Lingohack

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1 June 2016

Episode 160601 / 01 Jun 2016

Today's Headlines:

Workers' unrest in France

World's longest rail tunnel to open

An unusual kind of race

Transcript:

Rail workers have gone on strike in France as nationwide protests continue over the government's plans to reform labour laws. President Hollande says he won't back down as a bitter stand-off with unions continues. 

The world's largest railway tunnel opens in Switzerland on Wednesday after nearly two decades of construction. The Gotthard base tunnel, 57 kilometres long, will carry high-speed trains through the heart of the Alps.

The annual running of the Tetbury Wool Sack Races: Competitors have to climb Gumstool Hill carrying a sack of wool. The men are lifting 27 kilos – the women carry 16 kilos. They run 220 metres up the hill. Tetbury was once a thriving wool town, hence this - a way of showing one's strength.

Words and phrases and definitions:

bitter stand-off
angry or unhappy situation where two groups of people cannot agree

the heart of
the middle or centre of

thriving
very successful

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases from Lingohack to complete each of these sentences. Note that you may have to change the form of a word or phrase to complete the sentence correctly.

bitter standoff / the heart of / thriving

1. Having everybody at the meeting meant we could get to _________ the problem and do something about it.

2. We lived in a ________ village until they closed the school and post office.

3. Alleged tax corruption by the president has caused a _________ between the government and the business community.

Answers:

1. Having everybody at the meeting meant we could get to the heart of the problem and do something about it.

2. We lived in a thriving village until they closed the school and post office.

3. Alleged tax corruption by the president has caused a bitter stand-off between the government and the business community.

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    Learn today's words and phrases: ambitious, exceptional, triumph, the height of, winning hearts

  • 6 April 2016

    6 April 2016

    Episode 160406 / 06 Apr 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: prominent, prompted, honoured

  • 30 March 2016

    30 March 2016

    Episode 160330 / 30 Mar 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: driverless, choking, toxic, abundance, predominantly

  • 23 March 2016

    23 March 2016

    Episode 160323 / 23 Mar 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: mourning, odious, abnormally, unrealistic

  • 16 March 2016

    16 March 2016

    Episode 160316 / 16 Mar 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: triggered, remarkable, outrage

  • 9 March 2016

    9 March 2016

    Episode 160309 / 09 Mar 2016

    Learn today's words: violate, solar eclipse, influential, accomplishments

  • 2 March 2016

    2 March 2016

    Episode 160302 / 02 Mar 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: dominated, warning, manned

  • 24 February 2016

    24 February 2016

    Episode 160224 / 24 Feb 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: have come out, recalling, caesarean

  • 17 February 2016

    17 February 2016

    Episode 160217 / 17 Feb 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: restoring, seized, went under the knife

  • 10 February 2016

    10 February 2016

    Episode 160210 / 10 Feb 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: outsider, refurbishing, adapting

  • 3 February 2016

    3 February 2016

    Episode 160203 / 03 Feb 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: hailed, hampering, backlog, prediction

  • 27 January 2016

    27 January 2016

    Episode 160127 / 27 Jan 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: crossing, sporadic, spot

  • 20 January 2016

    20 January 2016

    Episode 160120 / 20 Jan 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: evenly, condition, boycott

  • 13 January 2016

    13 January 2016

    Episode 160113 / 13 Jan 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: vowed, partisan, bold ambition, census, iconic

  • 6 January 2016

    6 January 2016

    Episode 160106 / 06 Jan 2016

    Learn today's words and phrases: announcement, suspended, bionic

  • 30 December 2015

    30 December 2015

    Episode 151230 / 30 Dec 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: nominate, replacement, manned

  • 23 December 2015

    23 December 2015

    Episode 151223 / 23 Dec 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: confront, reinforces, stepping down

  • 16 December 2015

    16 December 2015

    Episode 151216 / 16 Dec 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: plant, broke new ground, to renovate

  • 9 December 2015

    9 December 2015

    Episode 151209 / 09 Dec 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: ceasefire, ringleader, allegations

  • 2 December 2015

    2 December 2015

    Episode 151202 / 02 Dec 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: extremists, raids, pledged

  • 25 November 2015

    25 November 2015

    Episode 151125 / 25 Nov 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: striving, offset, revolutionary advances, ambassadors

  • 18 November 2015

    18 November 2015

    Episode 151118 / 18 Nov 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: on the run, legacy of, inevitable anxiety, symptomatic of, caused by

  • 11 November 2015

    11 November 2015

    Episode 151111 / 11 Nov 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: stem the flow, deteriorating, retaliatory steps, star lot

  • 4 November 2015

    4 November 2015

    Episode 151104 / 04 Nov 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: investigated, to secure, artisans, donations

  • 28 October 2015

    28 October 2015

    Episode 151028 / 28 Oct 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: vast army, cutting edge, vaping, kick the habit

  • 21 October 2015

    21 October 2015

    Episode 151021 / 21 Oct 2015

    Learn today's words and phrases: displaced, launched offensives, defining moment, controversy

  • 14 October 2015

    14 October 2015

    Episode 151014 / 14 Oct 2015

    Today's Headlines: Israel responds to Jerusalem attacks, Wolf war in French Alps, Man Booker winner announced

  • 7 October 2015

    7 October 2015

    Episode 151007 / 07 Oct 2015

    Today's Headlines: EU to catch smugglers' boats, Iraqi girls tell their stories on stage, Toddler's miracle operation

  • 30 September 2015

    30 September 2015

    Episode 150930 / 30 Sep 2015

    Today's Headlines: Dengue fever outbreak in Delhi, Drugs raid in the Caribbean Sea, UK starts womb transplants

  • 23 September 2015

    23 September 2015

    Episode 150923 / 23 Sep 2015

    Today's Headlines: US investigates Volkswagen, Europe's migrant plan, The art of Pele

  • 16 September 2015

    16 September 2015

    Episode 150916 / 16 Sep 2015

    Today's Headlines: Border closes for migrants, Wildfires in California, Crisis for world's oceans