Ilha espanhola revive tradição de se comunicar por assobios

Atualizado em  18 de janeiro, 2013 - 05:43 (Brasília) 07:43 GMT

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Crianças têm aulas de assobio típico na escola; som pode ser ouvido a até 3 km de distância; assista à reportagem em inglês.

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After almost dying out in the 1970s, a kind of whistling language is now undergoing a revival.

Silbo Gomero, as it's known, has become a compulsory subject in one school in Spain's Canary Islands.

The whistling approximates the sounds of the Spanish language.

It can be heard from two miles away, and was used to communicate across valleys and ravines before the arrival of telephones.


Transcrição em português



Depois de quase ser extinta nos anos 1970, uma espécie de língua do assobio está passando por um renascimento.

Silbo Gomero, como é conhecida, se tornou disciplina obrigatória em uma escola nas Ilhas Canárias, na Espanha.

O assobio imita o som da língua espanhola.

Ele pode ser ouvido a duas milhas de distância, e era usado como forma de comunicação entre vales e desfiladeiros antes da chegada dos telefones.


Vocabulary

dying out

undergoing a revival - becoming more popular again

compulsory - required to be done

approximates - almost correctly copies

ravines - very narrow valleys

Exercise

Use one ofthe words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

dying out / undergoing a revival / compulsory / approximates / ravines

1.
"Just as television progressed from blurry terrible images to something that _________ to human vision, I see that happening as well with sight-restoration technology."

2.
The firefighters said La Gomera's difficult terrain - particularly the island's deep ________ - had made it difficult to tackle the blaze.

3.
The group called the figures "terrifying", saying the tree loss also endangered animals and put people's livelihoods at risk.

The findings bring the global number of species at risk of _______ to 20,219.

4.
In the deadliest attack, at least three bombs went off ___________ in Kirkuk, killing at least five people.

5.
Iran's pop music industry is ____________, three decades after it was virtually killed off by the Islamic Revolution.


Answers


Source: Canadian film-maker's bionic eye

http://bbc.in/nt5v4S

2.
The firefighters said La Gomera's difficult terrain - particularly the island's deep ravines - had made it difficult to tackle the blaze.

Source: Fires hit Spain's Canary Islands, threaten unique flora

http://bbc.in/TbEy6L

3.
The group called the figures "terrifying", saying the tree loss also endangered animals and put people's livelihoods at risk.

The findings bring the global number of species at risk of dying out to 20,219.

Source: Madagascar palm trees at risk of extinction, study finds

http://bbc.in/PaDu5E

4. Iran's pop music industry is undergoing a revival, three decades after it was virtually killed off by the Islamic Revolution.

Source: Iran's pop music revolution

http://bbc.in/oMJ6oe

5. English has been a compulsory subject for primary school children in China since 2001, the year China joined the World Trade Organisation.

Source: Doing Business in China

http://bbc.in/SGRDWT

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