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Yuto Horigome of Japan wins the first-ever gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics


Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What do you think of skateboarding? Please explain your answer. What sport are you good at? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. current /KUR-uhnt/ [adjective] – of the present time The current situation is very frustrating for us. trip /trip/ [verb] – to lose your balance after knocking your foot against something when you are walking or running, or to cause someone to do this That cable is dangerous. Someone might trip over it. struggle /STRUHG-uhl/ [verb] – to experience difficulty and make a very great effort in order to do…
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Japan’s Prime Minister starts the aim of zero emissions, a carbon-neutral nation by 2050


Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How clean do you think the air that you breathe in is? Do you consider yourself an environmentalist? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. aim /eym/ [verb] – to intend He aims to be a good husband in the future. policy /POL-uh-see/ [adjective] – relating to a set of ideas or a plan of what to do in particular situations that has been agreed to officially by a group of people, a business organization, a government, or a political party What is your country’s policy on immigration?…
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Akita: A place of knowledge and beauty

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© Photo by Japan Inside Pre-Reading Questions: Do you like reading books? Why or why not? What is your ideal place to read books? Vocabulary: cozy /KOH-zee/ [adjective] comfortable, pleasant, and inviting, esp. (of a room or building) because of being small and warm My room is nice and cozy during winter. tradition /truh-DISH-uhn/ [noun] a belief, principle, or way of acting that people in a particular society or group have continued to follow for a long time Each country has different traditions. suburb /SUHB-urb/ [noun] an area on the edge of a large town or city where people who work in the town or city often live Ana grew…
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Terrific ways to enjoy spring besides sakura viewing


Pre-Reading Questions: Where do you usually go for sakura viewing? What do you usually do in spring? Vocabulary: tradition /truh-DISH-uhn/ [noun] a way of behaving or a belief that has been established for a long time Mochi making is one of the most popular Japanese traditions during New Year. delightful /dih-LAHYT-fuhl/ [adjective] very pleasant, attractive, or enjoyable Hanami dango is well-known for its delightful taste and appearance. public /PUHB-lik/ [noun] all ordinary people The patient’s identity is announced to the public for security reasons. adventurous /ad-VEN-cher-uhs/ [adjective] willing to try new or difficult things My best friend is very adventurous, now she likes to try skydiving! necessary /NES-uh-ser-ee/ [adjective] needed…
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Japanese university group extends helping hand to stray “campus cats”


Pre-reading questions: Do you like animals? If so, what is your favorite animal? If not, why? Do you want to help stray animals? Why or why not? Vocabulary: stray /strey/ [adjective] (of an animal) having no home, or lost He took a stray dog frequenting outside his home under his care. inspection /in-SPEK-shuhn/ [noun] the act of looking at something carefully in order to discover information The police will conduct an inspection at the crime scene. appearance /uh-PEER-uhns/ [noun] the way a person or thing looks to other people Her appearance got better after her operation. welfare /WEL-fair/ [noun] help given, especially by the state or an organization, to people…
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Harry Potter theme park to open in Tokyo in 2023


© Photo by Universal Studios Hollywood Pre-reading questions: Have you ever watched the Harry Potter movie? Do you like going to theme parks? Why? Vocabulary: propose /pruh-POHZ/ [verb] to offer or suggest a possible plan or action for other people to consider The prime minister proposed a new plan to solve traffic congestion. establish /ih-STAB-lish/ [verb] to found, institute, build, or bring into being on a firm or stable basis Mr. Stark has donated money to establish an orphanage in some areas in Africa. convey /kuhn-VEY/ [verb] to take or carry someone or something to a particular place The Yano Group of Companies will convey the documents needed to transfer…
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World’s oldest person Kane Tanaka turns 117


Pre-reading questions: What Guinness World Record interests you the most and why? How do you celebrate your birthday? Vocabulary: rest home /RES-t hohm/ [noun] a place where old people live and are cared for The number of elderly people living in a resting home has increased. previous /PREE-vee-uhs/ [adjective] happening or existing before the one mentioned The previous owner of a famous coffee shop is an actress. retire /ri-TAHYUHR/ [verb] to leave your job or stop working because of having reached a particular age He is planning to retire at the age of 50. expand /ik-SPAND/ [verb] o increase something in size, number, or importance The very well-known cosmetic company…
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Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony fascinates foreigners


Pre-reading questions: What kind of tea do you enjoy drinking and why? What is your favorite Japanese festival and why? Vocabulary: custom /KUHS-tuhm/ [noun] a way of behaving or a belief that has been established for a long time One of the Filipino customs is Media Noche where families, relatives, and friends gather for a lavish midnight feast. conduct /kuhn-DUHKT/ [verb] to organize and direct a particular activity The new television program will conduct an audition for their lead actor next month ceremony /SER-uh-moh-nee/ [noun] a set of acts, often traditional or religious, performed at a formal occasion The couple’s wedding ceremony will be held near the beach. arrangement /uh-REYNJ-muhnt/…
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Kyoto city monitors tourists’ behavior via smartphone

Pre-reading questions: Do you enjoy traveling? Why or why not? Have you been to a different country? If yes, please tell me more. If no, where would you like to go? Vocabulary: initial /ih-NISH-uhl/ [adjective] of or at the beginning The project’s initial preparation is taking too much time. manner /MAN-er/ [noun] the usual way in which you behave towards other people or the way you behave on a particular occasion One must practice proper manners while eating. misconduct /mis-KON-duhkt/ [noun] unacceptable or illegal behavior by a person or group in a position of authority His misconduct at work caused his termination from the company. assess /uh-SES/ [verb] to make…
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