Vocabulary Reference

Session 1 - Exam Skills

informally
not officially

absorb
(here) gradually understand new things

anxiety
state of being nervous or worried 

irritating
annoying

Session 2 - News Review

evacuate
leave a place because of danger

overflow
spill liquid because there's too much

race against the clock
try to complete something urgent in a short space of time

Session 3 - Pronunciation in the News

resign
given up a job permanently

There are two syllables: re-signed
The stress is on the second syllable: reSIGNED.
The 'g' is silent – you don't pronounce it.
In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /rɪˈzaɪnd/

Session 5 - Learners' Questions

What and which
Both are often possible. Often there is no difference.

We can use which for a limited choice.
We can use what for unlimited choice.
Both can be determiners.
Both can talk about people as well as things.