To sing songs has been deeply rooted in human life since ancient times. People are singing songs to babies and they enjoy listening to them. In recent years, there has been a boom in "karaoke" in Japan. These are disk players with voice mixing facilities and are used to provide musical accompaniment for solos or singalongs.
The word "kara" of karaoke means "empty," while "oke" is a Japanese abbreviation of the English word, "orchestra." These two words coming together mean an orchestra without a vocalist. Karaoke systems are widespread in many countries nowadays. Karaoke bars are well known by Americans, who think of bars when they hear the word "karaoke." But actually there are few karaoke bars in Japan, while what we "karaoke box" is more popular there.
Cloze Exercise - Karaoke systems
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