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Session 83

A British Airways flight bound for Germany mistakenly flew to Scotland. Tom and Dan teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Flight to Dusseldorf accidentally lands in Edinburgh

A flight bound for Dusseldorf in Germany has mistakenly landed in Edinburgh in Scotland after an error with the paperwork.

Language challenge

Complete this sentence: You can see the time of your ___ on the board. It's ___ to see!

a) plain / plane
b) plane / plain

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The story

British Airways flights from London to Dusseldorf are supposed to take just one hour and 20 minutes, making it a trip to the city 'easier and more attractive than ever', according to its website. But passengers who boarded one early-morning service took the scenic route, when the pilot mistakenly flew to Edinburgh.

Key words and phrases

completely confused

  • The directions he gave me didn't make sense at all. I was completely baffled!
  • I'm not looking forward to this exam. Algebra is baffling.

careless mistake, often serious

  • The goalkeeper made a serious blunder and threw the ball in his own goal!
  • The government is accused of blundering its way through the current political crisis.

restrain or prevent something from happening

  • I just couldn't stifle my laughter in the cinema. I had to let it out during the film.
  • Critics claim that the government is trying to stifle free speech with the new laws

To do

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

News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

b) plane / plain


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