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Apocalypse 2012
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Apocalypse 2012
2012 世界末日

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Date: Dec 21 2012

Themes: News

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

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What does the date December 21, 2012, mean to you? If all you can come up with is that it’s the winter solstice, or that it’s four days before Christmas, then you’ve been out of the loop. This is the date when the calendar used by the Mayans, an ancient Central American people, ends. And that’s got some people convinced that it’s also the end of time.

So what that means is that lots of people are freaking out. They’re convinced that an apocalypse is coming. Zombies, superstorm, who knows what form the catastrophe will take? For all the believers, there are plenty of skeptics, too. Find out whether Marni and Greta believe in this English lesson about the apocalypse.

对你来说,2012 年 12 月 21 日意味着什么?如果你只是将这一天当做冬至,或是圣诞节前的第四天,那你一定听过新闻吧,这一天是中美洲玛雅古人历法中的世界末日。而且这种观点得到了一些人的认可,他们认为这一天将是时间的尽头。

也就是说,很多人都陷入极度恐慌中,他们认为世界末日即将来临。僵尸还是超级风暴,没人知道会是哪一种形式。也有很多人持怀疑态度。在这节英语课中,听听玛尼和格里塔是否相信世界末日一说。

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Marni

Marni

Greta

Greta

Marni:  I’ve been preparing. Because you know what 2012 is.

Greta:  It’s the end of the Mayan calendar.

Marni:  That it is. And I saw this great comic that was two people talking, two Mayans talking, and he had this Mayan calendar and he’s saying, “I only had enough room to go up to 2012.” The other character says, “That’s really gonna freak people out someday.” And I laughed, and I thought, I hope that’s true, you know? But yeah, a lot of people are really preparing for the end of time. So what do you think about that?

Greta:  I think it’s a little silly. What form do you think the apocalypse will take?

Marni:  When I think about things like huge storms and, you know, monsoons and typhoons and all those crazy natural disasters, I sort of think about, is this the end of times? When I think about those things happening. But, you know, it seems like it’s happening a lot more, but then things settle down, and we all sort of get back into daily routines, and I don’t know.

Greta:  I’m hoping, if there is an apocalypse, that it’s a zombie apocalypse. I feel like I’m the most prepared to deal with that kind of apocalypse.

Marni:  Really? Well, I’ll have to get some tips on how to survive the zombie apocalypse.

 

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Marni tells Greta that she has been getting ready for the big event at the end of 2012: the end of the Mayan calendar. Marni describes a cartoon that she saw in which two Mayans realized that ending the calendar would probably scare people. She thinks the cartoon was funny, but she also doesn’t know what to think about the end of time.

Greta thinks the whole thing is pretty silly. She asks Marni what kind of apocalypse she predicts will happen. Marni brings up all the extreme weather that’s been happening recently. She thinks the apocalypse could look something like that.

Greta takes a more humorous approach. She says that if zombies arrive for the apocalypse, then she’ll be ready.

Have you heard about the theory that the world is going to end on December 21? Do you believe it? If the world was going to end, what would you do to prepare?

 

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8312016

8312016

Switzerland

moslems have a opnion about what happen in the end of the world.


we belive one person is going and save people from Cruelty.


his name is mahdi.


as a wholl how can predict future? 

05:47 PM Dec 21 2012 |

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goodmahsa

goodmahsa

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

why people can’t learn from past such these kinds of claims and prophesies always sucks , and shows how easy we can be fooled by propagandas.I don’t know who makes these bullshits every now and then but there should be some benefits behind these words for them.It is told us in holy Koran we should never believe those who claim they know when the end of the world is because it is sth that only God knows and those who say so are nothing but liers(surah Araf 18) .If I imagine I know the world is gonig to end in the winter solstice or any other time what would I do? well…I think I want to be with my loved ones ,My parents ,my siblings and  among my  husband’s arms , tell them I love them more than anyhthing ,then keep quiet ,pray and speak with my God ,the thing which I like most

05:22 PM Dec 21 2012 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Dreadslayer, when it comes it comes, right? So let’s get ready :)), but no packing and panicking ;)

05:07 PM Dec 21 2012 |

dreadslayer

Turkey

nobody knows when it’ll be end

05:04 PM Dec 21 2012 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

According to the picture ( I love Ebaby’s pictures for the lessons, they so much fun and with the meaning :)) only one person will survive. It’s like playing the lottery. Only one is the winner.


