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Taco Bell Returns To Japan - News story with listening

Taco Bell Returns To Japan

Fast food chain Taco Bell returned to Japan on Tuesday, re-opening its first outlet in decades as more U.S. quick service restaurants plan to open shop in the country ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The YUM! Brands subsidiary, which sells tacos and burritos, first opened a Japanese outlet in the 1980s but later closed it down.
Around 150 people waited in a line stretching out to the main street of Tokyo's busy Shibuya shopping district, with some said to have camped overnight to be the first to eat tacos.

Taco Bell said it was making its second attempt to conquer the Japanese market as Mexican food was becoming increasingly popular among the younger Japanese.

At 320 yen($2.67) for a taco and 500 yen ($4.2) for a burrito, prices are slightly higher than in the United States but in line with other fast-food menu prices in Japan.

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Learn English listening to a story! ~The Grand Canyon (Updated for 2018!)

Grand Canyon

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Mr. and Mrs. Soto and their son Hector are at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. They are standing behind the railing and looking at the colorful walls of the canyon. The Grand Canyon was carved by the Colorado River many years ago. It is 277 miles long, 4 to 18 miles wide, and over a mile deep.

The Sotos want to learn more about the Grand Canyon. Mr. Soto and Hector want to go on a helicopter tour, but Mrs. Soto is
afraid of flying. She wants to take a bus tour around the canyon. The Soto family can’t afford both tours. 

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Bear Story - English story with listening practice

Silly Bear Story

The Kirkland family went camping in Yosemite National
Park in northern California. They found a beautiful spot
near a stream, and they set up their tent and started a fire.
Mr. Kirkland left to search for more fire wood. When he
returned, he saw his wife and son up in a tree. A mother
bear was roasting hot dogs over the campfire and a baby
cub was sleeping in a sleeping bag. The mother bear
roared when she saw Mr. Kirkland. He was so afraid
that he climbed up the same tree that held his wife and
son. Do you think this is a true story? Is it fact or

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Learn English listening to a story! ~ Going to the Dentist (2018 update!)

Going to the Dentist

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James is at the dentist’s office today because
he has a toothache on the right side of his mouth. He
bought some medicine at the drug store, but the pain
didn’t stop. His last dental check-up was six years ago. 
James is afraid of dentists.
An x-ray technician took x-rays of his teeth.
He has three cavities. The dentist is drilling two of
the cavities, but he will have to pull out the tooth that
has the third cavity. That cavity is so large that it
can’t be filled. That is also the tooth that is causing the pain.
Every time the dentist starts the drill, James clenches with fear. The dentist told him to relax, but he can’t. 
What can he do? How can he relax?

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English vocabulary - regret

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regret - verb - to feel sorry about something you have done or about something that you have not been able to do

"I regret not traveling more after university."

"I bet Alex regrets drinking so many beers last night"

"I have a hangover."

This stormtrooper regrets his actions...

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If you don't do it now, you'll only regret it.

‘I've had a wonderful life,’ she said, ‘I don't regret a thing.’

She regretted the words the moment they were out of her mouth.




English expression - "Stir crazy"

Stir crazy - if you are inside for a long time and you really want to go out, you are getting stir crazy.

*Stir means mix but it can also mean “move.” Stir crazy is feeling like you want to move around and have more freedom.

“I've been studying all day! I'm going stir crazy, I need to take a break.”

"I go stir crazy every winter, I can't wait until the snow melts and I can go outside again."

English expression - "Buyer's remorse"

Buyer's remorse

"I spent too much money on these designer ties!!"

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