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Swimming samurai in Japan

Transcript:

Keeping the tradition afloat… This is swimming samurai-style.

Mutsuo Koga shows off his skills in the Japanese city of Yokohama.

But once he’s in the pool, it’s sink or swim. The armour weighs 15 kilos.

The feared warriors developed this form of swimming around the 15th century. They had to brave waves and currents.

Nowadays, the most difficult part seems to be getting out of the pool.

Vocabulary:

afloat: mengapung

shows off: memamerkan

sink or swim: gagal atau sukses

warriors: para pejuang

to brave: menghadapi

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

afloat / shows off / sink or swim / warriors / to brave

1. The Persians called the nomads Saka and regarded them as fearless _______.

2. From the defeated nation of World War II to an economic power: it was a great leap forward that Japan _______ to the world when it last hosted the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in 1964.

3. "The more senior parliamentarians will always be helpful but this is an environment where frankly you _______. No one hands anything on a plate to you."

4. Tens of thousands of India's landless poor are marching from Gwalior city, in Madhya Pradesh, to the capital, Delhi, _______ intense heat, surviving on one meal a day and sleeping on the roadside at night, demanding their right to land.

5. The tragedy on 23 October 1943 during Operation Tunnel, which aimed to intercept a German convoy in the Bay of St Malo, was due to errors made ashore and _______.

Answers:

1. The Persians called the nomads Saka and regarded them as fearless warriors.

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2. From the defeated nation of World War II to an economic power: it was a great leap forward that Japan showed off to the world when it last hosted the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in 1964.

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3. "The more senior parliamentarians will always be helpful but this is an environment where frankly you sink or swim. No one hands anything on a plate to you."

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4. Tens of thousands of India's landless poor are marching from Gwalior city, in Madhya Pradesh, to the capital, Delhi, braving intense heat, surviving on one meal a day and sleeping on the roadside at night, demanding their right to land.

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5. The tragedy on 23 October 1943 during Operation Tunnel, which aimed to intercept a German convoy in the Bay of St Malo, was due to errors made ashore and afloat.

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