(Level: Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate / B1 to B2 / ** to ***)
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The following words and notes could be useful:
Tiananmen: a famous monument in Beijing which was first built in 1420 and which is often referred to as the front entrance to the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City: was the imperial palace from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) to he Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and is located in the centre of Beijing. It has been the Palace Museum since 1925 and it houses the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The place has also been a World Heritage Site since 1987 as it was listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
|The Forbidden City|
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defiantly: with a lot of defiance; boldness avec beaucoup d'audace
last stand: last fight baroud d'honneur
to reminisce: to talk, think or write about events that happened in the past se rappeler / se souvenir
to reckon: to think; to consider estimer
to turn nasty: to become terribly unpleasant; very dangerous... devenir méchant; dangereux / prendre une sale tournure / prendre une tournure désagréable
to gather momentum: to get strength; stronger prendre de l'ampleur / s'accélérer
to run out: to be used up; to come to an end arriver à terme / s'épuiser
from on high: from somebody in a position of power or authority d'en haut
staggering: causing astonishment; overwhelming étonnant; stupéfiant
Answer the following questions in French:
- Under which circumstances had journalists come to Beijing in the first place back in 1989? Why had they decided to stay a bit longer?
- What did they come to realize once they saw what the man, later called Tank Man, was up to?
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