SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Nineteen

Have you accessed your free trial on www.scola.org yet? If not, you need to now, because you will definitely want to join me on this next adventure with On the Street Videos! I was scrolling through photos on People and Places and stumbled upon the scenic views of Asia’s second most-populous country, India! I only had to scroll through a few out of the 280 original photos from India to know that was where I wanted to travel next!

I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole lot about India. No worries though, before my adventure I log on to Language Training Materials and check out India’s Country Overview Video. Here I learn about India’s climate (not that it matters because I don’t have to pack a bag!), India’s history, India’s diverse economy, and so much more!

My next step in preparation for my big trip is to learn how to converse with the locals, and with over 975 ready-to-use language lessons straight from India on Insta-Class I am well on my way! I fly through Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced language lessons in Bengali, Hindi, and Punjabi and soon I am on my way to India!

To begin my adventure I log on to On the Street Videos. After taking in so much information about a country that was so new to me I could really use a little rest and relaxation! It seems my prayers have been answered as I hear about a yoga camp offered by Yoga Guru Arunji. I explore mantras to strengthen my body and soul and discover health benefits of making yoga part of my daily life. The yoga camp gave me the strength and energy I needed to carry on through the rest of my adventure!

During my second stop in India I chat with some locals about the Indian education system. Locals tell me about the differences in education when she was young as compared to today, the busy lives of her children that leave little room for play, and the differences of live in her village and life in the metro city of Mumbai. Thanks to Insta-Class I feel comfortable in my Punjabi skills and am able to fully understand and converse as I experience parts of daily life as a citizen in India.

My time in India is up and I find myself back on my couch where my adventure began. No reason to be sad though, I know another adventure is just around the corner with On the Street Videos!

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Miki

This January SCOLA followers traveled to Thailand for our Country of the Month. If you were following along, you learned a Word of the Month, experienced the weather in Chiang Mai, and discovered the tasty ingredients that go into a bowl of traditional Tom Yum Kung Soup. The material came straight from Thailand, from SCOLA provider Miki Taniguchi.

Miki Taniguchi no.3Miki was born in Japan in February 1968. She graduated from Notre Dame Women’s University in Kyoto awith a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics. When Miki was 31 years old, she married a man named Junji. They had a son in 2001, whom they named Hitoshi. Miki and Junji decided to raise Hitoshi in Thailand because they both loved Thai people’s attitudes of respect towards elders, which derived from Buddhist values. Miki and her family have been living in Chiang Mai for twelve years, and in that time had a daughter.

Miki began working for SCOLA in 2012. She shares the Thai culture and her knowledge of the Japanese language through printing materials and video. Miki really enjoys working with SCOLA and is proud to share aspects of Thailand and Japan’s languages and culture with others. Miki looks forward to new SCOLA projects in the future and appreciates her husband and children for their support and understanding of the work she does for SCOLA.

So January is over, but you want to explore more material Miki has sent in and experience more of Thailand? Visit www.scola.org today to access your free trial!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Eighteen

Scrolling through newspapers on Foreign Text I have to pause and do a double take when I see Georgia listed as a country. Georgia? A country? But that can’t be right…Georgia is a state in the southern United States! I must research this further so I head on over to Country Overview Videos under the Language Training Materials. Here I learn that Georgia is also the name of a country in Europe. I also learn about Georgia’s climate, education system, government, and much, much more! However, as we have learned in the past through SCOLA On the Street Videos, what better way to learn about a country than to experience it?

I don’t have to waste any time searching for my passport or packing my bags, as soon as I log on to On the Street Videos I am on my way to Georgia! The first thing that catches my eye as I arrive in Tbilisi is a flower bazaar. There are so many different kinds of flowers, with florists working hard to make bouquets for their customers. It would be a shame to return from my trip without a souvenir, so I buy a dozen roses and continue on my way.

My next stop in Georgia is a history museum. Since I was completely unaware of this country until today, I’d like to know about the country’s past. I meet with Mrs. Tamar Abunadze and Mrs. Ekha Maizuradze, both employees of the history museum. While talking to the women I learn about the Khazbegi region, a mythological story about Sameba, and about the life of Georgian Queen Tamar.

As I head home from this adventure with On the Street Videos, I am feeling very enlightened! Waking up today I never thought I would be exploring a country that was completely new to me! I can’t wait to continue my adventures with SCOLA On the Street Videos next week!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Seventeen

I made it home safe and sound from my visit in Colombia, and I am ready for my next international adventure with On the Street Videos. No jet lag for me! I haven’t been to Africa in a few weeks, so my next stop is Burundi! This journey is going to be a challenge though, since a variety of different languages are spoken in Burundi, including French and Kirundi! Good thing I have Language Lessons under Language Training Materials to help me practice!

Language Lessons are introductory level language lessons and other activities featuring text, videos, quizzes and vocabulary lists are also available. With over 20 lessons straight from Burundi, I am ready to go in no time at all!

PP-BI-House by a FieldI have one more place to visit on SCOLA.org before I start my journey- World TV Online. I check out Channel 5, which plays various programs from Africa 24 hours a day 7 days a week! The programs include news, children’s programs, talk shows, and more. Today I check out the news from Bujumbura to catch up on current events in Burundi. Now I feel prepared for my adventure!

