Tourists Behaving Badly

 

 

Did you know that some tourists were arrested because of writing their initials in a wall and statues?

A couple of US tourists were arrested in Rome for carving their initials into the walls of the Colosseum. However this is not the first time that it has happened. In fact, it happened in various tourist spots around the world. People have been arrested and punished for vandalising ancient properties.

A Chinese teenager has been shamed internationally because he wrote his name into a 3,500 year-old temple when he visited in Eygpt. A tourist from Finland has cut a piece of stone from the famous giant stone Moai of the Eastern Island and he paid 8.6 million Chilean peso ($18, 715) for penalty. Staffs at Stonehenge were left in tears after finding litter and graffiti all around the area.

Because of these incidents, the government and staff workers of museums and other tourist spots are reminding tourists to behave properly when visiting popular tourist spots.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Carve – cut or slice into pieces
  2. Vandalise – destroy a public or other people’s property
  3. Shame – cause someone to feel ashamed
  4. Litter – rubbish (trash) carelessly dropped or left about
  5. Graffiti – rude decoration inscribed in rocks or walls

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think it’s alright of the government to arrest and penalise people who destroy their tourist spots? Why or why not?
  2. What are the other ways the government and staff can do to protect their tourist spots?
  3. Has this happened in your country as well? Can you describe the situation where a tourist has destroyed a public property?

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US Attractions Banned Selfie Sticks

 

 

Should selfie sticks be banned?

Camera extension devices also known as “Selfie Sticks” have been banned in various tourist attractions in the US.

The Getty Centre in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture in Washington DC, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum are among those attractions that have imposed a ban on the said device.

The reason why they banned the selfie sticks is because of their concern about the safety of the people as well as the art. Additionally, some stadiums in America have also followed the ban like the White Hart Lane Stadium because they believed that these sticks can be used as an offense weapon.

A recent survey of posts in the internet revealed that the Eiffel Tower in Paris is the most popular place to take a selfie. In fact, more than 1 million selfies are taken every day with the Eiffel Tower.

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Ban – to prohibit or not allow
  2. Tourist attraction – places that are popular for tourists when they visit other countries and cities
  3. Impose – force (something unwelcome or unfamiliar) to be accepted or put in place
  4. Concern – worry (someone or something); make anxious

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you ever tried using selfie sticks? Where?
  2. Do you agree in banning selfie sticks in tourists’ attractions? Why or why not?
  3. Does your country have a similar ban? Can you describe it?

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Valentine’s Day: Traditions from Around the World – Part 2

FEB 15 Happy Valentines Day

 

 

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Single women in England would place bay leaves on their pillows. They usually place them on all four corners of the pillow and one on the middle. This is done to summon sweet dreams of their future husband while they slept.

Finland doesn’t celebrate love on February 14. Finnish people celebrate Friendship on that day. It’s a nice place for single people if they find themselves alone during that day.

Koreans also adopted the Japanese culture of Valentine’s Day. However, single people also celebrate Valentine’s Day by eating “Jajangmyeon.” It’s a dish made of white noodles with black bean sauce. Couples usually call this this food as “a dish of mourning.”

Germans celebrate Valentine’s by giving gifts which has an image of a pig. According to the Germans, it is their symbol of lust and luck.

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Summon – to ask for (someone or something) to come;
  2. Finnish – someone or something that originated from Finland
  3. Mourning – great sadness felt because someone has died
  4. Lust – sexual desire

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you think about the traditions other people do to celebrate Valentine’s?
  2. How do people celebrate Valentine’s?
  3. Is it an important event in your country? Why or why not?

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Valentine’s Day: Traditions from Around the World – Part 1

Valentine's Day

 

 

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Each country celebrates Valentine’s Day in a different way. While Americans celebrate it with stuffed animals and chocolates, other countries celebrate it with different items.

Let’s take a look at each country that has a different tradition during Valentine’s Day.

In Wales, a wooden spoon is carved by a man for the woman he loves. This tradition dates back to 1667.

