Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
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Learn a phrase about exchanging clothes.
Neil can talk the talk, but does he know what he's talking about?
As 2020 approaches, learn a phrase to describe what you can do at this time of year.
It’s Christmas and time to party. Learn a phrase that means more people equals more fun!
Are you the kind of person who makes sacrifices for others?
Learn an English expression about being polite.
Swing those arms, shake those hips! Is this the latest dance trend?
‘Big data’ is a hot term these days, but do you know what it means? Learn here.
It sounds violent, but this phrase might surprise you!
You know all about social media, but ... what is a social media influencer? Learn here.
A fairy tale with a new meaning
Is someone ignoring all of your calls and messages? Maybe you are being ghosted!
Learn about the TV trend that urges you to relax, slow down and chill out.
Trying to help your kids succeed in life? These mothers have a strong idea of what to do!
A phrase for when something spoils your fun.
Have you ever regretted an expensive purchase? This is the phrase for you!
When you don't want to sell, freecycle! Learn what it means.
Love to travel but worried about the environment? Here's a phrase for you to use.
When is a cough not a cough? We teach you a money-related phrase.
We teach you a phrase that's worth remembering!
We won’t teach you to lie, but you will learn how to use the word ‘fib’.
Cool off and learn this phrase with us.
Learn a humorous phrase about being the best!
When is 'across' not a preposition?
Learn an expression about likelihood.
A phrase about taking advantage of a situation to gain sympathy or respect
We’ve picked the best phrase for you to learn!
Learn a phrase about working hard to get just what you want.
Learn an expression about coincidences.
Learn an expression about disappearing
A phrase that sucks!
These are job skills needed to deal with the public, and very much in demand.
Will wearing new shoes make Feifei more intelligent? Join her and Rob in this programme.
Looking for a sofa to sleep on? Learn a phrase to describe your actions.
Learn an English expression about skills we never forget.
Can you be on fire without any flames?
If something is 'dead good' is that a positive or negative thing?
A phrase about being unhelpful.
When can going to the bank be funny? We've got a phrase that will leave you laughing.
Find out more about a seriously funny English phrase.
Learn the right English phrase about having to put a stop to something.
Here's a phrase about preventing someone from discovering something.
Learn an expression about experiencing bad things to enable you to enjoy good things.
What is a hard-nosed person like? Find out in this episode of The English We Speak.
How do you feel if you really like something or someone? This phrase might help you.
If things don't go your way, how can singing and dancing help?
Here's a phrase to describe the success of a small team.
A sudden and unpleasant change can come as a shock. Learn a phrase to describe this.
Moving from place to place can be chaotic. Learn a phrase to describe the situation
Here's a phrase that describes making informal conversation about not much.
Here's a clever expression that can describe someone doing something stupid.
Rob's done all his work! Find out here if it's all downhill until the weekend for him.
Learn a New Year-related expression
An expression for when you have good fortune
Learn a polite thing to say when you receive a bad present.
Learn this very modern expression.
How can a tasty meal leave a bad taste?
Is it a meal or a type of weather?
Learn a phrase about giving up.
Is walking in the park easy? It can be if you learn this phrase!
Learn a new name for old tech
Are you ready for Halloween?
Feifei gives Neil something to chew on
Not all waffling is good!
Describe something that isn't straight.
Doing something amazing.
Has someone annoyed you? Use this word.
Brag if you must - just don’t humblebrag! Find out what that means with Rob and Feifei.
A phrase for when you're struggling to do something.
A word for a bad mood.
Learn a spicy expression.
A sweet phrase for irritating behaviour.
Do you need someone to go faster? Use this informal phrase.
When does the word 'ping' not make a sound? Find out in this programme.
When the time comes to make an important decision, what do you say?
Learn a phrase about having a go at something
Can you accept something you don't like?
Learn an expression about accepting criticism
Learn a phrase about accepting blame
Rob and Feifei sniff out a new phrase to learn
Learn a phrase about important people
Learn an expression for a no-win situation.
Learn a phrase about allowing a situation to become calm again
Learn a phrase about not saying much
Learn about a trouble-free phrase
An expression for a financial injury
A phrase for trivial things
Learn from what you've done
Someone who's skilled and experienced
Learn a phrase about missing out.
Learn an expression about enjoying someone's misfortunes.
Are you a smartphone zombie?
Are you someone who only eats food that has been wasted or thrown away? Learn a word that describes what you are
Have you ever made the wrong assumption? Here's a dog-related phrase to describe your actions
Can you make the impossible possible? This phrase implies you can't but what's it got to do with a cuckoo?
