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A UK digital bank moves to a 4-day workweek without cutting pay

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Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. call /kawl/ [noun] – a demand for something to happen The government needs to address the calls for better education. mortgage /MAWR-gij/ [noun] – an agreement that allows you to borrow money from a bank or similar organization, especially in order to buy a house, or the amount of money itself The couple is having a hard time getting a mortgage. inclination /in-kluh-NEY-shuhn / [noun] – a feeling that you want to do a particular thing, or the fact that you prefer or are more likely to do a particular thing Lana has shown an inclination…
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A UK digital bank moves to a 4-day workweek without cutting pay

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. 講師がそれぞれの質問を読むので答えましょう。 How often do you go to the bank? Are you usually busy on the weekend? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. 単語、意味、例文を読みます。講師に続いて音読しましょう。 old-fashioned /ohld-FASH-uhnd/ [adjective] – not modern; belonging to or typical of a time in the past The hotel offers old-fashioned service. loan /lohn / [noun] – an amount of money that is borrowed, often from a bank, and has to be paid back, usually together with an extra amount of money that you have to pay as a charge for borrowing We will ask the bank for a…
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A UK digital bank moves to a 4-day workweek without cutting pay

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What are the common jobs in your city? How do you relax after a stressful day? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. adopt /uh-DOPT/ [verb] – to accept or start to use something new Many restaurants have adopted a digital payment system. conventional /kuhn-VEN-shuh-nl / [adjective] – traditional and ordinary She prefers conventional ways of living. wisdom /WIZ-duhm/ [noun] – the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgments Our grandfather shared some of his wisdom this afternoon. necessary /NES-uh-ser-ee / [adjective] – needed in order…
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Toshiba confirms breakup plan

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© GETTY IMAGES via BBC News Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. conglomerate /kuhn-GLOM-er-it/ [noun] – a company that owns several smaller businesses whose products or services are usually very different An American conglomerate plans to purchase the site for a billion dollars. retain /ri-TEYN/ [verb] – to keep or continue to have something She lost the right to retain possession of his belongings. fallout /FAWL-out/ [noun] – the unpleasant results or effects of an action or event He lost his job as a result of the financial scandal’s fallout. overstate /oh-ver-STEYT/ [verb] – (accounting, business) to report that the amount in…
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Toshiba confirms breakup plan

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© GETTY IMAGES via BBC News Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. 講師がそれぞれの質問を読むので答えましょう。 What electronic devices do you own? What electronic device do you use the most? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. 単語、意味、例文を読みます。講師に続いて音読しましょう。 facility /fuh-SIL-i-tee/ [noun] – a place, especially including buildings, where a particular activity happens Have you been to the new sports facility? It’s huge! raise /reyz/ [verb] – to cause something to increase or become bigger, better, higher, etc. The government plans to raise taxes next year. timeline /TAHYM-lahyn/ [noun] – a plan that shows how long something will take or when things…
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Toshiba confirms breakup plan

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© GETTY IMAGES via BBC News Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What electronic device brand is popular in your country? Which electronic brand/s do you trust the most? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. standalone /STAND-uh-lohn/ [adjective] – a standalone company or organization manages its own activities and does not depend on a larger organization for money or approval TechQ Corporation is expected to split into four standalone businesses by next year. semiconductor /sem-ee-kuhn-DUHK-ter/ [noun] – a substance, such as silicon, that allows some electricity to flow through it, used in making electronic devices Diamond is…
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World food prices hit a new 10-year high, UN says

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What type of cooking oil do you use? What is the most popular cereal brand in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. harvest /HAHR-vist / [noun] – the time of year when crops are cut and collected from the fields The potato farmers are looking forward to a good harvest this year. severely /suh-VEER-lee / [adverb] – very seriously Many fresh graduates are severely affected by labor shortages. poverty /POV-er-tee/ [noun] – the condition of being extremely poor More than three million people in the city live in poverty….
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