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The English We Speak

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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La-la land

Is someone making unreasonable requests? Here's where they live

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14 Mar 2017

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It won't wash

Heard something unconvincing? Maybe it's time to get out the washing powder!

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2 May 2017

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Learn an expression about having influence.

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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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Don't know which one to use? You need to up your emoji game

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Not gonna lie

A phrase to use when you're being brutally honest

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How do you describe something that is standard, ordinary and nothing special?

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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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All that jazz

We love slang, idioms, phrases and all that jazz! Learn a new phrase with us

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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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JOMO

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

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Blended working

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

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Climate emergency

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

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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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An old hand

Someone who's skilled and experienced

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24 Apr 2018

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No great shakes

Not impressed by something? Here's an expression that describes what you think

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13 Jun 2017

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