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The Genius Behind Karaoke

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that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • The person or thing being talked about
  • Used to identify something both the speakers know
  • adverb
  • Used to reinforce adjectives and adverbs
  • To such a degree
  • conjunction
  • Used to connect a noun clause
  • Used to introduce an adverbial clause
  • Used to introduce a noun clause
  • determiner
  • Used as a noun to refer to something
  • pronoun
  • Referring an object far away
  • Used to refer to the relative pronoun ‘which’

force

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US / fɔ:s /

UK / fɔrs, fors /

A1
  • noun
  • Group of persons trained for military action; army
  • Pressure; attraction
  • The use of physical strength/violence to persuade
  • verb
  • To use physical strength or violence to persuade

japan

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US / dʒəˈpæn /

UK / dʒəˈpæn /

A1
  • noun
  • A string of more than islands to the east of Asia
  • Lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient
  • Lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
  • verb
  • Coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan

sing

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US / sɪŋ /

UK / sɪŋ /

A1
  • verb
  • To make musical sounds with your voice

style

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US / staɪl /

UK / staɪl /

A1
  • noun
  • The (tasteful) way something is designed or done
  • verb
  • To shape or design something in a certain way

bunch

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US / bʌntʃ /

UK / bʌntʃ /

B1
  • noun
  • A group of things of the same kind
  • verb
  • To group people or things closely together
  • (Cloth) to gather/be gathered together in folds

cabaret

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US / 'kæbəreɪ /

UK / ˌkæbə'reɪ /

C1
  • noun
  • Singing or dancing show in a nightclub

despite

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US / dɪˈspaɪt /

UK / dɪˈspaɪt /

A2
  • preposition
  • Without being affected by something; in spite of

everywhere

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US / ˈevriweə(r) /

UK / ˈevriwer /

A1
  • adverb
  • Every place

house

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US / haʊs /

UK / haʊs /

A1
  • noun
  • Place where a specific activity or business occurs
  • Building in which a family, person lives
  • verb
  • To give someone a place to live
  • To contain or store something

all

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US / ɔ:l /

UK / ɔl /

A1
  • adverb
  • Completely; totally
  • determiner
  • Being every one of something
  • pronoun
  • 100% of something; the complete amount

its

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US / ɪts /

UK / ɪts /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Referring to or belonging to ‘it’
  • determiner
  • Of something; belonging or related to something
  • other
  • Possessive form of “it”

aged

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US / eɪdʒd /

UK / ˈedʒɪd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Very old; got older
  • noun
  • Older people in general
  • verb
  • To keep food, wine for a long time to improve it
  • To get older

they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Two or more people, animals, or things

kobe

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US / ˈkəubi /

UK / ˈkoˌbi, -ˌbe /

A1
  • proper noun
  • A port in central Japan, on the island of Honshu; population 1,502,772 (2007). The city was severely

work

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US / wɜ:k /

UK / wɚk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Activity completed in order to make money
  • noun
  • The product of some artistic or literary endeavor
  • Everything created by an author, artist, musician
  • Activity you do in order to make money
  • Place of employment
  • Final product or result of a some labor or effort
  • verb
  • To bring into a specific state of success
  • To be functioning properly, e.g. a car
  • To do your job in your company or workplace
  • To make an effort to do something
  • To operate a machine or device

country

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US / ˈkʌntri /

UK / ˈkʌntri /

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  • noun
  • An area of land that is controlled by a government
  • Open land that is away from towns and cities

customer

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US / ˈkʌstəmə(r) /

UK / ˈkʌstəmɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • Someone who buys goods or services from a business

joy

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US / dʒɔɪ /

UK / dʒɔɪ /

A2
  • noun
  • Deep happiness and pleasure about something
  • Thing or person that causes pleasure or happiness
  • verb
  • To experience happiness or to be glad

loathe

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US / ləʊð /

UK / loð /

B2
  • verb
  • To dislike someone or something greatly; detest

look

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US / lʊk /

UK / lʊk /

A1
  • noun
  • Person's beauty or physical attractiveness
  • Particular style of dress, clothes, or appearance
  • The way someone, something appears to be
  • Act of searching for or examining something
  • verb
  • To appear to be; seem

