The Reading / Listening - Musical.ly - Level 0

A Chinese company bought the app Musical.ly for $1 billion. The company will be the first Chinese social media site to be a global brand. Musical.ly has 60 million monthly users. People can record and share videos of themselves lip-syncing to popular songs. They can edit the videos, make funny faces, and change the video speed.



Musical.ly will be big. Young people will share videos on their mobile phones. The company wants Musical.ly to help it create an important "global platform". Its content creators and brands will enter new markets. The company also owns a popular news app, called Today's Headlines. This has 120 million daily users.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Musical.ly - Level 1 Musical.ly - Level 2   or  Musical.ly - Level 3

Sources
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical.ly
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41939296
  • http://www.scmp.com/tech/start-ups/article/2119369/chinas-toutiao-buys-teens-social-video-app-musically-latest-expansion


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A Chinese company bought
  2. the first Chinese social media site to be a
  3. 60 million
  4. share videos
  5. lip-syncing to
  6. edit the
  7. make funny
  8. change the video
  1. videos
  2. monthly users
  3. speed
  4. popular songs
  5. global brand
  6. faces
  7. the app
  8. of themselves

Paragraph 2

  1. Musical.ly will be
  2. share
  3. mobile
  4. create an important global
  5. content
  6. enter new
  7. a popular news
  8. This has 120 million
  1. app
  2. platform
  3. daily users
  4. phones
  5. markets
  6. big
  7. creators
  8. videos

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Chinese company (1) ___________________ Musical.ly for $1 billion. The company will (2) ___________________ Chinese site to be a (3) ___________________. Musical.ly has 60 million monthly users. People can (4) ___________________ videos of themselves (5) ___________________ popular songs. They can edit the videos, (6) ___________________, and change the video speed.

Musical.ly (7) ___________________. Young people will share (8) ___________________ mobile phones. The company wants Musical.ly to help (9) ___________________ important "global platform". Its content creators (10) ___________________ enter new markets. The company also (11) ___________________ news app, called Today's Headlines. This has 120 (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AChinesecompanyboughttheappMusical.lyfor$1billion.Thecompan
ywillbethefirstChinesesitetobeaglobalbrand.Musical.lyhas60million
monthlyusers.Peoplecanrecordandsharevideosofthemselveslip-
syncingtopopularsongs.Theycaneditthevideos,makefunnyfaces,an
dchangethevideospeed.Musical.lywillbebig.Youngpeoplewillsharevi
deosontheirmobilephones.ThecompanywantsMusical.lytohelpitcr
eateanimportant"globalplatform".Itscontentcreatorsandbrandswill
enternewmarkets.Thecompanyalsoownsapopularnewsapp,calledTo
day'sHeadlines.Thishas120milliondailyusers.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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