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VIDEO: This Week's Top Stories

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The biggest stories this week

Bangkok roads were blocked on Wednesday ahead of an anti-government rally.

Cargo containers were stacked on roads to Government House, Royal Plaza and the Crown Property Bureau.

Thailand lost its spot as the most popular cross-border destination for tourists from mainland China, according to a survey.

Japan and Korea were the top two preferred destinations.

A former Thai Airways International chairman was sentenced to two years in jail for not paying for his excess baggage.

Wallop Bhukkanasut and his wife returned from a trip to Japan in November 2009. He used his position to bring more than 300kg of luggage back.

Thailand's level of English has fallen for the third year in a row.

A report showed Thailand's ranking dropped to 89 out of 100 countries this year.

Thailand's English language proficiency is considered "very low" by the education report.

Vocabulary:

block : to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง

border : the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต

container : a large metal or wooden box of a standard size in which goods are packed so that they can easily be lifted onto a ship, train, etc. to be transported - ตู้บรรจุสินค้า

excess baggage : bags that weigh more than the official limit that each person is allowed to take on a plane -

luggage (noun): baggage; all the cases and bags that you take with you when you travel - กระเป๋าเดินทาง

preferred : liking or wanting more than anyone or anything else - ซึ่งชอบมากกว่า

proficiency (noun): the ability to do some task or work correctly and efficiently; skill, knowledge, competence - ความช่ำชอง, ความเจนจัด, ความสามารถ, ประสิทธิภาพ,ความเชี่ยวชาญ, ความคล่องแคล่ว

ranking : the position of somebody/something on a scale that shows how good or important they are in relation to other similar people or things, especially in sport - อันดับ

survey : the act of asking for and recording information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล

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