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disaster • reef • base
funny • stung
  1. He was by a jelly fish and almost died.
  2. The recent earthquake was both a natural and humanitarian .
  3. The has beautiful coral.
  4. The of the mountain starts at the village.
  5. That's you say that. I think so too.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.

1021 Island Dangers

Cheryl talks with Nick about a few dangerous things people should be aware of on her island.

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natural disasters

imageAre there any natural disasters which happen?

Natural disasters are floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis, etc. A disaster is a very bad event. See the following examples:

  1. In the state of Kansas, the most common natural disaster is tornados.
  2. The birthday party was a total disaster because the food made everyone sick!


imageGuam is actually right on the coast of a reef formation.

A reef is a place where the bottom of the sea rises up and is close to the surface of the water. The most famous reefs are made of coral and attract many fish. Some are also made of sand or rock. Notice the 2 examples below:

  1. The coral reef was a perfect spot for scuba diving.
  2. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is one of the most famous in the world.


imageMt. Lan Lan is actually the highest mountain in the world if you count off from its base.

A base is the bottom part of a structure. In the example above, the base is the bottom of the mountain. Study the examples below:

  1. I found her sleeping in the park at the base of a tree.
  2. They finished building the base of the house after just 3 days.

that’s funny you should ask

imageWell, actually that’s funny you should ask, there was a recent article about that.

The phrase, “that’s funny you should ask” does not really refer to anything being funny. A better way to think of it is, “that is lucky you asked me that...” See the following dialogue:

A: I’m sorry, but I forgot your name. Could you tell me again?
B: That’s funny you should ask because I forgot your name too!


imageHe got stung by a lion fish.

Stung is the past tense form of sting. A sting is like a bite but from an animal that has a stinger, like a bee for example. See additional examples below:

  1. I have never been stung by a bee, have you?
  2. I’m terrified of getting stung by a jellyfish so I don’t swim when I go to the beach.