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May 14, 2019
Like riding a bike
Learn an English expression about skills we never forget.
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May 7, 2019
On fire
Can you be on fire without any flames?
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2 min
April 30, 2019
Out of order
Learn an expression for offensive behaviour.
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2 min
April 23, 2019
Dead
If something is 'dead good' is that a positive or negative thing?
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3 min
April 16, 2019
Give someone the runaround
A phrase about being unhelpful.
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2 min
April 9, 2019
Laughing all the way to the bank
When can going to the bank be funny? We've got a phrase that will leave you laughing.
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2 min
April 2, 2019
The joke is on you
Find out more about a seriously funny English phrase.
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3 min
March 26, 2019
Keep a lid on it
Learn the right English phrase about having to put a stop to something.
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2 min
March 19, 2019
To pull the wool over someone's eyes
Here's a phrase about preventing someone from discovering something.
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2 min
March 12, 2019
Take the rough with the smooth
Learn an expression about experiencing bad things to enable you to enjoy good things.
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2 min
March 5, 2019
Hard-nosed
What is a hard-nosed person like? Find out in this episode of The English We Speak.
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2 min
February 26, 2019
To have a soft spot
How do you feel if you really like something or someone? This phrase might help you.
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2 min
February 19, 2019
To make a song and dance (about something)
If things don't go your way, how can singing and dancing help?
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2 min
February 12, 2019
Giant killer
Here's a phrase to describe the success of a small team.
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3 min
February 5, 2019
A shock to the system
A sudden and unpleasant change can come as a shock. Learn a phrase to describe this.
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2 min
January 29, 2019
From pillar to post
Moving from place to place can be chaotic. Learn a phrase to describe the situation
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2 min
January 22, 2019
Small talk
Here's a phrase that describes making informal conversation about not much.
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2 min
January 15, 2019
A bright spark
Here's a clever expression that can describe someone doing something stupid.
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2 min
January 8, 2019
To be all downhill
Rob's done all his work! Find out here if it's all downhill until the weekend for him.
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2 min
January 1, 2019
Fireworks
Learn a New Year-related expression
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2 min
December 28, 2018
To have all your Christmases come at once
An expression for when you have good fortune
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2 min
December 18, 2018
It's the thought that counts
Learn a polite thing to say when you receive a bad present.
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2 min
December 11, 2018
Digital detox
Learn this very modern expression.
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3 min
December 4, 2018
It leaves a bad taste in your mouth
How can a tasty meal leave a bad taste?
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2 min
November 27, 2018
Pea-souper
Is it a meal or a type of weather?
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2 min
November 20, 2018
Throw in the towel
Learn a phrase about giving up.
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2 min
November 13, 2018
A walk in the park
Is walking in the park easy? It can be if you learn this phrase!
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2 min
November 6, 2018
Dumbphone
Learn a new name for old tech
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2 min
October 30, 2018
No fear
Are you ready for Halloween?
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2 min
October 23, 2018
Something to chew on
Feifei gives Neil something to chew on
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2 min
October 16, 2018
Waffle on
Not all waffling is good!
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2 min
October 9, 2018
Skew-whiff
Describe something that isn't straight.
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3 min
October 2, 2018
Play a blinder
Doing something amazing.
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3 min
September 25, 2018
Miffed
Has someone annoyed you? Use this word.
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3 min
September 18, 2018
Humblebrag
Brag if you must - just don’t humblebrag! Find out what that means with Rob and Feifei.
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3 min
September 11, 2018
Out of your depth
A phrase for when you're struggling to do something.
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3 min
September 4, 2018
Mardy
A word for a bad mood.
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3 min
August 28, 2018
Curry favour
Learn a spicy expression.
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2 min
August 21, 2018
Take the biscuit
A sweet phrase for irritating behaviour.
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August 14, 2018
Step on it
Do you need someone to go faster? Use this informal phrase.
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August 7, 2018
Ping
When does the word 'ping' not make a sound? Find out in this programme.
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2 min
July 31, 2018
Crunch time
When the time comes to make an important decision, what do you say?
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July 24, 2018
Have a pop
Learn a phrase about having a go at something
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July 17, 2018
A necessary evil
Can you accept something you don't like?
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July 10, 2018
If the cap fits
Learn an expression about accepting criticism
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July 3, 2018
My bad
Learn a phrase about accepting blame
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2 min
June 26, 2018
To have a good nose (for something)
Rob and Feifei sniff out a new phrase to learn
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2 min
June 19, 2018
Friends in High Places
Learn a phrase about important people
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2 min
June 12, 2018
Catch-22
Learn an expression for a no-win situation.
