6 Minute Vocabulary

6 Minute Vocabulary Podcast

Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.

Phrasal verbs
Neil and Catherine show you how to work out the meaning of some phrasal verbs....

Silent letters
Learn about the letters in English that we see in words, but don’t actually pronounce....


Onomatopoeia
Learn about words that sound like the thing they describe....

Onomatopoeia
Learn about words that sound like the thing they describe....

Multi-word verbs
Rob and Catherine help you make sense of using multi-word verbs....


Strong adjectives
'Terrified', 'fantastic', 'amazing': Learn how to use strong adjectives....

Male and female job words
Rob and Catherine discuss different job titles for men and women doing the same job....


New words
New words appear all the time, but how and what do they mean? Find out in this programme....

Weather words
How do we describe the weather? Rob and Catherine discuss it in this 6 Minute Vocabulary....

Homophones
Mail and male... Learn about words that sound the same but have different spellings....


Compound nouns
Ice cream, popcorn... Learn about nouns made up of a combination of two words....

Compound nouns
Ice cream, popcorn... Learn about nouns made up of a combination of two words....

Similar words
Rob and Sophie discuss similar words, like 'big' and 'large'. What are their differences?...


Adjective order
This is a big, old, smelly dog! Learn which adjective has to come first....

Contractions
"I've run a marathon." Look at the shorter form 'I've'. Learn how to use contractions....

Job suffixes
What's the connection between a teacher, a driver or a presenter?...


Word stress
Don't feel stressed by pronunciation - just listen to 6 Minute Vocabulary and we'll help!...

Compound adjectives
Learn how to use compound adjectives (e.g. low-fat yoghurt, high-quality carbohydrates)....

Lexical sets
Finn and Catherine give you some tips on how to remember new words....


ing and ed adjectives
Interested or interesting? Boring or bored? We'll tell you the right adjective to use....

Binomials
Learn how to use these short English phrases made of two words that go together....

Chunks
Find out how you can sound much more natural by learning and using chunks of language....


Prefixes
Have no fear... Finn and Alice are here and they'll teach you everything about prefixes!...

Suffixes
Finn and Alice look at a very important part of word building – suffixes....


Academic Vocabulary
We'll give you some advice for writing essays and giving presentations....

Irregular verbs: Part 2
Finn and Catherine explain how grouping can hep you remember irregular verbs...


Eponyms
Words like Google and Hoover started as brand names but are now used generically....

Adjectives from names
Dickensian, Orwellian, Churchillian... learn about adjectives that come from names....

Large numbers
High mountains, long rivers... Callum and Finn teach you how to talk about big numbers....


Synonyms
Catherine and Finn talk about words that have the same or similar meanings....


Linking words
Catherine and Rob explain how and when to use linking words in storytelling....


Acronyms
Nasa, Fifa, Unesco, Nato - Peter and Catherine talk about acronyms....

Antonyms
Finn and Catherine talk about words with opposite meanings....

Suffixes: -ity, -ness
Is responsibility the key to happiness? Learn how to use the suffixes -ity and -ness....



Irregular verbs
Choose, chose, chosen... We talk about verbs that don't follow the -ed pattern....

Reporting verbs
Find out how to use reporting verbs to add meaning and interest to your English....

False friends
Embarrassed - or pregnant? Words you think you know but mean something else in English...


Easily confused words
'Sensible' and 'sensitive'. Find out more about words that are easily confused....

Suffixes -free and -less
Are e-cigarettes harmLESS? Should all public places be smoke-FREE? Learn about suffixes....


Ordinal numbers
What's the date today? And do you know how to say it? Find out about ordinal numbers....

Short spoken forms
Gonna, wanna, dunno, whatcha... are these English words? Finn and Catherine explain all....


Uncountable nouns
Neil and Catherine look at uncountable nouns like knowledge, money and happiness....