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Last updated at 10:42 GMT, Thursday, 20 December 2012

End of the world?

Mayan temple ruins at dusk

The Mayan people plotted the stars to predict the future

The Mayan calendar began 5,125 years ago. It predicted that the world ends on 21 December 2012. Mayan people lived in Central America and studied the movement of the stars and planets to make their calendars.

In this week's 6 Minute English, Alice and Kaz talk about the prediction and what it means.

This week's question:

Alice asks Kaz what 21 December is called in English?

a) the winter equinox

b) the winter solstice

c) midwinter

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


End of the world?

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date when day is the same length as the night


when the sun is at the highest or lowest position relative to the equator

return to our roots

to go back to where we came from, to think about how we were created

mother earth

the creator


released a large number of

a glut of

an excessive amount