Level 2— Level 3

Level 1 

This news is about a marathon. It is very hard and It takes place in a jungle. It is very hot and humid there. There are dangerous animals there, like jaguars.

Sixty-five runners start the marathon. They are from 17 different countries. Only 26 people finish the marathon. The marathon is 275 kilometres long. A man from Guadeloupe wins.

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1) News-noun /nuːz/- information or reports about recent events:

That’s the best (piece of) news I’ve heard for a long time!

We’ve had no news of them since they left for Australia.

Have you heard the news about Tina and Tom? They’re getting divorced.

I can’t wait to hear all your news.

The news that Dan had resigned took everyone by surprise.

We’ve got some good news for you. We’re getting married.

Was there anything interesting on the news tonight?

saw it on the 6 o’clock news.

UK I usually watch the early evening/late night news.

2) About-preposition /əˈbaʊt/- on the subject of, or connected with:

What’s that book about?

film about the Spanish Civil War

We were talking/laughing about Sophie.

He’s always (going) on about what a great job he’s got.

I’m worried about David.

I really don’t know what all the fuss is about.

wish you’d do something about (= take action to solve the problem of) your bedroom – it’s a real mess.

UK informal Could you make me a coffee too while you’re about it (= while you are making one for yourself)?

What didn’t you like about the play?

There’s something about her attitude that worries me.

There’s something special about him (= in his character).

“Is that your car?” “Yes, what about it?” (= Why are you asking me?)

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3) Marathon-noun /ˈmer.ə.θɑːn/- a running race of slightly over 26 miles (42.195 kilometres):

the London/New York marathon

She did/ran her first marathon in just under three hours

The marathon began at a cracking pace.

Running a marathon takes a lot of doing .

Running a marathon is a test of human endurance.These are the running shoes favoured by marathon runners.

Fibber! You couldn’t run ten kilometreslet alone a marathon!

4) Hard-adjective /hɑːrd/- not easy to bendcut, or break:

a hard surface

There was a heavy frost last night and the ground is still hard.

Heating the clay makes it hard.

5) Take-verb /teɪk/- to remove something, especially without permission:

Has anything been taken (= stolen)?

Here’s your pen – I took it by mistake.

All her possessions had been taken from her.

6) Place-noun /pleɪs/- an areatownbuilding, etc.:

Her garden was a cool pleasant place to sit.

What was the name of that place we drove through on the way to New York?

They decided to go to a pizza place.

There are several places of interest to visit in the area.

It’s important to feel comfortable in your place of work.

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7) Jungle-noun /ˈdʒʌŋ.ɡəl/- a tropical forest in which trees and plants grow very closely together:

The Yanomami people live in the South American jungle.

Either side of the river is denseimpenetrable jungle. 

We landed at a tiny airstrip in the middle of the jungle.

He spent a year in the jungle, observing how deforestation is affecting local tribes.

She gave a thrilling account of her life in the jungle.

gravel road leads through the jungle and up into the Andes.

The lion is often called the king of the jungle.

8) Hot-adjective /hɑːt/- having a high temperature:

a hot, sunny day

hot weather

a hot drink/meal

It’s too hot in here, can we turn down the heating?

Bake the cake in a hot oven, about 220°C, for 30 minutes.

The food was piping hot (= very hot).

9) Humid-adjective /ˈhjuː.mɪd/-(of air and weather conditionscontaining extremely small drops of water in the air:

New York is very hot and humid in the summer.

hot and humid climate

10) Dangerous-adjective /ˈdeɪn.dʒɚ.əs/- A dangerous personanimal, thing, or activity could harm you:

dangerous chemicals

The men are armed and dangerous.

His parents won’t let him play ice hockey because they think it’s too dangerous.

It’s dangerous to take more than the recommended dose.

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11) Animal-noun /ˈæn.ɪ.məl/- something that lives and moves but is not a humanbirdfish, or insect:

wild/domestic animals

Both children are real animal lovers.

Surveys show that animal welfare has recently become a major concern for many schoolchildren

The panda is becoming an increasingly rare animal.

The farmer was accused of cruelty to animals.

Some animals hunt at night.

These remote islands are inhabited only by birds and small animals.

Personally , I don’t think animals should be killed for their fur.

12) Jaguar-noun /ˈdʒæɡ.wɑːr/- Jaguar-noun ˈdʒæɡ.wɑːr-

13) Start-verb/stɑːrt/- to begin doing something:

When do you start your course/your new job?

We’ll be starting (the session) at six o’clock.

Can you start (= begin a new job) on Monday?

They started building the house in January.

I’d just started to write a letter when the phone rang.

14) Different-adjectiveənt/ not the same:

She seems to wear something different every day.

He’s different now that he’s been to college.

We’re reading a different book this week.

Emily is very/completely/entirely different from her sister.

Emily and her sister are completely different.

There are many different types/kinds of bacteria.

