Racial inequality in the UK: BBC News Review reviews

June 29, 2022

British Prime Minister Theresa May will today challenge public bodies to explain or change sweeping inequalities between different ethnic groups in areas such as education, housing and criminal justice. She’s launching the results of the government’s racial disparities audit.

Key words and phrases:

take action on –
begin to do something to solve a problem

lays bare –
makes something known which was hidden

glaring –
obviously bad or wrong

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  1. Very helpful for the learners

  2. Reply
    Do Thu Hang QP0017 June 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Launching the results of
    Lay bare
    Take action on

  3. In often 't' is silent 🤫
    Isn't it

  4. Love this channel

  5. So I subscribed to BBC English to learn English and pass test but am getting more than I bargained for. I am learning so much 😊 Thank BBC

  6. It should be called News for 12 Year olds

  7. A lot more inequality where they came from

  8. It is the time to take action on Glaring audit which has been laid bare the disparity between different ethnic groups.

  9. Neil, Dan and Catherine are the part and parcel of this programme. Thank you BBC

  10. Government agency laid bare that a fifth of plants threatened as habitat shrink worldwide

  11. Reply
    đông nguyễn hải June 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    this episode the next 3 episode, i cant find link to answer your quiz 🙁

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    thai_quatest3 hong_ky June 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    This is the most interesting video, I have ever seen. And also, this is the simple method to improve English everyday.

  13. Dan!!! So nice!!!

  14. Both r sir got very good voice n I am enjoyed ur lesson

  15. I lub u sir both r giving more knowledge information,I am ur huge fan ur superb teacher dan n neil

  16. Please put the subtitles for us

  17. love hearing news from you both.. 🙂

  18. While learning English I lived some trouble with listening, but now i can feel that it is improving day by day. i really appreciate to say that i learned so much thing from you besides, improving my listening.

  19. I love BBC Learning English always learn a lot from this channel. Thanks a lot.

  20. Reply
    Linh Nguyễn Khánh June 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    it's so sad that they don't have Transcript in English for this!

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    Júnior tachor tachor June 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    this is convenient method to learn English language skills thanks for sharing this way with us…

  22. Good spoken sounds to my ears as a likeable music

  23. thanks for your videos but can u publish with its subtitle

  24. Dan, we miss you especially your "Da da da da da da"

  25. Thank you for making these programmes. I have learnt a lot from you guys. It is greatly appreciated.

  26. thanks

  27. Any accent are you talking, American accent or British accent ?

  28. Hi 💚💚 could you please ask u where is finn ?!

  29. Reply
    Алена Карасева June 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Neil looks pretty good in green) This color really suits him

  30. Thanx Britishs

  31. Hello and welcome to News Review the program

    where we show you how to use the language from

    the latest news stories in your everyday

    ** Is just me who has completely memorized this

    opening line of News Review or who did it like

    me? Lol **

    Hi, I'm Neil. Joining me today is Dan.
    Hi, Dan.

    Hello everybody.

    So what's our story?

    Our story is about ethnic inequality in the UK

    OK ethnic inequality in the UK
    Let's hear more from this BBC News bulletin

    So the results ( ) have been published

    in the UK and it shows how people of all

    ethnicities are treated in areas such as health,

    education and criminal justice and it shows

    unequal picture.
    For example, unemployment among black, Asian and

    other ethnic minorities is almost double that of

    white british adults.

    Those more likely to own their home are Idian,

    Pakistanee and white people compared with black

    people and those from Bangladesh
    However white British people are on free school

    meals performed the worst in the second stage of

    primary school.
    So there're inequalities all over the system.

    OK, you've been looking around and finding words

    and expressions people need to understand to

    talk about the story.
    What have you got?

    Take action on, Lays bare and Glaring.

    So the first one, Take action on, what have you


    Our first headline comes from BBC news website

    and says:
    UK must take action on racial disparity, says

    Theresa May.

    So Take action on: begin to do something to

    solve a problem.

    Indeed, now Take action on something suggests

    that the problem is quite a large one and needs

    I wouldn't take action on everyday problem like

    my daily commute.
    I might deal with my daily commute or I might

    handle my daily commute because it's just a

    personal problem and it's not very important.
    However the kind of problems that we take action

    on tends to be a large and ( ), such as

    politics or societal problems.

    So environmental issue, drug addiction,

    unemployment these kind of big issues.

    Exactly. and it often require a coordinated

    effort by many people together working in unity.
    So again, large problems. That's the idea.

    OK, let's have a look then at your second


    My second headline comes from Guardian and says:
    Audit lays bare racial disparities in UK

    schools, courts and workplaces.

    Lays bare: make something known which was


    Indeed. now bare is beautiful word and it means

    exposed and naked.
    At the moment in the nothern atmosphear is

    autumn which means leaves are getting ready to

    drop. Once the leaves do drop from the trees
    the trees will be bare.
    They will be exposed to nothern wind, hence


    Now when you lay something bare, you expose it
    for everyone to see and it's a real state.
    Much like a musician removing a cloth
    and we use it to describe negative things such

    as a wrong doing or injustice.
    You wouldn't necessarily use it for good news.

    For example. If I were to announce that my wife

    was pregnant, I wouldn't lay that bare for

    everybody because it's a good thing.
    I would announce it quite happily.
    However, if I were to find out that the baby

    wasn't mine, then I might lay bare my wife's (

    This is all fictional by the way it's not real.

    ( ) example, Dan I think will move away from


    I'm gonna get into a terrible trouble later I

    tell you.

    What's another way of saying Lay bare?

    We can expose something or we can reveal

    However if you're a bit naughty you don't want

    people to know, you might try to cover up or

    sweep under the rock.

    Ok, that's ( ) to hide the true nature of



    OK, let us have a look at our final word.

    Our final headline comes from an article of

    Racial inequality to be laid bare in disparity

    Now that doesn't contain our third word but it

    is another nice use of Lays bare. I wanted to

    show you.

    Our final word comes from within the article on

    that page and says:
    A national audit of racial inequality in the UK

    has revealed glaring disparities between white

    Britons and British ethnic minorities.

    Glaring: obviously bad or wrong.


    Now hang on a minute. I thought glaring was

    something to do with light.

    You're not wrong at all then Neil.
    It is something to do with light.
    Glaring is an adjective. noun is Glare.
    and Glare is a very very strong light which

    causes pain or discomfort to our eyes.
    such as when you might look at the sun and

    afterwards when you stop looking at the sun
    you can still kind of see it on your vision
    little green globe that's called an after image.
    so it's uncomfortable to look at.
    Now imagine a mistake which is so bad or obvious

    that you don't want to look at it.

    It's uncomfortable to look at. so bad.

    That's it. so that's a glaring mistake.
    and it collocates very strongly with mistake or

    error and it's wonderful expression because you

    can use it in everyday life.

    Yeah. let's hope there are no glaring errors in

    this program.

    Certainly not No.

    If there is an error. let's hope it…


    which means..

    get away with it. quiet, ( ) nobody won't


    very small mistake


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