Russians Celebrate the End of Winter – level 2

03-03-2017 15:00

Some Russians celebrated the end of winter in a special way. They organised a competition in sliding down an ice hill in special dress.

The 11 teams put on some crazy costumes and got on their home-made sledges. There were many people. They watched the competitors when they were going down the icy hill.

The team of Vikings slid the longest distance. They won. They got a great prize – 300 square metres of land in the Russian countryside.

One of the winning Vikings said that the team wants to share the land. First; they want to build their own sauna. Saunas are very typical for Vikings.

Difficult words: slide (move smoothly on a surface), sledge (a vehicle used for travelling on snow or ice), share (give part of something to someone else).

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