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Some of their neighbours interchanged glances, and one of them─one of the ill-bred people whom one does meet abroad─leant forward over the table and actually intruded into their argument.

1. intrude  [ɪnˋtrud] (v.) to become involved in a situation in a way that is not welcome to other people, for example by getting involved in their private lives

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There have also been problems in financing these expensive projects, and in buying large quantities of environmentally friendly building materials.

1. finance (v.) to pay for something such as a large project

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In order to cut down on waste and to create more energy, sewage will be used to create methane gas that can be used for cooking.

1. cut down ( phrasal vb ) cut down sth to reduce an amount of something

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Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill, a famous physicist from Princeton University, has said that in the future we will have satellites in space to produce solar energy and send it to the Earth.

1. satellite  [ˋsæt!͵aɪt] (n.) an object that is sent into space to travel round the Earth in order to receive and send information

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Many hearing-impaired people use sign languages, in which gestures do the work of the sound system of spoken languages.

1. hearing-impaired (adj.) unable to hear as well as most people can. Many people prefer this word to deaf.

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Urban Planning

1. urban (adj.) [ usually befor noun ] relating to towns and cities, or happening there

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If they do not lift their hand from the paper, they can smudge the ink.

1. smudge  [smʌdʒ] (v.) if you smudge something such as ink, or it smudges, you make it spread across the page in an untidy way by touching it when it is still wet

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1. anthro- = human

    anthropology  [͵ænθrəˋpɑlədʒɪ] (n.) the study of human societies, customs, and beliefs. Someone who studies anthropology is called an anthropologist

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“Sure, the Yankees won their opening game, but one swallow does not make a summer.”

1. one swallow doesn't make a summer─ don't jump to conclusions based on incomplete evidence

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George Orwell's 1984 depicts a frightening, monolithic government.

1. depict  [dɪˋpɪkt] (v.) to describe someone or something using words or pictures: portray

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“These are not delinquents or hoods,” one reporter wrote, “ but cleancut American boys who are being harassed by a monolithic school system.”

1. delinquent [dɪˋlɪŋkwənt] (n.) someone, especially a young person, who behaves in a way that is criminal or antisocial

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Do you think English will always be the international language?   

    Yes. We can discuss this issue with focus on several aspects. First of all, English is easy to write. Second, the Hollywood's movie and the pop music in US are swept by dozens of supporters. Last but not least, people have already get used to it that English has been the universal language so many years, and it's hard to change our stereotype.

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Chester, were sent to the principal by their French teacher, an implacable foe of nonconformists, who went into a paroxysm of anger when she spied the boys in the hall.

1. implacable  [ɪmˋplækəb!] (adj.) having or expressing very angry and determined feelings that will not change: cannot be pacified, inexorable 無法平息的;冷漠嚴峻的

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What they had done, Mrs. Suarez told them, was inexcusable, and she ticked off a list of reasons that made their conduct dangerous and subject to school discipline.

1. inexcusable [͵ɪnɪkˋskjuzəb!] (adj.) inexcusable behaviour is so bad or rude that you cannot forgive the person who behaved like that

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1. -ant = person

     accountant (n.) someone whose job is to prepare financial records for a company or person

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No,〝 my confidant whispered, “it's part of their scheme of planned obsolescence to sell you merchandise with a limited life span in order to keep you coming back for more.”

1. confidant  [͵kɑnfɪˋdænt] (n.) someone you trust and can discuss your secrets and private feelings with

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I guess we'll never be able to quell those persistent rumors about the invention of auto tires that will never wear out, stockings that cannot tear.

1. wear out ( phrasal vb ) to use something a lot so that it no longer works, or can no longer be used

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xerox copy 影印 [ˋzɪrɑks]

1. e- = out

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According to its sponsors, the pill will nourish and safety.

1. nourish  [ˋnʌriʃ] (v.) to give a person, animal,or plant the food and care they need to live, grow, and be healthy

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1. uni- = single; one

    uniform

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