move

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US / mu:v /

UK / muv /

A1
  • noun
  • Act of moving a playing piece in chess, etc.
  • An action; doing something
  • Step taken to achieve a goal
  • verb
  • To cause someone to have certain emotions
  • To cause something to change to a different place
  • To change where people live or a business operates
  • To take action to do or achieve something

their

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US / ðɛː /

UK / ðer /

A1
  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

spark

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US / spɑ:k /

UK / spɑrk /

B1
  • noun
  • Small piece of burning material produced by fire
  • Tiny, brief bit of light caused by electric energy
  • First small part of an idea or feeling
  • verb
  • To make tiny, brief bits of light
  • To start something new; To set in motion, activate

bring

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US / brɪŋ /

UK / brɪŋ /

A1
  • verb
  • To take or go with someone to a place

take

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US / teɪk /

UK / tek /

A1
  • noun
  • Filming of a single scene for TV or the movies
  • verb
  • To accept something that is offered
  • To use a method of traveling, e.g. a bus or train
  • To use a camera to make (a photo)
  • To pick up something and go away with it
  • To study a subject in school
  • To attempt to pass (an exam)
  • To require a certain amount of time, money, space

begin

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US / bɪ'ɡɪn /

UK / ˈbeɡɪn /

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  • verb
  • To do the first part of an action; to start

soon

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US / su:n /

UK / sun /

A1
  • adverb
  • At a time not long from now

such

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US / sʌtʃ /

UK / sʌtʃ /

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  • determiner
  • Being similar to
  • (Thing) as previously stated or referred to
  • adverb
  • (Used to emphasize the quality of an adjective)

for

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US / fə(r) /

UK / fɔr,fə /

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  • preposition
  • Used to show the purpose, or need of something

ask

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US / ɑ:sk /

UK / æsk /

A1
  • verb
  • To say to someone that you want something

keyboard

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US / 'ki:bɔ:d /

UK / ˈkiˌbɔrd /

A2
  • noun
  • A set of keys on a piano or computer

song

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US / sɒŋ /

UK / sɔ:ŋ /

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  • noun
  • Distinctive series of sounds made by a bird
  • Music with words that are sung to it
  • Art or tradition of singing

never

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US / 'nevə(r) /

UK / ˈnɛvɚ /

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  • adverb
  • Not ever; not at any time

success

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US / sək'ses /

UK / səkˈsɛs /

A2
  • noun
  • Achievement of a desired purpose or goal
  • A successful person; one who achieved their aims

music

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US / 'mju:zɪk /

UK / ˈmjuzɪk /

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  • noun
  • Sounds that are sung or played to give pleasure
  • Academic study of rhythms and sounds
  • Written symbols that represent musical sounds

wonder

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US / 'wʌndə(r) /

UK / ˈwʌndɚ /

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  • noun
  • Surprise caused by experiencing something amazing
  • verb
  • To feel curious about something
  • To think or consider about something over time

pop

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US / pɒp /

UK / pɑp /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Type of music or art popular with many people
  • noun
  • Sweet soda drink
  • verb
  • To cause something to open or burst suddenly
  • To go to or in a place for a brief period of time

home

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US / həʊm /

UK / hom /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • A sports team's own field or place of play
  • adverb
  • Into the correct or intended position
  • noun
  • House, apartment or building to be rented or sold
  • Institution for sick or elderly people
  • Place where a person or a family lives
  • Country where a person lives or was born
  • Region that is native to peoples, plant or animals
  • verb
  • To move towards a particular target location

just

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US / dʒʌst /

UK / dʒʌst /

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  • adjecitve
  • Proper or appropriate; as is deserved
  • Doing or being what is right or fair
  • Legally correct; having enough evidence
  • adverb
  • Almost; nearly
  • Exactly at the time of
  • Exactly (the same as, like)

can

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US / kæn /

UK / kən,kæn /

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  • noun
  • A metal container for storing food
  • other
  • Able to; have the skill to; have the time to
  • verb
  • To have permission to
  • To be possible to do
  • To preserve food by sealing it in a metal container

