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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The Republican Party is sometimes called the GOP, which stands for ________________________.

If you watch the news, you will often see _____________ sharing their opinions and discussing political issues.

Adam: Do you know which candidate is in the lead?
Jade: No, I haven't checked the latest _________.

An incumbent is a person who _________________.

Lobbyists try to:

A presidential candidate can win the popular vote (get the majority of votes in the country) and still lose the presidency.

An organized effort to reach a goal, such as becoming the POTUS (President of the United States), is called _______________.

A president in the United States can serve up to 3 terms of 4 years each, for a maximum of 12 years.

To turn a bad story into a good story, you need to hire a good _______________.

When a new president is elected he/she will __________________.


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165 Comments on “Understanding the 2016 US Elections”


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Good lesson

Wednesday, October 26th 2016

Thank you Adam for this useful lesson . I am hearing these words a lot these days.

Wednesday, October 26th 2016

Thank you Adam, that’s great lesson covering with current affairs. This is good strategy to taught english learner for real conversation.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

very useful lesson! thank you.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Well, now it’s all clearer and I can surely understand better political speeches and debates on tv….pity that I won’t vote for the next USA elections, I’m too busy here!

Thursday, October 27th 2016

I got 8 ☺

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thank you Adam. In French interest in the US presidential election, I am disappointed by the poor image of this great country. The debate is not at the level we have imagined for the USA.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thanks. It’s new knowledge for me. ☺

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thank you so much Adam, I got 10 correct, the class is very useful, I have tried to watch the CNN nowadays and sometimes I didn’t understand these words, but now it’s clear for me. The Election in USA is different of Brazil, I’m interest in the US presidential election Thank you man, God bless you good job.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thank you Adam for making this useful video. I really like to learn English based on certain topic. It always make me learning many relevant expressions and vocabulary efficiently, and it boost my confidence when talking about similar topic. If it is possible, please record more video in this way. :)

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Oh! those politicians! Fuck them all!

Thursday, October 27th 2016

i got only seven out of ten.its an embarrassing one but honestly I’m not totally knew about American’s politics. Thanks Sir Adam for letting it understandable. Now I have a little understanding about American’s politics.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

good lesson to learn.It make me know more about the USA and The vote in November.Thank you so much Adam

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thank you so much! This is awesome.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

hi Adam could you till me the mean OF IsIs because i always have been see it on cnn

Thursday, October 27th 2016

    Hi Mahmoud,

    ISIS is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Also ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). They are also called Daesh, which believe is an Arabic acronym.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

hi again dear teacher Adam, although i could’t make good marks for test but i enjoy your lesson. see ya!

Thursday, October 27th 2016

hi Adam i have got 100% thank you for this lesson

Thursday, October 27th 2016

good teacher, good lesson

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Wow, thanks Adam, nice and useful lesson relating to politics. That helped me out about U.S election.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

thank you so much

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thank you for this really interesting lesson!

Thursday, October 27th 2016

This quiz made my day. Thank you!

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thanks Adam, but I am still a little bit confused about US election rules…

Thursday, October 27th 2016

    Many people are John :)

    It’s a bit complicated, but you can see the result now.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Thank you Adam.Your lesson make me more understanding US elections.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

That’s a great way to learn english ann more about united stades election !
Thanks a lot for teaching us !!

Friday, October 28th 2016

Hello Adam .
Thank you for making all that goes in present US election more understandable . Can pundit be used in conversation unrelated to politcs , speaking about an expert in whatever skill possible ?
Have a nice day

Friday, October 28th 2016

    Hi Tsamp,

    Yes, we use pundits in many areas. Mostly, though, you will see this word associated with the media who have pundits in their broadcasts often.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

The lesson was great!! Thank you so much!

Friday, October 28th 2016

Although I’m not interested in politics, I would like to thank you for this lesson because I have learnt some useful vocabulary.

Friday, October 28th 2016

Thank you so much.

