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Session 52

North and South Korean family members spend time together for the first time in over 60 years.

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News Review

Korean families reunited

Korean family members, separated by the Korean war in the 1950s, have spent time together.

Language challenge

Which of these does NOT mean separate?

a) split up
b) rip off
c) tear apart

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The story

Dozens of South Korean families have been meeting relatives from the North in the most tangible gain yet from the improvement in relations between the two countries.

The South Koreans were separated from their relatives by the Korean War.

Key words and phrases

fear or worry about what is to happen
• It was with some trepidation that Dan asked his girlfriend to marry him.
• She walked towards the judge bravely and with no trepidation.

crying or likely to cry
• If you see Sam crying, don't worry. He's just a bit tearful about his recent breakup.
• The end of the movie was so beautiful. It made me tearful for hours.

both happy and sad at the same time
• Living there was a bittersweet experience. I learned a lot, but I missed my family.
• All the best stories have bittersweet endings. A happy ending is so clichéd.

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Language challenge - answer

c) rip off


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