BBC The English We Speak

The English We Speak

Make the English you speak sound more natural with The English We Speak from Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme.
English United Kingdom Language Learning
195 Episodes
1 – 20

Level up

'Level up' your English and learn a new word!
30 May 2 min


Learn how to praise or thank someone publicly.
16 May 2 min

Hats off

Learn a phrase about impressing people.
2 May 2 min

Be at a loss

Learn an expression for when you're not sure what to say or do in a certain situation.
18 Apr 2 min

Go off on one

Learn an informal expression about becoming suddenly very angry.
11 Apr 2 min

Wiggle room

Learn a phrase for when you need to change a budget to do something else.
4 Apr 2 min

Caught red-handed

Learn an expression about being caught doing something wrong.
14 Mar 2 min

Rabbit on

Learn a phrase about talking too much.
7 Mar 3 min

Thanks a bunch

When does ‘thanks’ not mean ‘thanks’? Find out about an ironic English phrase.
28 Feb 3 min

Slow walk

How do you describe something making slow progress?
21 Feb 2 min

A flying start

Learn an expression we use to say a new task is going very well.
24 Jan 2 min
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