I’m Tom. Joining me: todayis Catherine., Hi, Catherine., Hi, Tom., Hello, everybody., Todaywe’re, looking at the Grammys and in particular we’ll betalking about the singer, Beyonc. Don’t forget! If you want to testyourself on the vocabulary you learn today, we have a quiz at bbclearningenglish.com.. Now let’s hear more about thisstory from this BBC radio report. So the Grammys took placein Los Angeles on Sunday.. It was the 63rd Grammy Awards and the singer. Beyonc has set anew record. She won her 28th award, which means she’s won more Grammysthan, any other female artist. Ever. Ever Well done. Beyonc Catherineyou’ve been looking at the world’s media for three words and expressionswe can use today.. What are they? We have ‘decorated’ ‘tookcentre, stage’ and ‘opted’. ‘Decorated’ ‘took centre, stage’ and ‘opted’. Catherine. Can we have your first headline? Please We can.. We are starting here in theUK with The Times the headline: ‘Decorated’ awarded. Now Catherine, the verb ‘to decorate’. This is something that you’dnormally do in a house right, Yes, that’s, right, Tom. I’msure! You make your house look absolutely amazing. At Christmas, don’t you Yeah, I ‘decorate’ my Christmas tree …. I could ‘decorate’ my wallswhen. I paint them as well. Yeah, all wonderful, blingy things. It looks all beautiful and colourful., You add all these things. It looks amazing., So the verb ‘to decorate’ D, E C, O R, A T E., If you add the ‘D’ to the end of thatyou, get the adjective ‘decorated’.. Your house is beautifully ‘decorated’.
. Now, Tom one day you will receive an award for your fabulous work, I’msure, probably from the Queen.. You will go to Buckingham Palace. Andthe Queen will pin a medal to you., So the Queen will ‘decorate’ me right And I will become ‘decorated’when. She gives me this medal.. She will literally ‘decorate’ you byputting a piece of beautiful metal onto you and that idea of giving somebody an award is …. We use the word ‘decorate’ todescribe, giving an award to somebody., So Beyonc has been ‘decorated’many times at the Grammys actually 28 times, she’s been decorated.. So ‘decorate’ ‘decorated’ is the adjective. What’s. This ‘most decorated’ about Well she’s, been ‘decorated’more times than anybody else, so we call her the ‘most decorated’, the person who wins the most awardsis, the ‘most decorated’ person., So it’s, just a superlative form right, Exactly. Excellent. OK.. Thank you. Catherine.Let’S, take a look at our summary OK. Today, we’re talking about the Grammys, but we did look at another awardceremony. In a recent episode didn’t we We did.. We looked at the Golden Globes and that’s, where they ‘decorate’ actors so to watch that programme. Just click the link. Click, the link. Excellent.. Ok, Catherine, can we have a lookat headline number two? Please We can. We’re going to SkyNews now and the headline ‘Took centre stage’ received the most attention. Catherine. What can you tell usabout this piece of vocabulary? Well, it’s a three word: expression.The first word: ‘took’ T O O K.
Second word, ‘centre’ C E N T R E. – And this third word is ‘stage’ S. T A G E. It’s a verb phrase.. Now, Tom youlike going to the theatre don’t you And I know that you’re quitefond of live music performances.. I mean before lockdown yeah Iused to love that kind of stuff. And you’d go to …. Yes and one dayyou’ll be doing it again, I’m sure And when you go to the theatreto watch, these performances there’s a lot going on onstage isn’tit, where you see all the performers Which part of the stage, do you look at the most? So the part of the stage where my attention goes is the middle of the stage or ‘centre stage’. Exactly. ‘Center stage’ is where mostof the action happens in the theatre and in particular, in music concertsthe lead performer often stands in the middle of the stage. The ‘centre stage’. When they walk onto the stagethey ‘take centre stage’.. So when you’re receiving the mostattention you ‘take centre stage’ but we’ve got the past form ‘took’ here.. So ‘take’ is the verb that kindof collocates, with ‘centre stage’, like ‘take centre stage’, receives the most attention. What’s. The headline saying here Well it’s saying that in thatBlack Lives Matter was … took … received a lot of attention, alot of focus at the Grammys.. The artists actually used BlackLives … used the Grammys as a platform to make sure that Black LivesMatter got a lot of attention.
Excellent. OK. Let’s take alook at our summary slide. So we’re talking about the Grammys. We’re talking about Black Lives Matter. Last year. We also had a News Review: episodeon Black Lives Matter right, Catherine. We did.. We looked at London protests and if you want to see more aboutthis story, just click the link., Just click the link.. Ok, Catherine, can we haveyour next headline? Please We can. We’re in the UK, againwith NME the headline ‘Opted’ chose. Catherine. What can you tell us about? ‘Opted’ ‘Opted’? Is the past tense of the verb? ‘To opt’. We spell ‘opted’ O P. T E D. And ‘opted’ is related to the word’option’ and an ‘option’ is a choice. ‘To opt’ to choose.. ‘Option’ is a choice.. Why are we saying ‘opt’, not ‘choose’? Well, the words are fairly synonymousan. Option is the same as a choice., But the word ‘opt’. As a verb is alittle bit slightly more formal. It’s a bit more formal. It’s got likea …, we could say a higher register. Now …, You can put it like that yeah.. I know these well. This verb ‘opt’, mostly from the phrasal verbs.. Can you tell us about thephrasal verbs that use ‘opt’ Phrasal verbs with ‘opt’ yes. Youcan ‘opt in’ or you can ‘opt out’? And that means, if you ‘opt in’ youchoose to participate in something., You make a ‘yes’ choice and if you ‘optout’, you choose not to do something. OK.. So Neil asked me to do NewsReview today, and I said yes so can I say: ‘I opted in’ to do News Review If he gave you the choice, if therewas another producer available, then yes.
? Yes, you ‘opted in’., It was …, it was a choice.. Can yougive us an example of ‘opt out’? Well, ‘opt out’ is a big …. I mean ‘opting’ in and out arequite in the news at the moment, because here in the UK thecoronavirus vaccination is optional. You can ‘opt in’ to the vaccineprogramme you’ll have the vaccine or you can ‘opt out’, which meansyou choose not to have the vaccine. Excellent example.. I love how youuse the word ‘optional’ as well. OK. Great. Thanks Catherine. Let’stake, a look at our summary slide. Great.. So Catherine. Can youplease recap the vocabulary for today’s episode Of course.? We had ‘decorated’which means awarded. ‘Took centre stage’ received the most attention. And ‘opted’, which means chose. And don’t. Forget you can testyourself on today’s vocabulary with our quiz on bbclearningenglish.com and of course we are allover social media. As well. That’s it from us today. Thanks, forjoining us and see you next time.