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Session 73

Why did Donald Trump order hundreds of pizzas and burgers to be delivered to the White House? Neil and Dan teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Fast food feast: Trump's White House takeaway

President Trump has ordered hundreds of pizzas and hamburgers to feed guests at the White House. The federal shutdown means there aren't enough staff to prepare food.

Language challenge

A synonym of 'fast food' is:

a) quick food
b) junk food
c) tasty food

Watch the video and complete the activity




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The story

President Trump has bought hamburgers and pizzas for a college football team visiting the White House - blaming the government shutdown for the takeaway menu.

The White House is operating with a smaller staff owing to the federal government partial shutdown.

Key words and phrases

a selection of food served so people can help themselves

• There was a smorgasbord at one end of the hall for guests to help themselves.
• Dan offered Neil a smorgasbord of entertainment for the weekend.

has an unpleasant effect

• It's quite mild today, but you'll need a hat for when this winter really bites.
• Now that his hip injury has bitten, Murray is thinking of retiring from tennis.

can't stomach it
unable to accept (something)

• Don't play a horror movie, please. It's too scary and I really can't stomach it.
• I've never been able to stomach the awkwardness of a public argument.

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.

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Language challenge answer

b) junk food


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