TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Korean Air will start air service from Seoul to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from the beginning of March. The flights will depart from Seoul and stop over in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo before continuing on to Male in the Maldives.
Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain will undergo restoration from March of 2013 until 2015. The famous fountain with stone horses and heroes emerging from the water was the setting for a famous scene with actress Anita Ekberg in the Federico Felli movie La Dolce Vita. The fashion brand Fendi will be financing the restoration. During the restoration, some parts of the fountain will be covered by a screen.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
bump into (someone)
Kyoko: Have you seen Sheila lately? I haven’t seen her since last year.
Reza: Actually, I bumped into her at the sports store last week. She was buying a new snowboard for her weekend trip.
Explanation: If we “bump into” someone, it means that we met them by chance at an unexpected place. When we say goodbye after such a meeting, we often say “I’m glad we bumped into each other.”
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
capillary refill time (CRT)
Ambulance driver: We have a motor vehicle accident victim who is unresponsive, and their capillary refill time is more than 4 seconds.
Doctor: That’s a very dangerous sign. You need to get the victim to the hospital immediately.
Explanation: The capillary refill time, also known as “CRT,” is the time it takes for normal skin color to return after the thumbnail is pressed down. If more than 4 seconds pass before the color under the thumbnail returns, it is a sign that blood circulation is in danger. This test is often used in emergencies when several people are injured and there is no medical equipment available.
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
get our ducks in a row
The trade conference is in two weeks, and we don’t have our presentation ready. We also need to make hotel reservations and hire some support staff. Let’s have a meeting tomorrow so we can get all of our ducks in a row.
Explanation: The phrase “get our ducks in a row” or “get all of your ducks in a row” means to make all of the plans and be prepared for an event.