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Lake Biwa’s symbol of ancient sushi

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©Tom Schiller via BBC News Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your favorite type of sushi? Which place in Japan is famous for sushi? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. specialize /SPESH-uh-lahyz/ [verb] – to offer a particular product or service more than any other, usually so that you have a good reputation for this product or service Our family specializes in fabric production. preserve /pri-ZURV/ [verb] – to keep something as it is, especially to prevent it from decaying or to protect it from being damaged or destroyed The organization’s goal is to preserve…
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Lake Biwa’s symbol of ancient sushi

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©Tom Schiller 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 type of sushi is famous in your city? What type of sushi have you not tried yet? 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。 prefecture /PREE-fek-cher/ [noun] – a political region or local government area in some countries Where is Tottori Prefecture located? freshwater /FRESH-waw-ter/ [adjective] – living in or containing water that is not salty The largest freshwater fish in the world can be found in Russia. flavor /FLEY-ver/ [noun] – the particular way a substance, especially food or drink, is recognized from…
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Lake Biwa’s symbol of ancient sushi

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©Tom Schiller via BBC News Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. progenitor /proh-JEN-i-ter/ [noun] – something from which another thing develops or that causes something else to happen or exist Based on the theory of evolution, ape is the progenitor of man. esteemed /ih-STEEMD/ [adjective] – held in great respect; admired The old professor is esteemed for his teaching abilities and wisdom. authentic /aw-THEN-tik/ [adjective] – being what it is claimed to be; genuine Let us check if the painting is authentic or just a replica. fermentation /fur-men-TEY-shuhn/ [adjective] – a process of chemical change in food or drink because of the…
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Putrajaya: Malaysia’s “other” capital

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©Ronan O’Connell via BBC Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your city known for? What place would you visit once the pandemic passes? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. geometric /jee-uh-ME-trik/ [adjective] – a geometric pattern or arrangement is made up of shapes such as squares, triangles, or rectangles The building is known for its geometric wall patterns. greenery /GREE-nuh-ree/ [noun] – green foliage, growing plants, or vegetation I suggest putting greenery along the hallway to make it look fresh. tropical /TROP-i-kuhl/ [adjective] – of or characteristic of the tropics (= the hottest area of…
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Putrajaya: Malaysia’s “other” capital

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©Ronan O’Connell via BBC Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. traverse /truh-VURS/ [verb] – to move or travel through an area They found it difficult to traverse the areas by the hanging bridge. avant-garde /uh-vahnt-GAHRD/ [noun] – avant-garde ideas, styles, and methods are very original or modern in comparison to the period in which they happen Tristan’s art is an avant-garde work that caught the attention of many. regalia /ri-GEYL-yuh/ [noun] – official and traditional special clothes and decorations, especially those worn or carried in formal ceremonies You can see the Russian Imperial regalia in that museum. saving grace /SEY-ving greys/ [noun,…
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Putrajaya: Malaysia’s “other” capital

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©Ronan O’Connell via BBC 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。 Have you been to Malaysia? What is Japan’s most famous city aside from Tokyo? 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。 capital /KAP-i-tl/ [noun] – a city that is the center of government of a country or smaller political area Seoul is the capital of South Korea. floral /FLOHR-uhl/ [adjective] – made of flowers, or decorated with pictures of flowers My grandmother has always loved floral designs on her clothes. botanical /buh-TAN-i-kuhl/ [adjective] – involving or relating to plants or the study of plants The city…
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What to expect from a pizza vending machine in Rome

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©Andrew Medichini / AP via CNN Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. quaint /kweynt/ [adjective] – attractive because of being unusual and especially old-fashioned We found a quaint cafe in the center of the city. crave /kreyv/ [verb] – to have a very strong feeling of wanting something I always crave sweets late at night. influential /in-floo-EN-shuhl/ [adjective] – having a lot of influence on someone or something Hikaru Utada is one of Japan’s most influential artists. spin /spin/ [verb] – to (cause to) turn around and around, especially fast The new washing machine spins perfectly. match /mach/ [verb] – to be…
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What to expect from a pizza vending machine in Rome

©Andrew Medichini / AP via CNN Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. When do you usually eat pizza? What is your least favorite pizza topping? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. residential /rez-i-DEN-shuh/ [adjective] – A residential road, area, etc. has only private houses, not offices and factories You can find my store in the residential neighborhood of Jiyugaoka. inventor /in-VEN-ter/ [noun] – someone who has invented something or whose job is to invent things Ken Kutaragi is the inventor of PlayStation. compete /kuhm-PEET/ [verb] – to try to be more successful than someone or something else…
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