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.

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Spoken short forms

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Gonna, wanna, dunno, whatcha... We give you an introduction to short spoken forms.

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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We look at time expressions with 'in', 'at' and 'on'.

Hyphenation

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Find out why we write some phrases with hyphens but not others.

Words with double letters

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We talk about spelling words with double letters, such as 'accommodation'.

Pronouncing verbs and nouns

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Learn how to pronounce verbs and nouns with Neil and Catherine.

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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Do you 'think out of the box' or 'push the envelope' at work? Learn business jargon.

How to pronounce words beginning with 'c'

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Catherine cycled through the city centre! How do you pronounce all those words with 'c'?

Phrasal verbs and context

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Learn phrasal verbs in sentences to help understand their meanings.

Prefixes: 'Re-', 'pre-', and 'pro-'

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Learn about words with the prefixes 're-', 'pre-' and 'pro-' in 6 Minute Vocabulary.

Silent letters

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Silent letters are letters that we see in words, but don’t actually pronounce.

Onomatopoeia

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Learn about words that sound like the thing they describe.

Multi-word verbs

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Learn how to use multi-word verbs to make your English sound much more natural.

Adjectives ending with -ic and -ical

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'Classic' or 'classical'? Learn about adjectives ending in -ic and -ical.

Strong adjectives

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What word do you use when you want to say something is very good or very bad?

Contractions

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Learn how to use 'I've' and 'isn't' - your English will sound more natural.

Male and female job words

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We teach you job titles for men and women.

New words

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What do the words selfie, photobomb and trolling mean? Help us update your language!

Weather words

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Rainy, snowy, windy, sunny. Learn how to describe the weather.

Homophones

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

Compound nouns

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Do you like ice cream? Do you use a keyboard? Words like are compound nouns.

Job suffixes

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What's the connection between a teacher, a driver and a presenter? We explain.

Similar words

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Explore the similarities and differences in words like 'big' and 'large'.

Adjective order

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Do you know how to put adjectives in the right order? We can help.

Contractions

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To sound fluent and natural when you speak you might want to learn about contractions.

Job suffixes

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What's the connection between a teacher, a driver and a presenter? We explain.

Word stress

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Do you know how to pronounce the words photographer and photograph? We can help you.

Compound adjectives

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

Lexical sets

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

-ing and -ed adjectives

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

Binomials

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

Chunks of language

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

Prefixes

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Learn how to add prefixes to the beginning of some words to change their meanings.

Adjectives and adverbs

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Fashionable? Fashionably? Learn how to use adjectives and adverbs.

Suffixes

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

Academic Vocabulary

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Do you have to write academic texts and essays? Finn and Neil give you some tips.

Talk like Shakespeare

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Learn some idioms from 'the Bard' which are in common use today.

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.

Silent letters

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We talk about letters in English that we see in words but don’t actually pronounce.

Onomatopoeia

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Learn about words that sound like the thing they describe.

Multi-word verbs

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Do you ever 'meet up with' your friend in the park? We talk about multi-word verbs.

Adjectives ending with -ic and -ical

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'Classic' or 'classical'? Learn about adjectives ending in -ic and -ical.

Strong adjectives

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'Terrified', 'fantastic', 'amazing' - learn how to use strong adjectives.

Male and female job words

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Policeman / policewoman, actor / actress - learn about job titles and gender.

New words

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'Selfie', 'photobomb', 'trolling'. Learn what these new words mean and how they are made.

Weather words

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The British love to talk about weather! Learn some useful vocabulary about it here.

Homophones

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

Compound nouns

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

Similar words

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We talk about words like 'big' and 'large' and explore the similarities between them.

Adjective order

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

Contractions

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

Job suffixes

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What's the connection between a teacher, a driver and a presenter? We explain.

Word stress

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How to pronounce the words 'photographer' and 'photograph'? Learn about word stress.

Compound adjectives

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

Lexical sets

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

-ing and -ed adjectives

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

Binomials

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

Chunks of language

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

Prefixes

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

Adjectives and adverbs

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Fashionable? Fashionably? We teach you adjectives and adverbs.

Suffixes

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

Academic Vocabulary

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Do you have to write academic texts and essays? Finn and Neil give you some tips.

Talk like Shakespeare

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Learn some idioms from 'the Bard' which are in common use today.

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: 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.

6 Minute Vocabulary: Academic Vocabulary

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Neil and Finn's top tips for dealing with specialist vocabulary