Many people feel uncomfortable about the idea of talking with new people, but this is something that could it be good for their state of mind. Neil and Georgina discuss research that says that seemingly inconsequential conversations with people we don’t know can have a beneficial effect on our mood and wellbeing. And our presenters feel good about teaching you related vocabulary!

This week’s question
According to the Oxford English dictionary, approximately how many words are in use in the English language?
a) 171,146
b) 271,146
c) 371,146
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary
underestimate
think that something is smaller or less important than it really is

anticipating
guessing or expecting a certain outcome

to pluck up (the) courage
to force yourself to do something that you’re scared or nervous about

connect
start or have a good relationship with someone

mood
the way we feel

introvert
person who prefers to spend time on their own

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37 Comments

BBC Learning English

February 22, 2020

Apparently, anxiety can be helpful to us! There's even an evolutionary cause! Find out how and why in this 6 Minute English: Anxiety and evolution: Has anxiety been good for humans?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mQkGyApBX0&list=PLcetZ6gSk96-FECmH9l7Vlx5VDigvgZpt&index=34&

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Hà Vũ

February 22, 2020

Can bbc explain how to use "that's a given " ?

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Jarek

February 22, 2020

iam introvert, i hate spending my free time with other people, unless they are online when playing video games

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suhaib malikr

February 22, 2020

Im in love with Neil since 3 years now. Does neil have any personal channel?

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Mi YinYin Mon

February 22, 2020

I'm really fall in love with Neil's voice. 😂 I'm regretting now why I couldn't find this kind of useful channel. I'm late already.

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ahmed hassan

February 22, 2020

Awesome but could you improve by arabic subtitle

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Kapil Ac

February 22, 2020

Really helpful and interesting i just love it .

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Sang Bùi

February 22, 2020

thanks for the useful video! your video brings me back about the period of working at a reputable restaurant of mine! woking as a service staff at there helps me improve and develop my social skills immensely! it's not about providing customers a good and savory meals , it's about my open communication with them although i see them in the first sight. Because i consider myself as an extroverted person who likes to socialising with other people ^^. Through certain conversations with many types of customers, especially foreign customers, they broaden my understading about them and give me a positive mood when working as well.

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Nadee Perera

February 22, 2020

Nice programme❤😘🙏

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TuanAnh Trinh

February 22, 2020

Thanh a lot

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mobin taheri

February 22, 2020

Why are the newest videos of the 6 minute english private?

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the living heart뉴하트

February 22, 2020

Why you hide A theme of Christmas tree you added just before? I kind of think that content is so christmasy 😥😢

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tgchan

February 22, 2020

Thank you, BBC. 💚

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Haresh Makwana

February 22, 2020

Thank you

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Patou Patou

February 22, 2020

E.g. : I thought that I could pluck up the courage for make a video for a job but i failed.

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Humaira Kakar

February 22, 2020

I should say an important fact relating to this topic. Our prophet Muhammad صلی الله علیه و سلم has said say hello 'salaam' to everyone you know or you don't know. And salaam means 'wish you are healthy'. It was said 1400 years ago. Now our scholars say this by researching.

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위은경

February 22, 2020

Hello! I dare to ask you to add subtitles correctly. There`s sth wrong in this video. (And even if we`re an introvert – a person who prefers to be alone rather than with other people.(X)–> others(O)) It makes me confused when repeating after videos if there`s any wrong subtitle. Please put subtitles exactly from now 😀 Thanks for useful and practical videos~

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Berke Uslu

February 22, 2020

That's true, When I talk with someone that I don't know, I feel happier and I don't know why when they laugh my jokes or comments this makes me double happy.

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mach m

February 22, 2020

Why have you guys stopped making videos with your own face? I think that's very much a part to learn how you enunciate and how is your body language when you talk to someone. That's make the language interactive.

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Umarkhan Khan

February 22, 2020

Sir it would have been better , had there been subtital

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Mỹ Linh Nguyễn

February 22, 2020

In Vietnam, we frequently start a conversation with strangers because we think the more the merrier.

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Ronen R

February 22, 2020

Great Program 👍🏻

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Neelesh Patel

February 22, 2020

Thanks

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Jakkrapat Khiawdee

February 22, 2020

How to make small talk or to get to know a stranger or to make a new friend:
Firstly, smile 🙂
Then, ask some questions.
After that, compliment his or her.
Finally, you have to be confident, not arrogant, I mean you have to be humble.
To sum up: smile, ask, compliment, be humble.

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Kundan Kumar

February 22, 2020

I am from India

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The Guds Production

February 22, 2020

I underestimated the positive impact on working with my friends, but I had to pluck up the courage to finish the works.

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Dggc Dggf

February 22, 2020

My mind tells me that I am an introvert but sometimes when I reach out to new people , it goes smoothly
On the other hand , when I reach out to people I knew in the past like old friends , it doesn't work 🙃

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Jalil Karbalai

February 22, 2020

Thank you BBC

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Nawar Nawar

February 22, 2020

Hi guys. The question is not how many words are being used in the English language, but it is how many words or expresions should anyone learn to speak it fluently?
I think if I spend my life learning new vocabulary, I won't finish.
For me I'm not an extrovert and I think it is impolite to start a conversation with people whom you don't know.
Last month I was returning home by bus and my coworker was sitting beside me. We were discussing the cost of his farm and suddenly, a person sitting in front of us started talking about the case, then we stopped talking until we got off the bus.

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kamel hatem

February 22, 2020

Thanks!

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Sdb Star

February 22, 2020

i have also connected with you !

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Kanika Mehra

February 22, 2020

Can i know how to use much, many ,more, and a lot of

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Vale Tucci

February 22, 2020

I need a video for how to read long numbers 😱

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Mikael Silva

February 22, 2020

In English there about 170.000 word but a native English speaker can use just 20.000.

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preethy satheesh

February 22, 2020

We have a tradition connecting to British. We recognise their gestures unknowingly anything apart from that annoy us.

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Sebastian Apolo

February 22, 2020

We need a video where Neil recites the 171,146 words

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안영준

February 22, 2020

I think this might be culture difference. In korea, if someone starts conversation with stranger, usually we think he or she is swindler…

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