Japanese women give different kinds of chocolate to signify different relationships. “Honmei Choco” is what they call as the “true feeling” chocolate. It is usually handmade and given to the man they truly love. On the other hand, women give “giri choco” to the man they have no romantic interest with, for example, close male friend, a boss, or a male colleague.

In Denmark, people give “Gaekkebrev” or ‘Joke Letters’ in English. In the past, it is used to write letters and poems and cut in beautiful patterns into the paper. There is no signature. The only clue is the dots for each letter of the man’s name. If the woman guessed the sender correctly, she will receive an egg at Easter. If not; the woman has to buy the correct guy an egg at Easter instead.

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Dates back – belong to an earlier time
  2. Signify – to be a sign of; suggest or imply
  3. Colleague – co-worker
  4. Easter – a holiday that is usually celebrated at the end of March or Early April. Chocolate eggs were being given to kids as a way to celebrate it

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you think about the traditions other people do to celebrate Valentine’s?
  2. How do people celebrate Valentine’s?
  3. Is it an important event in your country? Why or why not?

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Valentine’s Day: Americans’ Way to Celebrate

 

 

How do Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Do you know that more than 62% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day with flowers, cards, and candies? In fact, an estimate of 1 billion cards is being used for Valentine’s Day each year, more than other holidays in America except for Christmas.

Americans also consume 35 billion heart shaped chocolates are sold and 220 million roses are produced each year. Americans spend almost 20 billion dollars for Valentine’s Day or 130 dollars per person per year.

While candies and flowers are the most popular Valentine gifts, an estimated 20% Americans are spending their money for jewelleries or 4 billion dollars are being spent annually. Additionally, a 6 million Americans are being engaged on the 14th of February.

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Estimate – approximate calculation of quantity, degree or worth
  2. Consume – use (resources or materials) over time in order to function
  3. Annually – by the year; every year

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think Americans spend too much money in celebrating Valentine’s Day? Why or why not?
  2. What is the most popular present for Valentine’s Day in your country?
  3. How do people in your country celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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History of Valentine’s Day

 

 

But why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

The Valentine’s Day first started as an ancient roman festival called Lupercalia which is celebrated in the middle of February. Romans celebrate it because they believe that it will purify the city and it will release health and fertility. Later on, the Christian church replaced this festival by declaring February 14 as a holiday to celebrate St. Valentine. There are actually two Christian priests whose name is Valentine and one of them was sentenced to death for performing secret marriages for soldiers when Emperor Claudius II banned it because he believed that single men are better soldiers.

It wasn’t until the 1300s that people began to celebrate Valentine’s Day for love and romance. The first Valentine greeting was used in the 15th century and the tradition of sending cards and letters on Valentine’s Day began in the 17th century in Great Britain.

After a few years, Valentine’s Day became popular in United States and the first mass produced cards for Valentine’s Day happened in the 1840s. Now, Valentine’s Day has become a mass consumer holiday, not just in the US and UK but also all over the world.

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Purify – become clean
  2. Fertility – capable of producing children
  3. Declare – announce publicly or officially
  4. Sentenced to death – declared to be killed by the state because of doing a terrible crime
  5. Ban – forbid or prohibit
  6. Tradition – a custom that is being practiced for a long time
  7. Consumer – someone or something that uses goods or services

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you know about Valentine’s Day?
  2. Is it an important holiday in your country? Why or why not?

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Time Capsules

 

 

What do you know about Time Capsules?

Wikipedia defined time capsules as a stash of historical goods and that its purpose is to communicate with future people and help future historians, archaeologists and anthropologists.

Although some historians said that most time capsules usually do not give any useful historical information. The reasons are because they only tell little about the people of the time and the artefacts which are included inside are of limited value to future historians.

This tradition is very popular in United States. Often, time capsules are buried during a celebration, a cornerstone laying for a building or other events. The first use of time capsules is widely debated but evidence shows that it was first used in 1876. However, in 2014, a time capsule was found at the Massachusetts State House dating to 1795. It was believed that Samuel Adams and Paul Revere were the people who buried it.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Stash – a hidden storage space
  2. Archaeologist – an expert in the study of prehistoric people and their culture
  3. Anthropologist – a social scientist who studies the origin and social relationships of human beings
  4. Artefacts – a man-made object taken as a whole
  5. Cornerstone – a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate rituals and ceremonies

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you know about time capsules? Have you seen one?
  2. Does your country have a time capsule? If not, is there a similar tradition in your country?
  3. If you are going to bury your own time capsule, what would you put and when do you want it to be revealed? Why?

