News Report

Intermediate level

Nationalists win Catalonia vote

Episode 150928 / 28 Sep 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries.

a) Catalonia has become an independent state separate from the rest of Spain.

b) People who want Catalonia to be independent say they now have the authority to try to separate from Spain.

c) The Spanish government has agreed to have a national vote to decide if Catalonia should become an independent state.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are definitions of three key vocabulary items which may help you.

separatist parties
political groups which want independence from the current state

mandate
the authority gained from winning an election

referendum
a vote by all the people in a certain region or country on a single issue

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Catalan separatist parties say their victory in regional elections gives them a mandate to seek independence from Spain, even though they won less than 50 percent of the overall vote.

The leader of the main separatist alliance, Artur Mas, says he would now push for the creation of an independent state.

But Madrid has ruled out a referendum on independence.

Answer

b) People who want Catalonia to be independent say they now have the authority to try to separate from Spain.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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