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Aprende inglés con las noticias: ¿Por qué dejarán de sonar las campanas del Big Ben?

En esta nueva serie, los periodistas de la BBC te ayudan a practicar inglés con los titulares de las noticias de la semana. Mira el video y aprende nuevo vocabulario.

Titulares y transcripción en inglés

  • Hillsborough disaster: Inquest finds fans unlawfully killed

  • London's Big Ben to stop chiming for repairs

  • Gorilla surprise at Prague Zoo

27 years after the Hillsborough football disaster, a jury has concluded that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed. The decisions follow the longest inquest in British legal history. South Yorkshire police admitted they had got the policing of the match "catastrophically wrong".

Here in London, the chimes of Big Ben are going to fall silent next year because the famous parliamentary clock tower – the Elizabeth Tower – needs essential repairs. This sound has chimed almost uninterrupted for about 150 years but it's only going to be reserved for special occasions. It's part of a project that's going to cost more than $US40m. The tower is going to be partially clad in scaffolding for about three years. The last significant repair work on Big Ben – that was more than 30 years ago.

Let's go to Prague Zoo, because visitors have had their first glimpse of this little baby gorilla. Her birth took everyone by surprise. Nobody had even noticed that her 24-year-old mum Shinda was pregnant. Shinda had already had a number of miscarriages – being a little overweight she wasn't expected to ever have a baby. The delivery went well. She and her new-born baby are said to be doing very well.

Vocabulario

catastrophically disastrously; dangerously

fall silent stop making any sound

scaffolding metal poles and wooden planks erected outside of a building

for people to stand on when they are working on the building

glimpse brief view or look

delivery (here) process of giving birth

Ejercicio

Use one of the words or phrases from Lingohack to complete each of these sentences. Note that you may have to change the form of a word or phrase to complete the sentence correctly.

catastrophically / fall silent / scaffolding / glimpse / delivery

1. The strong winds caused the ________ to collapse, damaging cars on the street below.

2. I was with my wife when she ________ our second child.

3. Millions of people ________ to remember those who had died in war.

4. Crowds lined the streets of Windsor to catch a ________ of the Queen on the eve of her 90th birthday.

5. The drought is having a ________ effect on farming in the region.

Respuestas

1. The strong winds caused the scaffolding to collapse, damaging cars on the street below.

2. I was with my wife when she delivered our second child.

3. Millions of people fell silent to remember those who had died in war.

4. Crowds lined the streets of Windsor to catch a glimpse of the Queen on the eve of her 90th birthday.

5. The drought is having a catastrophic effect on farming in the region.