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Session 2

Americans are voting for their next president. Join Neil and Catherine to discover the language from the headlines you can use in everyday life.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Trump vs Clinton: US election day

After months of campaigning, Americans are finally voting for their next president.

Language challenge

In this video, Catherine explains that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have attended their final rallies before US election day. What's a rally?

a) a race
b) a venue for voting
c) a large public meeting for people with the same political beliefs

The answer is below the video (no peeking!)

Watch the video and complete the activity

The story

The 2016 presidential election campaign in the United States has ended.

Speaking at his final rally in Michigan, Donald Trump said he was offering a once-in-a-lifetime political change and would restore honesty to the US government.

In her final rally, Hillary Clinton, who's leading in the opinion polls by a few percentage points, said America needed to build bridges not walls – a reference to Mr Trump's plan for a wall along the border with Mexico.

Key words and phrases

polls
the mechanism of voting

ballot
system of secret voting

pitch
something you say to persuade people to support you or do something

To do

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

News Review quiz

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Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news

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Language challenge - answer

The correct answer is c) a large public meeting for people with the same political beliefs

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Lingohack - our video which teaches you words from the news using the latest BBC World News bulletins.

Session Vocabulary

  • polls
    the mechanism of voting

    ballot
    system of secret voting

    pitch
    something you say to persuade people to support you or do something