Improve vocabulary (29 July 2017) Myanmar and South Korea – Listen While You Read


Myanmar’s economic growth:

During the past half decade, Myanmar has grown at a rapid pace and this has reverberated across the country. Jungles, swamps, and farms are being replaced by supermarkets, malls, apartments and new infrastructure. A recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) report has forecasted Myanmar’s growth rate at 8 percent per annum.

Reverberate: To rebound, recoil, resound or echo.

forecast: To predict, calculate in advance.

Myanmar, after years of oppressive rule under despotic generals, ended its isolation and embraced democracy only last year. Though expectations regarding the country’s economic growth are astronomically high, many investors question the sustainability of such growth.

Oppressive: burdensome, causing discomfort by being excessive.

Despot: A tyrant, an oppressor, Autocrat.

Embrace: To adopt something.

Astronomical: Extremely large.

Unequal educational opportunities in South Korea:

In 2014, an elite educational institution modified its rules to give admission to a student from a rich family. Recently, a court ruled that this subterfuge had fundamentally shaken the “values of fairness” in the South Korean society and had caused the “feeling of emptiness and betrayal” among “hard-working students”.

Modify: To change something, to amend.

Subterfuge: An artifice used to hide something, a trick.

Betray: Disloyal, unfaithful. 

The key question here is “Will the thickness of a parent’s purse determine a child’s prospects?”

Prospect: An anticipation of future.

Words learned today:

  1. Reverberate
  2. Forecast
  3. Oppressive
  4. Despot
  5. Embrace
  6. Astronomical
  7. Modify
  8. Subterfuge
  9. Betray
  10. Prospect

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