Tag Archive: intermediate

New Google AI system to predict rain in next two hours


©Getty Images via BBC Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How often do you watch weather reports? Does the weather affect your plans? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. prediction /pri-DIK-shuhn/ [noun] – a statement about what you think will happen in the future There were predictions that the store would be a huge success. consequence /KON-si-kwens/ [noun] – a result of a particular action or situation, often one that is bad or not convenient Drinking too much alcohol can result in serious consequences. productive /pruh-DUHK-tiv / [adjective] – having positive results Sheila had a productive day…
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Paris sets 30 kph speed limit to boost road safety and reduce pollution


©Francois Mori / AP via CNN Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the speed limit in your city/town? Does traffic make you stressed? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. argue /AHR-gyoo/ [verb] – to give the reasons for your opinion, idea, belief, etc She argued that time is more important than anything else. accessible /ak-SES-uh-buhl / [adjective] – able to be reached or easily got The area is accessible to commuters. widen /WAHYD-n/ [verb] – to become, or to make something greater in width We need to widen the office space. conduct /KON-duhkt/ [verb] –…
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Experts discover the cleanest air on Earth


Pre-reading questions: What kind of weather do you like the most? Do you want to visit Antarctica? Why or why not? Vocabulary: identify /ahy-DEN-tuh-fahy/ [verb] — to recognize someone or something and say or prove who or what that person or thing is Police will have the pictures enlarged in an attempt to identify the thief crisis /KRAHY-sis/ [noun] — a time of great disagreement, confusion, or suffering The rise and fall of prices caused a financial crisis. investigate /in-VES-ti-geyt/ [verb] — to examine a crime, problem, statement, etc. carefully, especially to discover the truth I heard a noise and went downstairs to investigate. origin /AWR-i-jin/ [noun] — the beginning…
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Energy-storing bricks: A new renewable energy potential


© The D’Arcy Laboratory in Washington via CNN Pre-reading questions: How do you save energy at home? What types of energy are popular in your country? Vocabulary: expert /EK-spurt/ [noun] — a person with a high level of knowledge or skill relating to a particular subject or activity They claimed that the experts have discovered the vaccine for the novel coronavirus. standard /STAN-derd/ [adjective] — usual rather than special, especially when thought of as being correct or acceptable Could you tell me the standard procedures? strength /strengkth/ [noun] — the ability to do things that need a lot of physical or mental effort The poor animal didn’t even have the…
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BTS smashes YouTube records with their newest video, Dynamite


© BigHit Entertainment Pre-reading questions: Who is your favorite foreign artist and why? How often do you listen to YouTube? Vocabulary: simultaneously /sahy-muhl-TEY-nee-uhs-lee/ [adverb] – in a way that is simultaneous (happening or being done at exactly the same time) The students started their projects simultaneously. icon /AHY-kon/ [noun] – a very famous person or thing considered as representing a set of beliefs or a way of life Muhammad Ali is a boxing icon. breakthrough /BREYK-throo/ [noun] – an important discovery or event that helps to improve a situation or provide an answer to a problem The new vaccine against COVID-19 is a breakthrough in medicine. single /SING-guhl/ [noun] –…
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All you need to know about Japanese tea


Pre-Reading Questions: Do you think drinking tea is good for our bodies? When do you usually drink tea? Vocabulary: definitely /DEF-uh-nit-lee/ [adverb] without any doubt Mario will definitely come here before dinner. combination /kom-buh-NEY-shuhn/ [noun] the mixture you get when two or more things are combined Bread and milk are a good combination for breakfast. aroma /uh-ROH-muh/ [noun] a strong, usually pleasant smell Everyone wants to go to the flower garden because of its aroma. subtle /SUHT-l// [adjective] not loud, bright, noticeable, or obvious The taste of this milk tea is very subtle. fine /fahyn/ [adjective] very thin or in very small pieces or drops This grain of rice is…
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