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link : learning english with voa news : Monday, January 14, 2019 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

         It's not happened only in Thailand now, but in South Korean too. I mean the smog that is covering Bangkok

and some provinces. Of course we faced serious event to health.

 

 Many thanks to Google Translate at once again, and G Free Writing Tool together.

 

FRANCE 24 Live – International Breaking News & Top stories - 24/7 stream

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New Yorkers Enjoy a Little Help with Grammar

4 hours ago
 
 
New Yorkers Enjoy a Little Help with Grammar
 

The New York City train system has a new unofficial stop – for people who love grammar…or even just have questions about it.

English language expert Ellen Jovin has put together an unusual “classroom.” There is a foldable table, books, a smile and a deep knowledge of grammar. She calls it Grammar Table. Jovin sits at the table in the subway and on city streets.

She smiles and waits for people to come by with grammar questions. Usually, she catches the interest of a lot of people.

“Hello! Welcome to Grammar Table!”

“Grammar Table! I love it. I love it! It’s hot.”

More than one billion people in the world speak English. Another two billion are in the process of learning it – or trying to.

But English grammar rules frighten many – even native English speakers. Jovin’s mission is to help people who find themselves afraid of or confused by the world of English.

Jovin is a linguist. She has worked to spread her love for the English language for a long time. She has taught grammar to business professionals and writing at universities. She is also a published writer.

Jovin also owns a business communication training company with her husband. Online and traditional classes are her life. But she decided to make things interesting and take her knowledge to the streets and subways of New York.

"I put the sign up and it took 30 seconds for someone to come up and ask me a question: How many words do I think Donald Trump knows?”

Though that is more of a political question, Jovin believes understanding language structure rules will help people around the world understand each other better.

On one recent day, a man came up to Jovin’s Grammar Table with a question about nouns.

"But I have read that it’s a collective noun. Is that what you’re calling it?”

“Yeah. So, it’s a special case. We can make special cases, right? Or do you want everything to be consistent?"

The Grammar Table appeals to all kinds of people for whom English is filled with mysteries: students and older people, engineers and house cleaners, actors and even other language experts.

Some of the most popular questions, Jovin says, are about commas.

"For example, if I say, ‘He ordered salad, spaghetti and soda,’ right before the ‘and,’ you can put a comma if you want in English. And it’s called the Oxford comma or sometimes the serial comma."

New York subway riders have accepted Jovin with warmth and interest. Musicians, policemen and even English teachers often stop by for a friendly chat.

Walter Skrepnick is a teacher of English literature. He recently shared his thoughts about Grammar Table.

"Things like that – that deal with language, that deal with culture – it’s refreshingfrom some of the other things that go on."

But not all questions are about English – or even in English. Jovin can speak and understand several languages: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, French, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. And she is trying to learn a few others, too.

I’m Alice Bryant.

Nina Vishneva reported this story for VOA News. Alice Bryant adapted it for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

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Words in This Story

grammar – n. the set of rules that explain how words are used in a language

subway – n. a system of underground trains in a city

mission – n. ​a task that you consider to be a very important duty​

confused – adj. unable to understand or think clearly

linguist – n. a person who studies the way languages work

consistent – adj. continuing to happen or develop in the same way

comma – n. a punctuation mark that is used to separate words or groups of words in a sentence

chat – n. a light and friendly conversation

literature – n. ​written works (such as poems, plays, and novels) that are considered to be very good and to have lasting importance​

refreshing – adj. pleasantly new, different or interesting

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January 14, 2019

January 14, 2019
A look at the best news photos from around the world.

Women celebrating their 20th year ride a roller coaster at Toshimaen amusement park on Coming of Age Day, a national holiday, in Tokyo, Japan.
1Women celebrating their 20th year ride a roller coaster at Toshimaen amusement park on Coming of Age Day, a national holiday, in Tokyo, Japan.
South Korean military conscripts wear face masks to protect themselves against a wave of fine dust that has hit the Korean Peninsula, during their entrance ceremony at the army training center in Nonsan.
2South Korean military conscripts wear face masks to protect themselves against a wave of fine dust that has hit the Korean Peninsula, during their entrance ceremony at the army training center in Nonsan.
A seagull flies past an Indian devotee in the Triveni Sangam, the meeting of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, as people gather for the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad.
3A seagull flies past an Indian devotee in the Triveni Sangam, the meeting of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, as people gather for the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad.
Protesters gather on the streets during demonstrations over the increase in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe.
4Protesters gather on the streets during demonstrations over the increase in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Unit 1: Learning Strategies

September 04, 2017
 

Welcome to Let's Teach English. This series offers free online training for English language educators worldwide. Voice of America and the University of Oregon are partners on this project. In this lesson, the teacher presents the learning strategy summarize.

