Jan 022013

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.

Alice asks Kaz what 21 December is called in English?
a) the winter equinox
b) the winter solstice
c) midwinter



equinox: date when day is the same length as the night
solstice: 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
spawned: released a large number of
a glut of: an excessive amount

6 Minute English – End of the world? Transcript Video


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