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Tornado Hit Austria

Listen here A stovepipe tornado hit an open field near the international airport of Schwechat on July 10. It was accompanied by hailstones corresponding to the size of a fist. Tornadoes in this and adjacent regions are very rare. The last tornado occurred in this area on the same day 101 years ago. Words hailstone: a small ball of ice that falls…
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Easter

Listen here Easter is the most solemn Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Days of Holly Week, the last week of lent and the…
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Major World Events in 2016

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kiril meet in Cuba The first historic encounter took place in February after 1,000 years since  the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity split. Barack Obama As the first serving US President visited Hiroshima in May. Brexit 53% of the British voters decided to leave European Union in…
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Trains for Free in Slovakia

Listen here (Level 1 - Basic) > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. If you are a child, student (under 26) or a pensioner and live in the EU then Slovakia is the right place for you. The previous government administration approved free rail transport for these citizen groups, as a programme…
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Easter Monday

Listen here > Click on the play button (white triangle) on the left end of the audio bar below. The Monday after Easter is a special day in the countries of Central Europe. In Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, it is traditional for a boy to go to a girl’s home and pour water on her. The belief is that water will provide a woman…
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Unimaginable Facts – Hunger

Listen here A recent estimate states that almost one billion out of total of 7 billion people alive on earth is suffering from malnutrition. Each year enough food for 10 billion people is harvested and processed. Supermarkets and retail shops around the world dispose of thousands of tonnes of edible foodstuff everyday, as government legislation…
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The World’s Smallest Opera House

Listen here Tony Amato, a butcher’s son, decided to change his life in New York and make his dream come true. With his wife Sally standing firmly beside him, he founded the Amato Opera in 1948. The auditorium had around 100 seats. At first, performances were for free, with Tony passing his hat around the audience during intervals. The Amato Opera…
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A Man Has Climbed Mt.Everest for the 17th Time

Listen here A mountain climber named Apa has been to the top of Mount Everest seventeen times. Apa is a sherpa, that is, a person in Nepal who is experienced at climbing mountains and also helping other mountain climbers. Apa grew up near Mount Everest. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. It is 8,850 meters high. Source:…
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