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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken part in the first of several US presidential TV debates. Join Neil and Rob to discover the language the world's media is using to talk about this story.

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News Review

Trump vs Clinton: first US presidential TV debate

Two people want to be the next US president - only one of them can win. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken part in the first of a series of TV debates.

Language challenge

There is a French expression that we use in English which literally means head-to-head. Is it:

a) déjà vu
b) tête-à-tête
c) bon voyage

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The story

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have clashed over their policies and their characters in the first televised debate of the US Presidential campaign.

The broadcast covered a range of issues including the economy, race relations and security.

Nick Bryant - BBC News
America's never seen a reality show like this. A former First Lady head-to-head with a Manhattan property tycoon and certainly not a presidential debate that was so aggressive and so personal.

It quickly became fight night with Hillary Clinton attacking Donald Trump for failing to release his tax returns and for stiffing people that he did business with. Donald Trump rebuked her over her use of a private email server and for supporting trade deals that exported jobs abroad.

Key words and phrases

to clash
to have an angry argument

head-to-head
in direct competition

to lose your cool
to become angry/lose your temper

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Language challenge - answer

The correct answer is b) tête-à-tête. Careful, though – ‘tête-à-tête' means ‘a private conversation’ while ‘head-to-head’ means ‘in direct competition’.

End of Session 2

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Vocabulário desta lição

  • to clash
    to have an angry argument

    head-to-head
    in direct competition

    to lose your cool
    to become angry/lose your temper