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Destroyed Syrian arch rises again in London

Episode 160419 / 19 Apr 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 19 April 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) A copy of an ancient Syrian arch will be displayed in London.

b) An ancient Syrian arch will be displayed in London for the first time.

c) An ancient Syrian arch will be uncovered in London today.

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.

replica
an exact copy of something

unveiled
officially opened (of a venue or exhibit), in a ceremony where a cover is removed

behind
responsible for

Step 3: Transcript and answer

A replica of the 2,000-year-old Arch of Triumph, destroyed by the Islamic State group in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra last year, will be unveiled in London today. The replica has been built from marble with a computer-controlled drill programmed with 3D images of the original. The group behind the project, the Institute for Digital Archaeology, hopes the technology can be used to rebuild parts of Palmyra, which has been recaptured by government troops.

Answer

a) A copy of an ancient Syrian arch will be displayed in London.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

 

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