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New Year Traditions: World’s Strangest – Part 2

JAN. 07 - New Year Traditions World’s Strangest – Part 2

 

 

What are the strange ways of celebrating New Year?

Mexicans try to bring luck to their lives by wearing colourful underwear. They believed that by wearing yellow coloured underwear will bring good luck and wearing red underwear will bring success in love.

In Ecuador, Ecuadorians burn pictures that remind them of their painful memories from last year. They believed that by doing so, it would help them get rid of the past and move on smoothly.

In Denmark, it’s a custom to throw old and used dishes at their friend’s doors on New Year’s Eve. It is to show integrity and loyalty to their beloved ones.

Most single women in Ireland place mistletoe leaves under their pillow in hope of getting a good husband. Irish people also believe that it is useful in washing away bad luck.

 

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Get rid of – terminate, end, or take out
  2. Integrity – unity; wholeness
  3. Loyalty – the quality of being loyalty
  4. Wash away – get rid of, eliminate

 

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are you familiar with the customs and traditions mentioned in the article? Do you also do them in your country?
  2. What are the customs and traditions in your country that you consider as strange?
  3. In your opinion, is it alright to believe in these rituals? Why or why not?

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New Year Traditions: World’s Strangest – Part 1

JAN. 06 - New Year Traditions World’s Strangest – Part 1

 

 

What are the strange ways of celebrating New Year?

We celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day in a festive mood by cheering delightfully. However, because of different notions and beliefs one can sometimes see some interesting rituals and customs performed on New Year’s Eve and Day.

Filipinos in the Philippines have a special belief that wearing something that has a circular design and eating round fruits will bring good luck for the entire year.

Austrians and Germans have a wacky way of doing fortune telling. They pour molten lead in a bowl containing water. Whatever shape formed by the molten lead is interpreted to find out what will likely happen in the next year (For example, if the molten lead made a shape of a ball, the person who poured it will have good fortune).

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Festive – offering fun and gaiety (playfulness)
  2. Delightful – greatly pleasing or entertaining
  3. Notion – belief
  4. Wacky – ludicrous, foolish; a slang term meaning insane or very stupid

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are you familiar with the customs and traditions mentioned in the article? Do you also do them in your country?
  2. What are the customs and traditions in your country that you consider as strange?
  3. In your opinion, is it alright to believe in these rituals? Why or why not?

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New Year Traditions: United States of America

JAN. 05  - New Year Traditions United States of America

 

 

How do Americans celebrate New Year?

USA has one of the biggest and most awaited New Year celebrations in the world. The Times Square in New York is the most famous spot to celebrate New Year. NYC has a ball drop which is hosted by Dick Clark, a television celebrity.

When midnight struck, all Americans share kisses and express greetings for the New Year. They believed that when you kiss, it dispels the bad spirits and purifies the new beginning. Aside from this, some people honk their car horns and blow whistles to make some noise.

Americans also believe that black-eyed beans are lucky. A special dish called Hoppin’ John is eaten with black-eyed beans.

Moreover, South Americans call New Year as Ano Viego. South Americans create dummies, stuffed with waste paper and fire crackers and are placed outside their house. When New Year Eve comes, the dummy is set on fire by the elders in the family. It is believed that by doing this they are welcoming the New Year.

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Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Dispel – force to go away
  2. Purify – become clean, pure or free from something
  3. Honk – use the horn of a car
  4. Dummy – a figure representing the human form; a doll

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are you familiar with the customs and traditions mentioned in the article? Do you also do them in your country?
  2. What are the traditions and customs do people in your country do to celebrate New Year?
  3. Does your country also have a similar big New Year Celebration similar to the one mentioned in the article?

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