ESL Listening Activity: Brazil

English (ESL) Listening Activity on Brazil 

Brazil is the largest country in South America. It borders with every country in South American except Chile and Ecuador. Most of Brazil’s largest and most populous cities are close the coast. However, the capital of Brazil is Brasilia which is not located on the coast. More than 200 million people live in Brazil. It is the world’s fifth most populated country. The three largest cities in Brazil are Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

Many of the ancestors of the Brazilian people come from Portugal, Spain, Germany and other western European Countries. Some Brazilians have ancestors that were brought to Brazil as slaves. There are also large populations of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Jewish people.

There is a vast variety in the landscapes of Brazil because it is such a large country. There are mountains, the Amazon rain forest, amazing beaches, broad plains and dry plains. The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest rainforest. Many native people still live in the Amazon. It is hot and rainy in the Amazon rainforest.

Most Brazilians live in medium to large cities that are full of buildings and modern amenities. The poor people live in large cities live in shantytowns called favelas.

Most Brazilians work in the service sector; for schools, governments, offices, hospitals, banks, and the tourism industry. There is also a large farming and manufacturing sector in Brazil.

Soccer is the most popular sport in Brazil. Soccer is very popular and Brazil is the only country that has played in every World Cup tournament. A lot of Brazilians enjoy watching popular soap operas on TV. Brazilians also enjoy music. Popular types of music are bossa nova, samba, lambada and hip-hop.

Overall Brazilians enjoy eating natural foods and tend to have balanced diets; with fruit, vegetables, meats and grains.

Brazil is famous for is carnival that it holds each year. The biggest and most world-renowned one is in Rio de Janiero and it attracts visitors and attention from around the world every year.

ESL Listening Activity: Dominican Republic


English (ESL) Listening Activity on the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. The island that both the Dominican Republic and Haiti share is names Hispaniola. About 2/3 of the island is the Dominican Republic ad 1/3 is Haiti. It is located between Cuba on the west and Puerto Rico in the east.

Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ Hispaniola in 1492 but there were indigenous people there before that. The Taino and Ciboney people were already living their when the Spaniards arrived.

The Dominican Republic seems to have it all. It has large cities, beautiful beaches, winding rivers and vast mountain ranges. The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo. Pico Duarte is the highest point in the Caribbean. The three largest and most populous cities in the Dominican Republic are Santo Domingo in the South, Santiago in the center of the country and Puerto Plata on the North coast. The president, as of 2012 is Danilo Medina. The Dominican Republic has population of more than 10 million people.

The Dominican Republic has a hot tropical climate. Rain and dry seasons divide the year. The average rainfall a year is 60 inches. Hurricanes and tropical storms do occasionally hit the Dominican Republic.

What is the Dominican Republic known for? There is large tourism industry in the Dominican Republic. In the last years the Dominican Republic has welcomed approximately 4 million of tourists each year from the United States, Canada, Western Europe and most recently the Americas.

The Dominican Republic produces large amounts of sugar, rice, coffee, sugarcane, rum and cacoa and they export many of these agricultural goods to other countries.

The infrastructure of the Dominican Republic is subpar compared to other Latin American countries. There are often long periods of outages without electricity and no running water and the countries public education system is dismal. The corruption and overall apathy of the Dominican people could be a source of miserable organization.

Despite the problems of the country’s infrastructure, the majority of Dominican people have a positive outlook on life. Dominicans enjoy music and dancing. Bachata, Merengue, Salsa and Reggeaton are the most popular types of music in the Dominican Republic. The most popular sport is baseball. Dominoes are also played very often as well.

Dominicans eat a lot of rice, pink beans and chicken. Plantains and yucca are also a favorite food. Dominicans also eat a wide variety of fruits that often grow in their own backyards.

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ESL Listening Activity: Tornadoes

English (ESL) Listening Activity on Tornadoes

The United States has an average of 1000 tornadoes every year- more than any other nation. The central states of the United States are at more of a risk for tornadoes. Twisters is a nickname for tornadoes. Compared to hurricanes tornadoes are not very big. On average a tornado is 130 to 170 meters (400 to 500 feet) wide. Tornadoes can produce very powerful winds. Tornadoes usually form when the weather is warm and humid. They can occur at any time of day but most develop between 3 and 9pm. Tornado Alley is the part of the United States that has the most tornadoes. Parts of the following U.S. states are in Tornado Alley: South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. A tornado usually stays on the ground for less than 20 minutes. Tornadoes move at a speed of 20 to 50 miles (or 30 to 90 kilometers) per hour. For tornadoes to keep moving that need warm, moist air. More than one tornado can hit the same area in a day or week. Tornadoes are very powerful and can destroy most natural and man-made objects (such as houses, buildings and cars). The strong winds from a tornado can rip trees up from the ground and destroy and move house and cars hundreds of feet away. The strength of tornadoes is calculated on the Fujita (F) or the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale. The categories on the scale vary from EF0 which is light damage to an EF5 which means incredible damage. Tornadoes can cause such horrible destruction because they form very quickly and people often do not have time to protect themselves and get to a safe place. Most people, businesses and schools have safety plans on where to go when a tornado is about to hit. It is recommended that people do into storm shelters, basements, bathrooms and interior hallways to stay safe from the storm.

