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The coronavirus has changed almost every country in the world. More than 2.5 billion people now have to stay at home. Many people are working from home. People who cannot work from home are losing their jobs.

The virus is now the biggest concern for every country in the world. Events have been cancelled around the world. Even the Olympics has been moved to 2021. Some people are comparing the problem to the apocalypse. Around the world, people have been buying food and supplies. Supermarkets in some areas have been running out of food.

Nobody knows when life can return to normal. The virus started in China. Everything in China is still mostly closed. This is 4 months after the discovery of the virus. The world may be different for a long time.

Difficult words

Concern (n): A worry.

Comparing (v): Seeing how two things are the same and different.

Apocalypse (n): The end of the world.

Supplies (n): Things that you need.

Discovery (n): To find something for the first time.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Concern  A. See differences.
 2. Comparing  B. Find
 3. Apocalypse  C. Worry
 4. Supplies  D. World ending.
 5. Discovery  E.  Needed things.

True or False?

1.  Only a few countries have changed because of the coronavirus. T / F

2. More than a billion people are now staying at home. T / F

3. Some people have lost their jobs. T / F

4. No events have been cancelled yet. T / F

5. The virus started in the U.S. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. changed / every / country / has / almost / The / coronavirus

2. from / are / Many / working / people / home

3. is / The / biggest / concern / virus / now / the

4. around / have / been / Events / cancelled / the world

5. virus / The / started / in / China

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English:

American English:

Cancelled Losing Every
Mostly Areas Time

The coronavirus has changed almost (1)_________ country in the world. More than 2.5 billion people now have to stay at home. Many people are working from home. People who cannot work from home are (2)__________ their jobs.

The virus is now the biggest concern for every country in the world. Events have been (3)____________ around the world. Even the Olympics has been moved to 2021. Some people are comparing the problem to the apocalypse. Around the world, people have been buying food and supplies. Supermarkets in some (4)_________ have been running out of food.

Nobody knows when life can return to normal. The virus started in China. Everything in China is still (5)__________ closed. This is 4 months after the discovery of the virus. The world may be different for a long (6)_________.

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. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you know how many people have been infected in your country?
5. Is anywhere in your country locked down?
6. Are you or have you been in quarantine?
7. Have people lost their jobs in your country because of Covid-19?
8. Has your country done anything to protect the economy?
9. Do you believe your country cares more about protecting the economy or the people?
10.  Are any businesses or services closed in your country?
11. Do you think the economy of your country will suffer?
12. Are you happy with how your country’s government has handled the virus?
13. Is everyone in your country following your government’s recommendations?
14. Is your country testing many people?
15. Have any important events been cancelled in your country?
16. What do you think about the Olympics being delayed?
17. How has your life changed since the virus was discovered?
18. Does the idea of staying at home for a long period of time make you uncomfortable?
19. Have any famous people been diagnosed with Covid-19 in your country?
20. Do you know anyone who has been infected?