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Monday, 11 April 2011

The Danube Sturgeon - listening lesson 2

Level: Advanced / C1

This week I have an article from the BBC's From Our Own Correspondent programme that was also broadcast on Radio 4 on Saturday 9th April . The article is available to listen to online or to download as a podcast (go to the bottom of the article and choose).
Listening is an important part of learning English: try to find time every week to do some.

So, you can either listen to the programme or read it - or both together! The article is called 'Danube Sturgeon on the brink of extinction?'

The From Our Own Correspondent programme is 30 minutes long. The Danube story is the last one, staring at 23:38.

Once you have read or listened to it, answer these questions:

1 How long has the Sturgeon existed?
2 Where are the Iron Gates?
3 Where was the spawning ground for the Sturgeon?
4 When did Romania ban fishing for Sturgeon?
5 The author compares the taste of Sturgeon to which other fish species?

And a bonus question - what is the scientific (Latin) name for the Danube Sturgeon? (you will have to look elsewhere to find the answer).

Let me know what you think of the article.

Answers below!


1 (at least) 200 million years
2 Between Romania and Serbia
3 Szigetkoz, Hungary
4 2006
5 Wild Salmon

Bonus: Acipenser gueldenstaedtii

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