6 Minute English

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Brant Kirby
 Nov 20, 2022
Hello there. I am so glad to learn English. That's it, There are so many words that I learned from it.

 Apr 7, 2022
helpful, useful

 Sep 20, 2021
Mais notícias do que aulas.

 Apr 26, 2021
Thanks. You help to learn English more. Go on.

 Sep 3, 2020


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.

Episode Date
Food and mood
We look at the link between what you eat and how you feel.
Mar 16, 2023
How to talk to a climate denier
The dos and don'ts of trying to discuss science with someone who doesn't believe in it.
Mar 09, 2023
Losing your mother tongue
Hear the story of a woman who replaced her native Czech for English.
Mar 02, 2023
The health benefits of apples
Could there be some truth in the proverb 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'?
Feb 23, 2023
Why do we procrastinate?
Do you leave your work until the last minute? If so, this programme is for you!
Feb 16, 2023
Doomscrolling: Why do we do it?
We discuss if there is an evolutionary reason why we're attracted to bad news.
Feb 09, 2023
Exercise for The Lazy
What's the least amount of exercise you should do to stay healthy?
Feb 02, 2023
Can AI have a mind of its own?
Hear about the software engineer who became 'friends' with his computer.
Jan 26, 2023
Climate change: Are there too many people?
Does the size of your carbon footprint depend on where in the world you were born?
Jan 19, 2023
The hidden life of buffets
We discuss buffet meals and the history behind them and teach related vocabulary.
Jan 12, 2023
We discuss the art of songwriting – combining lyrics and music to make a hit song.
Jan 05, 2023
United against food waste
According to the UN, one third of the food we grow is thrown away. How can we stop this?
Dec 29, 2022
3D printers
We look at the role of 3D printers in medicine, and teach you some related vocabulary.
Dec 22, 2022
Are opinion polls accurate?
What can opinion polls really tell us?
Dec 15, 2022
Deep-sea mining: Good or bad for the planet?
Could some ideas to deal with climate change actually damage the environment?
Dec 08, 2022
Can music mend a broken heart?
Meet a singer-songwriter who used music to express her feelings of falling in love.
Dec 01, 2022
The art of conversation
We discuss whether the art of conversation is being lost in the era of social media
Nov 24, 2022
Qatar's World Cup workers
Hear about the workers who built the World Cup stadiums
Nov 17, 2022
Controlling the weather
We discuss two different types of weather manipulation.
Nov 10, 2022
Meet the flavourists
Is designing a food flavour a dark art? We talk about the people who make flavours.
Nov 03, 2022
Are Halloween costumes too scary?
Some parents are complaining that some Halloween costumes are too scary.
Oct 27, 2022
Does climate change make you anxious?
We discuss how extreme weather events are affecting our mental health.
Oct 20, 2022
Translating recipes
How to adapt dishes from other countries? We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
Oct 13, 2022
Are artistic brains different?
We talk about Mozart, Jimi Hendrix and teach you vocabulary.
Oct 06, 2022
Why are prices going up?
We discuss inflation and economics and teach related vocabulary.
Sep 29, 2022
English for dating online
We discuss language that gets used for dating online and new language that is emerging.
Sep 22, 2022
Man vs beast: Who is more efficient?
We discuss the advantages of the design of the human body, and teach you vocabulary too.
Sep 15, 2022
Are you following your dreams?
Hear about two people who dared to follow their dreams and are happy to have done so.
Sep 08, 2022
Do emojis make language better?
Are emojis turning us into lazy writers?
Sep 01, 2022
Being a beauty influencer
Hear about women who are using social media to change attitudes to beauty
Aug 25, 2022
Women in the workplace
Hear about the career-killing tasks that are holding women back in the workplace
Aug 18, 2022
Connecting remote communities
How do you connect the unconnected?
Aug 11, 2022
How pandemics end
Covid-19, The Black Death ... We discuss what happens when deadly diseases go global.
Aug 04, 2022
Confused by modern idioms?
We talk about some new expressions that have been introduced to English through the media
Jul 28, 2022
Which are more dangerous: Sharks or humans?
From monster killers of the sea to endangered species - we talk sharks and vocabulary.
Jul 21, 2022
Climate change and evolution
We discuss the impact of climate change on today's wildlife.
Jul 14, 2022
Preserving traditional recipes
We discuss the tastes of our childhood and teach new vocabulary.
Jul 07, 2022
Restoring trust in science
