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Session 106

A British teenager's eyesight has been severely damaged by his diet of chips and crisps. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Teenager blinded by chips and junk food diet

A teenage boy in the UK has severely damaged his eyesight after living on mainly chips and crisps for most of his life.

Language challenge

In US English, they say ‘potato chips’. In UK English, we say:

a) French fries
b) chips
c) crisps


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The story

Experts are warning about the dangers of fussy eating. It's after a medical journal reported the case of a 17-year-old who suffered severe damage to his eyesight after living on a diet of chips and crisps since leaving primary school. Tests have revealed he had severe vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition.

Key words and phrases

go (blind)
become (blind)

• I went blind due to a bike accident I had when I was younger.
• When she opened the fridge, the smell made her realise that the milk had gone off.

not easily pleased regarding certain things

• I can be very fussy about who I date. That's why I'm single. I don't want just anyone.
• He used to be such a fussy eater, but now he's an adult he'll eat anything.

not having enough of something

• Due to excessive use, the Earth could soon have a resource deficiency.
• Due to a deficiency in available staff, the shop will be closing early today.

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

c) crisps


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