Big Sandcastle in Germany

[World News ★★]


(P1) For weeks, international artists worked on a huge sandcastle in Germany. Unfortunately, it had problems. Parts of the castle came down after just one week, but the team decided to carry on.

(P2) Visitors came to see the castle being built and judged by the Guinness World Record officials. The officials confirmed that the current record stood at 13.97 meters and the new sandcastle measured in at 14.15 meters.

(P3) However, there was a problem. The artists forgot parts of wood in the castle, which they used during the build. Since a sandcastle can consist only of sand and water, they did not set a new world record.

WORDS: 106


VOCABULARY: huge, carry on, judged, confirmed, consist, world record


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Would you like to build a big sandcastle? Why or why not?
  3. What could be some other world records? (For example – longest hot dog, swimming, tallest building, etc))
  4. Would you like to set a world record? Why or why not?


  1. The sandcastle builders are from England. (T or F)
  2. Where was the sandcastle built?
  3. Who went to look at the castle while it was being built.
  4. How big was the sandcastle?
  5. The castle set a new world record. (T or F)


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • for weeks (P1)
  • came down (P1)
  • the current record stood (P2)
  • during the build (P3)

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Image source: By William Cho, CC-BY-SA 2.0

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