Make the World a Better Place to Live

Recently SCOLA provider Jyoti shared with us her thoughts on making the world a better place to live. Here is what she had to say:

Hi, I’m Jyoti Nikam from India. I am a freelance translator for Gujarati and Marathi. I have worked with SCOLA for the last four years and I’m happy to be a part of it. I am putting forward my views briefly about what culture is and why it’s important.

To me culture is human’s knowledge, learning, customs, language, tradition and food habits which are passed from one generation to the next. We live in a world with diverse culture. Tradition, language, dress, art, food, and festivals all form culture. A person is known by his culture, which makes his identity unique.

IMG_2457We should know about our own culture and also should learn about other’s culture as well. Knowing another’s culture will help us respect them and in return we will learn to respect others. In this age of globalization we have to travel to other countries. By knowing their culture we will communicate with them better and respect their culture as well.

For example, I live in India in Maharashtra state, and when I visited Rajasthan state, also in India, I came to know their culture. I learned about their food habits (which is very spicy), their dress, their business, and traditions. So imagine when just in India I had the opportunity to learn the culture of another state, how fascinating it is to know the culture of other countries. This will make people from all over the world come closer and understand each other. This will make the world a more peaceful and better place to live.

I am happy to introduce you to my Indian culture. To start with, I will be sharing with you different Indian Recipes from different parts of India. Also, I will introduce you the different festivals that are celebrated here in India. You can find all of my material on Savoir-Vivre.

SCOLA appreciates Jyoti sharing her thoughts on culture and the material she has shared so far for Savoir-Vivre. When Savoir-Vivre launches you will be able to experience the culture Jyoti has shared with us through the fascinating videos we have received from her.

Treasures of India

It has been my pleasure to be associated with SCOLA in the making of Savoir Vivre.  I take utmost pleasure in sharing India’s culture and philosophy of life with the world.

Indian culture is 5000 years old.  The sages of India who were equivalent to modern day scientists did deep research on human life. India was once the wealthiest country in the world.  India and China put together made for 70 percent of the worlds Gross Domestic Product.  India was called a Golden sparrow.  As Indians were wealthy and self sufficient, they channeled their energies in the fields of Fine Art, Sculpture, Music, Yoga, Medicine, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, dance forms, development of languages, study of human psychology and mind and much more.

SCOLA provider Jitendra, from India, shares with us his Indian culture and his thoughts on the importance of learning about one another:


Indian music and dance have great depth , rhythm and are soothing to the mind and soul.  They have specific effects on the human brain waves depending on the type of mood needed.  Indian Dance is also very rhythmic and has a deep meaning about life.  The science of life called Yoga guides one to live without being touched by the negativeness??????????????????????????????? of life and to pass through this life with getting mentally scarred.

Indian culture has proposed a thought which is relevant even today which believes in having “Vasudaiv Kutumbakam”–meaning, a universal family without discrimination and misunderstanding.  India is rich with cultural diversity.

India has the oldest epics in the form of “Ramayan” and “Mahabharat”.  Also the oldest guide to life which is relevant today in the form of “Bhagwad Gita”.  India also has many more epic poems and literary works.  Indians started studying Astronomy and Astrology thousands of years ago.

People were being surgically operated by sages of India thousands of years ago.  Ayurveda is the system of medicine which is oldest and a very deep and fool proof system which takes into consideration the body as well as the mind which the modern day medicinal science has just begun to understand. Also going beyond that the System of Ayurveda takes in to consideration the energy of a person and combination of two factors called “kapha” and “pitta”.

In India there is a festival almost every day.  The Indians saw divinity in everything and believe there is a Omnipresent and Omniscient power operating through all individuals and they celebrated the presence of it.  They also devised ways and means and science of life to realize this divine power.

In India the “Mantra”, the science of sound vibrations, was developed thousands of years back.  Another science developed in India is “Tantra.” “Tantra” is the combination of  ‘Mantra” and “Yantra”, the science of form. It is believed that there are unlimited possibilities to harness the power of the universe and to control and  manipulate it using “Tantra”.

Indians knew about the conscious, subconscious and the unconscious mind through Yoga, which the modern day psychology has just begun to understand.

“Sanskrit”, a language of India is called the mother of all languages.  Today it has been proven a fool proof language available to design any software.  There are hundreds of languages in India and thousands of dialects.  In spite of such a diversity, India is a vibrant democracy and is one of the largest democracy of the world.

