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The Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal

I. Watch the video on YouTube with subtitles on and find in it English equivalents for the following Russian words. Download the docx file for this lesson.

1.            Мысли поводу какого-либо дела

2.            Подать на кого-то в суд за сексуальные домогательства

3.            To proposition smb

4.            Юридическая компания

5.            An anonymous hint=анонимные сведения

6.            Иметь отношения с…

7.            To arouse/excite/stir up smb’s interest=вызвать чей-то интерес

8.            To claim/to state/to maintain/to contend=заявлять

9.            Схема поведения

10.          Дать письменное показание под присягой

11.          Записывать разговоры на пленку

12.          Независимый юридический советник

13.          расследовать

14.          солгать под присягой

15.          показания под присягой в суде

16.          отрицать

17.          жидкость организма

18.          в прямом эфире на национальном телевидении

19.          поддержать отрицание

20.          подпольная организация

21.          плести заговор против

22.          продолжить развиваться по отдельному пути

23.          большое жюри (в США коллегия из 12-23 присяжных, решающая вопрос о предании обвиняемого суду присяжных)

24.          быть подозреваемым в …

25.          предоставлять иммунитет

26.          в обмен на

27.          объявить о соглашении предоставить иммунитет

28.          дать показания по собственной воле

29.          снимать замкнутой системой видеонаблюдения

30.          признаться в неподобающей интимной близости

31.          дать точные показания

32.          цепляться/придираться к словам, уклоняться от вопроса, увиливать от ответа, играть словами

33.          проговориться, раскрыть информацию

34.          отчет о…

35.          доказательства в обоснование объявления, сопутствующие доказательства

36.          опубликовать в открытом доступе

37.          расхождение во мнениях, неоднозначный вопрос

38.          оставаться популярными в опросах

39.          рейтинги (согласно опросам)

40.          уладить дело c…, не доводя до суда

41.          сессия (законодательного органа) уходящего состава

42.          объявить импичмент по двум обвинениям

43.          совершить клятвопреступление

44.          мешать правосудию

45.          гарантированный конституцией

46.          процесс импичмента

47.          главный судья верховного суда

48.          председательствовать

49.          оправдать по обоим обвинениям

50.          возложить бремя на…

Check answers

II. Make up sentences with each of these synonyms: To sue smb =to file a suit against smb = to take smb to court=to prosecute smb = to bring an action against smb= to charge smb  =подать в суд на кого-то

III. Prepare answers to these questions:

  1. Who filed a suit against Bill Clinton


  1. What did she sue him for?


  1. What did she claim he had done when being governor?


  1. What information did her lawyers receive in 1998?


  1. Why could it be of interest to them?


  1. What was Lewinsky’s response to the allegations?


  1. Who had the recordings of her conversations about their relations with the president?


  1. What was independent counsel Kenneth Starr responsible for?


  1. What did he get from Linda Trippe?


  1. What conclusion did Starr come o about Lewinsky?


  1. How did the public learn about the affair with Lewinsky?


  1. What other story was published by the Drudge Report about Lewinsky?


  1. What did Bill Clinton say?


  1. What did Hillary say?


  1. What did Starr get Lewinsky’s mother to do?


  1. What did Clinton admit to after that?


  1. What did he say about his previous testimony?


  1. What reports were later released to the public?


  1. What did the House of Representatives vote to initiate in October?


  1. How did the scandal influence President Clinton’s rating?


  1. How did the democrats do in midterm elections in November?


  1. What was the outcome of the lawsuit with Paul Jones?


  1. Did Bill Clinton admit to having a sexual relationship with her?


  1. What did the Congress vote to do in summer 1999?


  1. On what charges


  1. Look at the chart of votes and say who mostly voted for his impeachment? Republicans or democrats?


  1. Who opened the impeachment trial in the beginning of 1999?


  1. Who presided over the trial?


  1. What was the result of the trial?


  1. Whom did the Clinton scandal play up to, do you think?


  1. Who cashed in on this scandal?


  1. Do you think the scandal  benefited Monica Lewinsky?


  1. What lessons do we learn from this story?


IV. Prepare a retelling of the video in about 20 sentences.


- to be said to Infinitive

-Hardly had smb V3, when smb V2 =Не успел кто-то сделать что-то, как кто-то сделал что-то 

-must have V3=должно быть (сделал что-то)

In your retelling you MUST use at least 2 of the following idioms:

1. ‘The best of both worlds’ – means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.
“By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds.”