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2 min
June 5, 2018
Let the dust settle
Learn a phrase about allowing a situation to become calm again
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2 min
May 29, 2018
Nothing to shout about
Learn a phrase about not saying much
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2 min
May 22, 2018
Let sleeping dogs lie
Learn about a trouble-free phrase
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3 min
May 15, 2018
Bleed someone dry
An expression for a financial injury
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May 8, 2018
Small change
A phrase for trivial things
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2 min
May 1, 2018
That'll teach you
Learn from what you've done
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2 min
April 24, 2018
An old hand
Someone who's skilled and experienced
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2 min
April 17, 2018
Out of the loop
Learn a phrase about missing out.
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2 min
April 10, 2018
Rub it in
Learn an expression about enjoying someone's misfortunes.
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2 min
April 3, 2018
Smombie
Are you a smartphone zombie?
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2 min
March 27, 2018
Freegan
Are you someone who only eats food that has been wasted or thrown away? Learn a word that describes what you are
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2 min
March 20, 2018
Barking up the wrong tree
Have you ever made the wrong assumption? Here's a dog-related phrase to describe your actions
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March 13, 2018
Cloud cuckoo land
Can you make the impossible possible? This phrase implies you can't but what's it got to do with a cuckoo?
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2 min
March 6, 2018
A taste of your own medicine
Payback time
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2 min
February 27, 2018
Happy-go-lucky
Relaxed about the future? Here's a phrase that might describe your character
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2 min
February 20, 2018
Whizz-kid
Young, clever and successful: find out a phrase that describes someone like this
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2 min
February 13, 2018
The best of both worlds
Can you enjoy the advantages of two different situations at the same time? You can if you use this phrase
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February 6, 2018
Bone idle
Are you taking it easy or just being lazy? Here's a phrase to describe your condition
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2 min
January 30, 2018
To cut a long story short
Have you got a story to tell? Here's a phrase about just telling the important bits
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3 min
January 29, 2018
A thing
Beards have been 'a thing' for a while. Is it now time to shave them off?
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2 min
January 23, 2018
Just the ticket
Rob and Feifei help teach a phrase to describe something you really want or need
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3 min
January 9, 2018
Do a runner
Is it time to go? Here's a phrase about avoiding a tricky situation
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2 min
December 26, 2017
All that jazz
We love slang, idioms, phrases and all that jazz! Learn a new phrase with us
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2 min
December 18, 2017
Not gonna lie
A phrase to use when you're being brutally honest
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2 min
December 12, 2017
Up your game
Don't know which one to use? You need to up your emoji game
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2 min
December 5, 2017
To shout it from the rooftops
Have you heard the good news? This programme has something to shout about!
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2 min
November 28, 2017
To blow the cobwebs away
No spiders involved. It's time to get lively and learn a new English phrase
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2 min
November 21, 2017
A knees-up
Want to go to a party? This phrase might help you get an invitation
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2 min
November 14, 2017
To put someone on the map
Need directions to learn a new English phrase? Here's one about a map and being famous
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November 7, 2017
Down in the dumps
Feeling unhappy? Here's a phrase to describe your mood but don't take it too literally!
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October 31, 2017
Excuse me!
Rob keeps saying 'excuse me' but what does he really mean? You and Feifei are about to find out the many uses of this phrase
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October 24, 2017
A sting in the tail
Rob's become a bee keeper but there's something more unpleasant to this hobby than being stung. Find out how a sting in the tail doesn't just come from bees!
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2 min
October 17, 2017
So done with
Are you doing something very boring? We have just the phrase for you!
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1 min
October 10, 2017
lolz
You might know the slang expression ‘LOL’, but do you know about ‘lolz’?
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2 min
October 3, 2017
Have a go
Poor Neil gets a lot of criticism in the programme. Of course, it’s all to help you learn English!
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1 min
September 26, 2017
About
You know what ‘about’ means, right? But maybe not this extra meaning! Take another look with us
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1 min
September 19, 2017
Wing it
Learn an informal expression for when you have to improvise
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2 min
September 12, 2017
Pot luck
Not sure what to expect? Learn a phrase about hoping your choice will turn out ok
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2 min
September 5, 2017
It beats me
Why does Feifei keep hitting Rob? There could be some confusion about the meaning of today's authentic English phrase. Find out what Rob really means when he says 'it beats me'
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2 min
August 29, 2017
Jiggery-pokery
Tricks and dishonesty: Learn this phrase before it fools you!
