Posted by: Idioma Extra | September 28, 2010

Tuesday´s News

Costa Rica and Ukraine Sign Memorandum of Understanding


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica announced on Monday an agreement with the Ukraine to implement a system of bilateral consultations.

The memorandum was signed by the foreign ministers of both countries, René Castro and Kostyantyn Gryschenko, at the headquarters of the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations in New York.

In the document, both countries set out their desire to establish a permanent dialogue to coordinate their actions in several international organizations.

During the signing of the memorandum, the ministers discussed issues of bilateral interest and expressed their desire to work in the areas of economic development, environment, investment and trade, among others.

Gryschenko reiterated his country’s desire to expand its ties with Latin America, and noted that Costa Rica was a possible site for a new diplomatic mission of Ukraine in the continent.

Word of the month

Pronunciation: \(ˌ)bī-ˈla-t(ə-)rəl\
1: having two sides
2: affecting reciprocally two nations or parties <a bilateraltreaty> <a bilateral trade agreement>
3 a: of, relating to, or affecting the right and left sides of the body or the right and left members of paired organs<bilateral nephrectomy> b: having bilateral symmetry
— bi·lat·er·al·ism noun
— bi·lat·er·al·ly adverb

More Vocabulary

Headquarters: n. the administrative center of an enterprise
Memorandum: n.
an informal diplomatic communication
Reiterate: v.
to state or do over again or repeatedly sometimes with wearying effect
Tie: n.
a bond or connection, as of affection, kinship, mutual interest, or between two or more people, groups, nations, or the like

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Set out: to define; describe:

  • The two department heads decided to set out their arguments before the Executive so the problem could be resolved.

Below are some common phrases used when speaking on the phone in English. To learn more, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 550 Telephoning and Business Communication Course!

Interrupting and taking control:

May I interrupt you for a moment?
I wonder if I could comment on that last point?
Excuse me; I’d like to add something here.


Correct me if I’m wrong, but…
Basically, what you’re saying is…


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