The English We Speak

The English We Speak

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The English We Speak

Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
Title Date Listen Download
Step on it Aug 14, 2018 Listen Download
Ping Aug 7, 2018 Listen Download
Bonus Podcast: My Indian Life Preview Aug 1, 2018 Listen Download
Crunch time Jul 31, 2018 Listen Download
Have a pop Jul 24, 2018 Listen Download
A necessary evil Jul 17, 2018 Listen Download
If the cap fits Jul 10, 2018 Listen Download
My bad Jul 3, 2018 Listen Download
To have a good nose (for something) Jun 26, 2018 Listen Download
Friends in High Places Jun 19, 2018 Listen Download
Catch-22 Jun 12, 2018 Listen Download
Let the dust settle Jun 5, 2018 Listen Download
Nothing to shout about May 29, 2018 Listen Download
Let sleeping dogs lie May 22, 2018 Listen Download
Bleed someone dry May 15, 2018 Listen Download
Small change May 8, 2018 Listen Download
That'll teach you May 1, 2018 Listen Download
An old hand Apr 24, 2018 Listen Download
Out of the loop Apr 17, 2018 Listen Download
Rub it in Apr 10, 2018 Listen Download
Smombie Apr 3, 2018 Listen Download
Freegan Mar 27, 2018 Listen Download
Barking up the wrong tree Mar 20, 2018 Listen Download
Cloud cuckoo land Mar 13, 2018 Listen Download
A taste of your own medicine Mar 6, 2018 Listen Download
Happy-go-lucky Feb 27, 2018 Listen Download
Whizz-kid Feb 20, 2018 Listen Download
The best of both worlds Feb 13, 2018 Listen Download
Bone idle Feb 6, 2018 Listen Download
To cut a long story short Jan 30, 2018 Listen Download
A thing Jan 29, 2018 Listen Download
Just the ticket Jan 23, 2018 Listen Download
Do a runner Jan 9, 2018 Listen Download
All that jazz Dec 26, 2017 Listen Download
Not gonna lie Dec 18, 2017 Listen Download
Up your game Dec 12, 2017 Listen Download
To shout it from the rooftops Dec 5, 2017 Listen Download
To blow the cobwebs away Nov 28, 2017 Listen Download
A knees-up Nov 21, 2017 Listen Download
To put someone on the map Nov 14, 2017 Listen Download
Down in the dumps Nov 7, 2017 Listen Download
Excuse me! Oct 31, 2017 Listen Download
A sting in the tail Oct 24, 2017 Listen Download
So done with Oct 17, 2017 Listen Download
lolz Oct 10, 2017 Listen Download
Have a go Oct 3, 2017 Listen Download
About Sep 26, 2017 Listen Download
Wing it Sep 19, 2017 Listen Download
Pot luck Sep 12, 2017 Listen Download
It beats me Sep 5, 2017 Listen Download
Jiggery-pokery Aug 29, 2017 Listen Download
Left, right, and centre Aug 22, 2017 Listen Download
Donkey's years Aug 15, 2017 Listen Download
Give us a bell Aug 8, 2017 Listen Download
Echo chamber Aug 1, 2017 Listen Download
Snowflake Jul 25, 2017 Listen Download
The heat is on Jul 18, 2017 Listen Download
Wet weekend Jul 11, 2017 Listen Download
No picnic Jul 4, 2017 Listen Download
A busman's holiday Jun 27, 2017 Listen Download
Fuddy-duddy Jun 20, 2017 Listen Download
No great shakes Jun 13, 2017 Listen Download
Not a sausage Jun 6, 2017 Listen Download
Long May 30, 2017 Listen Download
Not half May 23, 2017 Listen Download
All over the shop May 16, 2017 Listen Download
It comes with the territory May 9, 2017 Listen Download
It won't wash May 2, 2017 Listen Download
Jack-of-all-trades Apr 25, 2017 Listen Download
The coast is clear Apr 18, 2017 Listen Download
Pull a fast one Apr 11, 2017 Listen Download
Suck it and see Apr 4, 2017 Listen Download
To cut your teeth Mar 28, 2017 Listen Download
Shrinkflation Mar 21, 2017 Listen Download
La-la land Mar 14, 2017 Listen Download
A different kettle of fish Mar 7, 2017 Listen Download
At the drop of a hat Feb 28, 2017 Listen Download
Brass neck Feb 21, 2017 Listen Download
Reinvent the wheel Feb 14, 2017 Listen Download
Frenemy Feb 7, 2017 Listen Download
To be fair Jan 31, 2017 Listen Download
