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Last updated at 15:37 GMT, Thursday, 12 January 2012

Leap of Faith

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Over a hundred metres above the Zambezi River.


With just a cord tied around her feet, an Australian adrenaline junkie launches herself into the void.


But Erin Langworthy's bungee jump became a nightmare when the line broke.


She got through the ordeal in one piece - here describing how she managed to swim to the river bank.


Erin suffered only cuts and bruises and thinks it's a miracle to be alive.

adrenaline junkie

someone addicted to dangerous activities

into the void

into an empty space with no immediate touchable ground

a nightmare

a bad dream

in one piece

with no serious injury

cuts and bruises

minor injuries

Exercise

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

adrenaline junkie / into the void / a nightmare / in one piece / cuts and bruises

1.
"The __________ that I have is the memories of when I lived under the Taliban," she said. "That's what we went through and that's what might come back."

2.
She describes herself as an______________ having already tried skydiving and body boarding down sand dunes.

3.
The victim suffered _______________ in the attack.

4.
"Four months ago I was in a very critical situation," Mr Chavez said. "Thanks be to God, four months have passed and here I am, all ____________ and on my feet." Mr Chavez, who has been in power since 1999, has said his illness will not stop him from standing for re-election next year.

5.
Greece is "on the brink of the abyss", President Karolos Papoulias has warned, after three people died during protests over planned austerity measures. "We are all responsible so that it does not take the step ____________," the president said in a statement. It followed a day of violence during which protesters set fire to a bank, killing three employees.

Exercise

Answers

How did you do?

1

nightmare

2

adrenaline junkie

3

cuts and bruises

4

in one piece

5

into the void

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