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Meet the Olympics superfan who spent $40,000 on tickets

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©Kazunori Takishima via CNN Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Which athlete are you excited to see at the Olympics? Are you familiar with the Guinness World Records? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. ultimate /UHL-tuh-mit/ [adjective] – most extreme or important because either the original or final, or the best or worst Karen’s ultimate goal is to run her own beauty salon. witness /WIT-nis/ [verb] – a person who sees an event happening The children were witnessing the fireworks show for the first time. passion /PASH-uhn/ [noun] – a very powerful feeling, for example of love,…
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Disney’s “Snow White” live-action remake with rising star Rachel Zegler as main lead

Disney's Snow White live-action remake with Rachel Zegler as main lead

©Disney, Amblin Partners/Amblin Entertainment, 20th Century Studios Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your favorite animated show? Who is your favorite Disney character? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. remake /REE-meyk/ [noun] – a film that has a story and title similar to an old one The animated film is set to have a live-action remake next year. classic /KLAS-ik/ [adjective] – having a high quality or standard against which other things are judged It is one of the classic novels of all time. settle /SET-l/ [verb] – to reach a decision or an agreement…
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Kevin Hart reveals his serious side on Netflix film “Fatherhood”

Kevin Hart reveals his serious side on Netflix movie Fatherhood

©Philippe Bosse via Netflix Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your favorite movie? Who is your favorite actor/actress? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. star /stahr/ [verb] – if a film, play, etc. stars someone, or if someone stars in a film, play, etc., they are the main actor in it “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” stars Rachel Zegler as the main character. show off /SHOH-awf/ [phrasal verb] – to behave in a way that is intended to attract attention or admiration, and that other people often find annoying Kevin showed off his impressive…
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Who is “Annette”?

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©CINE DOPE Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you enjoy watching musicals? Why or why not? What musicals are famous in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. complex /KOM-pleks/ [adjective] – not easy to deal with or understand The siblings have had a complex relationship. trope /trohp/ [noun] – something such as an idea, phrase, or image that is often used in a particular artist’s work, in a particular type of art, etc. Robots are a trope in science-fiction movies or novels. vast /vahst/ [adjective] – extremely big Alma was the sole heir of…
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Avril Lavigne debuts on TikTok with real-life ‘Sk8er boi’ Tony Hawk

Avril Lavigne debuts on TikTok with real-life 'Sk8er boi' Tony Hawk

©Avril Lavigne via TikTok @avrillavigne Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you have a TikTok account? What do you know about Avril Lavigne? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. channel /CHAN-l/ [verb] – to behave like or copy another person, so that you almost seem to be that other person My sister likes to channel Ariana Grande’s high notes. getup /GET-uhp/ [noun] – the particular clothing, esp. when strange or unusual, that someone is wearing Everyone’s eyes are on his because of his weird getup. remarkable /ri-MAHR-kuh-buhl/ [adjective] – unusual or special and therefore surprising and…
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Spielberg’s production teams up with Netflix for multiple films a year

Spielberg’s production teams up with Netflix for multiple films a year

©Chris Burns via slashgear.com Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What are your favorite movies? Do you watch movies and/or other shows on Netflix? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. team up /TEEM-uhp/ [phrasal verb] – to join another person, or form a group with other people, in order to do something together Famous sports apparrel brand Adidas teamed up with American rapper Kanye West. partnership /PAHRT-ner-ship/ [noun] – an agreement between organizations, people, etc. to work together Taco Bell announced its partnership with American snack brand Doritos. producer /pruh-DOO-ser/ [noun] – a person who makes the…
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Mona Lisa replica to be sold at a French auction house

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©CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD, 2021 via BBC NEWS Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Who are the famous painters in your country? What painting is popular in your country and why? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. estimated /EH-stuh-mei-tuhd/ [adjective] – roughly calculated or approximate How much is the estimated cost for our food this month? otherwise /UHTH-er-wahyz/ [adverb] – differently, or in another way Date Masamune, otherwise known as the One-Eyed Dragon, founded Sendai. dealer /DEE-ler/ [noun] – a person who trades in something The dealer is well-known in the city because of his honesty. theft /theft/…
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Pacquiao, Spence to face this August in Las Vegas

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©Manny Pacquiao via Instagram (@MannyPacquiao) Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you watch boxing matches? Why or why not? Is boxing a famous sport in your country? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. defeat /dif-FEET/ [verb] – to win against someone in a fight, war, or competition Kyle defeated James in the car race. layoff /LEY-awf/ [noun] – a period when someone is not working or playing sport Stephen Curry played like a beast after his long layoff. victory /VIK-tuh-ree/ [noun] – an occasion when you win a game, competition, election, war,…
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Eurovision 2021: A joint mission by artists

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© NPO/NOS/AVROTROS NATHAN REINDS VIA BBC NEWS Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you watch song competitions? Why or why not? What are some famous song contests in your country? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. annual /AN-yoo-uhl/ [adjective] – happening once every year The school has annual field trips. pumped /puhmpt/ [adjective] – excited about something that is going to happen Today is the announcement of the grand winners, so everyone is pumped. collaborative /kuh-LAB-er-uh-tiv/ [adjective] – involving two or more people working together for a special purpose Hanae Natsuki and Village Vanguard created a…
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World’s biggest canvas painting sells for $62M at Dubai charity auction

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Who are the famous painters in your country? Have you ever bought an artwork? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. measure /MEZH-er/ [verb] – to be a particular size The floor area measures 70 square meters. affect /uh-FEKT/ [verb] – to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause a change in someone or something The incident affected his mental health. initially /ih-NISH-uh-lee/ [adverb] – at the beginning Initially, many people thought that the plan will not succeed. proceeds /PROW-seeds/ [noun] – the amount of money received from a…
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