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Episode 5

Louvre museum opens in Abu Dhabi; China’s Singles Day sets a global shopping record

This week on Plain English, we talk about the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the world, opens a second location in Abu Dhabi and will tell the stories of eastern and western civilization through artwork. In China, shoppers spent a record $25 billion on Singles Day; what was originally a light-hearted protest of Valentine’s Day has become the world’s biggest shopping day. We also discuss English phrases “shore up”, “spill into”, and “throw weight behind.”

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Episode 4

American family escapes pirate attack in Brazil; Selena gets her Hollywood star

In this episode of Plain English, we talk about the American family that escaped a pirate attack in a remote area of the Brazilian Amazon and survived in the jungle for three days. We also talk about Selena, the Mexican-American artist known as the Queen of Tejano music. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month. In the second half of the program, we review the English expressions ‘hitch a ride’ and ‘on behalf’.

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Episode 3

Catalonia’s independence movement; Astros win World Series

On Plain English this week, we talk about Catalonia’s bid for independence, including the arrest of regional president Carles Puigdemont. We also talk baseball, as the Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time in their franchise history. In the second half of the program, we review the English expressions “stop short” and “a stretch.”

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