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Japan whaling

Episode 151222 / 22 Dec 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 1st December 2015. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) A group of Japanese ships has started a journey to kill whales as part of an international scientific programme.

b) A group of Japanese ships has started a journey to kill whales, which is illegal according to an international court.

c) A Japanese ship has started a journey to kill whales, which is illegal according to an international court.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

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.

fleet
a group of vehicles, here ships

set sail
started a journey on a boat or ship

so-called
used to show you think a word used to describe something is not accurate

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Japan's whaling fleet has set sail this morning for the Antarctic with a plan to kill hundreds of whales.

A year ago, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Japan's so-called scientific whaling programme is neither scientific nor legal.

Answer

b)  A group of Japanese ships has started a journey to kill whales, which is illegal according to an international court.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

 

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