Life on Pacific garbage patch: BBC News Review reviews

June 10, 2023

Scientists have discovered coastal creatures living and breeding on a huge patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. Neil and Sian teach the language around this story to help you use it.
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The story:
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It doesn’t sound like a great place to live…

But scientists have discovered coastal creatures making the huge plastic waste island their new home. Researchers say these creatures will now reproduce in larger numbers than before because of the extra space created by the rubbish.

[Images: Getty]

Key words and phrases:
🔎 piggybacks – rides on
– When my daughter is tired, I give her a piggyback to bed.
– Businesses are piggybacking off the music festival by selling fan merchandise.

🔎 hitched (a) ride -travelled in someone else’s vehicle
– I normally take the train, but today I hitched a ride with a friend.
– The satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket later this week.

🔎 love shack – a place for love and romance
– The couple travelled to a love shack in the woods for their honeymoon.
– The photographer arranged the room to look like a love shack.

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✔️ 0:00 – Introduction
✔️ 0:23 – Story
✔️ 1:12 – Headline 1: In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, coastal life piggybacks on plastic trash – The Hindu
✔️ 2:52 – Headline 2: Coastal organisms hitched ride to middle of Pacific Ocean on plastic waste. Now they’re thriving & reproducing – The Print
✔️ 4:28 – Headline 3: Great Pacific Garbage Patch Now A Floating Love Shack For Coastal Species – IFL Science
✔️ 5:41 – Language summary

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  1. Reply
    Trí Tín Nguyễn June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    When I was a kid, I got an accident so my father often gave me a piggyback to the hospital.
    Last week, because my motorbike was broken, I had to hitched a ride with my co-worker!

  2. Love it❤

  3. Thank you

  4. I am happy to see you guys,I Wanna learn English speaking. This YouTube channel appeared on the screen and started to watch videos. I liked it .thanks for your effort.

  5. Hithced a ride
    Love shack

  6. When I was small, my grandpa usually gave me a piggyback to go around the village.
    I have never hitched a ride.
    There are a lot of love shacks where I live.

  7. So, that news are real? 😯😯 Poor nature , poor of us.

  8. I really appreciate all your work for supporting people learning English. And it's always a pleasure!

  9. Reply
    jovan radivojevic galeb June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Houston, we have a problem.
    Quoting my browser: "The requested URL /learningenglish/newsreview/unit_1/230419_news_review_ocean_rubbish_download.mp3 was not found on this server."

  10. ❤❤

  11. I am hitched ride on bbc to learning english, now i am thriving and reproducing 😀

  12. Your expression is very attractive and straggering, usually i listen to learn English.

  13. I love the new vocab. But, to imply that toxic piles of junk (the size of France) covering the surface of the ocean are even remotely beneficial for the wildlife is preposterous. Unless,bof course, these 'scientists' work for Shell or some other oil company.

  14. This was worst video. It's a language lesson and not science.

  15. I think If you can use microphone or wireless microphone like other youtuber or reporters the quality of sound would be great because I hear a lot of noise during this video

  16. Excellent class , desde Guatemala .

  17. Reply
    chaveiro lobato lobato June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    That's great video and very useful! thanks for for helping us

  18. Reply
    Игорь Фёдоров June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    In my opinion governments of rich countries have to have meeting for getting decisions for solving this problem. I think it's not difficult pick this garbage up and utilize…

  19. Reply
    Husanovna_ Marjona_ June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Clear and understandable love it

  20. How the did I just watch this for even a minute. Awful.

  21. Love you guys from NEPAL🇳🇵

  22. Give sb a piggyback 揹著
    Hitch a ride with sb 搭別人的車

  23. I like the way you explain the ideas… I am new here.. But I will follow your advice and channel and I enjoy the journey of learning English with you

  24. I liked this video.
    Thank you ❤

  25. Liked and thank you.

  26. Reply
    Poisson des montagnes June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    this kind of video is so useful, thank you so much!