whether

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US / ˈweðə(r) /

UK / ˈhwɛðɚ, ˈwɛð- /

A1
  • conjunction
  • If something will happen or not

businessman

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US / ˈbɪznəsmæn /

UK / ˈbɪznɪsˌmæn /

A2
  • noun
  • A man who works in business

become

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US / bɪ'kʌm /

UK / bɪˈkʌm /

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  • verb
  • To begin to be; grow to be; develop into
  • To be suitable for a particular job or role

slow

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US / sləʊ /

UK / sloʊ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Lacking activity, busyness or excitement
  • (Clock) showing time earlier than the actual time
  • Having difficulty understanding simple things
  • Moving or happening without speed; not fast
  • verb
  • To move, with less speed than before
  • To move or go without much speed

tune

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US / tju:n /

UK / tun, tjun /

A2
  • noun
  • Group of musical notes that make a pleasant sound
  • verb
  • To make adjustments to equipment to make it better
  • To adjust to be at the right musical pitch
  • To modify how something operates, looks, e.g. car

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

A1
  • adverb
  • Word indicating the negative
  • (Used to form the negative of verbs)

box

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US / bɒks /

UK / bɑ:ks /

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  • noun
  • A marked area of a baseball field
  • A container with four straight sides and a lid
  • Area of seating in a theater separated from others
  • A 4 sided container or shape printed on a page
  • Entire amount of something inside a container
  • verb
  • To strike someone on the side of the head
  • To pack an object in a six-sided container
  • To fight with gloved hands as a sport

favour

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US / ˈfeɪvə(r) /

UK / ˈfevɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • What someone asks of you; helpful act; a kindness
  • verb
  • To prefer or promote over another

overflow

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US / ˌəʊvə'fləʊ /

UK / ˌovɚˈflo /

B2
  • noun
  • Place where liquids flow over or out
  • verb
  • (Liquid) to flow over the edge of something

book

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US / bʊk /

UK / bʊk /

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  • noun
  • Thing made of pages with writing on that you read
  • verb
  • (Police) to officially record someone's crimes
  • To reserve (hotel room, etc.) in advance
  • To produce a red or yellow card to a soccer player

want

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US / wɔnt /

UK / wɑnt, wɔnt /

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  • noun
  • Something you desire or wish for
  • State or condition of poverty
  • verb
  • To desire or wish for something; hope for a thing

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

royalty

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US / ˈrɔɪəlti /

UK / ˈrɔɪəlti /

B1
  • noun
  • Members of a royal family
  • Percentage of the sale price paid to author/singer

tape

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US / teɪp /

UK / tep /

A2
  • noun
  • Narrow strip of magnetic material for recording on
  • Thin material used to mark an area or seal things
  • verb
  • To record some sounds using an electric device
  • To stick things together using an adhesive strip

record

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US / 'rekɔ:d /

UK / ˈrekərd /

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  • noun
  • Highest or most extreme level achieved
  • Round plastic disc on which music has been stored
  • History of a person's past actions or achievements
  • verb
  • To indicate a temperature, speed, etc.; register
  • To write down or say what happened
  • To put music, sounds onto a device to store it

birthplace

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US / ˈbɜ:θpleɪs /

UK / ˈbə:θˌples /

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  • noun
  • Place where someone was born

alone

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US / ə'ləʊn /

UK / əˈlon /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Apart from others
  • Without equal
  • adverb
  • Without anyone or anything else

client

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US / 'klaɪənt /

UK / ˈklaɪənt /

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  • noun
  • Person paying for professional services

the

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US / ðə /

UK / ðə /

A1
  • article
  • Used to refer to something already mentioned
  • Used to show there is only one of something
  • determiner
  • Used to describe all of a family

band

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US / bænd /

UK / bænd /

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  • noun
  • Group of people who work together e.g. play music
  • Thin piece of material that wraps around something
  • verb
  • To come together to work on a project
  • To tie things together using string or rope

favourite

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US / ˈfeɪvərɪt /

UK / 'fevərɪt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Best liked or most enjoyed
  • noun
  • A thing that someone likes best or enjoys most

