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Learn a Language

6 Minute English

BBC Radio

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Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.
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06:21 | Sep 5th

Climate change means we might have to change our diets. Let's tuck into some vocabulary.

06:16 | Aug 29th

How can you change the way you live to help the environment? Sam and Neil discuss.

06:19 | Aug 22nd

Sam and Neil discuss politics and teach you related vocabulary.

06:17 | Aug 15th

A new digital currency might appear: Facebook's Libra. We discuss, and teach vocabulary.

06:19 | Aug 8th

How much should you tip? We discuss this, and other tricky questions, in 6 minutes.

06:18 | Aug 1st

Does recycling coffee cups make a difference? Neil and Rob discuss and teach vocabulary.

06:19 | Jul 25th

Have you fallen for a scam? Sam and Rob discuss and teach you fraud-related vocabulary.

06:19 | Jul 25th

Sam and Rob discuss criminal methods, hear from anti-fraud experts and teach vocabulary.

06:18 | Jul 18th

Why is 'shame' the emotion of now? We discuss this and teach you new vocabulary as well.

06:17 | Jul 11th

Neil and Rob talk about financial planning and teach you money-related vocabulary.

06:20 | Jul 4th

Sam and Catherine discuss the Women's World Cup and teach new related vocabulary.

06:17 | Jun 20th

Neil and Rob talk about this kind of music and teach you some vocabulary.

06:18 | Jun 13th

Neil and Sam discuss talking on the phone and teach related vocabulary.

06:17 | Jun 6th

Neil and Sam talk about biker culture and teach you related vocabulary.

06:17 | May 30th

Neil and Rob discuss their shopping habits and give you vocabulary for free!

06:17 | May 30th

Neil and Rob talk about insomnia and teach you the related vocabulary.

06:17 | May 16th

Neil and Dan talk about diets and serve you a tasty helping of vocabulary.

06:17 | May 9th

These devices listen to our every command. But when does 'listening' become 'spying'?

06:18 | Apr 25th

Forget high heels - the comfortable shoe is becoming acceptable in formal settings.

06:18 | Apr 18th

Neil and Rob talk about the animal symbol of Easter and teach you some vocabulary.

06:17 | Apr 11th

How tidy are you? Learn about the fashion for a clutter-free life.

06:18 | Apr 4th

Neil and Dan discuss what awkwardness is and why we feel it.
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06:17 | Mar 28th

Do you have a second job? Learn about a trend followed by a quarter of workers in the UK.
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06:18 | Mar 21st

Neil and Rob discuss how your eyes predict personality and teach you related vocabulary.
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06:23 | Mar 14th

Dan and Rob discuss veganism, persuasion and teach you vocabulary.
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06:17 | Mar 7th

Neil and Rob discuss what could make life admin tasks more interesting.
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06:17 | Feb 28th

Neil and Rob talk about these mythical creatures and teach you some vocabulary.
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06:19 | Feb 21st

Neil and Rob discuss the topic and teach you new vocabulary.
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06:17 | Feb 14th

Apparently, only 5% of people who've used dating apps, actually go on the date. Why?
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06:17 | Feb 7th

Neil and Rob talk about these uncomfortable but very glamorous shoes.
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06:17 | Jan 31st

Neil and Rob discuss ways of improving your memory and teach you new vocabulary.
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06:17 | Jan 24th

Neil and Rob discuss what makes people happy and teach you new vocabulary.
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06:17 | Jan 17th

New technology might be putting an end to instrumental introductions to pop songs.
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06:17 | Jan 11th

Learn about schadenfraude. A German word that English has borrowed.
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06:17 | Jan 3rd

Scientists say too much meat is bad for us and the planet. Could you go semi-vegetarian?
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06:17 | Dec 28th, 2018

The former First Lady continues with her mission to try to inspire girls and women.
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06:13 | Dec 20th, 2018

Why do people love to push buttons and why do some have a phobia of them?
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06:19 | Dec 13th, 2018

What's going on in a teenager's brain? We hear about research explaining their behaviour
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06:19 | Dec 6th, 2018

What does the letter 'x' all by itself at the end of a message mean? We'll tell you.
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06:21 | Nov 29th, 2018

Rob and Neil talk about food photos on social media.
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06:18 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Neil and Catherine discuss the science of why coffee often smells better than it tastes.
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06:18 | Nov 1st, 2018

Neil and Sam discuss if there's any advantage to the beach body trend.
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06:18 | Oct 25th, 2018

Rob and Neil discuss what it takes to be creative - and they also teach you vocabulary.
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06:24 | Oct 19th, 2018

