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Session 157

Kamala Harris has become the first black woman to accept a nomination as US Vice-President. She’ll be working with Joe Biden to take on President Trump in November’s elections. Rob and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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News Review

Kamala Harris makes history

Kamala Harris has become the first black woman to run for US Vice-President. Along  with Joe Biden, they'll be taking on President Trump in November’s elections. Rob and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news about this story.

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The story

The first black woman to be chosen as US Vice-President candidate, Kamala Harris, has accepted her nomination.

She’ll run alongside Joe Biden to take on President Trump, who’s been accused by former US president Barack Obama of not taking the job seriously.

Key words and phrases

official act to suggest that someone should be given a prize or position

  • Freya got the nod that she’d come first in the spelling competition.
  • The Hollywood actor was very happy to hear he’d got the film award nod.

encouraging an activity that is damaging or hurtful

  • All this doom-mongering about job losses has made everyone very nervous.
  • We decided to stock-up with toilet rolls after all the fear-mongering about a shortage

severely criticises

  • The railway company was blasted for continually cancelling train services.
  • The politician blasts the newspaper for misquoting him in an article.

To do

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News Review quiz

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