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Cuba and US to open embassies US president Barack Obama announced plans to move toward normalized relations with Cuba, which had been under a near-total embargo from the US for more than 50 years. The U.S. plans to open an embassy in the Cuban capital of Havana, and open direct communication on bilateral issues. U.S. citizens will also be allowed to travel as tourists to Cuba.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
having second thoughts
Brian: Did Harry get the promotion he was hoping for at the New York office?
Joan: Yes, but he has to do a lot of work and spend so much time on the train every day. He’s having second thoughts, and he might return to his previous job.
Explanation: When someone starts to regret a decision and wants to return to the previous situation, we say they are “having second thoughts.”
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Patient: Does my insurance cover plastic surgery and dental care?
Doctor: Insurance coverage for such operations depends on what policy provider you have. We’ll check with the hospital’s insurance specialists and get an answer for you.
Explanation: The benefits provided by an insurance company are called “insurance coverage.” Many insurance policies don’t cover dental care or cosmetic surgery.
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
Pay it off
Next year should be a good year for us. We had to take out a loan to buy the delivery trucks, but we’ll pay it off in February. Then we’ll have some extra money to invest in new office furniture.
Explanation: To “pay something off” means to finish paying the (monthly) fees of a loan.