The Reading / Listening - Wasabi - Level 4

A 60-year-old woman went to hospital after eating a large amount of wasabi by mistake. She was at a wedding reception and ate a teaspoon of wasabi. She thought it was an avocado dip. Her taste buds and nose were shocked by the spices. She felt pressure in her chest and her arms tingled. She went to hospital and doctors diagnosed her with "broken-heart syndrome". This has symptoms that are similar to a heart attack.



Doctors said the woman had takotsubo cardiomyopathy - also called "broken-heart syndrome". The heart weakens so that it cannot pump blood properly. It is usually caused by life-changing and shocking events like financial troubles, traffic accidents or bad news. Most patients fully recover within a month. Doctors said: "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first [time it was] triggered by wasabi." They told sushi lovers that wasabi is not dangerous.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wasabi - Level 5 or  Wasabi - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.foxnews.com/health/wasabi-avocado-broken-heart-syndrome
  • https://www.livescience.com/wasabi-triggers-broken-heart-syndrome.html
  • https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/09/25/broken-heart-syndrome-woman-hospitalized-wasabi-avocado-bmj-case/23820053/


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 60-year-old woman
  2. eating a large amount of wasabi
  3. She was at a wedding
  4. She thought it was an avocado
  5. taste
  6. She felt pressure
  7. doctors diagnosed
  8. symptoms that are similar
  1. her
  2. dip
  3. to a heart attack
  4. buds
  5. reception
  6. went to hospital
  7. in her chest
  8. by mistake

Paragraph 2

  1. The heart
  2. it cannot pump blood
  3. life-changing and
  4. Most patients fully
  5. to the best of our
  6. it was triggered
  7. sushi
  8. wasabi is not
  1. shocking events
  2. lovers
  3. knowledge
  4. properly
  5. dangerous
  6. recover
  7. weakens
  8. by wasabi

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 60-year-old woman went to hospital after eating (1) __________________ of wasabi by mistake. She was at (2) ___________________ and ate a teaspoon of wasabi. She thought it was (3) ___________________. Her taste buds and nose were shocked (4) ___________________. She felt pressure in her chest and (5) ___________________. She went to hospital and doctors diagnosed her with "broken-heart syndrome". This has symptoms (6) ___________________ to a heart attack.

Doctors said the woman had takotsubo cardiomyopathy - also called "broken-heart syndrome". The (7) ___________________ that it cannot pump blood properly. It is (8) ___________________ life-changing and (9) ___________________ financial troubles, traffic accidents or bad news. Most patients (10) ___________________ a month. Doctors said: "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first [time it (11) ___________________ wasabi." They told (12) ___________________ wasabi is not dangerous.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A60-year-oldwomanwenttohospitalaftereatingalargeamountofwas
abibymistake.Shewasataweddingreceptionandateateaspoonofwas
abi.Shethoughtitwasanavocadodip.Hertastebudsandnosewereshoc
kedbythespices.Shefeltpressureinherchestandherarmstingled.She
wenttohospitalanddoctorsdiagnosedherwith"broken-heartsyndro
me".Thishassymptomsthataresimilartoaheartattack.Doctorssaidth
ewomanhadtakotsubocardiomyopathy-alsocalled"broken-hearts
yndrome".Theheartweakenssothatitcannotpumpbloodproperly.Itis
usuallycausedbylife-changingandshockingeventslikefinancialtroub
les,trafficaccidentsorbadnews.Mostpatientsfullyrecoverwithinamon
th.Doctorssaid:"Tothebestofourknowledge,thisisthefirst[timeitwas
]triggeredbywasabi."Theytoldsushiloversthatwasabiisnotdangerou
s.

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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