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Kiểm số thú nuôi tại vườn thú London

Từ vựng

census - điều tra dân số, trong trường hợp này là kiểm số thú trong Vườn thú London

kicking off - mở đầu, bắt đầu

mammoth task - một nhiệm vụ rất lớn, khổng lồ

houses - nơi chứa, nơi nuôi, nơi ở

incentive - khuyến khích, động cơ, sự khích lệ

Bài khóa

One, two, three… It’s census time at London Zoo.

Zookeepers are kicking off the New Year with the mammoth task of counting every single animal. The zoo houses more than 750 different species.

For penguins, food is an incentive to show up for the count.

Monkeys are known to be clever animals. Here the question is: who's counting who?

Bản dịch

Một, hai, ba ... Đây là thời điểm làm điều tra số thú nuôi ở Vườn thú London.

Những người trông nom vườn thú bắt đầu Năm mới bằng một nhiệm vụ khổng lồ: đếm từng con thú tại đây. Vườn thú là nơi nuôi hơn 750 chủng loại khác nhau.

Với chim cánh cụt, thức ăn là cách khuyến khích chúng xuất hiện cho việc đếm thú.

Khỉ vẫn được biết là loài vật thông minh. Câu hỏi ở đây là: liệu ai đang đếm ai?

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.

census / kicking off / mammoth task / houses / incentive

1. The fall in the price of coal is a classic case of supply and demand, says senior economist at St George Bank, Janu Chan.

"Over the past decade, prices went up. There was an __________ to increase coal supply, and more mines opened or became profitable. However, as capacity increased, it generated too much coal and prices fell again."

2. A man with a collection of nearly 500 radio sets, some dating back to the early 1900s, has opened a museum to __________ them in a former Suffolk chapel.

3. In 1911, as far as work went, the government just wanted to know occupation, industry, and status. In 2011, the __________ has 15 nuanced questions on work and employment.

4. The Franco-German meeting in Paris __________ a week of meetings involving European leaders, the European Central Bank (ECB) and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, culminating in Brussels on Friday with an EU summit.

5. In Kazinga, MSF assembled a team of 55 porters to carry all the equipment necessary to perform the __________ of vaccinating communities far removed from any kind of infrastructure.

Giải đáp

1. The fall in the price of coal is a classic case of supply and demand, says senior economist at St George Bank, Janu Chan.

“Over the past decade, prices went up. There was an incentive to increase coal supply, and more mines opened or became profitable. However, as capacity increased, it generated too much coal and prices fell again.”

Source: From boom to bust in Australia’s mining towns

2. A man with a collection of nearly 500 radio sets, some dating back to the early 1900s, has opened a museum to house them in a former Suffolk chapel.

Source: Monks Eleigh radio museum: Paul Goodchild finds home for 500 sets

3. In 1911, as far as work went, the government just wanted to know occupation, industry, and status. In 2011, the census has 15 nuanced questions on work and employment.

Source: Census: 1911 v 2011

4. The Franco-German meeting in Paris kicks off a week of meetings involving European leaders, the European Central Bank (ECB) and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, culminating in Brussels on Friday with an EU summit.

Source: Sarkozy and Merkel kick off week of euro crisis talks

5. In Kazinga, MSF assembled a team of 55 porters to carry all the equipment necessary to perform the mammoth task of vaccinating communities far removed from any kind of infrastructure.

Source: Into the bush: Vaccinating a remote community