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Learn English meaning of ‘Pompeii’

Date: Feb 05 2018

Themes: Time, Travel

Grammar: Simple Past Tense


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Human beings are often at the mercy of our massive planet. When a natural disaster strikes, there’s not a lot we can do. Earthquakes and hurricanes are horrifying events. These events can destroy people’s lives. Just ask the people of Pompeii. Pompeii was a city in ancient Rome that was completely buried in ash after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79.

During the time of the eruption, there were about 11,000 people living in Pompeii. Residents of Pompeii were not prepared for the volcanic eruption. They were caked in falling ash. This caused many of them to be mummified. These preserved bodies are popular museum displays. We have been able to learn a lot about ancient Rome through these mummified remains.

Andy recently saw a Pompeii exhibit at a museum. Listen as Romeo gets a little creeped out about mummified remains in this English lesson.


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Andy_H:  Yo, Romeo. I just got back from the museum, and they have this crazy Pompeii exhibit. That stuff really changed my life.

Romeo:  Creeped out just hearing about it!

Andy_H:  I mean, you know Pompeii, right?

Romeo:  Yeah, but I wouldn’t want to see that stuff up close.

Andy_H:  Oh, no. It’s so interesting. All right, so, you know, the volcano exploded, caked people in ash...

Romeo:  Thanks for that history lesson.

Andy_H:  ...mummified them.

Romeo:  Horrifying.

Andy_H:  It was terrible! I mean, the eruption and the ash just, like, destroyed everybody’s life. There was…

Romeo:  Instant death.

Andy_H:  ... five feet of ash just rained down. But when you go and see these, you know, people, you can still see, like, sandals on them. There’s this one there, it’s got a dog, and the dog still has its collar. Like, 2,000-year-old doggo with its collar still hanging out.

Romeo:  No!

Andy_H:  Makes you wonder about, you know, even places like Tokyo. Like, Mt. Fuji is a… that’s a volcano. It makes you wonder how prepared people are for such events.

Romeo:  Probably not prepared at all.


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Andy tells Romeo that he just got back from the museum. He saw an exhibit about Pompeii. He thought it was very interesting, and it really changed his life. Romeo is creeped out and doesn’t want to hear about it.

Andy tells Romeo that Pompeii was a town that was buried in ash when a volcano erupted. People were caked in over five feet of ash. Many of them were mummified. Romeo thinks this is horrifying. Andy wonders if people today are more prepared for volcanic eruptions. Romeo doesn’t think they are.

Do you live near a volcano? Do you know what you would do if it erupted?



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Russian Federation

We have many volcanoes in Siberia but people ready any time meet eruption. Of course there is many and working volcanoes.

06:43 AM Feb 06 2018 |



United Kingdom

No, I never lived near volcanoes. Nowadays local authorities give early warnings before volcanic eruptions. So one should listen and take it seriously anf leave the area as soon as possible.

08:52 PM Feb 05 2018 |




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03:36 PM Feb 05 2018 |

hanningstSuper Member!


Volcanoes are only in other parts of Europe, but not in Germany.

08:21 AM Feb 05 2018 |

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The Last Joke


In fact , we haven’t volcanoes in Yemen …

 🔴An erupting volcano can blast ash, lava, solid rocks and gases into the air, creating hazards that can kill people, disrupt air travel and destroy property many miles away. If you live near a known volcano, active or dormant,


⚫How to Prepare before the erupting Volcano ?

  •  Talk about volcanoes with your family so that everyone knows what to do in case of a volcanic eruption. Discussing ahead of time helps reduce fear.

  • Keep handy a pair of goggles and a dust mask for each member of your household in case of ashfall..

  • Make sure you have access to  radio broadcasts: Find an online  radio station

  • Ensure that every member of your family carries a Safe and Well wallet card.

  • Talk to you insurance agent. Find out what your homeowners’ policy will or will not cover in the event of a volcanic eruption


🔵The volcanic eruption can be an awesome and destructive event.

⚫Here are some tips on how to avoid danger and what to do if you’re caught near an eruption..

  • As much as possible, stay away from active volcanoes..

  • If you live near an active volcano, keep goggles and a mask in an emergency kit, along with a flashlight and a working, battery-operated radio

01:57 AM Feb 05 2018 |

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