Global economy slows down: BBC News Review reviews

January 19, 2023

As prices continue to rise, the World Bank predicts the global economy is heading for a recession. Neil and Beth talk about the language used in the headlines around this story.

The story:
As prices continue to rise, the global economy is getting closer to a recession. That’s according to a prediction by the World Bank.

This year, the economy is expected to rise by the smallest percentage since 1991. Reasons for slow growth include Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the impact of the pandemic.

Key words and phrases:

dealing with a difficult problem

* I overcame my shyness by attending public speaking classes.
* The winning team only overcame their opponent in the final minutes of the match.

doom and gloom
used to describe a generally bad situation

* It’s really cold but at least the Sun is shining. It’s not all doom and gloom.
* My whole family is ill again. It’s all doom and gloom.

not calm; unstable

* Conflicts in the country mean it has quite a turbulent history.
* 2022 was a turbulent year – there was lots of bad news.

Images: Getty

To download a transcript and audio, go here:

0:00 – Introduction
0:23 – Story
1:08 – Headline 1: The Daily Star: Overcoming looming economic challenges in 2023
3:06 – Headline 2: Business Live: It’s far from being all doom and gloom on the economy
4:44 – Headline 3: New Straits Times: Global recession imminent after turbulent 2022
6:19 – Language summary

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  1. Do not believe Zelensky, this is a hoax! Zelensky was an actor before the presidency, he is a professional actor, now he uses his acting skills to deceive people. Zelenskiy caters to the military elite who profit from conflicts in military production. Whatever the people were outraged, this conflict was wrapped in a cover of "Russian attack and assistance from the attack", but look, the number of weapons is only growing, the countries at the beginning spoke about defensive systems, and offensive ones are being built and delivered to Ukraine. Heavy tanks, heavy aircraft, this is not protection. Zelensky is lying to everyone. He benefits from conflict, military corporations pay huge amounts of money for his acting talent. The worst thing is that other countries are being drawn into this deceitful system of military production, which can become victims of the conflict if these countries attack Russia, Russia will respond to them with nuclear volleys and entire countries will die out in seconds. All this will be connected with Zelensky's calls to become part of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

    The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is a local conflict between the two countries, Europe and the United States have nothing to do with it at all. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, not a member of the European Union, no one owes Ukraine anything, before the conflict Ukraine had no influence on Europe. Becoming part of the conflict is a personal decision of the countries, they may not participate, nothing will change for them.

    Let me remind you that Putin said that "the purpose of the operation is the disarmament of the country." Not to capture, but to disarm, so that it does not pose a danger to Russia and the republics of Donbass.

    Ukraine itself will exist, as it did before the conflict, but in the status of neutrality. This does not apply to Europe and the US, everything politicians tell you is a lie so that military production will bring them more and more money. Zelensky dictator under external control, who destroys the population of Ukraine and leads the entire continent to nuclear war. Stop Ukraine! The enemy is not Russia.

  2. It is very sad to see such degradation. Previously, the forum, conceived as an economic one, was the center of discussion of the economy, business, human development, and now it has become an axis of evil, where military corporations discuss the supply of tanks and weapons. Shame.

  3. This one was amazing! And I am elated that you guys included headline of the Daily Star, the top English newspaper of Bangladesh.
    1. I want to overcome my fear of public speaking.
    2. I took an exam today which went quite badly. But I guess it's not all doom and gloom because I have more exams like this and I can do better at those if I try hard.
    3. I hope 2023 is not as turbulent as 2022.
    I would like to know if I made any mistake in the above sentences. This lesson was so good!

  4. Reply
    Md Raihan Ahmed Rana January 19, 2023 at 8:46 am


  5. I was wrong,I thought Sam's voice was artificial intelligence!

  6. Useful as usual

  7. La Vita, la Luce e Dio Padre hanno abbandonato lo statoitaliano: non ci piaceva piu'.

  8. Interestingly, when the US and the "allies" invade a country, it isn't called an "invasion", it's called something different. And that's a good example of the "hypocrisy" word.

  9. thank you so much❤

  10. I am not very good at English but it's not all doom and gloom.

  11. overcome turbulent doom and gloom

  12. This channel provides the great opportunities for us to learning English

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  14. Cordially thanks from Bangladesh and I am regular listener BBC leaning English. Thanks

  15. Reply
    💰 Make $750 Per Day January 19, 2023 at 8:46 am

    "If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary." -Jim Rohn

  16. Thank you

  17. Thanx for the lesson.
    Can turbulent be subbed for chaotic

  18. Slowing down? Thanks to the American project 'Ukraine'.

  19. We predict that the Biden government will print another 5 trillion dollars this year! That is to say, the Japan yen will depreciate by 20% again ! Now is the best time to short the yen!

  20. Reply
    Piotr. Leniec-Lincow January 19, 2023 at 8:46 am

    You'r little late with this

  21. I love you review 🤩
    Thanks for you job

  22. Reply
    Felipe kenji dos Anjos January 19, 2023 at 8:46 am

    I overcome speak english in public 🙂 Now I am feel more confident in my job. 🤓

  23. Investing in crypto now should be in every wise individuals list, in some months time you'll be ecstatic with the decision you made today….

  24. I'm so proud to see the top English newspaper of my native Bangladesh "The Daily Star" earning an honorable mention from the BBC learning English. That's a big proof of the quality of the Bangladeshi newspapers.That's really a moment to savour given the fact that of all the newspapers in the Asia the past week, it's "The Daily Star " to catch the eyes of BBC.Thank you,BBC learning English ❤️.

  25. 👍👍👍👍👍👍

  26. You are fantastic. And also, you are two HDP. Do you know thats Its means?

  27. Priceless efforts

  28. Becoming good at English day by day…
    Thanks to both of you😍

  29. great beth and neil

  30. You are fantastic guys, even with expressions as doom and gloom you make my day 😅 Thanks a bunch! 😀

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