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.


Word stress  

Do you know how to pronounce the words photographer and photograph? There's an interesting difference. Why? Because of 'word stress'

Compound adjectives  

What vocabulary helps you describe a car journey that took nine hours - or an airline that offers cheap tickets? The answer is: compound adjectives

Lexical sets  

Finn and Catherine give you some tips which can help you to remember new words. You'll hear about a useful way of grouping words and learn a fun game to help you remember them

'ing' and 'ed' adjectives  

They're easy to confuse, so when should we use them?


Sick and tired is a phrase which means 'annoyed and bored'. Phrases like this with two nouns joined by and are very common - and useful - in English. They're called binomials

Chunks of language  

Do you always learn English expressions word by word? There may be a better way, one that will help you when you're studying vocabulary

Prefixes de-, dys-, and dis  

Do you suffer from dyspepsia? Could a detox diet help? Do you always listen to your doctor or do you sometimes disagree? Neil and Finn talk about prefixes in 6 Minute Vocabulary

Adjectives and adverbs  

Do you like fashion? Is being fashionable important to you - or do you hate dressing fashionably? Join Finn and Alice as they discuss adjectives and adverbs


Finn and Alice look at a very important part of word building – suffixes

Using English at university  

Have you ever had to write an essay in English? Even if you are able to communicate well in English, writing in an academic style can be quite a challenge

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

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