The Coconut Tree
The coconut tree is very useful. People in the tropics depend on it. They make roofs for their houses from leaves.
Fisherman take fibers from the tops of coconut trees and make them into rope. They make fishing nets and sails for ther boats, too. But the nut is the most useful part of the tree. Farmers open the nuts and dry them. There is oil coconuts and they exports this oil to other countries. It goes into soap, toothpaste, ice-cream, paint and machine oil. The shell of coconut is useful, too. People make it into charcoal and this charcoal goes into filter-tips for cigarettes. There is milk in coconuts, too. It is good to drink and very pure. There are no germs in it. Doctors sometimes used this milk for drip-feeds during the war, when they could not get pure water and sugar. When their patients could neither eat nor drink the doctors dripped coconut milk into their blood. The patients lived. Some people say that the coconut is the tree of life. Perhaps they are right
a.- Why is the coconut tree very useful?
b.- What do fishermen take from the tops of coconut trees?
c.- What is the most useful part of the tree?
d.- What do farmers do with the nuts?
e.- How does the coconut taste?
f.- When did doctors use the milk?
2.- Translate into Spanish:
a.- Fishermen take fibers from the top of coconut trees and make them into rope
b.- There is oil in coconut and they export this oil to other countries
c.- Some people say that the coconut is the tree of life