TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
New long-haul flights from Qantas and Emirates The record for World’s longest regular passenger flight might change next year, according Dubai’s Emirates Airlines. The current longest flight in the World is the Qantas-operated flight from Dallas to Sydney, taking almost 17 hours. Next year Emirates plans to initiate a flight from Dubai to Panama that will link the Middle East and Central America with a 17-hour, 35-minute flight.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
Hitomi: I’m thinking about buying an all-electric car so that I can save money on gasoline and oil.
Tariq: That’s a good idea. It’s not only good for your wallet, but it’s also good for saving our natural resources. We need to conserve energy and save the planet from global heating.
Explanation: The natural elements and substances on the planet such as water, soil, oil, metals, grains, and various chemicals are called “natural resources.”
conserve (verb): 詰める
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Patient: Can I use regular tap water for this medical breathing device?
Doctor: No, regular tap water might leave behind calcium that could damage the device. It is best to use distilled water, or purified water. This well help to keep the device clean and in good working order.
Explanation: “distilled water” is water that doesn’t contain any minerals or additives. It is usually made by boiling water into steam and then collecting the water when it cools, or through electrolysis.
tap water (noun): 水道の水
calcium (noun): カルシウム
electrolysis (noun): 電気分解
THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS/EMAIL PHRASE
raise an issue / raise a question
Our director wants to release the new large-screen phone, but the battery only has enough power to last for 5 hours. The battery used by our competitor lasts for 36 hours. We need to raise the question at the next engineering meeting.
Explanation: To “raise a question” or “raise an issue” means to ask something or start discussion on a subject. The verb “raise” can be used in many situations.