We’ve talked a lot yesterday at work about the coming catastrophe. I was actually out of the loop as I usually don’t read those articles in papers. I simply don’t believe in it.


Knowledge is knowledge but there should be some wisdom. Only God can tell what will happen.  


 

Joyce Rose

Joyce Rose

China

The world ‘s end it’s really funny.It’s not true.Some people really believeit,but i don’t.It has bother human’s daily life in some places.But after that day.The sun also rise as usual.We still need to word,study,have fun and do what we want to do in a day.If the end of the world really come true,i will hide in a safe place with my family and friends,pet dogs. and the things that most important or meaningful to me.

03:54 PM Dec 21 2012 |

mojtaba

mojtaba

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in the our relegion  the end of world is very good and nice for good people  

03:53 PM Dec 21 2012 |

mojtaba

mojtaba

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Vampire girl:your comment is very fun thank u

03:46 PM Dec 21 2012 |

Vampire girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it was funny…..all of the students in our school were scared…...but my friends and I were laughing to them
ایرانی هایی که دارن این پیامو میخونن…..دیگه کسی نوستراداموسو نمیشناسه ها….....فقط ناصر بی ناموسسسس

03:27 PM Dec 21 2012 |

knuschu

knuschu

Germany

I am a little sad, that nothing is happened, because I was really looking forward to the after show party!!! :))))))

03:04 PM Dec 21 2012 |

bellaboo2422

Pakistan


irene you are looking great in pic very beautiful i must say.

02:25 PM Dec 21 2012 |

 aminoo2

aminoo2

Algeria

I  have one word to say…that no one is able to know when the end of the world is.

02:25 PM Dec 21 2012 |

ballin25

ballin25

United Kingdom

take your time not rash  you will leran more   everyday .

01:49 PM Dec 21 2012 |

bellaboo2422

Pakistan


i have heard alot about this false theory and i can’t belive it. its an apocryphal rumoring all over. but there is always an end of the world it has to end some day. we muslims are blessed with aplomb and we have strong beliefs and faith on it. but its not the time and no one can exactlly ask when it ll happen. our prophet muhammad PBUH has told us in his sayings ( ahadiths) about the end of world and how it ll be actully. it ll be very terible time with natural disastours, catastrophe and ll be a apocalypse surely. i try to be prepare all the time for it by doing good deeds, loving my family and friends, offering prayers, saying sorry if i hurt some one, ask Allah for his pardon etc. nothing can save us from it we ll see it experince it and observe it. we can’t run away far from it we are going to face it so batter to be ready for it with our good deeds thats because we ll get some place in heavan and ll live happily a immortal life ever and ever.


as we all know about a saying ’ do good and have good’. after the end of the world there ll be a day for rewards we ll cut what we are sowing.

xia yan ling

China

Hello! It is the time into here !

12:45 PM Dec 21 2012 |

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Katia1

Katia1

Brazil

Yes, I have heard about this theory, but I don’t believe it because it’s the end a ciclo and not the end the time. But, if it did, I’ll calling for my family and my friends and I would say that I love them. 

javad_438

javad_438

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

In a word it’s nonsense 

11:53 AM Dec 21 2012 |

Irene Forever

Ukraine

Alex, a den???? All members of Ebaby can be hidden from the apocalypse in your house. :) Next time, I will accept your invitation.:) Keep a place for me, okay?

11:39 AM Dec 21 2012 |

korhansaresimge

Turkey

kotlesya and julito ı prefer to travel with my family and friends as well, dear friends.all right ,it’s up to you

11:27 AM Dec 21 2012 |

Irene Forever

Ukraine

Alex, can you send me a few. There are no candels in the market.:)))

11:25 AM Dec 21 2012 |

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