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ESL Story 6: Delivery Men

Audio of ESL Story 6: Delivery Men

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Willy and Amos are men. Willy and Amos are delivery men. Willy and Amos deliver new refrigerators to people’s houses. Every day they deliver many refrigerators to customers. Willy and Amos love being delivery men but sometimes they run into problems.

Before going to the first delivery of the day, they called Cindy, the first customer on the list. The delivery men said ‘Good Morning Cindy! We have your new refrigerator ready for delivery. We will be there soon.’ Cindy said, ‘Ok. You can deliver my refrigerator now. See you soon.’

Willy and Amos arrived at Cindy’s house 20 minutes later to deliver her new refrigerator. Willy went to the door. He rang the doorbell. No one came to the door. Willy knocked on the door and no one came to the door.

The delivery men called Cindy again on the phone. ‘Hello,’ they said after she answered ‘We are at your house now with your new refrigerator.’ The customer said ‘What? I am not expecting a delivery today. I am not ready for a delivery. You must be confused. Please come tomorrow’. Willy and Amos could not believe their ears. Cindy, the customer had just told them to come do the delivery and now she said she was not ready. Willy and Amos run into problems like this every day.

Willy and Amos drive to the next customer’s house to deliver their refrigerator. This customer was home and they were able to do the delivery. As they were leaving, the delivery men’s phone started to ring. It was Cindy, the first customer calling. ‘Hello! Delivery Guys’ they answered. ‘Where are you? You are late! I have been waiting for you for a long time.’ said Cindy, the customer. Now Willy and Amos were really confused. ‘Please deliver my new refrigerator right now! I am waiting.’

Amos and Willy drove back to Cindy’s house as fast as they could. They quickly unloaded her new refrigerator from the truck and brought it to the door. This time when the knocked on the door Cindy answered. Willy and Amos picked the refrigerator up…. But they ran into another problem. Cindy’s new refrigerator was so big that it did not fit through her doors of her house! It was too big.

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ESL Story 5: Rubber Chickens

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James was a poor man. James had no money. James had no money but he had a great idea. James thought that he could make a ton of money selling rubber chickens. James thought that he could make millions of dollars selling rubber chickens. He thought that everyone in the world needed at least 1 rubber chicken.

James needed money to buy a lot of rubber chickens. He was poor and had no money. James went to his rich Uncle Warren’s house and told him his great idea. James borrowed $345,000 from his uncle Warren Buffet. James told his Uncle Warren that he would pay him back in three weeks. James bought 3 million yellow rubber chickens with the $345,000 that he borrowed from his uncle Warren.

James decided the best place to sell rubber chickens would be outside a restaurant that sells fried chicken. On Monday, James went to the restaurant. He felt really lucky. He thought he would sell at least 1 million rubber chickens that day. He stood outside the fried chicken restaurant for 13 hours. James stood there yelling, ‘Beautiful Yellow Rubber Chickens, $5 each! Who wants a rubber chicken?’ for 13 hours. In the entire day, 13 whole hours, he only sold 30 chickens. James went home but he still felt lucky and he knew he would sell more rubber chickens the next day.

On Tuesday, James woke up at 6am. He went to a large elementary school by his house. James stood at the school waiting. James stood there yelling, ‘Beautiful Yellow Rubber Chickens, $5 each! Who wants a rubber chicken?’ James attracted a lot of attention at the school. The children loved James’ chickens but there was a problem. Very few of the children had money to buy his rubber chickens. James spent the entire day selling chickens in front of the school. On Tuesday, he had a little more luck than Monday. James sold 263 chickens in front of the school on Tuesday. He was happy but he still has 2,999,724 rubber chickens left to sell.

On Wednesday, James woke up at 3am. He had done some research and he knew exactly where he could sell the chickens. James put all the rubber chickens in his van and drove to a small city in California called Chicken City. He got to chicken city at 6am. James stood on the busiest street corner in chicken city selling the rubber chickens. James stood there on the corner yelling, ‘Beautiful Yellow Rubber Chickens, $5 each! Who wants a rubber chicken?’ and something amazing happened. People started running up to him, waving money and buy not 1 but 20, 30 and even 100 rubber chickens at a time. On Wednesday, James sold all of the chickens in Chicken City , California by 2pm.

James felt like the luckiest man in the world. He was able to sell all the rubber chickens. He paid back his uncle Warren and had enough money to buy more rubber chickens. James was no longer a poor man. He was now a rich man like his uncle Warren.

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