Learning English

Inspiring language learning since 1943

English Change language

Session 3

Hurricane Irma has hit Florida after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean. Neil and Catherine teach you how to use language in the news in your everyday English.

Sessions in this unit

Session 3 score

0 / 3

  • 0 / 3
    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Hurricane Irma hits Florida

A devastating hurricane has reached Florida after causing death and destruction across many Caribbean islands.

Language challenge

There's an English expression that means 'to survive a difficult situation'. Which one is it?

a) to shelter the storm
b) to weather the storm
c) to break the storm


We hope you enjoyed News Review. You can find more episodes here.

Watch the video and complete the activity



Did you like that? Why not try these? 

 news_rev_baby.jpg Newsreview.jpg Alice_8_link_image.jpg


The story

Nearly seven and a half million homes across five US states are without power as the tropical storm, which hit Florida as Hurricane Irma, continues inland.

Key words and phrases

hits several times with force

sadness; hopelessness

in something's wake
after and as a result of an event

To do

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

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y


You can download the audio and PDF document for this episode here

Language challenge - answer

b) to weather the storm


We hope you enjoyed News Review. You can find more episodes here.