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dateline: 19 October 2016

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Thailand Begins Year-Long Mourning for King

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • mourn: to express sadness
  • reign: to rule as queen or king
  • retailer: a business that sells something
  • refrain: to not do something
  • sombre: dull in tone or mood

Thailand Begins Year-Long Mourning for King

The people of Thailand began a year-long mourning following the death of their beloved king last week. King Bhumibol was considered a father figure in where he reigned for 70 years. Clothing retailers are out of black clothing, the official colour of mourning. The government has also asked TV and radio stations to refrain from broadcasting entertainment programming in the first 30 days of the mourning period. are being asked to the Thai people by dressing in sombre clothing.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why is Thailand in a period of mourning?
  2. How did the Thai people feel towards their king?
  3. How are TV stations in Thailand affected by the mourning period?

Discussion Questions: Insulting the king is a serious crime in Thailand, and some foreign governments have issued warnings to tourists. Should tourists avoid the country during this mourning period, or is now an ideal time to visit and learn about the culture and country?

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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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