I currently send pictures and videos of life in India, including Indian festivals. For example in the month of August the festival of “Raksha Bandhan” was celebrated which entails a sister tying a silken thread around the wrist of her brother as a token of affection and sisterly love and in exchange the brother vows to protect and support his sister against all odds.  A festival of “Narali Poornima” was also celebrated in the month of August where the Indians acknowledge the might of Oceans and Seas and pay their obedience and respect to them and seek their blessings and make offerings in the form of flowers and coconuts to the sea and ocean and rivers. The things which have been narrated in Indian mythology has a deeper meaning in life and also has a scientific meaning which has been told in a coded form.

I take pleasure and feel that all these treasures of India should be shared with the rest of the world.  I also feel that one grows by learning about different cultures of the world and brings all the people closer like a universal family and does away with any misunderstandings which may exist.  It is very important for international peace and understanding and I congratulate SCOLA for doing such nice work.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share all these things with SCOLA and, through SCOLA, with the people of the world.

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Learn a New Language and Be Happy

     Doa, our provider from Turkey, continues to help SCOLA users learn about new languages and cultures by sending SCOLA material from her country. Recently, Doa shared her thoughts on learning new languages and how SCOLA can help you meet your language learning goals:

     “Hi, I’m Doa from Turkey. I have been sending material to SCOLA for 7 years.  These material are mainly TV programming, videos, photographs, newspapers and magazines. Also I translate part of a TV show every week. Then I prepare a Turkish lesson from this translation and  I add questions and vocabulary. If you want to learn Turkish, you can find the Turkish and English translation on the same page.  You could learn a few words in Turkish every week. While you are listening to the video you can read the English translation.  You could learn Turkish by yourself.

       I record TV programs in 5 different languages every day. These languages are Turkish, Zaza, Georgian, Kurdish and Arabic. In Turkey there are Turkish, Kurdish, Zaza, Sorani, Arabic, Circassian and Laz people. They can all speak Turkish and their native languages.   Some Turkish television channels broadcast in these languages.

     I cannot speak Kurdish or Zaza but while I’m recording the news shows on TV,  I always feel like learning these languages. I say myself “Kurdish people can speak Turkish why don’t I speak Kurdish or Zaza?”

     Most recently, Doa has started sending SCOLA “Ma“. “Ma” is a culture, art and literature magazine about the Zaza people and was first published in May 2013. The magazine  was founded by musicians Mikail Aslan and Devrim Tekinoglu. “Ma” is very important work for Zaza people since it will help their language live so new generations will not forget their native language.

     Since Zaza people mainly live in Turkey they mostly speak Turkish, therefore the Zaza language is in danger of being forgotten. In recent years, Zaza people have been producing more literature works to improve their language. “Ma” magazine is one of the pioneers of this mission. Zaza people living in countries other than Turkey are looking for a way to obtain “Ma” and SCOLA will be an easy and accessible way for them to read the magazine.

   Doa’s final thought was “Listening to a different language always encourages me to learn it. It is good to know.  My grandfather always said “Speaking one language makes you one person, speaking two languages makes you two persons.”   Learn a new language and be happy.”


Behind the Scenes: Meet Soza

This summer, SCOLA received new material from Syria for our Foreign Text and International Radio services. We could not have acquired any of this information without our Syrian provider, Soza. Soza has been very active in sending material for many of our services, including On the Street Videos and Savoir-Vivre.

Soza is 22 years old and from the northeastern city of Qamishli. A Soza.photographyvariety of people, including Muslims, Assyrians, Armenians, Arabs, Kurds and Christians live peacefully in Qamishli. Soza speaks Kurdish, Arabic, English, and Turkish. She would like to learn French one day as well. Soza had to learn Turkish when her family took refuge in Turkey as a result of the Syrian war. Because of her language skills she was able to get a job as a translator at a Turkish trading company and there she learned Turkish.

The war has been hard on Soza because she lost one of her best friends in it and it has prevented her from continuing her education. Soza was in her fourth year of studying Psychology at Damascus University, but she had to quit because of the war. Someday she hopes to go back.

Soza has also volunteered for the Syrian Society for Social Development in her free time. The society aims to rehabilitate prisoners under the age of eighteen. She currently volunteers with a variety of other charities that help Syrian refugees. Soza has also previously worked as an Arabic and English teacher.syrian society for social development

Soza’s favorite SCOLA services are International Radio, Savoir-Vivre, On the Street Videos, Language Training Materials, Foreign Text and People and Places. Soza’s hobbies include photography and music. The photos in this post were all taken by her. Soza also enjoys teaching students about her language and culture. Soza says she will continue working with her charities anسنغd hobbies because that is what she treasures.

SCOLA appreciates the material Soza sends and we appreciate the fact that she is helping our subscribers learn so much about Syria and the Arabic language.

To view the material Soza and other providers from around the world have sent visit




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