Apr 032014

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Scottish independence with transcript video:
We often hear about regions or nations that want to break away from the country that rules them.
In the United Kingdom, people from Scotland are to vote on whether they want to become independent.
Rob and Neil discuss why people fight for independence and why, in some cases, they want to merge with other regions and become one united country.

What year was the American Declaration of Independence made? Was it:

a) 1776
b) 1786
c) 1796


6 Minute English - Scottish independence

Vocabulary and definitions
independence: (here) freedom from political control by another country
declaration: an official statement saying something is going to happen
campaigning: trying to persuade other people or the government to change something
referendum: a time when everyone in a country can vote on a particular issue
in favour of: supporting an idea
debate: a serious discussion of a subject in which many people take part
divergent views: different opinions
robust: (here) firm and determined
passionate: showing strong beliefs, enthusiasm or emotion
smears: lies that damage someone’s reputation
rivalry: competing with each other
commemorated: remembered (a person or event)
self-rule: when people from a country or region choose their own government

6 Minute English – Scottish independence Transcript Video


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