Here's the YouTube clip for today, and it's on Ukraine. Before you watch it you may want to brush up on the vocab at the Ukraine Word List and Vocab YouTube clip. There are a whole bunch of stories, but they are almost a year old so the links may now work.
Enjoy listening, and see you tomorrow for the transcript.
Here's the transcript:
Good Morning. Welcome to Vocab Voyage for today. Today we're talking about Ukraine andwhat's happening there. Remember tomorrow you have all of this transcribed, but today just listening to me.
They've had a hell of a year. They've had war, they've had their gas issues (they had to pay Russia), and their currency, the hryvnia (forgive me if I pronounce that badly) has dived, so
they're in spot of bother. Problem is, they owe a lot of money. They've borrowed a lot of
money they have to pay back and the payback date is coming up, and many people think
they are going to default on their payments. The problem is, the West won't give them any
more money until they carry out proper reforms in government and in the economy. They
haven't done that yet, so the West is saying, "No money for you!" So maybe they will default.If they default then Vladimir Putin will be proved right, cause he said western promises are
worth nothing. If they default, he will be proved right, and I think not many people want to
Next story is about an amazing girl called Nadia Savchenko. She was a fashion designer,
then she graduated from the top Airforce academy. She became a politician and then she
joined the European Political Assembly. Unfortunately now she's on a hunger strike becauseshe's in jail in Russia, but an amazing story about an amazing girl. She's like a poster girl for the Ukraine cause, because she's a good looking girl and she's done so much, and now here she is .....
Finally, Donetsk Airport (again my pronunciation - I'm sorry). There's fighting there again,
ceasefire's out the window. Donetsk, they want to be their own country. They're part of
Ukraine but they want to be on their own. Now, Ukraine doesn't want them to be on their
own, so they've got their separatists. Russia is backing Donetsk's separatists because they
know it will not make Ukraine happy. I think. If I'm wrong can someone please tell me. I'm noexpert on the politics of Ukraine and Russia.
Thank you for listening. Come back tomorrow for the transcript. Have a great Friday, and a