Tag Archive: Business & Economy – Intermediate

Burger King launches vegan nuggets in the UK

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©BBC via GETTY IMAGES Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How often do you eat fast food? Do you prefer dining in restaurants over takeout or delivery? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. launch /lawnch/ [verb] – to begin something such as a plan or introduce something new such as a product My cousin finally launched her own clothing line. significant /sig-NIF-i-kuhnt/ [adjective] – important or noticeable Kim noticed a significant difference in prices between the two stores. unsuitable /uhn-SOO-tuh-buhl/ [adjective] – not acceptable or right for someone or something; not suitable Her clothes were unsuitable for…
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Rules for creating gene-edited farm animals to prioritize animal welfare

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Why is DNA important? What do you think about gene editing? 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 The bus driver violated the traffic regulation. production /pruh-DUHK-shuhn / [noun] – the process of making or growing goods to be sold Coke is used in the production of steel. welfare /WEL-fair/ [noun] – the general state of health or degree of success of a person, business, country, etc. We are a company that cares about its employees’ welfare. commercial /kuh-MUR-shuhl/…
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Spotify experiments a vertical video feature similar to TikTok

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Why did Tiktok become popular? What songs/kinds of music do you usually listen to? Could you tell me more about them? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. feature /FEE-cher/ [noun] – a typical quality or an important part of something Several new features have been added to our most recent cell phone model. viewer /VYOO-er/ [noun] – a person who watches something Millions of viewers watched the Superbowl video online. statement /STEYtT-muhnt/ [noun] – something that someone says or writes officially, or an action done to express an opinion The government…
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Spam sales hit record high for the seventh consecutive year

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©BBC via GETTY IMAGES Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What are some trusted food brands in your country? Have you tried different Spam flavors? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. generate /JEN-uh-reyt / [verb] – to cause something to exist The mayor’s latest project generated 2,000 jobs. expand /ik-SPAND/ [verb] – to increase in size, number, or importance, or to make something increase in this way Rin would like to expand her restaurant business in New York. range /reynj/ [noun] – a set of similar things The boutique offers a range of jewelry from Europe. transform…
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Unwrapping your Spotify Wrapped this year

Unwrapping your Spotify Wrapped this year

©Spotify Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What new music have you bought or listened to recently? Do you use Spotify to listen to music and/or podcasts? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. present /PREZ-uhnt/ [verb] – to give, provide, or make something known The company’s sales for this year will be presented at the meeting. launch /lawnch/ [verb] – to begin something such as a plan or introduce something new such as a product Our new skincare product will be launched next month. worldwide /WURLD-WAHYD/ [adjective] – existing or happening in all…
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Samsung to generate 2,000 jobs in Texas with a $17 billion chip manufacturing facility

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Why is generating jobs important? Where can we use computer chips? Please explain your answer. Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. shortage /SHAWR-tij / [noun] – a situation in which there is not enough of something There’s a shortage of food in the refugee camps. capacity /kuh-PAS-i-tee/ [noun] – the total amount that can be contained or produced The concert arena has a seating capacity of 50,000. contribute /kuhn-TRIB-yoot/ [verb] – to give something, especially money, in order to provide or achieve something together with other people My family has contributed…
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Lego to build a new $1 billion factory in Vietnam

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What are some toys that can only be found in your country? What is the most popular toy brand in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. earnings /UR-ningz / [noun] – the amount of money that someone is paid for working Rupert has spent all his earnings. capacity /kuh-PAS-i-tee / [noun] – the total amount that can be contained or produced We need to maximize the machine’s productive capacity. construction /kuhn-STRUHK-shuhn/ [noun] – the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. My new store is still…
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Twitter’s new privacy policy removes unconsented content

Twitter's new privacy policy removes unconsented content

Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Is Twitter popular in your country? Please tell me more about it. Do you have a Twitter account? If yes, how often do you tweet? If not, kindly explain why. Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. update /uhp-DEYT/ [verb] – to make something more modern or suitable for use now by adding new information or changing its design We need to update our equipment to satisfy our customers’ needs. platform /PLAT-fawrm/ [noun] – a particular computer technology that can be used with some types of software programs but not with others…
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900 employees laid off via Zoom call

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. At what age do people in your country usually retire from work? What are the top jobs in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. market efficiency /MAHR-kit ih-FISH-uhn-see/ [noun] – a situation in which a financial market operates well, for example where customers have enough information about products, prices are related to supply and demand, etc. The market efficiency from our services maintains positive results. terminate /TUR-muh-neyt/ [verb] – to remove someone from their job He was terminated for breach of contract. human resources /YOO-muhn REE-sor-suhz/ [noun] – the…
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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter’s CEO

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©BBC via REUTERS Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How often do you use social media apps? In your country, are technology jobs in high demand? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. resign /ri-ZAHYN/ [verb] – to give up a job or position by telling your employer that you are leaving Mr. Chase has resigned from the company after 30 years. emphasize /EM-fuh-sahyz/ [noun] – to show that something is very important or worth giving attention to He emphasized that all employees must follow office rules. criticism /KRIT-uh-siz-uhm/ [noun] – the act of saying that something or…
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