Aprende inglés: Una "esposa virtual" para hombres solitarios
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Aprende inglés: Una "esposa virtual" para hombres solitarios

En esta nueva serie, los periodistas de la BBC te ayudan a practicar inglés con los titulares de las noticias de la semana. Mira el video y aprende nuevo vocabulario.

Titulares y transcripción en inglés:

Beijing's 'giant toxic cloud'

Iceland's volcanic powers

A 'virtual wife' for lonely men

In Beijing this week, people say they're 'living under the dome'. After days on end of heavy pollution, it feels like being trapped under a giant toxic cloud. In Beijing at the moment, both primary and secondary schools have been closed, as have building sites. It feels a bit cabin feverish at the moment; we're all watching the weather reports and waiting for the winds to come along to make this pollution somebody else's problem.

This is one of the most volcanically active places on Earth. But now scientists plan to harness thepower of volcanoes, by drilling into the heart of one. This site has been operating continuously for 24 hours a day using this huge piece of kit. In Iceland, towns are already using energy generated from volcanoes, but this new approach could create up to ten times more electricity. And if it works, this technology and the energy it harnesses could be used around the world.

A Japanese firm has come up with a holographic character that is also a smart home device. With ease, she can give you weather updates, and turn on the lights and air conditioning. But the device creators say that Hikari can also be your companion, for when you just need a pal. Social isolation appears to be a growing problem among young people in Japan, very often due to busy lives and heavy work schedules. This venture is aimed at single men who are living alone.

Vocabulario:

cabin feverish (to have cabin fever)

frustrating and boring because you have been indoors for too long

harness

control and make use of

holographic

three-dimensional and life-like, created by lasers

companion

person you spend a lot of time with

Ejercicios:

Use one of the words or phrases from Lingohack to complete each of these sentences. Note that you may have to change the form of a word or phrase to complete the sentence correctly.

cabin feverish / harness / holographic / companion

1. Electrician Carl Holdsworth has set up _________ video footage of Mr and Mrs Claus behind the windows of his house. It suggests Father Christmas is in his front room preparing for the festive season!

2. A project to ________ the power of a Borders river to generate energy has secured more than £1.5m in funding.

3. A guide dog is more than just a mobility aid to its owner - it is a loving and faithful _________, and very much part of the family.

4. After being stuck on the island for a week, the head warden said that _________ was beginning to kick in.

Respuestas:

1. Electrician Carl Holdsworth has set up holographic video footage of Mr and Mrs Claus behind the windows of his house. It suggests Father Christmas is in his front room preparing for the festive season!

2. A project to harness the power of a Borders river to generate energy has secured more than £1.5m in funding.

3. A guide dog is more than just a mobility aid to its owner - it is a loving and faithful companion, and very much part of the family.

4. After being stuck on the island for a week, the head warden said that cabin fever was beginning to kick in.