None so deaf | saying

Meaning: Nobody is deafer than the person who decides he does not want to listen. Often used in reference to prejudice and intolerance.

Note: none (pronoun) = no person; no one | deaf (adj.) = unable to hear; not having the power of hearing | will (verb) = intend; desire [this is “will” used as a main verb, not as a modal auxiliary verb] | Also found as: “There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.” There is a similar proverb: “None so blind as those who will not see.”

 

Quick Quiz:

“None so deaf as those who will not hear” is a saying that refers to

a. deaf people

b. obstinate people

c. ignorant people

Answer:
b

 

Source:  None so deaf as those who will not hear | EnglishClub.

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WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Emergency

dateline: 02 February 2016/English Club

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Zika: a forest in Uganda
  • virus: an agent that causes infectious disease
  • pose: to introduce or present something (e.g., a problem or question)
  • mild: manageable; not severe

WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Emergency

The Zika virus, which is carried by , is spreading through Latin America, and has become an international public health threat according to the World Health Organization. In most people, Zika symptoms are mild or . However, there is concern that the Zika virus is connected to microcephaly, a serious medical that causes babies to be born with an underdeveloped brain and a small head. American officials have warned pregnant women and those who are planning on getting pregnant to stop travelling to Brazil at this time. There is no known prevention from avoiding mosquito bites.Comprehension Questions

  1. Why does the report mention mosquitos?
  2. Where is the current outbreak of the Zika virus?
  3. Who is most at risk of developing a serious illness from the Zika virus?

Discussion Questions: With six months to go until the Summer Olympics in Brazil, panic is spreading about the Zika virus. Do you think countries should warn female athletes and spectators (of childbearing age) not to travel?

 

Answers

WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Emergency
The Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitos, is spreading through Latin America, and has become an international public health threat according to the World Health Organization. In most people, Zika symptoms are mild ornon-existent. However, there is growing concern that the Zika virus is connected to microcephaly, a serious medical condition that causes babies to be born with an underdeveloped brain and a small head. American officials have warned pregnant women and those who are planning on getting pregnant to stop travelling to Brazil at this time. There is no known preventionaside from avoiding mosquito bites.

  1. The report mentions mosquitos because the Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus. The only prevention is to avoid mosquitos.
  2. The outbreak of the Zika virus is in Latin America.
  3. Unborn babies are most likely to develop a serious medical condition (brain abnormality) from the Zika virus.

Source: WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Emergency

Very Hot Weather in India | level 2

1-06-2015 07:00  Level 1Level 2Level 3

Temperatures in India soared to 47°C in some parts of the country. The heat claimed 1,700 lives in just one week. It was so hot that even the roads melted.

The electricity grid was overused, and tens of thousands of people were left without power supply. Hospitals struggled to help all he people who are sick because of the extreme weather.

People should stay out of the sun, cover their heads and drink a lot of water. Cooler, rainy weather is on its way to India, but it will be weeks before the whole subcontinent cools down.

Difficult words: soar (to increase, go up), melt (to change from a solid thing to a thing that is like water), struggle (to do something difficult and to have problems doing it).

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Story and video from: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/very-hot-weather-in-india-level-2/

Quiz by Toni

1. What is India?

 a city
 a state
 a country

2. What was the weather like in India?

 very rainy
 very cold
 very hot

3. It was so hot that 1,700 people __________  in one week.

 lived
 died
 got sick

4. When people were left without power supply, they didn’t have _______________.

 electricity
 food
 gas

5. The hospitals struggled to help people.  It was ___________ to help people.

 very easy
 not inportant
 very difficult

6. Many people were ___________ because of the extremely hot weather.

 summer
 died
 sick

7. Different weather is on its way to India.  It will be ________________.

 extreme weather
 very hot
 cooler and rainy

8. When the weather is very hot people should __________________.

 drink a lot water
 stay in the sun
 sit outside

9. It was very hot in India.  The roads melted.  The roads were ___________.

 like water
 a lot of cars
 hard

10. When the temperature soars it goes ________ a lot.  It gets very hot.

 down
 cools
 up

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B.B. King is Dead | level 2

21-05-2015 07:00 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3

The King of Blues, guitarist and singer BB King, died. He was 89 years old.

He influenced a generation of rock guitarists and was one of the world’s best guitarists. King performed in at least a hundred concerts a year.

Recently, he had an illness and people took him to hospital. Earlier this month, he said on Facebook that he was in hospice care at home. He died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

 

There will be a quiz – I will make it today

Vocabulary:

Difficult words: influence (to change something or to inspire somebody), hospice care (care for people who are going to die soon).

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Source:  News In Levels

 

 

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The Red Ball |questions

The ball is on the floor. It is a red ball. It is a rubber ball. The baby looks at the ball. The cat looks at the ball. The cat is black. The cat walks over to the ball. The cat hits the ball with its paw. The ball rolls on the floor. The baby smiles.

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Visit the Park | story

Nancy took her daughter Donna to the park. The park had lots of trees. It had lots of squirrels and birds. The squirrels ran up and down the trees. The squirrels chased one another. The squirrels played with one another. The birds flew around. They flew down to the ground. They flew up into the…

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People are poor

People are standing in long lines all over America. The long lines are unemployment lines. Unemployment lines are for people who have no jobs. Millions of Americans have no jobs. They used to have jobs. But they got laid off. They got laid off because of the recession. The recession is in America. The recession is in China. The recession is in Europe. The recession is all over the world. What’s a recession? A recession is a time when people have only a little money. They don’t buy new things. If they don’t buy new things, factories stop making new things. Factories lay off the workers. In a recession, people buy only necessary things, like food. They don’t buy new TVs, new cars, or new homes. They don’t buy new shoes. They take their old shoes to the shoe repair shop. They don’t go to expensive restaurants. They go to fast-food restaurants. They don’t go to the movies. They watch TV. They don’t go to Disneyland. They go to city parks. Everyone hopes the recession will end soon.

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