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Academic English

“Blood Donations”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate blood donations man 01:16

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some common situations when blood donations are needed? Have you ever donated blood, and if so, what was the experience like?


“have bad blood between people” = have bad or unfriendly feelings
Oh, don’t invite Sarah and Amber to the party. There is a lot of bad blood between them, and I don’t want there to be problems.”

“be too rich for my blood” = something that is too expensive for you
I really like that car, but it is way too rich for my blood.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

Try this activity to practice the vocabulary from the conversation:

Post-Listening Exercise

Have you ever donated blood? If so, what was your experience like? If not, what are reasons for not doing so (health condition, age, medical history, etc.)?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to answer these questions?

  • What is the best way to prepare to donate blood?
  • What are three reasons why people sometimes can’t donate blood?
  • Is there an age requirement to donate blood in your city or country? If so, when can a person start donating blood?
  • What things should you do (or not do) the day after you donate blood?
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