love.43.gif Vocabulary:

boutons042.gifcapitol: (usually the Capitol) (singular) the building in Washington DC where the US Congress meets to work on new laws.
boutons042.gif capital: a large amount of money that is invested or is used to start a business.
boutons042.gif collaborate: work jointly on an activity, especially to produce or create something.
boutons042.gif corroborate: to provide evidence or information that supports a statement, theory, etc. (synonym: confirm)
boutons042.gif affluent: having a lot of money and a good standard of living. (synonym: prosperous, wealthy).
boutons042.gif effluent: liquid waste, especially chemicals produced by factories, or sewage.
boutons042.gif indigent: very poor, needy, penniless, impoverished.
boutons042.gif indigenous: originating or occurring naturally in a particular place. (synonym:native, original).
boutons042.gif compulsive: impossible to control and therefore sometimes harmful.
boutons042.gif compulsory: obligatory.
boutons042.gif assistance: help, aid, support.
boutons042.gif assistant: helper.

love.43.gif Collocations:

boutons042.gif civil society
boutons042.gif civil rights
boutons042.gif non-governmental organization(s)
boutons042.gif sustainable development
boutons042.gif renewable energies
boutons042.gif urban areas ≠ rural areas
boutons042.gif cultural diversity
boutons042.gif cultural heritage
boutons042.gif culture shock
boutons042.gif health care
boutons042.gif social justice
boutons042.gif poverty elimination
boutons042.gif property rights
boutons042.gif equal pay
boutons042.gif climate change
boutons042.gif deeply rooted
boutons042.gif micro-credits
boutons042.gif endangered species
boutons042.gif birth rate
boutons042.gif water pollution
boutons042.gif ecological crisis
boutons042.gif forest preservation
boutons042.gif recycling waste

love.43.gif Idioms:
boutons042.gif I am all ears: I am listening carefully.

boutons042.gif Keep in touch: stay in contact/keep communicating with even though you may live far apart.

boutons042.gif What’s up?: used to ask someone what the problem is:” What's up - why does everyone look so serious? What's up with Terry?”

boutons042.gif What’s on?: used to mean 'what is happening'. This phrase is often used as the title of the part of a newspaper that tells you about events and entertainment happening in the next week or month.

boutons042.gif What's done is done: said when you cannot change something that has already happened.

boutons042.gif What are you driving at?: What do you mean?

boutons042.gif Be up to sth/doing sth: be able to do something: “Do you feel up to going back to work today? She just isn't up to staying up so late.”

boutons042.gif What can I say?: I do not know what to say.

boutons042.gif Without hurrying: taking one’s time.

boutons042.gif Take your leave: go away from a gathering.

boutons042.gif Take your life: kill yourself.

boutons042.gif To water down: 1. to dilute something. “Who watered the orange juice down?” “Jim watered down the orange juice.”

2. to water something thoroughly: “Will you water the lawn down tonight?” “Water down the lawn this evening so it will grow tomorrow.”
3. Fig. to reduce the effectiveness or force of something. (Fig. on {2}.) “Please don't water my declaration down.” “The new laws watered down the power of the president.”

boutons042.gif Be certain to get or achieve sth: be in the bag.

boutons042.gif To the letter: exactly as instructed; exactly as written.

boutons042.gif Off the record: If someone says something off the record, they do not want it to be publicly reported.

boutons042.gif Fifty-fifty: divided equally.

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