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dateline: 02 September 2014

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Chibatman Becomes Internet Superhero

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • moniker: a name or nickname
  • identity: who a person really is
  • crusader: a person who is on a mission to create change
  • welder: a person whose job is to fuse metal together
  • go viral: spread quickly like a virus

Chibatman Becomes Internet Superhero

A man who dresses like Batman and drives around the streets of Chiba, Japan on a batcycle has become an Internet . The caped crusader goes by the moniker “Chibatman”. Like Batman, his true identity is unknown. few things known about Chibatman is that he’s a 41-year-old welder. He told a reporter that people in his region forgot how to smile after the Fukuskima . His goal is to bring smiles back to the . Chibatman has been driving through the streets of Chiba for over three years. Photos and videos of Chibatman recently went viral on the .

Comprehension Questions

    1. What is Chibatman’s real job?
    2. What was Chibatman’s original purpose for dressing up like Batman?
    3. Why does the report mention the Internet?

Discussion Questions: Why do you think cartoon superheroes are so well-loved by people of all different ages?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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