Relaxed about the future? Here's a phrase that might describe your character
Young, clever and successful: find out a phrase that describes someone like this
Can you enjoy the advantages of two different situations at the same time? You can if you use this phrase
Are you taking it easy or just being lazy? Here's a phrase to describe your condition
Have you got a story to tell? Here's a phrase about just telling the important bits
Beards have been 'a thing' for a while. Is it now time to shave them off?
Rob and Feifei help teach a phrase to describe something you really want or need
Is it time to go? Here's a phrase about avoiding a tricky situation
We love slang, idioms, phrases and all that jazz! Learn a new phrase with us
A phrase to use when you're being brutally honest
Don't know which one to use? You need to up your emoji game
Have you heard the good news? This programme has something to shout about!
No spiders involved. It's time to get lively and learn a new English phrase
Want to go to a party? This phrase might help you get an invitation
Need directions to learn a new English phrase? Here's one about a map and being famous
Feeling unhappy? Here's a phrase to describe your mood but don't take it too literally!
Rob keeps saying 'excuse me' but what does he really mean? You and Feifei are about to find out the many uses of this phrase
Rob's become a bee keeper but there's something more unpleasant to this hobby than being stung. Find out how a sting in the tail doesn't just come from bees!
Are you doing something very boring? We have just the phrase for you!
You might know the slang expression ‘LOL’, but do you know about ‘lolz’?
Poor Neil gets a lot of criticism in the programme. Of course, it’s all to help you learn English!
You know what ‘about’ means, right? But maybe not this extra meaning! Take another look with us
Learn an informal expression for when you have to improvise
Not sure what to expect? Learn a phrase about hoping your choice will turn out ok
Why does Feifei keep hitting Rob? There could be some confusion about the meaning of today's authentic English phrase. Find out what Rob really means when he says 'it beats me'
Tricks and dishonesty: Learn this phrase before it fools you!
If you do something left, right, and centre does that mean you do it everywhere? Rob's being doing just that but what's he been doing it with?
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
What's that ringing sound? Is it someone giving you a bell? Find out what it all means
Echo echo echo echo…
Do you melt too easily?
Learn an expression which you can use to say you're under pressure
When can a wet weekend be dry? Find out with another authentic English expression
Some things in life are hard work. Discover a phrase that describes these situations
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?
Not impressed by something? Here's an expression that describes what you think
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!
Love pizza? Feifei and Neil bring you a phrase to show how much you enjoy something
Looked everywhere? Learn a phrase about shops that isn’t about shops!
Some things have to be expected. Learn a phrase to describe this situation
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
Doing something you shouldn't? Here's a phrase about not being caught
Make the English you speak sound more natural
Learn a phrase about having new experiences
Starting out in a new profession? Here's an expression about gaining experience
Getting less for your money? Could you be the victim of 'shrinkflation'?
Is someone making unreasonable requests? Here's where they live
Fishing for a phrase? This could be the one for you
What would Rob do at the drop of a hat? Find out more about this expression
What does being confident but rude have to do with your neck? Learn an expression that should not be taken literally
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
Give both sides of the argument with this phrase
Watching a ‘box’ can’t be very enjoyable, can it?
Learn a phrase you can use that features our feathered friend
Use this phrase involving bottles when you’re too afraid to do something
Understanding someone's true intentions
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
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.
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
Are you discussing your private life in public? Here's an expression to describe what you're doing
There's a cat about and Feifei's not talking. Learn an expression that questions her quietness
Neil's doing a partner dance on his own in the studio to help you learn English. Learn an expression which means two people need to accept the blame for a bad situation
Feifei kicks Neil in the face after he hits her knee with a hammer. It's all to teach you a useful English expression
An expression with three related but slightly different meanings connected to strong opinions
Why is Neil trying to smoke a cigar in the studio? Learn an English expression about almost succeeding
Neil's goat Fred is a bit smelly but useful for teaching an English expression. Feifei's not happy
Neil's wearing a vest in the studio to teach an expression about effort. Feifei's concerned he'll injure himself
Feifei has written a letter to her family. Find out why Sian finds this old-school
Sian has received lots of emails! Learn another way to say 'lots'
Sian is irritable today because she skipped breakfast! Learn an adjective to describe people who feel angry when they get hungry
What can you pull out of a hat? Learn an expression that describes doing something that saves the day
Are you obliged to do something you can't or don't want to? We teach you what to say
Is someone telling an outrageous lie? Here's an expression we can use
Someone making a big fuss about something small? Here's a phrase to describe what they're doing
When friendship is under test, something tiny and as light as a straw could cause a huge problem
Want to learn about life? Here's a place most of us have studied at
What does the colour of your clothes say about your job?
