Session 2

South Korea wants a peaceful resolution to the current standoff between North Korea and the USA. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

S.Korea urges peaceful end to standoff

The South Korean president has requested that the USA and North Korea peacefully resolve their current argument


Language challenge

The South Korean president has asked for a peaceful settlement to the current US North Korean standoff. Which of these words is NOT a synonym for standoff?

a) impasse
b) deadlock
c) hold up

Watch the video and complete the activity

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The story

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 US military official General Joseph Dunford, who’s in Seoul for talks.

Key words and phrases

provocations
actions or speech causing an angry reaction

overshadowed
made to seem less important

mum
silent

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge - answer

c) hold up

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which teaches you pronunciation using the latest BBC World News bulletins. 

Session Vocabulary

  • provocations
    actions or speech causing an angry reaction

    overshadowed
    made to seem less important

    mum
    silent