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PTE Academic Speaking Read Aloud practice paragraphs

PTE Academic speaking read aloud practice paragraphs.Look at the text below. In 40 seconds, you must read this text aloud as naturally and clearly as possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

1.In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting in motion political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. In March, growing civil unrest, coupled with chronic food shortages, erupted into open revolt, forcing the abdication of Nicholas II, the last Russian czar. Just months later, the newly installed provisional government was itself overthrown by the more radical Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin.

2.BRITONS have been fending off brazen seagulls not because they are becoming more aggressive – but because they are getting COCKIER, according to an expert.The boisterous birds have made headlines in recent weeks after they savaged several pets – including a dog and a tortoise – and launched attacks on unsuspecting humans.But now the mystery surrounding the bold birds and what makes them attack may have finally been solved.An expert of the feathered fiends said the rise in attacks is because they have worked out that they can get more food by dive-bombing people than they can scrabbling around the ground.

3.The Mars Exploration Rover mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet.Primary among the mission’s scientific goals is to search for and characterize a wide range of rocks and soils that hold clues to past water activity on Mars. The spacecraft are targeted to sites on opposite sides of Mars that appear to have been affected by liquid water in the past. The landing sites are at Gusev Crater, a possible former lake in a giant impact crater, and Meridiani Planum, where mineral deposits (hematite) suggest Mars had a wet past.

PTE Academic Speaking Read Aloud practice paragraphs

4.The seeds of hostility between the United States and the USSR began near the end of World War I. The Bolsheviks (later Communists) overthrew the existing Russian government.In December 1922 began the formation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) under Communist control. The United States refused to recognize the Soviet state until 1933.The profound ideological differences between the USSR and the United States were problematic and made worse by Joseph Stalin, who ruled the USSR from 1929 to 1953 as a ruthless dictator.

5.Eros was the son of Aphrodite, goddess of love, and was always at her side to assist her in her matchmaking endeavors. He was a blond and playful winged youth, armed with a golden bow and arrows. Whoever he shot at immediately fell in love. One day Aphrodite, jealous of the beauty of the earthly princess, Psyche, ordered her son to make the princess fall in love with the ugliest man on earth. Eros set out to do his mother’s bidding, but when he saw Psyche fell in love with her himself. He began to visit her every night, but afraid of his mother’s wrath, always remained in the shadows, to conceal his identity.

6.On January 24, 1848, James Wilson Marshall, a carpenter originally from New Jersey, found flakes of gold in the American River at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Coloma, California. At the time, Marshall was working to build a water-powered sawmill owned by John Sutter, a German-born Swiss citizen and founder of a colony of Nueva Helvetia (New Switzerland). (The colony would later become the city of Sacramento.) As Marshall later recalled of his historic discovery: “It made my heart thump, for I was certain it was gold.”

PTE Academic Speaking Read Aloud practice paragraphs

7.Living in London during the middle of the 19th century was a precarious, day-to-day journey, especially if you happened to live in the poorer areas of the city. Rampant overcrowding, lackluster sanitation, and an overall absence of disease control created the perfect breeding ground for all manner of pandemics. One disease that held a particularly harmful grip on the London population was cholera. During the decades between 1830s and the 1860s, cholera cast a wide net of death and destruction over London. Within the span of thirty years, it ravaged communities, created widespread panic, and was responsible for nearly forty thousand deaths.

8.Over 127,000 United States citizens were imprisoned during World War II. Their crime? Being of Japanese ancestry.Despite the lack of any concrete evidence, Japanese Americans were suspected of remaining loyal to their ancestral land. ANTI-JAPANESE PARANOIA increased because of a large Japanese presence on the West Coast. In the event of a Japanese invasion of the American mainland, Japanese Americans were feared as a security risk.

PTE Academic Speaking Read Aloud practice paragraphs

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