instrumental

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US / ˌɪnstrəˈmentl /

UK / ˌɪnstrəˈmɛntl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Having a strong influence to get a desired result
  • Including musical instruments without singing

across

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US / əˈkrɔs /

UK / əˈkrɔs,əˈkrɑs /

A1
  • adverb
  • Distance from one side to another
  • (Go) from one side to the other of something

happy

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US / ˈhæpi /

UK / ˈhæpi /

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  • adjecitve
  • Feeling pleasure or joy; glad

play

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US / pleɪ /

UK / pleɪ /

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  • noun
  • Loose, free movement between two objects
  • Single action in a sports game
  • Performance in which people act in a theater
  • verb
  • To act as a character in a movie, or on stage
  • To perform music on an instrument
  • To use a device, e.g. a video game
  • To do something for enjoyment and fun
  • To do or perform a game or sport

shop

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US / ʃɒp /

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  • noun
  • Place to learn how to fix or make things; class
  • Place where things are fixed or repaired, e.g. cars
  • Place which sells things
  • verb
  • To look for or buy goods or services

this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Used to indicate something already been discussed
  • Used to indicate something happening around now
  • adverb
  • An indication by a physical motion or gesture
  • A specific amount of
  • determiner
  • Person, thing, or idea near you
  • pronoun
  • Person, thing that has already been discussed

continent

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US / ˈkɒntɪnənt /

UK / ˈkɑntənənt /

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  • noun
  • Very large piece of land, e.g. Africa or Asia

year

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US / jə: /

UK / jɪr /

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  • noun
  • Unit of time equal to 12 months or 365 or 366 days
  • Used to refer to the age of a person

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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  • pronoun
  • Person someone is speaking or writing to
  • Person or people in general

parent

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US / 'peərənt /

UK / ˈpɛrənt, ˈpær- /

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  • noun
  • Person's, animal's mother or father
  • Something creating other things of the same kind

man

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US / mæn /

UK / mæn /

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  • noun
  • Humans in general, including male and female
  • An adult male human being
  • Male who acts in a masculine way; not like a woman
  • verb
  • To control or operate (a machine); be in charge of
  • To operate a machine (a boat, etc.)

stereo

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US / ˈsteriəʊ /

UK / ˈsterioʊ /

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  • noun
  • Device transmitting sound through two speakers

daisuke

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UK / ˈdenti /

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invent

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US / ɪnˈvent /

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  • verb
  • To create something such as a story or excuse
  • To create something useful for the first time

love

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US / lʌv /

UK / lʌv /

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  • noun
  • Person's name
  • A very strong feeling of affection
  • The person you care very deeply about
  • Strong, deep emotional and sexual attraction
  • verb
  • To care for and like someone very strongly, deeply
  • To like doing very much; enjoy greatly
  • To feel a strong emotional and romantic attraction

one

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US / wʌn /

UK / wʌn /

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  • pronoun
  • You; we; people in general; someone
  • The thing or person previously referred to
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to people generally
  • Being a strong example of (something mentioned)
  • number
  • Number 1

come

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US / kʌm /

UK / kʌm /

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  • verb
  • To arrive at a place
  • (Of mail) to be delivered
  • To move toward someone; go with someone
  • To reach a certain point or state

help

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US / help /

UK / hɛlp /

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  • noun
  • Something given to enable a person to do something
  • Assistance given to someone in need
  • Someone who makes something easier or possible
  • verb
  • To act to enable a person to do something; assist
  • To make something better or less difficult

local

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US / ˈləʊkl /

UK / ˈloʊkl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Relating to a particular area, city, or town
  • noun
  • Bus or train, that stops at most stations
  • People who live in the area being discussed
  • The pub you most frequently go to

along

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US / əˈlɒŋ /

UK / əˈlɔ:ŋ /

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  • adverb
  • As a companion; taken with someone
  • preposition
  • At a point on a line

