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6 Minute English

6 Minute English

Description

Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.

Link: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02pc9tn

Categories

Education

Episodes

6 Minute English: Chatting to new people

Dec 12, 2019 377

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Many feel uncomfortable about talking to stranger - but it could be good for you.

Why take a gap year?

Dec 5, 2019 377

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Some delay university to take a year off travelling. Is it a good idea? Find out here!

Can robots care for us?

Nov 21, 2019 379

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Can technology look after us? We discuss robot carers being introduced into social care.

Can robots care for us?

Nov 21, 2019 379

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We discuss robot carers being introduced into social care, and teach you vocabulary.

Mental health in the workplace

Nov 14, 2019 378

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Neil and Georgina talk about things people can do to make a difference.

Why do we like sad music?

Nov 7, 2019 377

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Some people love sad music; others can't stand it. Why?

Are you good at complaining?

Oct 3, 2019 377

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Sam and Rob hope you don't complain about the vocabulary they're going to teach you!

Faking it: Computers that spot a real smile

Sep 19, 2019 378

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We discuss if computers can recognise human emotions from the expressions on our face.

Is tourism harmful?

Sep 12, 2019 377

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Everyone loves a holiday, but what damage can tourists do? Sam and Rob find out.

The future of food

Sep 5, 2019 381

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Climate change means we might have to change our diets. Let's tuck into some vocabulary.

Environmentally friendly living

Aug 29, 2019 376

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How can you change the way you live to help the environment? Sam and Neil discuss.

Does your age affect your political views?

Aug 22, 2019 379

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Sam and Neil discuss politics and teach you related vocabulary.

Would you invest in cryptocurrencies?

Aug 15, 2019 377

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A new digital currency might appear: Facebook's Libra. We discuss, and teach vocabulary.

The art of tipping

Aug 8, 2019 379

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How much should you tip? We discuss this, and other tricky questions, in 6 minutes.

Coffee cups: Do you use your own?

Aug 1, 2019 378

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Does recycling coffee cups make a difference? Neil and Rob discuss and teach vocabulary.

Are you at risk from online fraud?

Jul 25, 2019 379

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Have you fallen for a scam? Sam and Rob discuss and teach you fraud-related vocabulary.

Are you at risk from online fraud?

Jul 25, 2019 379

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Sam and Rob discuss criminal methods, hear from anti-fraud experts and teach vocabulary.

Shame

Jul 18, 2019 378

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Why is 'shame' the emotion of now? We discuss this and teach you new vocabulary as well.

Do you care if you're poor when you're old?

Jul 11, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob talk about financial planning and teach you money-related vocabulary.

The rise of women's football

Jul 4, 2019 380

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Sam and Catherine discuss the Women's World Cup and teach new related vocabulary.

Can death metal bring you joy?

Jun 20, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob talk about this kind of music and teach you some vocabulary.

Is talking on the phone embarrassing?

Jun 13, 2019 378

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Neil and Sam discuss talking on the phone and teach related vocabulary.

Women and motorbikes

Jun 6, 2019 377

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Neil and Sam talk about biker culture and teach you related vocabulary.

Are you a 'vampire shopper'?

May 30, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob discuss their shopping habits and give you vocabulary for free!

What to do when you can't sleep

May 30, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob talk about insomnia and teach you the related vocabulary.

Being slim: Is it in our genes?

May 16, 2019 377

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Neil and Dan talk about diets and serve you a tasty helping of vocabulary.

Can we trust a smart speaker?

May 9, 2019 377

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These devices listen to our every command. But when does 'listening' become 'spying'?

Evolution and anxiety

May 2, 2019 377

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Has anxiety been good for humans?

The rise of the comfy shoe

Apr 25, 2019 378

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Forget high heels - the comfortable shoe is becoming acceptable in formal settings.

Rabbits: Cute friends or cunning tricksters?

Apr 18, 2019 378

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Neil and Rob talk about the animal symbol of Easter and teach you some vocabulary.

The decluttering trend

Apr 11, 2019 377

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How tidy are you? Learn about the fashion for a clutter-free life.

Why do we feel awkward?

Apr 4, 2019 378

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Neil and Dan discuss what awkwardness is and why we feel it.

Side hustles

Mar 28, 2019 377

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Do you have a second job? Learn about a trend followed by a quarter of workers in the UK.

How your eyes predict your personality

Mar 21, 2019 378

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Neil and Rob discuss how your eyes predict personality and teach you related vocabulary.

Debating veganism

Mar 14, 2019 383

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Dan and Rob discuss veganism, persuasion and teach you vocabulary.

What's on your to-do list?

Mar 7, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob discuss what could make life admin tasks more interesting.

Why are unicorns back in fashion?

Feb 28, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob talk about these mythical creatures and teach you some vocabulary.

Are food allergies more common now?

Feb 21, 2019 379

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Neil and Rob discuss the topic and teach you new vocabulary.

How effective are dating apps?

Feb 14, 2019 377

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Apparently, only 5% of people who've used dating apps, actually go on the date. Why?

What's the appeal of high-heeled shoes?

Feb 7, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob talk about these uncomfortable but very glamorous shoes.

Improving your memory

Jan 31, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob discuss ways of improving your memory and teach you new vocabulary.

What is happiness?

Jan 24, 2019 377

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Neil and Rob discuss what makes people happy and teach you new vocabulary.

Is music getting faster?

Jan 17, 2019 377

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New technology might be putting an end to instrumental introductions to pop songs.

Do you enjoy other people's bad luck?

Jan 11, 2019 377

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Learn about schadenfraude. A German word that English has borrowed.

Could you go flexitarian?

Jan 3, 2019 377

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Scientists say too much meat is bad for us and the planet. Could you go semi-vegetarian?

