SCOLA Travel Journal: Week Twenty

Have you accessed your free trial to www.scola.org yet? If so, you may have noticed all the material available from Pakistan on Foreign Text! There are over 1,900 newspaper publications and over 30 magazine issues! Wow! I could read this stuff all day, but what better way to learn about Pakistan than experience it myself? I know just the place I need to go to begin my quick adventure to Pakistan, but before I do that I better find out what I am getting myself into with World TV Online!

World TV Online plays international television programming 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. News from Islamabad in Urdu is available every weekday on Channel Six. I quickly discover all the news and current events that I missed when browsing papers and magazines on Foreign Text.

After reading Foreign Text and watching World TV Online, I am ready for my adventure with On the Street Videos! My first adventure in Pakistan is to chat with the Tribal Chief from the remote Balochistan Province. I discover how tribal chiefs in Balochistan are selected and how they govern their territory.

My next stop in Pakistan is to learn about Pakistan’s climate and explore what the weather is typically like this time of year. Where I live the weather has been cold with lots of snow, so if there’s is warmer I might consider taking a trip there for real! Unfortunately, I realize the winter weather in Pakistan is still cold, with snow falling, frozen lakes, and freezing lakes. Looks like I’ll have to choose a different destination to cure my winter blues!

My third and final stop in Pakistan is to talk with the locals about music in Pakistan. The locals and I both agree that music is important because it is a language that is understood throughout the world. In Pakistan, there are many forms and kinds of music, including classical, rock, pop, and more. Everyone has their own choice of what kind of music to listen to and Pakistani singers are famous for their command and understanding of the art of music.

Well, it’s time to head home. I’m back sitting on my couch in no time at all. I’ll be going on my next adventure soon, so don’t forget to log on to www.scola.org and access your free trial so you can join me next time!

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Nothing Good on TV? Look No Further!

You know those times during the day you complain that there is nothing good on TV? Look no further!

SCOLA began retransmitting foreign language newscasts via satellite to affiliates one hour per day in August 1987, but since then that one hour has grown to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!  International television from WELCOME118 countries in 122 languages is featured on eight geographically designated channels around the clock. News, talk, drama, children’s and music programming is played exactly as viewers see it in their own countries.  Users can search 50,000+ programs by country, language, or channel, and then download it or stream live for personal or instructional use.

Are you traveling for work and want to know what is going on in your home country?

World TV Online is great for people who live, work, or are traveling outside of their home country because they can watch the news and their television programs just like if they were at home.

Do you want to know what is going on in other parts of the world, but your local news station doesn’t thoroughly cover international topics?

With World TV Online’s eight channels covering Europe, Spanish and Portuguese, Confucius Institute (China), Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Eurasia you are sure to find the country and news story that you are looking for.

Not only does World TV Online help you stay up to date on the latest international news, it can also help our users learning a new language. Hear vocabulary words spoken in native context and download clips for future reference.

Interested in accessing World TV Online or any of our other great services? Contact SCOLA today for your free trial!

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Your Global News Source

It’s easy to stay up to date on local news. Whether you’re in your car listening to the radio, watching the nightly news, or browsing your daily newspaper, it’s everywhere. However, staying up to date on international news may not be as easy. Your local news stations and newspapers may not report on the international topics you care about, or maybe they report on it, but it is not as in depth as you would like.  No matter the issue, SCOLA is here to help.

You probably already know SCOLA services help with language learning needs, but they can also help keep you informed of worldly events. From nightly news casts on World TV Online to daily newspapers on Foreign Text, international news is frequently featured in many of our services.

osv promo     One current event making international news is the uprising in Turkey. The following is Doa’s account of the political uprising in Turkey and the description of the video she sent of a street demonstration, which can be viewed in On The Street Videos.

