The Reading / Listening - Kimchi - Level 1

China and South Korea are arguing over a pickled cabbage dish called kimchi - a staple food in Korea. China wants an international certificate for its dish pao cai, also a savoury vegetable dish. South Korea is angry. It says pao cai is too much like kimchi. Kimchi is a traditional dish of fermented cabbage and radish. It uses seasonings, like chilli powder, garlic, ginger, and salted seafood. Pao cai is made from cabbage, mustard, peppers and ginger.



China says it has an international certificate for its kimchi making process. South Korean officials say pao cai, "has nothing to do with kimchi" and "that it is totally different. Koreans are angry that China is claiming the certificate. A professor in Korea said: "China lacks efforts to understand the culture." People in China said most kimchi in South Korea is made in China. One person wrote: "Even the pronunciation of kimchi originated from Chinese."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Kimchi - Level 0 Kimchi - Level 2   or  Kimchi - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20201130000660
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimchi
  • https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/11/30/20/south-koreans-chinese-clash-over-chinese-style-kimchi-winning-international-certificate


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. China and South Korea
  2. a pickled cabbage dish
  3. a staple
  4. a traditional dish of
  5. It uses
  6. chilli
  7. Pao cai is made
  8. mustard, peppers
  1. fermented cabbage
  2. food in Korea
  3. from cabbage
  4. are arguing
  5. and ginger
  6. called kimchi
  7. seasonings
  8. powder

Paragraph 2

  1. an international
  2. its kimchi making
  3. pao cai has nothing to
  4. it is totally
  5. efforts to understand
  6. most kimchi in South Korea is
  7. the pronunciation of
  8. kimchi originated
  1. kimchi
  2. different
  3. made in China
  4. from Chinese
  5. certificate
  6. do with kimchi
  7. the culture
  8. process

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China and South Korea (1) ___________________ a pickled cabbage dish called kimchi - (2) ___________________ in Korea. China wants an international certificate (3) ___________________ pao cai, also a savoury vegetable dish. South Korea is angry. It says pao cai is (4) ___________________ kimchi. Kimchi is a traditional dish of fermented (5) ___________________. It uses seasonings, like chilli (6) ___________________, and salted seafood. Pao cai is made from cabbage, mustard, peppers and ginger.

China says it has an international (7) ___________________ kimchi making process. South Korean officials say pao cai, "has nothing to do with kimchi" and "that it (8) ___________________. Koreans (9) ___________________ China is claiming the certificate. A professor in Korea said: "China (10) ___________________ understand the culture." People in China said most kimchi in South Korea is made in China. (11) ___________________: "Even (12) ___________________ kimchi originated from Chinese."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ChinaandSouthKoreaarearguingoverapickledcabbagedishcalledkim
chi-astaplefoodinKorea.Chinawantsaninternationalcertificateforit
sdishpaocai,alsoasavouryvegetabledish.SouthKoreaisangry.Itsays
paocaiistoomuchlikekimchi.Kimchiisatraditionaldishoffermentedca
bbageandradish.Itusesseasonings,likechillipowder,garlic,ginger,an
dsaltedseafood.Paocaiismadefromcabbage,mustard,peppersandgi
nger.Chinasaysithasaninternationalcertificateforitskimchimakingpr
ocess.SouthKoreanofficialssaypaocai,"hasnothingtodowithkimchi"a
nd"thatitistotallydifferent.KoreansareangrythatChinaisclaimingthe
certificate.AprofessorinKoreasaid:"Chinalackseffortstounderstandt
heculture."PeopleinChinasaidmostkimchiinSouthKoreaismadeinChi
na.Onepersonwrote:"Eventhepronunciationofkimchioriginatedfrom
Chinese."

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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