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Saturday, April 30 2016

Words in the News


Grass phone

Do you want your mobile phone to stand out from the crowd?
Well, here's a device that looks cool and is truly green - that's because some of it is made out of
grass.
Its case and internal components are made entirely from recycled, organic materials.
It's hoped in the future this sustainable phone can be mass-produced - helping to reduce the number
of mobiles that don't get recycled.

Vocabulary
to stand out from the crowd
to be different from everything else
device
piece of equipment used for a certain purpose
internal components
parts inside a piece of equipment that make it work
organic
coming from living things, not from chemicals
sustainable
not harming the environment, therefore able to continue for a long time

To do
Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.
to stand out from the crowd / device / internal components / organic / sustainable
1. The piano is now back to professional recording standard, with all of its __________ - including
soundboard, keys, hammers, pins and strings - restored.
2. Dubai now has just over five years to build what it calls "a monument to the green economy, a
landmark in __________ development", when it hosts Expo 2020.

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3. Visiting a big technology show such as Berlin's IFA is an exhausting experience. Actually, despite
the mayhem, it is worth coming because there are always a few products which __________ and give
a hint of where technology is heading.
4. The culinary difference between bushmeat and farmed animals in Sierra Leone is like the
difference in Europe between expensive, __________ sirloin steak and tasteless frozen battery
chicken.
5. Children are also now multi-screening - using more than one __________ at the same time, for
example, watching TV while surfing the internet on a tablet or mobile so some of the screen time will
be concurrent.

Words in the News


Surfing dogs

Who is top dog of the California waves?


About 50 animals wearing life jackets took part in the annual dog surfing competition in San Diego.
They were eager to follow their owners to the water and looked pretty confident and skilled at keeping
their balance on the surfboards.
The owners guarantee that their pets are safe and enjoying the ride. At least this dog seems happy.
The event raises money for the San Diego Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals.

Vocabulary
top dog
(idiom) a dominant person in a group or in their field
life jackets
something you wear to make you float if you fall into water
eager
keen
balance
the ability to stay in the same position and not fall
guarantee
promise that something will happen

To do
Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

Lets break the limit!


doniapa

Saturday, April 30 2016

top dog / life jackets / eager / balance / guarantee


1. Meet Atlas, a humanoid robot capable of crossing rough terrain and maintaining its__________ on
one leg even when hit from the side.
2. Three anglers are "extremely lucky to be alive" after being rescued from a capsized boat off the
Devon coast, Portland Coastguards have said.
The men had no __________ and ended up in the water after their 16ft (4.8m) boat overturned at
speed before sinking off Seaton, coastguards said.
3. Police were called to a Cardiff supermarket after reports of clashes between
customers__________ to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
4. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has said it cannot __________ that all 2bn National Lottery
money taken to fund London 2012 will be returned.
It is hoped profits from land sold after the Olympic Games will reimburse National Lottery funds.
5. An Essex drug dealer described as the "__________" in a 2m ecstasy ring has been convicted
after police officers recorded coded conversations.

Answers
1. Meet Atlas, a humanoid robot capable of crossing rough terrain and maintaining itsbalance on one
leg even when hit from the side.
See story
2. Three anglers are "extremely lucky to be alive" after being rescued from a capsized boat off the
Devon coast, Portland Coastguards have said.
The men had no life jackets and ended up in the water after their 16ft (4.8m) boat overturned at
speed before sinking off Seaton, coastguards said.
See story
3. Police were called to a Cardiff supermarket after reports of clashes between customerseager to
take advantage of Black Friday sales.
See story
4. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has said it cannot guarantee that all 2bn National Lottery
money taken to fund London 2012 will be returned.
It is hoped profits from land sold after the Olympic Games will reimburse National Lottery funds.
See story
5. An Essex drug dealer described as the "top dog" in a 2m ecstasy ring has been convicted after
police officers recorded coded conversations.
See story

Lets break the limit!


doniapa

Saturday, April 30 2016

Answers
1. The piano is now back to professional recording standard, with all of its internal components including soundboard, keys, hammers, pins and strings - restored.
See story
2. Dubai now has just over five years to build what it calls "a monument to the green economy, a
landmark in sustainable development", when it hosts Expo 2020.
See story
3. Visiting a big technology show such as Berlin's IFA is an exhausting experience. Actually, despite
the mayhem, it is worth coming because there are always a few products which stand out from the
crowd and give a hint of where technology is heading.
See story
4. The culinary difference between bushmeat and farmed animals in Sierra Leone is like the
difference in Europe between expensive, organic sirloin steak and tasteless frozen battery chicken.
See story
5. Children are also now multi-screening - using more than one device at the same time, for example,
watching TV while surfing the internet on a tablet or mobile so some of the screen time will be
concurrent.
See story
Exercise 1

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doniapa

Saturday, April 30 2016

Lets break the limit!


doniapa