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ESL 313: Copper Robbers


ESL 313: Copper Robbers


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For the last two years, the Los Angeles area has seen an increasing number of metal thefts, reported Paul Moyer, co-anchor of the local 6 o'clock news. Sometime before dawn Wednesday, thieves had stolen the copper wire out of six lamp posts. A day earlier, a heavy 7-foot-tall bronze statue of a gold miner in West LA had disappeared. Eight manhole covers in downtown LA had been removed three nights earlier. At least twice a week, Moyer reported, thieves steal copper from construction sites. All this metal is sold as scrap.

The price of copper today is six times what it was just six years ago. Even the federal government is reducing production of pennies, because it now takes two cents worth of copper to produce a one-cent penny. LA's police chief, Bill Bratton, promised that he was going to increase the number of cameras and live patrols around statues and all outdoor metal sculptures in LA. He said that metal thieves were destroying LA's "cultural history." He reminded thieves that they were endangering their own lives when they cut into live wires, and they were endangering drivers' lives when they removed manhole covers.

Moyer, famous for his wit, ended his special report by joking that it was a good thing that the Statue of Liberty was not in Los Angeles harbor. "I bet that would be worth a pretty penny," chuckled his blonde co-anchor.

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*Vocabulary:

• bet:
• blonde:
• bronze:
• chuckle:
• co-anchor:
• copper:
• cover:
• cultural:
• dawn:
• destroy:
• endanger:
• harbor:
• increase:
• liberty:
• local:
• manhole:
• theft:
• miner:
• patrol:
• reduce:
• remind:
• scrap:
• sculpture:
• statue:
• steal:
• thief:
• wire:
• wit:

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Has the LA area seen an increasing number of metal thefts?

• Is Paul the anchor of the national 6 o'clock news?

• Had thieves stolen the copper wire out of six lamp posts?

• Had a 70-foot-tall statue in East LA disappeared?

• Had eight manholes in downtown LA been removed?

• Do thieves steal copper from construction sites at least twice a week?

• Do thieves melt down all this metal?

• Is the price of copper today sixty times what it was just six years ago?

• Is the federal government reducing production of pennies?

• Does it take two cents worth of copper to produce a 1-cent penny?

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*Fill in blanks:

For the last two years, the Los Angeles ____ has seen an increasing number of metal thefts, ____ Paul Moyer, co-anchor of the local 6 o’clock ____ . Sometime before dawn Wednesday, thieves had stolen the ____ wire out of six lamp posts. A day____ , a heavy 7-foot-tall bronze statue of a gold ____ in West LA had disappeared. Eight manhole covers ____ downtown LA had been removed three nights earlier. ____ least twice a week, Moyer reported, thieves steal ____ from construction sites. All this metal is sold ____ scrap.

The price of copper today is six ____ what it was just six years ago. Even ____ federal government is reducing production of pennies, because ____ now takes two cents worth of copper to ____ a one-cent penny. LA’s police chief, Bill Bratton, ____ that he was going to increase the number ____ cameras and live patrols around statues and all ____ metal sculptures in LA. He said that metal ____ were destroying LA’s “cultural history.” He reminded thieves ____ they were endangering their own lives when they ____ into live wires, and they were endangering drivers’____ when they removed manhole covers.

Moyer, famous for ____ wit, ended his special report by joking that ____ was a good thing that the Statue of____ was not in Los Angeles harbor. “I bet ____ would be worth a pretty penny,” chuckled his ____ co-anchor.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 313: Copper Robbers

*Vocabulary:


• bet: cá cược
• blonde: tóc vàng
• bronze: đồng
• chuckle: tặc lưỡi, cười khúc khích
• co-anchor: đồng cắm chốt, thả neo
• copper: đồng
• cover: bao phủ
• cultural: văn hoá
• dawn: bình minh
• destroy: phá huỷ
• endanger: nguy hiểm
• harbor: bến cảng
• increase: tăng
• liberty: tự do
• local: địa phương
• manhole: cửa cống
• theft: ăn trộm
• miner: thợ mỏ
• patrol: đi tuần
• reduce: giảm
• remind: gợi nhớ
• scrap: loại ra, dư thừa
• sculpture: điêu khắc
• statue: tượng
• steal: ăn cắp
• thief: tên trộm
• wire: dây
• wit: thông minh

