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World’s largest airport terminal for Beijing British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled the first set of plans for the New Beijing Airport, expected to be the largest in the World. Initially, it should handle 45 million passengers per year. Zaha Hadid is also responsible for the plans of the New National Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
Helen: Did you know that Johann is a local champion at table tennis?
Karen: Yes, but he has a boring job at the bank, and table tennis is his only hobby. He’s just a one-trick pony.
Explanation: When we say that someone is a “one-trick pony” it means they are like a small horse in the circus that can only do one thing to impress people. It means that they don’t a range of talents. They have just one special skill, and it’s not so impressive.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Moreen: I’ve heard that PET bottles can cause harm to a pregnant woman as well as the fetus. Is there any truth to that story?
Doctor Wong: Yes, there is mounting evidence that some types of plastics used in PET bottles can have long-term negative effects on children.
Explanation: The phrase “mounting evidence” means that there is more and more information that is available about a certain theory. It means that the evidence is becoming more and more clear.
THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS/EMAIL PHRASE
tackle the problem
Our competitors are getting more and more aggressive with their advertising campaigns. We need a bigger advertising budget so we can tackle the problem.
Explanation: The term “tackle the problem” can also be said as “attack the problem” or “face the problem.” It means to deal with a problem without fear and to find a solution without wasting time.