Spain is in crisis after violence during an unofficial referendum in Catalonia. Neil and Catherine teach you how to use language in the news in your everyday English.
Catalans are going on strike today to protest the violence that marred the region’s independence referendum on Sunday.
Catalonia’s regional government says over 90% of Sunday’s voters opted for independence, but only 40% of Catalans voted.
Key words and phrases:
make a detailed plan
goes it alone
does something on its own, without help from others
step back from the brink
decide against an action which may have a bad result
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