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Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.
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Academic Vocabulary

06:18 | May 20th

We'll give you some advice for writing essays and giving presentations.
Phrases from Shakespeare

06:16 | May 13th

Learn some idioms from 'the Bard' which are in common use today.
Irregular verbs: Part 2

06:11 | May 6th

Finn and Catherine explain how grouping can hep you remember irregular verbs

06:11 | Apr 29th

Words like Google and Hoover started as brand names but are now used generically.
Adjectives from names

06:11 | Apr 23rd

Dickensian, Orwellian, Churchillian... learn about adjectives that come from names.
Large numbers

06:11 | Apr 15th

High mountains, long rivers... Callum and Finn teach you how to talk about big numbers.
Suffixes -tian, -sion, -tion

06:20 | Apr 8th

What's your ambition? Do you have a confession? Ever met a Martian? Learn suffixes.

06:12 | Apr 1st

Catherine and Finn talk about words that have the same or similar meanings.
Discourse Markers: Interjections

06:10 | Mar 25th

Do you know your ouch! from your ugh!? Callum and Catherine will explain.
Commonly misspelled words

06:10 | Mar 18th

English spelling is fascinating – but it's not always straightforward!
Linking words

06:11 | Mar 11th

Catherine and Rob explain how and when to use linking words in storytelling.
Words with more than one spelling

06:21 | Mar 4th

Is it disc or disk? Learnt or learned? Not sure? Listen to 6 Minute Vocabulary!

06:18 | Feb 25th

Nasa, Fifa, Unesco, Nato - Peter and Catherine talk about acronyms.

06:19 | Feb 18th

Finn and Catherine talk about words with opposite meanings.
Suffixes: -ity, -ness

06:19 | Feb 11th

Is responsibility the key to happiness? Learn how to use the suffixes -ity and -ness.
Suffixes: -ment, -ance, -ence

06:15 | Jan 28th

Find out how certain words have suffixes that turn verbs and adjectives into nouns.
Someone, nothing, anywhere...

06:19 | Jan 21st

Learn how to use pronouns with 'some', 'no', 'any' and 'every'.
Irregular verbs

06:07 | Jan 14th

Choose, chose, chosen... We talk about verbs that don't follow the -ed pattern.
Reporting verbs

06:20 | Jan 7th

Find out how to use reporting verbs to add meaning and interest to your English.
Easily confused words

06:19 | Dec 17th, 2018

'Sensible' and 'sensitive'. Find out more about words that are easily confused.
Suffixes -free and -less

06:19 | Dec 10th, 2018

Are e-cigarettes harmLESS? Should all public places be smoke-FREE? Learn about suffixes.
Prefixes: 'de', 'dis' and 'dys'

06:19 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Do you suffer from dyspepsia? Could a detox diet help? Neil and Finn talk about prefixes.
Ordinal numbers

06:21 | Nov 26th, 2018

What's the date today? And do you know how to say it? Find out about ordinal numbers.
Short spoken forms

06:07 | Nov 20th, 2018

Gonna, wanna, dunno, whatcha... are these English words? Finn and Catherine explain all.
Uncountable nouns

06:21 | Nov 12th, 2018

Neil and Catherine look at uncountable nouns like knowledge, money and happiness.
'In', 'at', 'on' with time expressions

06:21 | Nov 5th, 2018

At the weekend, in spring, on Saturday - a lesson about prepositions.

06:18 | Oct 29th, 2018

Why do we write hyphens in some phrases but not in others? Listen to the programme.
Words with double letters

06:10 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Catherine and Finn talk about spelling words with double letters.
Pronouncing nouns and verbs

06:13 | Oct 15th, 2018

We discuss words that have the same spelling but are pronounced differently.
British and American English

06:07 | Oct 8th, 2018

What's the difference between a mobile phone and a cellphone?
Business jargon

06:49 | Oct 1st, 2018

Neil and Catherine explain some business jargon in just six minutes!
Pronouncing words that start with 'c'

06:52 | Sep 24th, 2018

When is 'c' pronounced /k/ and when does it have an /s/ sound? Listen to the programme.
Phrasal verbs and context

06:46 | Sep 17th, 2018

Neil and Catherine show you how to work out the meaning of some phrasal verbs.
Prefixes: 're', 'pre' and 'pro'

06:47 | Sep 10th, 2018

Recycle, precooked, proactive - Neil and Catherine talk about words with the prefixes.
Silent letters

06:43 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Rob and Catherine look at this very important part of spoken and written vocabulary.
Weather words

05:51 | Jul 16th, 2018

Rob and Catherine are here to explain the many weather words the British use

06:08 | Jul 9th, 2018

What's black and white and read all over? Find out with Neil and Sophie.
Compound nouns

06:10 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Listen to Finn and Alice explain what compound nouns are using ice cream and popcorn!
Similar words

06:06 | Jun 25th, 2018

Today we're talking about similar words, like 'big', 'large', 'tall' and 'high'.
Adjective order

06:10 | Jun 18th, 2018

Your dog is old. He's smelly. And he's big. What order do you put those adjectives in?

