The Reading / Listening - 2018 - Level 1

This year is nearly over. For some people, it was a great year; for others, it wasn't. Japanese people have chosen the kanji (Chinese character) they thought described 2018. The winning kanji means "disaster". This was because of the many natural disasters in Japan in 2018. Japan was hit by typhoons, earthquakes, heavy rains, and a killer heatwave. Hundreds of people died in these disasters. Many roads and housess were destroyed.



The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation has found a "kanji of the year" since 1995. This year, 193,214 people voted. The second most popular kanji was "peace". Last year, "north" was the winner, because of North Korea's nuclear tests. The world was also hit by natural disasters, including wildfires, hurricanes and tsunami. There were wars in Syria and Yemen. There was suffering because of immigration. People hope next year's kanji will be "happiness".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    2018 - Level 0 2018 - Level 2   or  2018 - Level 3

Sources
  • https://japantoday.com/category/national/(disaster)-chosen-as-kanji-character-best-representing-2018
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/12/national/kanji-year-meaning-disaster-symbolizes-2018-amid-natural-human-calamities/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6495315/Japan-selects-Chinese-disaster-character-symbol-2018-following-natural-disasters.html


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. For some people, it was
  2. Chinese
  3. The winning kanji means
  4. because of the many
  5. Japan was hit by
  6. a killer
  7. Hundreds of people died
  8. Many roads and houses
  1. typhoons
  2. "disaster"
  3. were destroyed
  4. character
  5. in these disasters
  6. natural disasters
  7. a great year
  8. heatwave

Paragraph 2

  1. 193,214 people
  2. The second most popular
  3. North Korea's nuclear
  4. The world was also hit
  5. wildfires, hurricanes
  6. There were wars
  7. There was suffering because
  8. next year's kanji will
  1. in Syria and Yemen
  2. by natural disasters
  3. be "happiness"
  4. kanji was "peace"
  5. of immigration
  6. tests
  7. and tsunami
  8. voted

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

This year (1) ___________________. For some people, it was a great year; for (2) ___________________. Japanese people have chosen the kanji (Chinese character) (3) ___________________ 2018. The winning kanji means "disaster". This was because of (4) ___________________ disasters in Japan in 2018. Japan was hit by typhoons, earthquakes, (5) ___________________ a killer heatwave. Hundreds of people died in these disasters. Many roads and (6) ___________________.

The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation (1) ___________________ "kanji of the year" since 1995. This year, 193,214 people voted. The (2) ___________________ kanji was "peace". Last year, "north" (3) ___________________, because of North Korea's nuclear tests. The world (4) ___________________ by natural disasters, including wildfires, hurricanes and tsunami. There (5) ___________________ Syria and Yemen. There was suffering because of immigration. People hope next year's kanji (6) ___________________

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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wasn't.Japanesepeoplehavechosenthekanji(Chinesecharacter)they
thoughtdescribed2018.Thewinningkanjimeans"disaster".Thiswasb
ecauseofthemanynaturaldisastersinJapanin2018.Japanwashitbyty
phoons,earthquakes,heavyrains,andakillerheatwave.Hundredsofp
eoplediedinthesedisasters.Manyroadsandhousesweredestroyed.Th
eJapanKanjiAptitudeTestingFoundationhasfounda"kanjioftheyear"s
ince1995.Thisyear,193,214peoplevoted.Thesecondmostpopularka
njiwas"peace".Lastyear,"north"wasthewinner,becauseofNorthKore
a'snucleartests.Theworldwasalsohitbynaturaldisasters,includingwil
dfires,hurricanesandtsunami.TherewerewarsinSyriaandYemen.The
rewassufferingbecauseofimmigration.Peoplehopenextyear'skanjiwi
llbe"happiness".

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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