Students lost in Turkish mountains – level 3

29-01-2015 07:00

This is the moment a British student was rescued from a Turkish mountain where he and two friends were stranded for eight days.

David Mackie and his two Dutch friends had gone for a hike that was only supposed to last one day, but they got lost in bad weather and became stranded.

For eight days, the trio survived by eating insects, drinking spring water and sleeping in a cave.

“We only had food for the first day and it was eight days.”

“Even our first day, we didn’t have full food. We only had snacks for lunch, really.”

But luckily, David managed to use his phone, which only had two per cent battery, left to call the emergency services and the Turkish army was drafted in to save them.

All three tourists who are exchange students in Istanbul were airlifted from the mountainside to safety and will be sent back to their home countries to recover.

Difficult words: be stranded (when you are unable to leave somewhere), draft somebody in (to order somebody to do something), home country (the country that you were come from), recover (to get better).



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When you listen to people in your native language, you do not translate. You simply understand. The same has to be in English. When you learn English, you have to learn the whole sentences in context.

Students, who translate English texts, do exercises and do tests are very good at translating, doing exercises and doing tests, but they have problems with understanding English in real life. In real life, nobody waits for your translation. People usually use simple English when they speak but they use it fast. You have to understand with no translation to your native language. If you translate, you cannot be part of communication because you are thinking about the language too much. These words are maybe hard to read but they are true.

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