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Powerlifting is the Paralympic equivalent of the Olympic sport of weightlifting. There is only one type of lift – the bench press. Athletes lie on their back before lifting the weight. It is one of the Paralympic sports in which athletes with different disabilities compete together. Have you ever tried to do a bench press? How much could you lift? An athlete at the 2008 Paralympics lifted 265 kg!


If you looked up ‘spotting’ in the dictionary, you would usually see explanations connected with ‘seeing’ and ‘raining’. However, ‘spotting’ in weightlifting is different and it means supporting another person during a weightlifting exercise. It is particularly common, and recommended, when doing the bench press, which is the type of weightlifting done in Powerlifting. This is because of the risks of lifting a heavy weight while lying on your back.

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To understand this sport better, first look at the illustration and read about the rules and classification system. Then do the vocabulary exercise. The second reading is all about the importance of 'spotting'!

Teachers: the lesson plan is coming soon. Meanwhile why not check out the other sports lesson plans available from the English for the Games section of the Teaching English website?

Shopping is GREAT - Part 2

Richard leaves the big shopping areas for small, interesting shops and markets. We hear from a man who sells photographs to Outer Mongolia, and some London shoppers tell us what they like.

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What is the main message of this video?


Which of the following things happen in this video?


Put the words in order to make sentences from the video.


Match the halves of the sentences.


Small specialist shops can be found all over the country. The Lanes in Brighton are made up of a fabulous web of small streets with lots of quirky shops and boutiques. They’re a great place to discover original fashion, furniture and accessories…

But a shopping spree doesn’t have to involve visiting shops! British markets are really popular and sometimes in surprising places. This is Piccadilly Market at St James’ Church in central London, and not many people know it’s here.

Photographer Simon Weinstock runs a stall here.

Richard: Hi Simon. Tell me about your stall.

Simon: Well, I’ve been here 15 years on St James’ Market. This is my most popular image, I do lots of other images. This is a London bus going round Piccadilly circus with the old Underground sign, very iconic. I do the London Eye, I do the Houses of Parliament, terribly popular of course.

Richard: So who are your customers?

Simon: My customers come here from all over the world. I have Russians, lots of Americans, Chinese these days, Australians – you name it, they come here! Some of my work’s gone to Outer Mongolia, believe it or not.

Richard: And in your opinion, what makes Piccadilly Market so special?

Simon: It’s a very unique, small market. There’s only about 40 stalls here. It’s a very friendly market. Not that many people know about it – it’s a hidden gem! And there are lots of stalls that you can only buy the product here, they’re not available anywhere else in London, so that makes it very unusual.

Richard: What do you like about shopping in London?

Girl: I think, like, the variety of stuff and there’s always something different, there’s always something on the street, there’s always something new to buy.

Man: I like about shopping in London the old shop, like in Covent Gardens, the old shop.

Woman 1: I like the mixture of some expensive and some cheaper ones. I like.

Woman 2: Well, I think it’s just the variety of shops and places where you can go for shops.

Richard: Britain is great for shopping. There’s such variety, and there’s something for everyone. The only trouble is – there’s too much choice!

Series 03 Episode 17

Tess and Ravi talk about a very famous British family and Adam passes on your kind words to Carolina.

While you listen

Elementary Podcasts are suitable for learners with different levels of English. Here are some ways to make them easier (if you have a lower level of English) or more difficult (if you have a higher level of English). You can choose one or two of these suggestions - you don't have to do all of them!

Making it easier

  • Read all the exercises before you listen to the podcast.
  • Look up the words in the exercises that you don't know in a dictionary.
  • Play the podcast as many times as you need.
  • Play each part of the podcast separately.
  • Read the transcript after you have listened to the podcast.

Making it harder

  • Listen to the podcast before you read the exercises.
  • Only play the podcast once before answering the questions.
  • Play the whole podcast without a break.
  • Don't read the transcript.

Now, listen to the podcast and do the exercises on the following tabs.

Choose all the sentences that are true according to what you heard in the podcast.


Match the names to the descriptions, according to what you heard in the podcast.



Write the numbers of the kings and queens (in words) into the spaces.


Drag the words into the right spaces.


Read these sentences about Emily and Roy's family and put the words in the spaces.


A logic problem. Read the information and the clues and type the names in the spaces.


Drag the words into the right spaces.


Write the missing words in the spaces. Use 'older', 'oldest', 'younger' or 'youngest'.


Leave a comment below!

Do you live in a country which has a king or queen? Did you have to learn the names of kings and queens in history at school? Are the names for family members more specific in your language than in English? And do tell us about your family!

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初阶播客 - 系列3

Elementary Podcasts
Chinese, Simplified



Elementary Podcasts - Series 3

Elementary Podcasts

آدم منبهر بكل ما تعرفونه عن لندن. فى نيوكاسل تقابل كارولينا عميلاً بشعاً في متجر وتكون هذه مجرد بداية ليوم سيء جداً. تعلم الإنجليزية مع البودكاست!

آدم منبهر بكل ما تعرفونه عن لندن. فى نيوكاسل تقابل كارولينا عميلاً بشعاً في متجر وتكون هذه مجرد بداية ليوم سيء جداً. تعلم الإنجليزية مع البودكاست!


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