6 Minute Vocabulary

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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.

Episodios

Irregular verbs 2

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Break, broke, broken... We look at verbs that don't behave themselves.

Eponyms as nouns and verbs

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To google, to hoover... Learn about words that have come from commercial products.

Adjectives from names

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Freudian, Dickensian, Orwellian... learn about adjectives that come from names.

Large numbers

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How many stars are there in the universe? Learn how to say big numbers in English.

Suffixes -sion -tion -tian

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"I have a confession to make. My ambition is to meet a Martian!" - We teach you suffixes.

Synonyms

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Learn about synonyms - words that have the same or similar meaning.

Discourse Markers: Interjections

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Do you know your ouch! from your ugh!? These words are called interjections.

Commonly misspelled words

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Finn and Catherine talk through some of the complexities of English spelling.

Linking words

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Rob and Catherine talk about words and short phrases used to connect ideas.

Words with more than one spelling

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Disk or disc? Confused about which one to use? Finn and Catherine talk about spelling.

Acronyms

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

Antonyms

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A good way of building vocabulary in English is to learn words with opposite meanings.

Suffixes: -ness & -ity

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Learn how to use the suffixes '-ness' and '-ity' in English.

Discourse markers: Attitude

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Words and phrases we use to express our attitude to what we’re saying or writing.

Suffixes: -ment, -ance, -ence

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ExciteMENT, performANCE, differENCE - how suffixes turn verbs and adjectives into nouns.

Someone, somewhere, anywhere...

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Learn how to use these very useful pronouns with 'some' and 'any'.

Irregular verbs

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

Reporting verbs

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Learn about verbs that we use when we talk about what someone else has said.

False friends

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

Words with 'ough'

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Cough, thought, enough, although: Learn how to pronounce words with 'ough'.

Easily confused words

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Boring or bored? Learn about words that look similar but have very different meaning.

Suffixes: -less and -free

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Is this a smoke-free or a smokeless workplace? Learn the difference!

Prefixes: dys- de- dis-

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Do you suffer from DYSpepsia? Could a DEtox diet help? Neil and Finn talk about prefixes.

Ordinal numbers

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What's the date today? Do you know how to say it? Listen to the programme to find out.

Short spoken forms

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Learn how these words are used: gonna, wanna, dunno, whatcha.

Uncountable nouns

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Can you count knowledge, money or happiness? How to deal with uncountable nouns.

Time expressions

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Neil and Catherine look at time expressions with 'in', 'at' and 'on'.

Hyphenation

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Learn how to use hyphens: "They did a ten-foot dive into the swimming pool."

Words with double letters

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Catherine and Neil talk about spelling words with double letters, such as 'accommodation'.

Pronouncing verbs and nouns

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'Increase' can be a noun or a verb and they aren't pronounced the same way...

British and American English

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Hear about differences and similarities in vocabulary from both sides of the Atlantic.

Business jargon

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Can you think out of the box or take the helicopter view at work? Learn business jargon.

Pronouncing words that start with ‘c’

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Listen out for words that begin with the /s/ sound but start with the letter 'c'.

Phrasal verbs and context

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A guide to multi-word verbs and prepositions that can change the meaning of phrasal verbs.

Prefixes re-, pre- and pro-

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'REcycle', 'PREpacked', 'PROactive' - we talk about prefixes in 6 Minute Vocabulary.