Tag Archives: idiom

What does 'nomophobia' mean?

What does 'nomophobia' mean?

We all love our smartphones, but do you get anxious if you can’t use it? We have the perfect word to describe this feeling – nomophobia – and Rob’s about to experience it in this episode of The English We Speak. Find out what it is now. To download the audio and a transcript, go […]

Running a marathon makes you 'younger': BBC News Review

Running a marathon makes you 'younger': BBC News Review

Running a marathon makes your heart younger. Taking part in just one marathon can make your heart ‘younger’ by years, according to new research. Neil and Georgina look at the vocabulary in the news around this story. The story: Researchers say regular running, no matter how far or how fast, substantially reduces the risk of […]

Could you give up fast fashion? Listen to 6 Minute English

Could you give up fast fashion? Listen to 6 Minute English

Lots of people are planning to buy no new clothes this year, favouring second-hand or making do with what they already have. However, sales at online fast fashion sites, trade is going well. Could you give up buying new clothes for a year? Would you do it over concerns with the environment? Georgina and Neil […]

A picture quiz about English idioms: Cleaning

A picture quiz about English idioms: Cleaning

Can you clean up in our idiom challenge?! 🧽 Test your knowledge of these 3 common English phrases and be sure to come clean about how many you got right… [images: Getty Images] Discover more cleaning vocabulary with Dan’s guide to ‘cleaning’ verbs: For more English videos and English lessons to help you learn English: […]

New treatment for nut allergy – Lingohack

New treatment for nut allergy - Lingohack

The story… New treatment for nut allergy Learn language related to… allergies Answer this… Apart from nuts, which other type of food nut allergy sufferers should avoid? Watch the video to find out the answer. Need-to-know language… anaphylaxis – serious allergic reaction to something eaten or touched hives – condition in which a person develops […]

American Idioms: 40 Popular American English Idioms You Need to Know

American Idioms: 40 Popular American English Idioms You Need to Know

Hello from the idioms department here at 7ESL. These are all common American idioms and proverbs. Some may be known in other English-speaking countries, but all are common in American English. If you use them confidently, you will sound like a person familiar with American speech. Learn more: —————————————————————————————- WATCH MORE: ★ Grammar: ★ Vocabulary: […]

Women in space: Lingohack

Women in space: Lingohack

As NASA astronaut Christina Koch sets a new female space record, we take a look at the ‘space’ women hold in the industry. The story… Female astronauts Learn language related to… space Need-to-know language… capsule – part of a spacecraft that people travel in gravity – force that causes two objects to move towards each […]

How resilient are you? Listen to 6 Minute English

How resilient are you? Listen to 6 Minute English

How do you deal with difficult situations? Why do some people cope better in times of stress than others? Are we born with resilience or can we learn it? Rob and Georgina discuss resilience and teach you related vocabulary. This week’s question ‘Resilience’ is also a word used in science to describe the characteristic of […]

Trump impeachment trial comes to a close: BBC News Review

Trump impeachment trial comes to a close: BBC News Review

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is nearing its end. A ‘not guilty’ verdict looks likely in the Trump impeachment trial. Dan and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story. The story Final arguments have been heard in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The Republican-dominated US Senate then adjourned. The […]

How to disagree better: Listen to 6 Minute English

How to disagree better: Listen to 6 Minute English

Have we lost respect for those who disagree with us? At a time when public debate has become so ill-tempered, a battle of ideas might have become an exchange of insults. Sam and Rob wonder if the art of persuasion is lost and teach you related vocabulary. This week’s question Which spiritual leader is famous […]

Low emission zones: 6 Minute English

Low emission zones: 6 Minute English

What are the benefits of low emission zones? Cities around the world are trying to clean up the air people breathe. One way of doing this is introducing low emission zones, which restrict or ban polluting cars. Last year, London introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), and this year British cities including Bath, Leeds […]

Billie Eilish wins 'big four' at Grammys: BBC News Review

Billie Eilish wins 'big four' at Grammys: BBC News Review

Billie Eilish has become the youngest person to win the four biggest awards at the Grammys. Learn new vocabulary to talk about this news story. Singer, Billie Eilish took home best new artist, record of the year, song of the year and album of the year at this year’s Grammys. [Images: Getty Images] Vocabulary: makes […]

A picture quiz about English idioms: Water

A picture quiz about English idioms: Water

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person? Look on the bright side of life by taking our water idioms challenge and learning 3 common English phrases. [images: Getty Images] Learn to talk about water in more depth with our video on bottled water here: For more English videos […]

A new virus is spreading in China: BBC News Review

A new virus is spreading in China: BBC News Review

A new virus is spreading in China. Learn English vocabulary about this news story in BBC News Review. International concern is growing about a new virus that has spread rapidly across China. Several people have died and authorities have confirmed it can be spread person-to-person with hundreds infected so far. Watch this! For a quiz […]

What's getting women into politics? 6 Minute English

What's getting women into politics? 6 Minute English

Thousands of women have signed up with 50:50 Parliament to register their interest in standing as an MP (Member of Parliament) in the UK. What’s inspiring them to get involved? Sam and Georgina discuss the engagement of women in politics and teach you related English vocabulary. This week’s question Which country has the highest percentage […]

Could you give up booze for a month? Listen to 6 Minute English

Could you give up booze for a month? Listen to 6 Minute English

 Do you enjoy a glass of wine, gin or having a beer with friends? Would you be able to give it up for a whole month? That’s what Dry January is all about – a traditional campaign to encourage people to resist the temptation of having booze and enjoy some health benefits from it. […]

On time vs In time: What's the difference? – English In A Minute

On time vs In time: What's the difference? - English In A Minute

What’s the difference between ‘on time’ and ‘in time’? Phil’s just in time to explain. Give us 60 seconds and we’ll give you the English in this free English lesson. Watch this video and complete this sentence: I didn’t get home ___ time but I was still ___ time to make dinner for everyone. a) […]

‘Beside’ or ‘besides’?- Learners' Questions

‘Beside’ or ‘besides’?- Learners' Questions

“What’s the difference between ‘beside’ and ‘besides’?” That’s what Sanjay from India would like to know, and Dan has the answer! If you have a question for Learners’ Questions, contact us on: [email protected] Enjoy more Learners’ Questions here: Learning English is easy! Improve your English with our free English videos and lessons on grammar, vocabulary, […]

Taking the stress out of surgery – Lingohack

Taking the stress out of surgery - Lingohack

Taking the stress out of surgery using VR headsets. For many people the idea of going under the surgeon’s knife can be terrifying. Now a hospital in London is trialling technology widely used with video games to help them deal with this anxiety. Patients are given virtual reality headsets to wear while they are being […]

A picture quiz about English idioms: House

A picture quiz about English idioms: House

Love quizzes? Love English? Then, learn these 3 house idioms and you’ll be home and dry! Take our English idiom challenge and practise using these new phrases by creating your own example sentences! [images: Getty Images] What does home mean to you? Express English asked Londoners this question. To find out what they said, click […]