The US election was held on November 4th 2008 with voters choosing between Democrat candidate Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

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Task 1

Comprehension Check

Test yourself to see how much you can remember.

Read the statements and decide if they are true or false.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Sorry, but there is a lot of noise in some videos, my appreciate to your fantastic work.

Hello Ali gh,

The videos incorporate background noise (the chatter of crowds, the noise of traffic etc) to make them as natural as possible. We rarely listen in perfect acoustic conditions, after all!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hey, guys, great discovery here, people had different breakfasts while they all voted for Obama. Smiling emoji times three here.

Hello, I'm just wondering whether I can download the videos in this program cause sometime watching downloaded videos may be more convenient than watching them online especially when speed of network is slow.

Hello momo lee,

I'm afraid that the videos are not downloadable for technical and legal reasons.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your reply! I guess the only way to solve it is to pay for a faster network T.T

what does "bloody Mary on the house" mean?

Hello mariam,

There are two parts to this: 'Bloody Mary' and 'on the house'. You can find both of them in our dictionary - see the searchbox under Cambridge Dictionaries Online on the lower right side of this page.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much.

Actually, Bloody Mary is a cocktail made with tomatoe juice, lemon juice, vodka and tabasco !