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    191. England vs France: An Historic Rivalry! (English Vocabulary Lesson)

    191. England vs France: An Historic Rivalry! (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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    TRANSCRIPT - https://thinkinginenglish.blog/2022/12/07/england-vs-france-an-historic-rivalry/





    On Saturday, 10th December, England will play France in the World Cup quarter final. The rivalry between England and France is one of the longest and most influential in Europe – it has led to wars, battles, arguments, and much more. Let’s discuss the history of French and English relations and talk about why there is such a rivalry!





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    190. Why are People Protesting in China? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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    Vocabulary List




    Rival (n) - a person, company, product, etc. competing with others for the same thing or in the same area

    He beat his closest rival by 25%



    Rivalry (n) - a situation in which people, businesses, etc. compete with each other for the same thing:

    There is a rivalry between the three brothers



    Conquest (n) - taking control or possession of foreign land, or a group of people, by force

    The Norman conquest of England introduced French vocabulary to Britain



    Victorious (adj) - having won a game, competition, election, war, etc

    The victorious team were loudly cheered by their fans.



    To invade (v) - to enter a country by force with large numbers of soldiers in order to take possession of it

    The Mongolians tried, and failed, to invade Japan twice



    Ally (n) - a country that has agreed officially to give help and support to another one

    During the First World War, Turkey was an ally of Germany.



    To veto (v) - to refuse to allow something

    In 1961, President De Gaulle vetoed Britain's entry into the Common Market



    Favourite (n) - the person, team, or animal most people expect to win a race or competition

    France are one of the favourites to


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    190. Why are People Protesting in China? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

    190. Why are People Protesting in China? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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    TRANSCRIPT - https://thinkinginenglish.blog/2022/12/05/why-are-people-protesting-in-china/



    Thousands of people have taken to the streets in China, chanting slogans and holding pieces of white paper. Why are people protesting? What has caused the anger? And what is going to happen next? Let’s discuss these questions while practicing some useful English vocabulary!





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    189. Why is Scotland in the UK? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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    187. Who is Elon Musk? 





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    Vocabulary List


    To demonstrate (v) - to make a public expression that you are not satisfied about something, especially by marching or having a meeting

    Thousands of people gathered to demonstrate against the new proposals.



    Lockdown (n) - a period of time in which people are not allowed to leave their homes or travel freely, because of a dangerous disease

    The government has been attempting to eliminate the virus by imposing a lockdown



    To crush (v) - to defeat someone completely

    The government crushed the protests last week



    To embrace (v) - to accept something enthusiastically

    I embraced the opportunity he gave me



    At the expense of (idiom) - If you do one thing at the expense of another, doing the first thing harms the second thing

    The company prioritised speed at the expense of safety



    To trigger (v) - to cause something to start

    An incident of police violence triggered protests across the country



    To censor (v) - to remove parts of something, such as a book, movie, or letter, that you do not want someone to see or hear

    They censored the movie before releasing it in China



    Underlying (adj) - real but not immediately obvious

    We need to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and suffering


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    189. Why is Scotland in the UK? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

    189. Why is Scotland in the UK? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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    TRANSCRIPT - https://thinkinginenglish.blog/2022/11/30/why-is-scotland-in-the-uk/





    What is the difference between the UK, Great Britain, the British Isles, and England? What is the United Kingdom? And why did Scotland join the UK? Let’s discuss these topics, and practice some vocabulary, on today’s episode of Thinking in English!





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    Vocabulary List




    Interchangeably (adv) - in a way that can be exchanged without making any difference or without being noticed

    Figs can be used interchangeably with dates in this recipe



    Kingdom (n) - a country ruled by a king or queen

    They visited many kingdoms while travelling



    Union (n) - a political unit made up of two or more separate units such as states

    The United Kingdom is a union of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland



    To conquer (v) - to take control or possession of foreign land, or a group of people, by force

    The English were conquered by the Normans in 1066



    Sovereign (adj) - having the highest power or being completely independent

    We must respect the rights of sovereign states/nations to conduct their own affairs.



