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Aprenda inglés tejiendo seda en Afganistán

Última actualización: Martes, 31 de diciembre de 2013

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El antiguo arte de tejer seda está en peligro en Afganistán. Vea el video y aprenda nuevo vocabulario.

Transcripción en inglés

The ancient Afghan art of silk making.

The craft has been handed down through generations but is now under threat.

Demand for the delicate material has been falling for decades. Undercut by cheap imports, it's too expensive for ordinary Afghans. And the tourists haven't returned since the bloody civil war.

Silk producers want investment and regulations to cut smuggling, which they say is ruining the industry.


Vocabulario

silk
soft cloth produced from the thread of a type of worm

handed down
passed from one generation to the next

under threat
in danger

undercut
negatively affected by a competitor selling the same product at a lower price

smuggling
taking a product from one place to another illegally


Ejercicios

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

silk / handed down / under threat / undercut / smuggling

1. Iraq has the world's third largest reserves of crude oil but attacks, corruption and _________ have crippled exports.

2. More than 700 jobs are _________ in three tax offices in north-west England, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has said.

3. Since a Chinese empress supposedly dropped a cocoon into her hot tea and started to tease out the single thread of _________ that came loose, the smoothest of luxury materials has provided a status symbol for the rich and powerful.

4. The book has been _________ through his family over the generations.

5. Companies that think they can _________ competitors by employing illegal workers should be warned that they will face heavy fines and possible prosecution.


Respuestas

1. Iraq has the world's third largest reserves of crude oil but attacks, corruption and smuggling have crippled exports.

Source: Iraq profile

http://bbc.in/1djVJhX

2. More than 700 jobs are under threat in three tax offices in north-west England, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has said.

Source: More than 700 tax jobs in Bootle, Preston and Salford' at risk'

http://bbc.in/1cBFlt3

3. Since a Chinese empress supposedly dropped a cocoon into her hot tea and started to tease out the single thread of silk that came loose, the smoothest of luxury materials has provided a status symbol for the rich and powerful.

Source: How a northern town became a silk powerhouse

http://bbc.in/1ipuTZz

4. The book has been handed down through his family over the generations.

Source: Book of soldiers' stories from World War One uncovered

http://bbc.in/1eQbgcw

5. Companies that think they can undercut competitors by employing illegal workers should be warned that they will face heavy fines and possible prosecution.

Source: Belfast New Century Takeaway employed four illegal workers

http://bbc.in/1cPn0dB

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