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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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Climate emergency

Climate emergency

2020-09-2202:418

Find out more about this expression and learn things you can do to help the planet.
Thirsty

Thirsty

2020-09-1502:363

A word for social media attention-seekers!
Vanilla

Vanilla

2020-09-0802:3613

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

Roast

2020-09-0102:409

Learn the other meaning of the word 'roast'.
Sticking point

Sticking point

2020-08-2502:519

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

Flatten the curve

2020-08-1802:2310

Learn language to talk about the coronavirus pandemic.
Living in a bubble

Living in a bubble

2020-08-1102:1813

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

Cancelled

2020-08-0402:3214

Learn the new meaning of the word 'cancelled'.
New normal

New normal

2020-07-2802:2414

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

Slippery slope

2020-07-2102:2516

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

Throw shade

2020-07-1402:3212

Learn an expression about criticism.
Bite the bullet

Bite the bullet

2020-07-0702:3620

Learn an English expression with bite!
Blended working

Blended working

2020-06-3002:2816

A mix of home and office working has led to a new English expression.
JOMO

JOMO

2020-06-2302:3119

Have you ever felt like turning off your phone and not doing something social?
Furlough

Furlough

2020-06-1602:5820

Not a new word, but it’s more commonly used recently due to the coronavirus crisis.
Spill the tea

Spill the tea

2020-06-0902:2717

Are you a gossip? You'll love this expression.
Flexing

Flexing

2020-06-0203:0821

What word can you use to describe people who show off? Find out with Roy and Feifei.
Salty

Salty

2020-05-2603:4227

Why are people saying 'salty'? Find out with Feifei and Roy.
Skeleton crew

Skeleton crew

2020-05-1903:0520

An expression for when there aren't many people working.
Lowkey

Lowkey

2020-05-1203:387

A word used to describe something you love doing, but are embarrassed to tell people.
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Comments (169)

Ghazaal Esmaeli

great honey :)

Sep 9th
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pandi kumar

good

Sep 8th
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Sarah

Hi, can we use expressions in academic writing? For example: new normal

Aug 10th
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Sara

wearing masks seems like biting the bullet for some😉

Aug 10th
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الهام امامی

thanks😀😊

Jul 8th
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Shima Janpour

hi.has it any scripts?

Jun 3rd
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Barbara

please do one for Woke

May 13th
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Angel K

Thank u. I have the app but I didn't get this word there. But u r my fav. Fifi n neil

Apr 24th
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فايزه عسيري

hahahahaha

Apr 23rd
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فايزه عسيري

I like this. keep going <3

Apr 23rd
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Тимур Оруджов

straight fire!

Apr 20th
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Dr.Mousavi

Perfect 💯✨

Apr 20th
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Tania Kulinok

Morning! I remember there was a phrase mentioned to speak about too nosy neighbours. I was something connected with curtains and watching from behind them... I can't find this phrase now( Could you please help?

Apr 16th
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Het Jalu

Just loved it

Apr 10th
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Waruna Hasanga Rathnaweera

if they comment what they speak, it will great

Apr 7th
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Ricardo Morejon

good

Apr 6th
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Ricardo Morejon

good podcasts

Apr 6th
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rma duggal

Nice..keep it up

Apr 3rd
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Phohn Myint Ko

Great

Mar 26th
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Phohn Myint Ko

Good...

Mar 26th
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