Người đưa thư tại Cotonou ở Benin
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Đặt tên phố tại Cotonou ở Benin

Từ vựng

a handful of: a small number of

no wonder: it's no surprise that

a needle in a haystack: something very hard to find

residents: people who live in a particular place

boost: an action that makes something better, happier or more successful

Bài khóa

A city of three million people, with only of a handful of street names.

No wonder trying to deliver a letter here is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

But this is changing, as the city of Cotonou, in Benin, is starting to name its streets and paint numbers on each house.

Residents hope this will help the city become better connected to the world and provide a boost for local businesses.

Bản dịch

Một thành phố 3 triệu dân, chỉ với một dúm các tên phố.

Chẳng có gì là ngạc nhiên khi tìm cách đưa thư ở đây cũng giống như tìm kim đáy biển.

Nhưng tình trạng này đang thay đổi khi thành phố Cotonou ở Benin bắt đầu đặt tên phố và sơn số cho từng căn nhà.

Cư dân hy vọng việc này sẽ giúp thành phố trở nên gắn kết tốt hơn với thế giới và giúp thúc đẩy các cơ sở kinh doanh của địa phương.

Bài tập

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.

a handful of / no wonder / a needle in a haystack / residents / boost

1. Sussex expect to announce they made a profit during the last financial year.

The news is a huge _________ to the club, which recorded a deficit of £630,000 for the financial year to October 2013 and significant losses for the previous two years as well.

2. There have been only _________ cases in humans since the infection was first described in 1954 by a researcher called Stefanski.

3. Mr Cameron said a migrant in work with two children was getting £700 a month on average in support from the state, twice the amount paid in Germany and three times as much as in France.

"__________ so many people want to come to Britain," he said, adding that changes to in-work benefits could affect about 400,000 people.

4. With £524 billion worth of goods coming through UK ports each year in millions of containers, [finding illegal goods] can be like looking for __________.

5. _________ of a 3,300-home development in Oxfordshire claim they have been "cut off" after promised community facilities did not materialise.

Giải đáp

1. Sussex expect to announce they made a profit during the last financial year.

The news is a huge _________ to the club, which recorded a deficit of £630,000 for the financial year to October 2013 and significant losses for the previous two years as well.

Source: Sussex expect to announce operating profit for financial year

2. There have been only a handful of cases in humans since the infection was first described in 1954 by a researcher called Stefanskis.

Source: Kidney deaths inquest: Patients told donor had meningitis

3. Mr Cameron said a migrant in work with two children was getting £700 a month on average in support from the state, twice the amount paid in Germany and three times as much as in France.

"No wonder so many people want to come to Britain," he said, adding that changes to in-work benefits could affect about 400,000 people.

Source: David Cameron urges EU support for migration plans

4. With £524 billion worth of goods coming through UK ports each year in millions of containers, [finding illegal goods] can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Source: Channel Patrol

5. Residents of a 3,300-home development in Oxfordshire claim they have been "cut off" after promised community facilities did not materialise.

Source: Great Western Park residents angry over lack of facilities