Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weekly Bilingual News

Dear Friends:

Hello! Welcome to a new issue of the Weekly Bilingual News! Today, something short and different!

Across all the week, in the United States, the frustrating discussions about the debt-ceiling between the White House and the Congress were at top of the news, like in UK, the investigation about the phone-hacking, and in Europe, the financial plan to maintain the euro stability due to the Greek crisis.

In the middle of this scenario, on Friday July 22, a terrible weeping of pain and confusion came from Scandinavia, where the terror shook Norway through the Oslo's bombing attack and the massive killing on the island of Utoya.

Different sources guess that the suspect perpetrator of the killing and bombing is a psychopath with extremist beliefs. We will not debate about his profile. To find the answer for the crime is the responsibility of the Norwegian police and authorities.

But we can not stay indifferent in front of the morbid mind of the criminal or criminals who cut nearly 100 lives. The crime perpetrated doesn't have ideological justification in a civilized world. For this reason, we would like to express our compassion for all the youngsters and other innocent people who were cruelly killed in the slaughter of Utoya and the streets of Oslo.

Our humble pray to God for all victims of this tragedy…


Domingo A. Trassens
Spanish-English Club
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Questions - Preguntas: 

1) From your point of view, what was the worst news for the week?
1) Desde vuestro punto de vista, ¿cuál fue la peor noticia de la semana?

2) And what was the best news from the week?
2) ¿Y cuál fue la mejor noticia de la semana?

Vocabulary - Vocabulario:

- authorities = autoridades
- beliefs = creencias
- compassion = compasión
- crime = crimen
- cruelly = cruelmente
- death toll = número de víctimas
- extremist = extremista
- fatal = mortal
- frustrating = frustrante
- God = Dios
- humble = humilde
- indifferent = indiferente
- island = isla
- killing = matanza
- life, lives = vida, vidas
- massive = masivo
- morbid = morboso
- Norway = Noruega
- Norwegian = noruego, noruega, noruegos, noruegas 
- perpetrate, perpetrated = perpetrar, perpetrado
- phone-hacking = escuchas telefónicas ilegales, piratería telefónica
- police = policia
- pray = rezar, rogar
- profile = perfil
- psychopath = psicópata
- responsibility = responsabilidad
- Scandinavia = Escandinavia
- shook = sacudió
- slaughter = matanza
- stability = estabilidad
- tragedy = tragedia
- victims = victimas
- weeping = llanto
- youngsters = jovenes


Thanks to Betsy, Bob, Erika, John, Mark, Pauline, Stephanie, and Suzanne for your messages and comments about the previous Weekly Bilingual News.

Sources: Norway official website, Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, New York Times, The Washington Post, and Reuters.

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