The day the Nobel Prizes are awarded – level 1

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The Nobel Prize is a very special prize. It is a prize for a scientist, writer, economist, or politician. People get the Nobel Prize for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics, and peace.

In 1867, Alfred Nobel is a famous man. He invents dynamite. He is rich.

At the end of his life, Nobel starts to understand that people remember him only as a man who invents dynamite. He doesn’t like it because dynamite kills people. He wants to do something good.

Nobel has an idea. He says that he wants to give 94% of his money to a special fund. It is a fund which gives money to people who do something very good.

Nobel dies on December 10, 1896, and people get the first Nobel Prizes on December 10, 1901. Now, people get the Nobel Prizes every year.

Each Nobel Prize laureate gets a gold medal, a diploma, and almost 1 million US dollars.

There are many famous people who got the Nobel Prize, for example Albert Einstein, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Ernest Hemingway, and Mother Teresa.

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The day the Nobel Prizes are awarded – level 2

The Nobel Prize is a very special prize for a scientist, writer, economist, or politician. People get the Nobel Prize for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics, and peace.

Alfred Nobel was a famous inventor who invented dynamite. In 1888, he realized that people were going to remember him as the man who invented the thing which kills people. That thought was horrible for him. So, he decided to give 94% of his money to a special fund. It was a fund which would give money to people who did something great.

Nobel died on December 10, 1896, and the first Nobel Prizes were given on the anniversary of his death on December 10, 1901. Now, the Nobel Prize is given every year.

Each Nobel Prize laureate gets a gold medal, a diploma, and almost 1 million US dollars.

There are many famous people who got the Nobel Prize, for example Albert Einstein, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Ernest Hemingway, and Mother Teresa.

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The day the Nobel Prizes are awarded – level 3

The Nobel Prize is the most prestigious prize a scientist, writer, economist, or politician can receive. It is awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics, and peace.

In 1888, Alfred Nobel, then known as the inventor of dynamite, realized that he could be remembered primarily as the man who invented the thing that kills people. That thought terrified him. Therefore, he decided to donate 94% of his large fortune to a fund from which awards would be given each year for outstanding inventions and literary works.

Nobel died on December 10, 1896, and the first Nobel Prizes were awarded on the anniversary of his death on December 10, 1901. Since then, they have been awarded each year except during World War II.

Each Nobel Prize laureate receives a gold medal, a diploma, and a sum of money which is almost 1 million US dollars.

There are many famous people who have received the Nobel Prize, for example Albert Einstein, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Ernest Hemingway, and Mother Teresa.

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The day the first human heart was transplanted – level 1

English News in Levels - The day the first human heart was transplanted

There is a bad car accident. It is in Cape Town. It is on December 2, 1967. A car hits a young woman and her mother. The mother dies. Her daughter lives. However, she has serious problems with her head. Doctors take her to the hospital.

When the young woman comes to the hospital, her heart is beating. Yet she is already dead. This is because her brain isn’t working. Doctors can’t help her.

When her father comes to the hospital, doctors tell him that they can’t save his daughter. They say her heart can help another person. The father thinks about it. Then he agrees with the transplant. The person who needs the transplant is a sick 55-year-old man. The transplant is his only chance to live.

A team of thirty doctors and nurses starts the operations. The leader of the team is Doctor Christiaan Barnard. The operation is successful. After the operation, the man wakes up. He speaks with his wife and reporters. However, the man dies only eighteen days after the transplant.

The operation is a really big moment in medical history. From that moment, people know that it is possible to transplant the heart.

Today, people live longer after these transplants. 85% of people live one year after the operation. 69% of people live five years after the operation.

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The day the first human heart was transplanted – level 2

There was a terrible car accident in Cape Town on December 2, 1967. A 25-year-old woman and her mother were hit by a driver who didn’t see them. The mother died immediately, but her daughter was alive and was taken to hospital with horrible head injuries.

When the young woman arrived at the hospital, her heart was beating, but she was already dead because her brain wasn’t working. There was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

When her father came to the hospital, doctors explained to him that they couldn’t save his daughter, but her heart could help another patient. The father thought about it, and he allowed the doctors to transplant his daughter’s heart to another patient. The patient was a 55-year-old man who had a lot of problems with his heart. A heart transplant was his only hope.

A team of thirty doctors, nurses and technicians around Doctor Christiaan Barnard completed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant successfully. The patient woke up after the operation and could speak with his wife and reporters. Sadly, he died only eighteen days after the transplant.

The operation was a really important moment in medical history. From that moment, people knew that it was possible to transplant the heart.

The care after the operations of transplanted organs became better and better. Today, 85% of patients survive after one year and 69 % survive after five years.

