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Session 36

How important is the sea?
In today’s episode we will be discussing whether people value the sea enough.

Galaannichi hangam barbaachisaadhaa?
Sagantaa har’aa keessatti, namoonni galaanaaf bakka ta’e yoo kennanuufi dhiisuusaanii mari’anna.

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Activity 1

How important is the sea?

Look at the Session Vocabulary – make sure you know what these words mean:
- marine
- moderate
- commerce


What percentage of the world’s water is in the sea?

a) 57%
b) 77%
c) 97%

Listen to the discussion about how important the sea is and discover the answer!

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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Yooyyaa! Gara English Together kan mata duree tibbanaa irratti mari’annuufi qooqa ittiin dubbachuuf si barbaachisu siif qoodnutti baga nagaan dhufte. Ani Caalii dha. Akkasumas Fiilfi Saamii nagaa isin gaafatu.

Hi, I’m Phil!

And I’m Sam, hello.

Qophiin har’aa gutummaa guutuutti waa’ee galaanaati. Mee gaafiin haa eegalu.
Akka ‘National Geographic’ jedhutti bishaan adduunyaa rra jiru keessa dhibbantaa meeqatu galaana keessatti argamaa?
a) %57
b) %77
c) %97

I’m going to go for b). The sea’s big, but 97% sounds very high.


No, I think 97% sounds about right, so I’ll go for c).

Hmm, but that’s almost all the water in the world. If it was almost all the water, I’m sure we’d pay more attention to it.

Ajaayiba kan nama jechisiisuudha… giddu galeessa National Oceanography Uk’tti, hayyuu kan ta’an Proofeesaar Edwaard Hiil waa’ee kana ilaalchisee BBC 4’s Today programme irratti:

News presenter
Professor Edward Hill is on the line, who’s Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre. Morning to you.

Good morning…
…Firstly, I think it's just important to recognise the many hidden ways in which the sea affects our lives, everything from our weather and climate, which is hugely dominated by the sea. 93% of all excess heat absorbed by the earth is in the ocean somewhere, climate change is really an ocean problem on the long term, right through to the fact that 95% of all our trade comes from the sea, 95% of all of our internet traffic is by submarine fibre-optic cable, so there's a whole raft of these things that are unseen.

Egaa, nuti tarii waa’ee galaanaa ilaalchisee yaada qubsaa ta’e qabaachaa akka hinjirre dubbataa jira.

The sea’s great! I love to go and lie on a beach, but that’s the only time I really think about it – it’s just a great place for a holiday.

Is that really the only time you think about it?

Yeah and I hope they keep it clean so that I can swim in it!

Were you not listening to the professor just then? The sea is so important for so many other reasons. It moderates the world’s climate.

‘Moderate’ jechuun madaalli kan eegu jechuudha. So if the sea is moderating our climate, it affects us every day.

So maybe you should be thinking about the sea every day!

Look, I live in England, I try to ignore the climate as much as I can. That’s why I can’t wait to go on holiday somewhere warm and lie by the sea.

But it’s not just the climate and weather that the sea is important for – think about how many of the things you buy are imports – and most of them come on ships – so the sea is vital to international commerce.

‘Commerce’ jechuun daldala.

Well, if big companies want to commercialise the sea, let them do it – it’s not my problem.

There’s more than that, you know.


Well, yes. You’re online a lot! The professor said that most internet traffic goes through undersea cables – so global connectivity depends on the oceans, as well.

‘Connectivity’ jechuun quunnamtiif kan gargaaru. Sounds like the sea is pretty important….

Maybe you’ve got a point. I should mention I quite like eating fish.

…and they are just one kind of marine wildlife.

‘Marine’ jechuun kan galaanaa jechuudha. So marine wildlife includes things like fish and sea plants.

Yes, fish are just one kind of marine wildlife, there’s a whole ecosystem under the sea which has to be protected to make sure that we can catch fish to eat.

Gaafii dirama gaafatameef yeroon deebii itti kennamu kan gahe natti fakkaata… Gaafiichis bishaan adduunyaarra jiru keessa galaana keessatti kan argamu dhibbenta meeqa kan jedhu ture… akka National Geographic irra argameetti, deebiinsaa
c) %97dha

I told you it was important!

Wow, yes 97% of the world’s water, I can see why marine conservation is so important.

Mhm, the oceans moderate our climate, carry much of our trade, provide food and have internet cables pass through them.

Tole, yeroon keeyaa fixaa waan jiruuf jechoota har’a dubbachaa turre daddafne haa ilaallu – ‘moderate’ jechuun madaalli kan eegu, ‘commerce’ jechuun daldala; ‘connectivity’, jechuun qunnamtiif kan gargaaru, akkasumas ‘marine’ jechuun kan galaanaa.
Turtii waliin qabaanneef galatoomi; barnoota dabalataa English Together’n torban ittaanu walitti deebina.

Meaning & Use

to moderate (verb)

To moderate is a verb which means 'to make something less strong or severe'.
The sea moderates the temperature of the earth.
Mobile phones have a system to moderate the amount of noise they make.

To moderate can also mean 'to direct' or 'to take control of'.
The students had a teacher in the room to moderate their debate.

commerce (noun)

Commerce is the activity of selling goods and services, often in large quantities. It is used in a similar way as the word 'trade'.
The sea is vital to international commerce.
Commerce benefitted from the reduction in taxes.

connectivity (noun)

Connectivity refers to the ability to connect successfully. It is often used in the context of computers and other types of electronic equipment.
Global connectivity depends on the oceans.
After the flood, the government had to re-establish connectivity between the areas affected and the rest of the country.

marine (adjective)

Marine can refer to plants and animals living in the sea or anything happening in the sea.
The amount of plastic pollution in our oceans is very damaging to marine life.
He's always been interested in the sea, so it's no surprise he became a marine biologist.

Marine can also refer to anything related to ships or the act of moving people and products in ships.
Some ports are particularly busy with heavy marine traffic from all over the world.

How important is the sea?

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Session Vocabulary

  • dominated by

    meeshaalee alaa galchaman

    undersea cables
    funyoo/laada galaana jalaa

    depends on
    irratti hundaa’uu

    madala’aa (wal simsiisuu)



    kan galaanaa