The English We Speak

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Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service


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It takes two to tango

October 18th, 2016

Neil's doing a partner dance on his own in the studio to help you learn English. Learn an expression which means two people need to accept the blame for a bad situation

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Knee-jerk reaction

October 11th, 2016

Feifei kicks Neil in the face after he hits her knee with a hammer. It's all to teach you a useful English expression

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To have an axe to grind

October 4th, 2016

An expression with three related but slightly different meanings connected to strong opinions

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Close, but no cigar

September 27th, 2016

Why is Neil trying to smoke a cigar in the studio? Learn an English expression about almost succeeding