Tag Archive: Culture & Travel – Expert

Europe’s enigma

Aerial of the Albanian Alps taken in May 2022

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. devoid /dih-VOID/ [adjective] – to lack or be without something that is necessary or usual The house is compact, barely lit, and devoid of any decorations. serrated /SER-ey-tid/ [adjective] – having a row of sharp points along the edge For cutting bread, you need a knife with a serrated edge. karst /kahrst/ [noun] – an area of land formed of rock such as limestone that is worn away by water to make caves and other formations Sea caves and secret lagoons can be found in some of the rocky karsts. metaphor /MET-uh-fawr/ [noun] – an expression,…
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Wine King of California

Vineyards with grapevine and winery along wine road in the eveni

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. viticulture /VIT-i-kuhl-cher/ [noun] – the growing of grapes, or the science or study of this Our skilled crew and Suzuki’s background in viticulture guarantee the fine quality of our wine. utopian /yoo-TOH-pee-uhn/ [adjective] – relating to or aiming for a perfect society in which everyone works well with each other and is happy He was striving to realize his utopian vision of world peace. crank out something /krangk out/ [phrasal verb] – to produce something in large amounts, like a machine does The author cranks out three novels per year. opulent /OP-yuh-luhnt/ [adjective] – expensive and…
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Karaage’s capital city

Spicy chicken karaage with lemon and green onion close-up. horiz

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. brine /brahyn/ [verb] – soak or preserve in salty water Brine the walnuts for four to five days. plethora /PLETH-er-uh/ [noun] – a very large amount of something, especially a larger amount than you need, want, or can deal with The market will be open to a plethora of new operators. the next level /thuh nekst LEV-uhl/ [idiom] – a better, more advanced, or more successful situation than before The use of fresh herbs takes the dish to the next level. tinker /TING-ker/ [verb] – to make small changes to something, especially in an attempt to…
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The Coming of Age Day

成人式

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. commemorate /kuh-MEM-uh-reyt/ [verb] – to remember officially and give respect to a great person or event, especially by a public ceremony or by making a statue or special building: We have a public holiday to commemorate the establishment of our country. subdued /suhb-DOOD/ [adjective] – an event that is quiet and without a great show of excitement The wedding was a subdued event with fewer than 30 guests. customary /KUHS-tuh-mer-ee/ [adjective] – traditional Giving gifts to people on their birthdays is customary. lavish /LAV-ish/ [adjective] – large in quantity and expensive or impressive She received lavish…
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Preparing for the new year

幸せを願う大切なお守り

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. ace /eys/ [verb] – to do very well in an exam I aced my math finals. All that studying was worth it. embroider /em-BROI-der/ [verb] – to decorate cloth or clothing with patterns or pictures consisting of stitches that are sewn directly onto the material The dress she wore was embroidered with flowers and gems. matchmaking /MACH-mey-ker/ [noun] – the activity of arranging marriages or romantic relationships between people Maybe we should do some matchmaking to introduce them to one another a little bit. dazzling /DA-zuh-luhng/ [adjective] – extremely attractive or exciting Her dazzling performance was…
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The fizzy and assorted flavors of cola

Colorful soda drinks macro shot

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. more than you can shake a stick at /mohr thuhn yoo kan sheyk uh stik at/ [idiom] – a lot; more than anyone can count It may not look like it, but she has more problems than you can shake a stick at. effervescent /ef-er-VES-uhnt/ [adjective] – an effervescent liquid produces bubbles of gas Give effervescent powders and tablets right away after they have dissolved.  reminiscent /rem-uh-NIS-uhnt/ [adjective] – making you remember a particular person, event, or thing His painting technique is reminiscent of Picasso’s. clink /klingk/ [verb] – to (cause something to) make a short…
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The teapot stew tradition of Kabul

chainaki

© Kanika Gupta via BBC Travel Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. authentic /aw-THEN-tik/ [adjective] – if something is authentic, it is real, true, or what people say it is No worries, the news report is authentic. It’s a reliable source. proprietor /pruh-PRAHY-i-ter/ [noun] – a person who owns and usually manages a business Concerns about service quality should be directed to the proprietor. ember /EM-ber/ [noun] – a piece of wood or coal, etc. that continues to burn after a fire has no more flames Firefighters were dousing the embers hours later. weary /WEER-ee/ [adjective] – very tired, especially after working…
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How food choices affect the environment

young women looking menu at restaurant, selective focus on menu

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. sustainable /suh-STEY-nuh-buhl/ [adjective] – causing, or made in a way that causes, little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time A sustainable salmon fishery is essential for fishermen. carbon emissions /KAHR-buhn ih-MISH-uhn/ [noun (plural)] – carbon dioxide that planes, cars, factories, etc. produce, thought to be harmful to the environment The country’s efforts to limit carbon emissions are particularly commendable. footprint /FOOT-print/ [noun] – a measurement of the size, effect, etc. that something has Since 1977, there has been a 14% decrease in the overall carbon footprint required…
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The best beef in the world: Wagyu beef

Sliced wagyu marbled beef for yakiniku on plate on black background, Premium Japanese meat, top view and copy space

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. cost (someone) an arm and a leg /kawst uhn ahrm uhn uh leg/ [idiom] – to be very expensive She spotted a stunning coat, but it cost an arm and a leg. showcase /SHOH-keys/ [verb] – to show the best qualities or parts of something The exhibition’s primary goal is to showcase African-American literature. attribute /A-truh-byoot/ [noun] – a quality or characteristic that someone or something has Having good organizational skills is an important attribute for managers. Shangri-La /SHANG-gruh-lah/ [noun] – an imaginary, beautiful place, often far away, where everything is pleasant and you can get…
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The island blessed and cursed by the sea

rocky coast of the sea

Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. craggy /KRAG-ee/ [adjective] – rough and having many rocks Above the craggy coastline, there are always new discoveries to be made. lure /loor/ [verb] – to persuade someone to do something or go somewhere by offering them something exciting Supermarket chains strive to lure customers with price discounts. beleaguer /bih-LEE-ger/ [verb] – to surround someone in order to attack them Supplies are currently being delivered to the beleaguered city. succession /suhk-SESH-uhn/ [noun] – a number of similar people or events that exist or happen one after another A succession of presidents unsuccessfully attempted to fix the…
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