Level 1

A man in California loves sushi. He eats it daily. One day he had a bad stomachache. He went to the toilet. A 5 foot 6 inch (168 centimetre) tapeworm came out of him.

The man hurried to the hospital. He showed the tapeworm to the doctor. The doctor gave him a deworming pill. It is the same kind used for pets.

He had felt something wiggling inside his stomach. He was uncomfortable for months. Now he is okay. He is happy he survived.

Difficult words

Daily: Everyday

Stomachache: When your stomach hurts

Tapeworm: A parasite that lives inside the body.

Hurried: To go quickly

Deworming: To take away worms

Pill: A round shaped medicine

Wiggling: To move the body up and down

Uncomfortable: To not feel relaxed

Survive: To live after a dangerous situation

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

1. Daily A. Move
2. Stomachache B. Live
3. Tapeworm C. Hurt Belly
4. Hurried D. Medicine
5. Deworming E. Parasite
6 . Pill F. Quickly 
7. Wiggling G. Uneasy
8. Uncomfortable H. Everyday
9. Survive I. No worms

True or False?

1. A man hates sushi. T / F

2. The man eats sushi once a year. T / F

3. The man went to the hospital quickly. T / F

4. The doctor gave him medicine. T / F

5. The man was comfortable with the tapeworm. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. California / in / A / sushi / man / loves

2. hospital / The / the / man / to / hurried

3. the / He / doctor / showed / the / to / tapeworm

4. pets / It / is used / the / kind / same / for

5. uncomfortable / for / He / months / was

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Stomachache Tapeworm California
Wiggling Pets Hurried
Pill Survived Daily

A man in ___________ loves sushi. He eats it _________. One day he had a bad _____________. He went to the toilet. A 5 foot 6 inch (168 centimetre) tapeworm came out of him.

The man ___________ to the hospital. He showed the __________ to the doctor. The doctor gave him a deworming ____________. It is the same kind used for ________.

He had felt something ___________ inside his stomach. He was uncomfortable for months. Now he is okay. He is happy he ____________.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Do you like sushi?
4. Is sushi popular in your country?
5. What do you think about eating raw food?
6. Do you have a favourite type of fish? If not, how about meat?
7. Do people often eat seafood in your country?
8. What is the most popular meat in your country?
9. Have you ever had food poisoning?
10. Is there any food that you don’t trust?
11. Is there any food that you know is bad but you still eat it?
12. Have you ever been fishing or hunting?
13. Do you think it’s okay to eat sashimi everyday?
14. What do you know about parasites?
15. Have you ever had to go to the hospital for a serious problem?
16. Are there any dangerous foods in your country?
17. Are there strict food laws in your country?
18. Have you ever been to Japan?
19. Do you think it’s safer to eat raw fish there?
20. Do you know about popular raw foods in other countries?