TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Hotels offer floors for women only The International Hotel in Calgary, Canada, is one of the growing number of hotels in the world that offer floors designated for women only. The hotel has the “Orchid Level” where only female guests can stay. It also has a male-only floor: the Esquire Level. A U.K.-based women’s travel network named Maiden Voyage lists what they call “female friendly” hotels in several major cities.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
Ryosuke: Did you hear that the famous American comedian Robin Williams killed himself?
Xui Li: Yes, I heard that he committed suicide after battling depression for several months.
Explanation: When someone is struggling against a disease or a mental condition, we can say that they are “battling” the illness.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Patient: Can I make an appointment for a routine health exam tomorrow?
Receptionist: I’m sorry, but there is an outbreak of influenza throughout the region, and our hospital is overrun with flu patients. You’ll have to call back next week.
Explanation: When a health care facility is “overrun” with patients, it means that far too many patients have arrived, and the medical staff cannot handle all of them. There could be long lines outside, and the situation might be getting out of control. It happens during natural disasters, wars, and disease outbreaks.
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
I was planning on staying with the company until I retired in 2017, but the Board of Directors just offered me a million dollars if I retired early. So I can’t pass up this chance of a golden parachute. I’m going to take the money now and retire.
Explanation: The phrase “golden parachute” means that a company offers a very good payment to someone if they agree to leave the company. Companies sometimes do this when they want to reduce management staff.