6 Minute Vocabulary

6 Minute Vocabulary

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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.

Episodes

Pronouncing words that start with 'c'  

Christopher loves cinema. Why is the letter 'c' pronounced differently in this sentence?

Phrasal verbs and context  

A guide to multi-word verbs and prepositions that can change the meaning of phrasal verbs

Prefixes: re, pre and pro  

Recycling, prepacked, proactive - we talk about words with the prefixes re, pre and pro

Silent letters  

There are letters in English that we see in words - but don't actually pronounce. They are called 'silent letters'

Onomatopoeia  

'Cars zooming around', 'machines buzzing and bleeping' are examples of onomatopoeia. Words that sound like the thing they describe are called onomatopoeic.

Multi-word verbs  

Do you ever meet up with your friends at the shopping centre? In English 'meet up with' is an example of a multi-word verb

-ic and -ical  

Some adjectives can end in either -ic or -ical, depending on their meaning. Rob and Catherine explain more about them and chat about hobbies and interests

Strong adjectives  

'Terrified', 'fantastic', 'amazing' - these are strong adjectives. They might be difficult to learn but they can make your English more interesting

Male and female job words  

They might do the same job but many jobs have different titles depending on whether a man or a woman is doing it - such as policeman and policewoman or actor and actress

Male and female job words  

They might do the same job but many jobs have different titles depending on whether a man or a woman is doing it - such as policeman and policewoman or actor and actress

New Words  

Do you like taking selfies? Have you been part of a flashmob? Are you sick of internet trolls? Find out what these and other new words mean

Weather words  

Windy, snowy, wet, hot - how do you describe the weather? The British love to talk about it so there's no surprise there are many words you can use

Homophones  

Words that sound the same but have different spellings and different meanings

Compound nouns  

Words like ‘ice cream’ and ‘keyboard’ are compound nouns. These are nouns that are made up of... well, listen to this week's 6 Minute Vocabulary to find out

Similar words  

Today we're talking about similar words, like 'big' and 'large', and explore the similarities and differences in these words

Adjective order  

Build your English vocabulary in six minutes.

Contractions  

'I have' or 'I've'? Find out about contractions with Finn and Feifei

Job suffixes  

What's the connection between a teacher, a driver or, like Neil and Sophie, a presenter? Well, these words all end in the letters -er. This is a common job suffix

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

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