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BBC Six minute English

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BBC Learning English audio programme in which two presenters discuss an item of topical interest for six minutes and bring out language points of interest. Includes difficult word list.


audio (36)


news  
Good news
Two presenters discuss the prevalence of bad news in the media, look at some good news stories and focus on some useful language.

television  
TV addicts
Two presenters discuss UK viewing habits and television history while highlighting useful language.

drinking  
Drinking around the world
Two presenters discuss the language related to places where people drink socially: bars, pubs etc.

age  
When does adulthood start?
Two presenters discuss the question and focus on language areas that arise.

mysteries  
The Loch Ness Monster
Two presenters discuss the mystery.

complaints  
Complaining
Two presenters discuss why British people sometimes don't complain and what they complain about when they do.

memory  
Smells and memories
Two presenters discuss smells and memories and explain some of the language they use.

language learning  
Speak any language instantly
Two presenters discuss a Japanese machine that allows you to speak any language. They also explain some of the language they use.

sports  
Marathon running
Two presenters discuss marathon running and explain some of the language they use.

wildlife  
Secrets of the rainforest
New discoveries from the rainforests of Borneo.

space travel  
Moon landing
Two presenters talk about memories of the moon landings on the 40th anniversary of the event.

complaints  
anger  
royal family  
babies  
recycling  
Restart parties
The forgotten art of repairing gadgets and appliances

wildlife  
Tweet of the day
The benefits of listening to birdsong

charity  
Suspended coffee
Scheme where you pay for a coffee for a less fortunate person to drink later

information technology  
information technology  
feelings / emotions  
gender  
babies  
education  
language learning  
Learning in the womb
How babies learn in the womb, and how they pick up accents at a young age

nationality/ nationalism  
rubbish  
Global waste: food for thought
Presenters discuss food waste in the light of a recent report that shows we waste 25% of our food.

rubbish  
Plastic pollution
Presenters discuss the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

gender  
The extinction of men
Discussion that is both scientific (mentions chromosomes) and lighthearted - banter between presenter about male and female failings etc.

gender  
Women-only train carriages
Discussion about female-only train carriages to avoid sexual harassment.

work  
travel / holidays  
Day trip with a difference (i.e. space trips)
Two presenters talk about commercial space carriers offering day trips into space

travel / holidays  
space travel  
Day trip with a difference (i.e. space trips)
Two presenters talk about commercial space carriers offering day trips into space

crime  
Prison restaurants
Two presenters (British English) discuss language aspects of a news story about a restaurant that has opened in a prison. 6 minutes. MP3 download available. Difficult words glossary.

crime  
information technology  
Cyber crime
26 March 2008 Presenter and guest talking about Internet crime. 6 minutes. MP3 download available. Difficult words glossary.

environment  
Air travel and the environment
Two presenters discuss the pros and cons of the air travel boom with reference to Heathrow airport. Focuses chiefly on the environmental impact vs economic considerations.

work  
Management
Two presenters talk about what it is to be a manager, the language of management and hear from Lucy Kellaway, a management journalist who thinks that management is a job that is 'intrinsically miserable'.

intelligence (mental ability)  
gender  
Are you intelligent?
Two presenters discuss a study that shows that men are more likely to overrate their ability than women.

information technology  
Mobile phones
Two presenters discuss the importance (or not) of mobile phones.

dieting  
Dieting
Two presenters talk about diets and in particular, the low carb diet.

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