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This news is about a man. He loses his sight and He is blind. He is from Minnesota. Minnesota is in the USA.

The man is blind for 10 years. Doctors cannot help his eyes. They give him a special thing. It looks like sunglasses. This device goes in the man’s eyes. It sees for him. It sends the information to his brain.

The man can see now. He is very happy.


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1) Lose-verb- /luːz/ – to have something or someone taken away from you:

At least 600 staff will lose their jobs if the factory closes.

He lost his leg in a car accident.

She lost her mother (= her mother died) last year.

2) Sight-noun /saɪt/- the ability to see:

If your sight is poor, you should not drive a car.

The old woman has lost her sight (= has become blind).

She suffers from a sight defect.

He has no sight in his left eye.

We will know in a couple of days if the operation to restore her sight was successful.

Doctors have restored his sight.

She lost her sight after a car accident.

3) blind-adjective /blaɪnd/ – unable to see:

She’s been blind since birth.

He started to go (= become) blind in his sixties.

 Can you imagine how it feels to be blind?

Stevie Wonder was born blind.

Her father’s going blind.

Labradors are used as guide dogs for blind people.

4) Cannot-modal verb- /ˈkæn.ɑːt/- the negative form of the verb “can”:

I cannot predict what will happen next year.

The government cannot be seen to give in to terrorists‘ demands.

It feels terrible when your child is ill and you cannot help them.

Obviously the school cannot function without teachers.

These plants cannot survive in very cold conditions.

Some sounds cannot be detected by the human ear.

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5) help-verb /help/ – to make it possible or easier for someone to do something, by doing part of the work yourself or by providing advice, money, support, etc.:

How can I help you?

I wonder if you could help me – I’d like some information about flights to New Zealand.

My dad said he would help with the costs of (= give part of the cost of) buying a house.

The $10,000 loan from the bank helped her (to) start her own business.

feel that learning English will help (= improve) my chances of promotion at work.

Nothing can help her now (= her situation is too bad for anyone to be able to improve it).

6) Special-adjective /ˈspeʃ.əl/- not ordinary or usual:

The car has a number of special safety features.

Is there anything special that you’d like to do today?

Passengers should tell the airline in advance if they have any special dietary needs.

I don’t expect special treatment – I just want to be treated fairly.

Full details of the election results will be published in a special edition of tomorrow’s newspaper.

I have a suit for special occasions.

There’s a special offer on peaches (UK also peaches are on special offer) (= they are being sold at a reduced price) this week.

7) Missing-adjective /ˈmɪs.ɪŋ/- Something that is missing cannot be found because it is not where it should be:

The burglars have been arrested but the jewellery is still missing.

When did you realize that the money was missing from your account?

Missing soldiers or military vehicles have not returned from fighting in a war but are not known completely certainly to be dead or destroyed:

He was listed as missing in action.

The police have called off the search for the missing child until dawn tomorrow.

The missing letter eventually turned up inside a book.

search party was sent out to look for the missing climbers.

All of the ship’s crew are missing, believed dead.

This jigsaw puzzle has two pieces missing.

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8) Thing-noun /θɪŋ/- used to refer in an approximate way to an object or to avoid naming it:

What’s that thing over there?

There are some nice things in the shops this summer.

I don’t eat sweet things (= sweet food).

How does this stupid thing work?

 What Pablo has just said puts an entirely new complexion on things.

I’d love to know what Anna thinks about things, but she always keeps her own counsel.

Both the kids were ill while we were in Boston, so that rather put a damper on things.

Rick’s more involved with the financial end of things.

It just shows how you should never say how well things are going for you – it’s fatal .

9) Look-verb /lʊk/- to direct your eyes in order to see:

Look! There’s grandma.

They looked at the picture and laughed.

Look at all these toys on the floor.

She looked up from her book and smiled at me.

I looked out (of) the window.

Look over there – there’s a rainbow!

10) Look like something-— phrasal verb with look verb- to appear likely to happen:

It sure looks like snow today.

11) Sunglasses-noun [ plural ]

12) Device-noun /dɪˈvaɪs/- an object or machine that has been invented for a particular purpose:

You can stream music on your tablet or other mobile device.

 The listening device was concealed in a pen.

The president’s car is equipped with a homing device as a security measure.

It’s an artificial device that stimulates the auditory areas of the brain.

We have a device that switches the lights on at a preset time in the evening.

A mouse is a device that makes it easier to select different options from computer menus.

13) See-verb /siː/- to be conscious of what is around you by using your eyes:

Turn the light on so I can see.

I can see you!

The teacher could see (that) the children had been fighting.

Jacqui saw the car drive up outside the police station.

 From the window we could see the children playing in the yard.

His parents saw him awarded the winner’s medal.

See (= look at) p. 23 for prices and flight details.

