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Using Humor to Learn

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.

Via Seth Dixon
Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, October 30, 10:25 PM

This man is brilliant in getting some pretty serious points across.  Talking about a very serious issue with people can be really difficult to do, but Jobrani uses humor to get his point across.  He talks about the differences in greeting people in countries, and about how even in Qatar he couldn't find any Qataris that worked there.  Everyone seemed to be from another country that he encountered.  He also discussed the fear that Americans had for 'brown' people, not just Muslim's but just people who may appear to maybe look like a Muslim.  That's hard to hear, for anybody but with the use of his humor and talking about how you should throw random fun English words into your Arabic conversations and you'll be all set, it makes the whole situation a little bit easier to handle.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 4, 1:45 PM

Maz Jobrani uses population geography, political geography and cultural geography in his comedy. In Doha, Qatar there are massive influxes of workers leads to many of the workers in Qatar not being Qatari, he jokes about many different ethnicities greeting him when he got into Doha all of which are not Doha. This reflects real population geography changes taking place in Doha, because of its growing economy more people are going to Doha to work. He touches upon cultural differences in regards to the number of kisses each country in the Middle East is customary. As Westerners we tend to generalize the Middle East, Maz Jobrani challenges those stereotypes in his stand up and shed light on the predujices that Americans have with regards to people from the Middle East. His Hi-jack joke highlights just that.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, November 9, 9:27 PM

This video is interesting, in that, this comedian is tackling the subject of multiple cultures in the Middle East. Maz Jobrani illustrates the cultural differences between countries and how the Middle East is portrayed in the Western media, as a very serious society who never has any fun, but it shows the entire crowd (which was diverse) laughing and not fitting into that media stereotype.

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EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube | Brainfriendly motivating comprehension resources for ESL EFL learners |

Open university youtube channel on MUSIC. 50 great short videos: 4h


The OU provides a range of music courses, not only focusing on western music over the last 500 years, but also including world music, jazz and popular music. Music can be found under Arts & Humanities.

Aulde de Barbuat's insight:

 Un régal. très courtes et exceptionnelles videos. Un moyen de se cultiver à  petits pas intelligemment .


"j'ai regardé par ex les videos 7 8 9 sur la musique indienne que j'apprécie beaucoup..

ex :Indian Raga music

Simple même pour des 6éme et sensibilisation à la richesse musicale d'autres cultures. 

Aulde de Barbuat's comment, February 3, 2013 6:35 PM
music, videos, culture, arts,Open university
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China's one-child policy creates massive gender imbalance

The Chinese government says its so-called "one-child policy" has succeeded in reining in its population. But more than three decades after the policy's imple...

Via Natalie K Jensen, Seth Dixon
Christina Dadaian's comment, July 5, 2013 4:13 PM
They'll have to balance out eventually. Either that or have the entire population suffer. It may take time but I imagine that things will correct themselves before it's too late.
Brooklyn McKenzie's comment, August 2, 2013 12:14 PM
It's kind of sad. I hope that those four brothers will some day find the love of their life. It must be pretty sad to see happy couples when you're single. Maybe one day things will even out.
Shelby Porter's curator insight, September 21, 2013 5:28 PM

This video gives a summary of the extreme consequences the "one-child policy" China has set in place. There are so many more men than women now, many are left to be bachelors for life. Many Chinese women are moving into the city looking for a rich and powerful man, and they succeed because there men are eager to marry. The Chinese have always had a preference for male children over female children. Now that the difference in population in so high, the government has made it illegal for doctors to tell parents the sex of their child before birth. This is a great example of the different kinds of culture that exist on the other side of the world.