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Security Camera Video Captures Good Too

People can be great to others is public too.  Be the good that the world needs. 

 


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The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren't Talking About

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When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans -- they had the jerseys and knew the lore. And as the lore had it, the “re...
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Islamic State and the Levant: why we should be worried, and why we should not

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The claim from ISIL regarding the establishment of an Islamic caliphate says much about its aspirations but far less about its capability. This is a marketing campaign for radical jihadists.

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Zwarte Piet: Holland’s Christmastime tradition racist?

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In the Netherlands, Santa doesn't have little elves; he has a helper (slave?) named Zwarte Piet, literally Black Pete.  He delights kids with cookies and a goofy persona.  Foreign visitors are startled by his resemblance to Little Black Sambo.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 18, 2013 10:13 PM

Is this a harmless cultural tradition or is it racist?   Why might some Dutch not see this as offensive?  Why might someone not from there react so strongly to this caricature? What do you think?  (Note: a Dutch friend of mine was quick respond: "Sinterklaas' helpers are black because of the ashes in the chimney."  I'm curious to know whether that was always the case or if it's a way to 'whitewash' an old tradition from a bygone era.  And yes, this is an annual controversy). 

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 12:44 PM

Zwarte Piet remains a staple of Dutch culture, but today people are enraged by the racist connotations that the character portrays. Zwarte Piet was brought back from Spain by Santa. At the time of the traditional story, the Dutch, along with much of Europe, was exploring and exploiting the continent of Africa. Many people believe that "Black Pete" is a racist representation of black people, and that the tradition should end. Others argue that a tradition is a tradition.

 

Can traditions be considered racist? Or are they historical anecdotes chronicling the development of a culture, thus unable to make a modern stance? 

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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

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Questions and answers on the scale of the outbreak and the science of the Ebola virus.

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 6, 3:07 PM

A good resource that gives a general outline of the recent Ebola outbreak and its effects on the world. The outbreak comes from a border region with a very weak infrastructure and poor population, which has allowed for Ebola to spread like wildfire. The poor economic state of the area has let Ebola wreak havoc, and the modern level of globalization has allowed for the virus to spread out into the world. We see how Ebola has developed and spread throughout Western Africa, and when compared to American outbreak situation it highlights the deep differences in the capabilities of core and periphery countries.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, October 6, 3:11 PM

It's almost ironic that the Western World has chosen to wait so long to get involved and now because of it's spread fear has begun that Ebola might travel to the United States. By not sending aid in a timely fashion the US has allowed the virus to grow to a point that now the US finds itself in danger. To make a historical comparison it's almost akin to the Munich Agreements, France and England chose not to stop a growing and dangerous Germany out of fear of conflict only to find war on their door steps because of it. Why did the western world wait so long? Euro-centric bias or racism? Short sightedness? Regardless of the reason the United States and Western Europe are at risk from a nearly untreatable disease primarily through negligence.

 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 6, 3:23 PM

This article shows how the Ebola virus began to spread in many of the countries on Africa and how likely the virus will arrive in the United States. The virus has crossed many borders in Africa already and, according to the article, has infected five people in the United States, but has been quarantined and is currently being treated.  The Ebola virus outbreak has shown how ill equipped certain parts of the world are, in terms of, having the necessary tools for combating a deadly disease. For example, the article provides a map that shows the areas in Africa are more infected with Ebola than others, illustrating how certain parts of the country are becoming more susceptible to the outbreak than others. So geographically, the Ebola virus has gone from a regional outbreak into a potentially global epidemic, what with the cases in the United States.

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10 Great Agriculture Infographics

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A collection of 10 interesting and informative agriculture infographics from around the Internet.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 17, 7:14 AM

The story of your food is not a simple thing. There are lots of steps in the commodity chain that take a piece of every dollar. Subsidies and allotments keep prices up or down depending.

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How a Storm Gave Birth to Twin Tornadoes in Pilger, Nebraska - NBC News

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The ominous funnels of two huge tornadoes whirled simultaneously toward the Nebraska town of Pilger on Monday night — a convergence of deadly weather that sc...
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Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I

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Photographs of the abandoned battlefields reveal the trenches’ scars still run deep

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 5, 11:53 AM

This series of photographs show how the effects of WWI can still be seen across the continent. WWII is what usually comes to mind when one thinks of war in Europe, but these pictures show the reality of the devastation experienced in WWI. Even 100 years later the impact craters and trenches are still huge marks on the terrain, and yet they only hint at how chaotic and brutal the events were that lead to their creation.

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, December 8, 1:30 PM

100 years later and the land still hasn't recovered! This should be a constant reminder that war doesn't just damage lives but it also damages lands. History is a fascinating thing and the fact that the trenches are still there, along with bomb ruts almost takes you back to when this was all taking place.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 11:19 AM

Europe's landscape is still scared by World War I. Many photographs are shown in this article of abandoned battlefields that reveal the trenches scars. It has been at least a century since the Great War, yet the country is still buried with scars. In this image by Irish landscape photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil, you can trace grass-covered trenches and pockmarks from exploded bombshells. Millions of men were injured or even killed right in this very spot, which was the first major British offensive of the war. Artists take these photographs to document the legacy that was left on that battlefield. Sheil was very famous for photographs such as these. He includes seventy-nine contemporary photographs of World War I battlefields and has them on display in Paris along the wrought-iron fence of Luxembourg Gardens.

