The Reading / Listening - Kimchi - Level 2

China and South Korea are arguing over a savoury pickled cabbage dish called kimchi. China wants an international certificate for its dish pao cai, also a savoury vegetable dish. However, South Korea is angry about this. They say pao cai is too much like kimchi - perhaps the most famous food in South Korea. Kimchi is a staple food in Korea. It is a traditional dish of fermented vegetables, such as cabbage and radish. It uses a variety of seasonings, like chilli powder, spring onions, garlic, ginger, and salted seafood. Pao cai is a pickle, usually made using cabbage, mustard, peppers and ginger.



China says it has a certification from the International Organization for Standardization for its kimchi making process. South Korean officials say pao cai, "has nothing to do with kimchi" and "that pao cai is different from kimchi." Koreans are angry that China is trying to claim the standard for the kimchi-making process. A professor in Korea said: "China lacks efforts to understand the culture...of surrounding nations." On social media in China, people said most kimchi eaten 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 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. China and South Korea
  2. a savoury pickled cabbage
  3. South Korea is angry
  4. They say pao cai is too much
  5. Kimchi is a staple
  6. a traditional dish of
  7. It uses a variety
  8. usually made
  1. using cabbage
  2. about this
  3. food in Korea
  4. are arguing
  5. fermented vegetables
  6. of seasonings
  7. dish called kimchi
  8. like kimchi

Paragraph 2

  1. China says it has a
  2. its kimchi making
  3. pao cai has nothing
  4. pao cai is different
  5. China is trying to
  6. efforts to understand
  7. most kimchi eaten
  8. the pronunciation
  1. claim the standard
  2. from kimchi
  3. in South Korea
  4. process
  5. of kimchi
  6. to do with kimchi
  7. the culture
  8. certification

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China and South Korea (1) ___________________ a savoury pickled cabbage dish called kimchi. China wants an international certificate for its dish pao cai, (2) ___________________ vegetable dish. However, South Korea (3) ___________________ this. They say pao cai is too much like kimchi - perhaps the most famous food in South Korea. Kimchi is (4) ___________________ in Korea. It is a traditional dish of fermented vegetables, such as cabbage and radish. It uses (5) ___________________ seasonings, like chilli powder, spring onions, garlic, ginger, and salted seafood. Pao cai is a pickle, (6) ___________________ cabbage, mustard, peppers and ginger.

China says it has (7) ___________________ the International Organization for Standardization for its (8) ___________________. South Korean officials say pao cai, "has (9) ___________________ with kimchi" and "that pao cai is different from kimchi." Koreans are angry that China (10) ___________________ claim the standard for the kimchi-making process. A professor in Korea said: "China lacks (11) ___________________ the culture...of surrounding nations." On social media in China, people said most kimchi eaten in South Korea is made in China. One person wrote: "Even (12) ___________________ kimchi originated from Chinese."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ChinaandSouthKoreaarearguingoverasavourypickledcabbagedishc
alledkimchi.Chinawantsaninternationalcertificateforitsdishpaocai,al
soasavouryvegetabledish.However,SouthKoreaisangryaboutthis.T
heysaypaocaiistoomuchlikekimchi-perhapsthemostfamousfoodinS
outhKorea.KimchiisastaplefoodinKorea.Itisatraditionaldishofferme
ntedvegetables,suchascabbageandradish.Itusesavarietyofseasoni
ngs,likechillipowder,springonions,garlic,ginger,andsaltedseafood.P
aocaiisapickle,usuallymadeusingcabbage,mustard,peppersandging
er.ChinasaysithasacertificationfromtheInternationalOrganizationfo
rStandardizationforitskimchimakingprocess.SouthKoreanofficialss
aypaocai,"hasnothingtodowithkimchi"and"thatpaocaiisdifferentfro
mkimchi."KoreansareangrythatChinaistryingtoclaimthestandardfor
thekimchi-makingprocess.AprofessorinKoreasaid:"Chinalackseffort
stounderstandtheculture...ofsurroundingnations."Onsocialmediain
China,peoplesaidmostkimchieateninSouthKoreaismadeinChina.On
epersonwrote:"EventhepronunciationofkimchioriginatedfromChine
se."

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

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Free writing

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