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Banning smoking in China

Episode 150601 / 01 Jun 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries. Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

a) Smoking has been made illegal in Beijing. Similar laws have been passed previously.

b) Smoking has been made illegal in some places in Beijing. It's the first time this type of law has been tried.

c) Smoking has been made illegal in some places in Beijing. Similar laws have been passed previously.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

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

come into force
become effective in law

supervised
managed 

imposed
officially forced to do or accept

comply
act according to a rule

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Still not sure? This time you can read the transcript. The answer's underneath.

Newsreader

A smoking ban has come into force at all indoor public places in the Chinese capital, Beijing.

It will be supervised by thousands of inspectors and fines will be imposed in venues that don't comply.

Previous bans in the capital have not been successful.

Answer

The correct answer is:

c) Smoking has been made illegal in some places in Beijing. Similar laws have been passed previously.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio

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