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Past Blast

The strange connections between Kennedy and Lincoln.

Two of America’s most famous presidents are Abraham Lincoln and John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK). They both lived completely different lives at completely different times, but there are a number of coincidences that connect the two men.

Lincoln was born in 1809 in Kentucky. He was the first President to be born in the West. Lincoln’s parents were poor farmers and he grew up in a small log cabin. You can see a reconstruction of the cabin at his birthplace, which is now a national park. Abraham only went to school for 18 months but he loved reading and he taught himself from the books he read. He eventually qualified as a lawyer in 1837.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (197) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 15 useful slang expressions so you can understand native speakers, songs, films and TV series better. Plus, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about chocolate and cooking, 12 useful words and expressions for describing graphs and charts, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Food – chocolate. • Grammar – relative clauses (who, that). • Typical errors – error correction. • Art – airbrushing. • History – JFK versus Lincoln. • Language – how to learn idioms. • Politics – Winston Churchill. • Finance – Wall Street. • Cinema – Shia LaBeouf. • Business – how to start a business. • Marketing – ambush marketing. • Accents – the Scottish accent. • Architecture – buildings of the future. • Words – oxymorons. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!