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


Donkey's years  

Why has Rob got a donkey in the studio?! It's probably got something with today's authentic English phrase which is about not doing something for a long time

Give us a bell  

What's that ringing sound? Is it someone giving you a bell? Find out what it all means

Echo chamber  

Echo echo echo echo…


Do you melt too easily?

The heat is on  

Learn an expression which you can use to say you're under pressure

Wet weekend  

When can a wet weekend be dry? Find out with another authentic English expression

No picnic  

Some things in life are hard work. Discover a phrase that describes these situations

A busman's holiday  

Going on holiday to do your job? What's it got to do with driving a bus?


Old-fashioned and set in your ways? Could you be one of these people?

No great shakes  

Not impressed by something? Here's an expression that describes what you think

Not a sausage  

Nothing, absolutely nothing, nothing at all… Not even one little sausage!


Not everything in this life is fun. Learn a phrase to describe boring jobs!

Not half  

Love pizza? Feifei and Neil bring you a phrase to show how much you enjoy something

All over the shop  

Looked everywhere? Learn a phrase about shops that isn’t about shops!

It comes with the territory  

Some things have to be expected. Learn a phrase to describe this situation

It won't wash  

Heard something unconvincing? Maybe it's time to get out the washing powder!


Can you do lots of different things? This could be the phrase to describe you

The coast is clear  

Doing something you shouldn't? Here's a phrase about not being caught

Pull a fast one  

Make the English you speak sound more natural

Suck it and see  

Learn a phrase about having new experiences

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