Today's photo: Unusual store in Cambridge, New Zealand
Part 1: Today's word
When you undergo an experience or a change, it means you go through that experience or change. It’s a very common way of describing important changes in people or organisations.
The town centre underwent a complete transformation as businesses left and students moved in.
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Part 2: Test
Here are FOUR sentences with the word of the day. But only THREE are correct. Which is the Odd One Out?
The new process will have to undergo a thorough evaluation before any decision is made on its future uses.
She had to undergo several major operations in order to recover the full use of her legs.
Major traffic congestion was experienced after a truck unsuccessfully attempted to undergo a city centre bridge.
Starbucks in New Zealand may be expected to undergo a crisis of confidence following the major restructuring of the Australian operation.
Part 3: Practice Question:
What are the most significant changes your country has undergone during the last 10 years?
Do you know anyone who’s undergone financial hardship in order to study at university?
Part 4: Kiwi Quiz Question
New Zealand also has several successful chains of restaurants and cafes. But which of the following is NOT a New Zealand chain of take-away restaurants?
It’s a wrap
Part 5: Today's online reading: Shunned Starbucks in Aussie Exit (from the BBC)
Vocabulary for the article: to shun / succumb to pressure / to savour / lustre / to carve out a niche / schizophrenic / juggernaut / monolithic / underwhelmed
Questions for the article:
1) How many of their Australian restaurants are Starbucks closing?
2) How do American consumers see the brand?
3) How is the company restructuring in Australia?
4) Why do the consultants think the brand wasn’t as successful in Australia?
5) In which markets has Starbucks done particularly well?
Today’s Intro & Outro: from the USA
‘What’s happening brother?” by Marvin Gaye. From the CD “What’s going on?”. 1971: Motown Records. The CD may be purchased from: http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/5533734/a/What%27s+Going+On.htm and all good record stores. See Marvin Gaye perform live at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9KC7uhMY9s