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News in Slow English

Oct 12, 2017

For the first part of our program, we are going to dive into this week’s headlines. We’ll start with the ongoing tension between Catalonia and the Spanish government. Next, we’re going to cover the firing of movie executive Harvey Weinstein last Sunday over allegations of sexual misconduct. After that, we’ll talk about the work of Richard Thaler, a US economist, and the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Economics. And finally, we’ll discuss the controversial decision by Austrian authorities to fine a man wearing a shark costume, accusing him of violating a new law which forbids people to wear any face covering in public.

  • Uncertainty continues over Catalan secession
  • Movie executive Harvey Weinstein fired following sexual allegations
  • US economist Richard Thaler wins this year's Nobel Prize in Economics
  • Man in shark costume fined under Austria's 'burqa ban' law

The second part of our show will be dedicated to American culture and the English language. In the grammar section of our program, we’ll demonstrate the use of today’s topic: Units of Quantity -- Most, Almost, and Almost All. And we’ll end this week’s program with a brand new English expression: “To be a stick-in-the-mud.”