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dateline: 29 May 2019

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McDonald’s Partners with US Embassy in Austria

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • partner (verb): to form a partnership; to join forces
  • embassy: the official office of an ambassador (nation’s representative) in another country
  • consular: related to the consulate in a foreign city
  • issue: to supply

McDonald’s Partners with US Embassy in Austria

Fast-food giant McDonald’s has with the US Embassy in Austria to offer limited consular . Any American citizen who needs help from the US Embassy in Austria can now visit any of its McDonald’s restaurants. While the McDonald’s cannot offer services such as issuing a , it will put Americans in direct contact with the Embassy to report a concern such as a lost passport. McDonald’s says it is not any payment for offering this service in Austria.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Describe the partnership from this report.
  2. Why does the report mention a passport?
  3. According to the report, what is McDonald’s not getting paid for?

Discussion Question

Do you think it is a smart idea for McDonald’s to offer this service? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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