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Reef World

Rebecca talks about the Great Barrier Reef and her thoughts about scuba diving.

Todd: So, Rebecca, in Australia you have the Great Barrier Reef. Now have you been to the Great Barrier Reef?

Rebecca: Yes, I have once, probably about two years ago. There's the main part of the Great Barrier Reef and then there's a little island, and we went to the island because I don't like scuba diving, so I didn't go to the main part.

Todd: So, you don't like scuba diving. Why?

Rebecca: I think it's the unknown, under the water, and just being confined and having this breathing aparatus on you.

Todd: Right. Well, you know what, I can relate because I was certified to be a diver because all my friends were divers and I didn't enjoy it that much either.

Rebecca: Yeah. Like, it looks great underwater when you see it on TV and it would be awesome to see it, but yeah, I just can't get past the going underwater and not being able breathe properly.

Todd: Right. Right. Actually, I think for me was I went with my friends and they were so excited about it and then when you would go under water, you're in pairs. You have a buddy and it seemed like you were kind of in line in an amusement park or something, you know.

Rebecca: Really.

Todd: Yeah, like everybody kind of has to go around and you look around and you see all these other divers and... but I was the only person that felt this way. Everybody else loves diving and the photography so. But actually, is it true the Barrier Reef is being damaged? It's actually not as beautiful as used to be?

Rebecca: Yeah. It's... The name of it is coral bleaching, and the coral is actually turning white, now rather than having the colors it has, so that's been happening for a few years I think and it's getting worse and worse.

Todd: Oh, so basically the coral is losing it's beautiful color?

Rebecca: Yeah, yeah, basically, just dies and can't be brought back.

Todd: Well, what about, like you know, the marine life, like you know fish and stuff like that? Is that still abundant?

Rebecca: I assume that would probably go down as well once the coral starts to die off because that is the food source and their housing for the fish so with the loss of the Great Barrier Reef you also lose all the beautiful fish and marine life down there too.

Todd: That's too bad.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

the unknown

It's the unknown under the water.

We use the phrase 'the unknown' to talk about an experience we have never had and maybe are a little scared to try.  Notice the following:

  1. Most people a a little afraid of the unknown.
  2. For me, underwater is an unknown world.

breathing apparatus

It's having this breathing apparatus.

The word 'apparatus' means machine. It can be high-tech or very simple.  Notice the following:

  1. Some hospital patients require a breathing apparatus.
  2. Seats on passenger planes are equipped with an emergency breathing apparatus.

I can relate

I can relate because I'm a diver.

We say 'I can relate' when we understand someone's feelings, usually because we have had the same experience.  Notice the following:

  1. I can relate to that.
  2. He can relate well with his students.

I just can't get past

I just can't get past going underwater.

When we 'can't get past' something , that means we are blocked from doing something because of it. Usually we use this phrase when the problem is in our mind.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't get past the fish sauce.
  2. He can't get past his fear of flying.

it's getting worse and worse

I think and it's getting worse and worse.

We use the phrase 'getting worse and worse' to talk about a problem that is slowly increasing.  Notice the following:

  1. Pollution is getting worse and worse.
  2. Jack's grades are getting worse and worse.

brought back

It just dies and can't be brought back.

Here, 'bring back' means to repair something that is old, lost or damaged.  Notice the following:

  1. The old house couldn't be brought back.
  2. It was too damaged to be brought back.

Vocabulary Quiz

unknown • apparatus • relate
get past • getting worse • brought back
  1. His cough just keeps .  He needs to see a doctor.
  2. I can to your feeling of disappointment.
  3. He was just too old and couldn't be after a heart attack like that.
  4. He has an that he uses to help him walk.
  5. It can be scary when you first leave your parents' house and go out into the .
  6. I just can't the fact that you lied to me.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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