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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.

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.

Episodes

OCT 14, 2021 Angela Merkel
Sam and Neil talk about the influential German leader and teach you related vocabulary.
OCT 7, 2021 Smart tech and climate change
Could AI be used to help fight against climate change?
SEP 30, 2021 Going through the menopause
Why don't people talk more about this aspect of women's lives?
SEP 27, 2021 Bitcoin's energy cost
Bitcoin: is it an investment option for ordinary people?
SEP 23, 2021 I love my language!
Neil and Sam talk about a woman's effort to keep her language alive.
SEP 20, 2021 Why are people collecting NFTs?
What are 'non-fungible tokens'? That's what Neil and Sam talk about in this programme.
SEP 16, 2021 Robot Artists
Will Robots ever be able to think or dream? Could they fall in love or create art?
SEP 13, 2021 Bats: Friend or foe?
Learn more about these furry flying mammals with Neil and Sam.
SEP 9, 2021 Is the planet warming up faster?
Some extreme weather events are puzzling scientists.
SEP 6, 2021 Is technology harmful to youngsters?
Can spending hours online affect the new generation's mental health?
SEP 2, 2021 Is chimp politics like ours?
Just like humans, chimps live in social groups, have leaders and a desire for power.
AUG 26, 2021 Making sense of the census
What's behind counting people in a country? Neil and Sam talk about the census.
AUG 23, 2021 The fear of numbers
Are you afraid of maths? Neil and Sam talk about numbers and teach you vocabulary.
AUG 19, 2021 A future without doctors?
We discuss if artificial intelligence could replace human doctors and nurses.
AUG 16, 2021 Lights! Camera! Kiss! - Intimacy on screen
How actors are made to feel more comfortable when filming intimate scenes.
AUG 12, 2021 Head injury in sport
Contact sports can be dangerous. The truth about the effects on players is coming out.
AUG 9, 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 5, 2021 The history of swimming
We talk about the history of swimming and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
JUL 29, 2021 Are humans a messy species?
Learn the language of going to the toilet.
JUL 26, 2021 The loneliest man in history
We talk about Michael Collins, who orbited the Moon in the command module Columbia.
JUL 19, 2021 How colour affects us
Neil and Georgina add some colour to your life by discussing how colour can make you feel
JUL 15, 2021 Flexible working
Is there a stigma attached to not wanting to work the 9-to-5 shift?
JUL 8, 2021 Hypnotism
Hypnotism has always fascinated us, but can anyone be hypnotised?
JUL 1, 2021 Saving the white rhinos
Conservationists are working on an artificial breeding programme to preserve the species.
JUN 24, 2021 Making old things last longer
Shouldn't we stop throwing things away and start fixing them?
JUN 17, 2021 Building rapport with others
We discuss four styles of communication and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
JUN 10, 2021 Food superstitions
We talk about food superstitions and teach you vocabulary along the way.
JUN 3, 2021 The Rosetta Stone
How the famous piece of rock became the key to decoding Egyptian hieroglyphs.
MAY 27, 2021 Compassion fatigue
Has the pandemic made people tired of feeling sorry for others and themselves?
MAY 20, 2021 Hermits
Why do people decide to be alone for long periods of time?
MAY 14, 2021 When males are not needed
We talk about different animals which can reproduce without having sex.
MAY 6, 2021 Mermaids
We talk about different variations on the concept of mermaids.
APR 29, 2021 A quieter world
Neil and Georgina discuss noise and whether it is bad for our health.
APR 22, 2021 US and China vs climate change
Can the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases work together?
APR 14, 2021 Naked in nature
Hear about why being naked in nature might be good for you.
APR 7, 2021 The language of biscuits
Rob and Neil talk about the origins and the language of this humble snack.
APR 1, 2021 Is English really English?
Neil and Georgina discuss where the English language we use today really comes from.
MAR 25, 2021 Astronauts on strike?
Hear all about the Skylab astronauts’ disagreement with mission control.
MAR 18, 2021 Digital help for blind people
Hear about digital technology which helps blind people improve their lives.
MAR 11, 2021 What’s the key to happiness?
Hear about what small things you can do to feel happier about life.
MAR 4, 2021 Looking for utopia
Rob and Georgina talk about how to create a happy place.
FEB 25, 2021 Covid: One year on
Over a year on since the first outbreak, what have we learnt? We talk about the pandemic.
FEB 18, 2021 Singing in tune