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The day the first human heart was transplanted – level 3

There was a terrible car accident in Cape Town on December 2, 1967. A 25-year-old woman and her mother were run over by a driver who failed to see them. The mother died immediately, but her daughter was alive and was taken to hospital with severe head injuries.

Sadly, by the time the young woman arrived at the hospital, she was brain dead. Her heart was beating, but she was dead because her brain wasn’t working. There was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

Her death, however, wasn’t in vain. Doctors explained to the woman’s father that they couldn’t save her, but her heart could help another patient. The father thought about it and allowed the doctors to transplant his daughter’s heart. The recipient was a 55-year-old man who was suffering from an incurable heart disease. A heart transplant was his only hope.

A team of thirty doctors, nurses, and technicians led by Doctor Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant successfully. The recipient woke up after the operation and could even speak with his wife and reporters. Sadly, he died only eighteen days after the transplant.

The operation was an important moment in medical history, however. The heart, which in many cultures is thought to be the seat of great emotions such as love, was successfully transplanted. After the operation, people could begin to think that the heart was just another organ which could be fixed or even transplanted.

The postoperative care of recipients of transplanted organs got better and better with time. Today, the survival rate after heart transplantation is more than 85% after one year and about 69% after five years for adults.

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The day Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered – level 1

English News in Levels - The day Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered

We are in Egypt. We are in the Valley of the Kings. It is a famous place. Pharaohs are in their tombs there.

It’s the beginning of the 20th century. People think that there are no new tombs in the valley.

British archaeologist Howard Carter doesn’t agree. He tries to find another tomb.

He works for 13 years, but he isn’t successful. After 13 years, he doesn’t have money. His time in Egypt is coming to an end. Then, he is lucky.

One day, one of his workers finds a small hole. Workers make the hole bigger. They find stairs. The stairs go down. There is a closed door at the end of the stairs. Nobody knows what’s behind that door.

On November 26, 1922, they make a small hole in the door. They look inside. They see a room with many interesting objects. The objects are part of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The tomb is three thousand years old.

The tomb has 4 rooms. People start to clear the rooms one by one. They document all the objects. This work takes many months because there are many objects in the rooms.

Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus is in the last room. The sarcophagus is closed. When people open it, they find a coffin. The coffin is made of gold. The mummy of the pharaoh is inside.

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The day Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered – level 2

We are in Egypt in the Valley of the Kings. It is a famous place where pharaohs lie in their tombs. It’s the beginning of the 20th century. People think that all the tombs are already discovered.

However, British archaeologist Howard Carter doesn’t agree. He tries to find another tomb. He works for 13 years, but he isn’t successful. Now he doesn’t have money and his time in Egypt is coming to an end. Then he is lucky.

One day, one of his workers discovers a small hole. Workers dig deeper and they find stairs which go down. There is a closed door at the end of the stairs. Nobody knows what’s behind that door.

On November 26, 1922, they make a small hole in the door. They look inside and see a room with many interesting objects. The objects are part of the tomb of Tutankhamun. He was a pharaoh and he was buried there three thousand years ago.

The tomb has 4 rooms. People start to clear the rooms one by one. They document all the objects. There are many objects in the rooms, so this work takes many months.

Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus is finally found in the last room. The sarcophagus is closed. When they open it, they find a coffin. The coffin is made of pure gold. The mummy of the pharaoh is inside.

The day Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered – level 3

We are in Egypt in the Valley of the Kings, which is a famous place where ancient pharaohs lie in their tombs. It’s the beginning of the 20th century and people think that all the tombs have already been discovered. They think there is no point in digging in that location any more.

However, British archaeologist Howard Carter doesn’t think so. He has been trying to find another tomb for 13 years. He isn’t successful though, and he’s running out of money. Then one day, one of the diggers discovers a small hole. Then, workers uncover stairs, at the end of which there is a sealed door. Nobody knows what’s behind that door.

On November 26, 1922, they make a small hole in the door. They look inside and see a strange mixture of interesting objects piled on top of each other. Everything is part of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the pharaoh who was buried there more than three thousand years ago.

The tomb has 4 rooms. They start to empty the rooms one by one and they document all the objects. There are so many objects that this work takes many months.

Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus isn’t found until the last room. The sarcophagus is closed and has four layers of coffins. The last one is made of pure gold. The mummy of the pharaoh is inside.

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The day the Berlin Wall fell – level 1

English News in Levels - The day the Berlin Wall fell

It is August 13, 1961. East German police put wire between East Berlin and West Berlin. The police stop traffic between the two parts. They cut telephone lines.

The reason for this activity is simple. The East German government wants to stop East Germans who want to go to West Germany. 3.5 million East Germans are already in East Germany. It is about 20% of East Germans.

Soon, East Germans start to build a wall between the two parts of Berlin. 7,000 soldiers control the wall. Now, people can’t go from East Berlin to West Berlin. The wall is 155 kilometers long.

