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3.17 Discussing Politics

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Published: 10.04.2017
Level 2   |   Time: 2:38
Accent: American
Source: Top Notch TV

The Top Notch gang give their opinions about politics and the government.


    

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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangleVocabulary


  • taxes [n] - the money people pay to the government
  • corruption [n] - cheating, lying, stealing in government or business
  • corrupt officials [n] - government workers who cheat and steal
  • eliminate [v] - remove
  • poverty [n] - people who are very poor
  • ridiculous [adj] - crazy

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective, 


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Marie Cheryl Bob Paul
Marie Cheryl Bob Paul
  • Marie, Cheryl, Bob and Paul all work in a travel agency.
  • They are talking about politics.

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  1. The politicians expect to lower taxes.
    True
    False

  2. The governmemt wants to spend more money on the military.
    True
    False

  3. Marie wants the government to spend money on education.
    True
    False

  4. Cheryl likes talking about politics.
    True
    False

  5. Bob wants the government to spend more money on stopping corruption.
    True
    False

  6. Paul wants the government to spend less money on the military.
    True
    False

  7. Marie wants the government to focus on poverty.
    True
    False

  8. Cheryl suggests investing money is cooking schools.
    True
    False

  9. Marie, Paul and Bob like Cheryl's idea.
    True
    False

  10. Cheryl is serious about her suggestion.
    True
    False


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Directions: 1) Choose which form you think is correct for each verb 2) listen and check your answers.

  • Did you see (that) the politicians expect (to raise) taxes again?
  • Really? What has the government decided (to spend) our money on now?
  • They’re planning (to build) a stronger military.
  • It’s wrong (to spend) so much on the military. They should (spend) it on education instead.
  • Can we please avoid (discussing) politics?
  • Why?
  • Every time we begin (to talk/talking) about politics, people get mad at each other.
  • They should spend more money on (fighting) corruption. If they were able to stop corrupt officials, maybe they wouldn’t need (to raise) our taxes.
  • That’s true, but I think we need (to spend) more money on the military. Without a strong military, the world won’t be very safe.
  • That’s one way (to look) at it. But maybe the world would be safer—and better—if we tried (to eliminate) poverty.
  • What do you think, Cheryl?
  • I think that if I say what I really think, you’ll get all mad and (call) me crazy or ridiculous.
  • Cheryl. Don’t be so afraid. We’re only talking.
  • I think that the government should (spend) more money on cooking schools.
  • Marie: What?
  • Most people don’t know how (to cook) well. I think the government should (help) (teach/to teach) them.
  • That’s ridiculous!
  • Are you crazy?
  • Use our taxes (to pay) for cooking schools?
  • Of course not! But look at you. You’re all mad at me. This is why I never discuss politics with friends. But don’t let me stop you from (getting) mad at each other.



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Paul: Did you see the politicians expect to raise taxes again?
Bob: Really? What has the government decided to spend our money on now?
Paul: They’re planning to build a stronger military.
Marie: It’s wrong to spend so much on the military. They should spend it on education instead.
Cheryl: Can we please avoid discussing politics?
Marie: Why?
Cheryl: Every time we begin talking about politics, people get mad at each other.
Bob: They should spend more money on fighting corruption. If they were able to stop corrupt officials, maybe they wouldn’t need to raise our taxes.
Paul: That’s true, but I think we need to spend more money on the military. Without a strong military, the world won’t be very safe.
Marie: That’s one way to look at it. But maybe the world would be safer—and better—if we tried to eliminate poverty.
Bob: What do you think, Cheryl?
Cheryl: I think that if I say what I really think, you’ll get all mad and call me crazy or ridiculous.
Marie: Cheryl. Don’t be so afraid. We’re only talking.
Cheryl: I think that the government should spend more money on cooking schools.
Marie: What?
Cheryl: Most people don’t know how to cook well. I think the government should help teach them.
Marie: That’s ridiculous!
Bob: Are you crazy?
Paul: Use our taxes to pay for cooking schools?
Cheryl: Of course not! But look at you. You’re all mad at me. This is why I never discuss politics with friends. But don’t let me stop you from getting mad at each other.