Kids on bikes

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They might not have a wardrobe of Lycra but these racers want to win just as much as their professional counterparts.

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They might not have a wardrobe of Lycra but these racers want to win just as much as their professional counterparts.

A legacy of Britain’s summer sporting success is that clubs like these are growing in popularity.

Children as young as two are learning to ride and compete.

It’s a far cry from the pressure of the velodrome but even at this age learning to lose is a harsh lesson.

Vocabulary:

a wardrobe
all the clothes that someone owns

counterparts
people who have the same role or job but in a different organisation or context

a legacy
a situation that has developed as a result of something in the past

a far cry from
very different from

a harsh lesson
something that must be learnt but which seems cruel or unkind

Exercise:

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

wardrobe / counterparts / legacy / a far cry from / a harsh lesson

1. No sooner had losing US candidate Mitt Romney uttered the words "I have just called President Obama" than Mexico's president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter congratulate his soon-to-be __________________.

2. Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou had pleaded with Angela Merkel for easier terms for the first bailout loan.

She had replied: "We want to make sure nobody else will want this." The bailout terms were intended as __________________ to others.

3. The increasing Westernisation of India has made it much easier and more comfortable for people to move here. It is __________________ the India this group of thirty-somethings visited on family holidays in the 1980s.

4. Even the clothes he wears the day we meet are not new, and were part of his __________________ before the show.

5. The __________________ of Gen Franco weighs heavily on Spanish politics.

Answers:

1. No sooner had losing US candidate Mitt Romney uttered the words "I have just called President Obama" than Mexico's president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter congratulate his soon-to-be counterpart.

Source: Latin America looks for more action from Barack Obama
کلیک http://bbc.in/UniUQZ

2. Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou had pleaded with Angela Merkel for easier terms for the first bailout loan.

She had replied: "We want to make sure nobody else will want this." The bailout terms were intended as a harsh lesson to others.

Source: Euro crisis: Can Merkel and Hollande find compromise?
کلیک http://bbc.in/Jfpk9L

3. The increasing Westernisation of India has made it much easier and more comfortable for people to move here. It is a far cry from the India this group of thirty-somethings visited on family holidays in the 1980s.

Source: Why would you leave the West for India?
کلیک http://bbc.in/T9zOA1

4. Even the clothes he wears the day we meet are not new, and were part of his wardrobe before the show.

Source: Sushil Kumar: What the real Slumdog Millionaire did next
کلیک http://bbc.in/Sy1huC

5. The legacy of Gen Franco weighs heavily on Spanish politics.

Source: Voices: Independence for Catalonia from Spain
کلیک http://bbc.in/W6sUJS


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