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Elections

Learn English meaning of elections

Date: Sep 25 2019

Themes: News

Grammar: Definite & Indefinite Articles

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When a new president is being elected in the US, it is almost impossible not to know and hear about who is “running.” TV, radio, newspapers, and the internet become saturated with the candidates’ photos and comments. The candidates must learn and practice how to be well-versed in everything from education to the military. They must have faith in themselves if they want Americans to vote for them.

If you believe that every voice counts, you probably pay close attention to elections. It’s likely that you read about the people who want to be elected, and you talk to your friends and neighbors about who is the best choice. Like in the US, the candidates get your attention by truly understanding what’s happening around them, and by showing that they know how to get things done. Winning an election is a big job, and that’s only the beginning!

Romeo and Marni are talking about the next election. Find out who enjoys politics in today’s English lesson.

Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Romeo

Romeo

Marni:  I can’t stop thinking about the upcoming election.

Romeo:  What? Who cares about the elections?

Marni:  Are you serious?

Romeo:  I’m so done with hearing about the elections!

Marni:  Are you not a believer in democracy? Do you not participate in our greatest national… ? All right. Well, I’m a big believer in voting, and…

Romeo:  See, you can’t even get your words together. That’s how lame elections are.

Marni:  Do you not believe that your voice counts? Because I believe that every voice counts. And you can’t complain about the way things are in this country if you don’t vote.

Romeo:  OK. In theory, I agree with that, but I have no faith in the elections.

Marni:  Do you think they’re rigged?

Romeo:  Yeah! Oh yeah, definitely.

Marni:  OK, OK.

Romeo:  I can think of a few elections that were rigged.

Marni:  Fair enough. But I do think that we have a very important upcoming presidential election. And I think it’s important to be well-versed in the candidates. And I can’t get enough. And honestly, we’re going to be saturated with political coverage for the next few years, so buckle up. It’s going to be an ugly ride.

Romeo:  Yes… and I will pass on that ride, thank you very much.

 

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Discussion

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Marni believes in democracy. She feels that everyone should vote in elections, and it’s important to be involved in politics. Marni thinks that it’s not OK to say bad things about your country if you’re not trying to make change with your votes.

Romeo could not feel more differently about elections. He doesn’t believe that voting makes a difference. In fact, he thinks that elections are rigged. Romeo isn’t interested in paying attention to politicians because the whole experience feels dishonest to him.

Is voting important? Do you participate in elections?

 

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GWTA

GWTASuper Member!

Germany

If elections were able to change anything, they would have been banned for a long time. Still, I choose.

12:58 PM Sep 25 2019 |

Josecardenas300

Colombia

Yes

11:16 AM Oct 04 2015 |

Josecardenas300

Colombia

No

11:14 AM Oct 04 2015 |

luisucab

luisucab

Venezuela

I always participe in elections because if you want solutions, you have to vote. In my country this is a controversial topic, considering some people like populism instead of working hard for themselves. Our elections could be rigged; however voting is the only option that we have.

06:14 PM Sep 23 2015 |

clutchmann

clutchmann

Hungary

Voting is important because you have to choose the best party who can create the next government. If you don’t vote don’t be angry when the worst party come into power because you are also a guilty person in it because you were inactive during the election.


So let’s vote

11:24 AM Sep 23 2015 |

NavidArash

NavidArash

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

In my opinion, there is no real democracy in our world and the authorities aren’t in favor of a real democracy too but we can promote it by voting.


Let’s assume that all the elections are rigged and our ideal candidate isn’t an option and we’re only faced a choice between a bad and a worse candidate, a real horns of a dilemma but what you’re gonna do? As a practice of democracy, I prefer to use my right to vote and I choose the bad one. OK, you’re not my ideal candidates but still you need my vote, come and take it. It’s important to do something that they wouldn’t take it for granted.


Politics isn’t my cup of tea but as an Iranian citizen I’m not interested to see that Iran presidential position is held by an awkward person because the person represent the Iranian people in the international medias and societies, so I try to vote to a candidate who would not cause any embarrassment for our nation.

09:05 PM Sep 22 2015 |

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