6 Minute English

6 Minute English


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.


You think you’re invisible?  

Do you want to be invisible? Neil and Dan explore how we are being watched.

How do pets navigate?  

We hear stories about pets who manage to find their way home, even across hundreds of miles? How do they do it?


Why is the self-help industry so successful? Rob and Neil improve themselves and teach you six items of useful vocabulary in this episode of 6 Minute English

Faces and first impressions  

We all form quick opinions about others. But are our first impressions wrong, or even dangerous?

Built to fail?  

Why do we throw away so much technology?


Relax, slow down and breathe. Neil and Catherine explore mindfulness - what it is and what benefits it offers

Is happiness genetic?  

Could the key to being happy throughout life lie in your DNA? Why are Nordic countries generally happier than other nations?

Water Burial  

Neil and Dan discuss how water burial could be the efficient and environmentally friendly way to bury the dead in the future. And they teach you six items of useful vocabulary

Could you go vegan?  

Neil and Catherine discuss why more and more people are becoming vegan. They also teach you six items of useful vocabulary

Goldfish, brains and phones  

Are fish able to focus for longer than humans? Neil and Catherine discuss how our brains are being affected by technology. They also teach you six items of useful vocabulary

How much food do you waste?  

Neil and Dan discuss how food waste could cause the end of the world, and who's doing something about it

The super rich  

The rich are getting richer. In this programme we look at the relationship between the super rich and their favourite plaything: the superyacht

Miraculous survival  

How did a man fall from a 47 storey skyscraper and survive?


Dan and Catherine discuss sighing, and learn how it is in fact a vital human activity that keeps us healthy - and teach you six items of vocabulary

Multiple careers  

Are the days of a job for life over?

Food and mood  

How does your food affect your mood?

Dog detectors  

How sensitive is a dog’s sense of smell? Good enough to smell cancer? Listen and find out!

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?

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