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Session 187

A large ship called the Ever Given became stuck in the Suez Canal in Egypt on 23rd March. This has caused delays in one of the busiest global shipping routes. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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News Review

Suez Canal: Delays continue

Shipping using the Suez Canal has been subject to long delays after a large ship called the Ever Given became stuck on 23rd March. The blockage in the busiest global shipping route has caused massive queues and other ships to be re-routed. Tom and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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The story

Another tugboat has arrived to help the growing effort to refloat the giant container ship which has been blocking the Suez Canal since last Tuesday.

There are now twelve tugs trying to dislodge the Ever Given, which has stopped all shipping along one of the world’s most important trade routes.

Key words and phrases

stricken
strongly affected by problems

  • The rescue team finally reached the stricken survivors.
  • Her face was stricken with grief throughout the funeral.

budges
moves

  • Can you help me move this table? It won’t budge!
  • The sellers of the house refuse to budge below the asking price.

stretches
becomes longer than before

  • Be careful! This jumper stretches easily, but it is very delicate.
  • It will be a stretch to get all this work finished by Thursday! 

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