News Report

Intermediate level

Muhammad Ali's funeral

Episode 160607 / 07 Jun 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 7th June, 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

1. Will Smith and Lennox Lewis starred in a film about Muhammad Ali’s life.

2. Will Smith and Lennox Lewis will carry Muhammad Ali’s coffin at his funeral.

3. Muhammad Ali was nominated for an Oscar in 2001.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

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

heavyweight
a weight in boxing, typically the heaviest category

nomination
(here) the act of choosing someone as a candidate to receive an award

pallbearers
people who help to carry the coffin at a funeral

Step 3: Transcript and answer

It’s been announced that the Hollywood star Will Smith and the former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis will be pallbearers at Muhammad Ali’s funeral.

Smith played Ali in the 2001 movie of the same name, earning an Oscar nomination and becoming a family friend.

Answer

2. Will Smith and Lennox Lewis will carry Muhammad Ali’s coffin at his funeral.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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