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Has the LA area seen an increasing number of metal thefts? Yes

• Is Paul the anchor of the national 6 o'clock news? No

• Had thieves stolen the copper wire out of six lamp posts? Yes

• Had a 70-foot-tall statue in East LA disappeared? Yes

• Had eight manholes in downtown LA been removed? Yes

• Do thieves steal copper from construction sites at least twice a week? Yes

• Do thieves melt down all this metal? No

• Is the price of copper today sixty times what it was just six years ago? Yes

• Is the federal government reducing production of pennies?
Yes

• Does it take two cents worth of copper to produce a 1-cent penny? Yes

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*Fill in blanks:

For the last two years, the Los Angeles __area__ has seen an increasing number of metal thefts, __reported___ Paul Moyer, co-anchor of the local 6 o’clock _news___ . Sometime before dawn Wednesday, thieves had stolen the ____copper__ wire out of six lamp posts. A day__earlier__ , a heavy 7-foot-tall bronze statue of a gold ____miner__ in West LA had disappeared. Eight manhole covers __in__ downtown LA had been removed three nights earlier. __At__ least twice a week, Moyer reported, thieves steal ____copper__ from construction sites. All this metal is sold __as__ scrap.

The price of copper today is six ____times__ what it was just six years ago. Even __the__ federal government is reducing production of pennies, because __it__ now takes two cents worth of copper to ____produce__ a one-cent penny. LA’s police chief, Bill Bratton, ____promised__ that he was going to increase the number __of__ cameras and live patrols around statues and all __outdoor___ metal sculptures in LA. He said that metal __thieves___ were destroying LA’s “cultural history.” He reminded thieves __that__ they were endangering their own lives when they __cut__ into live wires, and they were endangering drivers’____lives__ when they removed manhole covers.

Moyer, famous for __his__ wit, ended his special report by joking that _it___ was a good thing that the Statue of____Liberty__ was not in Los Angeles harbor. “I bet _that___ would be worth a pretty penny,” chuckled his __blonde___ co-anchor.

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Translate into Vietnamese:

Ăn trộm đồng

Hai năm vừa qua, số lượng tội trộm kim loại gia tăng ở vùng Los Angeles, Paul Moyer, cộng tác viên thường trực của tin tức 6 giờ chiều báo cáo. Đôi khi trước khi bình minh thứ Tư, những tên trộm đã ăn cắp dây đồng từ sáu trụ đèn. Ngày trước đó, một tượng đồng nặng nề cao 7-foot của một thợ mỏ vàng ở Tây LA bị biến mất. Tám nắp miệng cống ở thị trấn LA bị gỡ ba đêm trước. Ít nhất hai vụ một tuần, Moyer báo cáo, những tên trộm đã ăn cắp đồng tại những nơi xây dựng. Tất cả kim loại này được bán như đồ phế thải.

Giá đồng ngày nay tăng sáu lần so với sáu năm trước. Ngay cả liên bang cũng giảm việc sản xuất đồng xu, vì ngày nay phải mất hai xu mới làm được một đồng một xu. Cảnh sát trưởng LA, Bill Bratton, hứa rằng ông sẽ tăng lượng camera và đi tuần tra quanh tượng và bên ngoài những nơi có tượng điêu khắc kim loại trong LA. Ông nói những tên trộm kim loại đang phá huỷ "lịch sử văn hoá" của LA. Ông nhắc những tên trộm là chúng bị nguy hiểm tính mạng khi cắt những dây kim loại, và làm nguy hiểm tính mạng cho những người lái xe
khi chúng gỡ nắp cống.

Moyer, nổi tiếng với sự thông minh của mình, kết thúc báo cáo đặc biệt của anh bằng cách đùa là may mà tượng thần Tự do không ở cảng Los Angeles. "Tôi cá là sẽ đáng giá đồng xu đẹp," cộng tác viên thường trực tóc vàng cười.

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