📚 English Speeches' Newsletter #49

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Welcome to our 49th newsletter, your gateway to expanding your English language horizons. Each segment this week is curated to enrich your understanding and use of English, reflecting on current events and the nuances of language structure.

  • English with News: Discover how a Japanese town's action to manage tourism by erecting a fence around Mount Fuji is shaping selfie culture.

  • Speak Like a Native: Unpack the idiomatic expression "fence off" and its relevance to setting personal and social boundaries.

  • Article of the Week: Delve into the intricacies of grammar and its crucial role in clear communication.

  • English Speeches: Absorb the powerful message from Priyanka Chopra at the UN, and learn advocacy vocabulary.

As you navigate through this newsletter, embrace the insights offered, and apply them to your language learning journey. Let's embark on this week's exploration of English together!


Mount Fuji Selfie Craze Leads to Mesh Fence

In an intriguing twist to the global phenomenon of selfie culture, a town in Japan has decided to take a significant step. To prevent the disruptive swarm of selfie-takers crowding for the perfect Mount Fuji background, authorities are planning to erect a giant mesh fence. This decision highlights a unique intersection of tourism, local community welfare, and modern-day social media trends.

Key Words:

  1. Tourism (n.) - The activity of traveling to places of interest for pleasure.

    • Example: Tourism near Mount Fuji has spiked, leading to the consideration of new measures to manage the crowd.

  2. Infrastructure (n.) - The basic physical structures and facilities needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.

    • Example: Local infrastructures are sometimes overwhelmed by the vast numbers of tourists visiting popular landmarks.

  3. Selfie (n.) - A self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared on social media.

    • Example: The craze for the perfect selfie at iconic locations has created new challenges for authorities.

This scenario not only serves as a lens through which we can examine the impacts of tourism and technology on our daily lives but also opens up a conversation about preserving the sanctity of significant landmarks against the backdrop of a selfie-driven culture.

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Fence Off: Setting Limits

The term "fence off" has evolved from its literal meaning of erecting a physical barrier, as seen in a Japanese town's initiative to control tourist influx at Mount Fuji, to symbolize the setting of personal and social boundaries. It reflects the need to sometimes establish limits against disruptive behaviors or influences, similar to how one might protect personal space from excessive social media intrusion. This idiom serves as a reminder that both in public spaces and personal lives, the boundaries we establish are crucial for maintaining order and harmony.


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The Significance of Studying Grammar

This week, our spotlight is on the pivotal role of grammar in mastering the English language. The article delves into the essence of grammar as the structural foundation of language, highlighting its importance in achieving precision in communication, particularly in written form. Unlike spoken language, which allows for immediate clarification through dialogue, written language necessitates a higher degree of accuracy as the reader cannot seek instant explanations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fundamentals: Grammar represents the intricate pattern of language that is instinctively learned from early childhood.

  • Importance of Accuracy: In writing, the accuracy ensured by correct grammar aids in conveying clear and unambiguous messages.

  • Dialogue vs. Monologue: Written communication differs from speech as it often does not provide an opportunity for interactive clarification, hence the need for grammatical precision.

The pursuit of grammatical knowledge is not just academic but a practical tool for effective communication. Understanding and applying the principles of grammar empowers learners to express themselves clearly and confidently. For a more in-depth exploration, you can read the full article on English Speeches.


Priyanka Chopra: Voice for the Voiceless

Join us as Priyanka Chopra, an influential voice at the United Nations, commemorates UNICEF's 70 years of advocacy. In her impassioned speech, she highlights the plight of children worldwide, calling for urgent collective action to better their futures. Chopra's words serve as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of humanity to initiate change and provide hope.

Key Points for English Learners:

  • Civic Engagement: Understanding the role of international organizations and their impact on global issues.

  • Emotive Language: Analyzing how language can evoke emotions and drive action.

  • Advocacy Vocabulary: Learning specific terms related to human rights and child welfare.


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