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1 min
August 22, 2017
Left, right, and centre
If you do something left, right, and centre does that mean you do it everywhere? Rob's being doing just that but what's he been doing it with?
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August 15, 2017
Donkey's years
Why has Rob got a donkey in the studio?! It's probably got something with today's authentic English phrase which is about not doing something for a long time
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August 8, 2017
Give us a bell
What's that ringing sound? Is it someone giving you a bell? Find out what it all means
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August 1, 2017
Echo chamber
Echo echo echo echo…
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July 25, 2017
Snowflake
Do you melt too easily?
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2 min
July 18, 2017
The heat is on
Learn an expression which you can use to say you're under pressure
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1 min
July 11, 2017
Wet weekend
When can a wet weekend be dry? Find out with another authentic English expression
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2 min
July 4, 2017
No picnic
Some things in life are hard work. Discover a phrase that describes these situations
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2 min
June 27, 2017
A busman's holiday
Going on holiday to do your job? What's it got to do with driving a bus?
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June 20, 2017
Fuddy-duddy
Old-fashioned and set in your ways? Could you be one of these people?
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June 13, 2017
No great shakes
Not impressed by something? Here's an expression that describes what you think
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June 6, 2017
Not a sausage
Nothing, absolutely nothing, nothing at all… Not even one little sausage!
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May 30, 2017
Long
Not everything in this life is fun. Learn a phrase to describe boring jobs!
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1 min
May 23, 2017
Not half
Love pizza? Feifei and Neil bring you a phrase to show how much you enjoy something
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2 min
May 16, 2017
All over the shop
Looked everywhere? Learn a phrase about shops that isn’t about shops!
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3 min
May 9, 2017
It comes with the territory
Some things have to be expected. Learn a phrase to describe this situation
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2 min
May 2, 2017
It won't wash
Heard something unconvincing? Maybe it's time to get out the washing powder!
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2 min
April 25, 2017
Jack-of-all-trades
Can you do lots of different things? This could be the phrase to describe you
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2 min
April 18, 2017
The coast is clear
Doing something you shouldn't? Here's a phrase about not being caught
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2 min
April 11, 2017
Pull a fast one
Make the English you speak sound more natural
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2 min
April 4, 2017
Suck it and see
Learn a phrase about having new experiences
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1 min
March 28, 2017
To cut your teeth
Starting out in a new profession? Here's an expression about gaining experience
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2 min
March 21, 2017
Shrinkflation
Getting less for your money? Could you be the victim of 'shrinkflation'?
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2 min
March 14, 2017
La-la land
Is someone making unreasonable requests? Here's where they live
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2 min
March 7, 2017
A different kettle of fish
Fishing for a phrase? This could be the one for you
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2 min
February 28, 2017
At the drop of a hat
What would Rob do at the drop of a hat? Find out more about this expression
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2 min
February 21, 2017
Brass neck
What does being confident but rude have to do with your neck? Learn an expression that should not be taken literally
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2 min
February 14, 2017
Reinvent the wheel
Wasting time doing something that's been done before? There's a phrase to explain this
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2 min
February 7, 2017
Frenemy
Do you have a false friend? In The English We Speak we get to hear how one of Feifei's best friends isn't a friend at all and discover that there's a great word to describe them
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2 min
January 31, 2017
To be fair
Give both sides of the argument with this phrase
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January 24, 2017
On the box
Watching a ‘box’ can’t be very enjoyable, can it?
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2 min
January 17, 2017
Duck
Learn a phrase you can use that features our feathered friend
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2 min
January 10, 2017
Bottle
Use this phrase involving bottles when you’re too afraid to do something
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1 min
January 3, 2017
Got your number
Understanding someone's true intentions
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2 min
December 20, 2016
Clickbait
Learn a word that describes tempting online links
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2 min
December 13, 2016
Mash-up
Dan and Feifei are in the studio and Dan has been working on a new music track. Will it be good? Let's find out
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2 min
December 6, 2016
Air kiss
How do you kiss someone without kissing them? Neil and Feifei explain a word which describes a popular way of greeting and saying goodbye to friends
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2 min
November 29, 2016
Mansplaining
A word for when a man explains to a woman something in a way which suggests she's stupid.
