The English We Speak

The English We Speak


Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service



Getting less for your money? Could you be the victim of 'shrinkflation'?

La-la land  

Is someone making unreasonable requests? Here's where they live

A different kettle of fish  

Fishing for a phrase? This could be the one for you

At the drop of a hat  

What would Rob do at the drop of a hat? Find out more about this expression

Brass neck  

What does being confident but rude have to do with your neck? Learn an expression that should not be taken literally

Reinvent the wheel  

Wasting time doing something that's been done before? There's a phrase to explain this


Do you have a false friend? In The English We Speak we get to hear how one of Feifei's best friends isn't a friend at all and discover that there's a great word to describe them

To be fair  

Give both sides of the argument with this phrase

On the box  

Watching a ‘box’ can’t be very enjoyable, can it?


Learn a phrase you can use that features our feathered friend


Learn a phrase involving bottles that describes when you're too afraid to do something

Got your number  

Understanding someone's true intentions

A slap in the face  

Not got the result you wanted? Here's a phrase that expresses how you feel


Learn a word that describes tempting online links


Dan and Feifei are in the studio and Dan has been working on a new music track. Will it be good? Let's find out

Air kiss  

How do you kiss someone without kissing them? Neil and Feifei explain a word which describes a popular way of greeting and saying goodbye to friends


A word for when a man explains to a woman something in a way which suggests she's stupid.

Rolling in it  

Neil is rolling on the floor to teach a phrase connected to wealth. Feifei explains


Feifei and Sian discuss a word to use when something unexpectedly appears in your photo.


Do you look up every symptom on the internet and then imagine you have a serious illness? Here's an expression to describe what you're doing

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