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    How to Order at an American Restaurant

    When I lived in Portugal, one of the simplest things to do was really hard for me: ordering food at restaurants. I worried about being laughed at or not being understood. Often, I said just the name of the food and “please,” instead of full sentences. Ordering food in a foreign language can be frightening! But in today’s Everyday Grammar, we’ll give you some expressions and suggestions for ordering at American restaurants. Begin by greeting Let’s begin with greetings. When ordering food in any restaurant, it’s a good idea to greet the person taking your order. You can say things like: Hi (or) hi there Hello Good morning, afternoon or evening (or) How’s it…

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    Huge North Korea ‘tourist zone’ revealed

    Ambitious plans for an enormous new beach resort on North Korea’s southeast coast are nearing completion, according to satellite images obtained by the US-based monitoring group 38 North. The Wonsan-Kalma tourist zone, slated to open October 2019, will be a huge complex with hotels, a marina, a sports complex, water slides and more. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un highlighted the project in his New Year address and is reported to have visited the site at least three times in the past year, according to state media. Development has been proceeding at a rapid pace, with a cinema and water slide already built. What was a handful of buildings just two…

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    Jersey becomes first place in Britain to ban smacking children

    Jersey has become the first place in the British Isles to outlaw smacking. Parents and guardians will no longer have the legal right to physically discipline their children after its assembly voted to repeal the law which allowed smacking if it was ‘reasonable’. The ban on corporal punishment sees Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, join 53 other countries that have outlawed it. Scotland is expected to introduce a ban later this year. The law change was passed by a 38-3 majority in Jersey’s parliament. It was proposed by Deputy Mary Le Hegarat, who said: ‘Violence breeds violence. Let us demonstrate that Jersey is forward thinking and progressive. Let…

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    Finland will automatically deem sex with an underage child as rape

    Finland has moved to change its laws on sexual assault and automatically classify sex with a child and sex without consent as rape. The new legislation would increase the maximum sentence for statutory rape – sexual activity with a minor – and introduce new punishments for forced rape of a child. It would also enshrine the need for consent ahead of sexual intercourse in law, following neighbouring Sweden where this was introduced last year. The proposed changes came about amid anger at Finland’s response to sexual assaults, after a court ruled that an adult who had sex with a ten-year-old was not guilty of rape, and recent outrage at a…

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    UK motorists will need a ‘Green Card’ to drive in Europe if there is a no-deal Brexit, insurers warn

    Millions of UK motorists wanting to drive in the EU will need to arrange extra documentation in the event of a no-deal Brexit, insurers have warned. Holidaymakers and businesses intending to use their vehicles on the continent, or anyone crossing the Irish border by road, have been advised they will need a ‘Green Card’ if the UK crashes out of the EU on March 29. Private motorists and companies have been recommended to contact their providers around a month before they plan to travel to get one – or risk breaking the law. The same rules apply to European Economic Area (EEA) motorists travelling to the UK. Huw Evans, director…

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    Inside Japan’s new udon noodle hotel

    Foodie travelers visiting Japan can now indulge in one of the country’s most famous foods without having to leave the hotel. Udon House is a cooking school and lodging house in Kagawa, Japan’s smallest prefecture, on Shikoku Island. Beyond its landscape, the region is so prized for its thick, chewy udon noodles that mail addressed to “Udon Prefecture” will be delivered to Kagawa without question. Bed and breakfast, and lunch, and dinner Guests at Udon House take cooking classes from Japanese masters downstairs, then sleep in shared rooms upstairs. But don’t worry — there are opportunities to get out of the house a bit, including tours of local farms and…

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    Five Places to Visit in London

    In the East London neighborhood of Dalston, subterranean fashion shops, eclectic restaurants and a hopping indie music scene make for an unexpected slice of the city. In Dalston, a dynamic pocket of East London, an edgy arts scene blooms amid repurposed factories, side streets sprinkled with tiny shops, tucked-away public gardens and colorful outdoor markets catering to longtime Afro-Caribbean and Turkish communities. Cool kids and chess-playing old-timers commune over thick Ethiopian espresso at Kaffa Coffee, a neighborhood institution. Fashion statements abound: Men in cropped shirts and voluminous trousers. Women tattooed and accessorized to the nines. And inventively clad millennials, more than a few affiliated with the designer ateliers headquartered here.…

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    The most sung about locations in the world revealed: New York has the most mentions

    The most sung about locations in the world have been revealed – and its New York that is mentioned in the most songs. Researchers analysed over 200,000 songs to discover which places around the world have been name checked the most in tunes released since the 1960s. London takes second place in the fascinating ranking while Los Angeles is third. The study was conducted by Celebrity Cruises, which scanned the lyrics of over 200,000 songs that charted in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK Official Singles chart since 1960 to find mentions of cities, towns, neighbourhoods and states. This extensive research resulted in a final…

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    The world’s healthiest cities to visit revealed: Paris is No1, Miami takes the crown in the U.S

    If you want a city break with health benefits then Paris is the place to go, because it’s been named as the world’s healthiest city, followed by Chiang Mai in Thailand and Barcelona. They top a ranking of 100 cities drawn up by researchers counting the number of parks, gyms, spas, yoga and pilates studios, health food shops and vegan-option restaurants in each place, as well as analysing hours of sunlight and the cost per night of a stay. Miami is ranked sixth globally but takes the crown for the US, while London comes a lowly 67th. The study, by TravelSupermarket, ranks Paris as the healthiest city in the world…

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    A Wedding in Washington. Or Not. (But Maybe.)

    Paula Cantos and David Damon got engaged in June and are aiming to be married Jan. 18 in Washington. It will be an outdoor ceremony near the Capitol Building. Odds are good the union will be legal, but as of today no one is willing to guarantee that. Ms. Cantos, 34, and Mr. Damon, 35, are among the many couples whose plans to marry in our nation’s capital have been complicated by the partial government shutdown. When the shutdown began on Dec. 22, Washington’s Marriage Bureau was one of the nonessential services that closed, leaving couples unable to obtain marriage licenses. Some have postponed their weddings. Others are holding a…