Week107

[Environment ★] From India to Britain on Solar Power

[World News ★] World’s Tallest Bridge

[Lifestyle ★★] Tea Facts

[World News ★★] Super Typhoon in Taiwan

[Animals ★★] Dolphin language may have grammar

[Lifestyle ★★★] First all-hijab collection at New York Fashion Week

[Entertainment ★★★] Sully Lands a Win

[World News ★★★] Rarely Visited Country Opens $2.3B Airport

[Technology ★★★★] A first look at GoPro’s foldable Karma drone

[Travel News ★★★★] How Apps Are Revolutionizing the Travel Experience

How Apps Are Revolutionizing the Travel Experience

[Travel News ★★★★]

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(P1) Apps have an increasingly more important role in all facets of our vacation from the travel itself to day-to-day exploration. In fact, apps have completely revolutionized how we travel the world.

(P2) Virtual reservations is one way, notes YonderWork. These days, you can buy tickets and even board a flight, just using an app.“Not having to check in when you get to the airport or sifting through your bag for that printed boarding pass expedites the entire airport experience. The same goes for other transportation methods (Uber, trains) and hotel reservations,” says YonderWork.

(P3) Having access to real-time information is another way apps are changing the travel experience.

(P4) “Apps can feed you up-to-date information about your travel and reservation details, so you’re never caught off-guard by any changes. Apps can send push notifications or emails letting you know that your flight is delayed, or that your hotel check-out time is at 10 a.m. so that you’re always prepared for what’s coming,” notes YonderWork.

(P5) One of the biggest ways apps have transformed the travel landscape is through navigation.

(P6) “I can’t tell you how thankful I am to be able to utilize my phone instead of a physical map. As someone who has no sense of direction, those maps don’t do much for me except somehow manage to get lost in my bag,” reports YonderWork.

(P7) Apps have made travel easier in other ways, too. It’s easy to keep in touch with people at home and with the people you meet abroad.

WORDS: 250

SOURCE: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/travel-technology/how-apps-are-revolutionizing-the-travel-experience.html

VOCABULARY: facets, exploration, sifting, off-guard, travel landscape

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. Do you use travel apps? If so, which ones?
  3. Do you think traveling has become easier with apps? Why or why not?
  4. Will you start using travel apps more often to plan our travel? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Travel apps are only good for certain types of travel. (T or F)
  2. Apps can be used to check-in to flights. (T or F)
  3. Real-time information is another way our travel experience is changing. (T or F)
  4. What can apps send you?
  5. Apps are not an easy way to keep in touch with people you meet in other countries. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • real-time information (P3)
  • apps can feed you (P4)
  • no sense of direction (P6)
  • get lost in my bag (P6)

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Image source: Photo courtesy of Thinkstock http://www.travelpulse.com/news/travel-technology/how-apps-are-revolutionizing-the-travel-experience.html

A first look at GoPro’s foldable Karma drone

[Technology ★★★]

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(P1) It finally happened. After months of teasing its first drone, GoPro today revealed the Karma. As we mentioned earlier, the quadcopter features a sleek and compact design, with foldable blades that’ll make it easy to fit into a backpack. We had the chance to check it out in Squaw Valley, California, where GoPro hosted a launch event for the drone itself as well as the new Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session. The Karma is quite easy to fly, thanks to its gamepad-esque controller and an easy-to-use interface.

(P2) GoPro says it didn’t want to complicate things, and that’s why the controller menus are simple and straight to the point. For example, you can set the Karma to go from point A to point B, for however long you want it to, with a couple of taps on the screen. There are also two main physical buttons on the remote, one to start and stop the drone and another to have it return to its original launch point.

(P3) We only spent about ten minutes testing the Karma, but that was enough to deem it as an impressive device. Namely because of how easy it is to fly and pair with either the GoPro Hero5 Black or the smaller Session (Or Hero4 Black/Silver). Speaking of which, GoPro’s pricing the Karma at $799/£720 on its own, or $999 and $1,099 if you get it in a bundle with the Hero5 Session or Hero5 Black, respectively. It’ll hit in just a few weeks, on October 23rd.

WORDS: 251

SOURCE: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/19/gopro-karma-drone-hands-on/

VOCABULARY: sleek. foldable, controller, complicate, taps, deem, bundle

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 a drone, what would you use it for?
  3. Do you think some day drones will deliver packages to people’s home? Why or why not?
  4. What are some ways drones are used by the military?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What are the 3 design features GoPro boasts?
  2. GoPro launched Karma along with other drones in the USA. (T or F)
  3. The drone has 2 main buttons to start and stop it. (T or F)
  4. The Karma can be bought separately or together with both the Hero5 and Hero5 Black sessions. (T or F)
  5. When will the drone officially be available to purchase?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • after months of teasing its first drone (P1)
  • the chance to check it out (P1)
  • straight to the point (P2)
  • It’ll hit in just a few weeks (P3)

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Image source: by “unknown” http://www.nassaucentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/gopro.jpg

Rarely Visited Country Opens $2.3B Airport

[World News ★★★]

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(P1) The capital of Turkmenistan, a country largely closed to outsiders, has opened a $2.3 billion new international airport terminal in the shape of a flying falcon. The terminal, whose roof in profile resembles a bird with spread wings, adds to Ashgabat’s vast array of unique buildings, the AP reports. The terminal, which officially opened on Saturday, is designed to process at least 2,000 passengers every hour and speed up the “full integration of Turkmenistan into the world economic system, according to Central Asia’s Trend news agency.

