Words in the News

Intermediate level

New York's view from the top

Episode 150527 / 26 May 2015

Transcript

The Freedom Tower in New York. The tallest building in the western hemisphere is now open to visitors.

The history of the city flashes by on the 100-floor journey to the top.

The skyscraper replaces the World Trade Center, and many visitors will inevitably think of September 11th, 2001.

New York still feels the trauma of those events. But the opening of this landmark is part of the city's ongoing recovery.

Vocabulary

hemisphere
(here) half of the Earth

flashes by
appears for a short time and then disappears

inevitably
unavoidably

trauma
(here) shock caused by a deeply disturbing experience

landmark
a building or site which helps to identify a place

To do

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

hemisphere / flashes by / inevitably / trauma / landmark

1. His injuries were so severe he lost his right leg, but he says the psychological __________ has been harder to deal with.

2. The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was delivered at 08:34 BST on Saturday at St Mary's Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).

Tower Bridge was among several London __________ lit up in pink in her honour.

3. Haiti is the poorest country in the western __________ and has suffered a number of recent disasters, including four hurricanes and storms in 2008 that killed hundreds.

4. Mr Chisolm said: "With hundreds of thousands of people seeing the film around the world, some will undoubtedly get hooked on Hardy and will __________ come and visit the places and his houses."

5. Going deeper into the Javanese countryside, names of small towns and villages __________: Kebumen, Gombong, Purwokerto. Deep in Indonesia's interior, the ubiquitous Indomaret convenience chain outlets are replaced by traditional family shops, a relic of the old ways. It is a world away from big city life.

Answers

1. His injuries were so severe he lost his right leg, but he says the psychological trauma has been harder to deal with.

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2. The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was delivered at 08:34 BST on Saturday at St Mary's Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).

Tower Bridge was among several London landmarks lit up in pink in her honour.

See story

3. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and has suffered a number of recent disasters, including four hurricanes and storms in 2008 that killed hundreds.

See story

4. Mr Chisolm said: "With hundreds of thousands of people seeing the film around the world, some will undoubtedly get hooked on Hardy and will inevitably come and visit the places and his houses."

See story

5. Going deeper into the Javanese countryside, names of small towns and villages flash by: Kebumen, Gombong, Purwokerto. Deep in Indonesia's interior, the ubiquitous Indomaret convenience chain outlets are replaced by traditional family shops, a relic of the old ways. It is a world away from big city life.

See story

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