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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.
I'm Dan.
And joining me today is Katherine.
Hi, Katherine.
Hi, Don.
So wants this story today story down is about wildfire Wildfire.
Okay, let's get more information from this BBC World Service bulletin.
Greek emergency workers have used boats and helicopters to evacuate people who had taken refuge on a beach to escape a deadly wildfire near Athens.
At least 24 people have been killed by the flames.
There are unconfirmed reports of many more dead.
The authorities have appealed for help from other European Union countries.
So Greece is but like wild fire which is burning in the attic a reason region around Athens.
A time of this report there are 24 people confirmed dead, but there's probably a lot more deaths.
Unfortunately, and Greece has asked for support from the European Union.
Okay, We've got words and expressions you can use to talk about this story.
What are we found for them today?
We have today sweep flee, Andi, gut sweep, flee and gut.
Can we have our first headline, then, please?
Yes, sir.
We have from NPR.
Deadly wildfires sweep through towns near Athens, Greece.
Sweep Move quickly and powerful.
E Now, forgive me, but I'm a little confused.
I thought that sweeping was to do with brooms.
It is?
Don't be confused.
A broom is like a brush with a very long handle that you use to clean floors with.
And this week, and you sweep your floors with this brush called a broom.
When you sweep the floor, you use a very long, powerful movement, and it takes all the dirt away.
So the idea of sweep is this long, powerful, strong movement.
Like fire might go across the country.
Strong and powerful.
Moving across yet.
And it's interesting you say across because that's the one of the propositions that we might use, isn't it?
Yes, absolutely.
Where we've got three fire can strip across a region or fire can sweep through a town, as it has in this case, so you can sweep across something, sweep through something, sweep into something, okay?
Like hundreds of refugees might sweep into a town to escape the war zone.
Yes, I see it.
Is it just fire that we talk about?
Jeez, it could be fire.
It can be people.
We often use sleep to describe fashions and trends on and crazies.
So I remember a year or two ago, the fidget spinner craze swept across the school playgrounds of this country and probably many more.
He might talk about a political fever sweeping the nation.
Football fever sweeps swept the world a few weeks ago.
And can't a person sweep into a room?
You can, Yes.
You enter during a broom.
Know if you had to room dramatically and everybody knows you're there.
And you have big gowns and dresses on, you know?
Very dramatic entrance.
I can imagine.
Lady Gaga are sweeping into a room and everybody turns to look at it.
Very nice a lot.
Let's sweep along to our second headline, then.
Okay, so now we're going to look at the telegraph.
The headline is Greece Wildfires At least 50 killed near Athens as residents and tourists forced to flee into the sea flee escape from danger quickly.
Now it's a nice word to safely.
How's it spelled?
It's a great word.
It's spelled f l double e.
It's a verb on the past on the passport is love.
Participle are both fled F l e d.
And when I when I imagine fleeing, I always imagine standing in a field of sheep.
Andi, if you had a gun and you fired the gun in the air, all the sheep would flee.
They run as fast as they could to get away from danger on the idea.
And that absolutely summarizes the meaning of flea running or moving very quickly to escape from danger.
It's often a sense of panic as well.
Isn't there like it could be a very dangerous situation.
You don't?
Yes, you flee.
It's dramatic.
And newspaper headlines love it because it's so dramatic and short and encapsulate this idea of running because you're scared or you're in danger.
So how do we use it In a sentence to be just used with announced right away?
Well, you can No.
You can use a proposition to flee from something.
You can flee from danger.
You can flee from the threat off violence You can flee from war.
You can flee from fire.
An embarrassing situation.
Even you could even say if you could flee.
Flee the party on.
And in that case, without a proposition, you can flee the party.
You can flee your home, you can flee your country, you can flee your town again.
With or without a proposition.
It means you're running fast to escape from danger.
So would I.
Safely in my everyday language.
Um, apart from a very, very embarrassing part, Yeah, Normally you'd say something like run away or escape.
Or possibly very informally.
You could say you Scarpa to Scar Po has no great colloquial English.
But it's much more personal for the big kind of really big, scary, important things where lots of people move.
Flee Well, let's flee from this headline to the safety of the last one.
Okay, so we've got coma news.
Twin wildfires near Athens killed 24 gut vacation resorts.
Guts destroy the inside of a building.
Now I thought that got meant stomach.
It does?
Your gut is your gut or your guts are your stomach, your intestines, your internal organs.
We call them your guts, especially for digesting food.
Um, on the clue was in the idea of the inside.
So if you catch a fish and you want to eat it, you open it up and you remove the inside and that is called to gut a fish to remove the insides.
If fire gut a building, it removes the inside.
It destroys it completely, not just outside but inside.
In the case of this story, it's the fire has gutted the vacation resorts.
So not just one house, but many buildings have been gutted.
It means I have been completely destroyed both inside and out by the fire and is getting always a destructive procedure.
Does it always have to come from a disaster?
Uh, not necessarily.
If you have a house that you wanted to completely renovate, maybe it had some structural problems or very, you know, learn down.
You could remove everything from the house, including window frames and doors.
You'd call that to gut the building, take everything out so you could re am refurbish it.
I see.
But I was gutted the last time they decided to get my house.
You were gutted.
That's right.
I was What does that mean?
That it means I was very disappointed.
So is if somebody has reached into your chest and pulled out your intestines.
Gonna feel Oh, it's terrible when you get very disappointed.
I was gutted when England got knocked out of the World Cup.
There you go meet.
Yeah, it's very emotional.
Eso Before we recap our vocabulary, let's move on to our social media challenge.
Now, this morning we posted to move from danger to safety is to a desert be expel or see evacuate.
What was the answer and how did they do get?
Three people did really well actually down the answer was see evacuated so well done to the bony more decker on instagram Joseph Remi, Remi on Facebook Pure turd wory on Twitter and everybody else who said Answer c well done to everybody.
All right, Could you please recap the vocabulary for us, Please, Catherine, I could We had sweep move quickly and powerful e flee escaped from danger quickly on gut destroyed the inside of a building.
Thank you very much.
Now, if you'd like to test yourself on today's vocabulary, there is a quiz that you can flee to on our website BBC Learning english dot com, where you will find all sorts of amazing videos on other resources to help you improve your English.
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