Language: Somali
Exploration: Sea
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Somalia is emerging as a new piracy hotspot.

Excerpt from, Voice of America. Nancy-Amelia Collins.

The number of piracy attacks worldwide hit a six-year low in the first half of 2005. Indonesian waters, however, keep first place as the most dangerous, while Somalia and Iraq are emerging as the new piracy hotspots.

Pirate attacks on ships worldwide fell by 30 percent in the first half of this year dropping from 182 in the first half of 2004 to 127. There have also been no piracy-related killings compared to 30 fatalities by this time last year.


Types of ships; spatial expressions: biyaha hoostooda.
Describing the terrain; the seashore, beaches, the port, fishing boats.

Assignment 1  Presenting on-going events; the present progressive and the present habitual tense. Reporting scripts, the past tense. The passive.

Assignment 2  Reporting about the consequences of tsunami. The past tense. Listen an authentic broadcast.

Assignment 3  Reporting an act of piracy. Reporting scripts; information packaging. Listen an authentic broadcast.

Assignment 4 “ More about piracy off the coast of Somalia in the December issue.