Today’s picture: Students from Otahuhu College, Auckland - and their Island Accessories Stall
Part 1: Today's word
When you forego a benefit or opportunity, it means you agree to give it up or not to accept it in the first place. Normally, this happens because the time or situation is difficult and losing this benefit is necessary for long-term survival.
Employees were asked to forego a number of benefits in order to ensure the survival of the company.
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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?
In these harder economic times, many of us are having to forego those little luxuries we’ve become used to over the last few years.
Unfortunately, following the credit crunch and the global economic downturn, many firms are having to forego a number of their employees’ benefits in order to balance the books.
Participants in the study were asked to forego their morning coffee and replace this with a glass of water.
The residents agreed to forego their statutory rights to advance consultation in exchange for financial compensation.
Part 3: Practice Questions:
Did your parents have to forego any luxuries in order to support your education?
Would you forego the opportunity to start working in your chosen field in order to complete your university education?
Part 4: The Phrasal Five
get on with someone (have a good / bad relationship)
She moved out because she didn’t get on with her dad.
get over sth (recover from)
It took me a long time to get over the shock.
give in / into sb (not resist)
Don’t give into your kids all the time. You’re spoiling them.
give sth up (stop / forego)
You need a lot of willpower to give up smoking!
I had to give up French because I was too busy.
go off (leave)
Everyone went off to the pub after class.
Part 5: Kiwi Quiz Question
Which of these is NOT one of New Zealand’s top three export markets?
The United States
Part 6: Today's online reading:
This is an overview in words and charts of changes in the global world economy.
Vocabulary for the article: accelerate / blue-collar / commodities / tariffs / liberalisation / an asset / a liability
Questions for the article:
1) Which of these regions has a much lower share of world trade now than they did fifty years ago?
South and Central America
2) By approximately how much did foreign assets of multinational companies grow between 1982 and 2005?
1, 000, 000%
3) How much did a three-minute phone call cost between New York and London in 1930?
It wasn’t possible to do this back then
4) Which of these was the peak year for foreign direct investment by multinational companies?
5) Most of the global flow of money between countries is made up of ...
foreign direct investment
sales of manufactured goods
6) How much of the world’s wealth is owned by the richest 1% of the world’s population?
7) What proportion of the world’s population lives in developing countries?
8) Which of these countries or regions has seen a sharp fall in poverty in recent decades?
Today’s musical intro / outro: From W. Africa
‘Doni Doni‘ by Africando. From the CD ‘Mandali’.2000: Sterns Records. The CD may be purchased here . You can see a video for the song here