‘Delay Afghan withdrawal’ UK asks US – BBC News Review reviews

May 31, 2022



US soldiers, who are helping with the evacuation effort, are due to leave Kabul Airport in under a week. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to ask President Biden to delay that withdrawal.

Roy and Catherine talk about the vocabulary from this story so you can talk about it too.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:33 – Story
1:50 – Headline 1: Afghanistan: PM to press Biden to delay Kabul withdrawal
4:45 – Headline 2: Afghanistan: Boris Johnson to personally plead with Joe Biden to extend deadline for US withdrawal
7:02 – Headline 3: Boris Johnson will push Joe Biden to delay US withdrawal from Afghanistan
9:30 – Language summary

The story:
Boris Johnson is expected to personally ask President Biden to delay withdrawing the last American forces from Afghanistan to allow more time for the evacuation effort at Kabul International Airport.

The prime minister will make the request at an emergency meeting of leaders from the G7 group of countries tomorrow, which will take place via video link.

In just over a week, US troops are due to leave the airport, where Afghans who worked for the British military are among thousands of people trying to escape the Taliban.

Key words and phrases:

press
try to persuade someone forcefully

* She decided to press him for answers at the meeting.
* My boss pressed me to get my work finished quickly.

plead
urgently request

* He decided to plead with his boss for forgiveness.
* She pleaded with him to change his mind.

push
apply pressure

* He felt his parents wanted to push him into getting married.
* He was pushed into giving his opinions.

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37 Comments
  1. Thanks for always offering new words.

  2. Is that British accent or American? Can any one tell me

  3. his boss press him for answers

  4. What about the example you gave at the of the program concerning the verb push? U said it's the grammar structure as press, however I saw the preposition into before verbs with ing endings… his parents wanted to push him into getting married and not for getting married?

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    Unknown Identifier May 31, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Terrific lesson

  6. Reply
    Primitive Rural Lifestyle May 31, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Nice news, I love so much. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. my mom is always pressing me to take the rubbish out.

  8. Thank you very much for very good lessons 👍👍👍

  9. Plz upload daily videos

  10. I think our dear teacher today her expression of face is as if she would fall asleep immediately 🙂

  11. It is very good metod to learn english

  12. Reply
    Rajesh Balakrishnan May 31, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Very useful vedio to understand easily.

  13. Interesting and helpful method to learn English. Thanks a lot.

  14. Thanks 👋

  15. Fantastic 👌🏻 Thank you

  16. I adore to listen to your news🤍

  17. Reply
    مروة ابراهيم May 31, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Kathrin ..are you alright..i hope you are fine ..i think you are sad 😭😭

  18. Many thanks

  19. Brilliant video. Thk u much

  20. Thanks a lot

  21. Keep pushing a head

  22. If the prime Minister wants to delay the withdrawal past the 31st of August deadline let him personally go over there too supervise and evacuate people! The Taliban have held off until the deadline after that they're going to start shooting bombing and killing people! All those people who are rushing to the airport now have known since April of 2021 if the United States was leaving they had all that time to get their paperwork together and leave the country but they've waited until the last minute and it's nobody's fault but they're own! They've done this because they knew they would get free flights instead of having to go to the airport before now where were they would have had to pay for their own flight! It's ridiculous that the prime minister is asking the United States to delay their departure past the deadline when THEIR LAST FLIGHTS LEFT THIS AFTERNOON!

  23. Blame Trump by completely taking out of context what he REALLY did ……
    `he offered to bring peace if Taliban would stop killing / raping / molesting…..
    Talban refused…Trump refused…Biden you know this….you know !…
    so for all the woman …..that you now turned over to The Taliban and Trump would not…..
    you can kiss our …….DNCNNCIA is now scrubbing internet of videos showing these atrocities

  24. The Taliban are pushing people to go away from the airport.

  25. Thanks a lot.

  26. thanks for this lesson.

  27. Biden is doing what the Taliban tell him and the Taliban said no

  28. Thanks a lot. It was really useful for me. I like your approach to teaching inglish language.

  29. Reply
    Thai Duong Nguyen May 31, 2022 at 1:34 am

    bbc's website is terrible, cant do the quizzes at all. The web is both messy in design and low in speed connection, such an useless thing.

  30. completed 8/26/21

  31. Do you not understand yet?……is this not proof?
    Biden is owned by China……China wants in Afghanistan to mine the natural resources..
    Afghanistan has the riches deposit of minerals on the planet….both are already in meetings…
    China has banked the Democratic party in every election cycle large and small for years
    Cia told Biden NOT to withdrawl…..Pentagon told him to NOT withdrawl….but China did..
    China owns most of the larger news outlets in an indirect way….it goes on and on even on local levels
    The have banked the DNC to control the judicial system…local and national….they call the shots,..
    Its they who are creating havoc in America politics …..its they who are creating the atmosphere to make Americans ashamed for even breathing the air…..they are killing AMERICA by a thousand cuts…doing same to Australia and other countries that are in their way of global domination …..

  32. Get the booster shot and go back to the studio please.

  33. It is amazing gow a word can have different meaning depending on the context. In programming "push" generally means adding elements to a data structure (e.g a stack). English is an interesting language.

  34. Does Boris Johnson believe Joe Biden is part of the "Club"?

  35. Get out ASAP before any snidey attacks or psycho suicide bombers blow the airport and people up

  36. I hope that Afghanistan will return to peace soon.

  37. I love your smile, Roy✨

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