Learn English With The News – Growers and producers against each other in France’s “champagne wars”

Covid-19 has created many problems, but who ever thought it would cause havoc on the champagne industry? Today’s English News Segment is all about the consequences and repercussions this global crisis has had on the bubbly drink we love to celebrate with. 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:

Growers and producers against each other in France's "champagne wars" | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Growers and producers against each other in France's "champagne wars" | Fill In The Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Growers and producers against each other in France's "champagne wars" | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Full Text:

“In the champagne vineyards of France, the season of ripening, plumping and sweetening of the
grapes ready for harvesting at the end of August, known as the veraison, has begun.
Maxime Toubart, a relatively small vigneron who produces 25,000 bottles of bubbly from the
12-acre maison founded by his great-grandparents in 1900, has been cultivating his clients as
well as his vines during the coronavirus crisis and is confident his business will survive.
The same cannot be said for many other small vineyards, who say they will face ruin if they are
forced to let their grapes wither on the vine.
Last year, just under 300m bottles of French champagne were sold worldwide, half of them
exported to the UK, the US and Japan. This year, French producers expect to sell 100m fewer
bottles, amounting to a loss of €1.7bn (£1.5bn).
The sales slump has led to a bitter dispute between the vineyard owners and the champagne
houses who buy their grapes and turn them into bubbly.
Every July, the two sides meet to agree how many grapes should be harvested. Last year, the
maximum allowed was 10,200kg per hectare (2.47 acres).
This year, the champagne maisons, who are holding a surplus stock of about 400m bottles – out
of a total stock of more than 1bn – in their cellars, want the vineyards to harvest fewer grapes
to avoid saturating the market and causing the price of champagne to plummet.
They have demanded growers pick no more than 6,000-7,000kg per hectare. The growers say
they will not go below 8,500kg per hectare.
As a result, this July’s meeting ended without agreement with just a month to go to the start of
the harvest, the busiest time of the year for vineyards.
Despite the dispute, the vineyards and champagne houses have joined forces to demand the
agriculture ministry write off some of their “social charges” taxes, particularly for the 100,000
seasonal workers employed to harvest the grapes later this month.
If no agreement can be reached, the decision to fix a maximum yield will be made by French
government officials, which could leave both sides dissatisfied.”

Learn English with the News – EU leaders seal deal on spending and €750bn Covid-19 recovery plans

After an intense summit which lasted much longer than expected, EU leaders have come to an agreement regarding a deal post-COVID that is intended to stimulate the economy and bring Europe out of its current economic turmoil. Watch the video and then check out 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:

EU leaders seal deal on spending and €750bn Covid-19 recovery plans | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

EU leaders seal deal on spending and €750bn Covid-19 recovery plans | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

EU leaders seal deal on spending and €750bn Covid-19 recovery plans | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below, as we would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

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Full Text:

” EU leaders have reached a historic agreement on a €750bn coronavirus pandemic recovery fund and their long-term spending plans following days of acrimonious debate at the bloc’s longest summit in nearly two decades.
As the meeting reached its fifth day, the 27 exhausted heads of state and government finally gave their seal of approval to a plan for the EU to jointly borrow debt to be disbursed through grants on an unprecedented scale, in the face of an economic downturn not seen since the
Great Depression.
The end of the tortuous process was announced by the European council president with a single word on Twitter: “Deal!”
Talks for the hard-won deal pitted north against south and east against west as governments haggled over the terms of both the bloc’s seven-year budget and a one-off economic stimulus.
The summit, stretching from Friday morning into the early hours of Tuesday, was so prolonged that two leaders, Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg and Ireland’s Micheál Martin, briefly returned home before coming back to Brussels.
Despite initial opposition from the so-called frugal states of the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden and Denmark, agreement was finally found, following a final 5.15am session of the 27 on Tuesday morning, to disburse vast sums in the form of non-repayable grants to countries most stricken by the coronavirus pandemic.
Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, had at one stage warned his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, who led the way on reducing the level of grants, that he might become a hero at home but that he faced being blamed by the rest of Europe for his lack of solidarity.
At one point during the bad-tempered negotiations Macron had thumped the table in frustration and likened those thwarting his spending plans to the ill-fated British in previous budget negotiations.
Italy will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Covid-19 recovery fund as it is one of the hardest hit
countries in Europe. Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, said it would receive 28% (€210bn) of
the fund, of which €81bn would be in grants and €127bn in repayable loans. “

Learn English with the News – Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036

Russian head of state Vladimir Putin, during new Russian elections, has decided to propose a new constitutional amendment to allow him to stay in office until 2036. Watch the news video and 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:

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below, as we would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

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Full Text:

Vladimir Putin has exhorted fellow Russians to vote for a slew of constitutional amendments that would also let him stay in office until 2036. Standing before a new statue commemorating the efforts of Soviet soldiers during the second world war on the day before voting ends, Putin appealed to ordinary Russians’ patriotism and their desire for stability without mentioning the stark political implications the vote would have by resetting his term limits and allowing him to seek re-election twice more as president. Putin said in the address, which was broadcast nationally, that the amendments will enshrine values and principles among the highest, unconditional constitutional guarantees. He added that they can guarantee stability, safety, wellbeing and a decent life. Russia’s constitutional vote, an ad-hoc plebiscite that is not quite a referendum, has seen a massive get-out-the-vote effort. Local governments have enticed voters with raffles and cash prizes to increase the turnout. A state-owned pollster has already released a controversial exit poll claiming 76% of voters supported the amendments. The Kremlin is keen to have a high turnout in the vote, which culminates on Wednesday, to show that Putin and his platform enjoy broad support. Critics have attacked the vote, which has continued for a week and allowed online voting, as impossible to monitor. One video circulating on social media showed a family arriving at a polling station this week to discover they had all already voted, according to the official register. When they confronted the head of the polling station, she slams the register shut, telling them to prove it. Analysts have said polling numbers indicate the Kremlin’s desires rather than the reality at the ballot box. VCIOM, the state-run pollster that released the exit polls, was lightly chastised for interfering in the ongoing vote, but not punished.