Friday, October 28th 2016

Hi sir Adam, i’m having problem with pronouncing the word “Sheet”. Could You help me sir ?

Friday, October 28th 2016

    Hi SugiBlizzy,

    Without hearing it, it’s a little difficult, but you can use rhymes:

    The ee in sheet sounds like the ee in meet, greet, feet, sweet, etc.

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

US election is so different from Brazil, but that lesson help me to understand better about the subject.
Thanks Adam

Friday, October 28th 2016

oh it was great almost i answered the question correctly .
thank you so much for great vids i enjoyed it a alot.

Friday, October 28th 2016

US election? I hate the system of election of America. Philosophers should manage the country. Not despicable people like Trump and Hilary and the others…

Friday, October 28th 2016

    we can’t election what want to perfect person in Turkey!Only, we can use vote and pretend expect to him .İf we have chance we have intelligent presedent.This case same to the every country.

    Saturday, November 5th 2016

    In an ideal world, yes, but this is not that world, Emrahbulduk.

    Maybe someday. :)

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Thanks, Adam. It was a great lesson. It is very useful to know all of these information.

Friday, October 28th 2016

Very nice!! Thanks

Friday, October 28th 2016

That was so nice and helpful information
Thanks Alex

Friday, October 28th 2016

Thanks Adam!!!! Good lesson!!!

Saturday, October 29th 2016

i did not understand the answer of the last question “be sworn in” what does it mean

Saturday, October 29th 2016

    Hi Anas,

    To be sworn in means to raise your right hand and promise to do your duty properly and in good faith. After that, the position becomes official.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

thanks Adam .. Nice lesson and good quiz too.

Saturday, October 29th 2016

Wow! I got 100! Very good lesson, thanks Adam! (though I fear to do still a bit confusion with the American electoral system).

Saturday, October 29th 2016

    No worries Carla. Even Americans sometimes are confused by the Electoral College system ;)

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Thanks Adam for this useful lesson

Saturday, October 29th 2016

I like this video. :P

Saturday, October 29th 2016

Hi Adam! Thanks for explaining us how the US elections works. It is a little complicated, but anyway it is interesting to know how it works.

Saturday, October 29th 2016

Now,we know all about American election:)) thank you!

Sunday, October 30th 2016

Very interesting lesson Adam! Now I can understand the political system of USA. Here, in Brazil wins the presidencial candidate who has the majority of popular votes. Thanks a lot!

Sunday, October 30th 2016

I almost forgot for say that I got 100%! Bye!

Sunday, October 30th 2016

70% :(

Sunday, October 30th 2016

Thank you! It was interesting to find out how election works in the US. I am not an advanced student, so I found 49 new words that I haven’t known before. Thank you.

Sunday, October 30th 2016

It was very enlightening lesson on the elections in the USA

Sunday, October 30th 2016

learnt a lot from this. thanks

Monday, October 31st 2016

Thanks a lot, Adam. Your lesson is very interesting.

Monday, October 31st 2016

Very informative lesson. Thank you, Adam.
I’ve found many interesting things and new words.

Monday, October 31st 2016

So helpful! Many thanks for this great information. :)

Monday, October 31st 2016

So Good, and so useful to me..I like to know about the politics specially about the US election..

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

the options of answers for tast are very funny. I have been laughing so much. God’s official party and George Orwell politics was especially good))

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

    I found a mistake: tast = the test or the quiz

    Tuesday, November 1st 2016

    Thanks Svetashev :)

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Hi Adam;
great lesson
I just want to ask about something confused me lately,
what is the difference between ” device ” and ” devise”?
Thanks for advance

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

    Hi Reema,

    a device (noun) is a machine or tool (like a phone, laptop, etc.). To devise (verb) means to create (a plan, strategy, approach, etc.).

