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 pronunciation 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.