Today is a day that only happens once every four years: It’s the day of the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics! People around the world will be watching the exciting action from Rio over the next 16 days. Here are a few places to learn more about the Olympics while practicing English.

Rio Olympic Games Open This Weekend

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Listen to and read this overview of the news surrounding the Rio Olympics. Like all audio stories from Learning English, a service from Voice of America, the story is presented at a slower pace with vocabulary suitable for high-beginning to intermediate English learners.

Olympic Games Vocabulary

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English Club present a list of vocabulary commonly used to discuss the Olympics, plus a vocabulary quiz and reading practice passage on the story of the games.

Olympic Fencer, a Muslim, Settled on a ‘Sport Without Alteration

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Read about Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American Olympian to compete in hijab, and check your vocabulary knowledge in a short quiz.

Olympic refugee team arrives in Rio 2016 athletes’ village to rapturous welcome

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For the first time, the International Olympic Committee is sponsoring an Olympic team made up of refugees. Read about the warm welcome other teams gave to these athletes from South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia.

100 fun facts about Rio de Janeiro

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Whether you’re going to the Olympics or just dreaming about a trip to Rio, you’ll enjoy this overview of the vibrant host city. (Of course, our Brazilian students will let us know if there’s anything else we need to know!)

 

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