Michelle Obama and her mission to inspire women

Dec 28, 2018 377

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The former First Lady continues with her mission to try to inspire girls and women.

Why do we push buttons?

Dec 20, 2018 373

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Why do people love to push buttons and why do some have a phobia of them?

Why do teenagers leave their homework until the last minute?

Dec 13, 2018 379

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What's going on in a teenager's brain? We hear about research explaining their behaviour

Why does 'x' mean 'kiss'?

Dec 6, 2018 379

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What does the letter 'x' all by itself at the end of a message mean? We'll tell you.

Do you take photos of your food?

Nov 29, 2018 381

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Rob and Neil talk about food photos on social media.

The smell of coffee

Nov 22, 2018 378

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Neil and Catherine discuss the science of why coffee often smells better than it tastes.

What chickens can teach us about hierarchies

Nov 15, 2018 378

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What can chickens help us learn about the way we organise ourselves?

Loneliness

Nov 8, 2018 377

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Can you feel lonely in a crowded place? Neil and Sam discuss and teach some vocabulary.

Objectification

Nov 1, 2018 378

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Neil and Sam discuss if there's any advantage to the beach body trend.

How creative should we be?

Oct 25, 2018 378

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Rob and Neil discuss what it takes to be creative - and they also teach you vocabulary.

What is 'scumbro' fashion?

Oct 19, 2018 384

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There's a new look which some people are calling 'scumbro'. But what does is mean?

Curbing our plastic addiction

Oct 11, 2018 376

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Could we live without plastic? Rob and Neil discuss the progress that's being made.

Describing Generation Z

Oct 4, 2018 380

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Have you grown up with social media? You could belong to Generation Z.

High-vis fashion

Sep 27, 2018 401

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How did clothes worn for safety end up on the catwalk?

Snowflakes and taking offence

Sep 20, 2018 409

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The word 'snowflake' has been used as an insult. We discuss what it takes to be offended.

Dating apps: How our brains react

Sep 13, 2018 409

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Rob and Dan discuss love and teach you new items of vocabulary in just 6 minutes!

Do you have a sedentary lifestyle?

Sep 6, 2018 407

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How does being physically inactive affect your health? Dan and Catherine find out.

Street food: Why is it becoming so popular?

Aug 30, 2018 410

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Rob and Neil discuss the popularity of street food and teach you six items of vocabulary.

Are smartphones killing cameras?

Aug 23, 2018 378

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Catherine and Neil talk about photography and teach you six items of related vocabulary.

Why do men want to be fathers?

Aug 16, 2018 377

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Why do men want children? Catherine and Neil - a father - discuss and teach vocabulary!

The advantages of being tall

Aug 9, 2018 373

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Does being taller mean you earn more at work? Neil and Catherine discuss height.

How intelligent is the octopus?

Aug 2, 2018 377

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Neil and Catherine chat about this curious animal and teach you six items of vocabulary.

Not going out

Jul 26, 2018 378

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Why are countryside walks no longer so popular?

Is technology always the solution?

Jul 19, 2018 377

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Catherine and Rob discuss whether we suffer from technochauvinism.

Smartphone addiction

Jul 12, 2018 378

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How many hours a day do you spend staring at your smartphone?

Surf and turf

Jul 5, 2018 379

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Rob and Neil discuss online shopping and teach you six items of vocabulary.

Is gaming a sport?

Jun 21, 2018 377

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We hear from people who take part in computer game tournaments and earn money from them.

Are you excited about the World Cup?

Jun 14, 2018 379

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We hear from football fans and those who are not so keen on the tournament.

Talking to machines

Jun 7, 2018 380

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How is the way we interact with technology affecting the type of language we use?

Risk

Jun 7, 2018 378

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Are you a risk taker? Knowing your risk type can help people make decisions for you.

Women in space

May 24, 2018 379

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Could the first person on Mars be a woman?

Football songs

May 17, 2018 377

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Neil and Dan discuss ways to liven up the atmosphere at football matches

Hanger

May 10, 2018 375

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We discuss a new word to describe when you feel angry because you're hungry

Perfume: what your smell says

May 4, 2018 379

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Listen to this discussion about smells and learn some vocabulary.

Internet - good or bad?

Apr 26, 2018 379

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Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online

Lying to children

Apr 19, 2018 379

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Neil and Rob ask: Is it ever OK to tell lies to kids?

Foodie

Apr 12, 2018 377

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Many in the UK describe themselves as 'foodies', but do they really know about food?

The future of marriage

Apr 5, 2018 378

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Why are fewer UK opposite-sex couples getting married? Learn vocabulary about this topic.

Who needs a manbag?

Mar 29, 2018 378

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What are fashionable men carrying these days? We look inside the trend for a manbag accessory and teach some new vocabulary

Microadventures!

Mar 22, 2018 387

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You don't need to go far for adventure. Find out how there's fun to be had on your doorstep

How do you learn to speak a language?

Mar 15, 2018 384

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It's good to learn another language but it can be challenging. We discuss the ideas that could make it easier

Robot therapist

Mar 9, 2018 378

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Would you tell a robot your deepest secrets? And could a robot help someone overcome mental health issues? Rob and Catherine discuss robot therapists

Hello, hello

Mar 1, 2018 378

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It's probably the first word you learned in English, but what is the history of the humble 'hello'? Rob and Catherine talk about greetings in 6 Minute English

Swimming like a mermaid

Feb 23, 2018 377

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There's a new trend: dressing up and swimming like a mermaid. It's aimed at teaching kids to be safe in the water, but it's catching on with adults too

The rise of drones

Feb 16, 2018 383

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Good or bad, drones are taking off. We discuss how these pilotless flying machines are helping and hindering our lives

Transport of the future

Feb 9, 2018 383

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What will travel be like in the future? We discuss new ideas for moving us faster