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From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century

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Today's volume of immigrants, in some ways, is a return to America’s past.

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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 13, 6:58 PM

This article shows the shift of immigration over the past 100 years. From the predominantly European wave in 1910 to the more diverse wave in 2010 that consists of Mexican, Canada, India and many other countries.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, October 28, 12:10 AM

It's pretty clear that immigration has changed a lot in the US in the last 100 years. It was first full of Europeans, with a majority of Germans and now is almost full of Mexican, the largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States. An interesting fact to know. We might think that Mexico was always the largest immigrants and is wasn't always like that.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 6:24 PM

The reason this article and maps are so important is because it shows that immigration isn't a new aspect of the American way of life. Historically people from across the globe flocked to America from Europe and Asia and today we're seeing increasing immigration from Central and South Americans as well as those fleeing unstable areas in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt?

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As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. They found that countries often begin disputes belligerently but ultimately reach peaceful agreements. Says Aaron Wolf, the geographer who leads the project, “For me the really interesting part is how even Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, are able to resolve their differences and find a solution.”


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Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, June 19, 9:44 AM

El bien más preciado.  El recurso agotable más subvalorado del planeta. 

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 20, 2:50 PM

Questões políticas... 

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, June 21, 11:01 AM

Add water to geography education curriculum? You better believe it. The crisis of the 21st century is and will be water.  

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Geographic Calibrations

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"Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated the utility of these concepts."


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Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, May 21, 12:56 PM

We tend to forget how easy it is to compare the sizes and distances, especially when considering the move form 3D to 2D. Something to consider when reading and interpreting maps.

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, May 22, 12:35 PM

A central theme of geography is place and the spacial organization of it. The USA is an extremely large area and its citizens often don't recognize this fact. Manifest destiny was a concept that stated that it was an American's duty to expand into the frontier to further the dominion of the American government. This imperialistic tendency ended when the US reached the Atlantic Ocean, but the land conquered was vast. Many countries in the world can fit many times over into the continental United States, but the citizens of the states take this fact for granted. This article serves as a needed reminder of this fact, and helps people put America's spacial consumption into perspective. 

Clarissa Rangel's curator insight, May 28, 8:50 PM

Really puts the size of countries into perspective... 

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The war across the river

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Crossing the Oubangi into the DRC has become the difference between life and death for refugees fleeing the CAR.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 5, 9:28 PM

This interactive it worth your time...it won't make you feel all sunshine and rainbows, but the hard truth rarely does. 

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Aerial Photographs Catalogue the Life and Death of Volcanic Islands

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Volcanic islands can seem to appear out of nowhere, emerging from the ocean like breaching monsters of the deep. Below, Mika McKinnon explains how these odd geological formations are born, how they evolve, and how they eventually vanish back beneath the waves.


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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 11:12 AM

Volcanic islands are not only a beautiful and powerful natural occurrence, but their landscapes have helped to create distinctive cultures. The people living on these islands have created intense ties with their natural environment, specifically the ocean. Living on a volcanic island has its challenges, and those inhabiting them must depend on the ocean for many of their resources. Also, I would imagine that the constant changing landscape combined with the ideal that the island emerged from the sea provides fodder for powerful folkloric creation stories. 

 

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 4:53 PM

The birth, life, and death of these Polynesian is really a fascinating thing. As plates shift over hot spots in the earth's crust these small islands and archipelagos are born out of molten rock. It's no wonder that volcanoes hold such a important role in many Polynesian beliefs. This is also more evidence in the idea that the earth is ever changing and seemingly alive. The surface of the earth doesn't only shift continents of a millennium but these small islands crop up at an astounding rate.      

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 17, 10:25 PM

Amazing Photographs, how islands are formed is a great way to show how physical geography is always changing. Whether its from one massive landmass to separate continents or a volcanic island into a reef.

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What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

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There's been a lot of talk about the millions of Latinos who changed their racial identification during the last census. But researchers said Latinos were not the only ones switching and it's not new.


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Why Israel is at war in Gaza, explained in less than 3 minutes

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A short explanation of how the worst round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting in five years began.

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Local Population Pyramids

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 19, 4:03 PM

Have you even wanted to explore an interactive map of the United States and be able to click on any neighborhood to see the local population age structure and compare that to the national, state or county data?  If not, you don't know what you've been missing.  This is a fantastic resource that lets you and your students explore the data AND ask spatial questions.  It's definitely one that I'll add to my list of favorite resources.  This population pyramid shows that Jamestown's population is much older than the national average; how come?   

 

Tag: population, population pyramidsmappingcensus, visualization, USA.

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▶ How Many Countries Are There? - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/1p2m6g/how_many_countries_are_there/ Help support videos like this: http://www.cgpgrey.com/subba...

