6 Minute Vocabulary

6 Minute Vocabulary


Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.


Phrases from Shakespeare  

How much of William Shakespeare's writing can you quote? Probably more than you think! Learn some idioms from 'the Bard' which are in common use today

Irregular verbs 2  

Break, broke, broken... Catherine and Finn look at verbs that don't behave themselves


Callum and Finn discuss brand names which are now are used for other similar products.

Adjectives from names  

Adjectives that are formed from the names of famous people such as authors, politicians and scientists

Big numbers  

Callum and Finn explain how to say large numbers


Finn and Catherine discuss time words with the suffixes -ion, -sion and -tian


Catherine and Finn talk about words that have the same or similar meanings

Discourse markers  

Fortunately, obviously, seriously, ideally

Commonly misspelled words  

Weird or weird? English spelling is fascinating – but it's not always straightforward! Find out more with Finn and Catherine

Linking words  

Rob and Catherine talk about words and short phrases used to connect ideas

Words with more than one spelling  

Catherine and Finn talk about words than can be spelt in different ways


Are you interested in football? Do you know what FIFA is and why it’s called that? Or are you more interested in space and NASA? Peter and Catherine talk about acronyms


One good way of building vocabulary in English is to learn words with opposite meanings. We call a pair of words with opposite meanings antonyms

Suffixes: -ness & -ity  

Is responsibility the key to happiness at work - or can it lead to illness? Listen to Neil and Catherine talk about words with the suffixes -ness and -ity

Discourse markers: showing attitude  

Fortunately, obviously, seriously, ideally. These words do a very useful job. How do we use them - and other phrases - to express our attitudes and ideas?

Suffixes: -ment, -ance, -ence  

Listen to Finn and Catherine talk about the suffixes -ment, -ence and -ance that turn verbs and adjectives into nouns

Someone, nothing, anywhere...  

Someone, nothing and anywhere are useful pronouns in English. As you probably know, there are lots of other similar pronouns, which can be confusing

Irregular verbs  

Ring, rang, rung… say, said, said… put, put, put. Listen to Finn and Catherine talking about irregular verbs

Reporting verbs  

We use the verbs say, tell and ask to report what people say. But what other verbs can we use? Find out how to use reporting verbs to add meaning and interest to your English

False friends  

A Spanish woman was on a train in Australia. She said "Can I sit down please? I'm embarrassed." What did she mean - and why did no-one give her a seat?

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