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Train of the future

One day, this could be the world's fastest train. Using magnets to float above the track, the maglev can reach speeds of over 500 kilometres per hour (500km/h). Ministers in Japan have called it "world-class" technology. The venture cost billions of US dollars, though some hope the technology could be sold to overseas markets. But don't turn up at the station any time soon. The train isn't expected to open its doors to passengers until 2027.

Vocabulary:

magnets - objects which can attract iron or steel objects and also push them away world-class - of international quality; one of the best in the world venture - a business activity which involves risk overseas - relating to other countries turn up - arrive

Exercise:

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. magnets / world-class / venture / overseas / turn up

1. Mr Gondwe says his business is good: "I used to sell radios but that was not a profitable business. That's why I switched to selling underwear and this is a much more rewarding __________."

2. "If people fail to __________ for interviews or refuse a job offer for no good reason they will face losing their benefit. It is because of this we have introduced tough new penalties for those claimants who refuse to play by the rules." 3. __________ inside mobile phone cases and GPS devices and also the metal in car keys and under-wired bras could affect compass needles, the MCofS warned.

4. "A weak currency won't necessarily lead to a crisis. But, if it makes it harder to pay for a deficit that is owed to__________ creditors, that's when it could become a problem."

5. Stephen Duncan, director of commercial and tourism at Historic Scotland, said: "Stirling Castle is a __________ attraction which draws visitors from across the globe, so I am delighted to see it recognised as one of the 40 best experiences in Europe

."

Answers:

1. Mr Gondwe says his business is good: "I used to sell radios but that was not a profitable business. That's why I switched to selling underwear and this is a much more rewarding venture."

Source: How second-hand clothes kill business for Malawi’s tailors

2. "If people fail to turn up for interviews or refuse a job offer for no good reason they will face losing their benefit. It is because of this we have introduced tough new penalties for those claimants who refuse to play by the rules."

Source: Swansea firm frustrated at system after job advert

3. Magnets inside mobile phone cases and GPS devices and also the metal in car keys and under-wired bras could affect compass needles, the MCofS warned.

Source: Reverse polarity a risk to climbers, mountain body warns

4. "A weak currency won't necessarily lead to a crisis. But, if it makes it harder to pay for a deficit that is owed to overseas creditors, that's when it could become a problem."

Source: Indian rupee falls further amid Fed stimulus concerns

5. Stephen Duncan, director of commercial and tourism at Historic Scotland, said: "Stirling Castle is a world-class attraction which draws visitors from across the globe, so I am delighted to see it recognised as one of the 40 best experiences in Europe.

Source: Stirling Castle 'top European experience'