Every week I put links to videos that I recommend for my students. As extra practice and an extra opportunity to study English between lessons, these videos are generally not too long, easy to understand and use relatively basic English. I recommend the students at my English school in Otsu to watch each video at least 3 times, in order to fully understand the English thus enabling them to enjoy the videos to the full extent.
Reading English newspapers is another great place to find out about stories which might have nice video clips to accompany them. I read a story last week about a woman in China, who although unable to prove her age as of yet, may be the oldest person in the world, ever! Currently she is 126 years, 4 years older than the previously proven record, set by a French woman who lived to 122. The problem is that record keeping in her area didn’t start until the mid 20th century, almost a hundred years after she claims to have been born. She has a residence card, but proving it’s authenticity seems to be quite difficult.
The video goes on to explain why it is that people in this region of China live such long lives and are so much healthier than elsewhere in the world. Reasons include a lack of processed foods including a lack of preservative and other chemicals, a variety of seasonal mountain vegetables, and working manual labour as long as possible, for many residents until after their 100th birthdays. Check it out!