The Reading / Listening - Onions - Level 2

Onions are very important in Bangladesh cooking. However, it is more difficult to buy them. There is a shortage. This means prices have gone up a lot. The price of one kilogram has risen from US36 cents to around $3.25. This is nearly a ten-fold increase. Many Bangladeshis now cannot afford to buy onions. Bangladesh usually imports them from its neighbour India. Recent monsoon rain in India damaged a lot of India's onion harvest. This made India ban exports to Bangladesh. Bangladesh's opposition party has called for nationwide protests because of the record prices.



The onion crisis is very serious. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed has stopped using it in her cooking. She is using onion alternatives in her dishes. Some onions are on sale in Dhaka markets at twice their usual price. Hundreds of people queued for hours to buy one kilo. One person said he would stand for two hours more to save some money. He has never seen onion prices so high. A Dhaka resident said people in her neighbourhood have stopped eating onions. She last bought a kilo of onions 15 days ago. Many street-food sellers can no longer make their onion-based snacks.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Onions - Level 0 Onions - Level 1   or  Onions - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/bangladesh-flies-in-planeloads-of-onions-amid-national-outcry-over-shortage
  • https://www.dawn.com/news/1517352
  • https://bdnews24.com/lifestyle/2019/11/18/soaring-onion-prices-force-many-to-twist-their-taste-buds-in-dhaka


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Onions are very important in
  2. This means prices have
  3. This is nearly a ten-
  4. damaged a lot of India's onion
  5. This made India ban exports
  6. Bangladesh's opposition
  7. nationwide
  8. record
  1. gone up a lot
  2. protests
  3. Bangladesh cooking
  4. prices
  5. party
  6. fold increase
  7. harvest
  8. to Bangladesh

Paragraph 2

  1. The onion crisis is
  2. twice their
  3. stand for two hours more to
  4. He has never seen onion prices
  5. people in her
  6. She last bought a kilo of onions
  7. Many street-food
  8. make their onion-
  1. based snacks
  2. so high
  3. 15 days ago
  4. usual price
  5. sellers
  6. save some money
  7. very serious
  8. neighbourhood

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Onions (1) ___________________ in Bangladesh cooking. However, it is more difficult to buy them. There (2) ___________________. This means prices have gone (3) ___________________. The price of one kilogram has risen from US36 cents to around $3.25. This is nearly (4) ___________________. Many Bangladeshis now cannot afford to buy onions. Bangladesh usually imports them from its neighbour India. Recent monsoon rain in India damaged a lot of (5) ___________________. This made India ban exports to Bangladesh. Bangladesh's opposition party has called for nationwide protests because of (6) ___________________.

The onion (7) ___________________ serious. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed has stopped using it in her cooking. She is using (8) ___________________ her dishes. Some onions (9) ___________________ in Dhaka markets at twice their usual price. Hundreds of people (10) ___________________ to buy one kilo. One person said he would stand for two hours more to save some money. He has never seen onion prices so high. A Dhaka (11) ___________________ in her neighbourhood have stopped eating onions. She last bought a kilo of onions 15 days ago. Many street-food sellers can (12) ___________________ their onion-based snacks.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

OnionsareveryimportantinBangladeshcooking.However,itismoredif
ficulttobuythem.Thereisashortage.Thismeanspriceshavegoneupalo
t.ThepriceofonekilogramhasrisenfromUS36centstoaround$3.25.Th
isisnearlyaten-foldincrease.ManyBangladeshisnowcannotaffordt
obuyonions.BangladeshusuallyimportsthemfromitsneighbourIndia.
RecentmonsoonraininIndiadamagedalotofIndia'sonionharvest.This
madeIndiabanexportstoBangladesh.Bangladesh'soppositionpartyh
ascalledfornationwideprotestsbecauseoftherecordprices.Theonionc
risisisveryserious.PrimeMinisterSheikhHasinaWazedhasstoppedusi
ngitinhercooking.Sheisusingonionalternativesinherdishes.Someoni
onsareonsaleinDhakamarketsattwicetheirusualprice.Hundredsofpe
oplequeuedforhourstobuyonekilo.Onepersonsaidhewouldstandfort
wohoursmoretosavesomemoney.Hehasneverseenonionpricessohig
h.ADhakaresidentsaidpeopleinherneighbourhoodhavestoppedeatin
gonions.Shelastboughtakiloofonions15daysago.Manystreet-foods
ellerscannolongermaketheironion-basedsnacks.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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