Tag Archive: Culture & Travel – Intermediate

Europe’s enigma

Aerial of the Albanian Alps taken in May 2022

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What place in Europe would you like to visit and why? How often do you go hiking? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. (the) Alps /alps/ [noun (plural)] – a large mountain range in Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east, through Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Liechtenstein, to France in the west This summer, we’re going hiking in the Alps. extend /ik-STEND/ [verb] – to reach, stretch, or continue The route extends beyond the road’s end. peculiar /pi-KYOOL-yer/ [adjective] – unusual and strange, sometimes in an unpleasant way This…
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Wine King of California

Vineyards with grapevine and winery along wine road in the eveni

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the legal drinking age in your country? Is wine a popular alcoholic beverage in your country? Please tell me more about it. Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. county /KOUN-tee/ [noun] – a political division of the UK or Ireland, forming the largest unit of local government, or the largest political division of a state in the US The county receives up to five million visitors each year. in charge /in chahrj/ [phrase] – being the person who has control of or is responsible for someone or something Ms….
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Karaage’s capital city

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

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How often do you eat karaage? What do you like about karaage? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. complex /KOM-pleks/ [adjective] – involving a lot of different but related parts The TV show’s plot is quite complex. center /SEN-ter/ [noun] – a building or set of buildings having a particular purpose, or a place connected with a particular activity Shibuya is a very large shopping center. fame /feym/ [noun] – the state of being known or recognized by many people because of your achievements, skills, etc. The author’s fame is known…
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The Coming of Age Day

成人式

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the best age to be, and why? What comes to mind when you hear the word “adulthood”? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. slightly /SLAYHT-lee/ [adverb] – a little The food has a slightly bitter taste. prohibit /proh-HIB-it/ [verb] – to officially refuse to allow something Driving a car is prohibited in the town center. conference /KON-fer-uhns/ [noun] – an event, sometimes lasting a few days, at which there is a group of talks on a particular subject, or a meeting in which especially business matters are discussed formally…
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Preparing for the new year

幸せを願う大切なお守り

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you consider yourself to be lucky or unlucky? Why? What is your New Year’s resolution? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. academic /ak-uh-DEM-ik/ [adjective] – relating to schools, colleges, and universities, or connected with studying and thinking, not with practical skills Two terms make up the academic year. safety /SEFY-tee/ [noun] – a state in which or a place where you are safe and not in danger or at risk Out of safety concerns, they turned off the power plant. socialize /SOH-shuh-lahyz/ [verb] – to spend time when you are…
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The fizzy and assorted flavors of cola

Colorful soda drinks macro shot

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your favorite drink? Which drink is popular in your country? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. fizzy /FIZ-ee/ [adjective] – having a lot of bubbles Potato chips, fizzy drinks, and chocolate were served at the celebration. decade /DEK-eyd/ [noun] – a period of ten years Prices have continuously increased over the last decade. chemist /KEM-ist/ [noun] – a person who studies chemistry, or a scientist who works with chemicals or studies their reactions The chemist prepared some medication for me. shut down /shuht doun/ [phrasal verb] – if a…
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The teapot stew tradition of Kabul

chainaki

© Kanika Gupta via BBC Travel Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your favorite traditional food? Why is tradition important? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. bustling /BUHS-ling/ [adjective] – if a place is bustling, it is full of busy activity The hotel is next to the bustling harbor. handmade /HAND-MEYD/ [adjective] – made by a person using just hands or tools, not by a machine All of our products are handmade and use only natural materials. aroma /uh-ROH-muh/ [noun] – a strong, pleasant smell, usually from food or drink The house was filled with…
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How food choices affect the environment

young women looking menu at restaurant, selective focus on menu

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you often order at restaurants? How many calories do you think you consume in a day? Please tell me more about it. Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. calorie /KAL-uh-ree/ [noun] – a unit of energy, often used as a measurement of the amount of energy that food provides According to nutritionists, only 33% of our daily calorie intake should come from fat. diner /DAHY-ner/ [noun] – a small informal and inexpensive restaurant, often at the side of the road The greatest steak in town is served at this…
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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

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How much does wagyu beef cost? What restaurants do you know sell wagyu beef? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. extremely /ik-STREEM-lee/ [adverb] – very Farmers are extremely busy during harvest. highlight /HAHY-lahyt/ [verb] – to attract attention to or emphasize something important The report highlights the principal issues that society now faces. cattle /KAT-l/ [noun] – a group of animals that includes cows, buffalo, and bison, that are often kept for their milk or meat Both dairy and beef cattle are kept on the farm. concept /KON-sept/ [noun] – a…
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The island blessed and cursed by the sea

rocky coast of the sea

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Are there many people in your country who live by the mountains? Please tell me more about it. What are the dangers of living by the sea? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. peak /peek/ [noun] – the pointed top of a mountain, or the mountain itself They were in awe of the tall peaks. reputation /rep-yuh-TEY-shuhn/ [noun] – the opinion that people have of someone or something, based on past behavior or character This restaurant has an excellent reputation. draw /draw/ [verb] – to attract attention or interest Since he…
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