UK See over (= look at the next page) for further information.

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14) Send-verb /send/- to cause something to go from one place to another, especially by post or email:

 I’ll send her a letter/email/parcel/postcard next week.

We’ll send it by post/airmail/sea.

Could you send a reply to them as quickly as possible?

The news report was sent by satellite.

She sent a message with John to say that she couldn’t come.

They sent her flowers for her birthday.

Maggie sends her love and hopes you’ll feel better soon.

 We will send you written confirmation of our offer shortly.

If you send it airmail, it’ll be very expensive.

Please send this letter by express delivery.

I’ll send you my email address once I’m online.

I’ve sent my CV to a few companies in the region.

Please send a covering letter with your application form.

15) Brain-noun- /breɪn/- the organ inside the head that controls thoughtmemoryfeelings, and activity:

Doctors tried desperately to reduce the swelling in her brain.

The accident left him with permanent brain damage.

His wife died from a brain tumour.

He was blind and can see now– level 2

Level 1 — Level 3

An American from Minnesota began to lose his sight around 20 years ago. In 2005, he was completely blind. His disease was serious, and doctors could not help him. However, ten years later, the man can see again!

Doctors gave him a special device. They call it a bionic eye, but it looks like sunglasses. It sees instead of the man’s eyes and it sends the information to his brain.

Someone filmed the moment when the man saw for the first time in ten years. It is a very emotional video.


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1) Begin-verb /bɪˈɡɪn/- to start to happen or exist:

The bridge was begun five years ago and the estimated cost has already doubled.

What time does the concert begin?

The film they want to watch begins at seven.

The meeting began promisingly, but then things started to go wrong.

Stir the sauce gently until it begins to boil.

The plane began to make its final descent into the airport.

2) Sight-noun /saɪt/- the ability to see:

If your sight is poor, you should not drive a car.

The old woman has lost her sight (= has become blind).

She suffers from a sight defect.

He has no sight in his left eye.

We will know in a couple of days if the operation to restore her sight was successful.

Doctors have restored his sight.

She lost her sight after a car accident.

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3) Around-preposition, adverb- /əˈraʊnd/- in a position or direction surrounding, or in a direction going along the edge of or from one part to another (of):

We sat around the table.

He put his arm around her.

crowd had gathered around the scene of the accident.

She had a scarf around her neck.

The moon goes around the earth.

I walked around the side of the building.

As the bus left, she turned around (= so that she was facing in the opposite direction) and waved goodbye to us.

He put the wheel on the right/wrong way around (= facing the right/wrong way).

The children were dancing around the room.

I spent a year travelling around Africa and Asia.

The museum’s collection includes works of art from all around the world.

She passed a plate of biscuits around (= from one person to another).

This virus has been going around (= from one person to another).

The snake coiled itself tightly around the deer.

People clustered around the noticeboard to read the exam results.

She drew her coat tightly around her shoulders.

She flung her arms around his neck.

The cathedral dominates the landscape for miles around.

4) Completely-adverb /kəmˈpliː – in every way or as much as possible:

I agree with you completely.

She’s completely mad.

He’d completely changed – I didn’t recognize him.

The accident seemed to have completely destroyed his confidence.

Some of the things she does are completely mad.

She stood completely still, not making a sound.

Slowly add the flourstirring until completely blended.

I got this job completely by chance.

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5) Disease-noun /dɪˈziːz/- (an) illness of people, animals, plants, etc., caused by infection or a failure of health rather than by an accident:

contagious/infectious disease

common/rare/incurable/fatal disease

They reported a sudden outbreak of the disease in the south of the country.

The first symptom of the disease is a very high temperature.

She has caught/contracted (= begun to have) a lung disease/disease of the lungs.

Starvation and disease have killed thousands of refugees

Chickenpox is a very common disease among children.

Regular exercise reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

There is no known cure for this disease .

The children were vaccinated against the major childhood diseases.

The disease is spread by the contamination of food and water by faeces.

6) Serious-adjective /ˈsɪr.i.əs/- severe in effectbad:

a serious illness

There were no reports of serious injuries.

The new tax regulations have landed some of the smaller companies in serious trouble.

Drugs have become a serious problem in a lot of schools.

This is a very serious offence.

He’s been taken to hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

7) Instead-adverb /ɪnˈsted/- in place of someone or something else:

There’s no coffee – would you like a cup of tea instead?

8) Emotional-adjective /ɪˈmoʊ.ʃən.əl/- relating to the emotions:

The missing child’s distraught parents made an emotional appeal for information on TV.

She claimed that the way she had been treated at work had caused her extreme emotional and psychological distress.

People generally think that women are more emotional than men, but in my experience that often isn’t the case.

It can be difficult to respond to children’s emotional needs because we have got used to disregarding our own.

