Feb 142013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: London now has the tallest building in the European Union. ‘The Shard’ stands at 310 metres tall, and is known for its unique shape like a shard of broken glass.

Rob and Callum discuss London’s newest skyscraper.

This week’s question:

According to the Guinness World Records, the first ever skyscraper was built in the USA. In which city was it built?

a) New York

b) Chicago

c) Detroit

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.



skyscrapers: very tall buildings with many floors
a shard: a piece of broken ceramic, metal, glass, or rock, which usually has sharp edges
forking out: spending a lot of money on something
the wow factor: a quality that makes someone feel excited or surprised when they first see something
landmark: a famous building
prosperous: wealthy and successful
observation deck: a viewing platform in a tall building
leased: let or rented out
established: recognised and accepted because of its location or long-term existence
dodgy: uncertain or having risks


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