Học tiếng Anh: Điều tra tin giả và Áo tìm tuyển 'ẩn sĩ'

Image caption Quang cảnh xunh quanh ngôi nhà ở gần Salzburg của Áo, nơi đang tìm người trông nom

Tin chính trong tuần (Phát trên BBC World Service tháng 2/2017):

British MPs to investigate 'fake news'

More babies than expected affected by Zika virus

Unusual job vacancy in Austria

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Fake news rose to prominence during the American presidential election, when outrageous stories about endorsements of Donald Trump went viral on social media. Some of these stories were read by millions but none were true. Now MPs will investigate how to disrupt the economics of fake news and what tools users of social media need to separate reality from lies.

A year after Zika was declared a global emergency, doctors believe the number of babies affected could be much higher. I'm with baby Mirella Vitoria, she's 15 months old and she is one of those cases doctors are studying right now. She wasn't born with microcephaly but later on she showed signs that she too was affected by the Zika virus in her mother's womb. Doctor Ricardo Ximenez is one of the scientists looking into this. They call it congenital Zika syndrome. Even if these babies are born with the normal-sized head, they can have poor vision, hearing loss and other disabilities later in their lives. Research shows that for every baby with microcephaly, ten others might develop these problems.

This is a town near Salzburg in Austria. For more than 350 years there's always been a hermit in this house. The last one retired in the autumn and now the search is on to find a successor. The role is to take care of the place and receive pilgrims and hikers. Could it be you? There is no heating or running water. Don't expect a salary. But one thing is guaranteed: you'll have stunning views.

Words and Phrases/Từ vựng

outrageous(shockingly bad): quá đáng, quá tệ, không biết điều, không chấp nhận được

looking into (examining): xem xét, nghiên cứu

hermit(person who lives alone in a remote place): người ở ẩn, người sống một mình ở một nơi xa xôi hẻo lánh

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outrageous / looking into / hermit

1. Adam was tired of facing bad traffic, busy and boring work and breathing the polluted air of the big city. He said he was considering becoming a ______.

2. My broadband service is very expensive but unreliable. I called the provider and they promised to ______ the matter.

3. The couple living upstairs throws noisy parties almost every week. And they last till the morning. I can't sleep. It's ______!

Answers/Câu trả lời

1. Adam was tired of facing bad traffic, busy and boring work and breathing the polluted air of the big city. He said he was considering becoming a hermit.

2. My broadband service is very expensive but unreliable. I called the provider and they promised to look into the matter.

3. The couple living upstairs throws noisy parties almost every week. And they last till the morning. I can't sleep. It's outrageous!

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