After a change in the law people in Japan no longer have to wear masks, so some people have been taking lessons to learn how to smile again.
People in Japan have been taking lessons on how to smile again. The law’s now changed so you don’t have to wear a mask any more. But many people have complained they’ve forgotten how to smile. ‘Smile coaches’ have been helping people to get used to smiling again.
Key words and phrases
🔎 grin – a big smile
– Why have you got that grin on your face? What’s made you so happy?
– After the teacher caught her, she had a sheepish grin on her face.
🔎 ditches – throws away
– No-one liked the plan, so we ditched it!
– My old laptop was terrible, so I ditched it for a new one.
🔎 life after – a future without
– Life after college is going to be hard. You need to study.
– I thought life after teaching would be hard – but I find work much easier now.
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✔️ 0:00 – Introduction
✔️ 0:21 – Story
✔️ 1:12 – Headline 1: Grin and bare it: as mask mandates end Japan turns to tutors to relearn how to smile – The Guardian
✔️ 2:35 – Headline 2: ‘Smile practice seminars’ popular in Japan as country ditches masks – The Mainichi
✔️ 4:00 – Headline 3: Remembering how to smile? Japan training sessions help prepare for life after masks – The Japan Times
✔️ 5:00 – Language summary
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