    Bankrupt (informal adj) - having no money

    I’ll go bankrupt if you keep asking me for money!



    Devolution (n) - the moving of power or responsibility from a main organization to a lower level, or from a central government to a local government

    The majority of people in the region are in favour of devolution.



    Referendum (n) - a vote in which all the people in a country or an area are asked to give their opinion about or decide an important political or social question

    We will hold a referendum on independence next year


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    • 25 min
    I Moved Country (Again)!!

    I Moved Country (Again)!!

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    TRANSCRIPT - https://thinkinginenglish.blog/2022/11/28/i-moved-country-again/



    After a year and a half living in Tokyo, Japan, I have returned home to the UK! As I didn’t have enough time to write a normal Thinking in English episode for today, I thought I would do something a little different and talk about why I left Japan, my journey back home, how I’m feeling, and what is next for me! And, at the same time, we can learn and practise our English vocabulary!!





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    188. Should We Boycott the Qatar World Cup? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

    188. Should We Boycott the Qatar World Cup? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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    TRANSCRIPT -- https://thinkinginenglish.blog/2022/11/23/should-we-boycott-the-qatar-world-cup/



    Qatar is hosting this year’s World Cup… but not everyone is happy about it. Allegations of corruption, human rights abuses, the mistreatment of workers, and dangerous conditions for players have caused the 2022 World Cup to be the most controversial in history! So, should we boycott it?



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    Vocabulary List


    To boycott (v) - to refuse to buy a product or take part in an activity as a way of expressing strong disapproval

    People were urged to boycott the country's products.



    Controversial (adj) - causing disagreement or discussion

    The book was very controversial.



    To award (v) - to give something valuable, such as money or a prize following an official decision

    Their company was awarded a contract worth $40 million by the government.



    Bid (n) - an offer to do something when you are competing with other people to do it

    Sydney made a successful bid to host the Olympic Games



    Corruption (n) - illegal, bad, or dishonest behaviour, especially by people in positions of power

    Political corruption is widespread throughout the country.



    migrant worker (n) - a person who moves to another country or area in order to find employment, in particular seasonal or temporary work

    The food industry is heavily dependent on migrant workers from other countries



    To undermine (v) - to make something weaker

    Scandals have undermined the government over the past year.



    Appalling (adj) - shocking and very bad

    Prisoners were kept in the most appalling conditions


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    187. Who is Elon Musk? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

    187. Who is Elon Musk? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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    TRANSCRIPT - https://thinkinginenglish.blog/2022/11/21/who-is-elon-musk/



    He is probably the most famous person in the world right now. One of the world’s richest people, the CEO of the world’s most valuable car manufacturer, and now the new owner of Twitter! But who is Elon Musk?



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    Vocabulary List


    Estranged (adj) - If you are estranged from your family or friends, you are no longer friendly with them

    It's sad to see someone estranged from their parents



    Booming (adj) - increasing or becoming successful and producing a lot of money very quickly

    Business is booming at the moment.



    To pocket (v) - take or receive (money or other valuables) for oneself

    The politician pocketed around $10,000 for a 20-minute speech



    To found (v) - to bring something into existence

    She left a large sum of money in her will to found a wildlife sanctuary



    Board (n) - the group of people who are responsible for controlling and organizing a company or organization

    Every decision has to be approved by the board



    Bot (n) - a computer program that works automatically, especially one that searches for and finds information on the internet

    Criminals create networks of bots that roam the internet infecting PCs with viruses



    Hardcore (adj) - denoting an extreme or intense example of something

    We performed 60 concerts in 60 days – it was hardcore



    Town square (n) - An open area commonly found in the heart of a traditional town, used for community gatherings

    Elon Musk wants Twitter to become the intern


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