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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A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

Soumis par Eswar le mer 18/03/2020 - 02:11

Yes i would love to hear the numbers. Basically i love to do math. obviously it likes me a lot.

Soumis par jason2295 le mar 10/03/2020 - 22:54

I am really good with the numbers in English, I always listen the number and I repeat it.

Soumis par luongquocdinh le mar 10/03/2020 - 15:10

I feel difficult listen english number. In this audio, I heard wrong numbers.

Soumis par Giahaitruong le mer 04/03/2020 - 12:00

I always feel difficult to say the numbers in English. Especially with year and date. I have to stop and think about how to spell it before I say.
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Soumis par ILYES le sam 08/02/2020 - 17:46

Good quistion , let me think about that for moment , ammm im good in nembers but i don't like the calculation

Soumis par shahhoseini le lun 20/01/2020 - 13:43

Yes, I am. It is very interesting to me that know numbers related to historical or geographical issues, but I forgot the price of things.

Soumis par Dariusz le lun 20/01/2020 - 13:34

It's hard to say, I have never wondered but I think I'm good because I can numbers in memory.

Soumis par Nasser_mo le lun 11/11/2019 - 13:46

Yes, but I need more exercise to get better

Soumis par f.agadr le mar 05/11/2019 - 12:53

f.agadr Yes,I'm.I love dealing with Numbers and Math

Soumis par Maksmatt le lun 07/10/2019 - 19:55

Yes, I am. I still remember som phone numbers of my friends in school though it is 30 years ago. But it sometimes happen that I forget my pin for my credit card....

Soumis par ikmalzulkifli le jeu 03/10/2019 - 06:47

This is good , thank you for the questions

Soumis par Raqueline Monteiro le jeu 05/09/2019 - 13:27

Hello everyone! I have a little difficult with numbers, but in this lesson I understood the majority of numbers. I so happy! Thanks for everything.
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Soumis par Magedelabd le dim 25/08/2019 - 17:48

Yes I am good with numbers . I answered all the numbers questions correctly.

Soumis par popo1011 le lun 19/08/2019 - 08:42

I do not learn numbers easily, I should think about it in every podcast, but this lesson very good and I heard that several times and I understood. thanks

Soumis par Oneiric Sandy le ven 02/08/2019 - 04:10

Thanks to this lesson, I have just developed my memory in terms of numeral storing.

Soumis par Setareh le jeu 11/07/2019 - 03:22

Yes, I am good with numbers , I love it and I can read it

Soumis par César Árraga le mar 02/07/2019 - 04:21

I've liked the numbers since I was a child and I really love doing numerical calculations. I liked numbers so much, so that my favorites subjects were Maths, Chemistry and Physics.

Soumis par Wahiba le lun 10/06/2019 - 17:17

I think that I’m very good with numbers I often use a mental calculation , to find a futur date or for get a total of operations , I use for this different languages I speak Arabic French and English.

Soumis par shankis le mer 05/06/2019 - 01:50

i replay the audio for 4 times , it is tricky at first because it was difficult to distnguish betwen some numbers for example 1881 ,1914....

Soumis par cittàutopica le mer 29/05/2019 - 19:54

I'm quite well, even though I found difficult to recognise the numbers which look like similar in spoken language.

Soumis par Gustavo Mendez… le mer 29/05/2019 - 11:34

The first part was tricky, may I get only the ideas and didn't kept the order of the appearance of the words

Soumis par GLeal le mar 14/05/2019 - 00:40

It was an excellent practice. I understood every word and sentence.
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Soumis par mtalebi le ven 03/05/2019 - 10:39

When we listen, it's difficult to distinguish between some numbers, for examples 1914 or 1940.