No need to be in the theatre to find a drama queen. We teach you where to find them…
An expression for when something is likely to happen. What's on the cards for you?
Is nobody listening to you? Learn a colourful phrase to explain the situation
Someone behaving badly? Here's a phrase that tells them what to do
Want to trick someone? Here is a phrase that involves pulling a part of your body!
A helpful phrase for doing something good
Got an idea that's never going to work? Here is a phrase to describe the situation
Learn the phrase Helen needs to describe the headache her mobile phone company is causing her
When you are in the habit of spending all your money as soon as it comes in, you can use this phrase to express yourself
How to describe doing a thorough search for something in a very messy way
How do you ask someone to change the way they do things in the future? Learn this phrase connected to motion
When things go wrong and the outcome isn't good, what kind of recipe are you following? Learn a phrase that has nothing to do with cooking
When you need to learn something very quickly, it’s worth considering a super fast learning programme, but it’s not for everyone
When you are in total agreement with ideas or suggestions from others, try a new phrase to express yourself
What time of the year describes a good mood? Learn this lively and cheerful phrase
Is this expression related to numbers? If half a dozen is six, what does this expression mean? Listen to the programme
How can you make sure a new project is going to be a successful? Here's a piece of good advice
Not telling the truth is not a good thing to do. Learn a phrase to describe your actions
Rob's been asked to dress up like a monkey but it seems like someone is literally making a monkey out of him!
Although other people may think you are behaving rather strangely, you know what you are doing. There's a reason and a phrase to describe your behaviour
Learn a phrase to describe something in top condition
Most people like a present that is cheap and cheerful. But no one likes something that is cheap and nasty
When a situation is hard to accept, what do you say? This phrase could be for you
When we see people going crazy about something, here is an alternative expression
Neil is dying for a game of squash but Li is not game. Find out why...
Learn a humorous expression that is used when someone is going to have a strong alcoholic drink
When things are not going as planned, we can say they've gone ‘down the pan’, but which pan is it?
Do you have a sweet tooth? Is it something that you are born with or do you develop it?
When a car bumper is almost touch another car bumper, you know the situation on the road is bad
How can you describe someone good looking but not interesting?
Oh no, you've forgotten the word for something! Don't worry, this expression might help
Are London and New York separated by a pond? Learn this expression people say on both sides of the Atlantic
Are you good at working with other people? This expression might describe you
Have you paid very little money for something normally expensive? Learn an expression for when you find a bargain
Learn what you say when share prices rise and when they fall. We help you to understand financial terms
'Trolls' and 'haters' are the people who want to annoy you. The names are part of the new vocabulary of social media
If you don't think someone is very good at doing something what should you say? Here's a phrase to help you
What object is full of laughs? This is a phrase that describes someone who is fun
Do you know a place very well? Are you able to find your way in a place without looking at any maps? Here is a way of saying it with help from your hand
Learn a phrase that's full of praise. You won't need a credit card to use this one
Who's that knocking at the door? Someone's here to tell you you're in financial trouble
Fed up with rules and regulations? You must learn this expression
Drink to celebrate the good things in life, drink to forget the bad. Here's an expression for people who like an alcoholic drink
Is there someone tormenting you online? Here's an expression for when people hide behind a computer to attack others
What's a razor got to do with Rob's bike ride to work? Here's an expression for when you've had a narrow escape.
Why did Rob ask Feifei to meet him in the studio? Here's an expression for when you've forgotten something.
Find out how 'sleeping on it' doesn't just mean lying on a bed!
Neil can't find his script. His pen's gone missing. He's feeling a bit confused. What's wrong with him? Find out in the programme.
Feifei wants to borrow Rob's car but she takes a long time getting to the point. Find out why Rob tells her not to go around the houses. And why doesn't Rob want her to drive his car?
When someone says the phrase 'done and dusted', do they mean doing some proper cleaning?
It's hard to swallow but maybe it's time for a chill pill!
Why has Helen put a sock in the toaster and how is that going to keep her quiet?
Who's the wild card in the office? Rob and Feifei use a phrase to describe an unpredictable colleague.
Feifei thinks someone's been killed but then discovers taking a stab in the dark doesn't involve using knives!
Li and Neil go for a coffee, but why do they have to keep a lid on it?
