# Facts and figures

Listen to the lecturer giving some facts and figures to practise and improve your listening skills.

### Instructions

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

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… and the next part of this talk is on the Panama Canal. It's amazing how this one small section of a small country can be so important to the world. Let's learn a little bit about the canal itself, before we look at how it connects to everything else.

The Panama Canal is an artificial waterway in the Central American country of Panama that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. It is only 82 kilometres long. If you go around South America by ship then you need to travel another 15,000 kilometres. So the canal saves a lot of travel time. It takes around 8 to 10 hours to cross the canal.

The French started building the canal in 1881, but they couldn't finish it. The project was started again in 1904 by the United States and the canal was finally finished in 1914. Many people died while they were building the canal, some say up to 25,000. For the rest of the 20th century, the United States controlled the canal, but gave control back to Panama in 2000.

Every year, around 40,000 ships come through the canal. These are mostly commercial ships. They transport goods for trade between Asia and America, or Europe. In 2016 the government of Panama made the canal bigger, so that now 99 per cent of ships can pass through it.

Let's now turn to the role of the Panama Canal in the global economy …

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Submitted by SHERIFHAMOUDA on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 20:59

i think that because i spent around 20 years with the numbers because i'm accountant

Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 16:24

As an engineer, I have to be good with numbers. We use them a lot in your profession. When we design or build construct something, when we made a research or material calculation. Math is an important tool in the engineer's hands. Of course, we don't need to do all this stuff like our precursors used to do - manually. We have computers but you still need to be confident with numbers ..... and computers as well. So, I know it's hard to master Math and numbers but that's the way the mop flops. Don't give up folks - Math is great!

Submitted by Anneke Putri on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 02:56

when it comes to English, I think I'm bad at number. but, if in Bahasa, I think I can do it better.

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 18:38

I think so, I am not human calculator but I manage well.

Submitted by Asni on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 22:06

I'm good at numbers and I like them very much. I wish I was a mathematics teacher. I feel great when I'm dealing with numbers and happy when I'm teaching something to someone.

Submitted by Rafat on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 23:19

I like math so much, it makes me alert,concentrated, math and number is the backbone of the science, I canit imagine life without number. The money, banks,salary, markets,goods, are in touch to a number.

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Submitted by suraj1995b on Fri, 19/06/2020 - 09:23