Learn English with the News – Simone Biles, the GOAT, Leaves Olympic Events

For athletes, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Perhaps behind the fame and success there is something that spectators don’t see. Or maybe they do… As of late, many prominent athletes have voiced their personal problems, putting their mental health first over everything else, and Simone Biles is one of the latest athletes to show us that they are indeed human.
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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:

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

Simone Biles, the GOAT, Leaves Olympic Events || Answer the Questions

Answer the following questions with the correct form.

Simone Biles, the GOAT, Leaves Olympic Events || Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Simone Biles, the GOAT, Leaves Olympic Events || Multiple Choice

Choose the correct preposition


Full Text:

World gymnastics champion and Olympic gold medal winner Simone Biles leaves the USA team because she is concerned about her mental health. The gymnast, often called “the GOAT” (greatest of all time), announced she will not participate in the team events with the other five members of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team.

She competed in two events with her team: floor and vault. Simone faced a difficult moment in her vault event that caused her to decide not to continue the team events. In her vault event, Simone had what gymnasts call “twisties.” Twisties is when a gymnast loses their orientation while spinning in the air. It can be very dangerous because they will not know where they are or how to land. Fortunately, Simone landed safely on the mat.

Twisties can happen when gymnasts face extreme pressure and stress.

Top-level athletes can experience a lot of stress from the pressure of performing on the world stage. Even one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, like Simone, can face these pressures. She made a brave and difficult decision to leave the team events to concentrate on her mental health.

The USA Gymnastics organization told reporters that they don’t know if Biles will participate in the individual all-around competition scheduled for next week.

The 24-year-old athlete will be evaluated by doctors to be sure that her health and safety are prioritized.

Songs for 4th of July !

Here is a list of songs to help you get ready for the 4th of July!

The United States is a country known for its patriotism. From the skyscrapers of New York City to the pueblos of New Mexico, Americans are proud to be American, and it definitely shows in their music! Some artists praise the country as a whole while others choose to sing an ode to their home regions, home states, or hometowns.

Being American is a state of mind, it doesn’t matter if you were born there, lived there, or just feel a deep connection to the culture – we can all feel patriotic and jam out on Independence Day!

So, if you and your friends want to celebrate the red, white, and blue this 4th of July, here’s a playlist you can turn on to hype up your party!

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles

Living in America – James Brown

This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie

America the Beautiful

God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood

Country Roads – John Denver

Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix

Empire State of Mind – Jay Z, Alicia Keys

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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5 Presidenti americani che hanno segnato un’epoca

Domani, 4 luglio 2020, si celebra il 244esimo anno dall’indipendenza degli Stati Uniti d’America dal Regno di Gran Bretagna. Era il 1776, e tante cose sarebbero accadute da lì in poi.

Scrambled Eggs sceglie oggi per voi quindi un culture blog a sfondo politico: rivivremo quasi cent’anni di storia americana attraverso le figure carismatiche di 5 Presidenti che hanno letteralmente segnato un’era per questo paese. Ci concentreremo sul secolo scorso e su quello attuale, non dimenticando però di citare George Washington, primo Presidente in assoluto in carica dall’aprile 1789 al marzo 1797, e il famoso Abraham Lincoln, in carica per 4 anni prima di essere assassinato nel 1865 (a tal proposito vi consigliamo il film ‘Lincoln’ del 2012, diretto da Steven Spielberg e con un eccellente Daniel Day-Lewis, ovviamente da gustare in lingua originale ?).

Ovviamente, in questo preambolo, una menzione va fatta per ovvie ragioni anche al Presidente forse più amato e più popolare della seconda metà del 20° Secolo, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (spesso noto come JFK), anch’egli assassinato nel novembre ’63, dopo quasi tre anni di mandato. Il più giovane Presidente eletto, a 44 anni, è però anche uno di quelli con il mandato più corto nell’intero 20° secolo; è per questo motivo che non verrà presa in considerazione la sua figura in questa speciale classifica (nonostante, comunque, un susseguirsi di eventi interessanti ad inizio anni ’60, come la corsa alla Luna, l’invasione di Cuba e gli antefatti della guerra del Vietnam, nonché un’effervescenza sociale riguardo i diritti civili degli afroamericani).

Procediamo ora con questa speciale classifica,

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