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Fake U.S. embassy in Ghana closed after 10 years of issuing visas

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  Pre-reading questions: Have you been to another country? What languages can you speak?   GHANA—A fake U.S. Embassy was discovered in the city of Accra. It was giving illegal visas for ten years. The fake embassy looks old. A Ghanian lawyer and Ghanian and Turkish criminals work there. Turkish citizens who can speak English and Dutch pretend as embassy officers. The fake U.S. Embassy wants people to pay $6000 for fake U.S. Visas. The real U.S. Embassy in Ghana is a beautiful building in Cantonments.   Vocabulary: embassy- [noun] the official place to represent a country in another country discovered- [verb] find fake- [adjective] not real illegal- [adjective] not…
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The 90th annual Macy’s thanksgiving day parade

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  Pre-reading questions: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your country? How do you celebrate Thanksgiving Day?   Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held last Thursday, November 24, 2016. It took place in Manhattan, New York City. It started at 9:00 a.m. and ended at 12:00 p.m. The Parade was watched by more than 3.5 million people. It was televised worldwide on NBC. This is the biggest and most beloved parade.   Vocabulary: Thanksgiving Day – [noun] a yearly parade by the US-based department store chain Macy’s parade – [noun] a public procession, especially one celebrating a special day or event, and including marching bands and floats televise – [verb] transmit…
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Man dies in a speed-eating contest

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  Pre-reading questions: Do you like onigiri? Have you ever participated on any festival in your country?   A man fainted in an onigiri speed-eating contest in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. He fainted because of a large onigiri in his throat. He was brought to the hospital right away, but he died 3 days after. The speed-eating was done to celebrate Friendship Festival in their region. Organizers felt sorry about the incident. The event happened last November 13.   Vocabulary: faint – 気が遠くなって[adjective] to lose consciousness. contest – コンテスト[noun] a race or competition. region – 地域[noun] a district or division. organizer – 主催者[noun] a person or group who organize things, events,…
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Earthquake strikes New Zealand

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  Pre-reading questions: Have you ever experienced an earthquake? Where is the best place to go during an earthquake?   The impact of magnitude 7.8 earthquake is still not clear. Officials say at least 2 people died. Small towns were inaccessible and roads were blocked by landslides. About 600 people were trapped in Kaikoura, but the government already gave help to the townspeople.   Vocabulary: magnitude – [noun] the great size inaccessible – [adjective] unable to be reached block – [noun] difficult; impossible landslide – [noun] rockslide; mudslide trapped – [verb] cannot move   True or False: The impact of magnitude 8 earthquake is still not clear. Officials say at…
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Researchers Announced the Countries with Tallest Man and Woman

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  Pre-reading questions: How tall are you? Do you think Japanese people are tall?   A research by Imperial College of London found out that the tallest men in the world are from Netherlands, and the tallest women are from Latvia. More than 800 scientists joined the research. Other scientists believed that people grow because of their genes. The Imperial College of London says that nutrition is also important. Scientists say that people in Netherlands are the tallest because they eat protein-rich food like milk and cheese.   Vocabulary: research – 研究 [noun] a study about a subject found out – 発見した [verb] a result nutrition – 栄養 [noun] can…
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United Nations talks about climate change

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Pre-reading questions: Do you use things that are made of plastics? What are some ways to protect the environment? The United Nations (U.N) talks about climate change during the meeting in Marrakesh in Morocco. They talked about how to be responsible in taking care of our planet. They said people must be responsible at all times. They must also be careful in using things that can be bad for others’ health. Vocabulary: climate change – 気候変動 [noun] changes in the weather environment – 環境 [noun] surroundings responsible – 責任を果たせる [adjective] accountable for planet – 惑星 [noun] heavenly body,earth United Nations – 国際連合 [noun] an international organization True or False: The…
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US Inmates Uses Instant Ramen as Currency

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Pre-reading questions: How do you call your money/currency? Do you think eating instant foods is nutritious? Why or Why not? Today, US inmates uses ramen as their money. In some prisons, meals are only served 2 times a day beacuse of budget shortage. This is the main reason why they use instant ramen as their money. Instant ramen has a high value in prisons so they are using it in exchange for sweatshirts, thermal underwear, fresh vegetables, or cigarettes. Other forms of money that they use are postage stamps, preserved mackerel, and instant coffee. Vocabulary: inmate – 収容者 [noun] a person who is confined in a prison, hospital, etc shortage…
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Trump speaks disbelief on election results

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  Pre-reading questions: When did you last vote? Do you think voting is important?   Donald Trump says that there will be cheating in the election. Donald Trump is a businessman. He is running for president of the United States. Donald Trump is the presidential candidate of the Republican Party. Donald Trump is running against Hillary Clinton. Some people believe that Donald Trump only says there will be cheating in the election to distract the voters.   Vocabulary: cheating – いんちき [noun] dishonesty businessman – ビジネスマン [noun] a man who works in business especially in a high position candidate – 候補者 [noun] a person who is trying to be elected…
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