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

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  • preposition
  • Starting at a particular place, time or level

over

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US / 'əʊvə(r) /

UK / ˈovɚ /

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  • adverb
  • Finished; no longer happening
  • Towards the ground/away from a standing position
  • noun
  • A set of six consecutive balls bowled in cricket
  • other
  • Finished
  • preposition
  • Showing the relation when a thing is above another
  • On or covering something
  • Above or across something
  • More than you need
  • From one side to the other
  • In the direction of; toward

version

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US / ˈvə:ʃən /

UK / ˈvɚʒən, -ʃən /

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  • noun
  • Different way that someone interprets something
  • New or different form of something
  • An updated form of some software

back

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US / bæk /

UK / bæk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Farthest from the front e.g. in a classroom
  • adverb
  • Have returned to a place you were before
  • noun
  • The part of a chair that the upper body leans upon
  • Location at the rear of something
  • The reverse of side something
  • Area on the rear of your body
  • verb
  • To bet money on something
  • To go backwards in a car
  • To support and encourage someone or some cause

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

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  • conjunction
  • Used to refer to two or more things
  • Plus; in addition; on top of that
  • Used to introduce an action that follows another

guy

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US / ɡaɪ /

UK / ɡaɪ /

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  • noun
  • Man; boy; any person

money

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US / 'mʌnɪ /

UK / ˈmʌni /

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  • noun
  • Coins or notes we use to pay for things

where

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US / hwɛə /

UK / hwɛr, wɛr /

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  • conjunction
  • At or in the place which
  • In whatever place
  • pronoun
  • Word you use to ask the location of something

tight

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US / taɪt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Showing anxiety or anger; tense
  • Positioned physically close together
  • Managed or controlled in a strict and careful way
  • (Of road, bend) curving sharply
  • Drunk
  • Being equally matched in ability or score
  • Lacking extra space
  • Having limited time available
  • Being very limited in supply
  • Not generous; mean with money; stingy
  • (Rope or tie) pulled strongly
  • Being in a good solid relationship
  • adverb
  • Firmly; so it can't move

bar

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US / bɑ:(r) /

UK / bɑ:r /

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  • noun
  • Piece of (soap, chocolate etc.)
  • Professional organization of lawyers and judges
  • String of musical notes
  • Place to meet friends and buy alcoholic drinks
  • Long solid round piece of metal shaped like a pipe
  • verb
  • To prevent entry, exit or an action

industry

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US / 'ɪndəstrɪ /

UK / ˈɪndəstri /

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  • noun
  • Hard work; being busy working
  • Factories or businesses that make certain products

before

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US / bɪˈfɔ:(r) /

UK / bɪˈfɔr,-ˈfor /

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  • adverb
  • At a time earlier than the present; previously
  • conjunction
  • In advance of something happening
  • preposition
  • In front of someone or something

cover

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US / 'kʌvə(r) /

UK / ˈkʌvɚ /

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  • noun
  • A different version of another song
  • Bed sheets; blankets
  • (Police or military) protection from attack
  • Amount of money to be paid in an insurance claim
  • Thing you put over something to close or hide it
  • Front and back part of a book or magazine
  • Shelter built to protect from the natural elements
  • verb
  • To record a different version of another song
  • To include as part of its area
  • To put something over something to hide it
  • To discuss a subject in a talk or meeting
  • To form a layer over something so it is hidden
  • To have sufficient funds to pay for something
  • To include something within an agreed limit
  • To report news on TV, radio or in a newspaper
  • (Police or military) to protect from attack
  • To travel a certain distance in a given time
  • To wrap something with something, such as a cloth

have

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US / həv /

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A1
  • verb
  • To drink, smoke, eat or use something
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  • To organize an event, or join in an activity
  • To own, possess, or hold something
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US / mə'ʃi:n /

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  • noun
  • Piece of equipment used to do work
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  • To shape, work on something, using a device

world

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US / wɜ:ld /

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  • All the humans, events, activities on the earth
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his

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  • Something belonging to a male person

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US / wɪð /

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  • As an employee of a certain company
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onto

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  • Towards a certain direction/into a certain area

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  • The point where a process or activity stops
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  • To be the last part of something

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning a later or slower time than expected
  • Being in a losing position in a sporting event
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  • Remaining
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  • Deceptive move made by a football player