Modern scientists are under pressure from critics motivated by political views.
Jun 30, 2022
The Manhattan Project
Learn about the invention of the atomic bomb
Jun 23, 2022
Island life: Is it paradise?
Rob and Sam discuss some of the problems Pacific islanders face and teach vocabulary.
Jun 16, 2022
The technology of translation
What is the relationship between translation, technology and the human brain?
Jun 09, 2022
What is the Platinum Jubilee?
We talk about a very British tradition involving Queen Elizabeth II
Jun 01, 2022
People who can taste words
Can you imagine being able to ‘taste’ every word that you hear?
May 26, 2022
Finding your way in space
What’s up and what’s down for astronauts who are floating in zero gravity?
May 20, 2022
Can VR treat fears and phobias?
VR is helping people overcome phobias and even tackling more serious problems.
May 12, 2022
Life in the modern office
Great or awful? How do people rate office working? We talk about it and teach vocabulary.
May 05, 2022
Remembering Desmond Tutu
Deep convictions and a sense of humour - we talk about a man who helped end apartheid.
Apr 28, 2022
Discoveries of the Deep Sea
We talk about an extreme environment, and teach you vocabulary along the way.
Apr 21, 2022
Rhetoric: How persuasive are you?
We talk about an art that started with ancient Greek philosophers
Apr 14, 2022
Britain's love affair with coffee
It's not all about tea - Britons like coffee too. Learn vocabulary to talk about it.
Apr 07, 2022
Optimists vs Pessimists
Which one you are may be linked more to your birthplace and age than attitude.
Mar 31, 2022
The world of Agatha Christie
We discuss one of her most famous characters and teach you related vocabulary.
Mar 25, 2022
Mars: Mysteries of the Red Planet
Neil and Sam discuss our fascination with the 'Red Planet' and teach you related vocab.
Mar 17, 2022
Why laughter is the best medicine
Shouldn't we take laughter more seriously? We discuss and teach related vocabulary.
Mar 10, 2022
Is being kind good for you?
Neil and Sam discuss the benefits of kindness and teach you related vocabulary.
Mar 03, 2022
Eating bugs
Neil and Sam discuss eating insects and teach you related vocabulary.
Feb 24, 2022
The benefits of boredom
We talk about the positive side of boredom and teach you related vocabulary.
Feb 17, 2022
Sleepy in South Korea
Life in a place where people work longer hours and get less sleep than anywhere else.
Feb 09, 2022
Sleepy in South Korea
Life in a place where people work longer hours and get less sleep than anywhere else.
Feb 03, 2022
Preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympics
Artificial snow, coronavirus and controversy surround the Beijing Games starting soon.
Jan 27, 2022
Are personalised diets the best way to be healthy?
We discuss how microbes matter when it comes to food, and teach some related vocabulary.
Jan 20, 2022
Inventing languages
Learn about how languages get invented
Jan 13, 2022
Welcome to the 'metaverse'
We discuss how things like the metaverse and AI might influence how we live.
Jan 06, 2022
Do trees have memories?
We discuss whether plants can 'remember' stressful situations, such as droughts or pests.
Dec 30, 2021
We talk about the maths formulas that are increasingly part of our lives.
Dec 23, 2021
Changing the Earth's climate
Could diamonds help to prevent a climate catastrophe? That's what we discuss.
Dec 16, 2021
Body language online
How can we make video conferences feel more natural? That's what Sam and Neil talk about.
Dec 09, 2021
The Human Library: Life as an open book
Would you like to borrow a person for a half-hour candid conversation?
Dec 02, 2021
How green is nuclear energy?
How safe is a nuclear plant in a world of climate extremes? Listen to Neil and Sam.
Nov 25, 2021
Why we forget the things we learn
Georgina and Rob talk about memory and teach you vocabulary along the way.
Nov 18, 2021
Why is Super Mario so popular?
We talk about a famous video game character from the 80s.
Nov 11, 2021
Should fast food sponsor sport?
Is it right for companies selling unhealthy products to sponsor sporting events?
Nov 04, 2021
Grime: Music from architecture
We talk about the music of Wiley and Stormy, and teach you related vocabulary.
Oct 28, 2021
Where do your tips go?
We talk about tipping: the act of giving extra money to someone that has served you well.
Oct 21, 2021
Angela Merkel
Sam and Neil talk about the influential German leader and teach you related vocabulary.
Oct 14, 2021
Smart tech and climate change
Could AI be used to help fight against climate change?
Oct 07, 2021
Going through the menopause
Why don't people talk more about this aspect of women's lives?
Sep 30, 2021
Bitcoin's energy cost
Bitcoin: is it an investment option for ordinary people?
Sep 27, 2021
