1177 The Galapogos

Felipe talks with Katia about how the Galapogos islands are a special place.


Katia: Hello Felipe, how are you?

Felipe: Hello, I'm fine thank you and you?

Katia: Good. Listen I was reading about the Galapagos and I think that you might know a lot more than what I can find in the books. Can you tell me a little bit more about Galapagos, what is it or where is it?

Felipe: Well yes. Since I was living in Ecuador I know about the Galapagos because the Galapagos is part of Ecuador. Galapagos is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean and it's really famous because of its diversity of animals and plants, so it attracts many, many hundreds, maybe thousands, of tourists every day from many countries in the world.

Katia: That is so interesting, but what is so special about the nature? I mean all islands have nature so about the Galapagos why is it so special?

Felipe: OK. I'll give you a clue. Do you know about the giant turtles of the Galapagos?

Katia: Oh, I know about the giant turtles, but not that they're from the Galapagos. Can you tell me about it?

Felipe: Well in fact there is, there are the giant turtles in the Galapagos and actually are considered to be the biggest turtles in the world so they are called giant turtles of the Galapagos and now this is something really special because you know who is Darwin?

Katia: Darwin, yes of course but what does it have to do with the Galapagos?

Felipe: Well actually the British explorer, Darwin, traveled to the Galapagos in the nineteenth century and by looking at the many difference that you can find between the many different animals of each of the islands, he came up with the Theory of Evolution.

Katia: So it was in the Galapagos?

Felipe: Yes, it was there that Darwin came up with the...

Katia: Wow, I didn't know that. Now I want to continue reading much more about the Galapagos.

Felipe: Yes.

Katia: Thank you Felipe.

Felipe: You're welcome.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


It's really famous for its diversity of animals and plants.

If a place has 'diversity' of plants, it means that there are plants of many different types. 'Diversity' is a variety of different kinds of something. Notice the following:

  1. Is there a lot of plant diversity in your area?
  2. People like this school because of its diversity.


I'll give you a clue.

A 'clue' is a hint or information that will help you understand or solve something. Notice the following:

  1. I need a clue about where to look.
  2. Can you give me a clue about what you want?

have to do with

But what does it have to do with the Galapagos?

When you ask what one thing 'has to do with' another, you are asking about the connection between the two things. Notice the following:

  1. A healthy body has a lot to do with a good diet.
  2. I don't understand what our plans for tomorrow have to do with you.


He came up with the Theory of Evolution.

'Evolution' is the idea that things change over time to become better suited for their environment. Notice the following:

  1. One evidence of evolutions is that birds of the same species look slightly different from one place to another.
  2. It is interesting to watch the evolution of companies over time.

come up with

He came up with the Theory of Evolution.

When you 'come up with' something, you invent it or think it up. Notice the following:

  1. We could come up with a better plan to deal with all of this.
  2. I like the solution that you came up with.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
diversity • clue • do with
evolution • come up
  1. Changes in the environment have caused some in animals.
  2. Sometimes education has very little to your ability to get a good job.
  3. I have no idea how they with some of the inventions that are out there.
  4. Some religious people do not believe in .
  5. Can you give me a about what the secret is?