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  • Ability of the mind to call back past things
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  • (E.g. of a lie) clear and obvious what it is
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  • Legal protection for inventions or ideas
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  • To obtain legal protection for inventions or ideas

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  • A small, flat piece of metal used as money
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  • To make coins from metal
  • To invent a new word that becomes popular

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  • Someone who plays a drum

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  • Person who officially collects/stores information
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  • Musical wind instrument

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  • Group of people who share an interest, as in sport
  • Place where people go to listen to music and dance
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  • To be grouped with others
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day

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  • A period of 24 hours beginning at midnight
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combine

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electronic

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  • Operating by use of electricity; digital

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  • At any time; at all times in the future

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  • Ability to do something well

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  • One of many floors or levels in a building
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  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Karaoke is a ubiquitous form of entertainment that can be found all over the world. Originating in Japan, there are over 8,000 karaoke bars in the country alone. But do you ever wonder how it all began? This is the fascinating story of karaoke and the man responsible for its inception.In 1968, Daisuke Inoue was working as a drummer at a cabaret club in Osaka, Japan. However, due to financial difficulties, he was forced to move back home with his parents in Kobe. Determined to make a living, he started searching for work in local bars where house bands played instrumental covers for customers to sing along to. Despite not being able to read sheet music, Daisuke taught himself how to play every song on the keyboard by memory. His slow and easy style quickly made him a popular choice in Kobe.One day, a businessman approached Daisuke with a unique request. He had an important client meeting and wanted to impress with his singing skills at a bar. However, Daisuke was already booked for the night. In an effort to accommodate the request, his band recorded instrumental versions of the man's favorite songs onto an open-reel tape recorder. The recording was a hit and gave Daisuke an idea.With the assistance of an electronics shop, Daisuke combined an amplifier, microphone, coin box, and 8-track car stereo to create the world's first karaoke machine, the Juke 8. At the age of 31, he invented a device that would revolutionize the entertainment industry. He brought a bunch of Juke 8 machines to clubs in Kobe, and it didn't take long for their coin boxes to overflow with money.Within a year, Juke 8 machines started popping up all over Japan, and eventually spread to other countries around the world. Despite his groundbreaking invention, Daisuke never patented his karaoke machine. As a result, he didn't earn any royalties from the billion-dollar industry he helped create. However, for Daisuke, the joy he brought to people's lives was enough reward.Karaoke has become a global sensation loved by many. It has provided countless hours of entertainment and brought people together through the power of music. All of this is thanks to the genius of Daisuke Inoue, the man behind karaoke.
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  • Whether you love it or loathe it, karaoke is everywhere.
  • In its birthplace of Japan, there are over 8,000 karaoke bars alone.
  • But have you ever wondered where it came from?
  • This is the story of karaoke and the legendary man behind it.
  • In 1968, in Osaka, Japan, Daisuke Inoue was working as a drummer at a cabaret club.
  • But money was tight, and he was forced to move back home with his parents in Kobe.
  • He went looking for work in local bars, where house bands played instrumental covers of the latest tunes for customers to sing along to.
  • But they wanted a keyboardist, not a drummer.
  • Daisuke couldn't read music, so he learned every song on the keyboard from memory, and soon became Kobe's go-to music guy for his slow and easy style.
  • One day, a businessman asked him a favor.
  • He had an important client meeting he wanted to end in a bar, where he could impress with his singing skills.
  • But Daisuke was already booked.
  • So his band recorded instrumental versions of the man's favorite songs onto an open-reel tape recorder.
  • The recorder was such a success that it sparked an idea.
  • With the help of an electronics shop, Daisuke combined an amplifier with a microphone, a coin box, and 8-track car stereo.
  • And aged 31, he invented the first-ever karaoke machine, the Juke 8.
  • Daisuke took a bunch of Juke 8s to clubs in Kobe, and before long, their coin boxes were overflowing.
  • A year later, Juke 8s began to pop up across the country, continent, and all over the world.
  • But he never patented his machine.
  • So despite the billion-dollar industry he's created, Daisuke Inoue hasn't earned a dime from the royalties.
  • He's just happy he can say he brought joy to the world.