BBC 6 Minute Vocabulary

6 Minute Vocabulary

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. Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie and Alice. They are there to teach you new vocabulary and to test your language knowledge and they'll do it all in just six minutes.
Weekly English United Kingdom Language Learning
20 Episodes

Irregular verbs

Choose, chose, chosen... We talk about verbs that don't follow the -ed pattern.
13 Nov 2023 6 min

Reporting verbs

Learn about verbs that we use when we talk about what someone else has said.
7 Nov 2023 6 min

False friends

Embarrassed - or pregnant? Words you think you know but mean something else in English.
30 Oct 2023 7 min

Words with 'ough'

Cough, thought, enough, although: Learn how to pronounce words with 'ough'.
23 Oct 2023 6 min

Easily confused words

Boring or bored? Learn about words that look similar but have very different meaning.
16 Oct 2023 6 min

Prefixes de, dis, dys

Do you suffer from dyspepsia? Could a detox diet help? Learn about prefixes.
2 Oct 2023 7 min

Ordinal numbers

What's the date today? And do you know how to say it?
25 Sep 2023 6 min

Short spoken forms

Gonna, wanna, dunno, whatcha… are these really English words? Who uses them and why?
18 Sep 2023 6 min

Uncountable nouns

What is more important in life: knowledge, money or happiness?
11 Sep 2023 6 min


Find out why we write some phrases with hyphens but not others.
25 Aug 2023 6 min

Words with double letters

Catherine and Finn talk about spelling words with double letters in 6 Minute Vocabulary.
21 Aug 2023 6 min

Business jargon

Can you think out of the box or take the helicopter view at work? Learn business jargon.
31 Jul 2023 7 min