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Session 18

In today’s episode we are talking about the issues surrounding bottled drinks and the environment.

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Plastic Bottle Panic!

오늘 이 시간에는 플라스틱 병과 환경에 관한 문제에 대해 논의해 보겠습니다.

In today’s episode we are talking about the issues surrounding bottled drinks and the environment.

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Kee
여러분 안녕하세요. English Together 에 오신 것을 환영합니다. 저희 프로그램에서는 한 가지 주제에 대해서 논의하고 그 주제와 관련된 영어 표현을 가르쳐 드리고 있습니다. 저는 김기환 입니다. 그럼 오늘 저와 같이 하실 분들을 모셔볼게요.

Sam
Hello, I’m Sam.

Phil
Hi, I’m Phil.

Kee
네 안녕하세요. 오늘은 요즘 많은 관심을 받고 있는 주제에 대해서 얘기해 볼게요. 플라스틱 병 생산과 폐기에 대한 얘기인데요, 여기에서 질문을 하나 드릴게요. 미국 비영리단체인 Container Recycling Institute에 따르면 미국에서 매일 버려지는 플라스틱 병은 몇개일까요?
a) 천만개
b) 2천만개
c) 6천만개
답은 잠시 후에 알려드릴게요.

Sam
Wow, those numbers are huge!

Phil
Well, there are a lot of thirsty people out there! What else are they supposed to drink?

Kee
네. 한국에서도 플라스틱병을 참 많이 사용하는데요, 요즘 문제가 많이 되고 있습니다. What’s it like where you are in the UK?

Sam
Well, almost every shop in the UK sells cheap, bottled water. People drink a lot of it. Water is also much cheaper than sugared drinks, so many people think this is a good way of helping to stop obesity.

Kee
네. Obesity는 비만이라는 뜻입니다. You and Yours라는 BBC사회 문제 프로그램에서 오늘 방송됐던 부분을 들어보시겠는데요. 오늘 방송분에서는 병에든 음료수, 건강과 환경의 관계에 대해 얘기했습니다.

Radio presenter
This is a perfect illustration of the range of bottled water you can buy these days. I’m in a medium-sized supermarket and I’ve just counted twenty-two different brands of bottled water on the shelves in front of me; that’s not including the supermarket’s own brand and it’s not including the various flavoured waters that you can find. Supporters say the rise of bottled water is good for the economy and has manifest health benefits over sugared drinks, which have been blamed for the obesity epidemic. But environmentalists say it’s wasteful, and that most plastic bottles are never recycled.

Sam
It sounds like we might not think enough about the consequences of the bottles we use.

Kee
I agree, Sam. Consequences 결과라는 뜻이죠. You can see a lot of these consequences in Korea, too.

Sam
Yeah, you can find plastic bottles almost anywhere, now! I think that, as well as air pollution, plastic pollution is becoming a real issue!

Kee
‘Pollution’은 환경오염이라는 의미입니다. What do you think, Phil?

Phil
I agree that pollution is a big issue. But what are people supposed to do? I mean, I’m a big consumer of fizzy drinks. I can’t buy a bottle made of paper, can I? It would fall to pieces!

Kee
‘Fizzy drinks’은 소다나 탄산음료라는 뜻입니다. Yes, but there must be other materials we can use?

Sam
Yeah! Something degradable would be better as it wouldn’t cause such a mess for so long!

Kee
Yes! Degradable은 분해가능한 이라는 뜻이에요. Don’t you think it would be better to have bottles made of degradable material, Phil? Especially if people drink as many fizzy drinks as you do!

Phil
Well, I agree, it’s probably a good idea, but you’re also forgetting that people can reuse plastic, too!

Kee
‘reuse’는 재활용이라는 뜻이에요. 자 여기에서 오늘의 질문으로 다시 가볼까요? 미국에서 매일 버려지는 플라스틱 물병이 몇개인지 였었죠. 정답은 바로 네, c) 6천만개 였습니다!

Sam
Oh wow! I can’t believe it, that’s so depressing. It’s really bad for the environment!

Kee
Environment는 환경을 의미해요. 네 맞아요. 한국에서도 플라스틱병을 정말 많이 써서 걱정이에요.

Phil
Ok, right! I’m going to reuse this bottle! So, where’s the fizzy drinks tap?

Kee
Fizzy drinks?!

Sam
You can’t get free fizzy drinks from the tap, Phil!

Phil
What?! Why not?! That’s ridiculous! I think I’m going to the shop now to buy a nice, cold bottle of lemonade. Does anyone want anything?

Sam
Phil, wait! Think about what you’re doing!!

Kee
네 참 저 둘은 그냥 두죠. Phil이 정말 목이 말랐나봐요. 여러분 생각은 어떠신가요? 얼마나 자주 물병을 ‘reuse’ 재활용 하시나요? 오늘은 ‘degradable’ 자연분해가 불가능한 플라스틱 물병을 쓰는 것이 불러오는 ‘consequences’ 결과에 대해서도 이야기해 보았습니다. 다음 English Together에서도 다양한 주제로 이야기 해볼게요! 감사합니다!

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Plastic Bottle Panic!

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Session Vocabulary

  • obesity
    비만

    consequence
    결과

    fizzy drinks
    탄산음료

    pollution
    오염

    degradable
    분해가능한

    reuse
    재활용

    environment
    환경