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Session 160

There are 33 confirmed deaths and thousands of people have had to abandon their homes as wildfires keep spreading across the West Coast of America. Georgina and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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News Review

California Wildfires

Wildfires are spreading across the West Coast of America which have left 33 confirmed deaths and dozens of people missing in the states of California, Washington and Oregon. Georgina and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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The story

More people have died and thousands of others have had to abandon their homes as wildfires keep spreading across the West Coast of America.

There are 33 confirmed deaths and dozens of people are missing in the states of California, Washington and Oregon.

Key words and phrases

brace
get ready physically or mentally for something bad

  • I braced myself for lots of job rejections but got offered the first one.
  • The weather was freezing so we braced ourselves before we opened the door.

smog
type of air pollution often found in cities that makes it difficult to breathe

  • The smog is always worse in the summer.
  • We were really lucky when we visited as the smog wasn’t bad.

grip
hold tightly

  • The election gripped the nation.
  • The film was gripping and I didn’t look away once.

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