Before and After Speaking Exercise

By Josef Essberger
Use these official photos of Nagasaki before and after America’s atomic bombing for conversation practice.

Before and After—Nagasaki 9 August 1945

Today, 9 August 2015, is the 70th commemoration of the day that the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Nagasaki, instantly killing 40,000 civilians and leaving the same number to die later.

Here is Nagasaki in 1945, before they dropped the bomb:

A before and after pair. This is Nagasaki before USA dropped atomic bomb 9 August 1945.

And here is Nagasaki in 1945, after they dropped the bomb:

A before and after pair. This is Nagasaki after USA dropped atomic bomb 9 August 1945.

What differences can students spot?


Official US before and after photos (RWU Archives and Special Collections/Digital Commons)

More on the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Written by Josef Essberger for Teflnet August 2015
Josef Essberger is founder of Tefl.NET and EnglishClub.com and has taught EFL in Europe and Asia.
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One Comment

  • Bill says:

    Can’t wait to use this when I teach in Japan next year!

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