Lesson 6: Where Is the Gym?
Anna is looking for the gym in her new apartment building. She meets Pete and he gives her directions. Anna finds many different places in the apartment building. Finally, she finds the gym.
Watch the video and practice the new words and learn about using prepositions. You can also download the worksheet and practice with a friend.
In this video, you learn about how Americans greet each other in informal situations. You will also learn how to ask clarification questions by beginning your sentence with a statement, then making your voice go up at the end of the sentence to form a question.
What are some of the rooms in your house? Write to us in the Comments section. Tell us what you do in the rooms.
You can also download the worksheet. Practice writing the names of rooms in an apartment building.
Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective. The learning strategy for this lesson is Ask Questions to Clarify.
In the video you see Anna ask Pete about the gym. She uses a statement and a question word together to clarify Pete's directions to the gym. Pete says,"The gym is across from the lounge." Later, Anna asks him, "The gym is across from … what?"
See how well you understand the lesson by taking this quiz. Each question has a video. Play the video and choose the correct answer.
across from – prep. on the opposite side from (someone or something)
behind - prep. in or to a place at the back of or to the rear of (someone or something)
elevator – n. a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building
every – adj. used to describe how often some repeated activity or event happens or is done
gym – n. a room or building that has equipment for sports activities or exercise
lobby – n. a large open area inside and near the entrance of a public building (such as a hotel or theater)
lounge – n. a room with comfortable furniture for relaxing
mailroom – n. a room in which mail is processed and sorted
next to – prep. at the side of (someone or something)
parking garage – n. a building in which people usually pay to park their cars, trucks, etc.
rooftop – n. the cover or top of a building or vehicle
work out – phrasal verb to perform athletic exercises in order to improve your health or physical fitness
Panthongtae faces legal action
politics September 14, 2017 01:00
By THE NATION
AMLO files complaint against Thaksin’s son over Bt10m money-laundering case, despite official claiming lack of evidence.
THE ANTI-MONEY Laundering Organisation (AMLO) has filed a complaint with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against Panthongtae Shinawatra, son of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, in a money-laundering case connected with the multi-billion-baht loan fraud linked to the state-owned Krungthai Bank.
Pol General Chaiya Siriamphunkul, AMLO secretary-general, said AMLO officials had agreed to take legal action against Panthongtae, who allegedly received a Bt10-million cheque from Wichai Krisadathanont of the real estate firm Krisada Mahanakorn Group.
The money-laundering charge is also connected to an earlier corruption case in which Thaksin was accused of abusing his power while in office by ordering Krungthai Bank’s top executives to extend a Bt9.9-billion loan to the real estate group based on highly inflated collateral.
Earlier, Viroj Nualkhae and Suchai Chaovisit, former top executives of Krungthai Bank, were sentenced to 18-year jail terms by the Supreme Court for their roles in extending massive loans to companies affiliated with Krisada Mahanakorn Group.
The AMLO chief said his agency had already forwarded documents and evidence, including those related to Panthongtae and other people’s financial records, to the DSI for further action.
A former deputy DSI chief previously said he had been recently transferred to an inactive post at the Prime Minister’s Office after refusing to file money-laundering charges against Panthongtae due to insufficient evidence.
Panthongtae also wrote on Facebook last week that there was a government witch hunt in the case against him, in which he said there were more than 300 financial transactions involving many people and organisations that had not been investigated. Regarding the Bt10-million cheque, he said the amount was “tiny”, representing only a 0.1 per cent of the entire amount at issue, and that he had already returned the money.
At this stage, the AMLO chief said it was the duty of the DSI to pursue the money-laundering case against Panthongtae.
Regarding the Yingluck government’s fake government-to-government rice export deals, AMLO had already seized more than Bt13 billion worth of assets from convicted suspects, Chaiya said. Former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom and ex-deputy commerce minister Phumi Saraphol were recently sentenced to lengthy jail terms in the case for incurring multi-billion-baht damages to the state by approving bogus deals.
He said the case had a 10-year statute of limitations so authorities were empowered to seize more assets if they were found to be owned by convicted suspects.
Chaiya also referred to another case in which a group of suspects alleged operated “zero dollar” tour programmes for Chinese tourists wanting to visit Thailand by offering unusually low-priced packages.
The visitors then were allegedly lured into buying expensive items and services while on holiday.
Chaiya said the civil case against suspects was separate from their recent acquittal by the Criminal Court, since the case could be reviewed by the Appeals and Supreme courts.
The suspects’ assets have already been seized by AMLO based on the anti-money laundering law.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam told a seminar on international standards on preventing and suppressing money-laundering activities that a tough anti-money laundering law was a necessary tool to combat illegal activities.
He also cautioned that excessive powers could corrupt authorities so there should be a fine balance on the issue.
25 people, mostly students, killed in Malaysia school fire
ASEAN+ September 14, 2017 09:28
By Agence France-Presse
KUALA LUMPUR - Twenty-five people, most of them students, were killed Thursday when a blaze tore through a Malaysian religious school, in what officials said was one of the country's worst fire disasters for years.
The blaze broke out before dawn in the two-storey building, Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, located in the centre of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
Firefighters rushed to the scene and the blaze was out within an hour but not before it wreaked terrible devastation -- pictures in local media showed ash-covered, fire-blackened beds.
"It really does not make sense for so many to die in the fire," Khirudin Drahman, director of Kuala Lumpur's fire and rescue department told AFP.
"I think it is one of the country's worst fire disaster in the past 20 years."
He said that the number confirmed dead was 23 students and two adult wardens, adding that they could have died due to smoke inhalation or got trapped in the fire.
"We are now investigating the cause of the fire," he said.
Loga Bala Mohan, the government's federal territories deputy minister, said: "We sympathise with the families. It is one of the worst fires involving so many lives in the capital in recent years.
"We urgently want the authorities to quickly probe the cause of the deadly fire so that we will be able to prevent future disasters."
A fire department official at the scene said that the blaze broke out in bedrooms before dawn, and firefighters from a nearby station were on the scene within minutes.
The Star newspaper reported that the fire and rescue department had raised concerns about fire safety measures at unregistered and private religious schools -- known as tahfiz, and had recorded 211 fires at the institutions since 2015.
In August, 16 people including eight students fled an early morning fire at a family-run tahfiz in Baling, in the northern state of Kedah, the paper reported.
There were 519 tahfiz schools registered across the country as of April, but many more are believed to be unregistered, the paper said.
In October last year, six people died in a fire that swept through the intensive care unit of a major hospital in the southern state of Johor.
September 14, 2017