the history of swimming 6 minute english

swimming has many health benefits and since ancient times has been used to promote strength and wellbeing. but swimming’s not just about exercise – there’s far more to it beneath the surface as we’ll be finding out in this programme on the history of swimming. neil and georgina talk about the topic and teach you related vocabulary along the way.

this week's question
someone who did enjoy swimming was the poet, lord byron. he wrote poems popularising the sport and in 1810 swam the hellespont, a stretch of water separating europe from asia. but in which modern country can the hellespont be found?

a) greece
b) cyprus
c) turkey

listen to the programme to find out the answer.

take a dip
go for a swim (informal)

swim against the tide
to not follow what everyone else is doing

shocking or embarrassing because it shows too much of the body

not wearing any clothes, naked

play hooky
stay away from school without permission

frowned upon
disapproved of

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the history of swimming 6 minute english