Neil and Georgina discuss singing and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
FEB 11, 2021 Working for yourself
Rob and Georgina talk about the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing.
FEB 4, 2021 How much heat do you lose from your head?
Rob and Georgina talk about percentages and teach you some English vocabulary.
JAN 28, 2021 The woman whose cells never die
Rob and Georgina discuss medical research and teach you related vocabulary.
JAN 21, 2021 What makes a good story?
Hear about storytelling and how it helps us to connect and communicate.
JAN 14, 2021 For the love of foreign languages
Is learning languages good for head, heart and soul?
JAN 7, 2021 Why can't we resist comfort food?
Neil and Rob talk about comfort food and what actually makes us eat it.
DEC 31, 2020 What is fat-shaming?
We discuss where the attitudes behind fat-shaming come from.
DEC 24, 2020 Coronavirus vs other pandemics
Hear about coronavirus and how it isn’t that bad compared to historical pandemics
DEC 17, 2020 Are trees intelligent?
We talk about trees and how they can communicate and help each other.
DEC 10, 2020 Can jellyfish help us solve our problems?
We discuss how these sea creatures could help us solve the problem of plastic pollution.
DEC 3, 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.
NOV 26, 2020 Loneliness
Neil and Rob talk about loneliness and how some people prefer their own company.
NOV 19, 2020 Is punctuality important?
We discuss people's attitude to being on time and why some people are always late.
NOV 12, 2020 Could you be a victim of online fraud?
We talk about online fraud and teach you some useful vocabulary along the way.
NOV 5, 2020 Melting ice sheet: Is it too late?
Many scientists are wondering whether it’s now too late to stop global warming.
OCT 29, 2020 Walkman: the music player revolution
Neil and Georgina take a nostalgic look back at the 1980s and the birth of the Walkman.
OCT 22, 2020 Could humans live in underwater cities?
Hear about projects to create liveable underwater habitats and learn new vocabulary.
OCT 15, 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 8, 2020 Do chimps have the same emotions as us?
Hear Jane Goodall talk about the deep connections between humans and the great apes.
OCT 1, 2020 How can we make the web a better place?
Neil and Sam talk about the subject and teach you vocabulary along the way.
SEP 24, 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 17, 2020 Grandma therapy in Zimbabwe
Grandmothers are being trained to provide therapy to people in their community.
SEP 10, 2020 Is there a future without bees?
The number of bees is declining at an alarming rate, with serious consequences for us.
SEP 3, 2020 How to talk about conspiracy theories
We discuss what to do when you are confronted with someone who spreads falsehoods.
AUG 27, 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 20, 2020 Will Covid-19 change cities?
Rob and Neil discuss the future of our cities and teach you useful vocabulary.
AUG 13, 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 6, 2020 No more bosses
Can companies operate better without managers? We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
JUL 30, 2020 The medicine of coronavirus
Neil and Georgina talk about Covid-19 and teach you related vocabulary.
JUL 23, 2020 Food made in space
Find out how growing plants in space might help develop better crops.
JUL 16, 2020 Sport against poverty
Neil and Sam discuss how sport is giving hope to young people leading the toughest lives.
JUL 9, 2020 Covid-19: The office after lockdown
Companies are rushing to install technology to make offices safer. Neil and Sam discuss.
JUL 2, 2020 Should we wear a face mask?
Can wearing masks in public help prevent the spread of coronavirus? Rob and Sam discuss.
JUN 25, 2020 Millennials and business
Rob and Sam discuss the new generation's desire to make the world a better place.
JUN 18, 2020 Is being thrifty a virtue?
Neil and Sam talk about being a saver in a consumer culture and teach you vocabulary.
JUN 11, 2020 The food delivery revolution
Takeaway apps are changing food culture. We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
JUN 4, 2020 What difference has #MeToo made?
Sam and Georgina talk about the movement and teach you related vocabulary.
MAY 28, 2020 Is the recycling system broken?
We talk about the over-reliance on recycling rather than reducing the use of plastics
MAY 21, 2020 The soothing power of books
How can books help us relax and feel more alive during troubled times?
MAY 14, 2020 Shocking facts about electricity
Neil and Georgina talk about how electrical systems differ from country to country.
APR 26, 2018 Internet - good or bad?
Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online