Sep 122013

In this week’s 6 Minute English – 70 years of learning:
BBC Learning English is in celebratory mood as we mark 70 years of teaching English!
In 6 Minute English, Rob and Finn discuss why the BBC started to teach the world English and why the reasons for people wanting to learn have changed.
We also hear from some current students about why they want to learn English.

This week’s question:

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, what is the most commonly used English word. Is it:

a) I
b) and
c) the

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Vocabulary and definitions
celebratory: describes a feeling of taking part in a special occasion
to shout about: to announce to everyone
fluent: to a very high standard
transmitting: broadcasting a radio signal
raised morale: improved people’s mood and feelings, particularly at a difficult time
a practical need: a real life use
dialogues: conversations between two people
economic benefit: a result which improved a person or company’s financial prospects
communicate: talk or write to and with other people
career: series of jobs you do through your working life
a smattering: a very small amount

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