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  • hello and welcome to News Review I'm Neil and joining me from her lockdowns

  • studio on the other side of London is Catherine hi Catherine hello Neil and

  • hello everyone yes today's story is about Cove in 1900 million people around

  • the world have now sadly died with coronavirus now don't forget if you want

  • to test yourself on any of the vocabulary that you learned today

  • there's a quiz on our website at BBC learning english.com okay let's find out

  • some more about their story from this BBC World Service news bulletin more

  • than half a million people worldwide have now lost their lives as a result of

  • the corona virus pandemic by far the worst affected country is the United

  • States with more than a hundred and twenty-five thousand deaths yes that's

  • right now over a half a million people around the world have died from

  • coronavirus with the USA topping the tables with a hundred and twenty five

  • thousand deaths in that country alone okay well you've been looking at the

  • media and checking out what language is being used around this story what have

  • you got for us yes today we have death toll milestones and grim death toll

  • milestones and grim so your first headline please Katherine yes of course

  • now we're starting today right here in the UK with the BBC the headline is

  • coronavirus covered 19 death toll hits 500,000 worldwide death toll number of

  • people who have died because of a particular event yes there are two parts

  • to this word in fact there are two words the first word is death de ATH

  • and the second word is tallit tol l or are some people like to pronounce it tol

  • so you can say tall or tall I'm prefer torille near what do you like to say I

  • think I say tall death toll yes a lot of people prefer taller but you will hear

  • taller as now death is a noun form of the verb to

  • die to die to lose your life the opposite of live is die the opposite of

  • life is death the word Torah tio double l has a meaning attached to payment or

  • cost or price now Neal you know what a taller Road is don't you yeah a toll

  • road or a toll bridge is one that you have to pay to use pay with money actual

  • money in this sense we're talking about a different kind of cost don't we yes so

  • a toll road a toll bridge a toll gate is something that you pay money to use so

  • it's this idea of payment or cost now this disease covered 19 has taken at all

  • is taken a payment if you like and the payment has been in human lives so we

  • use the the adjective sorry the noun death death toll to say that this

  • disease has taken a payment in form of life now this is an extremely common

  • expression is that you will see it and hear it in news reports connected to any

  • kind of event which causes death yes it's not just to do with illness it can

  • to do it is about accidents disasters things like volcanoes earthquakes

  • landscape landslides where a large number of people are killed we talk

  • about the death toll in the earthquake or the death toll as a result of the

  • explosion we also use it to do with traffic accidents plane crushers always

  • where something bad happens a number of people die we talk about the death toll

  • yeah and although we've established that it's a very commonly used and you'll see

  • it a lot in headlines it's not necessarily something that you would use

  • in a conference an informal conversation that's right everybody it's a very very

  • common expression death toll but it doesn't translate so

  • easily to everyday spoke in conversational English so I wouldn't say

  • to you Neal oh my goodness have you heard about the traffic accident the

  • death toll was six you would say oh my goodness Neal six people died in the

  • traffic accident absolutely yeah okay let's get a summary of that time now for

  • our second headline please Catherine yes and we're now looking at the United

  • States we have a headline from KSTP comm world hits coronavirus milestones and

  • mid fears whiz to come milestones important events in the development of

  • something yes milestones ni le sto n e s milestones two parts to this word the

  • first word male mi le that's a measurement of distance a mile is a

  • little bit longer than a kilometer and then stones stones are those hard

  • minerals you know what a milestone is Neal if you're traveling somewhere don't

  • you yeah so literally a milestone is a kind of old-fashioned road sign I

  • suppose it's a stone on the way to a destination let's say London and it

  • might have a number on it 15 and that means 15 miles to London

  • exactly a stone on the side of the road with the word number 15 means that

  • you're 15 miles away from your destination so it marks a point on the

  • journey a significant point on a journey it doesn't say 15 and 3/4 miles and 5

  • yards it says exactly 15 so a milestone is a significant stage on a journey a

  • significant event in the progress of something so the event here is the half

  • million deaths and coronavirus is the journey or the progression or the thing

  • that's happening so a significant event in the progress of something now we

  • often use milestone in positive sensors you can to mark important events in

  • people's lives for example near your you're a parent

  • can you think of some milestones in children's lives that most parents would

  • mark for example the first day at school is a milestone for any young child

  • learning to ride a bicycle there's another milestone yes these types of

  • things major life event yes major life event and starting

  • University getting married things like that you can also use milestones in a

  • business context to represent important developments or progressions in the in

  • the progress of a business so your ten thousandth sale would be a milestone a

  • share price hitting a certain point would be a milestone launching a new

  • product would be a milestone so significant events in the development of

  • something are milestones okay let's have a summary of that

  • there are of course plenty of bad news stories around coronavirus but there are

  • a few positive things some people say happened we've got a link to one of

  • those stories haven't we Catherine that's right

  • cyclists are now being encouraged and supported in many places as a result of

  • the corona virus pandemic so click the link below to go to the story and find

  • out more okay let's have your next headliner and we're still in the u.s. a

  • investing.com is running the headline dollar retreats even as kovat 19 numbers

  • reach grim milestone grim unpleasant yes so we've got that word milestone again

  • and this time before it we have the adjective grim G or I am grim so what

  • does that word make you think when you listen to the sound of it Neil well I

  • think this is a word that sounds bad it sounds like something unpleasant is

  • happening or is being described there's something about feeling of it it sounds

  • a bit just bad but yeah it's it might be something to do with a great sound at

  • the beginning like it reminds you of this out the word gray but if

  • something's grim is bad it's a pleasant it's depressing it's not good news it

  • could be worrying there's a little bit of nuance for the contact depending on

  • the context but generally it's a negative word you don't want to hear the

  • word grim you don't want grim things in your life unfortunately they do happen

  • so this bad negative unpleasant worrying milestone those ideas are summed up in

  • the word grim and there's lots of uses of grim and what kind of weather have we

  • got today Neil it's a bit grim today you know I'm wearing a kind of winter shirt

  • because it's so cold in June even though it's almost July

  • right then is it what color is the sky gray grim gray yeah so the weather if

  • it's a little bit miserable raining grave you can't see the Sun it's colder

  • than it should be we can call that a grim day or grim weather we could also

  • use it to describe people's expressions if somebody has a grim look on their

  • face they are not happy about something the kind of look that you don't want to

  • see Neal from your kids teachers do you know I don't want to go to a parents

  • evening and have a grim face teacher facing me no because you know they're

  • gonna say something bad yeah absolutely okay let's have a summary

  • Catherine let's have a summary of our vocabulary yes we started off with death

  • toll the number of people who have died because of a particular event next we

  • had milestones important events in the development of something and finally

  • today we had grim meaning unpleasant you can find news review and all sorts of

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  • week stay safe bye

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