Category Archives: 6 Minute English (BBC Learning English)

Is loneliness in our genes? | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Oct 13, 2016)

Learning English What is loneliness and why do we feel it? Sophie and Neil discuss how feeling lonely can help us to survive. Which country has the highest proportion of people living on their own? Is it … a) the … Continue reading

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Who do you think you are? | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Oct 06, 2016)

Learning English How do you see yourself and how do others see you? Alice and Neil discuss identity and how appearances can be deceptive. What percentage of the UK population described themselves as ethnically mixed? Is it…a) 0.9%?b) 5.9%?c) 9%? … Continue reading

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Does punctuation matter? | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Sep 29, 2016)

Learning English Why is punctuation important, and does it matter if we get it wrong? Neil and Alice discuss rhetoric, commas, and why using full stops when we’re texting can make us sound insincere. What is another word for the … Continue reading

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Penicillin: breaking the mould | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (S ep 22, 2016)

Learning English Alice and Neil discuss penicillin, the so-called wonder drug discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming. They talk about Neil’s sore toe, mouldy coffee mugs, and why drug companies should be looking at ways to extend the lifespan of … Continue reading

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Global warming | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Sep 15, 2016)

Learning English What might the world look like if the temperature keeps rising? There will be many losers – but who are the likely winners? Neil and Alice discuss what we need to do to adapt to the inevitable changes … Continue reading

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Do you like old tech? | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Sep 08, 2016)

Learning English Did you ever own a Walkman or a record player? Is there still a market for DVD rental stores? Alice and Neil discuss old tech and why the US Pentagon still uses floppy disks. How many records were … Continue reading

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Slang | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Sep 01, 2016)

Learning English Is slang a bad thing? Do you use it a lot? Neil and Alice discuss a very English kind of of language – Cockney Rhyming Slang – and teach you about jargon. What’s Cockney Rhyming Slang for ‘money’? … Continue reading

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Do women clean the house more often than men? | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Aug 25, 2016)

Learning English Do women sweep the floor and clean the bathroom more often than men? Should men be more tidy? Alice and Neil discuss the topic and teach you a tidy amount of vocabulary. What percentage of men take responsibility … Continue reading

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Have you walked off your pizza? | 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Aug 18, 2016)

Learning English Is food labelling clear enough to help us make healthy choices? – Especially when on average we spend only six seconds making those choices in the supermarket. Alice and Neil discuss pizza and chocolate chip muffins along with … Continue reading

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How to cure writer’s block / 6 Minute English – BBC Learning English (Aug 11, 2016)

Learning English Who were the Muses and how did they help the creative process? Neil and Alice discuss Neil’s poetry and some interesting ways to deal with writer’s block. How does author of the Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, deal … Continue reading

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