  27. Thank you ❤

  28. Reply
    Dr Syed Mohammad Fazlullah June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Wonderful indeed

  29. Thank you

  30. Reply
    Blas Navarrete Araujo June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    El Maná…. 😉

  31. The video is great. Thank you for sharing

  32. Vocabulary from this video BBC News Review "Life on Pacific garbage patch":
    – Patch (n) – a small area that is different from the others surrounding it; a piece of material sewn on the cover of a hole (of clothes)
    Exp: She sewed a patch on the knee of her jeans.
    Life on the Pacific garbage patch doesn't sound like a great place to live.
    – Coastal (adj) positioned on or relating to the coast.
    Exp: Coastal creatures are creatures living on the coast.
    – Junk = trash = rubbish = garbage = waste
    – Humorous (adj) – funny, amusing, or making you laugh.
    Exp: It is humorous to think of a patch of rubbish being used like a love shack for coastal species to reproduce or create new life.

    1) Piggyback (n) – a ride on someone's back with your arms around their neck and your legs around their waist; = piggyback ride.
    Exp: I gave my daughter a piggyback or a piggyback ride to the bed when she got tired of walking.
    Piggyback (adv) – on someone's back or on the back of something
    Exp: She carried her son piggyback. Her son rode piggyback on his mom.
    My son wanted a piggyback as his feet were starting to hurt after walking a lot.
    Piggyback (v) – use someone's or something's success in order to get an advantage or benefit.
    Exp: The businesses are piggybacking the festival's success by selling stuff related to the festival.

    2) Hitch a ride (v) – to travel in someone else's vehicle. Informal, not used in academic writing. the expression used with friends or family.
    Hitchhike (v) – describe when you stand on the side of the road with your thumb up and ask to travel in the stranger's vehicle for free.
    Exp: Coastal organism hitched a ride to the middle of the Pacific Ocean on plastic waste.
    My car broke down, so I hitched a ride in a lorry to the nearest mechanic.
    I decided to leave my car at home and hitched a ride with my friend.

    3) Love shack (n) – a place for love and romance where people go to be together.
    Shack (n) – a roughly-built hut.
    Exp: The couple traveled to a love shack in the woods for their honeymoon.
    I went away for a business weekend, but my accommodation looked more like a love shack than a normal hotel.

    Applied paragraph:

    A large patch of junk, trash, rubbish, garbage, and waste in the Pacific Ocean is a major problem for us today. This patch of rubbish doesn't seem like a suitable place for ocean creatures to live. However, some scientists have discovered that certain coastal creatures have adapted to live on the huge plastic waste island. This patch of rubbish has become a platform for these creatures to hitch a ride to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal creatures are piggybacking on the island of garbage into the middle of the ocean. They are thriving and reproducing in larger numbers than before because of the extra space created by the garbage. It is interesting to think of this patch of rubbish as a habitat for coastal species, but it also highlights the devastating impact of human activity on the environment.

    Many thanks for this video. Have a great day!!!

  33. 😺👏👏👍👍

  34. Reply
    Индира Абдрахманова June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    You re the best! ❤

  35. The BBC not only helps me expand my vocabulary, but it also contributes to get the latest news😊

  36. ❤ Plastic garbage really causes Big problems in the world, we need to find solutions to solve it Immediately. Thanks for your hard work to remind the public. 😊

  37. Thanks, I like watching this program so much. I think today's topic must be very important. It is time for us to start recycling things, isn't it?

  38. Good morning from China.
    Amazing programme.
    Thank you!

  39. Thank you for providing me the latest news topic. I heard the ocean's problem is one of the gobal ones, but I've not watched it. Many many creatures within the sea eat the gabages. People often calls the sea as 'our mother', it's like methaphor. Looking at your video, I reckoned I had to react to this problem. By the way, long time no see, Sian. What's up? And Neil, I often keep on listening to BBC 6 minutes English created by you and Sam. Neil, do you play Rugby yet? Anyway see you on the upcoming 6 minutes Englsh, bye.

  40. Great
    Thank you

  41. Reply
    👉 BUY YOUTUBE VIEWS 👉 Link in Bio June 10, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    This video was so heartwarming, thank you.

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