06:03 | Jun 12th, 2018

Finn and Feifei talk contractions, help you sound more fluent and improve your writing!
Job Suffixes

06:10 | Jun 4th, 2018

Neil and Sophie, the presenters, talk about job suffixation: -er , -ist, -ian and -or.
Word stress

06:11 | May 28th, 2018

Do you know how to pronounce the words photographer and photograph?
6 Minute Vocabulary: Academic Vocabulary

06:18 | Mar 19th, 2018

Neil and Finn's top tips for dealing with specialist vocabulary

06:11 | Feb 26th, 2018

Words like Google and Hoover, which started as brand names but are now used generically
Adjectives from names

06:11 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Join Callum and Finn as they discuss a group of adjectives that are made from the names of famous people
Big numbers

06:11 | Feb 12th, 2018

Callum and Finn explain how to say large numbers
Suffixes -tian, -sion, -tion

06:20 | Feb 5th, 2018

What is your secret ambition? Do you have a confession to make? Have you ever met a Martian? Listen to Finn and Catherine talk about words with the suffixes -ion, -sion and -tian

06:12 | Jan 29th, 2018

Have you done anything weird or odd lately? Finn and Catherine discuss these synonyms and more in 6 Minute Vocabulary

06:10 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Callum and Catherine on words that we use to express an emotion or feeling
Commonly misspelled words

06:10 | Jan 15th, 2018

English spelling is fascinating – but it's not always straightforward!
Linking words

06:11 | Jan 8th, 2018

Rob and Catherine tell us about the words and phrases we use to connect ideas
Words with more than one spelling

06:20 | Jan 1st, 2018

Are you unsure whether it’s disc or disk, sympathise or sympathize, learnt or learned? Then join Finn and Catherine in 6 Minute Vocabulary for some useful tips!

06:18 | Dec 25th, 2017

Do you know what FIFA is and what its name means? Or perhaps you prefer space to football and are interested in NASA. Listen to our programme about acronyms like these

06:19 | Dec 19th, 2017

Finn and Catherine talk about words with opposite meanings
Suffixes: -ness, -ity

06:19 | Dec 11th, 2017

Is responsibility the key to happiness? Neil and Catherine tell all
Discourse markers

06:19 | Dec 4th, 2017

Fortunately, obviously, seriously, ideally. These words do a very useful job. How do we use them - and other phrases - to express our attitudes and ideas?
Suffixes: -ment, -ance, -ence

06:15 | Nov 27th, 2017

Catherine and Finn tell us about the groups of letters at the end of a word.
Someone, nothing, anywhere...

06:19 | Nov 20th, 2017

Tracey thinks there's someone else in her boyfriend's life. Find out why she thinks that and learn about words like 'someone', 'nothing' and 'anywhere' in 6 Minute Vocabulary
Irregular verbs

06:07 | Nov 13th, 2017

Not all verbs behave themselves. Learn about irregular verbs like 'break' in this programme
Reporting verbs

06:20 | Nov 6th, 2017

We use the verbs 'say', 'tell' and 'ask' to report what people say. What other verbs can we use? Find out how to use reporting verbs to add meaning and interest to your English
Ordinal numbers

06:21 | Sep 25th, 2017

What's the date today? And do you know how to say it? Find out about ordinal numbers in this programme
Spoken short forms

06:07 | Sep 18th, 2017

Finn and Catherine give you an introduction to short spoken forms in 6 Minute Vocabulary
Uncountable nouns

06:21 | Sep 11th, 2017

Knowledge, money, happiness and advice: Neil and Catherine look at uncountable nouns.
Time expressions with 'in', 'on' and 'at'

06:21 | Sep 4th, 2017

Neil is going to a wedding on Saturday, but Catherine likes to relax at the weekend. Listen to Neil and Catherine talk about time expressions with 'in', 'on' and 'at'
Business jargon

06:20 | Jul 31st, 2017

How good are you at blue-sky thinking? Learn all about business jargon in this programme
Pronouncing words that start with 'c'

06:23 | Jul 24th, 2017

Christopher loves cinema. Why is the letter 'c' pronounced differently in this sentence?
Phrasal verbs and context

06:12 | Jul 17th, 2017

A guide to multi-word verbs and prepositions that can change the meaning of phrasal verbs
Prefixes: re, pre and pro

06:12 | Jul 10th, 2017

Recycling, prepacked, proactive - we talk about words with the prefixes re, pre and pro