Online English Speaking Practice About Trumps Visit To The UK
The president of the United States visited the UK this July 2018, and Mr. Trump has created controversy and mayhem in the UK press, as he often seems to do. Some people love him some not so much. He speaks his mind and often on subjects people are sensitive about. So we thought it would make a great podcast to help us practice speaking English.
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Well, last week was the week that Donald Trump visited the UK. It was noticeable where we live that there were many more helicopters flying over, when Trump was visiting, showing perhaps just how much security is needed when he’s in the area! President Trump’s visit to the UK has been talked about since he came to office – that means since he began as president. But it’s such a difficult issue – so many people not wanting him to come, so many people wanting to protest – that’s it’s been put off, until now!
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So President Trump flew into Stansted Airport and he was then taken by helicopter to central London. Then he touched down at Blenheim Palace to meet Prime Minister, Theresa May. There they had a lovely dinner of salmon, beef, potatoes, strawberries and cream. But meanwhile, a story began to break which appeared afterwards in the newspapers. Trump had given an interview saying that Mrs May had ‘wrecked Brexit’.
That means Donald Trump told a newspaper that Theresa May was doing a really bad job of the Brexit negotiations – and that perhaps Boris Johnson, would make a better prime minister, would be better at doing her job. A bit embarrassing when Donald Trump was her special guest! He also said that a trade deal with the USA was ‘off the table’ - a trade deal is what the UK needs, when we come out of Europe, so that we’ve got countries to buy from and sell our products to. Oh dear! Poor Mrs May. The other thing that seems to happen whenever Donald Trump meets Theresa May is that he insists on holding her hand! What a strange couple they look! Apparently the US president has a fear of steps and stairs!
Later on, when Mrs May and Mr Trump had spent some time together, it seemed that all was forgiven. It seemed once again very friendly between them. And what is known as the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US was apparently all good again. Mr Trump then called the news coverage from the previous interview he’d given ‘fake news’!
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Then he went to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle. Now the Queen is 92 years old and Donald Trump is the 12th president that she’s met. So she knows the etiquette, she knows what to do. But perhaps Mr Trump wasn’t listening when he was told, he was briefed about royal protocol – where to stand and what to do when you meet the queen! Anyway, he managed to walk right in front of her, so that the TV cameras completely lost sight of the queen for a few seconds! Then there was a photograph of Donald Trump, with Melania and the Queen. He’s smiling a lot – but it’s not clear what the queen is thinking!
Then Mr Trump travelled to his golf resort at Turnberry in Scotland. He was standing outside, just admiring the sunset, when whoops, there appeared a paraglider, flying past illegally where the president was standing. The paraglider was a member of Greenpeace – and the message which he wanted to send was written on a large banner, flying behind him. It said ‘Mr Trump – well below par’. ‘Below Par’ is a phrase from golf and of course Turnberry is a golf resort – and it means ‘Mr Trump, you’re not doing very well’.
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This was not the only flying object, which could be seen during Mr Trump’s visit. As predicted there were protests in central London and in other cities – about Trump’s policies, his opinions and just about the fact that he was visiting the UK. The flying object which I’m talking about was a huge inflatable – that means you blow it up with air. So a huge inflatable ‘Trump Baby’ could be seen floating over London. Mr Trump was very critical of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan for allowing the ‘Trump Baby’, but Sadiq Khan defended peoples’ right to protest.
But Mr Trump was the same as ever – apparently not bothered, not put off at all by any of these things. And off he went onto his next visit, to see his old friend, Vladimir Putin. A bit of news coverage for you this week! I hope you found that interesting. Listen to it a few times, then you can learn the vocabulary.
n character – and we want to shout ‘Look out, behind you!’? Your heart goes faster and you may have all sorts of chemicals flowing through your body, which are associated with stress.
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
Well like him or not, President Trump is an easy topic to talk about. He gets an emotional response and knows how to play the media to get maximum front page coverage, which in our book makes him and what he says an interesting lesson topic. Let's hope he revisits the UK so we can get some more listening practice and learn some more British phrases.
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