BBC News - August 11th

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Published: 8.12.2020
Level 3   |   Time: 1:58
Accent: British
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News Headlines from around the world - a Vice President nominee in the US, new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, a possible COVID-19 vaccine from Russia, and the use of cash in Germany.

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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers (Show Answers)

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  • Vice President [n] - one position below the president
  • a candidate [n] - a person who nominated for election (or applies for a job)
  • nominate [v] - enter as a person for election
  • a major political party [n] - one of the large political groups in a country
  • on alert [exp] - being careful
  • spread [v] - distribute over an area
  • cases [n] - an instance of a disease
  • infected [adj] - affected with a virus
  • a cluster [n] - a group of infections close to each other
  • an announcement [n] - a formal statement (on TV or the Internet)
  • a vaccine [n] - an injection to provide protection from disease
  • approve [v] - officially agree or accept
  • cash [n] - money including paper bills and metal coins
  • transactions [n] - an instance of buying or selling something

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


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  1. Kamala Harris will be the first woman nominated for Vice-President by a major party in the US.
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    False

  2. Kamala Harris will be the first black candidate nominated for Vice-President by a major party in the US.
    True
    False

  3. Kamala Harris will be the first Asian-American candidate nominated for Vice-President by a major party in the US.
    True
    False

  4. New Zealand has recently discovered four people infected with COVID-19.
    True
    False

  5. New Zealand had not had any cases of COVID-19 for 102 days before these four cases.
    True
    False

  6. The four people recently infected with COVID-19 in New Zealand do not know each other.
    True
    False

  7. Russia has announced it has a COVID-19 vaccine.
    True
    False

  8. Russia has conducted numerous tests to prove the safety of the vaccine.
    True
    False

  9. Most people in Germany prefer to use credit cards rather than cash.
    True
    False

  10. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big effect on the use of cash in Germany.
    True
    False


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These are the news headlines for August 11th, 2020.

In the United States, Joe Biden chooses Kamala Harris to be his Vice President.

The choice will make Harris the third woman and first Black and first Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

In New Zealand, the country is on alert after 4 cases of COVID-19 appear from an unknown source.

The four cases came after 102 days with no COVID-19 spread in New Zealand. The four infected people are members of the same family. New Zealand will have three days of high restrictions due to the new cluster.

In Russia, people are unsure of Putin's announcement of a Russian coronavirus vaccine

Russia is the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, but it has not finished all of its tests to check the safety and effectiveness in the general population.

In Germany, even in a pandemic , Germans still prefer cash.

Most Germans are not worried about using cash right now. Germans still pay for 75% of their transactions using cash, not cards. One German shopper has said he will just keep washing his hands.

Those are the news headlines for August 11th, 2020.


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