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dateline: 16 August 2017

Listen to NewsChinese Man Says Thank You With 5,000 Bowls Of Noodles

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • treat: to pay for or offer as a gift
  • turn in: to bring a lost item to a person or place that will try to find the owner
  • engagement: a promise to get married
  • propose: to ask one’s romantic partner to get married
  • good Samaritan: a person who does a good deed without expecting a reward (from a parable in the Bible)
  • gratitude: a feeling of being thankful

Chinese Man Says Thank You With 5,000 Bowls Of Noodles

A Chinese man treated 5,000 customers to free after his backpack was turned in at a restaurant in southwestern China. The backpack contained an engagement worth over $44,000 US dollars. The man was planning to propose to his that day as it was the couple’s one-year anniversary. The bag had gone missing when the man from his table to take a phone call. Fortunately, a good Samaritan had noticed the backpack and turned it in. after getting his backpack back, the customer returned to the restaurant and offered to buy noodles for the next 5,000 customers to show his gratitude.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why was the backpack so important to the man?
  2. What did the good Samaritan do?
  3. What did the man do to show how thankful he was for getting the backpack back?

Discussion Questions: Have you ever been a good Samaritan? What did you do?

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Written 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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3 Comments on “Chinese Man Says Thank You With 5,000 Bowls Of Noodles”

  1. No, I got good ideas from this amazing blog.

  2. Alberto says:

    Being a teacher I try to be an example to my pupils. Everyday I do my best helping other people. In my humble opinion this is something we should do everyday.

  3. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for the short audio news report and also for choosing good news because I believe the good news gives to your students positive energy.

    Second, one subject isn’t clear for us because we don’t know that what was important for the Chinese man ( the ring worth over $44,000 US dollars or loving to his girlfriend) who offered to buy spicy noodles for the next 5,000 customers after his backpack was turned in at the restaurant?

    I guess loving to his girlfriend was important for him that treated 5,000 customers to free noodles because I myself as a man believe the love is the strongest thing for a man in his life (my opinion). I myself am ready to do everything for my love.

    Tara,
    Thank you for good news.
    Have a great weekend,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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