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Train of the future

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One day, this could be the world's fastest train.

Using magnets to float above the track, the maglev can reach speeds of over 500 kilometres per hour (500km/h).

Ministers in Japan have called it "world-class" technology.

The venture cost billions of US dollars, though some hope the technology could be sold to overseas markets.

But don't turn up at the station any time soon. The train isn't expected to open its doors to passengers until 2027.

magnets

objects which can attract iron or steel objects and also push them away

world-class

of international quality; one of the best in the world

venture

a business activity which involves risk

overseas

relating to other countries

turn up

arrive

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

magnets / world-class / venture / overseas / turn up

1. Mr Gondwe says his business is good: "I used to sell radios but that was not a profitable business. That's why I switched to selling underwear and this is a much more rewarding __________."

2. "If people fail to __________ for interviews or refuse a job offer for no good reason they will face losing their benefit. It is because of this we have introduced tough new penalties for those claimants who refuse to play by the rules."

3. __________ inside mobile phone cases and GPS devices and also the metal in car keys and under-wired bras could affect compass needles, the MCofS warned.

4. "A weak currency won't necessarily lead to a crisis. But, if it makes it harder to pay for a deficit that is owed to __________ creditors, that's when it could become a problem."

5. Stephen Duncan, director of commercial and tourism at Historic Scotland, said: "Stirling Castle is a __________ attraction which draws visitors from across the globe, so I am delighted to see it recognised as one of the 40 best experiences in Europe."

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How did you do?

1

venture

2

turn up

3

Magnets

4

overseas

5

world-class