6 Minute English

6 Minute English

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

Episodes

The rise of the emoji  

Are you an emoji person? We explore how simple smiley faces have become powerful communication tools

What your lunch says about you  

What do you eat for lunch? Sandwiches are the most popular lunchtime meal in the UK, but why?

Mermaids – Fact or fiction?  

Are mermaids real?

Mermaids – Fact or fiction?  

Are mermaids real?

Life expectancy  

Can humanity really breach the 90 year limit?

Gun control without guns  

Gun control with no guns? How is that possible? Join Dan and Neil to find out

How romance ruined love  

Neil and Dan discuss romance, as well as teach you 6 new items of vocabulary

How romance ruined love  

Neil and Dan discuss romance, as well as teach you 6 new items of vocabulary

Can you trust your own eyes?  

Catherine and Neil discuss why the police and the legal system are concerned about eyewitness testimony

Why do cities make us rude?  

Catherine and Neil discuss how the pressures of modern living are making us hostile to each other

Family history  

Neil and Catherine discuss why many people are obsessed with learning about their family history

Family history  

Neil and Catherine discuss why many people are obsessed with learning about their family history

Life on the edge  

The increased study of extremophile microbes has revealed a lot about what is and is not needed to sustain life on Earth

What's your superpower?  

Why are we so fascinated with the superheroes that populate our cinema screens and comic books?

Driving  

Alice and Neil discuss whether we would miss driving as driverless cars are tested in cities around the world

Introvert… and proud!  

What’s your personality type? If you are an introvert you’re in good company; Barak Obama, JK Rowling are introverts...

Why do crazes take off?  

Alice and Neil discuss why some games, hobbies and activities become crazes

When do you feel sleepy?  

Alice and Neil discuss circadian rhythms - that influence our daily cycle of physical, mental and behavioural changes - and what shift workers can do to help

Cleopatra  

Sophie and Neil discuss why the last pharaoh of Egypt still fascinates people today

Animal phobias  

Why do we fear animals that pose no threat to us? Sophie and Neil discuss the reason why fear of spiders is so common

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