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

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.