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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

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A million to one

A million to one

2024-02-2002:596

Here's an expression to say something is extremely unlikely
Cash in on something

Cash in on something

2024-02-1302:0912

Learn a phrase about making money.
Here’s a phrase about things that scare you. Learn how to use it in this programme.
On the go

On the go

2024-01-3002:3332

A phrase to describe how busy you are
A blow

A blow

2024-01-2203:1624

What a blow! It's so disappointing. Learn how to use this with us
Rears its head

Rears its head

2024-01-1602:0826

Want to talk about problems? Here's a useful phrase
Elbow grease

Elbow grease

2024-01-0802:3829

Some things just need a little elbow grease. Learn what that is in this programme.
You want to say that you can offer a lot. Learn a phrase for this.
Has something suddenly made you look very happy? Learn an expression for this.
I don't buy it

I don't buy it

2023-12-1902:1357

Here's an expression you can use to say 'I don't believe you'
Touch grass

Touch grass

2023-12-1203:2036

Do you spend too much time online? Here's an expression you can use to say 'take a break'.
I'm out

I'm out

2023-12-0503:3337

Sometimes you need to say you don't have anything left. Learn 'I'm out'.
Plan b

Plan b

2023-11-2802:2819

If you need an alternative option, you need to know this phrase. Learn how to use it.
Sound out

Sound out

2023-11-2102:4329

Sometimes you just want to find out what someone else thinks.
Fly by night

Fly by night

2023-11-1402:5712

When companies or people can't be trusted, use this expression.
One-up

One-up

2023-11-1402:1728

Do you want to beat your friends by saying what you have done that is better than them?
Tread on someone's toes

Tread on someone's toes

2023-10-3102:4826

It can be annoying when someone does something you were supposed to do.
Mental gymnastics

Mental gymnastics

2023-10-2402:4436

How do we talk about complicated tasks done by your brain?
Call dibs

Call dibs

2023-10-1703:0328

If you want to get the last slice of pizza, what can you say?
Run for the hills

Run for the hills

2023-10-1002:1743

What makes you want to run for the hills?
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Bahar Sama

Thanks

Feb 15th
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Omid Khani

سطح بندی هم اگر داشتید خیلی بهتر میشد

Feb 12th
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Feb 6th
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Jan 13th
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Jan 7th
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Hamdy Osama

very good

Dec 31st
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Charel Atul

The English we speak

Dec 27th
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Arezoo Moghadasi

اصن باز نمیشه بابا

Dec 27th
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Dec 6th
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Hiva Ahmadi

where is this text?

Nov 27th
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Mehran Barahouei

I'm in with a shout to get promotion on my job.

Nov 24th
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zohreh

it dosnt work

Nov 23rd
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Roya Asadi

چرا واسه ی دانلود ارور میده واسم؟

Nov 18th
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Behzad Asadollahi

Minging There is no getting away from it, we human being seemed to be at almost inventive when thinking our words to insult each other with. A select list of adjective weve applied over the past 100 year to people or things we find disgusting word include: scroungy, skanky, manky, icky, grootty, grungy, poxy, scuzzy, oncus; that's stralian, yucky naughty, spetic. I could go on. one recent addition to this armory of scorn specialy versatile and given it history fairly pungent it's minging! that curry he cooked up for at last night was really mean. We have Scotland to thanks for it. In Scotland English ming is an old word for a bad smell so originally minging is for a bad smell as It still can but of course calling some one smelly is prefect way of insulting them at around year 2003 British teenagers started using more broadly to mean disgusting it can also mean ugly or unatractive and in an interesting development similar to stinking you can use someone is drunk. He only had two pin

Nov 13th
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Ali Zamani

باز نمیشن

Nov 12th
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Behzad Asadollahi

Bridezilla Weddings can be stressful occasions you know how it is, the closer big day approaches the move wound up every on envolved get the bride be first tantrums every small details preparation isn't prefect the bride father wants take the over whole affair and run it himself with that consulting their happy couple bride grooms mother losing her son to women how doesn't come up to own high standard interfer every turn ever resourceful English language now has word for all of three of them. the pushy father is a dadzilla, the possessive mother is a Mozilla and then the obnoxious bride to be is a bridezilla this last was the coinage that started trend in the USA in the mid 1990s and it can cover the whole range of brightly imperfection from spitefulness towards the bridesmaid to wedding present greed he can be applied to bring grooms to. the American singer Katy perry recently called he fiance the British comedian Russell brand bridezilla because he was getting over excited about t

Nov 8th
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Behzad Asadollahi

Are you a tweeter? If so, you're now one of close on a hundred million people around the world, the tweeter phenomenon which started in California in 2006. has informed short years thoroughly embedded itself in humanties communications systems. In case you're one of the people never heard of it, it's an internet social networking site, which enables users to communicate with others by means of text base masages up to 140 characters, its funder jack dorsey wanted a name for it that suggested the trembling, vibration of a ringing phone and he came up with tweeter. The main meaning of that word's is of course, the small quiet reapeated sounds made by birds and when people wanted to refer and individuals tweeter manages their was another very similar English word of nearly identical meaning ready an wating tweet This first appeared as the noun ain 2007 and the verb soon followed meaning to send tweeter massage. As in 100 people tweeted her after her article appeared in the newspaper. If

Nov 7th
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Leila Talebzadeh

چرا امکان دانلود بعضی از پادکست ها را نمیده و خطای سیستم میده

Nov 3rd
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Leila Talebzadeh

چرا امکان دانلود بعضی از پادکست ها را نمیده و مدام خطای سیستم میزنه

Nov 3rd
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