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2 min
November 22, 2016
Rolling in it
Neil is rolling on the floor to teach a phrase connected to wealth. Feifei explains
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2 min
November 15, 2016
Photobomb
Feifei and Sian discuss a word to use when something unexpectedly appears in your photo.
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2 min
November 8, 2016
Cyberchondriac
Do you look up every symptom on the internet and then imagine you have a serious illness? Here's an expression to describe what you're doing
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2 min
November 1, 2016
To wash your dirty linen in public
Are you discussing your private life in public? Here's an expression to describe what you're doing
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2 min
October 25, 2016
Cat got your tongue?
There's a cat about and Feifei's not talking. Learn an expression that questions her quietness
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October 18, 2016
It takes two to tango
Neil's doing a partner dance on his own in the studio to help you learn English. Learn an expression which means two people need to accept the blame for a bad situation
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October 11, 2016
Knee-jerk reaction
Feifei kicks Neil in the face after he hits her knee with a hammer. It's all to teach you a useful English expression
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2 min
October 4, 2016
To have an axe to grind
An expression with three related but slightly different meanings connected to strong opinions
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September 27, 2016
Close, but no cigar
Why is Neil trying to smoke a cigar in the studio? Learn an English expression about almost succeeding
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2 min
September 20, 2016
Get somebody's goat
Neil's goat Fred is a bit smelly but useful for teaching an English expression. Feifei's not happy
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September 13, 2016
Bust a gut
Neil's wearing a vest in the studio to teach an expression about effort. Feifei's concerned he'll injure himself
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September 6, 2016
Old-school
Feifei has written a letter to her family. Find out why Sian finds this old-school
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2 min
August 30, 2016
Shedloads
Sian has received lots of emails! Learn another way to say 'lots'
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2 min
August 23, 2016
Hangry
Sian is irritable today because she skipped breakfast! Learn an adjective to describe people who feel angry when they get hungry
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2 min
August 16, 2016
To pull something out of the hat
What can you pull out of a hat? Learn an expression that describes doing something that saves the day
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2 min
August 4, 2016
Off the hook
Are you obliged to do something you can't or don't want to? We teach you what to say
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1 min
July 26, 2016
Barefaced
Is someone telling an outrageous lie? Here's an expression we can use
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2 min
July 19, 2016
To make a mountain out of a molehill
Someone making a big fuss about something small? Here's a phrase to describe what they're doing
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2 min
July 12, 2016
The last straw/final straw
When friendship is under test, something tiny and as light as a straw could cause a huge problem
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2 min
July 5, 2016
The university of life
Want to learn about life? Here's a place most of us have studied at
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2 min
June 28, 2016
White collar worker / blue-collar worker
What does the colour of your clothes say about your job?
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2 min
June 21, 2016
Drama queen
No need to be in the theatre to find a drama queen. We teach you where to find them…
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2 min
June 14, 2016
It's on the cards
An expression for when something is likely to happen. What's on the cards for you?
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2 min
June 7, 2016
Until you're blue in the face
Is nobody listening to you? Learn a colourful phrase to explain the situation
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2 min
May 31, 2016
Clean up your act
Someone behaving badly? Here's a phrase that tells them what to do
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2 min
May 24, 2016
You're pulling my leg!
Want to trick someone? Here is a phrase that involves pulling a part of your body!
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2 min
May 17, 2016
One good turn deserves another
A helpful phrase for doing something good
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2 min
May 10, 2016
To fall at the first hurdle
Got an idea that's never going to work? Here is a phrase to describe the situation
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2 min
May 3, 2016
Pain in the neck
Learn the phrase Helen needs to describe the headache her mobile phone company is causing her
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1 min
April 26, 2016
Burn a hole in your pocket
When you are in the habit of spending all your money as soon as it comes in, you can use this phrase to express yourself
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2 min
April 19, 2016
To turn something upside down
How to describe doing a thorough search for something in a very messy way
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2 min
April 12, 2016
Going forward
How do you ask someone to change the way they do things in the future? Learn this phrase connected to motion
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2 min
April 5, 2016
A recipe for disaster
When things go wrong and the outcome isn't good, what kind of recipe are you following? Learn a phrase that has nothing to do with cooking
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2 min
March 29, 2016
Crash course
When you need to learn something very quickly, it’s worth considering a super fast learning programme, but it’s not for everyone
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March 22, 2016
You've sold it to me
When you are in total agreement with ideas or suggestions from others, try a new phrase to express yourself
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2 min
March 15, 2016
Full of the joys of spring
What time of the year describes a good mood? Learn this lively and cheerful phrase
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2 min
March 1, 2016
Six of one, half a dozen of the other
Is this expression related to numbers? If half a dozen is six, what does this expression mean? Listen to the programme
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2 min
February 23, 2016
Test the water
How can you make sure a new project is going to be a successful? Here's a piece of good advice
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2 min
February 16, 2016
To lie through your teeth
Not telling the truth is not a good thing to do. Learn a phrase to describe your actions
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2 min
February 9, 2016
To make a monkey out of me
Rob's been asked to dress up like a monkey but it seems like someone is literally making a monkey out of him!
