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.

The story:
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:

map out
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

To do:

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