15) Country-noun /ˈkʌn.tri/- an area of land that has its own governmentarmy, etc.:

What is the largest country in Europe?

Sri Lanka is my native country, but I’ve been living in Belgium for the past five years.

The climate is cooler in the east of the country. 

After ten years of military dictatorship, the country now has a civil government.

French cheeses are exported to many different countries.

The Arab countries include Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Egypt.

Tibet, once an independent country, is now part of China.

The government has done little or nothing to help the poorest people in this country.

16) Win-verb /wɪn/ to achieve first position and/or get a prize in a competitionelectionfight, etc.:

Which year was it that Italy won the World Cup?

He won first prize/a bottle of wine in the raffle.

Who’s winning?

This is the third medal she’s won this season.

Who won the men’s finals at the Open?

They won the waralthough it cost them millions of lives.

If this government win the next election, I’m leaving the country.

Everyone likes winning an argument.

 It was his goal that won us the match/won the match for us.

Her firm has just won (= beaten other companies to get) a cleaning contract worth £3 million. 

Her plans have won the support of many local people.

This is Jamie, the four-year old who won the hearts of the nation (= made everyone love him and/or feel sympathy for him).

She would do anything to win his love.

Winning back his trust was the hardest part.

Brazil are favourites to win this year’s World Cup.

He won the award for best actor, and deservedly so.

Whoever wins the election is going to have a difficult job ahead of them.

recurring knee injury may have impaired his chances of winning the tournament.

She delivered a final serve from the baseline to win the match.


Brazilian Jungle Marathon – level 2

Level 1— Level 3

A jungle marathon takes place every year in a Brazilian rainforest. It involves extreme humidity, swamps and some dangerous animals, like jaguars.

A total of 65 runners from 17 countries started the race, but only 26 finished the 275 kilometres’ run. A legendary ultra runner from Guadeloupe won this year’s marathon.

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1) Take-verb /teɪk/- to remove something, especially without permission:

Has anything been taken (= stolen)?

Here’s your pen – I took it by mistake.

All her possessions had been taken from her.

2) Rainforest-noun /ˈreɪn.fɔːr.ɪst/- a forest in a tropical area that receives a lot of rain:

They plundered the rainforest for its natural riches.

The Amazon river basin contains the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

Many people are very concerned about the destruction of the rainforests.

Heedless destruction of the rainforests is contributing to global warming.

Many plant and animal species are found only in the rainforests.

 3) Involve-verb  /ɪnˈvɑːlv/- If an activitysituation, etc. involves something, that thing is a part of the activity, etc.:

The second accident involved two cars and a lorry

prefer teaching methods that actively involve students in learning.

She’s been involved with animal rights for many years.

It would be difficult not to involve the child’s father in the arrangements

The new mayor is keen to involve the local community in his plans for the city.

They said that the job would involve travelling to Paris.She was very involved with sports at college, and her studies suffered.

Her job involves filing and other general office work.

The test involves simple calculations, such as addition and subtraction.

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4) Extreme-adjective /ɪkˈstriːm/- very large in amount or degree:

extreme pain/stupidity/wealth

5) Humidity-noun /hjuːˈmɪd.ə.t̬i/- the quality of being humid:

I don’t like the humidity of this climate.

6) Swamp-noun /swɑːmp/- (an area of) very wetsoft land:

an alligator-infested swamp

The Everglades are an area of swamp in southern Florida.

7) Ultra-nounˈʌl.trə/- a person who has extreme political or religious opinions, or opinions that are more extreme than others in the same political party, etc.:

Soon the ultras on the right of the party will resume their criticism of the prime minister.

The ultras were mounting their own campaign to unseat the senator.

As did the McCarthyites of the previous decade, the ultras argued vehemently that the real threat to the nation’s security resided in communist subversion at home.

Banners for the Ultras of the Curva Nord (of Rome’s Olympic stadium) were flying high.

From the central lower section of the north end the ultras fired flares and bellowed their anthem.

Brazilian Jungle Marathon – level 3

Level 1— Level 2

Could this be the toughest marathon ever? It’s hot, sweaty and involves jaguars.

Yes, it’s the annual Jungle Marathon which takes place in a Brazilian rainforest, and it involves extreme humidity as well as water crossings, swamps and hundreds of creepy jungle bugs.

If that wasn’t enough to put you off, one part of the marathon is called Jaguar Alley where runners are only allowed to enter in groups of two or more due to the high population of jaguars.

A total of 65 runners from 17 countries were at the start of the line in the Amazon jungle but only 26 finished the 275 kilometre course.

One runner described what kept him going to the finish line.

“Over the last couple of days, I’m just, there’s nothing left to me. I basically feel like a bomb on stilts. If there is anything that carries me right now, it’s just my own internal drive.”

Now in its 10th year, the winner was legendary, ultra-runner Widy Grego from Guadeloupe.

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