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2 min
January 26, 2016
There's method to my madness
Although other people may think you are behaving rather strangely, you know what you are doing. There's a reason and a phrase to describe your behaviour
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2 min
January 19, 2016
In good nick
Learn a phrase to describe something in top condition
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2 min
January 12, 2016
Cheap and cheerful
Most people like a present that is cheap and cheerful. But no one likes something that is cheap and nasty
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2 min
January 5, 2016
A bitter pill to swallow
When a situation is hard to accept, what do you say? This phrase could be for you
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2 min
December 31, 2015
Potty
When we see people going crazy about something, here is an alternative expression
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2 min
December 22, 2015
I'm game
Neil is dying for a game of squash but Li is not game. Find out why...
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1 min
December 15, 2015
That'll put hairs on your chest!
Learn a humorous expression that is used when someone is going to have a strong alcoholic drink
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2 min
December 1, 2015
Down the pan
When things are not going as planned, we can say they've gone ‘down the pan’, but which pan is it?
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2 min
November 17, 2015
Sweet tooth
Do you have a sweet tooth? Is it something that you are born with or do you develop it?
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2 min
November 10, 2015
Bumper-to-bumper
When a car bumper is almost touch another car bumper, you know the situation on the road is bad
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2 min
November 3, 2015
Eye candy
How can you describe someone good looking but not interesting?
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2 min
October 27, 2015
Thingy
Oh no, you've forgotten the word for something! Don't worry, this expression might help
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2 min
October 20, 2015
Across the pond
Are London and New York separated by a pond? Learn this expression people say on both sides of the Atlantic
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2 min
October 13, 2015
People person
Are you good at working with other people? This expression might describe you
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2 min
October 6, 2015
It's a steal!
Have you paid very little money for something normally expensive? Learn an expression for when you find a bargain
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2 min
September 29, 2015
Bull and bear market
Learn what you say when share prices rise and when they fall. We help you to understand financial terms
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2 min
September 22, 2015
Social media words
'Trolls' and 'haters' are the people who want to annoy you. The names are part of the new vocabulary of social media
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2 min
September 15, 2015
Don't give up the day job
If you don't think someone is very good at doing something what should you say? Here's a phrase to help you
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2 min
September 8, 2015
A barrel of laughs
What object is full of laughs? This is a phrase that describes someone who is fun
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2 min
September 1, 2015
To know something like the back of your hand
Do you know a place very well? Are you able to find your way in a place without looking at any maps? Here is a way of saying it with help from your hand
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2 min
August 18, 2015
Give me credit
Learn a phrase that's full of praise. You won't need a credit card to use this one
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2 min
August 11, 2015
To keep the wolf from the door
Who's that knocking at the door? Someone's here to tell you you're in financial trouble
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July 14, 2015
Red tape
Fed up with rules and regulations? You must learn this expression
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2 min
June 30, 2015
To drink someone under the table
Drink to celebrate the good things in life, drink to forget the bad. Here's an expression for people who like an alcoholic drink
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2 min
June 16, 2015
Cyberbullying
Is there someone tormenting you online? Here's an expression for when people hide behind a computer to attack others
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2 min
May 19, 2015
A close shave
What's a razor got to do with Rob's bike ride to work? Here's an expression for when you've had a narrow escape.
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2 min
May 12, 2015
My mind's gone blank
Why did Rob ask Feifei to meet him in the studio? Here's an expression for when you've forgotten something.
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2 min
May 5, 2015
To sleep on it
Find out how 'sleeping on it' doesn't just mean lying on a bed!
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2 min
April 28, 2015
All over the place
Neil can't find his script. His pen's gone missing. He's feeling a bit confused. What's wrong with him? Find out in the programme.