    Hope this helps :)

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

      what confused me that when I looked them up in the dictionary bothe of them could be verb and noun

      Tuesday, November 15th 2016

        The noun will be with ce as in DEVICE and the verb will be with se as in DEVISE…………hope this helps

        Thursday, December 1st 2016

        hmmm… I’m a little curious now. Which dictionary do you use?

        Friday, December 2nd 2016

helpful lesson thanx

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

GOOD LESSON THX

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

I undertood everything you said but I coundn´t remember any term. Nonetheless, it was a good lesson.

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

Hi Adem,
Could you please kindly make a lesson about the usage of “get or have the the better of someone .” Thanks in advance! I highly appreciate your time and efforts. You are doing a wonderfu job.
Kind regards,
Nilofer
Nilofer

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

    Hi Nilofer,

    It’s a bit small for a whole lesson so here it is:

    To have the better of someone means to be in a stronger position than that person, or to win a contest against that person by being more cunning or creative.

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

thank you so much

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

thank’s :)

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

yeahh 10/10! but it was really hard. And i still dont know what is going with caucus..

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

    Hi Siguros,

    A caucus is an informal way of voting for a candidate. People say their choice out loud.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

So, Is the electoral college the most important piece in the election?

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

    Hi Brenda,

    Yes, it is. As you saw, Clinton won the popular vote but still lost the Presidency.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

geart explain

Thursday, November 3rd 2016

the only one my problem is,i will not understand if i talking with native speaker because they speaking too fast

Thursday, November 3rd 2016

    Hi Desy,

    Don’t be afraid to as them to slow down. But with time you will get better too ;)

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

8/10 not bad, thank’s ;)

Thursday, November 3rd 2016

Great lesson

Thursday, November 3rd 2016

Great Lesson,Good guy ,Adam.

Friday, November 4th 2016

Ada, Thanks for helping me!!!You are excellent
teacher!!

Friday, November 4th 2016

Adam is my favourite

Friday, November 4th 2016

Adam, Do a lesson in a native way of speaking.(ignoring consonant sounds and etc.) I’ve been listening to all of you for a long time, although I do not usually log in, You people have never done even a single lesson speaking as fast as native speakers usually do. For the convenience of listeners, you may make them understand what you said before.

Adam Please, Do At least one lesson

I’ll be indebted to you.

Saturday, November 5th 2016

    Hi Abdul,

    Actually, we have several good videos on pronunciation. Type “native” in the search box above and see what lessons are available.

    As for speaking fast, we speak more naturally for the IELTS and TOEFL videos. Try those.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

I’ll try again

Saturday, November 5th 2016

I did it. Thanks

Saturday, November 5th 2016

impressive lecture Adam

Sunday, November 6th 2016

Thanks. 100% understood.

Sunday, November 6th 2016

yeah i got 100% though it was mind twisting.You really did a wonderful job as ever teacher.I think nobody else can explain it in such a short and nice way that you did.I learned alot thatI guess I even can run for office my self next time.Good luck to me

Monday, November 7th 2016

    Good luck indeed ;)

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

hi!Adam a very good lesson,i learned a lot about the election in USA

Monday, November 7th 2016

It is a really good lesson.

Thank you, Adam, for this amazing lesson and I hope to see you in a lesson soon.

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

Thax adam very usefull

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

it was very usefull tank you very much mr adam

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

I got 4 correct out of 10 :(

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    No problem Pyae. Just try again. It will come soon enough :)

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Thanks, Adam, for useful information about american election.

Thursday, November 10th 2016

a good lesson, thanks mr. ADAM

Thursday, November 10th 2016

thanks

Thursday, November 10th 2016

Hi Adam. I think, this election has influence to other countries. I’ve watched last debates and I’ve read comments of american people under the video. I’m not glad, you know. 8-(

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    You’re not alone Katrin ;). But you never know, it may be ok. Let’s hope.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

cool lesson

Friday, November 11th 2016

EXCELLENT TEACHER GOOD ADAM!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 12th 2016

thanks a lot

Saturday, November 12th 2016

10/10 Thanks, very clear lesson

Sunday, November 13th 2016

Great Lesson! I really enjoy it.
I just want to ask you this question: I have heard that they will have another electotoral college vote on December 19th 2016. Is it true?

