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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Level 1

Match the Synonym!

 1. Born A. Speed of growth.
 2. Rate B. Make someone believe.
 3. Elderly C. Job
 4. Convince D. Alive
 5. Career E. Old


  1. Born = D. Alive
  2. Rate = A. Speed of growth.
  3. Elderly = E. Old
  4. Convince = B. Make someone believe.
  5. Career = C. Job

True or False?

1. There are not enough babies in North Korea.  False

2. Less people died than were born in 2020 in South Korea. False

3. The government are not worried about the problem. False

4. Not having enough young people can cause many problems. True

5. There is very little work pressure in South Korea. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. South Korea has a problem.

2. South Korea has the lowest birth rate.

3. The president of South Korea is Moon Jae In.

4. President Moon has started a program.

5. Another problem is the cost

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Problem
  2. Worried
  3. Workers
  4. Money
  5. Sometimes

Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Convince A. Hurt
 2. Pressure B. Wait
 3. Damage C. Make someone believe.
 4. Delay D. Needed
 5. Necessity E. Force


  1. Convince = C. Make someone believe.
  2. Pressure = E. Force
  3. Damage = A. Hurt
  4. Delay = B. Wait
  5. Necessity = D. Needed

True or False?

1. Not enough babies are being born in South Korea. True

2. South Korea has the highest birth rate in the world. False

3. The Korean government is not so worried about the situation. False

4. The president of South Korea is giving people money to have children. True

5. There is a lot of work pressure in Korea. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. South Korea has the lowest birth rate.

2. This is the first time.

3. The government hopes this will convince more families.

4. This issue is being seen in many countries.

5. This can also cause problems.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Born
  2. Died
  3. Enough
  4. Receive
  5. Career
  6. Extra

Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. CenturyA. Next
2. PhenomenonB. Hesitant
3. SubsequentlyC. 100 years.
4. FundamentalD. Before birth.
5. UnveilE. Reveal
6. PrenatalF. Remarkable occurrence.
7. CommonplaceG. About pregnancy.
8. ReluctantH. Usual
9. MaternityI. Necessary


  1. Century = C. 100 years.
  2. Phenomenon = F. Remarkable occurrence.
  3. Subsequently = A. Next
  4. Fundamental = I. Necessary
  5. Unveil = E. Reveal
  6. Prenatal = D. Before birth.
  7. Commonplace = H. Usual
  8. Reluctant = B. Hesitant
  9. Maternity = G. About pregnancy

True or False?

1.  In 2020, South Korea had more deaths than births. True

2.  Declining birth rates have been common around the world. True

3. The population decreased during most of the 20th century. False

4. 120 countries have currently reported more deaths than births. False

5. The Korean government is not concerned about the decline in births. False

6. President Moon Jae In has a new plan to rectify the declining births. True

7. In 2025, the monthly payments to new parents will stop. False

8. Women in Korea have a difficulty striking a good work/life balance. True

9. Korea is known for their low work hours and low pressure jobs. False

10. Finances do not play a role in the decline of births. False

Unscramble the sentence!

  1. South Korea has the lowest birth rate in the world.

2. The birth rate in Korea has been on a steady decline.

3. The population of the planet subsequently increased.

4. The new figures from South Korea have caused concern.

5. Work culture in Korea can be exceedingly tough.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Fewer
  2. Pace
  3. Century
  4. Encourage
  5. Blamed
  6. Pressure
  7. Factor
  8. Secure
  9. Substantially