Episode Summary: I talk about my trips to Cuba and some lessons I’ve learned from those trips.

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Story (0:40)
  2. Communism (7:42)
  3. Resilience (12:02)
  4. Freedom (14:22)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Anniversary (noun): the date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year.
  2. Suppression (noun): Unterdrückung
  3. Attempt (noun): make an effort to achieve or complete (something difficult).
  4. Surveillance (noun): close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal.
  5. Implementation (noun): the process of putting a decision or plan into effect; execution.
  6. poverty (noun): the state of being extremely poor.
  7. literacy rate (noun): the percentage of the population of a given age group that can read and write.
  8. accessible (adj.): (of a place) able to be reached or entered.
  9. resilience (noun): the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
  10. cage (noun): a structure of bars or wires in which birds or other animals are confined.
  11. utopia (noun): an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.
  12. vibrant (adj.): full of energy and life.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. take under control: able to be handled or managed with success.
  2. jam-packed: extremely crowded or full to capacity.
  3. to be out of: if you are out of something, you no longer have any of it.
  4. let someone go: allow someone or something to escape or go free.
  5. vast majority: used when you want to emphasize that something is true about almost all of a group of people or things
  6. take for granted: fail to properly appreciate (someone or something), especially as a result of overfamiliarity.

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect form of the verb to be) Healthcare and education are accessible NOT is accessible

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Why were Jorge and his brothers excited to see a pig?
  2. What is the name of the resort town Jorge went to with his family when he was 12?
  3. What did Jorge notice at the market and different restaurants in Cuba?
  4. What keeps a lot of developing countries poor?
  5. What do many of us do when the internet doesn’t work?

Answers

Question to consider:

How resilient are you?

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