News Exercise #26

First, please watch this news video from BBC, then answer the questions below.

1) It is common to see graphics with precise numbers but narrated with approximate expressions. What expressions were used to explain these figures: 71%, c.60%(not shown precisely), 54%, 26%; and what were they in reference to?
In the report, these figures were stated exactly: 84% and 30%. What expressions would be suitable for these?
2) What two smartphone technologies has he embraced? Try to catch the terms used for these.
3) At 1:20 we hear “His __________ of _________ have _____________________.” What does that final word mean?
4) Why do some people worry about his popularity?
5) According to the report, has his popularity attracted more people in the US to join the Catholic church?
6) Do non-Catholics in Japan have any image of him compared to his predecessor?

1) 71% – About three-quarters of Catholics think he represents a major change.
c.60% – More than half of non-Catholics think the same.
54% – Only a slim majority think that Pope Francis is doing a good job addressing sexual abuse n the church.
26% – A quarter of the people already in the church say they have become more excited by their faith in the past year.
84% – The vast majority, a large majority, most
30% – about a third

2) ‘Selfies’ and the ‘Twittervese’.

3) “His critiques of capitalism have left many conservatives fuming.”
“Fuming” means “very angry”.

4) They are worried that he is being treated like a celebrity, and therefore not so seriously or respectfully.

5) Many people think this to be true but the report said that there is no evidence of this among Americans.