I love my language!
Neil and Sam talk about a woman's effort to keep her language alive.
Sep 23, 2021
Why are people collecting NFTs?
What are 'non-fungible tokens'? That's what Neil and Sam talk about in this programme.
Sep 20, 2021
Robot Artists
Will Robots ever be able to think or dream? Could they fall in love or create art?
Sep 16, 2021
Bats: Friend or foe?
Learn more about these furry flying mammals with Neil and Sam.
Sep 13, 2021
Is the planet warming up faster?
Some extreme weather events are puzzling scientists.
Sep 09, 2021
Is technology harmful to youngsters?
Can spending hours online affect the new generation's mental health?
Sep 06, 2021
Is chimp politics like ours?
Just like humans, chimps live in social groups, have leaders and a desire for power.
Sep 02, 2021
Making sense of the census
What's behind counting people in a country? Neil and Sam talk about the census.
Aug 26, 2021
The fear of numbers
Are you afraid of maths? Neil and Sam talk about numbers and teach you vocabulary.
Aug 23, 2021
A future without doctors?
We discuss if artificial intelligence could replace human doctors and nurses.
Aug 19, 2021
Lights! Camera! Kiss! - Intimacy on screen
How actors are made to feel more comfortable when filming intimate scenes.
Aug 16, 2021
Head injury in sport
Contact sports can be dangerous. The truth about the effects on players is coming out.
Aug 12, 2021
Inside the head of Jeff Bezos
How does the founder of the web giant Amazon think? Listen to the programme to find out.
Aug 09, 2021
The history of swimming
We talk about the history of swimming and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
Aug 05, 2021
Are humans a messy species?
Learn the language of going to the toilet.
Jul 29, 2021
The loneliest man in history
We talk about Michael Collins, who orbited the Moon in the command module Columbia.
Jul 26, 2021
How colour affects us
Neil and Georgina add some colour to your life by discussing how colour can make you feel
Jul 19, 2021
Flexible working
Is there a stigma attached to not wanting to work the 9-to-5 shift?
Jul 15, 2021
Hypnotism has always fascinated us, but can anyone be hypnotised?
Jul 08, 2021
Saving the white rhinos
Conservationists are working on an artificial breeding programme to preserve the species.
Jul 01, 2021
Making old things last longer
Shouldn't we stop throwing things away and start fixing them?
Jun 24, 2021
Building rapport with others
We discuss four styles of communication and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
Jun 17, 2021
Food superstitions
We talk about food superstitions and teach you vocabulary along the way.
Jun 10, 2021
The Rosetta Stone
How the famous piece of rock became the key to decoding Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Jun 03, 2021
Compassion fatigue
Has the pandemic made people tired of feeling sorry for others and themselves?
May 27, 2021
Why do people decide to be alone for long periods of time?
May 20, 2021
When males are not needed
We talk about different animals which can reproduce without having sex.
May 14, 2021
We talk about different variations on the concept of mermaids.
May 06, 2021
A quieter world
Neil and Georgina discuss noise and whether it is bad for our health.
Apr 29, 2021
US and China vs climate change
Can the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases work together?
Apr 22, 2021
Naked in nature
Hear about why being naked in nature might be good for you.
Apr 15, 2021
The language of biscuits
Rob and Neil talk about the origins and the language of this humble snack.
Apr 08, 2021
Is English really English?
Neil and Georgina discuss where the English language we use today really comes from.
Apr 01, 2021
Astronauts on strike?
Hear all about the Skylab astronauts’ disagreement with mission control.
Mar 25, 2021
Digital help for blind people
Hear about digital technology which helps blind people improve their lives.
Mar 18, 2021
What’s the key to happiness?
Hear about what small things you can do to feel happier about life.
Mar 11, 2021
Looking for utopia
Rob and Georgina talk about how to create a happy place.
Mar 04, 2021
Covid: One year on
Over a year on since the first outbreak, what have we learnt? We talk about the pandemic.
Feb 25, 2021
Singing in tune
Neil and Georgina discuss singing and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
Feb 18, 2021
Working for yourself
Rob and Georgina talk about the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing.
Feb 11, 2021
How much heat do you lose from your head?
Rob and Georgina talk about percentages and teach you some English vocabulary.
Feb 04, 2021
The woman whose cells never die
Rob and Georgina discuss medical research and teach you related vocabulary.
Jan 28, 2021
