Several countries have moved to restrict travel with Southern Africa after a new Covid-19 variant was discovered. The variant has been called Omicron and The World Health Organization (WHO) have classed it as a variant of concern due to early signs that it may have a higher chance of reinfection.
Roy and Neil discuss this news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.
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0:00 – Introduction
0:35 – Story
1:52 – Headline 1: European countries clamp down on Omicron variant
4:50 – Headline 2: China could double down on its zero-Covid approach amid concerns about omicron, analysts say
7:15 – Headline 3: Blessing in disguise: Omicron variant may be ‘very positive’ news for the world if new Covid mutation kills off more lethal Delta coronavirus
10:36 – Language summary
Key words and phrases:
act officially to prevent something from happening
* The government decided to clamp down on benefit fraud after a sharp rise in the number of cases.
* The manager clamped down on lateness after a number of employees consistently didn’t arrive on time.
do something in a stronger way than before
* The local council has announced it will double down on illegal parking.
* The school has doubled down on smoking. Any child with cigarettes will be suspended.
blessing in disguise
something which at first looks bad, but in the end is good
* Rob eating all the biscuits was a blessing in disguise for my diet.
* I was annoyed when I missed the bus, but I realised it was a blessing in disguise after finding out it was in an accident!
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Thank you very much 🥰
I clamp down my phone addiction by giving it to my mom. The total amount of time that I spend on using social media is now up to 10 hours a day and It's uncontrollable now.
I'm doubling down on my effort to study English so as to prepare for the IELTS exam. By the end of this year, I will have finised my Academic and graduated from University. So my goals is to achieve an 8.0 on the exam to put my resumes together.
Can it be clamp down against???
Tank you. For all efforts you are making to improve our English language learning
Can we replace double down with brush up
Authorities are clamping down on the protester
He is a blessing in disguise for us.
Thank you so much for such excellent video
Thank you so much, I'm here cause this is my class for tomorrow!
Sorry, I hate to say that but do you think this phrase is really strange. It looks like one or two words are absent:
'The school has doubled down on smoking. Any child with cigarettes will be suspended"
Perhaps it will be better: The school has doubled down on STOPING smoking(???)
What does strain means when you say due to the rise of the omicron strain. What dose (strain) means ?
1. clamp down:
European countries clamp down on Omicron variant.
The Government has clamped down on the illegal wildlife trade.
2. double down
China could double down on its zero-Covid-19 approach amid concerns about omicron, analysts say
The school decides to double down on school violence
3.blessing in disguise
Blessing in disguise : Omicron variant may be a "very positive" news for the world if new Covid mutation kills off more lethal Delta coronavirus.
She felt upset when her friend had passed away, but she realised it was a blessing in disguise when she thought he won't be in pain anymore.
In fact it first appeared in The Netherlands….
Don't spell every new word, please. We can see them. 🙂