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Thriving wildlife in deserted areas around Fukushima

Thriving wildlife in deserted areas around Fukushima (1)

©University of Georgia Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What animal best represents your character? Please explain. What particular animals have become famous in your country for some special skill or accomplishment? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. abandoned /uh-BAN-duhnd/ [adjective] – left in a particular place or condition, usually forever The abandoned building is said to be haunted. calamity /kuh-LAM-i-tee/ [noun] – a serious accident or bad event causing damage or suffering That earthquake was the worst calamity in the country’s history. discharge /dis-CHAHRJ/ [verb] – to send out a substance, especially waste liquid or gas…
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3 splendid places to witness Tokyo’s fall colors

3 splendid places to witness Tokyo's fall colors

©Marufish/Flickr Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is your favorite season and why? What is the worst season for you and why? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. atmosphere /AT-muhs-feer/ [noun] – the character, feeling, or mood of a place or situation The hotel has a relaxed atmosphere. adore /uh-DAWR/ [verb] – to love and respect someone very much, or to like something very much I adore your shoes! Where did you buy that pair? magnificent /mag-NIF-uh-suhnt/ [adjective] – very good, beautiful, or deserving to be admired The Taj Mahal is a magnificent tourist spot. feast…
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Toshiba confirms breakup plan

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© GETTY IMAGES via BBC News Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What electronic device brand is popular in your country? Which electronic brand/s do you trust the most? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. standalone /STAND-uh-lohn/ [adjective] – a standalone company or organization manages its own activities and does not depend on a larger organization for money or approval TechQ Corporation is expected to split into four standalone businesses by next year. semiconductor /sem-ee-kuhn-DUHK-ter/ [noun] – a substance, such as silicon, that allows some electricity to flow through it, used in making electronic devices Diamond is…
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Fumio Kishida wins race to become Japan’s next prime minister

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©BBC News Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Who is your favorite leader? Why? Could you give some good qualities of a good leader? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. popularity /pop-yuh-LAR-i-tee/ [noun] – the fact that something or someone is liked, enjoyed, or supported by many people Since her return from exile two years ago, her popularity has decreased. host /hohst / [verb] – to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event Which country will host the Olympic Games in the future? widely /WAHYD-lee/ [adverb] – including a lot of different places,…
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Japan and the Philippines to hold first ever joint air drills

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©Kimimasa Mayama / Reuters / Alamy Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How often do you watch the news? How much information do you get about other countries from watching the news? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. gather /GATH-er/ [verb] – when people or animals gather, they come together in a group The employees will gather for the meeting at 9:00 a.m. significant /sig-NIF-i-kuhnt/ [adjective] – important or noticeable Graduation is a significant event in every student’s life. disaster /dih-ZAS-ter/ [noun] – (an event that results in) great harm, damage, or death, or serious difficulty California…
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COVID-19 vaccination financial support in Japan to be extended

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How is the progress of vaccination programs in your country? Are you already vaccinated? Please tell me more about it. Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. financial /fahy-NAN-shuhl/ [adjective] – relating to money The organization offers financial assistance to students. benefit /BEN-uh-fit/ [verb] – to be helped by something How can we benefit from doing yoga? municipality /myoo-nis-uh-PAL-i-tee/ [noun] – a city or town with its own local government, or the local government itself The municipality has banned smoking since last year. set up /SET-uhp/ [phrasal verb] – to place or…
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North Korea to boycott the Tokyo Olympics

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. When was the last time you watched an Olympic game? What is your favorite sport? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. infection /in-FEK-shuhn/ [noun] – a disease in a part of your body that is caused by bacteria or a virus They tested her blood for signs of the infection. athlete /ATH-leet/ [noun] – a person who is very good at sports or physical exercise, especially one who competes in organized events He became a professional athlete when he was in high school. disagree /dis-uh-GREE/ [verb] – to not have the…
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Overseas spectators not allowed in Tokyo Olympics 2021

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© Kyodo News Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Who are the famous Olympic athletes in your country? Are you excited about the 2021 Olympic games? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. spectator /SPEK-tey-ter/ [noun] – a person who watches an activity, especially a sports event, without taking part The spectators cheered loudly as the opening ceremony started. overseas /oh-ver-SEEZ/ [adjective] – in, from, or to other countries The overseas fans have been waiting for the concert. permit /per-MIT/ [verb] – to allow something Smoking is not permitted inside the building. venue /VEN-yoo/…
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Vaccines to hopefully save the Tokyo Summer Olympics this 2021

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you watch Olympic games? What can you say about them? Who is your favorite Olympian? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. global /GLOH-buhl/ [adjective] – relating to the whole world A global research to map the impact of climate change has just been launched. committee /kuh-MIT-ee/ [noun] – a small group of people chosen to represent a larger organization and either make decisions or collect information for it A committee has just been formed by the local council to research recycling. enable /en-EY-buhl/ [verb] – to make someone able to…
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Flaming Torch-inspired skyscraper set to be the tallest building in Japan

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© Mitsubishi Estate via CNN Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the most famous building in your area? Are you interested in architecture and construction? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. locate /loh-KEYT/ [verb] – to be in a particular place The church is located at the heart of the small village. builder /BIL-der/ [noun] – a person whose job it is to make buildings We got some local builders to do the work for us. guarantee /gar-uhn-TEE/ [noun] – to promise that something will happen or exist I guarantee that…
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