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April 21, 2015
To go around the houses
Feifei wants to borrow Rob's car but she takes a long time getting to the point. Find out why Rob tells her not to go around the houses. And why doesn't Rob want her to drive his car?
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2 min
April 14, 2015
Done and dusted
When someone says the phrase 'done and dusted', do they mean doing some proper cleaning?
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2 min
April 7, 2015
Chill pill
It's hard to swallow but maybe it's time for a chill pill!
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2 min
March 31, 2015
Put a sock in it!
Why has Helen put a sock in the toaster and how is that going to keep her quiet?
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3 min
March 31, 2015
A wild card
Who's the wild card in the office? Rob and Feifei use a phrase to describe an unpredictable colleague.
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2 min
March 17, 2015
To take a shot / stab in the dark
Feifei thinks someone's been killed but then discovers taking a stab in the dark doesn't involve using knives!
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2 min
March 10, 2015
To keep a lid on it
Li and Neil go for a coffee, but why do they have to keep a lid on it?
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March 3, 2015
To be on the ball
Learn a phrase to describe the ability to react quickly to things.
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1 min
February 24, 2015
Mind-blowing
Feifei and Harry use an expression for things that amaze and astound.
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3 min
February 17, 2015
Out for the count
Neil and Li talk about how a boxing expression can be used in everyday life.
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2 min
February 10, 2015
Game changer
Feifei and Harry use an expression for people and ideas that change the way we do things.
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3 min
February 3, 2015
Wow factor
Harry and Feifei look at an expression for when things surprise and impress you.
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2 min
January 27, 2015
Full on
Harry and Feifei talk about a common colloquial expression for when things are intense.
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2 min
January 20, 2015
Stab in the back
Harry and Feifei talk about an expression that is not as violent as it sounds.
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2 min
January 13, 2015
To downsize
Neil and Feifei talk about a word made popular by the economic downturn
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2 min
January 6, 2015
At the movies
Sci-fi, romcom, whodunnit – What kind of movies do you like?
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2 min
December 30, 2014
Killing time
Neil tells Helen to kill time but she smashes up a clock. Find out why and learn a useful expression.
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2 min
December 23, 2014
Like turkeys voting for Christmas
Do you celebrate Christmas? Do you like eating turkey? Do you think turkeys like Christmas? Learn this humorous idiom
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2 min
December 16, 2014
Face the music
There's something Neil's forgotten to do and now he has to face the music. Listen to the programme to find out why.
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2 min
December 9, 2014
Internet speak
'Snail mail', 'post' and 'hard copy' – learn expressions connected with computers
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3 min
December 2, 2014
Viral
Li's cat video has gone viral. Will she be happy about it? Learn an expression from the internet age
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2 min
November 25, 2014
Give the cold shoulder
Is Feifei's designer shawl a solution to her problems with Lisa? Listen to the programme to find out
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2 min
November 18, 2014
Phishing
Rob is deleting some emails. He won't take the bait sent in by criminals!
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2 min
November 11, 2014
Take to the cleaners
Rob's very expensive shirt is ruined! Who will pay for it? Listen to the programme to find out
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3 min
November 4, 2014
Eat humble pie
Is Rob hungry enough to win a pie-eating competition? Listen to the programme
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3 min
October 28, 2014
Water off a duck's back
Feifei has a thing or two to learn from the ducks in the park. So do you. Listen to the programme.
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3 min
October 21, 2014
Take for a ride
Li wants to invest in a car moved by air. Is she going to lose her money?
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3 min
October 14, 2014
Baby phrase
Is Feifei giving up her job to take care of babies? Learn an amusing idiom: 'Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater'.
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3 min
October 7, 2014
Joe Bloggs
Do you know Joe Bloggs? He might be just beside you.
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3 min
September 29, 2014
Butter up
Is this butter for a cake, for toast or... to put on a person? Finn and Feifei explain
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2 min
September 22, 2014
Hair of the dog
Rob had too much to drink. Is this the cure for his hangover?
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3 min
September 15, 2014
Splash Out
Finn is spending a lot of money. But can he afford it?
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4 min
September 8, 2014
Cheesed off
Finn is angry, so Li offers him some tasty cheese. Will it calm him down?
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2 min
September 1, 2014
Frogmarch
A style of walking that is hard to do on your own.
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3 min
August 22, 2014
Proof is in the pudding
What does Rob mean when he says 'the proof is in the pudding'?
