[99] Countdown to Sochi Olympics


Countdown to Sochi Olympics: There are less than 100 days until the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic Flame was lit in September at the ancient site of Olympia, Greece, and is being carried on foot across thousands of miles of territory. There will eventually be 14,000 torchbearers in total. The flame is scheduled to arrive at the Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 7th, 2014. Spectators wishing to attend the Winter Olympics can get to Sochi via transit flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other Russian cities, or from nearby airports in neighboring countries.


get your feet wet

Sean: Can you teach me how to play the piano? I don’t know where to start, because I don’t even know how to read music.

Wayne: Don’t worry. We can start with some very simple practice notes and sheet music, just so you can get your feet wet.

Explanation: The phrase “get your feet wet” means that a person needs to take a small step before learning the main skills. It is like a swimmer touching their feet in the ocean before they decide to completely jump into the water.



Mrs. Grady: Will my husband recover from the stroke?

Doctor Hall: The stroke was very minor. But at this point he does have some loss of muscle control in his extremities. We may be able to correct that with physiotherapy.

Explanation: “Extremities” are the farthest points of the body from the center. This basically means the hands, which are “upper extremities” and the feet, which are “lower extremities.”


Bullet points

Dear Sabirah:
I would like your help in preparing the presentation for Monday. Can you look over the bullet points in the outline and tell me if there is anything you think we should add? Thanks in advance.

Explanation: The term “bullet points” mean the points on a list that have small dots or similar marks in front of them. They are similar to “check marks” and other symbols that are often found on written presentations.