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70 years of learning

Presenters in an old BBC studio

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.


70 Years of Learning

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describes a feeling of taking part in a special occasion

to shout about

to announce to everyone


to a very high standard


broadcasting a radio signal

raised morale

improved people's mood and feelings particularly at a difficult time

a practical need

a real life use


conversations between two people

economic benefit

a result which improved a person or company's financial prospects


talk or write to and with other people


series of jobs you do through your working life

a smattering

a very small amount



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