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Fake Friends

In South Korea people like to impress their neighbors and one of the biggest opportunities is a wedding. Weddings can turn into elaborate productions instead of a celebration of love. In a trend that started in the 1990s some brides families hire guests to fill out the party. The additional people are sometimes needed to help the bride avoid humiliation, or “save face.” Often the groom does not realize people are playing a role. In this story you’ll hear how there are agencies devoted to assign role-playing actors to participate in a variety of occasions, such as playing fake parents, fake spouses and fake office employees


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Story Length: 4:14

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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