Tag Archive: Business & Economy – Intermediate

Microsoft now allows its users to sign in without passwords

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Have you experienced any software problems? Are you updated about cybersecurity news? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. implement /IM-pluh-muhnt/ [verb] – to start using a plan or system Most stores have implemented digital payment. initially /ih-NISH-uh-lee/ [adverb] – at the beginning Initially, Lora wanted to go to law school. generate /JEN–uh-reyt/ [verb] – to cause something to exist The store’s online app generates a barcode. unique /yoo-NEEK/ [adjective] – being the only existing one of its type or, more generally, unusual, or special in some way Your name is unique;…
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Amazon offers to cover college tuition for most hourly workers in the US

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the minimum working age in your country? How many hours do part-timers work in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. qualify /KWOL-uh-fahy/ [verb] – to have the legal right to have or do something because of the situation you are in, or to cause someone to have such a right He is qualified for the best student award. employer /em-PLOI-er/ [noun] – a person or company that has people who do work for wages or a salary I have to talk with my employer this morning. boost…
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Toyota to cut global production by 40% due to chip shortage

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©Getty Images via BBC Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you drive? What is the most popular car brand in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. essential /uh-SEN-shuhl/ [adjective] – necessary or needed Nowadays, laptops are an essential tool in companies. crisis /KRAHY-sis/ [noun] – a time of great disagreement, confusion, or suffering We should practice smart spending habits in this economic crisis. production /pruh-DUHK-shuhn/ [noun] – the process of making or growing goods to be sold The toys went out of production in 2010. demand /dih-MAHND/ [noun] – a need for something to…
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Google and Facebook to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees working at the office

Google and Facebook to require vaccinations for employees working at the office

Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Would you prefer working from home or at the office? Why? How do you keep yourself safe from the coronavirus? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. regulation /reg-yuh-LEY-shuhn/ [noun] – an official rule or the act of controlling something It is a regulation to wear corporate attire at the office. implement /IM-pluh-ment/ [verb] – to start using a plan or system The new payment system will be implemented next week. approach /uh-PROHCH/ [noun] – a way of considering or doing something The government’s approach to health care seems unsystematic. mournful /MAWRN-fuhl/…
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Energy corporation asks $15 billion from Biden administration for pipeline project revocation

Energy corporation asks $15 billion from Biden administration for pipeline project revocation

©Sue Ogrocki via AP Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do industries need to become cleaner and greener? Why or why not? How does your country limit the effects of climate crisis? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. corporation /kawr-puh-REY-shuhn/ [noun] – a large company or group of companies that is controlled together as a single organization My dad works as an engineer for a German corporation. recover /ri-KUHV-er/ [verb] – to get back something lost or spent The restaurant is trying to recover the amount of its loss from the recent pandemic. violate /VAHY-uh-leyt/ [verb] –…
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China’s newest mega-airport opens its doors

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What mega-airports around the world are you familiar with? Do you have a mega-airport in your country? Could you tell me about it? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. sanctuary /SANGK-choo-er-ee/ [noun] – a place where birds or animals can live and be protected, especially from being hunted or dangerous conditions The wildlife sanctuaries are made to protect endangered species. corporation /kawr-puh-REY-shuhn/ [noun] – a large company or group of companies that are controlled together as a single organization They have ties with an American corporation. phase /feyz/ [noun] – any…
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The capital of Turkmenistan is the world’s most expensive city for expats

Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your city known for? Is food expensive in your city? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. survey /SUR-vey/ [noun] – an examination of opinions, behavior, etc., made by asking people questions The waiter asked us to take a survey of our experience at the restaurant. firm /furm/ [noun] – a company offering a professional service, for example, a company of lawyers He is going to work at a law firm this summer. expense /ik-SPENS/ [noun] – the use of money, time, or effort We need to save up because…
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Hiding ‘Like’ counts on your Facebook and Instagram posts is now within reach

Hiding 'Like' counts on your Facebook and Instagram posts is now within reach

Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Which between Facebook and Instagram do you use more often? How many friends/followers do you have on Facebook/Instagram? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. feed /feed/ [noun] – a web page, screen, etc. that updates often to show the latest information I deleted some of my old posts on my Instagram feed. crisis /KRAHY-sis/ [noun] – an extremely dangerous or difficult situation The country is experiencing an economic crisis due to the virus. escalate /ES-kuh-leyt/ [verb] – to become or make something become greater or more serious The conflict escalated more…
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China records slowest population growth in decades

Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘population’? What countries with high population do you know? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. pace /peys/ [noun] – the speed at which someone or something moves, or with which something happens or changes The child is observing how the turtle walk in a slow pace. boost /boost/ [verb] – to improve or increase something The shop boosted their profit this month by having weekend sales. priority /prahy-AWR-i-tee/ [noun] – something that is very important and must be dealt with before…
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Chinese budget electric vehicle outsells Tesla in China

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© Shunsuke Tabeta via Nikkei Asia Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What kind of energy sources do you know? Are there many electric vehicles in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. automaker /AW-toh-mey-ker/ [noun] – a big company that makes car The country’s leading automaker set an all-time monthly sales record this month. outsell /out-SEL/ [verb] – (of a product) to be sold in greater numbers than another product MP3s soon began to outsell CDs. compare /kuhm-PAIR/ [verb] – to examine or look for the difference between two or more things This store’s prices…
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