Tokyo

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(P1) Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and has the largest population in the world. Ten percent (10%) of Japanese people live in Tokyo, and almost twenty percent (20%) of the population lives in the area around it. As of 2009, the population was about 12,989,000 people. Tokyo is the center of business, trade, and industry of Japan and also of Asia.

(P2) Tokyo means “the Eastern capital” in Japanese. It became the capital of Japan in the middle of 19th century when its name changed from “Edo” to “Tokyo”. Before then, Kyoto was the capital of Japan.

(P3) Tokyo has been described as one of the three most important cities for the world economy, along with New York City and London. In 2010 Tokyo was named the second most expensive city for foreign employees, and named as the fourth Most Livable City. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics and will also hold the 2020 Summer Olympics.

WORDS: 155

SOURCE: http://dreamreader.net/lesson/tokyo/

VOCABULARY: trade, industry, described, economy, expensive

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever been to Tokyo? If yes, did you like it? If no, do you want to go there?
  3. What is the approximate population of your hometown?
  4. Does your hometown have a meaning? If so, what is the meaning?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How many people lived in the capital city in 2009?
  2. Tokyo is also a hub for trade in Asia. (T or F)
  3. A former name for Tokyo was ____________.
  4. In 2010 Tokyo ranked number 4 in the list of most livable places in the world. (T or F)
  5. After the year 2020, Tokyo will have hosted 2 summer Olympics. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • lives in the area around it (P1)
  • in the middle of the 19th century )P2)
  • livable city (P3)
  • will also hold (P3)

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19 Countries With the Highest Quality of Life

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The US is in the top 20 countries with the highest standard of livingbut don’t let that go to your head. The Social Progress Index says that at No. 19, America is a “disappointment” given its huge economy, per Business Insider. The ranking is based on three categories: basic human needs (like shelter and health care), foundations of well-being (like life expectancy and education), and opportunity (rights, freedoms, and tolerance). Here are the 19, each with a score out of 100:

  1. Finland: 90.1
  2. Canada: 89.5
  3. Denmark: 89.4
  4. Australia: 89.1
  5. Switzerland: 88.9
  6. Sweden: 88.8
  7. Norway: 88.7
  8. Netherlands: 88.7
  9. United Kingdom: 88.6
  10. Iceland: 88.45
  11. New Zealand: 88.45
  12. Ireland: 87.94
  13. Austria: 86.60
  14. Japan: 86.54
  15. Germany: 86.42
  16. Belgium: 86.19
  17. Spain: 85.88
  18. France: 84.79
  19. USA: 84.62

WORDS: 142

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/227420/10-countries-with-the-highest-quality-of-life.html

VOCABULARY: standard of living, huge, categories, shelter, foundations, life expectancy, tolerance

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Did you expect your country to be on the list? Why or why not?
  3. Would you live in any of the countries on the list? Why or why not? If yes, where?
  4. Do you think the study is accurate? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Which countries have the same scores?
  2. Who performed the study?
  3. What are the 3 types of information used to make the rankings?
  4. The highest possible score was 150. (T or F)
  5. Which number was Japan?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Go to your head
  • Each with a score out of 100

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Buy a village in England

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(P1) If you’ve got 20 million pounds and want to have your own village, well, you’ve finally got your chance. A 21-bedroom mansion, 8.6 square kilometers of land, 43 houses and cottages, a village pub and restaurant and a petrol station – all of it can be yours.

(P2) People are renting all of the houses and they hope that the next owner will not raise the rents.

(P3) One family owned the village in North Yorkshire for the last 150 years. The last owner died in 2010 and had no heir. Many people from the UK, as well as abroad, are already interested in buying the village.

(P4) Whoever ends up lord of the manor, it’s hoped that much like the owner before, they’ll carry on helping the community and providing cheap rents for the tenants.

WORDS: 132

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/buy-a-village-in-england-level-2/

VOCABULARY: mansion, cottages, heir, abroad, whoever

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. If you had the money, would you buy this village? Why or why not?
  3. Do you prefer to live in a city or village (town)? Why?
  4. Have you ever been in a mansion before? If so, where?
  5. Do you prefer to live in a big or small house? Why?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Petrol station (P1)
  • Raise the rents (P2)
  • carry on (P4)

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