Rat in the Parliament – level 1

29-07-2021 07:00

Something very unusual happens in the Spanish Parliament last week.

Marta Bosquet is giving a speech. A speech means that she is talking to other politicians. They are listening to her.

Then Bosquet stops talking. She looks at the floor. A rat is there.

Some people run away. Some people take their feet off the floor. Other people look at the rat.

People can watch the incident on TV. They do not see the rat. Nobody knows how big the rat really is.

The situation calms down later. Politicians return to their seats. They start working again.

Difficult words: politician (a person whose job is to make the official rules of a country), incident (something that happens), calm down (to stop being angry or nervous).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What do you think about this news?


News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions

How to improve your English with News in Levels: 


  1. Do the test at Test Languages.
  2. Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.


  1. Read two news articles every day.
  2. Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.


  1. Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
  2. Listen to the news from today without reading the text.


  1. Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.


  1. Choose one person from the Skype section.
  2. Talk with this person. You can answer questions from Speak in Levels.


Stock images by Depositphotos