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  • This is News Review from BBC learning English hello and welcome to news of you the

  • show where we show you how to use the language from the latest news stories in

  • your everyday English I'm Dan and joining me this morning is Tom hi Tom

  • hi dad good morning and hello to our audience wherever you are so what's the

  • story tom today's story Dan is about a very bad journey a very bad journey that

  • sounds intriguing ok so let's hear more from this BBC

  • Radio 4 news report British Airways flights from London tosseldorf are

  • supposed to take just 1 hour and 20 minutes making it a trip to the city

  • easier and more attractive than ever according to its website but passengers

  • who boarded one early morning service took the scenic route when the pilot

  • mistakenly flew to Edinburgh so the story a plane left London it was going

  • to fly tosseldorf and it was supposed to arrive in Germany 1 hour and 20

  • minutes later however the plane didn't arrive because they went to Scotland

  • instead the pilot landed in Edinburgh by mistake because he got lost that's quite

  • an interesting story Tom thank you very much for sharing ok so you've been

  • looking around it's three words and expressions that we can use to talk

  • about this story I have our three words today baffled blunder and stifle baffled

  • blunder and stifle okay can we have your first headline there of course we can my

  • first headline is from rt.com it says I blame brexit passengers

  • baffled as be a flight to Germany somehow ends up landing in Scotland

  • baffled completely confused it's a nice word Tom what can you tell us about it

  • it's an adjective the adjectives say for I am baffled

  • I am completely confused and it's an extreme adjective as well so we wouldn't

  • say very baffled the adverse would user completely baffled totally baffled

  • utterly baffled exactly yeah yeah perfect

  • okay you said it was Edie yes is that significant well we can also use it in

  • an ING for with adjectives as the adjectives it

  • gives us the feeling so if I am baffled I am completely confused if something is

  • baffling it makes me completely confused yeah I know something is quite baffling

  • something that so it certainly makes me feel baffled every time I hear about it

  • it's Neal's idea you heard about this you know the one English for cats yes

  • yeah it's yeah it's baffle it is a bit baffling I was real baffled when I hear

  • it yeah I mean like cats don't speak English for a start so hmm I could use

  • the verb form or do please and say it baffles me baffles yeah okay so we have

  • a verb - yeah if something battles you it confuses you or it extremely confuses

  • here makes you very confused like cryptic crosswords Tom cryptic

  • crosswords baffle me they make me so confused I've no idea how to do them and

  • of course we often use it in the phrase it baffles me plus a clause don't we yes

  • so I could say it baffles me how this pilot could go to Germany and land in

  • Scotland

  • well thank you very much for not baffling us on that explanation let's

  • have a look at the second headline the second headline for today is from the

  • Scottish Sun the sons of UK paper this is Scottish version and the word is

  • blunder it says plain blunder passengers baffled

  • there's that word again as flight destined for Dusseldorf Lanza Edinburgh

  • Airport due to paperwork blunder blunder careless mistake often serious and they

  • feel so strongly about it they've used it twice in the headline okay so what

  • kind of word is blunder blunder is a countable noun means a careless or

  • stupid perhaps mistake okay and what kind of verb will be used with it make

  • so we're talking about this pilot we could say he made a pretty significant

  • blunder yeah when he arrived in the wrong country with all his passengers

  • and if you make more than one you could make blunders because or you can make a

  • series of blunders okay so for example if I leave my keys in the house when I

  • lock the door and I leave and I load my wallet along the way and all sorts of

  • things happened to me due to my own carelessness I could say I've made a

  • series of blunders you could say you've made a series of blunders exactly or

  • gonna use a verb form again you blundered okay and is when I blundered

  • when I left the house I blundered when I got on the bus and forgot my wallet

  • that's perfectly human perfectly forgivable and the other form we can use

  • is the ing form as an adjective okay this is quite strong so don't say it to

  • your family or your bosses or anything wouldn't normally say it to friends in

  • an informal way someone who understands that you're joking with them it yes so I

  • could say Oh Dan you're such a blundering fool why did you do that it

  • happens all the time very very human

  • okay well thank you for not blundering through their explanation let's have a

  • little make any blunders no he didn't actually it was very good yes let's have

  • a look at the third headline the third and final headline for today is from RTL

  • today and our word is stifle it's a BBC presenter can't stifle the laughs stifle

  • restrain or prevent something from happening exactly so the topic of the of

  • the story is that when the BBC headliner was reporting on this admittedly very

  • funny story he was trying not to laugh I guess he was on the TV but it says can't

  • stifle he couldn't do it okay so he began to laugh although he was trying

  • not to who's trying to prevent his laughter stifle it much like children

  • who often stifle their laughter when they ain't told off and they don't

  • understand yeah you could stifle laughter then you could stifle giggles

  • as well if you're if you're a child and your parents shouting at you guaranteed

  • to make them more angry okay and can we use this in in in other ways it does

  • have an you can actually there is a more serious use of stifle which means to

  • prevent something from having air and it's in this more serious context you're

  • also likely to see it in headlines so for example if there's a government that

  • doesn't like criticism you could say the government is trying to stifle criticism

  • by silencing journalism I say or maybe if you have a very artistic child who

  • would like to become an artist or a photographer but actually the parents

  • they're its parents would prefer it to become a doctor or a mathematician

  • they might stifle its creative its stifle its creativity exactly yes very

  • nice well thank you for not stifling any information about Rome I bet so cab you

  • Larry

  • now Tom could you please recap the vocab of course I can

  • we have baffled completely confuse blunder a careless mistake often serious

  • and stifle restrain or prevent something from happening thank you very much now

  • if you'd like to test yourself on today's vocabulary there is a quiz that

  • you can take on our website don't get baffled don't get baffled thank you very

  • much you've baffled me now so where was I quiz you can take at our website BBC

  • learning english.com don't make any more blunders done thank you very much also

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  • you wherever you go apologies there for the Miss speech tom is making faces at

  • me but all the language has been exemplified again yes thank you very

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