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Danny: Hey Nona. What happened to you?
Nona: I just had an argument with my mom. She always tries to make decision for me without consulting me -- she has a finger in every pie. Now I really want to move out.
Danny: Maybe this will change your mind. According to a news report I read in the China Post, teenagers between the ages of 13 and 24 think that spending time with their family is the best activity for them.

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Dain: What's new?
Nana: Do you know two dogs called Lucky and Flo? They were recently awarded medals by the Malaysia government, according to a report I read in the China Post.
Dain: They awarded medals to two dogs? Why?

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Markets Crisis Tests Resolve Of Fed, Officials
                                                              by Greg Ip, Deborah Solomon & David Wesel

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Dan: Is the air conditioner broken?
Nona: Yep. I already called the maintenance department. They'll be here in no time.
Dan: If I keep sweating like this, I will dehydrate!

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Daniel: The blazing heat is killing me.
Nina: You're telling me. Do you know that the sea ice in Arctic recently shrunk to a record low due to the climate change?
Daniel: Really? That's so terrible. If the global warming keeps getting worse, the world come to bad end.

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'It's a piece of cake.'
    A very common idiom among language learners, but not something you hear very often from native speakers. A much more natural way of saying this is just by using the adjective 'easy':

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It's raining cats and dogs.
    A great idiom and one that paints a very colorful picture. However... if there is one thing that show up a competent speaker of English as someone who hasn't really fully grasped the language, it's an over-reliance on idioms. In everyday life, we just don't tend to use them, and so coming from a non-native speaker they seem forced and unnatural. Far more appropriate is :
              'It's raining heavily.'

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Luis: You know what? According to a news report I read in the China Post, Microsoft is going to cut down its Xbox 360's price by US$50 to compete with Sony's PS3 and Nintendo's Wii. It will cost only US$349 per console.
Faye: That doesn't sound bad. But I remember you told me that you will prepare for graduate school this year?
Luis: Yes, I did. However, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I promise I'll only play it when I'm done with my studying.

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Lewis: Do you want some peanut butter sandwiches?
Fay: Thanks. But I'm allergic to foods such as peanuts, milk and eggs.
Lewis: That's a shame. Then there are a lot of foods you can't eat.

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Will Credit-Market Turmoil Stifle Growth?
                                                                 by Phil Izzo

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Faith: Louis! Don't text with your mobile while driving. It's too dangerous.
Louis: You're telling me. I'll still pay attention to my driving job. It's no big deal.
Faith: According to a news report I read in the China Post, 91 percent of Americans believe texting while driving is as dangerous as driving after having a couple of drinks. Trust me. You'll be too distracted to concentrate on driving!

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Refiners' Boom Time May Be Near End
                                                                          by Ana Campoy

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    The name Sebastian originates from Greek and means "revered." Sebastian is especially popular in France. In Shakespear's play "Twelth Night," Sebastian is the name of Viola's twin brother. Variants of the name include Bastian, Seb and Sebastian. Famous people who have the name include track star Sebastian Coe and composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

    The name Maya is of Spanish, Hindi and Russian origin. In Sanskrit, it means "dream, illusion." Names similar to Maya include Maiya, Miah and Mai. Celebrities who share the name, for example, are Maya Angelou and Maya Rudolph.

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1. I will visit UK next week.
    There are two problems with this sentence. Firstly, we do not say 'UK', we say 'The UK' as it is a group of islands (like 'The Philippines' and 'The Canaries'). Remember that we also use 'the' for 'The USA' as it is a collection of States.
    The second problem is that for 'arrangements' -- i.e. future events you have planned and bought tickets for, invited people etc. we use the present continuous. Because this person is visiting the UK next week, he has probably already arranged everything. The correct sentences, then should be:

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Seb: The test is way to hard. How could the professor treat us like this?
Miah: Don't find excuses for your laziness!
Seb: I can't really memorize things. I think I'm getting old.

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Bastian: Look out for that car!
Maiya: Phew! How could he run the red light like that?
Bastian: Maybe he's driving under the influence.

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How Japan Job Growth Could Lift Yen
                                                             by Yuka Hayashi

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Microsoft's Videogame Efforts Take a Costly Hit
                                                                                                by Nick Wingfield

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Sebastian: Do you know what? Last night I ran into a police check at a pub. The police yelled at some customers and made me feel so scared.
Maya: Hmm. The situation would be much better if you were in Thailand.
Sebastian: Why?

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    The name Isaac originates from Hebrew and means "laughter." In the Bible, Isaac is the only son of Abraham. Variants of the name Isaac include Issac, Isa and Zak. Famous people who share the name include Sir Isaac Newton and shorthand developer Isaac Pitman.

    The name Natalie is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "birthday," usually referring to the birthday of Christ. Names similar to Natalie include Natalia, Talia and Tasha. Examples of celebrities who have the name are singer Natalie Imbruglia and actress Natalie Wood.

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