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Welcome to News In Slow English! Tune in every week to hear the latest stories, delivered in clear, slow English that’s perfect for intermediate language learners.

On the Podcast page you’ll find the latest episode, and all the previous ones in case you missed one.

Additionally, on the blog you’ll find comprehension questions based around every episode so you can check how much you understood, and the transcript to help you with any difficult vocabulary. Enjoy!

 

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First, read through these questions. Then, listen to the podcast and try to answer the questions. If you find it difficult, read the transcript while listening to the podcast, and focus on the way the words are pronounced.

What phrase do English people often say on the first of the month?
A pinch and a punch, it’s the first of the month!
For how many days are junior doctors threatening to strike this month?
Five days
How are hospitals trying to minimise the impacts of the strike?
They are postponing non-essential operations such as knee and hip replacements.
Compared with Wednesdays, how likely are hospital patients to survive if they are admitted at weekends?
Patients are 10% more likely to die if they’re admitted on Saturday and 15% if they’re admitted on Sunday.
How much money has Apple been told to pay back to Ireland?
€13bn or £11bn.
What could be a possible bad side effect of paying the extra money, according to Apple?
They have suggested that jobs and investment could lost.
How could the American economy be hurt by Donald Trump's proposed rules?
Many states rely on immigrant labour at harvest time.
Why may driverless taxis not be practical, even if the technology works?
Taxi drivers do more than just drive the taxi: communicating with passengers and ensuring good behaviour are also important roles.
When was the first electric vehicle invented?
1834.
Why is the new battery such an important breakthrough?
It allows electric cars to have the same range as a petrol car.

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