About the only thing I have been enjoying about the Trump presidency has been all the political satire and humour all over the internet.
I have a little lesson for you...
America is about to elect its next president, and I think most of us outside (and inside the US) have been watching this election campaign first with curiosity and amusement and then horror. Most of you reading this are not eligible to vote in the US election, like me, but whatever the outcome, it's sure to affect us in some way or other. For me, Brexit was such a shock that now I feel like anything could happen...
Watch this video to learn about the very complicated voting system in the United States, so you can talk it about with your Anglophone colleagues around the coffee machine tomorrow:
Barack Obama has to be the coolest President ever - just take a look at this video.
Some language questions:
Which tense do we use to talk about things we have achieved or tasks we have finished over a certain period of time? Watch from 2:41 to check your answer.
At 5:59 Jimmy talks about netflix and chill. Chill means relax. But don't use this expression until you've googled it!
At 6:08 Jimmy talks about the same job for eight years straight. This is an expression meaning eight years without stopping. You can use this whenever you talk about doing something for a long time:
I've been writing this report for 4 hours straight.
I watched Breaking Bad for 9 hours straight yesterday.
Following on from yesterday's post, here's another video about Brexit, but this time it's in New York. Watch and see what some Americans think Brexit is. (Or should that be breakfast?!)
How many vegetables do you know the name of in English?
And which ones are different in American and British English?*
Have a look at this video and see if you can do better than this elementary class in the US...
*Answer to this in the comments
April 30th was the annual Correspondents dinner in Washington, where POTUS* gets to give a light-hearted speech, making fun of himself, his opponents and his colleagues. Obama didn't disappoint in his eighth and final Correspondent's dinner speech.
Here's the BBC article and a video of his funniest lines. My suggestion: read the article first to give yourself some context and information to help you understand the video. Watch the video after you've read the article.
*President of the United States
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