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
185 Episodes
1 – 20

Caught red-handed

Learn an expression about being caught doing something wrong.
14 Mar 2 min

Rabbit on

Learn a phrase about talking too much.
7 Mar 3 min

Thanks a bunch

When does ‘thanks’ not mean ‘thanks’? Find out about an ironic English phrase.
28 Feb 3 min

Slow walk

How do you describe something making slow progress?
21 Feb 2 min

A flying start

Learn an expression we use to say a new task is going very well.
24 Jan 2 min

Steal someone's thunder

If you get more attention than someone else, what are you doing? Here's a useful phrase!
17 Jan 2 min

Off the top of my head

When you don’t have the facts and figures at hand, you have to make a quick guess.
3 Jan 2 min

Change for the better

Do you want to make a positive change for 2023? We have an expression for you to learn.
23 Dec 2022 2 min

Hang in there

Times can be challenging but don’t give up. We have a phrase to spur you on.
6 Dec 2022 2 min

Fever pitch

The men’s football World Cup is coming, and excitement has reached fever pitch!
15 Nov 2022 3 min
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