listening lab 0117

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  Is Pig Beach in Japan or in the Bahamas?

 

2.  Is Big Major Cay the nickname or the official name of the island?

 

3.  What do the pigs like to do? 

 

4.  How many possible explanations for how the pigs got there does this article mention? 

 

5.  Is there a movie or a book about the island?

 

Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
 
   Japan is home to some of the cutest places in the world. Cat Island (Tashirojima), Rabbit Island (Ōkunoshima), and Fox Village (in Miyagi Prefecture) are all here. And everyone knows about the deer that roam freely in Nara. But what's missing? A beach for pigs, that's what! To find that, you'll have to fly halfway around the world.  
 
   The place known as Pig Beach or Pig Island is located in the Exuma district of the Bahamas. This district is made up of 365 cays, or small islands. The island is officially called Big Major Cay. It is an uninhabited island.  Well, uninhabited by humans, that is.  It is home to a family of about 20 feral pigs.  The pigs are free to play on the sandy beaches.  They like bathing in the sun and swimming in the sea. They are feral, meaning they are not farm animals or anyone's pets, but they are friendly.  They will approach visitors who offer them treats.
 
   How did the pigs come to live on the island?  No one knows for sure.  Some say they were left there by sailors who had planned to come back and use them for food.  Others say the pigs swam to the island after the ship carrying them was destroyed.  The more cynical explanation is that the pigs were brought there in order to attract tourists to the Bahamas. 
 
   People may not agree on how the pigs got to Pig Beach, but everyone agrees they are adorable. People come from around the world to swim with the famous swimming pigs. They have inspired a song by children's author Sandra Boynton called "Pig Island" and a children's book called The Secret of Pig Island  by Jennifer R. Nolan. This family of pigs has become the Bahamas' cutest tourist attraction.  

 

  

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

  1.  Is Pig Beach in Japan or in the Bahamas?

It's in the Bahamas.

 

2.  Is Big Major Cay the nickname or the official name of the island?

It's the official name.

 

3.  What do the pigs like to do? 

They like to sunbathe and swim.

 

4.  How many possible explanations for how the pigs got there does this article mention?

Three possible explanations are mentioned.  

 

5.  Is there a movie or a book about the island?

There is a (children's) book about the island.

 

 

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