Facts and figures

Facts and figures

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

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



… 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 loveiseverything on Sat, 07/11/2020 - 09:06

I may need 2s to react to the numbers after I hear them. I am not good at numbers . But practice makes perfect. I just need some more time.
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Submitted by Ana Luisa Sanc… on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 23:20

I am not good with numbers, but I like to know the places history, and if its involve hard data, is usually a information parameter for get several references.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sat, 24/10/2020 - 10:45

No, I'm not good with number. But I love mathematics.

Submitted by Samqaid on Wed, 21/10/2020 - 20:53

I'm frankly not good with numbers..I get confused when I listen to numbers talk..I will try my best to get what I hear. . Step by step, everything will be fine. I'm totally sure about that, you know that there's no one who prefect is! English language is a acquired language so we will acquire it easily, if we practice and exercise well.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 13:45

It is difficult, sometimes I can forget the specific numbers with history.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Thu, 15/10/2020 - 05:43

No, I am not good with number even I am graduated in Math. Even I can't remember my phone number.

Submitted by ishaan on Thu, 08/10/2020 - 05:15

u guys are bad i got 100% on both

Submitted by habibao.medo on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 11:00

not very good with numbers i am trying to improve my self

Submitted by zozo on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 18:40

i'm good but its need to concentrate