BBC The English We Speak

The English We Speak

Make the English you speak sound more natural with The English We Speak from Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme.
English United Kingdom Language Learning
212 Episodes
1 – 20

Each to their own

How do you feel when someone does something that you would never do, but it's OK?
26 Sep 2 min

Fill your boots

If you are presented with an opportunity, how can you tell some to take advantage?
19 Sep 1 min

Join the club

How to tell someone that the bad situation they are experiencing is the same as yours.
12 Sep 2 min

Go with the flow

Learn a phrase to say that you are happy to do what other want to do
5 Sep 3 min


Learn a phrase about wanting to have two good things at the same time.
29 Aug 3 min

Drip feed

Learn a phrase about giving information little by little.
22 Aug 2 min


Learn about this word that describes someone disorganised or forgetful.
15 Aug 2 min

On point

A phrase all about being perfect!
8 Aug 2 min

Pet hate

Learn how to describe your annoyance
11 Jul 4 min

Hard pass

Learn a phrase about saying 'no' firmly.
6 Jun 2 min

Level up

'Level up' your English and learn a new word!
30 May 2 min


Learn how to praise or thank someone publicly.
16 May 2 min
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