(P2) Strict visa regulations in Turkmenistan mean relatively small numbers of tourists and businessmen ever visit the isolated, energy-rich Central Asian nation. In 2013, the Guinness World Records recognized Ashgabat as having the greatest density of marble-clad buildings, estimated at more than 540. Many official buildings are noteworthy for literal or eccentric designs, including the state publishing house, which is in the shape of a book.

WORDS: 151

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/231243/rarely-visited-country-opens-gleaming-23b-airport.html

VOCABULARY: outsiders, falcon, integration, isolated, density, noteworthy, eccentric

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. Would you like to visit Turkmenistan? Why or why not?
  3. Why do you think an international airport was built if people rarely visit there?
  4. Are there unique buildings in your country? If so, describe some.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What’s the capital of Turkmenistan?
  2. What does the airport look like?
  3. Turkmenistan has a vast supply of energy. (T or F)
  4. Ashgabat made the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most stone covered buildings. (T or F)
  5. What does the state publishing house resemble?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • in the shape (P1)
  • a vast array of unique buildings (P1)
  • at least 2,000 passengers (P1)
  • energy-rich
  • marble-clad buildings (P2)

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Image source: by “unknown” http://www.newser.com/story/231243/rarely-visited-country-opens-gleaming-23b-airport.html

Sully Lands a Win

[Entertainment ★★★]

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(P1) Sully took flight in theaters this weekend and has landed with a solid $35.5 million to take the top spot at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Clint Eastwood-directed film about the Miracle on the Hudson stars Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who made an emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009, minutes after taking off. The Warner Bros. film cost a reported $60 million to produce and scored particularly well with audiences, reports the AP; it’s also the best debut for Eastwood as director, notes USA Today.

(P2) Taking second place with $15 million is the Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hill. Holdovers Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad took spots three and four, while the animated The Wild Life opened in fifth with a dim $3.4 million.

WORDS: 145

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/230921/sully-lands-a-win.html

VOCABULARY: top spot, box office, particularly, debut, holdovers, dim

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 or will you watch this movie? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think Captain Sullenberger is a hero? Why or why not?
  4. How do you think you would have felt if you were on the flight that landed in the Hudson River?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Who is the director of the movie, Sully?
  2. What is the number of the flight Captain Sullenberger landed in the Hudson River?
  3. Clint Eastwood has directed other movies that have done better when introduced. (T or F)
  4. How much money did the runner up film make?
  5. Which two movies did not debut, but made the box office list?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • took flight in the theaters (P1)
  • minutes after taking off (P1)
  • scored particularly well with audiences (P1)
  • The Wild Life opened in fifth (P2)

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Image source: by Keith Bernstein http://www.newser.com/story/230921/sully-lands-a-win.html

First all-hijab collection at New York Fashion Week

[Lifestyle ★★★]

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(P1) History was made at the New York Fashion Week when there was a collection in which every model wore a hijab. The hijab is a veil worn by Muslim women that covers the head. It has been in the news a lot recently. Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan wanted to show how stylish the hijab is. The 30-year-old wowed the crowd with her designs and received a standing ovation. She is the first Indonesian to show at a big global fashion event.

(P2) More fashion stores are using Islamic designs. H&M released an advert with a Muslim model in a hijab. Dolce and Gabbana made hijabs for richer Muslim customers. Not everyone is happy with the new hijab fashion. Some say it is un-Islamic. A professor of Islamic Studies said: “The essence of Muslim dress is to wear something decent, to be modest. For women, they have to make sure what they’re wearing doesn’t attract the attention of men.”

WORDS: 157

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1609/160918-hijab-4.html

VOCABULARY: model, stylish, wowed, ovation, advert, essence, modest

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. Do you agree or disagree with the professor of Islamic Studies in paragraph 2? Why or why not?
  3. In your opinion, are the hijab designs of Anniesa Hasibuan stylish? Why or why not?
  4. Why do you think the hijab has been in the news a lot lately?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where was the fashion show held?
  2. Hijabs have been in the news for years. (T or F)
  3. How old is the Muslim designer?
  4. Where’s Anniesa Hasibuan from?
  5. Which two fashion stores are mentioned in the article?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • history was made (P1)
  • to show at a big global fashion event (P1)
  • in a hijab (P2)
  • Muslim dress (P2)

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Image source: ULET IFANSASTI / GETTY IMAGES FOR JAKARTA FASHION WEEK http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/fashionshows/Jakarta+Fashion+Week+Spring+Summer/3819685/story.html?id=3819685

Dolphin language may have grammar

[Animals ★★]

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(P1) Humans may not be the only ones to use language. Dolphins also use words and sentences. Dolphins send messages to each other. They use sounds to identify themselves, have relations, and do things together. We might understand dolphin language and talk to dolphins in the future.

(P2) Researchers recorded two bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins listened to each other and then answered. It was like a conversation between two people. It was like human spoken language. This shows that dolphins are very clever. Dolphins’ language is developed, like human language.

WORDS: 88

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1609/160915-language-0.html

VOCABULARY: relations, might, recorded, conversation, spoken, clever

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. Do you like dolphins? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think other animals are clever? Why or why not?
  4. Would you like to talk to dolphins some day? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Who else may use language besides humans?
  2. How do dolphins identify each other?
  3. It’s not possible for humans to talk to dolphins in the future. (T or F)
  4. Which type of dolphin was recorded?
  5. The dolphins talked together like people. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • to each other (P1)
  • to identify themselves (P1)
  • between two people (P2)
  • like human language (P2)

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Image source: Credit: ROLAND WEIHRAUCH / Staff Getty Images http://wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/dolphin.jpg?quality=75&strip=all