I head on over to On the Street Videos to begin my journey through Africa. My first stop in Burundi is to check out some games local children are playing. Everyone here is speaking Swahili, but that’s okay, I remember enough from my visit to Uganda with On the Street Videos from a few weeks ago.

Next I chat with another local named Irankunda Narcisse. He shows me how he is building a new house. The house construction requires building materials such as bricks, cement, and soil. We explore the construction he has completed so far, and he informs me that at this point the techniques used for construction were local techniques and much improvement is required.

Before leaving Burundi I chat with another local man, Apolosa. We explore the River Kalimbenge where water pollution is the main topic all around. The government has deployed a number of police to guard the water, however many people still perform activities that pollute the water such as cleaning their clothes, motorcycles and cars.

My trip to Burundi was interesting and informative, learning about local construction techniques, and exploring social issues like water pollution. I even had time to throw in some fun with the local children and refresh my Swahili skills! I’d call this trip a great success!

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Traditional Thai Herbs

Today our provider Miki from Thailand tells us about the importance of natural therapy and herbs in her country:

Natural therapy and herbs from China are very famous throughout the world, however the ones in Thailand are also very popular with tourists and local people. Compared with Chinese herbs, Thai herbs have milder smells and they also work as healing therapy. Furthermore, they work closely with Thai food and desserts. For example “Tom Yum Kung”, a famous and well known Thai soup, has essential herbs including galangal, which is a type of ginger and is good for inflammation of the nose and throat. The dish also includes lemon grass, a remedy for coughs, colds, and fevers. The kaffir lime leaves have citrus notes and give a distinct flavor to Tom Yum Kung Soup. Thai food is not only enjoyable, it is also beneficial to our health. However, there are so many westernized dietary habits that have been adopted in Thailand that is strongly affecting the younger generation and causing obesity.

Herbs are also used in traditional Thai massages. Thai massages are done for relaxation and to help relieve tension. Herbal Ball is a treatment that uses round balls of special herbs. It is used to relieve aches and pains of the body, and it is good for alleviating pain or inflammation.

As you can see by the examples above, Thai herbs are taking root in our daily lives and we can use them easily in food and to alleviate mental stress. When you visit Thailand, please remember to enjoy Thai herbs beyond just sightseeing!

Want to learn more about Miki’s country? Visit www.scola.org and access over 2,200 authentic resources from Thailand today!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Sixteen

It’s week sixteen of my adventure with SCOLA On the Street Videos and I find myself back in South America, this time in Colombia! Before I begin my journey, I log on to SCOLA Spoken Word to chat with Julye, a friend I met when I visited Peru. Julye is excited that I am going to be back in South America and is happy to help me refresh my Spanish skills before I go. Spoken Word allows subscribers to avoid long distance phone charges and bypass time zones to chat with Native Speakers from around the world! Leave a message for Julye, Lise from Canada, Marianne from Germany, or any of the other native speakers and they will respond back to you within 24 hours! Nervous about your PP-CO-Bogotapronunciation in a new language you are learning? Get answers directly from the native speakers while picking up on body language and non verbal cues within their culture!

Next, I head on over to SCOLA World TV Online to catch up on current events in Colombia. Channel Two on World TV Online plays Spanish and Portuguese programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! I tune into the nightly news and other various programs from Bogota, and soon I am caught up on my Spanish and on all the current news in Colombia. I am ready to begin my South American adventure!

My first stop in Colombia is a fiesta! I join a family as they celebrate the coming of a new baby with a baby shower. I experience a celebration in the Colombian culture as we eat, open gifts, and play games. My next journey in Colombia is to explore what life is like as a student in Colombia. I’m able to talk with various students in Armero and experience the education system in Colombia. My last stop in Colombia was to learn karate! My health is important, and it is easy to get wrapped up in my adventures with On the Street Videos and forget about fitness! Local karate students teach me different techniques and I learn how to defend myself while getting a great workout in! Needless to say, after a fiesta, exploring Colombian education, and learning some karate moves I am exhausted! Time to head home.

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Save the Date: Paprika Ball Silver Anniversary

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The Paprika Ball Silver Anniversary will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. The Paprika Ball is an annual benefit sponsored by the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel. The 25th Anniversary Paprika Ball will be held in the historic Silver Grille, owned and operated by The Ritz Carlton, and is located on the 10th floor of the Higbee Building at Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland. The event includes cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to the music of Harmonia. The event will start at 6 p.m. and end at 12 a.m.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel (CHDP) is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers who recognize the need to promote and support educational and cultural ties between Americans and Hungarians.  The mission of the CHDP is to provide assistance and the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the areas of commerce, education, health and human services.  Funds for the work of the CHDP are based primarily on the annual Paprika Ball and private donations.

Ticket Prices:   $200 ($100 tax-deductible), $350 ($250 tax deductible) and $500 ($400 tax deductible).  Also tables of eight starting at $2,500 ($1,700 tax deductible).

Guests must be registered by February 27th. Please call (216) 571-4686 or visit www.clevelandhdp.org for more information!

Is your ethnic organization having a fundraiser that you would like SCOLA to promote? E-mail LSmith@scola.org today!

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