TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Qatar replaces old airport with 15billion-dollar modern hub: The Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar has opened a major new airport that is expected to handle 50 million people by the year 2020. The new Hamad international airport was inaugurated on April 30, 2014. The airport’s longest runway is 4.25 kilometers long and will be capable of handling the largest airliners existing. Qatar is to host the World Cup soccer tournament in 2022, with an estimated 1,400,000 workers preparing various facilities.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
get your feet wet
Juan: You said that you wanted to learn karate. Did you start taking lessons yet?
Ricky: I want to, but I’m a complete beginner. I don’t know how to start.
Juan: Just take a one-day trial lesson to get your feet wet. Then you can join a beginners’ class.
Explanation: The phrase “get your feet wet” means to test a situation, or to try something lightly without being too serious. It is like touching your feet in the water before you jump into the ocean.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Janet: I’ve heard that some bacteria in yogurt are good for the health. Is that true?
Dr. Owens: Yes, some foods have probiotic bacterial content that can help your digestive health.
Explanation: We can say that a food has “probiotic” properties if it has bacteria that help the body digest and stay healthy.
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
It seems that we have overlooked some important procedures for the upcoming business trip. Do you realize that we all need to apply for visas 60 days in advance of the flight? We might have to postpone the trip until we get all of the paperwork settled.
Explanation: If something has been “overlooked” it means that it an important point was not noticed or handled until now.