We’ve had an interesting time at the World of Words this week. We spent a day following Hillary Clinton on her European tour, learnt some ways to inject some fun into your language studies, and saw a very interesting scheme to keep couples together in Malaysia. There was even time for a quick day off on Wednesday to celebrate Galungan.
If there are any readers out there interested in learning about Bali, leave a comment and let me know. It’s a topic I have thought of writing about but wasn’t sure if anyone was interested.
It’s that time of the week again. Time to test your vocabulary. Time to test your knowledge. Time to test how much you are looking forward to the weekend! Have a great weekend, everyone. Happy Galungan and merry Kuningan, too!
It’s been a busy weekend for lots of people. President Obama was busy accepting his Nobel Prize, I was busy looking for interesting vocabulary in the news, and Hilary Clinton was busy travelling around Europe. This article on the BBC website has an good summary of her tour.
There’s some useful vocabulary in the article, too, starting in the first paragraph:
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in the UK on the second leg of a five-day tour of Europe.
People only have two legs, but tours can have more. In this situation, a ‘leg‘ just means a ‘stage’ or ‘part’ of the tour.
In the second paragraph, the author mentions that the war in Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear programme are going to be ‘high on the agenda‘. An ‘agenda‘ is a list of topics to be discussed in a meeting and when we say a topic is ‘high on the agenda‘ we mean it is important and will probably be discussed at the beginning of the meeting.
The third paragraph contains some interesting vocabulary, too. A historic ‘pact‘ is mentioned, meaning a historic agreement or promise.
There is a great expression in this paragraph slightly later in the article:
She is expected to press the Russian leader for a strong commitment for tough new sanctions on Tehran.
When we ‘press‘ a person for commitment we try to persuade him or her to commit to something by putting him or her under pressure.