Learn a phrase to describe the ability to react quickly to things.
Feifei and Harry use an expression for things that amaze and astound.
Neil and Li talk about how a boxing expression can be used in everyday life.
Feifei and Harry use an expression for people and ideas that change the way we do things.
Harry and Feifei look at an expression for when things surprise and impress you.
Harry and Feifei talk about a common colloquial expression for when things are intense.
Harry and Feifei talk about an expression that is not as violent as it sounds.
Neil and Feifei talk about a word made popular by the economic downturn
Sci-fi, romcom, whodunnit – What kind of movies do you like?
Neil tells Helen to kill time but she smashes up a clock. Find out why and learn a useful expression.
Do you celebrate Christmas? Do you like eating turkey? Do you think turkeys like Christmas? Learn this humorous idiom
There's something Neil's forgotten to do and now he has to face the music. Listen to the programme to find out why.
'Snail mail', 'post' and 'hard copy' – learn expressions connected with computers
Li's cat video has gone viral. Will she be happy about it? Learn an expression from the internet age
Is Feifei's designer shawl a solution to her problems with Lisa? Listen to the programme to find out
Rob is deleting some emails. He won't take the bait sent in by criminals!
Rob's very expensive shirt is ruined! Who will pay for it? Listen to the programme to find out
Is Rob hungry enough to win a pie-eating competition? Listen to the programme
Feifei has a thing or two to learn from the ducks in the park. So do you. Listen to the programme.
Li wants to invest in a car moved by air. Is she going to lose her money?
Is Feifei giving up her job to take care of babies? Learn an amusing idiom: 'Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater'.
Do you know Joe Bloggs? He might be just beside you.
Is this butter for a cake, for toast or... to put on a person? Finn and Feifei explain
Rob had too much to drink. Is this the cure for his hangover?
Finn is spending a lot of money. But can he afford it?
Finn is angry, so Li offers him some tasty cheese. Will it calm him down?
A style of walking that is hard to do on your own.
What does Rob mean when he says 'the proof is in the pudding'?
What’s the link between dinosaurs and mobile phones?
If someone says you look like 'the back end of a bus', is it a good thing?
Wow! Ouch! Yippee! The useful little sounds which mean a lot.
Having a repetitive and boring conversation? This expression is for you.
When is a meal not so tasty? This expression will give you the answer
Will bells and whistles add to the value of your gadget? Listen to the programme
Neil and Li are going on a camping trip. But are they packing too much?
Neil and Li want to help protect baby turtles. But do they need a drum?
Neil and Li are keen to go home. How long will they have to wait for the bus?
Li is told she won the lottery. But is it true? Neil has bad news for her.
When does 'funny' have nothing to do with laughter?
Blue-sky thinking? Pushing the envelope? Learn what these business terms mean
Helen takes Neil out for tea but why does she put salt in his cup? Find out more
Rob wants a pay rise. But why do his 'cold feet' stop him asking for one?
It's hard to find the right place to live. Here's an expression about space.
Buying something really good but super cheap? This expression will make you think twice.
Li and Finn are looking on an online dating website. Li thinks she's found Mr Right. But Finn thinks he might be a wrong 'un. Learn more about this phrase in the programme.
Finn and Li are in the woods. Can they see more than birds flying in the sky?
Can't quite remember what to say? We have a phrase that might help you.
What does it mean if you say an actor has lots of awards under his belt?
When you are decorating, there are some things you can't brush over
How can Feifei save money for a new car? Will she go the extra mile?
Rob and Li go camping but they are not alone. Join them to learn a phrase
How are boots connected to a changing situation?
Rob is having serious problems with a project. Li wants to help him. But how? Listen to the programme to find out.
Behave or you might end up in the kennel with your dog. Learn a new phrase.
Rob and Feifei share a hearty meal and a new phrase. Join them to learn more.
What are you treading on if you're trying not to offend someone? We can explain.
What does 'taking a rain check' mean? Do we need an umbrella?
What's the connection between bread and common sense? You might need this expression.
Playing cricket is not the only place where you could get stumped. Find out what it means when it happens to you.
Finn and Li go to his late uncle's house. What is Li afraid of? We hope this expression won't frighten you.
Why is Finn cross with Li? Here's a good expression for when you're out of patience.
If something is crystal clear, how clear is it? Rob and Feifei find out when they build a wardrobe.
The glass and steel buildings of modern Shanghai are ginormous. What does this mean?
Who is laughing at Rob? Is it Li or is it Mickey Mouse? Here's an expression with a twist