Advanced English Listening Practice - 1 000 Paper Cranes - English Lesson Downloads

Advanced English Listening Practice - 1 000 Paper Cranes - English Lesson Downloads


  • Instructions
  • Copy the text below and paste it in a text-editing program (Microsoft Word/ Open office, etc.).
  • Play the audio and fill in the blanks in the text you have pasted in the text-editing program.
  • Answer the questions in the test below.
  • Download the Answer Sheet (Quiz questions included.)

Advanced English Listening Comprehension and Test

1 000 cranes (Sadako’s Story)

1. Listen to the text and fill in the blanks.

Sadako was a little Japanese girl, who went to school and played with her friends like all children do. One day, however, when she was twelve, she got _____________ leukemia. The year was 1955.

Ten years have passed since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many people died and were injured during these bombings. But many more got really ill and died in _____________. Sadako was one of those people.

She was _____________ and was given about an year to live. Someone in the hospital told her that if she folds 1000 paper cranes by the end of the year, she will get _____________. In Japan it is believed that anyone who folds 1000 cranes within a year is usually _____________.

Sadako started folding, she was _____________ to fold all the 1000 cranes as soon as possible. Hospital staff and patients were helping her by giving her medicine packages, and other unusual materials. Soon, other people started making paper cranes in the hope to get better. Her _____________ was contagious. She gave many patients hope.

Sadako passed away on October 25th 1955 but since then her story has touched millions. The paper crane has become the symbol of _____________.


2. Important English vocabulary in the text:

a form of blood cancer
to find out what kind of illness a person has
wound, harm
a tall bird
employees, personnel
to believe that good things will happen
one that spreads quickly and easily
something that represents something else (a heart is the symbol of love)
employees(i.e. people)

3. Answer the questions:

1. Sadako was a little Japanese girl who:
2. Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia:
3. Since the bombings:
4. The bombings happened:
5. After the bombings:
6. Someone told Sadako that she will get better if:
7. In Japan, it is believed that if you fold 1000 cranes:
8. Other people started folding paper cranes too because:
9. The story says that Sadako passed away. It means that:
10. The paper crane has become the symbol of:



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