Learn English with the News – US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

 

US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams || Definition Match

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US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams || Fill in the Blank

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US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams || True or False

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The US Soccer Federation (USSF) has stated that it will offer identical contracts to its men’s and women’s national teams in an attempt to resolve its gender pay dispute following a lawsuit in May 2020.

The lawsuit from the women’s team , seeking $66m in damages under the Equal Pay Act, was originally dismissed by a judge, pending a further appeal.

But why is there a pay gap? The United States won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time in 2019 and the Olympic gold medal five times. The men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Prize money at the 2018 men’s World Cup totalled $400m, with winners France receiving $38m while the prize fund for the 2019 Women’s World Cup was $30m, with the winning US team taking home $4m. This discrepancy is seen as the biggest challenge to overcome in negotiations.

However, the men’s and women’s unions are completely separate. The unions have no obligation to bargain jointly or agree to similar terms under US law. If either party does not agree to a new deal, US Soccer says it will invite each union to sit in on negotiations. The USSF states that it will not accept a collective bargaining agreement that does not seek to equalize the FIFA World Cup prize money. The women’s team, however, remains skeptical.

Learn English with the News – Without Tourists, Monkeys Begin Stealing from Homes in Bali

The global COVID pandemic has had so many obvious consequences and repercussions. One of those is certainly a massive drop in tourism, especially to those isolated countries that live off of international guests coming in. In Bali, it appears that monkeys, no longer scared by the crowded, bustling streets, are now stealing from homes around the island! Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Without Tourists, Monkeys Begin Stealing from Homes in Bali | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Without Tourists, Monkeys Begin Stealing from Homes in Bali | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Without Tourists, Monkeys Begin Stealing from Homes in Bali | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

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“Hungry monkeys on the island of Bali began raiding villagers’ homes searching for food. Normally, tourists bring foods like bananas or peanuts for the monkeys in exchange for a photograph.
Residents now offer fruits and other goods to the primates in order to reduce thefts. The residents say that they are scared of the monkeys becoming wild again. There are about 600 monkeys living in the sanctuary and are considered sacred.
Before the pandemic, the area was popular for wedding photos and for attracting international visitors. The monkeys, normally tame, could be coaxed to sit on a shoulder or lap for a peanut. Since Indonesia banned all foreign travellers both the monkeys and the sanctuary have suffered.
Some villagers have offered to help the sanctuary by providing donations, but food for the monkeys is expensive: about $60 each day. This money, which usually comes from admission fees, buys cassava and bananas, the monkeys’ staple food.
These macaques are omnivorous and can eat a variety of animals and plants. At the sanctuary, however, they have had enough contact with humans that they now prefer other things. Now, they sit on roofs or wander into villages, waiting for an opportune moment to make off with food or religious offerings. The villagers hope that things will return to normal as the borders reopen.”

Learn English with the News – Vintage Video Games Could Be Worth Millions

Video games: fun free-time activity or potential business affair? It seems like collecting vintage video games has become both a serious collection activity as well as a great way to earn money if you have the likes of old Zelda or Super Mario video games. Who knew that these old, pixelated video games could be worth so much?!

Watch the video and then do the accompanying exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Vintage Video Games Could Be Worth Millions | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Vintage Video Games Could Be Worth Millions | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Vintage Video Games Could Be Worth Millions | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

FULL TEXT:

“Collecting retro video games is more than a hobby for some people. In the beginning, many people considered it a fad that would quickly pass, believing it to be a simple case of nostalgia. Others would scour auction sites or connect with niche groups of hobbyists in order to build their collections.
However, in early August of 2021, an unopened vintage copy of “Super Mario Bros” from 1985, set a new world record by selling for $2 million. A sealed copy of “Super Mario 64” sold a few weeks earlier for $1.5 million, and 2 days before that “The Legend of Zelda,” from 1987, sold for $870,000.
Many factors are involved in determining the price of these modern relics: the condition of the box, cartridge, and manual, as well as whether or not it is unopened. These once mass produced items have morphed into unique items over time, like sneakers or trading cards (“Pokémon” for example).
People are more likely to invest in characters such as Mario, Cloud Strife from “Final Fantasy VII” or “Zelda” protagonist Link who appeal to their sense of nostalgia for their childhood; the continuing popularity of these video game franchises attests to the high costs.
The video game industry is moving toward digital-only sales which may lead to physical games becoming extinct. Developers, with the next generation of nostalgic investors in mind, are creating digital collectors’ editions. They believe that, in the future, kids will want to continue to recreate the video game collections or buy what they were not able to acquire as a kid.”