Summary

In this lesson, the teacher presents a learning strategy. Before this class, the teacher introduced the unit and the students practiced saying the new words and wrote them on their family trees.

Teacher Preparation Video Transcript

This episode shows a model of teaching learning strategies. Click on the image below to download a pdf of the transcript.

Let's Teach English Unit 1: Learning Strategies
Let's Teach English Unit 1: Learning Strategies

Women Teaching Women English Text

Click on the image below to download a pdf of the student text and teacher manual. At the end of the ten-unit course, the whole book will be available for download.​

Women Teaching Women English Unit 1: Family
Women Teaching Women English Unit 1: Family

Women Teaching Women English Listening

These audio files go with Unit 1 of Women Teaching Women English. Click on the "Direct Link" button to the right of the player to download them.

Conversation:

Women Teaching Women Unit 1: The Hilwe w Morra Story - Triplets
 

Reading:

Women Teaching Women English - Unit 1 Reading - Mother of Triplets
 

What Do You Think?

Let us know what you think about this course. Email us or write your comment in the comments section below.

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The English We Speak

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

A bright spark

EPISODE 190114 / 14 JAN 2019

Summary 

Rob thinks there's an English expression that applies to him but he's in for a surprise when he finds that it also has a negative meaning. Feifei is on hand to set him straight. Discover the true meaning of 'a bright spark' in this episode of The English We Speak.

Transcript

Feifei
Hello, this The English We Speak. I'm Feifei.

Rob
And hello, I’m Rob.

Feifei
Hey, Rob. You know we've got a 'bright spark' in our office?

Rob
A bright spark? Oh yes – by that you mean someone intelligent…

Feifei
Well…

Rob
Someone full of energy…

Feifei
I didn't exactly…

Rob
Someone with clever ideas. Feifei, there's no need to waste everyone's time. Just say my name! Rob is the bright spark in the office.

Feifei 
Ermm... Rob, that is just one definition of 'a bright spark'. A bright spark can describe someone who is clever, intelligent with lots of energy. But this isn't the definition that applies to you Rob!

Rob
So come on, Feifei. When else would you describe someone as 'a bright spark?

Feifei
Well, it can be used sarcastically and humorously to describe someone who thinks they are intelligent but actually does something stupid. A bit like this…

Examples
Which bright spark suggested we go for a walk on the wettest day of the year?!

Come on, own up – who's the bright spark who turned the power off and caused everything in the freezer to melt?

Are you the bright spark who told the other team our game plan? I think you owe us an apology.

Feifei
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. And we've discovered that 'a bright spark' can either be a very smart person or someone who has done something stupid. So I'm sorry to say, Rob, you are the second kind of bright spark!

Rob
Oh really. Why is that?

Feifei
You left the window open last night and this morning I found all my documents and scripts blown all over the floor.

Rob
Are you sure? A bright spark like me would never do something like that.

Feifei
Rob, it's exactly what a bright spark like you might do – and it means I've lost the last page of this script.

Rob
Oh really! I think I can remember what it said. Something like - 'Sorry, Rob. You are wise and clever and the brightest spark I have ever known'.

Feifei
I don't think so, Rob. Which bright spark would write something as cringey as that?

Rob
Err... Time to go I think.

Feifei
Good idea. Bye.

Rob
Bye.

 

Latest The English We Speak

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  • A South Korean policeman wears facial masks as he stands guard next a statue of King Sejong at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, 14 January 2019. The air quality in Seoul was measured as 'bad' due to the high density of fine dust.//EPA-EFE
  • South Korean military conscripts wear face masks to protect themselves against a wave of fine dust that has hit the Korean Peninsula, during their entrance ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan on January 14.//AFP
  • Tourists walk as they wear facial masks at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, 14 January 2019. The air quality in Seoul was measured as 'bad' due to the high density of fine dust.//EPA-EFE
  • A South Korean policeman wears facial masks as he stands guard next a statue of King Sejong at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, 14 January 2019. The air quality in Seoul was measured as 'bad' due to the high density of fine dust.//EPA-EFE
  • South Korean military conscripts wear face masks to protect themselves against a wave of fine dust that has hit the Korean Peninsula, during their entrance ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan on January 14.//AFP

Emergency measures enforced in S. Korea to fight fine dust

Breaking News January 15, 2019 09:36

By Korea Herald 
Asia News Network

South Koreans started off another suffocating day Tuesday as thick fine dust continued to blanket most of the country for the fifth consecutive day. 

