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Unit 1: Fake News: Fact and Fiction
Fake News: Fact and Fiction

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Session 1

Everybody knows the expression 'fake news', but what does it really mean? In this series, we break down the language around this topic and give tips to help you protect yourself from misinformation.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

What does 'fake' really mean?

Fake News: Fact and Fiction

'Fake news' is one of the best-known expressions of our time. But where does it come from, what does it really mean and how can you protect yourself from it? In episode one of our new series, we take a look at the word 'fake' itself. 

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Key vocabulary

not real

  • verb: To fake a smile. To fake a laugh. To fake being confident.
  • noun: That painting's a fake. The diamond ring is a fake.
  • adjective: Sam didn't write a fake review. Be careful of fake concert tickets. 

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.


Fake News quiz

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You can download the PDF document for this episode.


We hope you enjoyed Fake News: Fact and Fiction. Find all episodes here.

You can find more BBC videos about Fake News here.

You can read Mike's article The (almost) complete history of 'fake news' here.