Hong Kong to establish a 'platform for dialogue': BBC News Review 2022

July 10, 2023

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s leader, has said it will establish a ‘platform for dialogue’ to hear what Hong Kong protest demonstrators have to say. Learn about this story and English words in the news in this free English lesson.

The story
After weeks of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, the territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, has said she wants to listen to what people have to say. Demonstrations against creeping Chinese mainland influence over Hong Kong have escalated since mid-June.

Key words and phrases
deliberately ignores, avoids or rejects something

• Their government shuns any organisation that deals in weapons.
• If you care about the environment, you will shun plastic where possible.

olive branch
action taken as an attempt to end a disagreement

• I held out an olive branch to Rob by buying him a cookie.
• As an olive branch, he bought her a dozen red roses and had them delivered.

things given to reach an agreement

• The company made pay concessions to its staff.
• They made a diplomatic concession as an act of goodwill.

Language challenge

Which of these means ‘happening or developing slowly or gradually’?
a) creeping
b) nagging
c) striking

For the answer, watch this on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-11/session-104

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  1. During the pandemic, a lot of people decided to shun their social cycle and stay home.

  2. 🦋 The school shuns any student who doesn't wear a uniform.
    🦋 I held out an olive branch to my brother by promising to listen to him carefully.
    🦋 The father made pay concessions to his son if he got high marks in college.

  3. Thanks

  4. who has fought with you? 😱😱 what's happened? are you alright?

  5. thank u very much for the usfull informations and new vocabulory

  6. I missed you, Dan.

  7. Thx a lot👍🏾

  8. the way he smile make my day brighter

  9. It looks like Dan has been in a protestation in Hong Kong recently.

  10. Reply
    Ruxshona Fayzullayeva July 10, 2023 at 6:29 am

    Near Catherine leg 😂

  11. Concession is pronounced /kənˈseʃn/ in Oxford dictionary. But Catherine pronounced /kɔnˈseʃn/. Which one is corrrect? It seems Dan pronounced correctly with /kənˈseʃn/

  12. The concession are beneficial for both employers and employees

  13. He didn't offer an olive branch for the issue

  14. Our President shuns the request of the US Senators to free De Lima

  15. Reply
    Julio denninson Denninson July 10, 2023 at 6:29 am

    I love this class thanks guy blessings

  16. What means “creeping “

  17. You make a good job, thank you!

  18. The matter in Hong Kong is serious, l hope the youngsters are well.

  19. Reply
    Дмитрий Феерзон July 10, 2023 at 6:29 am

    Thanks BBC for good job. I subscribed on your channel and will try to watch your programmes constantly.

  20. Reply
    Languages and other stuffs July 10, 2023 at 6:29 am

    تسلم البطن الجابتك يا دان
    الشهادة و العمل الصالح

  21. Time for us to take notes: 3:34 6:30 10:14

  22. Reply
    Manjualiraza Daud July 10, 2023 at 6:29 am

    Some time I can't shun random things which my mind holds. then I just start hating it .

  23. Thanks:-)

  24. ❤️😁😁😁😁❤️

  25. Thanks, i remember better when the word related to stories

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