No university for Afghan women: BBC News Review reviews

June 18, 2023

‘A crime against humanity’. That’s how a UN expert has described the Taliban’s ban on female education in Afghanistan. Neil and Sian talk about the language used in the headlines around this story.

(Images: Getty/Wakil Kohsar, AFP/Atif Aryan, AFP/Mohsen Karimi, Andalou Agency/Bilal Guler, AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

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Key words and phrases:
✔️barred – prevented
*Saul was barred from the shop because he stole a bar of chocolate.
*We will bar anyone who abuses our staff.

✔️trickle back – gradually return
*The children trickled back into the classroom after their lunch break.
*The election results are trickling in but the full result won’t be known until the morning.

✔️playing with – not treating something seriously
*He was disappointed that his boss was playing with his career.
*I don’t like it when she plays with my feelings.

0:00 – Introduction
0:21 – Story
1:06 – Headline 1
2:26 – Headline 2
3:50 – Headline 3
5:05 – Language summary

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    BBC Learning English June 18, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    Hey there! We hope you found that episode of News Review interesting. To help you learn more vocabulary, make sure to check out this 6 Minute English about women in the workplace:

  2. They want to build women only institutions with segregation, this wrong in so many levels, that would take years to build

  3. It’s ridiculous that the Taliban government decided to bar women from pursuing their education in universities. If I were a witch, I would get rid of the dictators for good.

  4. These days some people have trickled back to their office , however, a lot of people in Canada still prefer to work from home. Therefore, many commercial buildings are still vacant in the city centre.

  5. I'm student , no one know how much is difficult that life under the Taliban govern.💔

  6. I am confused with "bar "and"ban " ,what is the difference between them .Are they same meaning?

  7. It’s useful program coz it’s so simple and also enrich someone with intresting knowledge but in my opinion the education in those poor countries don’t work coz there is not government appointments after graduation 👩‍🎓

  8. Thank God 😊 I'm not Afghan woman 😅

  9. Love neil's voice ❤

  10. Thanks

  11. Very nice video❤

  12. I like English, french, Germán, italian, portuguese and spanish.

  13. My favourite program general news.

  14. Shalom.

  15. I have qsl card of bbc,sw radio.

  16. Saludos desde México.

  17. Greetings from México.

  18. I love BBC Learning English! Thanks to BBC Team, I am able to improve my listening skills as well as speaking skills. Besides, all episodes enable me to enrich my knowledge and broaden my horizons through a plethora of fascinating and up-to-date topics. I love England, and British accent in a big way. BBC podcasts are always the top priority in terms of learning and relaxing. Thanks very much! I love you guys. I hope that I can meet all of you in person someday!! Xxx😊

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    abdulrahman al-mayman June 18, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    it is great to learn English and at the same time be aware of global events or news like this.

  20. Reply
    Newaj Salman Hridoy June 18, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    Afghanistan Is Doing Great! You Guys Don't Need To Worry About!

  21. It's terrible that there are still countries in our world where women don't have rights. I'm from Ukraine, and it's difficult for us now too, but I know that these are temporary difficulties and we have a lot of good things ahead of us. But how can we help women in Afghanistan and other countries?😔

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