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Simple news casts for learners of English. Read the news article at . You can also try some vocabulary exercises.
Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
6 Minute Grammar
Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar.Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.
A Cup Of English
Friendly, everyday English to help the anxious language learner. Texts, grammar notes, and photos on the blog page. Another great podcast by
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.
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
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.
The top esl/efl listening resource for those learning English and teaching English. We provide real conversations recorded for all levels of English learners. In addition, the supporting worksheets and transcripts can be used for self access or in the classroom to provide valuable English language lessons for learners of English at Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Business English Pod publishes audio and video Business English podcast lessons and online learning materials for intermediate and advanced Business English learners. The lessons cover a comprehensive range of business English skills for meetings, presentations, telephoning, negotiating, job interviews, travel, and more.
A podcast for people who use English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) in their work environment and want to improve their overall language skills. In each episode, hosts Skip Montreux, Dez Morgan, and Samantha Vega discuss Business news making headlines around the world. Through their discussions, Skip, Dez and Samantha introduce English vocabulary & phrases related to business, review grammar, and identify cultural differences found in International business situations. An excellen ...
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Since most of the human body is composed of water, drinking water is very important to everyone. In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag talk about water preferences. Fun facts Lake Baikal in Siberia is the world’s largest freshwater resource for drinking water. It contains 27% of all the fresh water found in lakes! Expressions incl ...…
December 19, 2018. Newspapers in England are reporting that subway train drivers get paid more than pilots, doctors, police officers and nurses.
Learn a polite thing to say when you receive a bad present.
Learn words and phrases that link a cause with its effect or result.
Things are changing fast in my household. My third boy, Robert, is now driving. He's only 16, and that to me seems far too young to be 'behind the wheel'. Thankfully, he doesn't drive very far, so the chances of(1) him getting into an accident are not high. As soon as he passed his driver's test, he bought a few things for his vehicle so he cou ...…
'Sensible' and 'sensitive'. Find out more about words that are easily confused.
December 17, 2018. The famous children's TV show Sesame Street has a new character to highlight the plight of homeless children.
December 15, 2018. Japan will use ninja to help boost tourism over the next few years. Ninja will help to promote the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Are you blessed with perfect vision or are you like the majority of the people in the world who must use glasses or contact lenses to see the world around them? In this Simplified Speech episode, Andrew and Morag talk all about eyesight and the vocabulary associated with it. If you are farsighted, don’t forget to grab your glasses so that you d ...…
What's going on in a teenager's brain? We hear about research explaining their behaviour
Jackie has a go at having a market stall, how does she get on?
December 13, 2018. France is experiencing social unrest it has not experienced for generations. Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on project management English for debriefing a project with your team. Project management can be a messy business. You can plan, but you can’t really predict all the challenges and obstacles that will come up. So on every project, and ...…
Learn about the conditional we use for imagined past events.
Learn this very modern expression.
December 11, 2018. Japan is changing its immigration policy because it needs workers. Japan is an aging society. This means it does not have enough workers.
Are e-cigarettes harmLESS? Should all public places be smoke-FREE? Learn about suffixes.
December 09, 2018. The passport of the United Arab Emirates has risen to the top spot on the list of the world's most powerful passports.
Have you ever gotten so distracted that you forgot to do something very important? Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to explain that situation in English? Well, look no further than this Catch Word episode! Andrew and Jeremy walk you through a few useful expressions about losing focus during an important task. Make sure to study hard, you ...…
Dez Morgan explains to Skip Montreux about what is behind the anger and frustration of the Yellow Vest protestors in France. Audio script available at Visit iTunes to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post a comment, and sign ...…
Gulliver arrives in a country where he's not the largest, but the smallest.
December 07, 2018. A man from Norway has photographed a rare white reindeer calf – in time for Christmas.
What does the letter 'x' all by itself at the end of a message mean? We'll tell you.
The festive period can be a nightmare for those who have food allergies
Chocolate biscuits are helpful when Finn and Catherine talk about adjectives and adverbs.
Do you suffer from dyspepsia? Could a detox diet help? Neil and Finn talk about prefixes.
Do you like jogging? Can you jog 42.195 kilometres? Not many of us can. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Suzanne talk about the joys and difficulties of long-distance running. Fun facts In September 2018, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya broke his own world record for the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute, and 39 seconds. The running world ...…
The new Family Violence Amendments Act will be legislated in July next year, but three parts of the act come into force today. The first thing that changes today is that there are three new actions that are now regarded as crimes. Trying to stop someone from breathing by strangling or suffocation is now a crime carrying a 7-year prison sentence ...…
Skip Montreux and Dez Morgan discuss the benefits of the four day work week. Is it a good idea? Who is introducing it? Free audio script available at Visit iTunes to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post a comment, and sign ...…
In today’s 925 English video lesson, we’re going to learn some ways of clarifying what someone means. Sure, you can just nod and smile when you don’t understand. People do that all the time. But they also feel foolish later, especially when the speaker realizes what has happened. Or when you have to ask a question that clearly shows you didn’t ...…
Gulliver is a hero after helping Lilliput defeat their enemy Blefuscu.
Rob and Neil talk about food photos on social media.
We look at the amazing technology that makes wildlife programmes so great.
In this exciting Simplified Speech episode, Andrew recounts a crazy experience he had during his trip to Vietnam. Vacation is supposed to be a time to kick back, relax, and let loose, but sometimes things don’t go the way we plan. Tune in to find out about Andrew’s travel nightmare! Fun facts In this episode, Andrew talks about his trip to Da N ...…
Learn about the past before the past!
Is it a meal or a type of weather?
Vocabulary: Franchise: a business system where a shop owner pays money to a larger company for the right to offer their services. A well-known example of a franchise is MacDonald’s restaurants. Enterprise: an enterprise is a business. Provide: to provide is to give something that someone needs. For example, parents should provide their children ...…
What's the date today? And do you know how to say it? Find out about ordinal numbers.
Are you married? If not, have you been to a wedding recently? In this episode, Andrew and Suzanne discuss the similarities and differences between Western weddings and South Korean weddings. This episode is chock-full of interesting stories, so grab your headphones and press play! Fun facts Did you know that engagement and wedding rings are wor ...…
Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega talk about the history behind the busiest retail shopping day of the year – Black Friday. Free audio script available at Visit iTunes to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post a comment, and si ...…
Neil and Catherine discuss the science of why coffee often smells better than it tastes.
Vocabulary: initiative: a project, usually for the benefit of the community ducting: plastic tubes to protect electrical wires exporter: a business which sells things overseas rubbish: trash Grammar: What is an appositive? An appositive is a little noun phrase that defines the previous noun phrase in the middle of a sentence. “Another company, ...…
Dez Morgan tells Skip Montreux about the infamous currency speculator Georg Soros. Free audio script available at Visit iTunes to subscribe to Down to Business English, rate the show, and leave a comment. Visit our website or Facebook page to ask a question, post a comment, and sign up for the Down to Business English ...…
Gonna, wanna, dunno, whatcha... are these English words? Finn and Catherine explain all.
Learn a phrase about giving up.
Learn what to say when you're making a guess about a past or present situation.
Vocabulary: Declaration: a declaration is a document saying that something is true, or that someone will try to do something. Once the document is written, people sign it if they agree with it. Biodiversity: biodiversity refers to the variety of plants and animals that we have living in our environment. If there are many different plants and an ...…
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