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Một năm bội thu sầu riêng ở Malaysia

Từ vựng

pungent (strong and unpleasant taste or smell): nồng nặc

an acquired taste (something you start liking the more you try it): một sở thích dần dần, càng ăn thì càng thích

is shaping up (developing into): đang hình thành, phát triển thành

bumper crop (larger amount of fruit than normally grows): được mùa, vụ mùa bội thu

delight (great pleasure/ happiness): niềm vui

Bài khóa

It may look delicious but this fruit's pungent smell makes it an acquired taste. Durians, the so-called "king of fruits", are something of a national obsession in Singapore.

And 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for durian lovers, with a bumper crop in neighbouring Malaysia.

That means prices are coming down and sales are going up – much to the delight of buyers and sellers alike.

Bài dịch

Trông thì có vẻ ngon đấy nhưng mùi nồng nặc của trái cây này khiến nó là một sở thích khi càng ăn nhiều (một món ăn tạo sở thích dần dần).

Sầu riêng, vẫn được gọi là "vua của các loại hoa quả" là nỗi ám ảnh quốc gia của Singapore.

Và năm 2015 đang trở thành một năm rất tốt đẹp cho những người yêu sầu riêng với vụ mùa bội thu tại nước láng giềng Malaysia.

Nó có nghĩa là giá cả hạ và bán được nhiều hơn - và cả người mua lẫn người bán đều vui mừng.

Bài tập

Hãy dùng các từ và cụm từ dưới đây ở dạng thích hợp để hoàn thành những câu sau. Xin lưu ý là bạn có thể phải thay đổi dạng thức của từ để hoàn thành đúng câu trả lời.

pungent/ an acquired taste/ is shaping up/ bumper crop/ delight

1. Apple growers in Worcestershire say they are harvesting a __________ due to almost perfect weather conditions.

2. Residents in Ryde, Isle of Wight, have been living with a stench from rotting seaweed which smells like raw sewage. The warm weather has made the odour from the seaweed so __________ it is making people feel sick.

3. More than 330 people were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in the UK in the year to April 2015 - a third more than the previous year. Crucially, the average age of those being arrested has been falling, with almost a fifth under 20. In other words, given that the self-proclaimed caliphate isn't going away anytime soon, this ____________ to be an enduring security problem.

4. With more than half the ballots in, results from the Greek referendum suggest voters have decisively rejected the terms of an international bailout.For "No" voters, as these pictures show, there was __________ at the result.

5. Higgs' vocals are something of __________. They flit flamboyantly between a raspy alto and the keening siren of his falsetto. One review of the new album called it "almost unlistenable" as a result - although the vast majority of critics awarded it five star ratings.

Giải đáp

1. Apple growers in Worcestershire say they are harvesting a bumper crop due to almost perfect weather conditions.

Source: Worcestershire growers enjoy bumper apple crop

2. Residents in Ryde, Isle of Wight, have been living with a stench from rotting seaweed which smells like raw sewage. The warm weather has made the odour from the seaweed so pungent it is making people feel sick.

Source: Seaweed causes stink on Isle of Wight beach

3. More than 330 people were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in the UK in the year to April 2015 - a third more than the previous year. Crucially, the average age of those being arrested has been falling, with almost a fifth under 20. In other words, given that the self-proclaimed caliphate isn't going away anytime soon, this is shaping up to be an enduring security problem.

Source: 7/7 attacks: Ten years on, how safe is the UK?

4. With more than half the ballots in, results from the Greek referendum suggest voters have decisively rejected the terms of an international bailout.For "No" voters, as these pictures show, there was delight at the result.

Source: Greece: 'No' voters start to celebrate

5. Higgs' vocals are something of an acquired taste. They flit flamboyantly between a raspy alto and the keening siren of his falsetto. One review of the new album called it "almost unlistenable" as a result - although the vast majority of critics awarded it five star ratings.

Source: Everything Everything: 'Our album is a horror bible'