- stern /sturn/
- crude oil /krood oil/
- go through something /go throo/
- apparel /uh-PAR-uhl/
- sizeable /SAHY-zuh-buhl/
[adjective] – severe, or showing disapproval
She issued a stern warning to her team members.
[noun] – oil from underground that has not yet been made into other products
The local oil field could hold about 100 billion barrels of crude oil.
[phrasal verb] – to experience something, esp. something unpleasant or difficult
If you’re going through a difficult time, listening to music might help.
[noun] – clothes of a particular type when they are being sold in a shop
We sell a full range of sports apparel for men and women.
[adjective] – large
He donated a sizeable amount to a food feeding program.
The nation of 22 million people is going through its biggest economic crisis since achieving independence from the UK in 1948 as it cannot buy adequate necessities due to a lack of foreign currency. Sri Lanka missed a payment on its foreign debt in May for the first time in its history. The government has assisted export-driven businesses like textiles and apparel in surviving so the economy can generate sizable quantities of foreign currency. However, a news correspondent reports that the fuel supplies required to run the machinery in these companies and to transport items are currently running out.
- How much does oil cost in your country?
- How does an oil price hike affect your expenses?
- If you were a Sri Lankan, what would you do to preserve gasoline?
- Do you think Sri Lanka’s government will be able to repay its debt in May?
- Aside from exporting textiles and clothes, what else can Sri Lanka’s government do to increase its foreign currency?