On the box Jan 24, 2017 Listen Download
Duck Jan 17, 2017 Listen Download
Bottle Jan 10, 2017 Listen Download
Got your number Jan 3, 2017 Listen Download
Clickbait Dec 20, 2016 Listen Download
Mash-up Dec 13, 2016 Listen Download
Air kiss Dec 6, 2016 Listen Download
Mansplaining Nov 29, 2016 Listen Download
Rolling in it Nov 22, 2016 Listen Download
Photobomb Nov 15, 2016 Listen Download
Cyberchondriac Nov 8, 2016 Listen Download
To wash your dirty linen in public Nov 1, 2016 Listen Download
Cat got your tongue? Oct 25, 2016 Listen Download
It takes two to tango Oct 18, 2016 Listen Download
Knee-jerk reaction Oct 11, 2016 Listen Download
To have an axe to grind Oct 4, 2016 Listen Download
Close, but no cigar Sep 27, 2016 Listen Download
Get somebody's goat Sep 20, 2016 Listen Download
Bust a gut Sep 13, 2016 Listen Download
Old-school Sep 6, 2016 Listen Download
Shedloads Aug 30, 2016 Listen Download
Hangry Aug 23, 2016 Listen Download
To pull something out of the hat Aug 16, 2016 Listen Download
Off the hook Aug 4, 2016 Listen Download
Barefaced Jul 26, 2016 Listen Download
To make a mountain out of a molehill Jul 19, 2016 Listen Download
The last straw/final straw Jul 12, 2016 Listen Download
The university of life Jul 5, 2016 Listen Download
White collar worker / blue-collar worker Jun 28, 2016 Listen Download
Drama queen Jun 21, 2016 Listen Download
It's on the cards Jun 14, 2016 Listen Download
Until you're blue in the face Jun 7, 2016 Listen Download
Clean up your act May 31, 2016 Listen Download
You're pulling my leg! May 24, 2016 Listen Download
One good turn deserves another May 17, 2016 Listen Download
To fall at the first hurdle May 10, 2016 Listen Download
Pain in the neck May 3, 2016 Listen Download
Burn a hole in your pocket Apr 26, 2016 Listen Download
To turn something upside down Apr 19, 2016 Listen Download
Going forward Apr 12, 2016 Listen Download
A recipe for disaster Apr 5, 2016 Listen Download
Crash course Mar 29, 2016 Listen Download
You've sold it to me Mar 22, 2016 Listen Download
Full of the joys of spring Mar 15, 2016 Listen Download
Six of one, half a dozen of the other Mar 1, 2016 Listen Download
Test the water Feb 23, 2016 Listen Download
To lie through your teeth Feb 16, 2016 Listen Download
To make a monkey out of me Feb 9, 2016 Listen Download
There's method to my madness Jan 26, 2016 Listen Download
In good nick Jan 19, 2016 Listen Download
Cheap and cheerful Jan 12, 2016 Listen Download
A bitter pill to swallow Jan 5, 2016 Listen Download
Potty Dec 31, 2015 Listen Download
I'm game Dec 22, 2015 Listen Download
That'll put hairs on your chest! Dec 15, 2015 Listen Download
Down the pan Dec 1, 2015 Listen Download
Sweet tooth Nov 17, 2015 Listen Download
Bumper-to-bumper Nov 10, 2015 Listen Download
Eye candy Nov 3, 2015 Listen Download
Thingy Oct 27, 2015 Listen Download
Across the pond Oct 20, 2015 Listen Download
People person Oct 13, 2015 Listen Download
It's a steal! Oct 6, 2015 Listen Download
Bull and bear market Sep 29, 2015 Listen Download
Social media words Sep 22, 2015 Listen Download
Don't give up the day job Sep 15, 2015 Listen Download
A barrel of laughs Sep 8, 2015 Listen Download
To know something like the back of your hand Sep 1, 2015 Listen Download
Give me credit Aug 18, 2015 Listen Download
To keep the wolf from the door Aug 11, 2015 Listen Download
Red tape Jul 14, 2015 Listen Download
To drink someone under the table Jun 30, 2015 Listen Download
Cyberbullying Jun 16, 2015 Listen Download
A close shave May 19, 2015 Listen Download
My mind's gone blank May 12, 2015 Listen Download
To sleep on it May 5, 2015 Listen Download
All over the place Apr 28, 2015 Listen Download
To go around the houses Apr 21, 2015 Listen Download
