字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 a new virus is spreading in China. We've got the language you need to talk about this story. I'm Georgina. Katherine on This is news to you. Let's hear more about this from BBC Radio One News. 1/4 person has died in China from a new virus that has spread rapidly across the country. The 89 year old man is the latest victim of the illness that causes a type of pneumonia. Authorities have now confirmed it can be spread person to person, with 200 infected so far, so a new virus is spreading in China. It's a very difficult time for them because it's also the Lunar New Year celebration. So there's gonna be a lot of movement with people traveling around, which could increase the risk of it. Spreading a tiny bit of good news. Professor Rain and McIntyre says that there are still things that can be done to prevent the spread without drugs or vaccines. But yes, no, not great news from China. No, it's quite a serious story. It's all over the newspapers and websites. You've been looking at some of them, and you picked out three words and expressions that we can use to talk about this story of new I have and they are human to human. On alert on dhe Convene Human to human On alert on convenes. So let's have a look at your first headline, please. So the first headline is from BBC News, and it is new China virus. Fourth person dies as human to human transfer confirmed human to human from one person to another. Now this is a three word expression, isn't it? Is three words put together with a couple of hyphens. So, in fact, one word, interestingly enough, So it's human hyphen to hyphen human on It's spelt H u M a n hyphen t o hyphen and then human again. So don't is not to those it's just 10 okay. And this is all about the spreading of disease, isn't it? It is. So in the context of the headline, it's talking about how the virus in China can be spread through human contact or bodily fluids like sneezing or blood. So you've got this disease, you sneeze. I'm next to you. I kind of breathe in some of your yes, sneezing vapor. Yes, and I get it exactly so It's pretty contagious, right? Yeah. And we've got the phrase human to human transmission. Yeah, There any other words we can use instead of translation? Yes. We can use a human to human transfer on. Also another way, we could use this human to human contact. Eso an example. What might be human to human transfer is no thought to be likely. Um, on, interestingly enough, is quite useful expression Dash hyphen to hyphen on. You can insert other words as well. So another one which has very similar meaning would be person to person. Okay. And I believe animals, you could be animals in there as well. Yes, s. You can also say animal to human. Um, for example, bats sometimes have Rabies only on, so you have to be very careful around bats because Rabies is carried from animals to humans. Okay, So stay away from the but stay away from bad people. Okay, Let's have a look at this slave then. So let's go to your second headline. This is from the mirror. Ana is N hs on alert for signs of mystery killer virus affecting 2000 people on alert. Ready to react to a difficult situation so on alert. We've got two word phrase this time. Yeah, it's a two word phrases made up off a proposition plus a word which is functioning as an adjective. It does sound like one word when you say it in a sentence. So in the headline, it's n hs on alert on alone. Yeah, and alert on alert. But it is two words. So it's on o n followed by alert a l e r t. Okay. And how do we use this and every day life. Well, imagine you are eight months pregnant and 1/2 months pregnant. Well, that would be an amazing thing, but if it waas Yes, I'm imagining it. Now. I'm feeling very so fat and ready to ready to roll A little anxious. Probably end of the day? Yes. And how do you think your partner would be feeling? Hey would be like anxiety levels appear he would be bags packed and telephone ready and little key car keys in one hand all the time. We'd be very, very ready for action. I think so, Yeah. He'll be ready for action. He be waiting Thio do something, wouldn't he so anxiously anxiously waited. Heard? Yes. Wanna be on higher lift if I was expecting a baby any moment now. Not to mention very surprised in this headline. The National Health Service is ready for action if the virus spreads from China. So they're ready for action. They are on alert. Ongoing synonymous for on alert. Yes, Another great one is on guard because I like it because it uses on and God. So you could say that your partner was on guard for the baby's birth as well or on alert. So they're very good synonyms. There's a few other ones as well. I like vigilant, attentive, aware as well. They work. Yeah, a little meaning. Being ready for something that you think is gonna happen. Exactly where? Okay, cool. Can we say? Well, honest lives. So if you're interested in health stories, we've got an archive story just for you, Georgie. And at one of regard, we've got a great story. It's called BBC News Review. Poor diet brings back historical disease. Historical to do is making a comeback. Yes. There talk about one in particular, which is scurvy. We must stress this is not contagious. It's not. Yes, it's enough contagious disease. But you do need to do a lot of fruit anyway. Form or what did they have to D'oh You just need thio. Go to the link in the comments box below, so save it for later. Don't watch it now. This is BBC Learning English. You're watching News review and let's look at your final headline. Our final headline is from Al Jazeera and it is W H O to convene emergency meeting as China virus spreads. Convene, Arrange a meeting or gathering. Now we've got one word here. The pronunciations Quite interesting. Yeah, is so It's on the second syllable. Convene the stress on the seconds. Yes, Convene. The spelling is C o N v e N e. Don't forget the E on the end is still regular, though you just need to have on a Deve to make it into the past participle and the past. Simple as well. Okay, This is about meetings, isn't it? This one is about meetings. Eso in the headline The World Health Organization have convened an emergency meeting. They have organized an emergency meeting. So this kind of meeting, is it for how formal it would it be? Katherine do you think I would have thought quite form a lot of people from maybe different countries all flying in to get together. So yes. Yeah, for more. Maybe almost legally. You know, maybe some legal representation. We don't know, but basically, it would be an important quite full. Yeah. So I couldn't then say I'm going to convene a meeting with my boyfriend to discuss what we're going to have for dinner tonight. Probably. No, no. It was sound a bit strange, because is generally is only used in much more serious situations. I mean, that could be quite serious. One of it because you're a pastor. So, for example, the real matter. So, for example, you might say the department had convened a meeting to discuss redundancies. Got it. So formal business, politics work, that kind of thing. Okay. And what synonyms have we got for Kong? Beam? We have Assemble, gather, summon, bring together. And you could just say meat as well meet yet. But 11 word fits. Everything really does. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Let's have a summary slide. No, let's have our vocabulary Recap. Yes. So he had human to human. From one person to another person we had on alert, ready to react quickly to a difficult situation on dhe. Convene, Arrange a meeting or gathering. Thank you very much. Now you can find more about all of this on our website. And also in our social media platforms were everywhere. Also in our up. Thanks for joining us. And make sure you tune in next week for another episode of news Review. Five yuan by Hi, everyone. 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