Session 3

Get up-to-date with the latest news and understand it too with Lingohack. Listen to and watch authentic BBC World News bulletins and learn key words and phrases that help you make sense of the news.

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Today's Headlines:

Belgium in mourning after attacks

Zika virus victims increase

Negative reaction to online 'fitness challenge' 

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Belgium's begun three days of national mourning. The monarch, King Philippe called the attacks a cowardly and odious assault. More than 30 people were killed in the attacks and more than 200 others injured. Extra troops have been deployed. Police have seized explosives, pre-cursor chemicals and an Islamic State flag during raids on properties in Brussels.

Brazil had identified more than 900 cases of microcephaly since the outbreak of the Zika virus in October. Many more are suspected but they're not yet officially confirmed. Scientists in Brazil say the increase in microcephaly, in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head, is linked to the mosquito-born virus.

The A4 waist challenge that has everyone talking. The challenge to show your waist fitting behind a piece of A4 paper has gone viral in China and further afield but now there's a fight back happening online. It's been labelled of course, unrealistic, damaging and a whole new low for viral body image challenges.

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Use one of the words or phrases from this Lingohack to complete the sentences. You may have to change the form of the word.

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Session Vocabulary

  • mourning
    a time when people show sadness after a death or deaths

    very unpleasant

    unusually; not as expected

    something that cannot be achieved