programme.
Oct 28, 2014
Take for a ride
196
Li wants to invest in a car moved by air. Is she going to lose her money?
Oct 21, 2014