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  • he's a review from BBC Learning English Hello and welcome to News Review This program where we show you how to use the language from the latest news stories in your everyday English I'm den and joining me today is Katherine.

  • Hi, Katherine.

  • Hi down.

  • So what's the story today?

  • Story down is about a request for a peaceful resolution.

  • Request for peaceful resolution?

  • A.

  • Okay, let's hear more from this World Service news bulletin.

  • The South Korean president, Moon Jae in, has urged the United States and North Korea to end their current standoff peacefully, saying there must be no more war on the Korean Peninsula.

  • The president's comments come as he meets the top U.

  • S.

  • Military official, General Joseph Dunford, who's in Seoul for talks.

  • So over the last several days now, there has bean friction between this North Korea on the United States on.

  • What's happened now is that the South Korean president has basically said, calm down, everybody.

  • We don't want another war in this region.

  • No, we certainly don't want another war anywhere in any region.

  • Okay, so you've been looking around at the words and expressions that we need to understand and talk about this story.

  • Which three have you chosen this week?

  • Okay, great words this week.

  • We have provocations overshadowed.

  • Andi, Mum, Provocations overshadowed.

  • And Mum.

  • Okay.

  • Can we have our first headline, please?

  • Yep.

  • Let's go to writers.

  • And we have South Korea's Moon says no more war on Korean Peninsula urges North Toehold, provocations, Provocations, Actions or speech causing an angry reaction.

  • Okay, what can you tell me about that?

  • Okay, so it's unknown and it has its origins in Latin on it basically means a challenge.

  • In particular, a provocation is something that makes someone as respond often in an angry way.

  • Eso we often have it we use the verb form is to provoke.

  • Ah, like I used to provoke my little brother.

  • Little brother, a long suffering little brother.

  • I, uh Yeah.

  • I used to hold my hand in front of his face like this and say I'm not touching you.

  • You can't get angry.

  • I'm not touching you.

  • You can't get angry.

  • And I'd continue for 20 minutes.

  • And how did he respond by angrily?

  • Easy.

  • And so did my mother told me I stop provoking your little brother.

  • You horrible man!

  • Eso and provoke And so you were quite a provocative older brother than I was a very provocative older brother on.

  • We have an interesting pronunciation shift There.

  • You may have noticed the second syllable in provoke we pronounce.

  • Oh, like no.

  • And when it's an objective, provocative, we have the sound or like clock, Absolutely on provocative behavior can be not just about anger, something going provoke in many different, many different reactions on we can talk about.

  • Um, I thought something could be thought provoking.

  • So you want something on the TV or you read a newspaper article, It makes you want to find out more.

  • It makes you want to discuss it.

  • It went, makes you want to talk about it.

  • That's a really helpful little phrase, something that's thought provoking Makes you remember.

  • I want to think about something wonderful.

  • Thank you very much.

  • A lot, Right?

  • Let's move on to our next thought provoking headline.

  • Okay, so we're now looking at Yonhap news agency.

  • The headline is mourns Peace initiative, overshadowed by escalating tensions, overshadowed, made to seem less important.

  • Yeah, and the clue is in the word shadow.

  • And if something is in shadow, it's you can't see it very well because there's darkness around it.

  • So to overshadow means to make something important seem less important because something else is more important in fact.

  • Oh, like we recently had the international athletics meet.

  • Even London.

  • Yes, Assane Volts.

  • Retirement was all about the same boat, about the same.

  • And he didn't even win the 100 meter for one.

  • I can't remember.

  • All of the attention was on the same boat.

  • The same belt completely overshadowed all of the other athlete he did, or we could also use it in the passive form.

  • The athletes were overshadowed by Hussein Bolt.

  • So my brother kind of got his revenge on me having such a provocative child to him, uh, in terms of sporting achievements, I've only ever had received one trophy for anything goes.

  • One is good, but my brother has like 10.

  • He's always man of the match and he plays very well.

  • So he clearly overshadows me in his sporting achievements.

  • A payback then, for the yeah provocation.

  • Exactly the right away, right?

  • Well, let's see if our third headline can overshadow the previous two.

  • We have the Colombian citizens worried, but so mum on threat Mum.

  • Silent now Forgive me, Katherine, but I'm confused.

  • I thought Mom meant Mother, it does done.

  • You're not wrong, Don't worry.

  • But it also has a second meaning.

  • In this case, mums.

  • The word means be quiet, and it comes from Shakespeare.

  • Shakespeare, Shakespeare comes from Shakespeare.

  • In fact, the play is Henry.

  • The sixth part to the phrase as I remember quite well says, Seal up your lips and give no word But mom, the business demand of silence.

  • Secrecy.

  • What it means is show email.

  • Don't say anything on these days.

  • We say Keep mum or mums the word and it means don't say anything.

  • It's a secret in this headline.

  • It just says Soul mum on threat on headlines as we know they like to short and things.

  • But for your everyday English, they keep mom.

  • Moms would a lot right.

  • So before we recap the vocabulary, let's go to our Facebook challenge.

  • Now, we said, the South Korean president has asked for a peaceful settlement toe the current U.

  • S.

  • North Korean standoff.

  • Which of these words is not a synonym for standoff.

  • Is it a impasse?

  • Be stalemate or C hold up.

  • How did they do with Katherine did really well has always done.

  • Let's first of all talk about the image that we put it on Facebook to illustrate this word.

  • It was a picture off to male deer stags with their heads right next to each other and their antlers horns locked in battle on.

  • That was a very good image Teoh to describe this word or this group of words.

  • It's a situation where there are two people or parties or groups fighting.

  • Neither one is stronger, so no one's gonna win.

  • But nobody's gonna back down or give up.

  • So you have a situation where there's no winner, no loser and no end to the conflict.

  • Usually it takes 1/3 personal group to separate them, as a Korean president is trying to do now.

  • Eso words that have this meaning as well as standoff.

  • We have impasse or on passes.

  • Some people pronounce it.

  • Also, stalemate described this situation really well that the odd one out is holed up, which doesn't quite have this meaning.

  • So everyone who said see well done, including Moussa Asa Rory, July Mo on Geraldo Tajura Well and everyone well done to all of them all right.

  • Would you please recap the vocabulary for us?

  • I'd love to.

  • We had provocations, actions or speech causing an angry reaction overshadowed made to seem less important on Mom, which means silent Thank you very much.

  • Now, guys, if you'd like to test yourself on today's vocabulary, there is a quiz that you can do on our website BBC Learning english dot com.

  • You'll also find videos to help improve your English and all sorts of other fantastic stuff, including a Shakespeare speaks episode which focuses on the phrase to keep mum mums.

  • The word Thank you very much for joining us and good bye, good bye, He's a review from BBC Learning English.

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