The memorial service was a very emotional occasion for all of us.

He was blind and can see now– level 3

Level 1 — Level 2

A blind man from Minnesota has been able to see for the first time in 10 years after doctors gave him a device they describe as a bionic eye. This emotional video shows the moment Allen Zderad saw his wife for the first time in a decade.

The 68-year-old began losing his sight around twenty years ago because of a degenerative and incurable eye disease. By 2005, he’d lost almost all of his vision and had to stop working.

“Yes! It’s an interpretation of the shape, of the light that’s flashing!”

But now Mr Zderad is able to see again thanks to this groundbreaking procedure performed by surgeons at the Mayo Clinic.

“It’s the flash and then I’ve got to be able to interpret the changes in that shape.”

“That’s exactly right!”

“Alright, let’s do it again.”

With the help of the bionic eye, he can now make out shapes in human forms, including his own reflection in the window. Mr Zderad was fitted with a second sight implant which bypasses the damaged retina and sends light wave signals to the optic nerve. He’d also had an electronic chip embedded in his right eye which works in conjunction with the prosthetic device set in a pair of special glasses.

“Well, it’s gonna take a lot of training!”


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1) Bionic-adjective  /baɪˈɑː.nɪk/ 

using artificial materials and methods to produce activity or movement in a person or animal:

a bionic arm/leg

2) Decade-noun  /ˈdek.eɪd/ – a period of ten years, especially a period such as 2010 to 2019

Air traffic has increased 30% in the last decade.

They predict that a large earthquake will strike the east coast before the end of the decade.

Environmental awareness has increased dramatically over the past decade.

Her acting career spanned almost six decades.

India attained independence in 1947, after decades of struggle.

3) Degenerative-adjective /dɪˈdʒen.ə.rə.t̬ɪv/-  A degenerative illness is one in which the body or a part of the body gradually stops working:

4) Incurable-adjective /ɪnˈkjʊr.ə.bəl/- not able to be cured:

Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating and incurable disease of the nervous system.

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5) Interpretation-noun  /ɪnˌtɝː.prəˈteɪ.ʃən/-  an explanation or opinion of what something means:

The dispute is based on two widely differing interpretations of the law.

The rules are vague and open to interpretation.

It is difficult for many people to accept a literal interpretation of the Bible.

 He would be found guilty under a strict interpretation of the law.

We were disappointed that they insisted on such a rigid interpretation of the rules.

The law permits of no other interpretation.

It was regarded as a very narrow interpretation of the law.

The evidence allows of only one interpretation – he was murdered by his wife.

6) Groundbreaking-adjective  /ˈɡraʊndˌbreɪ.kɪŋ/

If something is groundbreaking, it is very new and a big change from other things of its type:

7) Flash-verb /flæʃ/- shine brightly and suddenly, or to make something shine in this way:

Stop flashing that light in my eyes!

The lightning flashed and distant thunder rolled.

You’d better slow down, that car was flashing its lights at you. 

She flashed the torch into the dark room.

The fireworks flashed and exploded in the sky.

warning light on the dashboard was flashing.

Could you flash the spotlight in this direction?

This light flashes when the phone is charging.

8) Bypass-verb  /ˈbaɪ.pæs/-

to avoid something by going around it:

We took the road that bypasses the town.

The oil pipeline bypasses the protected wilderness area.

9) Retina-noun  /ˈret.ən.ə/- the area at the back of the eye that receives light and sends pictures of what the eye sees to the brain

10) Embedded-adjective /ɪmˈbed.ɪd/- fixed into the surface of something:

The thorn was embedded in her thumb.

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11) Conjunction-noun/kənˈdʒʌŋk.ʃən/-)

a word such as ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘while’, or ‘although‘ that connects words, phrases, and clauses in a sentenceThe conjunction “although” joins the two clauses in the sentence “He leftalthough I begged him not to.”

When you write a series of nouns or adjectives, such as ‘purplegreen and blue‘, you use a conjunction before the last one, instead of a comma.12) Prosthetic-adjective /prɑːsˈθet̬.ɪk/-  relating to an artificialbodypart, such as an armfoot, or tooth, that replaces a missingpart:

a prosthetic hand

People have learned to skikayak, and run marathons with their prosthetic limbs.

 Prosthetic heart valves have prolonged the lives of millions of people.

The amputees receive extensive rehabilitation and new prosthetic limbs.

Prosthetic devices are often a medical necessity.

13)  Pair-noun  /per/- two things of the same appearance and size that are intended to be used together, or something that consists of two parts joined together:

a pair of shoes/gloves

a pair of scissors/glasses

I can’t find a matching pair of socks.

He packed two pairs of trousers and four shirts.

I’d like you to do this exercise in pairs (= in groups of two).

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