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A _______ is a rule by one person who has complete control of the country, organization, or group.

________ believe in maintaining values and traditions.

People with strong beliefs yet who are open to others' views and beliefs are considered ________.

Media experts who are very good at turning bad news into positive stories are nicknamed "______ doctors".

People who vote for political parties that promise to bring about changes to help groups of people are called _______.

In a _______, leaders are chosen by the citizens of the country through an election that usually follows a long campaign.

Liberals are also known as those who lean to the ________.

People who don't like extreme politics -- those who are not too liberal or too conservative -- are called ________.

An _______ government is controlled by one party.

Generally speaking, capitalists are conservative and lean to the ________.


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134 Comments on “Vocabulary: Talking about POLITICS in English”


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Moderator note: Keep your comments on topic, please! If you want to debate politics, take it outside.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    Definitely a smart idea, Moderator!

    Tuesday, October 11th 2016

      agreed ;)

      Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Thank you Adam for this lesson . It was very helpful lesson. I’ve got 10 out of 10 . I wish you could continue to make lesson related to politics.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    Will keep it in mind Asmaa :)

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Nice lesson I got 8 correct out of 10, look forward to hearing another one.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thanks teachers

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Brave and soft, perhaps the best strategy treating controversial topics like this.
My sincere congratulations and thanks.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

I got 8. ☺It helped me out. Thanks Adam.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    sorry for the other two points

    Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    OOOOOOOOOOO
    I got ten out of ten.

    Thursday, October 20th 2016

10/10 :) Thanks Adam.
It was really useful. :)

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thanks Adam, that was very useful

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Hi Adam,
You told us very clear lesson as your other all lessons .
thank you :)

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

10/10 thanks Adam!

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thanks Adam for the lesson (Y) (Y) (Y)!

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thanks, Adam! I got 10 out of 10!

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

thank you very much teacher

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

thanks very much teacher I got 7 out of10

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

I got 10 point. Very much appreciate Adam

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

In Russian we have a word that means- the power of oligarchs- oligocracy. I don’t know if there is a similar notion in English.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    The term “oligarchy” also exists in English. This is likely what you are referring to. :)

    Tuesday, October 11th 2016

      Thank you. We use the word “oligarhy” for indication of social group- people who are oligarchs, but when such peolple get the authority in the country, such political order we name as “oligocracy”. We also use the word “cleptocracy”- the rule of thieves.

      Tuesday, October 11th 2016

        Interesting word, Roman.

        We have kleptomania, which is a psychological disease that makes a person unable to resist the urge to steal.

        Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Thank you Adam. I love to read political articles and that would help me to understand more. Thanks a lot ❤️

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    I wanna talk with you

    Friday, October 14th 2016

new words that i tought them for me thankyou adam

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thank Adam. Lesson has been presented as perfect. 9/10

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

It was my first lesson here
I got 10/10
Thank you Adam

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    Welcome Mhdadolph :)

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Hi Adam, my husband is a landscaper and I’m the one who’s supposed to answer the phone calls but when people ask me if he does certain kind of job I don’t know what to say because I don’t know what they talking about. Can you please make a lesson teaching us about landscaping work and tools and shalalaLA shalala

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    It’s a bit niche, Lori, but I’ll see what I can do ;)

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

9/10.
I read the acient book by Aristotel and he wrote about it otherwise.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    Times do change Svetashev :)

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Thank you Adam for a lesson which can be useful for all your students who live in differents systems. It helps to open the minds.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Good lesson, now I learnt some English politics!

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thanks for this useful lesson, Adam. :)

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thank you Adam good lesson about politic. I got 10/10 :)

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thank you Adam your lesson was very interesting .

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Excelent lesson. Thank you. Please deaper one more.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

    I’ll work on it L@tif.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Good! 10/10

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Very good.Thank you..

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Good lesson..thanks a lot.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

I got 6 out of 10:( ,il’s Difficult lesson,Thank you

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thanks a lot Adam (and Alex). I got 10 out of 10.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thank you so much Adam. I like your lessons because they will help growing my english knowledge.

best regards.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

thanks Adam…

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

That is a very useful vocabulary. Thank you so much, Adam.

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Great lesson Adam. Tx a lot!

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Hello, Adam.
Democracy and dictatorship: can they be used as countable nouns?
“In a democracy, leaders are chosen by the citizens” (point 6 of the quiz)
Hello, Adam.
Democracy and dictatorship: can they be used as countable nouns?
“In a democracy, leaders are chosen by the citizens” (point 6 of the quiz)
Can I say “democracies” or “dictatorships”?

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

    I wanted to ask a similar question : “Can I say “What a wonderful rain!” ?

