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)

Eswar 提交于 周三, 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.

jason2295 提交于 周二, 10/03/2020 - 22:54

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

luongquocdinh 提交于 周二, 10/03/2020 - 15:10

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

Giahaitruong 提交于 周三, 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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ILYES 提交于 周六, 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

shahhoseini 提交于 周一, 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.

Dariusz 提交于 周一, 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.

Fredandy 提交于 周四, 02/01/2020 - 17:07

Yes but without practice, i forgot some

Nasser_mo 提交于 周一, 11/11/2019 - 13:46

Yes, but I need more exercise to get better

aliens06 提交于 周五, 08/11/2019 - 10:52

i haven't got problem with numbers

f.agadr 提交于 周二, 05/11/2019 - 12:53

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

Maksmatt 提交于 周一, 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....

ikmalzulkifli 提交于 周四, 03/10/2019 - 06:47

This is good , thank you for the questions

Raqueline Monteiro 提交于 周四, 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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Magedelabd 提交于 周日, 25/08/2019 - 17:48

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

popo1011 提交于 周一, 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

Oneiric Sandy 提交于 周五, 02/08/2019 - 04:10

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

Myat Noe Htke 提交于 周一, 15/07/2019 - 08:16

I have failed in this lessons.

Setareh 提交于 周四, 11/07/2019 - 03:22

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

César Árraga 提交于 周二, 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.

Wahiba 提交于 周一, 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.

shankis 提交于 周三, 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....

cittàutopica 提交于 周三, 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.

Gustavo Mendez… 提交于 周三, 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

GLeal 提交于 周二, 14/05/2019 - 00:40

It was an excellent practice. I understood every word and sentence.
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mtalebi 提交于 周五, 03/05/2019 - 10:39

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