Done and dusted Apr 14, 2015 Listen Download
Chill pill Apr 7, 2015 Listen Download
Put a sock in it! Mar 31, 2015 Listen Download
A wild card Mar 31, 2015 Listen Download
To take a shot / stab in the dark Mar 17, 2015 Listen Download
To keep a lid on it Mar 10, 2015 Listen Download
To be on the ball Mar 3, 2015 Listen Download
Mind-blowing Feb 24, 2015 Listen Download
Out for the count Feb 17, 2015 Listen Download
Game changer Feb 10, 2015 Listen Download
Wow factor Feb 3, 2015 Listen Download
Full on Jan 27, 2015 Listen Download
Stab in the back Jan 20, 2015 Listen Download
To downsize Jan 13, 2015 Listen Download
At the movies Jan 6, 2015 Listen Download
Killing time Dec 30, 2014 Listen Download
Like turkeys voting for Christmas Dec 23, 2014 Listen Download
Face the music Dec 16, 2014 Listen Download
Internet speak Dec 9, 2014 Listen Download
Viral Dec 2, 2014 Listen Download
Give the cold shoulder Nov 25, 2014 Listen Download
Phishing Nov 18, 2014 Listen Download
Take to the cleaners Nov 11, 2014 Listen Download
Eat humble pie Nov 4, 2014 Listen Download
Water off a duck's back Oct 28, 2014 Listen Download
Take for a ride Oct 21, 2014 Listen Download
Baby phrase Oct 14, 2014 Listen Download
Joe Bloggs Oct 7, 2014 Listen Download
Butter up Sep 29, 2014 Listen Download
Hair of the dog Sep 22, 2014 Listen Download
Splash Out Sep 15, 2014 Listen Download
Cheesed off Sep 8, 2014 Listen Download
Frogmarch Sep 1, 2014 Listen Download
Proof is in the pudding Aug 22, 2014 Listen Download
Dinosaur Aug 18, 2014 Listen Download
Look like the back end of a bus Aug 11, 2014 Listen Download
Interjections Aug 4, 2014 Listen Download
Blah blah blah Jul 28, 2014 Listen Download
Have a lot on my plate Jul 21, 2014 Listen Download
Bells and whistles Jul 14, 2014 Listen Download
Everything but the kitchen sink Jul 7, 2014 Listen Download
Beat the drum Jun 30, 2014 Listen Download
Until the cows come home Jun 23, 2014 Listen Download
Smell a rat Jun 16, 2014 Listen Download
Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar Jun 9, 2014 Listen Download
Corporate speak Jun 2, 2014 Listen Download
Take it with a pinch of salt May 26, 2014 Listen Download
Cold feet May 19, 2014 Listen Download
Not enough room to swing a cat May 12, 2014 Listen Download
Off the back of a lorry May 5, 2014 Listen Download
Wrong 'un Apr 28, 2014 Listen Download
Pie in the sky Apr 21, 2014 Listen Download
On the tip of my tongue Apr 14, 2014 Listen Download
Under your belt Apr 7, 2014 Listen Download
To brush over Mar 31, 2014 Listen Download
Go the extra mile Mar 24, 2014 Listen Download
Beat around the bush Mar 17, 2014 Listen Download
The boot's on the other foot Mar 10, 2014 Listen Download
Pull the plug Mar 3, 2014 Listen Download
In the doghouse Feb 24, 2014 Listen Download
Chew the fat Feb 17, 2014 Listen Download
Treading on eggshells Feb 10, 2014 Listen Download
Take a rain check Feb 3, 2014 Listen Download
Use your loaf Jan 27, 2014 Listen Download
Stumped Jan 20, 2014 Listen Download
Skeleton in the closet Jan 13, 2014 Listen Download
To have words Jan 6, 2014 Listen Download
Crystal clear Dec 30, 2013 Listen Download
Ginormous Dec 23, 2013 Listen Download
Take the mickey Dec 16, 2013 Listen Download
Fishing for compliments Dec 9, 2013 Listen Download
Go round in circles Dec 2, 2013 Listen Download
Bottomless Nov 25, 2013 Listen Download
Full of beans Nov 18, 2013 Listen Download
To go with a bang Nov 11, 2013 Listen Download
Other half Nov 4, 2013 Listen Download
Bits and bobs Oct 28, 2013 Listen Download
Nosh Oct 21, 2013 Listen Download
Ace Oct 14, 2013 Listen Download
Beef Oct 7, 2013 Listen Download
Out of the picture Sep 30, 2013 Listen Download
Cut to the chase Sep 23, 2013 Listen Download
Have a ball Sep 16, 2013 Listen Download
