TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Philippines look to restore tourism revenue after typhoon: Economic advisors in the Philippines are hoping that essential services can be restored in December so that valuable tourist revenue can come into the country. Approximately 8% of the country’s economy is dependent on tourism. The agricultural sector has also suffered, as many coconut plantations were badly damaged, and the trees will take three years to start yielding coconuts again. The Philippines Tourism Board has been telling people that of the 7,000 islands in the Philippines, only 6 major islands were damaged.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
twist someone’s arm
Nigel: It seems that Paul doesn’t want to join our yoga group.
Ellen: I talked to him yesterday, and twisted his arm. Now he says that he’ll join us tomorrow.
Explanation: The phrase “twist someone’s arm” means to make a strong effort to convince them to do something.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Mrs. Montrose: My husband suddenly became dizzy, and now he can’t see out of one eye. What’s happening to him?
Dr. Lawrence: Loss of vision and dizziness are warning signs of a stroke. He needs immediate medical attention.
Explanation: The term “warning sign” is a common way of describing a symptom of a serious medical problem.
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
well in advance
It’s going to take a lot of work to plan the international conference next year. We will have to start planning the events well in advance. I think we should start next week.
Explanation: The term “well in advance” means that plans should be made a long time before the event.