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  • he's a review from BBC Learning English Hello and welcome to News Review The program where we show you how to use the language from the latest news stories in your everyday English.

  • Hi, I'm Neil joining me.

  • Today's Katherine.

  • Hi, Katherine.

  • Hi near So what's our story?

  • Today's story is about the anniversary of a day that changed the World Day that changed the world.

  • Okay, let's find out some or from this BBC World Service News Bulletin.

  • Low key events are being held in Russia to mark the 1/100 anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

  • Members of the Communist Party, now in opposition, are celebrating the armed uprising by Lenin's Bolsheviks with a march and rally in Moscow.

  • But President Putin and his government of playing down the significance of the revolution.

  • There are no special events at the Kremlin on what is an ordinary working day.

  • So 100 years ago today, the Bolshevik party led by Lenin took power in Russia.

  • The Bolsheviks sent renamed themselves the Communist Party.

  • They founded the Soviet Union, and they had power until 1991.

  • So the current day Communist Party is celebrating this event, but the Russian government led by President Putin, is treating today like a normal working day.

  • Okay, well, you have been looking at three words and expressions being used in the news that you can use in your everyday English I have, and we have three super words and phrases today.

  • 1st 1 is low key.

  • Then we have lessons on Finally, the promise off low key lessons and the promise off So low key in your first headline, please.

  • OK, so we're going to digital Journal on the headline Is Russia holds low key events for 1917 Revolution anniversary So low key meaning without much activity or excitement?

  • Yes, exactly that.

  • So it's describing a celebration, and it's or an event that you're marking in some way.

  • You might expect this celebration to be quite kind of exciting.

  • Lots happening balloons and parties and candles, special programs on television.

  • But when that isn't happening here, it's quite minimalistic.

  • Let's say so, a celebration that could be really, really kind of vibrant and exciting but is actually quite minimal.

  • Why it?

  • And so we're talking about great state events.

  • Could we also use this to talk about personal things?

  • Most definitely most definitely So in this country, in a lot of cultures, you celebrate birthdays with a zero on the end, and you have a big parties or in yet when you your 30th.

  • For example.

  • Most people in the UK would have a big party for their 30th birthday.

  • But if for some reason you don't want to, maybe you just don't like parties.

  • Or maybe something bad has happened.

  • So you don't want a big celebration.

  • You can say I'm having a low key celebration for my estate.

  • Okay, A couple of friends for dinner, Something like that?

  • Yeah.

  • Um, the opposite.

  • Then.

  • Is it a high key event?

  • No, that's saying the It's just a party.

  • Okay, so it's one of those examples where you can't just do the direct opposite now.

  • You wouldn't do that.

  • Let us look at our second headline letters.

  • Do that.

  • So now we're going to dry.

  • Chaveleh, the headline is Opinion.

  • The Russian Revolutions.

  • Lessons for modern Russia.

  • Okay, lessons here.

  • Meaning experiences that help people make better decisions in future.

  • Now, Kathryn had bit confused here because I thought lessons happened in classrooms with teachers.

  • And, you know, you learn something.

  • Yes.

  • So imagine the year 1917 at the front of the class in modern Russia, sitting in classrooms, going what?

  • You know, what can we learn from this?

  • It's a strange way of looking at it, but there is some idiomatic truth in that.

  • Worse, it's not a classroom lesson.

  • It's about things we can learn so that we don't repeat mistakes of the past or things that we can learn from the past so that we improve our what we do in the future.

  • Okay?

  • Yeah.

  • Positive things.

  • Negative things, either.

  • Both it can be absolutely both you can you can learn.

  • In this case, we often use the lessons off history as a kind of warning of things that we shouldn't do.

  • But you can also take in any refugee life you can have positive things that you learn lessons that you learned from your last job.

  • Lessons of that learned from my parents.

  • So it means things that you learned that you could make changes for way here.

  • This used, um, as you said, lessons in life.

  • The lessons of love.

  • Lessons of love.

  • Yes.

  • Yeah, I've got a friend.

  • He's getting married for the seventh time.

  • Hasn't learned the lessons of love yet then or has we will find out?

  • We'll find out.

  • Time will tell.

  • But it's about learning something either positive or negative from an experience.

  • Absolutely yes.

  • Finally, we have the promise off the headline yet So we're looking at Live mint now, and the headline is Russian Revolution The promise off 1917.

  • So the promise off, meaning the hope or suggestion something positive will happen.

  • Yes, and again, if you have the idea of 1917 making a promise, it's that's quite literal, but the idea of promise is something that's going to happen in the future.

  • Onda.

  • We think about good things happening, about hope, about dreams, about ideas, and all of these things are very motivating.

  • So it's the idea that people hard in in this case, looking at the idea of the Russian Revolution bringing great change.

  • Great fabulous things were going to happen.

  • So if something has promise, it's his idea of wonderful.

  • A wonderful future doesn't always work out that way, but promised motivates people, and it's often something we talk about in government in elections in may be making a career move or moving country so you could say a government got into power on the promise off full employment.

  • Exactly.

  • That probably wouldn't happen.

  • But people believe it.

  • They want to believe it.

  • It gives them hope.

  • It gives a motivation.

  • So the promise off something is a real motivating dream for people.

  • Yeah, In the UK in the winter, it's quite dark and miserable.

  • Yes.

  • On people start thinking about a better life.

  • Yes.

  • You want to go to Spain or Australia on beaches and attracted by the promise off a better life.

  • Absolutely.

  • Doesn't mean that Australia or Spain promised you that a life.

  • But there's this idea of hope.

  • You promised yourself, in a way.

  • Okay, We will have a recap of our vocabulary, of course, but we've got our Facebook challenge first.

  • We looked at the word lesson today.

  • And the question was, if you use this informal expression to teach someone a lesson, what does it mean?

  • Is it a You show someone how to do something, be you punish.

  • Someone will see you trained to become a teacher.

  • Have a great response on Facebook.

  • Nearly everybody got it right long how to renew Gwen Andi Christiana Williams all got the right answer, Chris Yellow Williams said.

  • It's B.

  • I'll teach you a lesson.

  • Could be Samos saying I'll deal with you by punishing so well done.

  • Everyone who got answer be okay and a recap now, please.

  • Yes, we had Loki without much activity or excitement lessons, experiences that help people make better decisions in future on the promise off the hope or suggestion that something positive will happen.

  • Okay, if you would like to test yourself on today's vocabulary, there's a quiz you can take on our website, BBC Learning english dot com.

  • And there's all kinds of other videos and activities to help you improve your English.

  • Thanks for joining us and good bye, good bye, He's review from BBC Learning English.

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