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Unit 4: News Review
How to use the language from the latest news stories

Session 39

The Chinese giant salamander has become a delicacy – that means people like to eat it. But there are now very few of them left in the wild. Neil and Catherine bring you the language you need to talk about this story.

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News Review

The Chinese giant salamander is in danger of being eaten to extinction

A creature that has been around for millions of years is now in danger of extinction. The Chinese giant salamander has become a delicacy – that means people like to eat it. But it seems they like to eat this particular animal too much as there are now very few of them left in the wild. Neil and Catherine bring you the language you need to talk about this story.

Language challenge

If something is amphibious, it:

a) lives on land
b) lives in water
c) lives on land and/or in water

Watch the video and complete the activity

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The story

New zoological research has suggested a growing human appetite for the Chinese giant salamander has pushed the world's largest amphibian to the brink of extinction in the wild.

The creatures, which date back 170 million years, have in recent times become a delicacy. Researchers say they've nearly completely disappeared from their traditional freshwater habitats.

Key words and phrases

the brink of
a point in a process where something important will happen

  • After some bad investments, the company is on the brink of bankruptcy.
  • Thousands of people are buying Neil's album. He's on the brink of rock stardom!

food fad
type of food fashionable for a short period of time 

  • Eating everything raw is the latest food fad.
  • He says eating fermented food will make him live longer but I think it's a food fad.

slithering
moving over a surface by twisting from side to side

  • The snake slithered through the grass.
  • She slithered under her desk to try to find her keys.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

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Language challenge - answer

c) If something is amphibious, it lives on land and/or in water.

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