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Aprende inglés con las noticias: inauguran el túnel más largo del mundo

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

  • Workers' unrest in France
  • World's longest rail tunnel to open
  • An unusual kind of race

Rail workers have gone on strike in France as nationwide protests continue over the government's plans to reform labour laws. President Hollande says he won't back down as a bitter stand-off with unions continues.

The world's largest railway tunnel opens in Switzerland on Wednesday after nearly two decades of construction. The Gotthard base tunnel, 57 kilometres long, will carry high-speed trains through the heartof the Alps.

The annual running of the Tetbury Wool Sack Races: Competitors have to climb Gumstool Hill carrying a sack of wool. The men are lifting 27 kilos – the women carry 16 kilos. They run 220 metres up the hill. Tetbury was once a thriving wool town, hence this - a way of showing one's strength.

Vocabulario

bitter stand-off angry or unhappy situation where two groups of people cannot agree

the heart of the middle or centre of

thriving very successful

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.

bitter standoff / the heart of / thriving

1. Having everybody at the meeting meant we could get to _________ the problem and do something about it.

2. We lived in a ________ village until they closed the school and post office.

3. Alleged tax corruption by the president has caused a _________ between the government and the business community.

Respuestas

1. Having everybody at the meeting meant we could get to the heart of the problem and do something about it.

2. We lived in a thriving village until they closed the school and post office.

3. Alleged tax corruption by the president has caused a bitter stand-off between the government and the business community.