Words in the news: Week of Sept.18

Words in the news: Week of Sept.18

You have probably heard these news terms being discussed in the papers or on TV. Here is how to use them in English:

1. 負資產 - Negative-equity properties
During the financial turmoil and resultant job losses, a lot of people struggled to repay the mortgages of their negative-equity properties.

2. 罷課 - Class boycott
Last week, 15 tertiary education institutions gathered at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to support a citywide class boycott to force the government to scrap the proposed national education curriculum

3. 水貨客 - Parallel traders
An influx of parallel traders has helped raise the prices of food and other daily necessities in the northern district.

4. 跨境 - Cross-border
Cross-border traders flooded streets near Sheung Shui MTR station, causing inconvenience to residents.

5. 譴責 - Condemned
The Shenzhen police were condemned for using excessive force on reporters who were covering the anti-Japanese protests in the city.

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