People save a whale in Argentina

[Animals ★]


(P1) In Argentina, a whale has a big problem. It beaches on the coast. It is very big. It cannot move. It stays like this for more than 24 hours.

(P2) People try to help the whale. They wait for the tide to rise. They try to use a rope to move the whale. Then they try to use a hose to pull the whale. They pull it to deeper water.

(P3) The tide is not very high. But the whale can swim. It can swim away. It looks like it waves when it swims away.



VOCABULARY: beaches, coast, tide, rise, rope, hose, waves


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. How do you think the whale got on the beach?
  3. Would you help save the whale? Why or why not?
  4. What could happen to the whale if nobody saved it?


  1. Which country is the whale in?
  2. How long is the whale beached?
  3. Only a rope was used to move the whale. (T or F)
  4. The whale doesn’t swim away. (T or F)
  5. It appears the whale waves to the people. (T or F)


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • a big problem (p1)
  • more than 24 hours (P1)
  • use a rope (P2)
  • swims away (P3)

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