There's a new look which some people are calling 'scumbro'. But what does is mean?
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06:16 | Oct 11th, 2018

Could we live without plastic? Rob and Neil discuss the progress that's being made.
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06:20 | Oct 4th, 2018

Have you grown up with social media? You could belong to Generation Z.
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06:18 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Catherine and Neil talk about photography and teach you six items of related vocabulary.
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06:17 | Aug 16th, 2018

Why do men want children? Catherine and Neil - a father - discuss and teach vocabulary!
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06:13 | Aug 9th, 2018

Does being taller mean you earn more at work? Neil and Catherine discuss height.
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06:17 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Neil and Catherine chat about this curious animal and teach you six items of vocabulary.
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06:18 | Jul 26th, 2018

Why are countryside walks no longer so popular?
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06:17 | Jul 19th, 2018

Catherine and Rob discuss whether we suffer from technochauvinism.
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06:18 | Jul 12th, 2018

How many hours a day do you spend staring at your smartphone?
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06:19 | Jul 5th, 2018

Rob and Neil discuss online shopping and teach you six items of vocabulary.
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06:17 | Jun 28th, 2018

Is it possible to die from being sad and upset - or what we might call 'a broken heart'?
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06:17 | Jun 21st, 2018

We hear from people who take part in computer game tournaments and earn money from them.
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06:19 | Jun 14th, 2018

We hear from football fans and those who are not so keen on the tournament.
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06:20 | Jun 7th, 2018

How is the way we interact with technology affecting the type of language we use?
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06:18 | Jun 7th, 2018

Are you a risk taker? Knowing your risk type can help people make decisions for you.

06:19 | Apr 26th, 2018

Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
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06:19 | Jan 25th, 2018

Will artificial intelligence ever outperform humans?
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06:33 | Jan 18th, 2018

What are the benefits of giving up alcohol for a month?
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06:19 | Jan 11th, 2018

Would you pay more for coffee if you knew it was doing some good? Dan and Catherine discuss the pros and cons of ethically produced coffee
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06:17 | Jan 9th, 2018

Can science prove the existence of 'man flu' or are men just big babies? Dan and Neil discuss all this and give you six useful items of vocabulary
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06:17 | Jan 9th, 2018

Can science prove the existence of 'man flu' or are men just big babies? Dan and Neil discuss all this and give you six useful items of vocabulary
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06:17 | Jan 5th, 2018

What do you know about the digital crypto-currency?
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06:16 | Dec 21st, 2017

A popular job at this time of year is playing the part of Santa. But what does it take to be the perfect Father Christmas?
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06:16 | Dec 14th, 2017

The number of schoolchildren doing part-time jobs in the UK has fallen. Is that a good thing? Neil and Dan discuss the pros and cons of working while you're still at school
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06:16 | Dec 7th, 2017

Have you ever bought something when you're sad and then regretted it later?
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06:20 | Nov 30th, 2017

What are the advantages or disadvantages of getting the latest model? Rob and Catherine talk about smartphones and teach you new vocabulary
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06:20 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Group exercise has become very popular in recent years. Rob and Catherine talk about going to the gym and why gym membership is becoming increasingly popular
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06:18 | Nov 16th, 2017

Has the internet replaced the lively debate and intellectual discussions in coffee shops that used to be their main feature in the past?
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06:18 | Sep 21st, 2017

Did you know that when the entire body is aging hair can grow stronger? Learn about hair and hair-related vocabulary with Neil and Tim
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06:18 | Sep 14th, 2017

Tim and Neil talk about interactions that can be misunderstood by people of different backgrounds, and teach you useful vocabulary
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06:17 | Sep 7th, 2017

A policeman, a pilot, a chef - what's our fascination with uniforms?
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06:17 | Aug 31st, 2017

In a competition for control between laughter and breathing and speaking, laughter always wins, says a neuroscientist. Neil and Tim discuss the dangers of laughter
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06:17 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Do you feel very anxious or depressed sometimes? Talking to a professional can help. Neil and Rob talk about talk therapy and teach you six items of useful vocabulary
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06:17 | Aug 1st, 2017

Rob and Neil discuss if honesty is a product of living in a social group.
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06:18 | Jul 20th, 2017

Do you want to be invisible? Neil and Dan explore how we are being watched.
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06:16 | Jul 13th, 2017

We hear stories about pets who manage to find their way home, even across hundreds of miles? How do they do it?
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06:17 | Jul 6th, 2017

Why is the self-help industry so successful? Rob and Neil improve themselves and teach you six items of useful vocabulary in this episode of 6 Minute English