The Reading / Listening - Wasabi - Level 5

A 60-year-old woman went to hospital after eating a large amount of the condiment wasabi by mistake. She was at a wedding reception in Israel and mistakenly ate a teaspoon of the spicy green paste. She thought it was an avocado-based dip. Her taste buds were shocked when the spices in the wasabi moved to her tongue and nose. The woman felt pressure in her chest and her arms tingled. She went to hospital the next day. Doctors diagnosed her with "broken-heart syndrome". This has symptoms that are similar to a heart attack after physical or emotional distress.



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

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wasabi - Level 4 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. eating a
  2. the condiment
  3. She was at a wedding
  4. She thought it was an avocado-
  5. taste
  6. The woman felt pressure
  7. symptoms that are similar
  8. physical or emotional
  1. reception
  2. in her chest
  3. distress
  4. large amount
  5. to a heart attack
  6. buds
  7. wasabi
  8. based dip

Paragraph 2

  1. The heart
  2. it cannot pump blood
  3. financial
  4. It is not as serious as a
  5. Most patients fully
  6. To the best of
  7. triggered
  8. sushi
  1. by wasabi
  2. troubles
  3. lovers
  4. properly
  5. real heart attack
  6. weakens
  7. our knowledge
  8. recover

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 60-year-old woman went to hospital after eating a (1) ___________________ the condiment wasabi by mistake. She was at a wedding reception in Israel and mistakenly (2) ___________________ of the spicy green paste. She thought it was (3) ___________________. Her taste buds were shocked when the spices in the wasabi moved to her tongue and nose. The woman (4) ___________________ her chest and her arms tingled. She went to hospital the next day. Doctors (5) ___________________ "broken-heart syndrome". This has symptoms that are similar to a heart attack after physical (6) ___________________.

Doctors said the (7) ___________________ by takotsubo cardiomyopathy. It is also called "broken-heart syndrome". The heart (8) ___________________ a "temporary disruption" so that it cannot (9) ___________________. It is usually caused by life-changing and shocking events such as financial troubles, (10) ___________________ bad news. It is not as serious as a real heart attack. Most patients (11) ___________________ a month. Doctors said: "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of takotsubo cardiomyopathy triggered by wasabi." They (12) ___________________ that wasabi is not dangerous.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A60-year-oldwomanwenttohospitalaftereatingalargeamountofthec
ondimentwasabibymistake.ShewasataweddingreceptioninIsraelan
dmistakenlyateateaspoonofthespicygreenpaste.Shethoughtitwasa
navocado-baseddip.Hertastebudswereshockedwhenthespicesint
hewasabimovedtohertongueandnose.Thewomanfeltpressureinherc
hestandherarmstingled.Shewenttohospitalthenextday.Doctorsdiag
nosedherwith"broken-heartsyndrome".Thishassymptomsthatares
imilartoaheartattackafterphysicaloremotionaldistress.Doctorssaidt
hewomanwasstruckbytakotsubocardiomyopathy.Itisalsocalled"bro
ken-heartsyndrome".Theheartweakensandsuffersa"temporarydis
ruption"sothatitcannotpumpbloodproperly.Itisusuallycausedbylife-
changingandshockingeventssuchasfinancialtroubles,trafficaccident
sorbadnews.Itisnotasseriousasarealheartattack.Mostpatientsfullyr
ecoverwithinamonth.Doctorssaid:"Tothebestofourknowledge,thisis
thefirstreportoftakotsubocardiomyopathytriggeredbywasabi."They
toldsushiloversthatwasabiisnotdangerous.

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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