US Life Expectancy Continues to Drop – Learn English with the News

Life expectancy varies around the world, but the US is unique among western countries due to its having the lowest life expectancy among them. It was already low before the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has since dropped even more.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

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Life expectancy in the United States dropped again in 2021, furthering a dramatic decline from 2020 that was the largest since World War II, according to a new report.
The study (which has not yet been peer-reviewed) found that after falling nearly 1.9 years in 2020, life expectancy in the US decreased another 0.4 years in 2021 as Covid-19 continued to spread.
In the decade before the pandemic, life expectancy in the US changed by an average of less than 0.1 years annually, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Changes to life expectancy amid the Covid-19 pandemic widened an existing gap between the US and other high-income countries, the new report shows. Among a set of 19 peer countries, life expectancy dropped only a third as much as in the US in 2020 (down 0.6 years, on average) and rebounded in 2021, with an average increase of about 0.3 years.
Life expectancy in the US fell from 78.9 years in 2019 to 76.6 years in 2021 — now more than five years less than the average among peer nations.
In the US, there was a disproportionate decrease in life expectancy for Black and Hispanic people in 2020. But in 2021, White people had the largest losses, with life expectancy holding steady for Hispanic people and rising slightly for Black people.


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The Comedians of Tiktok – English reading exercise

Now if we want to see some comedy, all we need to do is go on Instagram, Snapchat or Tikok to see it. Read the short article below and then try our quizzes to test your vocabulary knowledge!

Before, if we wanted to see some comedy, we needed to buy a DVD, go to an event, or even go on Youtube. Now if we want to see some comedy, all we need to do is go on Instagram, Snapchat or Tikok to see it. The videos are short and they can often be viewed in under 30 seconds. Welcome to the future of comedy. Because we all lead such busy lives, everything nowadays is condensed. We want everything instantly, including our comedy. This has led to a new trend across social media, or rather, bitesize comedy.

One of the most famous Tiktok comedians of the modern era is Khabane Lame. He is now famous across Italy and then rest of the world, for his bitesize video reactions to different life-hacks. Many video makers produce clips of different life-hacks, such as a man you uses an aerosol can to clean his greasy skin. Khabane shows the video and then it cuts to a video of himself, simply pointing towards a bath. The point is there is no need for this hack, just use a normal bath! The simplicity of the comedy is it’s beauty.

There are many rags-to-riches stories within the Tiktok comedy world. For example, 23 year old Kieron Hamilton from Southampton in the UK has amassed millions of views for his impressions of different characters in a school. He built his social media following while his family was homeless, living in temporary accommodation. Now he makes plenty of money as a Tiktok comedian. He does impressions of characters such as ‘the teacher that thinks they’re funny’ or ‘the teacher when Ofsted are in’. Ofsted is the regulator of schools in England, so when their inspectors come to the school to check the standards, the teachers are always on edge!

With the modern world moving fast, so is comedy online. Some of the most famous clips feature almost no dialogue and simply a written message on the screen to direct the joke. The great thing about it is, if you’re funny, all you need is a smartphone to become a world famous comedian!

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Adapted from Homeless stars, endless spaghetti and amplified farts: the comedians of TikTok | Comedy | The Guardian