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Art in your face

Transcript:

In the streets of Paris, you come face-to-face with art.

Hundreds of masks were created by Gregos, a truck driver turned self-taught street artist.

And he’s just installed his 500th sculpture. The masks replicate the artist’s features.

Most are spread all over the French capital, but with his masks also adorning the streets of Japan, Brazil and the US, Gregos is one artist who is rarely out of sight.

Vocabulary:

face-to-face - meeting someone in the same place self-taught - someone who learnt something by themselves, without a teacher replicate - reproduce features - the different parts of a person’s face adorning - decorating, making a place or thing look beautiful

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. face-to-face / self-taught / replicate / features / adorning

1. John Kent, leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I fear that if you build another bridge or another tunnel in the east of the borough all you'll do is __________ the problems of the west in the east - and everybody in the middle will be stuck in a hideous pincer movement."

2. The colourful banners and billboards hung out to celebrate South Sudan's independence back in July, and still __________ the streets now, are all in English. As are the names of the new hotels, shops and restaurants.

3. Through endless hours of __________ talks and telephone conversations, aides from all sides are trying to put together a detailed plan of incentives and commitments.

4. "When you say she has had her make-up tattooed on it sounds really shocking. But actually it is done very subtly," she said. "It's done to enhance her __________, it's not done to change her, to make her look like somebody else. It's not done to change the way she looks."

5. Emma Smith, who is studying for her A-levels at Hull's Wyke College, is a __________ street dancer. She learned the dance movements by watching videos of her favourite choreographers on the internet.

Answers:

1. John Kent, leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I fear that if you build another bridge or another tunnel in the east of the borough all you'll do is replicate the problems of the west in the east - and everybody in the middle will be stuck in a hideous pincer movement."

Source: Tunnel recommended for new Thames crossing

2. The colourful banners and billboards hung out to celebrate South Sudan's independence back in July, and still adorning the streets now, are all in English. As are the names of the new hotels, shops and restaurants.

Source: South Sudan adopts the language of Shakespeare

3. Through endless hours of face-to-face talks and telephone conversations, aides from all sides are trying to put together a detailed plan of incentives and commitments.

Source: Palestinians undecided on Kerry peace talks plan

4. "When you say she has had her make-up tattooed on it sounds really shocking. But actually it is done very subtly," she said. "It's done to enhance her features, it's not done to change her, to make her look like somebody else. It's not done to change the way she looks."

Source: Make-up tattoos for girl, 14, defended by mother

5. Emma Smith, who is studying for her A-levels at Hull's Wyke College, is a self-taught street dancer. She learned the dance movements by watching videos of her favourite choreographers on the Europe.

Source: Teenage street dancer Emma Smith wins £10,000 award