6 Minute English

6 Minute English Podcast

Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.

No more bosses
Can companies operate better without managers? We talk about it and teach you vocabulary....

Food made in space
Find out how growing plants in space might help develop better crops....


Sport against poverty
Neil and Sam discuss how sport is giving hope to young people leading the toughest lives....

Should we wear a face mask?
Can wearing masks in public help prevent the spread of coronavirus? Rob and Sam discuss....


Millennials and business
Rob and Sam discuss the new generation's desire to make the world a better place....

Is being thrifty a virtue?
Neil and Sam talk about being a saver in a consumer culture and teach you vocabulary....





The circular economy
Who should take responsibility for recycling the the goods we buy? Neil and Sam discuss....


Eating pond scum
Could microalgae be the answer to feeding the world in a sustainable way?...


Is it good to disagree?
Sam and Rob wonder if the art of persuasion is lost and teach you related vocabulary....


Can robots care for us?
Can technology look after us? We discuss robot carers being introduced into social care....


Can robots care for us?
We discuss robot carers being introduced into social care, and teach you vocabulary....

Can robots care for us?
We discuss robot carers being introduced into social care, and teach you vocabulary....




Can you spot a lie?
Rob and Sam talk about the telltale signs and teach you some vocabulary. Honestly....


Is tourism harmful?
Everyone loves a holiday, but what damage can tourists do? Sam and Rob find out....


The future of food
Climate change means we might have to change our diets. Let's tuck into some vocabulary....


The art of tipping
How much should you tip? We discuss this, and other tricky questions, in 6 minutes....


Shame
Why is 'shame' the emotion of now? We discuss this and teach you new vocabulary as well....



Women and motorbikes
Neil and Sam talk about biker culture and teach you related vocabulary....




Side hustles
Do you have a second job? Learn about a trend followed by a quarter of workers in the UK....


Debating veganism
Dan and Rob discuss veganism, persuasion and teach you vocabulary....



Improving your memory
Neil and Rob discuss ways of improving your memory and teach you new vocabulary....

What is happiness?
Neil and Rob discuss what makes people happy and teach you new vocabulary....


Is music getting faster?
New technology might be putting an end to instrumental introductions to pop songs....

Could you go flexitarian?
Scientists say too much meat is bad for us and the planet. Could you go semi-vegetarian?...


Why do we push buttons?
Why do people love to push buttons and why do some have a phobia of them?...


Why does 'x' mean 'kiss'?
What does the letter 'x' all by itself at the end of a message mean? We'll tell you....

The smell of coffee
Neil and Catherine discuss the science of why coffee often smells better than it tastes....


Loneliness
Can you feel lonely in a crowded place? Neil and Sam discuss and teach some vocabulary....

Objectification
Neil and Sam discuss if there's any advantage to the beach body trend....


How creative should we be?
Rob and Neil discuss what it takes to be creative - and they also teach you vocabulary....

Internet - good or bad?
Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online...