© WEBIO via BBC NEWS
- barter /BAHR-ter/
- deplete /dih-PLEET/
- epicenter /EP-uh-sen-ter/
- outrage /OUT-reyj/
- metropolis /mi-TROP-uh-lis/
[verb] – to exchange goods for other things rather than for money
The locals on this island have been bartering since the 19th century.
[verb] – to reduce something in size or amount, especially supplies, energy, or money
Ron nearly depleted most of his money in his bank account to pay for house furnishings.
[noun] – the place that has the highest level of an activity
Akihabara is Japan’s epicenter of otaku culture.
[noun] – a feeling of anger and shock
The news was greeted by social media outrage by the netizens.
[noun] – a very large city, often the most important city in a large area or country
Paris quickly grew to a bustling metropolis after 1950.
Xi’an is the epicenter of COVID-19’s current devastation of China, and local officials have taken harsh steps that have sparked widespread outrage on the internet. The city of Yuzhou was shut down overnight after the discovery of just three asymptomatic cases. On a recent occurrence, residents in the Mingde 8 Yingli housing compound in the city’s south were reportedly notified soon after midnight on January 1st that they needed to leave their homes and attend to quarantine facilities. The pandemic in the far larger metropolis to the west is the worst China has seen in months, as the country pursues a “zero COVID” strategy to wipe out the virus rather than trying to live with it.
- Is it a normal occurrence in your country to trade items for food? Please tell me more about it.
- What do you do to make sure you do not experience food shortages?
- Which of your possessions would you trade for food if you experienced a food shortage?
- Do you think it is reasonable for the local authorities in China to implement strict regulations to control the virus spread?
- How did you feel upon learning that people in China have been trading their belongings for food and not for money?
- wipe out