The ultra-fine dust level of the Seodaemun district in western Seoul stood at 153 migrograms per cubic meter (㎍/㎥) as of 8 a.m., far eclipsing 76 ㎍/㎥, a level considered "very bad," according to Yonhap. 

(Yonhap)

Most of the other areas in central regions recorded high levels of the dust particles, known as a class-one carcinogen, including Wonju, a city in the northwestern Gangwon Province with 171 ㎍/㎥ of ultra-fine dust and Cheongju in the central North Chungcheong Province with 162 ㎍/㎥, according to the weather agency. 

Seoul logged a record high level of ultrafine dust Monday, with the daily average level surging to 118 ㎍/㎥, the highest figure since the government began tracking related data in 2015. 

Local governments in 10 major metropolitan cities and provinces Tuesday maintained emergency measures to bring the dust levels down, limiting the vehicles on the road and output at key public emissions facilities. 

Citizens remain stifled by the bad air, wearing masks and walking briskly on streets during rush hour. 

"The air is so murky and my throat hurts that I even feel depressed," a citizen said. "It's as if there is a really thick fog." 

"We only had about half the number of customers (yesterday). People don't want to go far for lunch, and everyone's going home right after work," a restaurant owner complained. 

The weather authorities predicted the dust levels to stay high across the nation for most of the day.

On Monday, Seoul’s daily average level of fine dust, or PM2.5, stood at 155 micrograms per cubic meter as of 5 p.m. on Monday, according to Air Korea. The average ultrafine dust level reached 120 micrograms in the nation’s capital, nearly five times the World Health Organization’s recommended daily average of 25 micrograms.

The ultrafine dust level was measured at 116 micrograms per cubic meter for Gyeonggi Province, followed by 111 for North Chungcheong Province, 102 for South Chungcheong Province and 100 for Incheon on Monday afternoon.

The emergency measures will remain in place on Tuesday as well in Seoul and nearby areas, according to Seoul Metropolitan Government.  

Emergency measures aimed at tackling the toxic particles went into effect on Monday in 10 cities and provinces, including Seoul, Busan, Daejeon, Sejong, Gwangju and North and South Chungcheong provinces. 

When emergency measures go into effect, thermal power plants in the areas must reduce their output to 80 percent of normal operations. Old diesel vehicles 2.5 tons or larger were banned from driving in the city. Some 430 parking lots at state-run organizations were also shut down. Some 100 public emissions facilities were required to keep operational hours shorter. Half of public officials’ vehicles were prohibited from roads. 

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The Seoul city government also closed its open-air ice skating rink in front of City Hall.

The government on Sunday and Monday sent out emergency alert text messages to warn about the high dust levels and to ask pedestrians to wear masks and refrain from outdoor activities. 

It marked the third time, following instances in January and March last year, for the emergency measures to come into force for two consecutive days. 

Most parts of South Korea began to experience unhealthy fine dust particles since Friday. Over the weekend, the fine dust level hovered around 89 to 107 micrograms, and the ultrafine dust level remained between 63 and 73 in central Seoul, forcing people indoors.

The particles are hazardous to human health. They are less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter -- about 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair. The particles can travel through the respiratory system and into the bloodstream, causing damage to human organs such as the heart and lungs. 

Air Korea said that the density of PM2.5 in all areas was forcecast to be high because fine dust particles had accumulated in and out of the country due to a lack of wind, and additional dust particles had come from overseas. 

The nationwide levels of fine dust will remain high throughout the country until the cold winds from the north bring down the temperature and clear the fine dust Tuesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

Questions continue to linger over the effectiveness of the government’s emergency measures that focus on tackling the fine dust particles produced domestically. 

South Koreans largely perceive a huge portion of fine dust to originate from industrial areas in China, but there is yet a scientific research that could measure how much China contributes to the air pollution here. 

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon recently countered Beijing’s claims that China has nothing to do with the fine dust over the Korean Peninsula, citing research that suggest around 50 to 60 percent of fine dust over South Korea originates from China.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Liu Youbin, said in December that the air quality in China had improved over the years through regulatory measures, while that of Korea has worsened in the same period.

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