Sunday, November 13th 2016

    Hi Esdras,

    Sort of. They make the November vote official on that day. It’s not a new vote.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

I always wanted to know how elections work. thank you so much that was really helpful.

Monday, November 14th 2016

thanks Mr.Adam i benefited alot of words, which i didn’t know before but i still don’t understand very well the word caucus and electoral college. if you can help me to know that words i would appreciate sir.

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

    Hi izze!

    As far as I have understood, “caucus” is a kind of discussion to chose the candidate of each party. “Electoral college” is a group of people, elected by the American population, who will vote in one of the candidates. In the USA the election is indirect.

    I hope it helps!

    Friday, November 18th 2016

Thanks everybody :)

I’m glad this video helped.

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Tks Adam, great lesson

Thursday, November 17th 2016

Hi Adam!

Thanks so much for the video, because it helps a lot to understand the American electoral system (which is quite complicate, I confess).

In Brazil the election is direct, so that we have no electoral college any longer. Our elections are electronic too. Then, we use a kind of vote machine, and not ballot box, like most countries. It’s very practical and safe (at least, they tell us so).

See you in the next video. Bye for now!

Friday, November 18th 2016

    Hello, Eduardo França
    Could you leave your e-mails address, i want to practice english with you.

    Sunday, November 20th 2016

Thank you Adam, that’s a very good lesson!
感谢Adam老师,讲得非常好!

Sunday, November 20th 2016

I got 100 thank you adam ,It was agood lesson

Sunday, November 20th 2016

I don’t like politics but thanks for this brief lecture

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

Hey Adam! Amazing and usefull lesson! I have one question…how these “electors” of wich state are chosen? I thought wich state has a number of delegates (according with its size) wich votes at the election day, and these votes would decide who would become president.

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

    Hi BlueGangsta (like the name ;)),

    As far as I understand, they are elected at each state’s party convention, and when the general election is held, the state that won the most votes sends its electors to the Electoral College to make it formal.

    Friday, December 2nd 2016

hey adam thank you for this video it was really informative. But i want to know if there is a chance to have a question in ielts speaking or writing about THE US elections ??

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

    Hi Ouiame,

    No, they will not bring politics into the interview. That would only lead to problems. The topics will be general and such that anybody should be able to answer them.

    Friday, December 2nd 2016

Thank you for a great lesson, Adam.

Could you explain the difference between nominee and candidate again please? because, in the Oscars, nominees compete to each other right? Which circumstances do we use Candidate or nominee? Candidate for two people and nominee for more than two?

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016

    Hi Akkapulu,

    A candidate is anyone who has a change to achieve something (for example, if you study for a PhD. you are considered a candidate until you complete the degree.) A nominee is a person who others have chosen to be a candidate. In the Oscars, the nominees (people chosen to try to win) cannot be candidates because it is not up to them to win or not.

    Does this help?

    Friday, December 2nd 2016

Thanks Adam, This is a very useful lesson.

Thursday, November 24th 2016

Well done

Thursday, November 24th 2016

Thanks a lot for a wonderful lesson ……

Thursday, December 1st 2016

Wow, I got 8 out of 10! I thought it would be worse. Thanks, Adam! :D

Thursday, December 1st 2016

Which is the tea party?

Saturday, December 3rd 2016

    The “Tea Party” is not an official party—it is a movement within the Republican party.

    Monday, December 5th 2016

thank you alot

Monday, December 5th 2016

Thank you Adam.
I use some of your videos for my classes.
We are in the middle of an interesting project and we would like you to pay us a visit sometime next year.
We are located in Monterrey, Mexico.
Regards,

Tuesday, December 6th 2016

Excellent Lesson! Greetings from Ecuador Dear Adam!

