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Between Languages


Dec 31, 2020

In this episode I share the second part of the Guardian poll which asked readers to select words to describe this year (2020) and the one coming up (2021). Chinese translations are provided where necessary.

Words for 2021

1. better /ˈbɛtə/
2. hope /həʊp/, hopeful /ˈhəʊpfʊl/
3. worse /wəːs/
4. uncertain /ʌnˈsəːt(ə)n/
5. recovery /rɪˈkʌv(ə)ri/
6. renewal /rɪˈnjuːəl/, regenerative /rɪˈdʒɛn(ə)rətɪv/
7. apprehensive /aprɪˈhɛnsɪv/
8. optimistic /ɒptɪˈmɪstɪk/, sanguine /ˈsaŋɡwɪn/
9. tentative /ˈtɛntətɪv/
10. transformative /transˈfɔːmətɪv/