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

      Not sure what you mean, Proverbial Horse, but if we’re talking politics, then maybe you mean reign (which is countable). If you mean the wet stuff, it’s not common, but you can actually use rain as a countable to talk about the different rain sessions.
      Anyway, hope either one helps ;)

      Tuesday, October 25th 2016

    Hi Lili,

    Yes, they are countable. We can discuss the different systems in different places. For example, country A and B are democracies, while countries C and D are dictatorships. In other words, it’s the same as saying governments.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

i’m sorry that i have to say someting that in china we can’t play all of your video and can’t use twiter and facebook and so on.but much of chinese that just like me want to watch your video to help us improve our’s english.

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

    Hi Chongyang. You can use a VPN, but otherwise, not much that can be done. Weibo is Chinese only so difficult to get on for those who can’t read the characters.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

    Hi, I would like to recommend shadowsocks. It’s not a VPN but works very well. The block to Youtube and Google is really annoying = =

    Tuesday, December 27th 2016

we use weibo

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

i got 10!
impossible! ))
thanks Adam for this useful info!

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

I don’t like politics but it was intresting

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Thanks Adam, for all this new vocabulary!!

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Adam how is called the system where there is an election and many parties but the same guy by some miracle always on top though most people don’t want him.

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

    corruption

    Wednesday, October 12th 2016

    Hi Katrin,

    Well, technically, it’s a rigged system, meaning he cheats. But, he is probably a dictator, or an authoritarian. It’s more than simple corruption.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

      Thank you Adam 8-)

      Saturday, October 29th 2016

HI Adam… Nice lesson, I enjoyed the explanation about spin doctors but I wanna ask can extremist be referred to as Hobson Choice?? Clarify me please

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

    Actually had to look that up Victory :)

    An extremist, by definition, made a choice (between extremism and moderation), whereas a Hobson choice is a take it or leave it choice, a or a lesser of two evils kind of choice.

    Not sure if this clarifies it, but extremism is a complicated matter.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Thank you, Adam! Very important topic. I don’t know much about politics, but I enjoy learning some vocabulary about it so I can follow stuff on the news.

See you!

Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Although a few vocabulary about this topic have just been learnt,I got 10 correct out of 10.Your determination is appreciated.

Friday, October 14th 2016

Adam is saying “I will be not …” correct or I must only say: “I will not be ….”? Thank you.

Friday, October 14th 2016

    I’ve never seen “I will be not”. Saying it this way presents an oxymoron (contradiction where one word opposes the other).

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

      Thank you Adam.

      Saturday, October 29th 2016

greetings to you dear Adam

Friday, October 14th 2016

    And to you Juan :)

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

thank you Adam

Friday, October 14th 2016

thanks Adam i’ve got 7 of 10 it was really helpefull
pleaase could you make more politics vocabulary lessons

Friday, October 14th 2016

    I’ll see what I can do Megdi :)

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

9/10. Let’s do more difficult words next time :-)

Friday, October 14th 2016

Excelent Lesson!

Friday, October 14th 2016

thank you adam

Friday, October 14th 2016

I sometimes like to discuss about politics with foreign friends on FB but not enough vocabulary words about it to do. This lession is useful . Thanks

Saturday, October 15th 2016

thanks alot

Saturday, October 15th 2016

Very nice Adam! thank you a lot.

Saturday, October 15th 2016

Hi Adam!Thank you so much you are a great teacher!I was surprised when you replied on my comment!I’m a huge fan of yours sir!~.~By the way if it’s convevient for you could you please teach a lesson on the word “of”.(I don’t know the proper noun for this kind of pronunciation issue that I’ve got in my mind,maybe it’s considered spoken contraction I’m not sure)I’m really a English enthusiast,watching n listening English all day long,really want to be an idiomatic english speaker.Here is my question:phraes like “full of”and”call it”.For example the phrase”full of”in their mouths sound like “ful/le/v”,there is “le” in the middle instead of “e”,and”call it” sounds like “cal/li/t”.Other examples are”all in all”(sounds like”al/lin/all),”In it”(sounds like”in/ni/t)

Monday, October 17th 2016

    HI Erik, I will be making a lesson on bridge sounds soon, but in the meantime, check out this lesson:
    http://www.engvid.com/learn-english-how-to-understand-native-speakers/

    Hopefully it can help a bit.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

      Thank you sir I appreciate it!Yes I have watched that video before.
      Now I know how to call it academically~I can start to do some searching first~

      Wednesday, October 26th 2016

phrases like”What the hell”(sorry I know this is the bad language but I want to understand why I heard”wha/de/hell”).
“One of us”(One/ne/ve/us) “some of them”(som/ne/v/them) “all of them”(al/le/v/them)

Monday, October 17th 2016

    That’s a good idea!

    Monday, October 17th 2016

    Hi Erik,

    A lesson on the ‘of’ sound is in the works ;)

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Nice to meet you again, dears but i only got 8 from ten !!

Monday, October 17th 2016

wow! i can to do well in the second times for the test. Thanks!

Monday, October 17th 2016

Hi Adam! Thanks for this lesson!