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3 min
August 18, 2014
Dinosaur
What’s the link between dinosaurs and mobile phones?
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2 min
August 11, 2014
Look like the back end of a bus
If someone says you look like 'the back end of a bus', is it a good thing?
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2 min
August 4, 2014
Interjections
Wow! Ouch! Yippee! The useful little sounds which mean a lot.
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3 min
July 28, 2014
Blah blah blah
Having a repetitive and boring conversation? This expression is for you.
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3 min
July 21, 2014
Have a lot on my plate
When is a meal not so tasty? This expression will give you the answer
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3 min
July 14, 2014
Bells and whistles
Will bells and whistles add to the value of your gadget? Listen to the programme
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3 min
July 7, 2014
Everything but the kitchen sink
Neil and Li are going on a camping trip. But are they packing too much?
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3 min
June 30, 2014
Beat the drum
Neil and Li want to help protect baby turtles. But do they need a drum?
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2 min
June 23, 2014
Until the cows come home
Neil and Li are keen to go home. How long will they have to wait for the bus?
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3 min
June 16, 2014
Smell a rat
Li is told she won the lottery. But is it true? Neil has bad news for her.
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3 min
June 9, 2014
Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar
When does 'funny' have nothing to do with laughter?
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2 min
June 2, 2014
Corporate speak
Blue-sky thinking? Pushing the envelope? Learn what these business terms mean
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3 min
May 26, 2014
Take it with a pinch of salt
Helen takes Neil out for tea but why does she put salt in his cup? Find out more
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2 min
May 19, 2014
Cold feet
Rob wants a pay rise. But why do his 'cold feet' stop him asking for one?
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3 min
May 12, 2014
Not enough room to swing a cat
It's hard to find the right place to live. Here's an expression about space.
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2 min
May 5, 2014
Off the back of a lorry
Buying something really good but super cheap? This expression will make you think twice.
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3 min
April 28, 2014
Wrong 'un
Li and Finn are looking on an online dating website. Li thinks she's found Mr Right. But Finn thinks he might be a wrong 'un. Learn more about this phrase in the programme.
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2 min
April 21, 2014
Pie in the sky
Finn and Li are in the woods. Can they see more than birds flying in the sky?
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2 min
April 14, 2014
On the tip of my tongue
Can't quite remember what to say? We have a phrase that might help you.
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3 min
April 7, 2014
Under your belt
What does it mean if you say an actor has lots of awards under his belt?
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2 min
March 31, 2014
To brush over
When you are decorating, there are some things you can't brush over
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2 min
March 24, 2014
Go the extra mile
How can Feifei save money for a new car? Will she go the extra mile?
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3 min
March 17, 2014
Beat around the bush
Rob and Li go camping but they are not alone. Join them to learn a phrase
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3 min
March 10, 2014
The boot's on the other foot
How are boots connected to a changing situation?
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2 min
March 3, 2014
Pull the plug
Rob is having serious problems with a project. Li wants to help him. But how? Listen to the programme to find out.
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2 min
February 24, 2014
In the doghouse
Behave or you might end up in the kennel with your dog. Learn a new phrase.
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2 min
February 17, 2014
Chew the fat
Rob and Feifei share a hearty meal and a new phrase. Join them to learn more.
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3 min
February 10, 2014
Treading on eggshells
What are you treading on if you're trying not to offend someone? We can explain.
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3 min
February 3, 2014
Take a rain check
What does 'taking a rain check' mean? Do we need an umbrella?
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3 min
January 27, 2014
Use your loaf
What's the connection between bread and common sense? You might need this expression.
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2 min
January 20, 2014
Stumped
Playing cricket is not the only place where you could get stumped. Find out what it means when it happens to you.
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3 min
January 13, 2014
Skeleton in the closet
Finn and Li go to his late uncle's house. What is Li afraid of? We hope this expression won't frighten you.
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3 min
January 6, 2014
To have words
Why is Finn cross with Li? Here's a good expression for when you're out of patience.
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2 min
December 30, 2013
Crystal clear
If something is crystal clear, how clear is it? Rob and Feifei find out when they build a wardrobe.
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3 min
December 23, 2013
Ginormous
The glass and steel buildings of modern Shanghai are ginormous. What does this mean?
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3 min
December 16, 2013
Take the mickey
Who is laughing at Rob? Is it Li or is it Mickey Mouse? Here's an expression with a twist
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3 min
December 9, 2013
Fishing for compliments
What are you hoping to catch when you're fishing for compliments?