The Berlin Wall is a symbol of the Cold War. It divides one of the biggest cities in Europe. It divides families and friends.

28 long years after the construction of the Berlin Wall, the situation in the Soviet Union is changing. This also affects East Germany.

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall is open. Thousands of Berliners from both parts of Berlin meet at the Brandenburg Gate. They are happy. Families and friends can live freely in one city now.

The day the Berlin Wall fell – level 2

On August 13, 1961, East German police start to put wire between the eastern part and the western part of Berlin. They also stop tram and metro connections. They cut telephone lines.

The reason for this activity is simple. The East German government wants to stop East Germans from going to West Germany. 3.5 million people already left since the division of Germany. It’s about 20% of the East German population.

In a few weeks, the wire is replaced by a wall. The wall is guarded by 7,000 soldiers. Now, people can’t easily travel between two parts of Berlin. The wall is 155 kilometers long.

The Berlin Wall becomes a symbol of the Cold War. It divides one of the largest cities in Europe. It divides families and friends.

28 long years after the construction of the Berlin Wall, the situation in the Soviet Union is changing. This also affects East Germany.

On November 9, 1989, the borders are open. Thousands of Berliners from both parts of Berlin meet at the famous Brandenburg Gate. They are happy. Families and friends are finally able to live in one united city.

The day the Berlin Wall fell – level 3

On August 13, 1961, East German police start to install barbed wire and cut off all ties between the eastern part and the western part of Berlin. Their work is very precise. They block tram racks, brick up metro stations, and cut telephone lines.

The activity is a response by East German government to the incredible amount of its citizens who are leaving East Germany. An estimated 3.5 million people have already fled since the division of Germany. It makes about 20% of the entire East German population.

In just a few weeks, the barbed wire is replaced by a concrete wall which is very well guarded by over 7,000 soldiers. Now, people can’t easily travel between the two parts of Berlin. It’s extremely difficult to climb over the 155-kilometer long Berlin Wall.

The Berlin Wall becomes a symbol of the Cold War. It divides one of the largest cities in Europe. It divides families, friends, and it symbolically divides the world into two parts of different ideologies.

28 long years after its construction, the situation in Europe starts to change. The Soviet Union is falling apart and this also affects East Germany.

On November 9, 1989, the borders are open. Thousands of Berliners from both parts of Berlin meet at the famous Brandenburg Gate. They are happy. Relatives and friends are finally able to live in one united city.

The day the first public TV started – level 1

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It is 1936. The BBC needs a company who can send a TV signal in London. There are two companies which want to do this job. Both companies have famous inventors in their teams. One of them is John Logie Baird from Scotland. The second is Guglielmo Marconi from Italy. He works for EMI.

In summer of 1936 both companies test their systems. On November 2, 1936, they go officially on the air.

EMI’s system is better. Their picture is clearer. EMI wins.

The BBC sends the TV signal every day for four hours from 1936 to 1939. There are 15,000 people who have a television.

When the Second World War starts, the BBC stops the signal on September 1, 1939. This is because the signal can help the enemy. The enemy can find London. The signal starts again on June 7, 1946. It is after the end of the war.

The day the first public TV started – level 2

It is 1936 and there is a big competition in Britain. It’s a competition for the right to send the first regular television signal. The BBC has two companies which want to do this job.

One company is from the famous Scottish inventor, John Logie Baird, and the other company is EMI which works with another famous inventor, Guglielmo Marconi.

In the summer of 1936, both sides tested their systems, and on November 2, 1936, they went officially on the air.

EMI’s system was better because it offered better resolution. EMI won the competition.

The TV signal was sent for four hours daily from 1936 to 1939. There were from 12,000 to 15,000 receivers.

When the Second World War started, the BBC stopped the signal on September 1, 1939, because the signal could be used to guide enemy planes to London. It started again on June 7, 1946 after the end of the war.

The day the first public TV started – level 3

It is 1936 and a big competition is culminating in Britain. It’s a competition for who will provide the first regular television broadcast. The BBC has two suppliers to choose from.

One company is from the famous Scottish inventor John Logie Baird, who already thrilled the whole country 10 years ago when he was able to transfer a moving figure to the screen with a mechanical device. Against him stands EMI, which has teamed up with the famous inventor of the wireless telegraph and Nobel Prize winner, Guglielmo Marconi.

In the summer of 1936, both sides did a test broadcast, and on November 2, 1936, they went officially on the air.

EMI’s system was better, offering better resolution, and so EMI took over the broadcasting.

TV broadcasts in London were on the air for four hours daily from 1936 to 1939. There were from 12,000 to 15,000 receivers.

The start of the Second World War caused the BBC service to be suddenly stopped on September 1, 1939, at 12:35 pm, so that transmissions could not be used to guide enemy planes to London. It resumed, again on June 7, 1946 after the end of the war.


 

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