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Session 53

A message in a bottle, dating back to the 1880s, has been found on an Australian beach. Neil and Catherine teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

World's oldest message in a bottle

A message dating back to the 1880's has been found on an Australian beach.

Language challenge

There's a suffix which is used to describe people who like to visit particular places. Which of these words is used to describe someone who likes to attend the theatre?

a) theatrevisitor
b) theatreviewer
c) theatregoer


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The story

What's thought to be the world's oldest message in a bottle has been found in Western Australia. The discovery was made by a woman walking on a beach north of Perth. But far from sending out an SOS, the note inside was part of a German scientific study carried out in 1886.

Key words and phrases

suffix used to describe people who visit a particular place
• The streets were full of theatregoers waiting to see their favourite plays.
• The bus was full of sand from all the beachgoers on their way home.

love note/letter
a creative tribute to something a person loves
• The film La La Land is a love letter to Hollywood.
• The Grammar Gameshow is Dan's love letter to gameshows.

(the) sands of time
a way of saying time is passing quickly and inevitably
• I can't believe I'm nearly 45 years old. The sands of time...
• You can't do anything about the sands of time. Nothing lasts forever.

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge - answer

c) theatregoer


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