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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

Listicle

The English We Speak

  • 200 views
  • 12 months ago
  • 03:16

Find out more about a portmanteau that combines the words 'list' and 'article'.

Doomscrolling

The English We Speak

  • 350 views
  • 12 months ago
  • 04:00

Learn a word about the addiction to looking at depressing news on social media.

Crowdsourcing

The English We Speak

  • 220 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 02:35

Learn a word that might be useful when you’re developing an idea and need help.

One step at a time

The English We Speak

  • 240 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 03:20

When you’re trying something new, it’s best not to rush.

Bog-standard

The English We Speak

  • 240 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 02:23

How do you describe something that is standard, ordinary and nothing special?

A wake-up call

The English We Speak

  • 230 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 03:38

Learn this expression: it's a warning sign!

Thirsty

The English We Speak

  • 220 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 03:24

A word for social media attention-seekers!

Vanilla

The English We Speak

  • 200 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 03:23

Learn a word that can be used to describe something that is basic or bland.

Roast

The English We Speak

  • 480 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 04:26

Learn the other meaning of the word 'roast'.

Sticking point

The English We Speak

  • 300 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 03:05

A 'sticking point' is an issue or a problem in a negotiation that blocks an agreement.

Flatten the curve

The English We Speak

  • 280 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 03:13

Learn language to talk about the coronavirus pandemic.

Living in a bubble

The English We Speak

  • 240 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 02:32

Do you know someone who's a bit sheltered from the problems of the world?

Cancelled

The English We Speak

  • 380 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 02:47

Learn the new meaning of the word 'cancelled'.

New normal

The English We Speak

  • 370 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 02:38

Learn a new expression that describes our new way of life.

Slippery slope

The English We Speak

  • 210 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 02:39

Learn how to describe a situation that is getting worse and might end in disaster.