Don't make a scene! Sep 9, 2013 Listen Download
Phone slang Sep 2, 2013 Listen Download
Can of worms Aug 26, 2013 Listen Download
What's his face? Aug 19, 2013 Listen Download
Straight from the horse's mouth Aug 12, 2013 Listen Download
After Aug 5, 2013 Listen Download
Weather idioms Jul 29, 2013 Listen Download
Legend Jul 23, 2013 Listen Download
It's doing my head in! Jul 15, 2013 Listen Download
The bee's knees Jul 8, 2013 Listen Download
To put all your eggs in one basket Jul 1, 2013 Listen Download
Don't make me laugh! Jun 24, 2013 Listen Download
A leopard can't change its spots Jun 17, 2013 Listen Download
To see red Jun 10, 2013 Listen Download
Haven't slept a wink Jun 3, 2013 Listen Download
Freak May 27, 2013 Listen Download
I wasn't born yesterday May 20, 2013 Listen Download
Six-pack May 13, 2013 Listen Download
To cook the books May 6, 2013 Listen Download
On the up Apr 29, 2013 Listen Download
LOL! Apr 22, 2013 Listen Download
Makeover Apr 15, 2013 Listen Download
A white elephant Apr 8, 2013 Listen Download
Finger on the pulse Apr 1, 2013 Listen Download
Cut the mustard Mar 25, 2013 Listen Download
To miss the boat Mar 18, 2013 Listen Download
To take (something) on board Mar 11, 2013 Listen Download
The writing is on the wall Mar 4, 2013 Listen Download
Every Tom Dick and Harry Feb 25, 2013 Listen Download
Act your age, not your shoe size Feb 18, 2013 Listen Download
Go to town Feb 8, 2013 Listen Download
Over the moon Feb 1, 2013 Listen Download
To know your onions Jan 28, 2013 Listen Download
Take with a pinch of salt Jan 21, 2013 Listen Download
Not rocket science Jan 14, 2013 Listen Download
Go down a storm Jan 7, 2013 Listen Download
Chuffed Dec 31, 2012 Listen Download
Hit the ground running Dec 24, 2012 Listen Download
Language of the blogosphere Dec 17, 2012 Listen Download
Irons in the fire Dec 10, 2012 Listen Download
Man flu Dec 3, 2012 Listen Download
Drop dead gorgeous Nov 26, 2012 Listen Download
Celeb (Celebrity): 19 Nov Nov 19, 2012 Listen Download
Emoticon: 12 Nov Nov 12, 2012 Listen Download
Keep your chin up!: 5 Nov Nov 5, 2012 Listen Download
Cost an arm and a leg Oct 29, 2012 Listen Download
Hunky-dory Oct 22, 2012 Listen Download
Things are looking up Oct 15, 2012 Listen Download
My mind has gone blank Oct 8, 2012 Listen Download
Shut up Oct 1, 2012 Listen Download
Throw the book at somebody Sep 24, 2012 Listen Download
A finger in every pie Sep 17, 2012 Listen Download
Finding your feet Sep 10, 2012 Listen Download
The skin of your teeth Sep 3, 2012 Listen Download
No-win situation Aug 27, 2012 Listen Download
Plain sailing Aug 20, 2012 Listen Download
Down with the kids Aug 13, 2012 Listen Download
Quids in Aug 6, 2012 Listen Download
Sheepish Jul 30, 2012 Listen Download
Keep me posted Jul 23, 2012 Listen Download
To go bananas Jul 16, 2012 Listen Download
Not give someone the time of day Jul 9, 2012 Listen Download
Put your money where your mouth is: 02 JUL12 Jul 2, 2012 Listen Download
To fly by the seat of your pants Jun 25, 2012 Listen Download
To bend over backwards Jun 18, 2012 Listen Download
It's a joke Jun 11, 2012 Listen Download
What's the damage? Jun 4, 2012 Listen Download
Why the long face? May 28, 2012 Listen Download
To murder something May 21, 2012 Listen Download
Catch your eye May 14, 2012 Listen Download
No strings attached May 7, 2012 Listen Download
A spanner in the works Apr 30, 2012 Listen Download
Call it a day Apr 23, 2012 Listen Download
To take the weight off your feet Apr 16, 2012 Listen Download
Comfort zone Apr 9, 2012 Listen Download
Knickers in a twist Apr 2, 2012 Listen Download
To let the cat out of the bag Mar 26, 2012 Listen Download
To paint the town red Mar 19, 2012 Listen Download

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