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

Hard-nosed March 5, 2019
What is a hard-nosed person like? Find out in this episode of The English We Speak.
To have a soft spot Feb. 26, 2019
How do you feel if you really like something or someone? This phrase might help you.
If things don't go your way, how can singing and dancing help?
Giant killer Feb. 12, 2019
Here's a phrase to describe the success of a small team.
A shock to the system Feb. 5, 2019
A sudden and unpleasant change can come as a shock. Learn a phrase to describe this.
From pillar to post Jan. 29, 2019
Moving from place to place can be chaotic. Learn a phrase to describe the situation
Small talk Jan. 22, 2019
Here's a phrase that describes making informal conversation about not much.
A bright spark Jan. 15, 2019
Here's a clever expression that can describe someone doing something stupid.
To be all downhill Jan. 8, 2019
Rob's done all his work! Find out here if it's all downhill until the weekend for him.
Fireworks Jan. 1, 2019
Learn a New Year-related expression
An expression for when you have good fortune
Learn a polite thing to say when you receive a bad present.
Digital detox Dec. 11, 2018
Learn this very modern expression.
How can a tasty meal leave a bad taste?
Pea-souper Nov. 27, 2018
Is it a meal or a type of weather?
Throw in the towel Nov. 20, 2018
Learn a phrase about giving up.
A walk in the park Nov. 13, 2018
Is walking in the park easy? It can be if you learn this phrase!
Dumbphone Nov. 6, 2018
Learn a new name for old tech
No fear Oct. 30, 2018
Are you ready for Halloween?
Something to chew on Oct. 23, 2018
Feifei gives Neil something to chew on