Politicians with true intentions and capacity to conduct the country to a welfare state in a long-term aim, without involvement with corruption, without thinking only in particular and party issues first, is what I desire.

Thursday, October 20th 2016

    As do we all Fabio :)

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Hi.thanks for this lesson, Adam.I have a question.where can I speak english with tee people from all over the world?online and free😼

Saturday, October 22nd 2016

    Hi Izow,

    To be honest, I haven’t used any, but if you do a search for Free online English chatrooms you might find something. I can’t say which are good and which aren’t; it’s a matter of experimenting. I heard once of Livemocha, but not sure if they’re good or not.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

    Hello IzOw!

    If you have webcam and microphone, you can create an account on Skype and talk with Engvid students face to face for free. I do it very often. That’s cool!

    Regards!

    Monday, November 21st 2016

Thank you very much! Very good explanation! I got 10/10 :)

Saturday, October 22nd 2016

Thanks Adam for the lesson! <3

Monday, October 24th 2016

This was my fisrt lesson here and I like so much! Thank you teacher Adam!

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Thanks, Adam.
I want to ask “…down to timing” what does it mean?
“down to” what does it mean?

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

    Hi Sophie,

    It basically means the final condition. I.e., it depends on many things, but after we resolve all the others, it comes down to just one–timing.

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Thx a lot adam Mother Russia loves you

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

    Sorry Adam for downcase my shift button is soo bad

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

thank you for the lesson

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

I´m not good at politics, that´s why no comments!

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

    You’re a professional politician already Cart ;)

    Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Thanks everyone :)

Tuesday, October 25th 2016

Anyone please help
in the last question in the TOEFL reading there was a chart with 7 empty boxes that needed to be answered it was worth 4 points i got 6 correct out of the 7 will the whole question be incorrect and get 0 or will i get some points ?????

Wednesday, October 26th 2016

    Hi Zaidem,

    In some cases you will get 0, in some cases you might get 2 points. Usually they tell you at the start of the question.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

thank You Adam for thi lesson and it’s my firt time that i understand well and i got 10 out of 10…. can you give en idea to improve my pronunciation and callect some vocabularies ………..

Wednesday, October 26th 2016

9 out of 10
thank you

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thank you very much Adam for this awesome lesson. I like reading politic article and after learning these words,it helps me a lot to understand politic issues.

Friday, October 28th 2016

I love teaching ESl,English as a second language, and since I am attending college next year I am still confused on what to major in. Do I major in English or linguistics best?

Friday, October 28th 2016

    Hi Maruita,

    I’d say major in what is more interesting. Having said that, I think English will be more useful and more interesting and you can later take a course in TESOL. Linguistics is a little too involved for what you want to do. Better do some research on each.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

I Am get 9 score thank you teacher

Sunday, October 30th 2016

Thank you!!! 8/10

Monday, November 7th 2016

hi Adam can you help me with is please
temperature _____ on bimetallic thermometer by the amount that the bimetallic ship bends.
A)indicated
B)indicates

Sunday, November 13th 2016

    Hi Sara,

    To be honest, this is an incomplete sentence (not including the blanks). For now I would say ‘indicated’ because ‘on the thermometer’.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Thanks

Friday, November 18th 2016

Thanks a lot for very useful lesson. After watching this video, I got 100% on the quiz )))). But I still want to read the full transcript and memorise them to learn the way a native speaker speaks/talks. So could you please upload the full transcript, cause I already follow your youtube channel, there is transcript but it isn’t full, it just for firsts 4 or 5 minutes. Thanks a gain!

Friday, November 18th 2016

i misunderstand the point (left-wing/right-wing)
so iam going to studu it again
i express my appreciation

Monday, November 21st 2016

I got 9. It’s interesting and important lesson. Thank’s.

Monday, November 21st 2016

Hi Adam!

Thank you for this interesting lesson. The military dictatorship in Brazil lasted 20 years and fortunately ended in 1985, and we have been a democracy since. Nowadays, the main Brazilian parties lean to left-wing. But, as you know, our democracy is passing through a dark period… But I am hopeful that we shall overcome!

Good bye!

Monday, November 21st 2016

i got 6 but i was very happy to learn this notions
with you. thank you

Friday, November 25th 2016

Thanks for your lesson.
I chose wrong in NO.9
what’s the difference between dictatorship and authoritarianism?

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

10!!! I’m so happy to reach that mark :D

Sunday, December 4th 2016

I got ten out of ten,thanks.

Friday, December 9th 2016

very nice I’ve learned a lot of things thank you very much

Friday, December 9th 2016

8 is not so bad!Thank you very much!

Wednesday, December 14th 2016

Hi,Adam
Thanks for giving us the useful lesson!

Monday, December 19th 2016

Dear sir. Can you create the video clip related to Financial Skills for using in Banking field. Thank

Friday, December 30th 2016
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