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.

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 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...