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dateline: 18 December 2019

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World’s Oldest Living Couple Celebrates Their 80th Anniversary

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • community: a group of people who live in the same area or share a common interest
  • celebrate: to honour a special occasion with a party or ceremony
  • anniversary: the date that a particular couple was married
  • in moderation: in a reasonable way, without excess

World’s Oldest Living Couple Celebrates Their 80th Anniversary

John Henderson (age 106) and Charlotte Henderson (age 105) are recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest in the world. Last week, their living community threw them a party to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary. The two met in in 1934 and married five years later. Both are still happy and . According to John, the secret to a long life is to live in moderation. The date of their anniversary is December 22nd, and John will celebrate his 107th birthday on December 24th.

Comprehension Questions

1. John and Charlotte met in

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2. John says the secret to a long life is

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3. The official date of John and Charlotte's anniversary is

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Discussion Question: Do you know anyone who lived a very long life? What was their secret?

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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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