• Listening Activity: Tsunamis

    In today’s blog post, we are going to learn all about tsunamis. Tsunamis are a natural phenomenon that are made by huge waves that can cause great destruction to coastal areas. Can you think of any other naturally occurring phenomena? In the video below, we are going to learn how tsunamis begin, where they occur and how we can stop them. So let’s get started!


    First, try to fill in the blanks below by writing the correct word into the sentences from the video. See if you got the right answer by writing in the comment section below.

    1. In many ways, tsunamis are just ______________ versions of regular waves.
    2. For normal ocean waves, it comes from ______________.
    3. But tsunamis are caused by energy _____________ underwater.
    4. The word tsunami, Japanese for “_____________ wave,” comes from the fact that it only seems to appear near the ____________.
    5. A tsunami will not only ____________ people near the coast, but ____________ buildings and trees for a mile inland or more.

    Next, we have some comprehension questions for you. I hope you have been listening carefully to the video! As always, write your answers in the comment section so we can see who has the greatest English listening skills out of our students.

    1. What did the Potidaeans (ancient Greeks) believe they were saved by and what the actual reason they were saved from the Persian attackers?
    2. What makes tsunamis so big?
    3. Tsunamis are caused by energy from underwater, can you name the three main causes of this underwater energy which eventually leads to a tsunami?
    4. What happens to a tsunami when it reaches shallow water?
    5. Where did one of the most deadly natural disaster occur?
    6. Can you name the 3 types of defense that people have used to try to protect themselves from tsunamis?

    We hope that video didn’t scare you too much, and we look forward to hearing your responses about this blog post. Sign up here for a trial class today with LOI to further develop your listening skills (and more!) with native English teachers.


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