[148] Radiation leaks continue on Japan earthquake anniversary


Radiation leaks continue on Japan earthquake anniversary Memorial services were held nationwide on the 4-year anniversary of the 9-Richter earthquake in Northern Japan. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami and nuclear emergency. TEPCO, the electrical power company that owns the damaged nuclear power station, faces repeated allegations of leaking radioactive substances, including plutonium, into the Pacific Ocean and being slow to inform the public. Tokyo is planning to host the Olympic Games in 2020 and there are fears that the city may face an image problem.


put up with (something)

Nancy: I’m sorry that I’m late. I had to take care of my cat, and then I needed a few minutes to find my umbrella. Did the train leave already?

Anna: The train left 20 minutes ago!!! Now we have to wait for an hour for the next one. I’m not going to put up with this any more! Next time I’m going to leave without you.

Explanation: When we say that we’re “not going to put up with” something, it means that we will not accept it.


pilot study

Dr. Chan: Natural foods can be used to counter allergic reactions in children. I want funds to create a nationwide program to fight peanut allergies.

Professor Xui Li: Before you do that, you should conduct a pilot study in one hospital, and review the results. Then you can apply for a grant for a larger program.

Explanation: The term “pilot study” means a test study on a small scale, as a first step of a larger project.


hands-on experience


Our new recruits have plenty of knowledge from business schools and textbooks, but they lack practical knowledge of our factory systems. Can you help them get some hands-on experience by supervising them inside the factory and having them operate the machines?

Explanation: The term “hands-on experience” means working on something directly with your hands, instead of just reading about the subject in books, or hearing about it in a training lecture.