“Great Leader Ataturk made a lot of reforms between years 1922 and  1937.Before Ataturk the regime in Turkey was sultanate. Ataturk abolished sultanate in 1922 and founded Turkish Republic.  Religious courts were closed and civil law was accepted in 1926. He closed madrasas, the religious schools and opened national schools. Ataturk made a revolution for alphabet and Latin alphabet was accepted instead of Arabic letters. He made reforms for clothes of men and women.  People of Turkey left Arabic style of clothes and head scarf and they started to wear European clothes.  Ataturk encouraged the farmers and repaired the economic situation.  He also changed units of calendar, clock and measurement from Arabic into European units of measurement.  In 1930 women achieved voting rights. Ataturk made a very big modernization on every aspect of life in Turkey. He is the founder of Modern Turkish Republic.

All these happened about 90 years ago. But today’s government is trying to convert all the revolutions and they want to bring back the sultanate regime. As you may follow on international television news shows of most of the channels, there is an uprising in Turkey. Turkish youth is revolting against this Islamic government to get back our freedom.

Everything started when the government decided to build a shopping center instead of Gezi Park in Taksim. Young people put tents in the park and started to live in there. But the government attacked on them with water cannons and tear gas.  When the government attacked violently on peaceful people the anger of the public grew out more and more.

This violent scene has been going on for 18 days now  (today is 17th June 2013).  Instead of moderation, the government continues violence. The police has been throwing  hundreds of tear bombs to people on the streets and even into the hospitals and hotels. But Turkish people are determined. This revolt will continue until the Islamist government resigns.  ”

The video:

It is a general strike. There were workers, teachers, doctors, dentists and engineers in that crowd. I was one of them and I also called out those chants. On the first yellow sign is “Everybody should have Syndicate”

The people say:

“AKP (the governing party) go to hell, The Public to the Parliament”

“We stand side by side against Fascism”

“Don’t stand on the Grass Tayyip, you smash the grass, don’t be offended Tayyip but you look like a lamp” (Tayyip is the first name of the prime minister. Their party symbol is a lamp 🙂

Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is riot” (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANT)

“I’ve got kettles and pans, I’m a looter and I’m pretty cool” (Prime minister called most of the public as looters since they got out to street for riot and they started to make noise with kettles and pans.)

“The day will come, everything will be vice versa and AKP will be responsible for all the damage”

“This is just the beginning, struggle will go on”

Snapshot 1 (6-19-2013 9-24 AM)Also there were signs of the Unions

GENERAL WORKERS UNION

MERSIN DOCTORS UNION

ENGINEERS UNION

TEACHERS UNION

Doa requests SCOLA users keep informed of what is going on in Turkey. You can learn more about Turkey on our website at http://www.scola.org and all of our social media pages, as it is June’s country of the month.

Around the World with People and Places

Welcome back to The SCOLA Symposium! As we introduced our first country of the month, Morocco, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ we received a request to share some photos from the Middle East, specifically Egypt, Syria, and Libya. Unfortunately, we do not currently have any photos from Libya or Syria. The photos stored in People and Places are taken by friends and providers of SCOLA, and we cannot host any other photos on our website because we do not have the rights to them.

Luckily for our subscribers though, we do have over 80 other countries featured in People and Places! Adding all the photos together, our People and Places resource boasts over 28,000 unique pictures! Although that number may sound daunting, the photos can be easily sorted by country and/or topical category. Users have the ability to download any picture they like at full resolution. Whether you subscribe to SCOLA for teaching, learning, or for your own personal interest, People and Places is sure to have something all SCOLA users can enjoy.

Although we do not have any posts from Libya or Syria, we would be happy to share a few of our photos from other Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt.

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Tattooed camel in Egypt

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Children playing in a reflection pool in Iran

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Kerkuk Castle in Iraq

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The Sea of Galilee in Israel

In the future, we hope to have some photos from Libya and Syria. Are there any other countries you would like to see featured on SCOLA People and Places?

To view more photos and learn about other SCOLA resources, visit http://www.scola.org!