SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Five

I sit down at my computer and soon I am off on my next adventure with SCOLA‘s newest and most exciting service, Savoir-Vivre. So far with Savoir-Vivre I have been able to travel to a zoo in Macedonia where I discovered komodo dragons in Indonesia and migratory birds in Japan, and I also visited a hotel in Thailand where it was recommended I try the delicious food at Mozem Soba House in Japan, and went on a family holiday in Port Harcourt, toured Bhaktapur City in Nepal, and went dolphin watching in Bali! With all this adventure you would think I’d be worn out, but traveling the world with Savoir-Vivre is made easy! All it takes is a few clicks of my mouse and I am ready for my next journey.

Spring has sprung here in Iowa, and many plants are starting to bloom. This makes me wonder what kind of plants are grown in other parts of the world, and where could I buy them? I click on the flower icon on the Savoir-Vivre map to find out. I’m instantly transported to the streets of Iran where I can walk forward until I find a flower shop called Aftab. I explore the flower shop and quickly discover Native Plants found around the world. I travel to India where a group of people plant trees on World Environment Day, to Turkey where a man sells cactus on the streets of Mersin, and then to Syria where I meet women working on a cotton farm. A short time later I am exploring different flower shops in places like Georgia, India, and Indonesia. After my adventures I find myself back in Aftab, ready to see where Savoir-Vivre will take me next!

I may not have the time or money to travel around the world learning about other cultures, but that didn’t stop me from experiencing several countries today! Join me on my adventure with a free log in for our blog followers. User username WordPress and password Scola2015 at www.scola.org to access Savoir-Vivre and other wonderful SCOLA services for FREE!

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SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty-Two

This week my travels with On the Street Videos take me back to Asia, to the beautiful country of Japan! Why Japan might you ask? Well, I haven’t been to Asia in a few weeks and I wanted to try something new. Plus, SCOLA has over 3,180 authentic resources straight from Japan, so I knew I would be able to learn everything I needed to know about the country before traveling there.

Before I begin my adventure on SCOLA, I first want to learn a little bit about the country I am going to be exploring. I take a quick stop at Country Overview Videos inside Language Training Materials to explore what Japan has to offer. Here I find some basic facts that I already know, like that Japan is a country of islands along the eastern, or Pacific coast of Asia. I also learn some things about Japan that I never knew before, like that the koto is one of the most popular Japanese traditional musical instruments.

Now that I know a little about the country I will be traveling to, let’s discover what’s going on in Japan today. To do that, we just need to log on to World TV Online and Foreign Text. World TV Online plays Morning Eye News from Tokyo every weekday at 11 a.m., and you can also catch JETRO Business programming from Tokyo on Sundays at 2:35 p.m.  As if that’s not enough to learn about current events in Japan you can also long on to Foreign Text to peruse over 930 publications, including books, newspapers, and more!

Okay, okay, enough learning about Japan, let’s experience it! I log on to On the Street Videos and quickly realize all that learning made me hungry! My first adventure in Japan is visiting a local and learning how to make a traditional Japanese sushi roll. I gather my ingredients which include rice, seaweed paper, cucumbers and more, and begin the process. Once we are finished with the dish and my stomach is full I am ready to continue my journey.

Next I have a little fun and attend a light festival in Japan. The night is lit up with beautiful, colored lanterns, and music fills the air. The experience pulls me away from my living room and I really feel as though I am in Japan. It’s time to head home though, and soon I am back on my couch where I started. Don’t worry- this adventure isn’t over! Join me next time as I travel the world with On the Street Videos!

Do you want to travel with On the Street Videos? Access your free trial today at www.scola.org!

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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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The Secret to Easy and Reliable International Travel

Imagine the international adventure of your dreams and then turn those dreams into a reality with On the Street Videos from SCOLA. Your first stop is Bangladesh, where you can experience firsthand what it’s like to be a freedom fighter. Our next stop will take you to Iraq, where you can uncover what life used to be like living in Baghdad as a Kurdish political activist. Are you tired of traveling yet? We hope not, because you’ll want to be wide awake on our third stop as we explore the culture of Myanmar at Sunday Buddha School at Min Lwin Kone Monastery. All this traveling has surely made you hungry, so our fourth stop will take you to Japan where you will learn how to make a traditional Japanese sushi roll. Eat up, because you will need your energy for the rest of your travels on this ninety country expedition, including a visit to the Philippines to go wake-boarding, attending a wedding in Mali, lending a hand to a beekeeper in Serbia as he completes his daily tasks, and so much more!

As you experience new countries and cultures with On the Street Videos you can also brush up on your foreign language skills. Each adventure offers an authentic experience in our providers native languages.

Not fluent in Burmese and are having trouble following along with the lessons at the Sunday Buddha School in Myanmar?

No problem! SCOLA.org is equipped with a variety of language services designed to help you expand your knowledge and vocabulary of over 175 languages! Log on to Insta-Class and practice your Burmese with over 200 ready-to-use lessons and then head back over to On the Street Videos once you have refreshed your language skills.

Can’t understand all the ingredients in Japan and are really craving that traditional Japanese sushi roll?

No problem! Log on to Spoken Word and chat with our native speaker Misuzu from Japan! Misuzu can answer any questions you have about Japanese language and culture. Soon you will be on your way to mastering Japanese…and have a full stomach!

These adventures are exclusive to SCOLA and won’t be beat by your local travel agency, so contact us today for your free trial! Visit www.scola.org where you won’t just read or learn about new skills, languages, and cultures, you will experience them!

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28 Days of Love

28 daysThe month of February often stirs up feelings of love and romance in many people. However, those feelings aren’t expressed the same in all countries around the world. Have you ever wondered what dating is like in Namibia? Or how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Japan?

Our new service, Savoir-Vivre, aims to take you into the lives of people around the world as you watch them celebrate holidays, marriage, and other aspects of their cultures. This February, we would like to give our followers a sneak peak of the material in Savoir-Vivre with “28 Days of Love”. SCOLA followers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest will learn about expressions of love through dating, marriage, Valentine’s Day and more from a different country each day in February.

What countries and traditions would you like to see featured on 28 Days of Love?