What makes a good story?
Hear about storytelling and how it helps us to connect and communicate.
Jan 21, 2021
For the love of foreign languages
Is learning languages good for head, heart and soul?
Jan 14, 2021
Why can't we resist comfort food?
Neil and Rob talk about comfort food and what actually makes us eat it.
Jan 07, 2021
What is fat-shaming?
We discuss where the attitudes behind fat-shaming come from.
Dec 31, 2020
Coronavirus vs other pandemics
Hear about coronavirus and how it isn’t that bad compared to historical pandemics
Dec 24, 2020
Are trees intelligent?
We talk about trees and how they can communicate and help each other.
Dec 17, 2020
Can jellyfish help us solve our problems?
We discuss how these sea creatures could help us solve the problem of plastic pollution.
Dec 10, 2020
Why do we choose to text instead of talk?
Communicating by text has become more and more popular. Neil and Georgina talk about it.
Dec 03, 2020
Neil and Rob talk about loneliness and how some people prefer their own company.
Nov 26, 2020
Is punctuality important?
We discuss people's attitude to being on time and why some people are always late.
Nov 19, 2020
Could you be a victim of online fraud?
We talk about online fraud and teach you some useful vocabulary along the way.
Nov 12, 2020
Melting ice sheet: Is it too late?
Many scientists are wondering whether it’s now too late to stop global warming.
Nov 05, 2020
Walkman: the music player revolution
Neil and Georgina take a nostalgic look back at the 1980s and the birth of the Walkman.
Oct 29, 2020
Could humans live in underwater cities?
Hear about projects to create liveable underwater habitats and learn new vocabulary.
Oct 22, 2020
Hacking help for US elections
Rob and Sam discuss plans in the US to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks on election day.
Oct 15, 2020
Do chimps have the same emotions as us?
Hear Jane Goodall talk about the deep connections between humans and the great apes.
Oct 08, 2020
How can we make the web a better place?
Neil and Sam talk about the subject and teach you vocabulary along the way.
Oct 01, 2020
Coronavirus: Dealing with mass unemployment post-pandemic
Neil and Sam discuss the post-Covid job landscape and teach you vocabulary along the way.
Sep 24, 2020
Grandma therapy in Zimbabwe
Grandmothers are being trained to provide therapy to people in their community.
Sep 17, 2020
Is there a future without bees?
The number of bees is declining at an alarming rate, with serious consequences for us.
Sep 10, 2020
How to talk about conspiracy theories
We discuss what to do when you are confronted with someone who spreads falsehoods.
Sep 03, 2020
What’s the point of blood types?
In this programme, we’ll be finding out all about blood and teaching you some vocabulary.
Aug 27, 2020
Will Covid-19 change cities?
Rob and Neil discuss the future of our cities and teach you useful vocabulary.
Aug 20, 2020
Is this the era of distrust?
In an era of fake news, could it be that we are living through a crisis in trust?
Aug 13, 2020
No more bosses
Can companies operate better without managers? We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
Aug 06, 2020
The medicine of coronavirus
Neil and Georgina talk about Covid-19 and teach you related vocabulary.
Jul 30, 2020
Food made in space
Find out how growing plants in space might help develop better crops.
Jul 23, 2020
Sport against poverty
Neil and Sam discuss how sport is giving hope to young people leading the toughest lives.
Jul 16, 2020
Covid-19: The office after lockdown
Companies are rushing to install technology to make offices safer. Neil and Sam discuss.
Jul 09, 2020
Should we wear a face mask?
Can wearing masks in public help prevent the spread of coronavirus? Rob and Sam discuss.
Jul 02, 2020
Millennials and business
Rob and Sam discuss the new generation's desire to make the world a better place.
Jun 25, 2020
Is being thrifty a virtue?
Neil and Sam talk about being a saver in a consumer culture and teach you vocabulary.
Jun 18, 2020
The food delivery revolution
Takeaway apps are changing food culture. We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
Jun 11, 2020
What difference has #MeToo made?
Sam and Georgina talk about the movement and teach you related vocabulary.
Jun 04, 2020
Is the recycling system broken?
We talk about the over-reliance on recycling rather than reducing the use of plastics
May 28, 2020
The soothing power of books
How can books help us relax and feel more alive during troubled times?
May 21, 2020
Shocking facts about electricity
Neil and Georgina talk about how electrical systems differ from country to country.
May 14, 2020
Internet - good or bad?
Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
Apr 26, 2018