2. ‘Speak of the devil’ – this means that the person you’re just talking about actually appears at that moment.
“Hi Tom, speak of the devil, I was just telling Sara about your new car.”

3. ‘See eye to eye’ – this means agreeing with someone.
“They finally saw eye to eye on the business deal.”

4. ‘Once in a blue moon’ – an event that happens infrequently.
“I only go to the cinema once in a blue moon.”

5. ‘When pigs fly’ – something that will never happen.
“When pigs fly she’ll tidy up her room.”

6. ‘To cost an arm and a leg’– something is very expensive.
“Fuel these days costs and arm and a leg.”

7. ‘A piece of cake’– something is very easy.
“The English test was a piece of cake.”

8. ‘Let the cat out of the bag’ – to accidentally reveal a secret.
“I let the cat out of the bag about their wedding plans.”

9. ‘To feel under the weather’ – to not feel well.
“I’m really feeling under the weather today; I have a terrible cold.”

10. ‘To kill two birds with one stone’ – to solve two problems at once.
“By taking my dad on holiday, I killed two birds with one stone. I got to go away but also spend time with him.”

11. ‘To cut corners’ – to do something badly or cheaply.
“They really cut corners when they built this bathroom; the shower is leaking.”

12. ‘To add insult to injury’ – to make a situation worse.
“To add insult to injury the car drove off without stopping after knocking me off my bike.”

13. ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ – to not judge someone or something based solely on appearance.
“I thought this no-brand bread would be horrible; turns out you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

14. ‘Break a leg’ – means ‘good luck’ (often said to actors before they go on stage).
“Break a leg Sam, I’m sure your performance will be great.”

15. ‘To hit the nail on the head’ – to describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem.
“He hit the nail on the head when he said this company needs more HR support.”

16. ‘A blessing in disguise’ – An misfortune that eventually results in something good happening later on.

17. ‘Call it a day’ – Stop working on something

18. ‘Let someone off the hook’ – To allow someone, who have been caught, to not be punished.

19. ‘No pain no gain’ – You have to work hard for something you want.

20. ‘Bite the bullet’ – Decide to do something unpleasant that you have avoiding doing.

21. ‘Getting a taste of your own medicine’ – Being treated the same unpleasant way you have treated others.

22. ‘Giving someone the cold shoulder’ – To ignore someone.

23. ‘The last straw’ – The final source of irritation for someone to finally lose patience.

24. ‘The elephant in the room’ – A matter or problem that is obvious of great importance but that is not discussed openly.

25. ‘Stealing someones thunder’ – Taking credit for someone else achievements.

V. Make up a dialogue between Monica Lewinski and Bill Clinton

where they have it all out, reproaching and accusing each other after their relationship has been exposed publicly an after Bill denied any relations with her. Ise idioms and phrasal verbs. 


  • the political implications of our affair coming to light
  • to be put back against the wall
  • to throw smb under the bus / to the wolves
  • to leave smb hanging out to dry
  • to sweep this under the rug
  • You were just collateral damage
  • Is that how you see me?
  • a pawn in your political game
  • career was on the line
  • I'm sorry, Monica. I truly am.
  • Words are cheap, Bill. Actions speak louder. 
  • to speak volumes

VI. Fill the gaps in the text below with words from the list

toll, affidavit,testimony, submission, consensual, controversies, litigation, transpired, consequences, narration, coercion, proceedings, disclosure, divisive, affirmation, account, testament, instrumental

Monica Lewinsky's provides a candid account of the events that during her interactions with a high-ranking government official. Her sheds light on the complexities of the relationship and the subsequent that erupted. Despite facing immense public scrutiny, Lewinsky's detailed offers insights into her emotions and motivations during the course of the affair.

Lewinsky's declaration emphasizes that her involvement was and not the result of any form of . She acknowledges her lapse in judgment and the that ensued. In her deposition, she speaks of the the situation took on her personal life and the need to reclaim her own narrative.

The of Lewinsky's affidavit served as a crucial piece of evidence in the that followed. It played a pivotal role in establishing the nature of the relationship and its relevance to the legal . The of this document provided clarity on key aspects and contributed to a better understanding of the events.

As the legal proceedings continued, Lewinsky's became a focal point of the discussions surrounding ethics and accountability. Her willingness to provide a comprehensive record of her experiences proved in shaping the public perception of the events and the individuals involved.

In retrospect, Lewinsky's testimony serves as a to the complexities of personal choices and their implications in the realm of public and legal affairs. The of her experiences underscores the significance of truth and transparency in addressing challenging and often situations.

 Reload the page and practice again and again until you get all the words in green

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