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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


To shout it from the rooftops

00:02:15Update: 2017-12-05

To blow the cobwebs away

00:02:23Update: 2017-11-28

A knees-up

00:02:21Update: 2017-11-21

To put someone on the map

00:02:36Update: 2017-11-141

Down in the dumps

00:02:11Update: 2017-11-07

Excuse me!

00:02:40Update: 2017-10-312

A sting in the tail

00:02:48Update: 2017-10-244

So done with

00:01:51Update: 2017-10-174


00:02:23Update: 2017-10-106

Have a go

00:01:59Update: 2017-10-033


00:01:55Update: 2017-09-262

Wing it

00:02:10Update: 2017-09-19

Pot luck

00:02:33Update: 2017-09-12

It beats me

00:02:10Update: 2017-09-054


00:01:46Update: 2017-08-293

Left, right, and centre

00:02:11Update: 2017-08-221

Donkey's years

00:02:29Update: 2017-08-152

Give us a bell

00:02:36Update: 2017-08-081

Echo chamber

00:02:11Update: 2017-08-012


00:02:08Update: 2017-07-251

The heat is on

00:01:58Update: 2017-07-181

Wet weekend

00:02:16Update: 2017-07-112

No picnic

00:02:02Update: 2017-07-04

A busman's holiday

00:02:18Update: 2017-06-271


00:02:10Update: 2017-06-202

No great shakes

00:02:27Update: 2017-06-131

Not a sausage

00:02:05Update: 2017-06-06


00:01:46Update: 2017-05-301

Not half

00:02:07Update: 2017-05-233

All over the shop

00:03:04Update: 2017-05-16

It comes with the territory

00:02:04Update: 2017-05-092

It won't wash

00:02:27Update: 2017-05-02


00:02:24Update: 2017-04-251

The coast is clear

00:02:28Update: 2017-04-18

Pull a fast one

00:02:16Update: 2017-04-11

Suck it and see

00:01:50Update: 2017-04-041

To cut your teeth

00:02:04Update: 2017-03-28


00:02:28Update: 2017-03-21

La-la land

00:02:11Update: 2017-03-141

A different kettle of fish

00:02:17Update: 2017-03-07

At the drop of a hat

00:02:09Update: 2017-02-28

Brass neck

00:02:56Update: 2017-02-21

Reinvent the wheel

00:02:23Update: 2017-02-14


00:02:23Update: 2017-02-071

To be fair

00:02:18Update: 2017-01-31

On the box

00:02:00Update: 2017-01-24


00:02:26Update: 2017-01-17


00:01:53Update: 2017-01-10

Got your number

00:02:08Update: 2017-01-031


00:02:36Update: 2016-12-20


00:02:11Update: 2016-12-13

Air kiss

00:02:15Update: 2016-12-06


00:02:10Update: 2016-11-29

Rolling in it

00:02:12Update: 2016-11-22


00:02:36Update: 2016-11-15


00:02:52Update: 2016-11-08

To wash your dirty linen in public

00:02:22Update: 2016-11-01

Cat got your tongue?

00:02:20Update: 2016-10-25

It takes two to tango

00:02:26Update: 2016-10-18

Knee-jerk reaction

00:02:08Update: 2016-10-11

To have an axe to grind

00:02:39Update: 2016-10-04

Close, but no cigar

00:02:03Update: 2016-09-27

Get somebody's goat

00:02:06Update: 2016-09-20

Bust a gut

00:02:10Update: 2016-09-13


00:02:19Update: 2016-09-06


00:02:13Update: 2016-08-30


00:02:14Update: 2016-08-231

To pull something out of the hat

00:02:34Update: 2016-08-16

Off the hook

00:01:52Update: 2016-08-04


00:02:26Update: 2016-07-26

To make a mountain out of a molehill

00:02:25Update: 2016-07-19

The last straw/final straw

00:02:23Update: 2016-07-12

The university of life

00:02:31Update: 2016-07-05

Drama queen

00:02:29Update: 2016-06-211

It's on the cards

00:02:07Update: 2016-06-14

Until you're blue in the face

00:02:44Update: 2016-06-07

Clean up your act

00:02:47Update: 2016-05-31

You're pulling my leg!

00:02:39Update: 2016-05-24

One good turn deserves another

00:02:43Update: 2016-05-17

To fall at the first hurdle

00:02:45Update: 2016-05-10

Pain in the neck

00:01:57Update: 2016-05-03

Burn a hole in your pocket

00:02:29Update: 2016-04-26

To turn something upside down

00:02:01Update: 2016-04-19

Going forward

00:02:19Update: 2016-04-12

A recipe for disaster

00:02:53Update: 2016-04-05

Crash course

00:02:13Update: 2016-03-29

You've sold it to me

00:02:14Update: 2016-03-22

Full of the joys of spring

00:02:36Update: 2016-03-15

Six of one, half a dozen of the other

00:02:17Update: 2016-03-01

Test the water

00:02:12Update: 2016-02-23

To lie through your teeth

00:02:33Update: 2016-02-16

To make a monkey out of me

00:02:53Update: 2016-02-09

There's method to my madness

00:02:32Update: 2016-01-26

In good nick

00:02:04Update: 2016-01-19

Cheap and cheerful

00:02:05Update: 2016-01-12

A bitter pill to swallow

00:02:58Update: 2016-01-05


00:02:00Update: 2015-12-31

I'm game

00:01:59Update: 2015-12-22

That'll put hairs on your chest!

00:02:38Update: 2015-12-15

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