Fast Japanese train – level 3
Japan’s maglev train has broken its own world record. The seven-car magnetic levitation train hit a top speed of 374 miles per hour (602 kilometres per hour) in a test run near Mount Fuji. The new record comes less than a week after it clocked in at 366 miles per hour (589 kilometres per hour).
It’s propelled and lifted by electrically charged magnets that are around 4 inches (10 centimetres) above the tracks.
Central Japan Railway which owns the trains wants to introduce the service between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya by 2027.The 173-mile journey (278 kilometres) would take only about 40 minutes – less than half the current time.
The maglev currently holds the Guinness World Record title for the fastest maglev train at 361 miles per hour (581 kilometres per hour). It gained that in 2003 but it’s now planning to reapply with its new world speed record.
Difficult words: levitation (the act of levitating – being in the air), clock in (to register), propel (to drive or push something forward).
LEARN 3000 WORDS with NEWS IN LEVELS
News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions
How to improve your English with News in Levels:
- Do the test at Test Languages.
- Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.
- Read two news articles every day.
- Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.
- Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
- Listen to the news from today without reading the text.
- Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.