Happy Friday, Educated Travelers! Check out the top tweets from @Educated_Travel and the rest of the Twitterverse this week:
- Tour Director Emma shares: A Wee Guide to Scottish Slang
- What School Lunches Look Like In 20 Countries Around The World
- Get to know our very cool Scottish WorldStrides International Discovery Tour Director, Emma Christie!
- The Importance of Social Interactions in Language Acquisition via @dr_dmd
- Teach Through Educational Travel: The Matterhorn
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By Julia on Friday, May 24, 2013 8:04 AM
Scroll through this map showing the 38 peaks that are 4,000 meters or higher – and the dates of first ascent. Would you like to climb any of these mountains? Why or why not?
Matterhorn (also known as Monte Cervino in Italian and Mont Cervin in French) is a 4,478 meter high mountain in the Pennine/Valais Alps, bordering Switzerland and Italy. It is the tenth highest peak in the Alps, and has four distinct steep pyramid-type faces. The closest town is Zermatt. The Matterhorn was first successfully summited in1865 – but four of the expedition members fell to their deaths. The north face of Matterhorn was climbed successfully in 1931. The Matterhorn is one of the deadliest peaks in the world – in the first 130 years (1865-1995), 500 climbers died there. Many of the fallen are buried in Zermatt’s cemetery. There are many beautiful (and clear!) lakes in the area, and the geology is fascinating.
Watch this video showing an ascent of the Matterhorn. Did it change your mind about mountain climbing? Inspire you? (Or deter you?)
Look at this panoramic view of Matterhorn, and then read of the travails that the photographers (and the helicopter pilot) had to endure to get these shots. Do you think that humans can ever conquer – or know what to expect from – nature?
The Matterhorn was formed by glaciers grinding into mountains. Look at these topographic maps of the Alps, and read how rocks from Africa are showing up there – and why.
This lesson was contributed by Jessie Voigts, get to know her! Want more lesson ideas? See last week's Teach Through Educational Travel: Beijing's Forbidden City - perfect for your next classroom activity.
We'd love to hear your ideas! If you've completed a similar classroom activity, tell us about it by leaving a comment below. You could be our next guest blogger!
By Jessie on Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:45 AM
Categories:Teach Through Educational Travel
Scotland is proud of being different. Take a look at our history, our politics, our national dress, our food, or our music and you'll find we're a nation that delights in doing things our own way. But what sets us apart more than anything is the way we speak – not just our accent, but also the unusual words and expressions we use every day.
Some words are easy enough to understand. For example, any words ending in -n't are transformed into Scottish slang by changing the final letter to Y. So, couldn't, wouldn't and shouldn't become couldn'y, wouldn'y and shouldn'y. Similarly, words ending in -ow are moulded into Scottish by changing the last letter to O. So now becomes noo, cow becomes coo and brow becomes broo.
A similar pattern emerges with -gh words like fright, night and right, which become fricht, nicht and richt. But remember, if the -ch appears in the middle or at the end of a word, Scottish people pronounce it like the "J" in Spanish, a rough sound pushed out from the back of your throat - nothing like the ch- in chair or the ch- in choreograph.
Other words are more difficult to guess, like feart, meaning scared, braw, meaning really good, and bairn for child. We also commonly say aye instead of yes, wee instead of small, ken instead of know and uch instead of oh. Aye, it's getting a wee bit harder noo.
Then you've got words like caiket and mocket, both meaning dirty, and hacket, meaning ugly. One of my favourite and most-used pieces of slang is mingin' - a word with many uses, none of which are very complimentary. It can be used to describe poor weather, unpleasant food, a bad smell, a rude joke, a dirty hotel, someone who's had too much to drink...the list is endless!
Here are a few more common favourites:
Hoachin' = very busy
Hummin' = smelly
Muckle = very big
Gowpin' = very sore
Blether = to talk or gossip
Puggled = Breathless, tired out
Numptie = a fairly inoffensive name for someone who's being a bit silly.
Many of the words commonly used in modern Scotland are borrowed from Scots, a 600-year-old language of Germanic origin. But it's important to note that while some words can be heard all over the country, each region of our tiny nation has its own special way of speaking. And if you head to the north-east of the country, chances are you'll be more confused than ever!
Up there, locals speak something called Doric. Some say it's a dialect, others claim it's a language in it's own right, but one thing's for sure - it'll be unlike anything you've ever heard before.
The most common greeting in Aberdeen is Foos yer doos? And the literal translation is...how are your pigeons? The usual response to the question would be Peckin' awa', literally meaning, pecking away, but translating as fine, thanks! But be warned, in Aberdeen the word fine can mean okay, glorious, delicious or gorgeous, depending on the context and the intonation.
Head even further north and you'll start to see strange combinations of letters on the road signs and street names. This is Scottish Gaelic, the ancient language now spoken by around 60,000 people in the country. Very little Gaelic has made its way into general use, with one notable exception - and if you're only going to learn one phrase during your trip to Scotland, this should be it. Sláinte Mhor, pronounced slan-jay-voh, means Good Health, otherwise known as...Cheers!
Start planning your tour to Scotland!
By Emma on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 8:27 AM
Categories:UK, Tour Directors
This week's trivia question: The Matterhorn Mountain is on the border of what two countries?
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What was China's first imperial dynasty?
By Julia on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 6:42 AM
Categories:Educational Travel Trivia
Get to know WorldStrides International Discovery Tour Director, Emma Christie who leads educational student tours in Europe, specifically Spain. Emma will guest blogging on the "The Educated Traveler," so stay tuned to hear more from her!
Where are you from originally?
Cumnock, a little town in the Ayrshire region of Scotland.
Where do you live now?
Carboneras, a little town in the Almeria region of Spain.
How long have you been a WorldStrides International Discovery programs Tour Director?
I have been a Tour Director with WorldStrides since 2003.
What’s your favorite thing about being a Tour Director?
The people. I love meeting teachers and students from all over the States. It's interesting to hear what each state is like, and I really enjoy sharing my love of travel and history with other people who are enthusiastic about the same things!
What languages do you speak?
English, Spanish, and I'm currently learning French.
What’s your favorite place you have ever been and why?
That's an incredibly difficult question, but one of my favourite places is Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. It's basically made from two huge volcanoes sitting side by side in the middle of a lake! The hiking was fantastic, and I saw monkeys every day for a month! The locals were extremely friendly, the local fish was super tasty, and the sunsets were magical. All in all, a wonderful place.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t leading students around Europe?
I like to do a lot of hiking in different parts of the world. For example, last year I spent two months living in the Pirin Mountains of Bulgaria and one month in the Picos de Europa mountain range in the Asturias region of Spain. I also love reading, playing guitar, and most of all, spending time with my nieces and nephews back in Scotland.
Do you have a favorite travel quote?
From Travels with my Donkey by Robert Louis Stevenson: “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”
Anything interesting you'd like to share about yourself?
I am a newspaper journalist by trade, but have spent the past three years writing crime novels. Not been published so far, but I am still hopeful!
By Julia on Monday, May 20, 2013 9:31 AM
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