Kyoto Voted as the World’s Best City

August 30, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. avid /ˈæv ɪd/ (adj.) – enthusiastic or devoted to something
Example: He was an avid fan of the town’s baseball team.

2. popular /ˈpɒp yə lər/ (adj.) – famous among many people
Example: Their band was featured in a popular magazine.

3. worst /wɜrst/ (adj.) – bad to the highest degree
Example: His travel article got the worst feedback from the editor.

4. tolerable /ˈtɒl ər ə bəl/ (adj.) – referring to something that one can bear or endure
Example: The office environment was no longer tolerable so she resigned.

5. censorship /ˈsɛn sərˌʃɪp/ (n.) – the practice of controlling what comes out in a book, movie, etc.
Example:  Many people want to abolish the city’s strict censorship on newspapers.


Read the text below.
Kyoto is the world’s best city to travel to, a survey by Time Inc. revealed.

Time Inc.’s Travel + Leisure magazine published the World’s Best Awards this year. The survey involved about 17,000 avid readers of the magazine. Other than the top scoring cities, the World’s Best Awards also ranked the best hotels, airlines, and cruises across the globe.

Kyoto, which also ranked first last year, received the highest rating of 91. Kyoto was followed by Charleston in South Carolina, Siem Reap [SEE-uh m REE-uh p] in Cambodia, Florence and Rome in Italy, Bangkok in Thailand, Krakow [KRAH-koo f] in Poland, Barcelona in Spain, Cape Town in South Africa, and Jerusalem in Israel.

Popular cities, such as Paris, New York, London, and those from Latin countries and South America, surprisingly did not make it to the top ten list.

In contrast, the Economist Intelligence Unit Global released a list of the top 10 worst cities in the world to live in. The ranking was based on how tolerable it was to live in a city based on its crime rate, conflict risks, temperature, health care quality, censorship levels, schools and transportation.

At the top of the ranking was Dhaka in Bangladesh, making it the worst city to live in. Dhaka was followed by Port Moresby [MAWRZ-bee] in Papua New Guinea, Lagos in Nigeria, Harare [huh-RAHR-ey] in Zimbabwe, Algiers [al-JEERZ] in Algeria, Karachi in Pakistan, Tripoli in Libya, Douala [doo-AH-lah] in Cameroon, Tehran in Iran, and Abidjan [ab-i-JAHN] in Cote d’Ivoire [koht dee-VWUH].

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         If you could rank a city, what would be your basis for ranking it? Explain.
·         Using your answer in the previous question, what ranking would you give to the city you are living in right now? Justify.

Discussion B

·         What are the pros and cons of ranking cities? Please explain your answer.
·         How do you think being on top of the ranking benefits a city? 

August 30, 2015