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General Listening Quiz

“Funerals: Expressing Condolences”

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difficult funerals man and woman 01:31

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some common expressions you say to people who have lost a loved one due to illness, accident, or other circumstances?


pass away” = die
My father passed away last night after a long battle with cancer.”

dead to the world” = deep in sleep
He’s dead the world even with all the noise going on around him.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss how funerals in your hometown differ from family to family based on cultural background, religion, and family customs. Use the Internet to collect information on these differences.

Online Investigation

Choose a country that interests you. Then, use the Internet to find the answers to these questions:

  1. What are the common funeral practices in this country?
  2. What usually takes place during a funeral?
  3. What do people wear, both men and women?
  4. Are there any special foods that people prepare and eat after the funeral?
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