Learning English

Inspiring language learning since 1943

English Change language

Session 86

A large fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris has been brought under control.

Sessions in this unit

Session 86 score

0 / 3

  • 0 / 3
    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Notre-Dame fire under control

Firefighters in Paris have brought a massive fire at Notre-Dame cathedral under control. Dan and Catherine bring you the language from the latest news headlines around this story.

Language challenge

Fill the gap: The building was _____ by fire.

a) gutted
b) ransacked
c) overhauled

Watch the video and complete the activity




Did you like that? Why not try these? 

learners_questions_YT_03.jpg tims_pron_22_YT.jpg Study Skills – Preparing for assignments website image


The story

Senior fire officers in Paris say the blaze that's devastated Notre-Dame is now under control. The spire and roof of the medieval cathedral, one of the world's great religious landmarks, have been gutted. But the main structure, including the two towers, has been saved. A fireman has been badly injured.

Key words and phrases

damages badly

• War ravages every nation that takes part in it.
• People looking to avoid the ravages of time spend a fortune on make-up.

burns with smoke but without flames

• Be careful after a fire. Buildings look safe, but they often smoulder for a long time.
• It was love at first sight after she gave him a smouldering look across the room.

so valuable that it cannot be priced

• Thieves managed to enter the museum but no priceless artwork was stolen.
• This is the last photo we ever took together. It's priceless to me.

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.

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y


You can download the audio and PDF document for this episode.

Language challenge answer

a) gutted


We hope you enjoyed News Review. You can find more episodes here.