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dateline: 19 July 2017

Canal Swimming Pools Open in Paris

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • canal: a long, man-made waterway
  • filtered: with unwanted material removed
  • deemed: considered; declared
  • lounging: relaxing
  • bid: an offer or attempt to achieve something
  • banned: officially disallowed

Canal Swimming Pools Open in Paris

Three pools filled with filtered water from the Bassin de la Villette canal opened in Paris this week. The water was tested and deemed safe for swimming. 300 swimmers can enjoy the pools at one time, while others can enjoy the beachside lounging areas. Paris is hoping to win the bid to host the 2024 , and cleaning up its waterways for swimming events is an important step. Organizers hope to hold Olympic swimming events in the Seine River which the city of Paris was built around. Swimming in Paris’s section of the Seine River was banned in 1923, but in recent years efforts have been made to improve water quality.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What opened this week in Paris?
  2. What goal is mentioned in this report?
  3. What was banned in 1923?

Discussion Questions: Do you like swimming in natural areas such as rivers, lakes, and oceans, or do you prefer heated and treated swimming pools? Explain your preference.

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

6 Comments on Canal Swimming Pools Open in Paris

  1. Alberto says:

    I have no doubt that there are stunning natural places to swim in the World but we must be careful about it. I prefer to be safe using swimming pools.

  2. Editor says:

    Thank you @SUN. The term “deem” is now “deemed”, matching the form of the definition.

  3. SUN says:

    First of all, I wanna say thank you so much for your work! It’s been very useful and helpful 🙂 However, I think I’ve found a little mistake here.

    I think the word ‘deem’ should be changed to ‘deemed’ at the pre-listening vocabulary section. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Best regards,

  4. Editor says:

    Bizarre. Online, Cambridge give “lounge” as a noun only in British English. I can assure you that it is commonly used in the UK as both a noun and a verb. In cases like this I usually pull out my trusty 1995 copy of the Concise Oxford Dictionary — an actual book printed on real paper with real black ink, if you can remember those things. Turning to page 808 I find the word “lounge” defined as an intransitive verb and a noun. The Oxford definition for the verb is: 1 recline comfortable and casually; loll. 2 stand or move about idly

  5. Tara Benwell says:

    Interesting! We often use “lounge” as a verb. I’m surprised it’s not in the Cambridge Dictionary. Perhaps it is considered American English.

  6. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this news report.

    Second, I looked at a dictionary for the word “lounge”. I saw that it is both noun and verb ( to sit or lie in a relaxed way), but it is very interesting for me that the Cambridge Dictionary says it is only a noun.

    I’m confused that can we use the word as the verb or not?

    Best wishes and have a nice time,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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