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English home language

Grade 5

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Module 2

Reading and comprehension

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Read the following extracts before answering the questions.

Cambodia and Venezuela: Tarantulas

A tourist who was brave enough to eat a tarantula in Cambodia described the spiders as being “greasy but good”. According to him, the legs are crispy, and the big hairy body is a mouthful. Describing the taste, he said: “If day-old deep-fried chicken had no bones, hair instead of feathers and was the size of a newborn sparrow, it might taste like tarantula.” Traditionally they’re grilled and served as a snack.

Indonesia: Dragonflies

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populated country, is known for its great beauty. It’s also famous for exotic insect dishes, the most popular being dragonfly. Dragonflies hover over rice paddy fields, and enthusiastic hunters chase them with thin poles with nails attached at one end. The aim is to hook the nail through one of the dragonfly’s wings. They’re then threaded onto thin strips of palm, fried in coconut oil and eaten like sweets. For a more substantial meal they’re de-winged, salted and fried in coconut oil with sweet pepper and served with rice.

Irian Jaya: Sago Grubs and Stinkbugs

Irian Jaya is part of Indonesia, but residents share the island with Papua New Guinea. Sago grubs live in rotting sago palm trees. The trees are chopped down and locals reach into the hollow of the trunk to grab handfuls of the grubs, which are immediately roasted. They have a dry outer skin but are fatty on the inside, with a distinct flavour of bacon.

Another favourite in the area is stinkbugs. Children are fond of hunting them for a mid-morning snack and they’re considered a special protein treat. Older boys climb the trees where they live while children below softly call “mo, mo, mo, mo”. They say this chanting keeps the bugs still. Although they live up to their name and have a very unpleasant smell, the children happily pop them into their mouths.

China: Water Beetles and Scorpions

In southern China most restaurants prepare food in the Cantonese style, using only the freshest ingredients. The shiny black hard-shelled water beetle is a favourite and restaurants can hardly keep up with the demand for this crunchy little treat. The beetles are served marinated in ginger and soy sauce.

First the legs are broken off, then the hard outer skeleton is cracked open and the white insides are sucked out. They’re quite messy to eat but apparently are so delicious it’s worth the effort. Their white flesh has the consistency of crayfish. Scorpion, served in a variety of ways, is another Chinese delicacy. They’re even eaten live! Live scorpions are put in a bowl of water, then removed and dropped into rice wine for a few minutes. The scorpions stop struggling and go into a coma. The tail stingers and poison sacs are removed and the scorpions are eaten.

Mexico: Grasshoppers and Red Agave Worms

Grasshoppers are plentiful in all regions of Mexico. They’re easy to collect and preserve and are eaten all over the country, but are especially popular in the southern state of Oaxaca. They’re caught by dragging plastic bags along the ground, trapping them as they jump in. The insects are tossed in lemon, salt and garlic and pan-fried for a snack. One of the most popular dishes is grasshopper tacos, served with lemon, salt and avocados on a corn pancake known as a tortilla. It’s said no trip to Mexico is complete without a bottle of tequila, especially the bottles containing a caterpillar. The worms prove the tequila is genuine, because real tequila is produced only from the agave plant, the only place the caterpillars exist. What tourists don’t often experience is these red caterpillars served as dinner. Typically, they’re fried and served with small corn tortillas, fried beans, grated cheese, sour cream and avocado.

Questions & Answers

Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
hi
Loga
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
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Source:  OpenStax, English home language grade 5. OpenStax CNX. Sep 04, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10971/1.1
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