Saturday, December 10th 2016

Good day Adam! Firstly, forgive me for my bad English. Secondly, I have a question for you. You told “California….has an equal share relative to like Idaho” ???? But Wikipedia is written what California – 55 electoral vote, Idaho – 4. Where are the equal share? Answer me, please/

Monday, December 12th 2016

good and uptodate lesson ! Thank you.

Saturday, December 17th 2016

WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN YOU WEBSITE ? THIS IS AN EDUCTIONAL SITE NOT MORE , ISN’T IT ??!!

Saturday, December 17th 2016

    We have lessons on all kinds of topics—cultural differences, travel, English-language news, etc.

    Monday, December 19th 2016

      Sorry ! I’m talking about the picture of flag and the sign of being teacher , not more .

      Thursday, December 22nd 2016

      !!!!! It shows that you have gotten my mean !!

      Thursday, December 22nd 2016

    hello could u guide me?
    i want to learn my son to speak english

    Friday, December 23rd 2016

I LIKE THE PICTURE OF MY FLAG NEAR MY OWN PHOTO ! IS IT STRANGE ?!

Saturday, December 17th 2016

    Hello Mr. Sheikhmoradi . Although you look younger than me It doesn’ t show that I know more than you ! Since you yourself are a teacher know that speaking in real life and real situation is one of the best ways to learn english , both for children and adults . Best regarda

    Friday, December 30th 2016

Thank you .

Sunday, December 18th 2016

Hi Adam,
Your lessons were very usefull for understanding so thank you for all. I am going to follow your all lessons.

Thursday, December 22nd 2016

Thanks Adam for a great lesson!

Thursday, December 22nd 2016

You say you see every thing . But a lot of things happen and you don’t notice !

Thursday, December 22nd 2016

Hi, Adam! I like your style. That lesson is very useful, I enjoyed it much. I have got 100%. In fact; politics is everywhere, I love it.

Sunday, January 8th 2017

Hi Adam, this is the first lesson I take in this year, once again thanks for your valuable class, greetings for you from Venezuela my friend

Tuesday, January 17th 2017

i like this website so much.

Wednesday, January 18th 2017

Thanks for this lesson, Adam!

In one more election the popular vote was different from the electoral college vote.

Friday, January 20th 2017

Thank you good lesson, Adm!!

Monday, January 30th 2017

I am a Taiwanese English teacher.
(我是一個台灣的英文老師)

The reason why my English is so good in comparsion with most of my fellow Taiwanese is that I have been constantly learning and practicing English.
(我英文能力之所以比其他台灣大多數同胞來得強是因為我不間斷地學習與練習英文)

Hopefully the average Emglish ability level for Taiwanese can improve a lot in the very near future.
(希望台灣的平均英語實力能在不久的將來大大地進步)

I have finished watching this video completely.
(我已經完整地看完了這個影片)

This video is awesome!!!!
(這個影片棒呆了!!!)

It is bloody useful!!
(真是夭壽實用!!!)

Big thanks to the teacher and all the fellow students around the world.
(大大地感謝老師與所有其他國籍的學生)

Monday, February 6th 2017

i dont mean to be rude but you speak way to much about america like you all were americans and no canadians, in this subject if you were going to talk about election i have would prefer if you speak about the different election systems in the UK, Canada, Australia, New zealen (i dont know how to write this country) and the USA, and other english speaking countries but not just the USA. Anyway thanks for the lesson.

Tuesday, February 14th 2017

    That’s a great idea! I’ve added it to the list of requests, and we’ll see who wants to do a lesson on it.

    Wednesday, February 15th 2017

100 , very good video

Tuesday, February 21st 2017

I got 9 correct :) Excellent Lesson!

Tuesday, March 28th 2017

Very helpful, thank you !

Saturday, April 1st 2017

you are a real teacher. thanks

Sunday, April 23rd 2017

thanks

Sunday, May 7th 2017
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