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3 min
December 2, 2013
Go round in circles
Which way are you going if you're not making any progress? Discover a phrase to use when you keep coming back to the same problem.
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3 min
November 25, 2013
Bottomless
Li starts to get worried when her colleagues talk about going for a 'bottomless' meal. What does it mean? Find out more by listening to this programme.
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2 min
November 18, 2013
Full of beans
Are you feeling tired today? Or are you full of beans? Learn more about this phrase in this programme.
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3 min
November 11, 2013
To go with a bang
You don't need fireworks to say a party is going really well.
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3 min
November 4, 2013
Other half
Do you always consult with your other half before you make important decisions?
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2 min
October 28, 2013
Bits and bobs
Neil says he has a lot of 'bits and bobs' to sort out. What does he mean?
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3 min
October 21, 2013
Nosh
Feifei spots a celebrity in the lift who says he's going to get some nosh. Rob has to explain exactly what he's going to get.
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2 min
October 14, 2013
Ace
Do you like playing cards? Are you ace at playing cards? Join us for an 'ace' programme.
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3 min
October 7, 2013
Beef
Beef is meat that comes from a cow, right? Yes, but there is another meaning... Find out more here.
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3 min
September 30, 2013
Out of the picture
Finn has got his camera. Who does Feifei want to see in the picture?
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3 min
September 23, 2013
Cut to the chase
Who's chasing Finn and Feifei? Here's a good expression for when you're running out of patience
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2 min
September 16, 2013
Have a ball
Feifei has just returned to the office after a really relaxing holiday. So why does Finn ask her if she had a ball? Find out in the programme.
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3 min
September 9, 2013
Don't make a scene!
Neil and Feifei are about to watch a play but there is a lot of drama outside the theatre. What is going on?
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3 min
September 2, 2013
Phone slang
When is a bell not a bell, and a dog not a dog? Find out in our programme about phone slang.
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4 min
August 26, 2013
Can of worms
In this series you can learn authentic English words and phrases. This week's programme looks at the phrase 'a can of worms'.
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3 min
August 19, 2013
What's his face?
What do you say in English if you can't remember someone's name? Listen to this programme to learn lots of different phrases you can use.
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2 min
August 12, 2013
Straight from the horse's mouth
Learn English with horses. In fact, learn it 'straight from the horse's mouth' in this programme.
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3 min
August 5, 2013
After
Join Li and Finn for a drink in the bar and learn a new way to ask someone what they want.
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3 min
July 29, 2013
Weather idioms
Using weather idioms: is Jen chasing rainbows, or is it a storm in a teacup?
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3 min
July 23, 2013
Legend
Legends are stories about people who lived long ago, right? Well, there's more to it than that.
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3 min
July 15, 2013
It's doing my head in!
Annoyed? Frustrated? Angry? Maybe it's doing your head in!
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3 min
July 8, 2013
The bee's knees
Finn wants to share some special food with Li. But they receive some uninvited guests who also want to eat their delicious picnic snacks.
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3 min
July 1, 2013
To put all your eggs in one basket
How many eggs should you put in one basket? And what has that got to do with taking risks?
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3 min
June 24, 2013
Don't make me laugh!
It's laughable. How to say that you think something will never happen.
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2 min
June 17, 2013
A leopard can't change its spots
Can someone change their personality? A leopard can't change its spots.
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3 min
June 10, 2013
To see red
Seeing red: what is making Jen and Feifei so angry on their day trip?
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3 min
June 3, 2013
Haven't slept a wink
Zzzz... Neil had a crying child in his room and Feifei had a mosquito in hers. That's why neither of them has slept a wink.
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3 min
May 27, 2013
Freak
Are you obsessed by a hobby or sport? Feifei is but Jen's not impressed!
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2 min
May 20, 2013
I wasn't born yesterday
Were you born yesterday? Probably not, but this is a useful expression if someone's trying to fool you.
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3 min
May 13, 2013
Six-pack
Do you have a six-pack or a one-pack? Maybe it's time to do more exercise! Find out why in The English We Speak.
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3 min
May 6, 2013
To cook the books
Neil is cooking an unusual meal in the BBC Learning English kitchen. Would you like to eat a book?
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3 min
April 29, 2013
On the up
Things are 'on the up' for Jennifer and Jean at work. Find out why in The English We Speak.
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2 min
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