Tag Archive: science & technology – intermediate

Wordle is the internet’s newest fan-favorite game

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©Josh Wardle via powerlanguage Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How do you usually spend your free time? How often do you play internet games? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. clue /kloo/ [noun] – a sign or some information that helps you to find the answer to a problem, question, or mystery I need to study the clues to solve this puzzle. obsession /uhb-SESH-uhn/ [noun] – something or someone that you think about all the time Elle has a chocolate obsession. invention /in-VEN-shuhn/ [noun] – something that has never been made before, or the process of…
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Honey is a superfood for insects

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you put honey in your tea? Why or why not? What are the health benefits of honey? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. functional /FUHNGK-shuh-nl/ [adjective] – designed to be practical and useful rather than attractive Our furniture isn’t very expensive, but it is functional. boost /boost/ [verb] – to improve or increase something Eating healthy food boosts the immune system. infection /in-FEK-shuhn/ [noun] – a condition in which bacteria or viruses that cause disease have entered the body To limit the danger of infection, wrap the wound in a…
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Thriving wildlife in deserted areas around Fukushima

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©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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Instagram is being used by mothers to provide advice to new parents

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What social networking sites do you use? Why? Which do you think is the best social networking site today? Why? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. consultant /kuhn-SUHL-tnt/ [noun] – someone who advises people on a particular subject She works in a firm of public relations consultants. solid /SOL-id/ [adjective] – hard or firm, keeping a clear shape Dry the clay until it’s solid. establish /ih-STAB-lish/ [veb] – to start something that will last for a long time, or to create or set something in a particular way We can start…
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The bartender robots that want to pull your next drink

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Is AI useful at your work? How? What do you think of talking to bartender robot? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. pint /pahynt/ [noun] – a pint is 16 US fluid ounces (473 ml) He usually goes out for a pint of beer. potential /puh-TEN-shuhl/ [noun] – someone’s or something’s ability to develop, achieve, or succeed In my current employment, I don’t believe I’m reaching my full potential. individual /in-duh-VIJ-oo-uhl / [noun] – a single person or thing, especially when compared to the group or set to which they belong…
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You can now design your own Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

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©Samsung via CNN Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What factors do you consider when buying a phone? Is the color of a product important to you? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. reflect /ri-FLEKT/ [verb] – to show, express, or be a sign of something Lena’s choice of clothing reflects her personality. taste /teyst/ [noun] – a person’s approval of and liking for particular things My friend Tim has great taste in food. combination /kom-buh-NEY-shuhn/ [noun] – the mixture you get when two or more things are combined I would like the perfect color combination for…
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You can now design your own Samsung Galaxy Flip 3

©Samsung via CNN 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 are some popular smartphone brands in your country? How often do you visit electronics stores? 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。 customize /KUHS-tuh-mahyz / [verb] – to make or change something according to the buyer’s or user’s needs Allen customized the car for his client. select /si-LEKT/ [verb] – to choose a small number of things, or to choose by making careful decisions Claire selected the light pink color. type /tahyp/ [noun] – a particular group of people or things that share similar characteristics and…
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Apple reveals new MacBook Pro and AirPods 3

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©Apple via CNN Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What electronic device can you not live without? Do you buy high-quality products even if they are expensive? Why or why not? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. virtual /VUR-choo-uhl/ [adjective] – created by computer technology and appearing to exist but not existing in the physical world Please make sure your internet connection is stable before the virtual meeting. high-end /HAHY-END/ [adjective] – of very good quality and usually expensive The company is renowned for its high-end products like shirts that cost $500. embed /em-BED/ [verb] – to…
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The race is on to replace harmful chemicals in our homes

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What kinds of chemicals do you use at home? How do you get rid of harmful chemicals at home? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. leak /leek/ [verb] – (of a liquid or gas) to escape from a hole or crack in a pipe or container; (of a container) to allow liquid or gas to escape The pipe was leaking with water. investigate /in-VES-ti-geyt/ [verb] – to examine a crime, problem, statement, etc. carefully, especially to discover the truth Police are investigating allegations of senior executives being corrupted. substance /SUHB-stuhns/ [noun]…
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Air pollution is even worse than previously assumed, according to the World Health Organization

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Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Do you support WHO’s iniative to take action on climate change? Why? What places would you find a lot of air pollution? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. concentration /kon-suhn-TREY-shuhn/ [noun] – the exact amount of one particular substance that is found in another substance The contaminated areas had high concentrations of toxic materials. regulation /reg-yuh-LEY-shuhn/ [noun] – an official rule or the act of controlling something New safety regulations have been implemented. harmful /HAHRM-fuhl/ [adjective] – causing harm People with asthma are known to be harmful to this group of…
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