Level 2

A man in California adores sushi and eats it daily. One day he had a bad stomachache. When he went to the toilet, he found a 5 foot 6 inch (168 centimetre) tapeworm. It wiggled out of him.

The man hurried to the hospital and took the tapeworm in a bag. It died in transit. He revealed it to the doctor. The doctor gave him a deworming pill that is the same kind used for pets.

“He said he’d felt like something was moving around in his guts and he thought it was just gas,” said the doctor about the man. The man had been uncomfortable for months but now he is okay. He is happy he survived.

Fish should be cooked or frozen before eating. Both of those kill parasites and make fish safe to eat.

Difficult words

Adore: To like very much.

Tapeworm: A parasite that lives inside the body.

Wiggle: To move the body up and down

Transit: To be move from one place to another

Revealed: To show

Deworming: To take away worms

Pill: A round shaped medicine

Guts: The inside of the body

Gas: An air-like substance

Uncomfortable: To not feel relaxed

Survive: To live after a dangerous situation

Parasite: A living thing that lives on another living thing.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

1. Adore A. Move the body
2. Reveal B. Live
3. Tapeworm C. Love
4. Transit D. Medicine
5. Gas  E. Parasite
6 . Pill F. Air
7. Wiggle G. Uneasy
8. Uncomfortable H. Travel
9. Survive I.  Show

True or False?

1.  A man in California hates sushi. T / F

2. There was a tapeworm inside the man. T / F

3.  He went to the hospital quickly. T / F

4.  The tapeworm was very short. T / F

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

Unscramble the sentence!

1. man / A / it / California / sushi / and / in / eats / daily / adores

2. man / The / the / hurried / hospital / a / and / to / tapeworm / took / the / in / bag

3. doctor / to / He / the / revealed / it

4. he / happy / He / survived / is

5. frozen / Fish / or / should / before / be / eating / cooked

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 Frozen
Doctor Transit Hurried
Pill Survived Daily

A man in California adores sushi and eats it _______. One day he had a bad ___________. When he went to the toilet, he found a 5 foot 6 inch (168 centimetre) ____________. It wiggled out of him.

The man ____________ to the hospital and took the tapeworm in a bag. It died in ___________. He revealed it to the doctor. The doctor gave him a deworming ________ that is the same kind used for pets.

“He said he’d felt like something was moving around in his guts and he thought it was just gas,” said the _________ about the man. The man had been uncomfortable for months but now he is okay. He is happy he __________.

Fish should be cooked or __________ before eating. Both of those kill parasites and make fish safe to eat.

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?