Learning English Words with Cnn Student News: Topic 4 – Animal (Pandas)

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1. Listening

At first, you should listen three to four times. Don’t care much if you can’t listen accurately or miss the words. Just to help you to be acquaintance with the pronunciation and intonation of the speaker.

Why you have to learn listening skill first, please refer to this post: Big Secret for Mastering and Getting Fluent 4 English Skill Quickly

2. Reading

AZUZ: There are a whole lot of people in this world who love pandas just because they`re cute. Whether or not you agree with them, you can`t say pandas are graceful, at least not this one at the national zoo. First, he gets stuck and then hilariously covers his head like he`s ashamed, and after a few moments, the inevitable happens.

  • Get stuck in: to start doing something enthusiastically
  • Hilarious /hɪˈi.əs/ (adj): extremely funny and causing a lot of laughter

The zoo says he`s fine, that pandas are built to withstand falls from trees and shortly afterward, he`s up climbing again.

  • Withstand(v) /wɪðˈstænd/: to be strong enough not to be harmed or destroyed by something

Panda fall, panda go bamboom! May fall he should try a different tree, like one strong as oak, a type less willowy that wouldn`t cause whipping, one more spruce up. There are deciduously better options, someone should have a conifierence with him so he doesn`t get left in the larch.

3. Vocabulary 

  1. Get stuck in (phrasal verb): to start doing something enthusiastically
  2. Hilarious /hɪˈi.əs/ (adj): extremely funny and causing a lot of laughter
  3. Withstand(v) /wɪðˈstænd/: to be strong enough not to be harmed or destroyed by something
  4. Willowy(adj) /ˈwɪl.əʊ.i/: (especially of a woman) graceful (= moving smoothly and attractively) and thin, tall, thin, and graceful
  5. Oak(n) /əʊk/: a large tree that is common in northern countries, or the hard wood of this tree
  6. Whipping(n) /ˈwɪp.ɪŋ/: an occasion when someone is punished by being hit with a whip or a belt
  7. Spruce(n) /spruːs/: to improve the appearance of someone or something
  8. Deciduous (adj)/dɪˈsɪdʒ.u.əs/: deciduous trees lose all their leaves each autumn. Trees that keep their leaves all year round are called evergreen.
  9. Larch (n) /lɑːtʃ/: a tall tree that grows in cold northern countries and has leaves shaped like needles that it loses in winter

4. Listen Again

Souce: https://edition.cnn.com/cnn10