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, February 8, 5:38 PM

state or not a state? Good for the Political unint

Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 3:24 PM

What constitutes a "state?"  Watch this video and make a determination.

Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 1:10 PM

Country or not?? Interesting/confusing question! 

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What is a part of the United States?


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The political geography of the United States and its associated territories

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MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 6:54 PM

APHG-U4

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Use in Political Geo unit, or for Canada and US region

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, December 15, 9:24 AM

Why haven't I learned about all of these islands that America has acquired? I'm glad I don't have the job of the political breakdown of these territories. I would be nice to have a job in Puerto Rico though!

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Nebraska's Double Tornadoes: The Science Behind Their Formation

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Learn about the rare double-whammy that hit Pilger, Nebraska, on Monday night.
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Aerial housing photographs show stark division between rich and poor in Mexico

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A new advertising campaign is seeking to draw attention to the gap between the wealthy and the poverty-stricken in Mexico by showing how they co-exist in disturbingly close proximity.

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And again in Brazil

http://civitasinclusive.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/paraisopolis-brazil-by-tuca-vieira-2004/

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 3, 1:21 PM

The pictures show the deep divide between rich and poor in Mexico. These settlements are built to the point where luxurious condos share a wall with decaying slum housing. The roads do not connect the areas, showing how these places were constructed separately by to distinctly different communities. While the proximity between sections shows that sights, sounds, and smells most likely carry across the two sections, the rich area looks as if it has no idea what lies directly beyond their walls. The fact that the rich areas are literally walled off from the rest of the surrounding area says a lot about the deep economic divides found around the world today.

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, October 5, 9:42 AM

This photo is amazing! Not only does it show the great differance between the rich and the poor but it also shows how Mexicos social class exists. It looks like a before and after! The grass really is greener on the otherside.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 16, 9:02 AM

Right away from looking at this picture, you can tell which side is which. I didn't even have to read the article yet to find out where the wealthier people lived and where the not so wealthy lived. The colors stood out the most to me. In the picture on the left, it is clear that this is the not so wealthy part in Mexico. The color is just filled with dark and gloominess, mostly shown in gray. The houses are also pushed very closely together. On the right side, it appears that this is the richer side of Mexico. Although the houses are closer together like the picture on the left, they are colorful. They have firm built roofs and appear to be built and taken care of much better. Something else that gives you the sense of which community is more rich is the cars. There is a whole line of cars in the right picture while in the left picture we see a few here and there. The right picture also illustrates lawns. We slightly see some grass in the left, but it is clearly not as well taken care of as the lawns in the right picture. This picture was done as an advertisement to draw attention to the gap between the two different communities. The campaign goes by the name "Erase the Differences" and hopes to get people to realize the differences in poverty that are right in front of them.

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Portraits of people living on a dollar a day

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"More than a billion people around the world subsist on a dollar a day, or less. The reasons differ but the day-to-day hardship of their lives are very similar. A book by Thomas A Nazario, founder of the International Organisation, documents the circumstances of those living in extreme poverty across the globe, accompanied by photographs from Pulitzer prizewinner Renée C Byer. Living On A Dollar a Day is published by Quantuck Lane."


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Extreme poverty is defined by the World Bank living on under $1.25 per day.  The geography of of extreme poverty highly uneven--two thirds of the extremely poor live in just 5 countries (India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and DR Congo)   - Seth Dixon

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MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 4:47 PM

APHG-Unit 2 & Unit 6

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 11, 8:26 PM

\I guess it's true what they say; a picture is worth a thousand words. Before even opening this article, you could get a sense from the picture that it wasn't going to be a good one. You can tell by their facial expressions and the environment that surrounds them. Even the colors that are portrayed in the picture send off meaning. The picture is not very bright. It sends off a sad image with all the brown everywhere. However, we do see a little peek of sunlight shining through. Before reading this, one might see this as a good sign from God, or someone watching over these people. Once I opened the article, there were many more pictures describing their lifestyles. You can tell that they don't make much money by the way they live. There was another picture in the article with a dark tint to it, representing a negative atmosphere, including one girl folding her arms and one girl with tears running down her face . There are no pictures were everyone in the images have smiles on their faces.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 7:18 PM

These picture paint a very sad and very real truth. Many of the people in the pictures are caring for children and barely have enough to make it through the day. One woman works long hours for about 50 cents a day and that is horrible, another woman is 40 years old and works at a construction site, which is obviously not the norm. These people, mainly the children, have hope of going to school, but for most of them that is just a dream that will never come true.

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Home clings to collapsing cliff in N. Texas

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"The edge of the 4,000 square foot residence on Overlook Court was dangling about 75 feet above the rocky shoreline of Lake Whitney after part it it had already broken off."


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 13, 10:00 PM

Natural hazards

YEC Geo's curator insight, June 14, 1:10 PM

In the lower map, the location of the house is marked by a yellow pushpin inside the solid red square.  Some geological background--this poor house has the misfortune to apparently lie directly upon the contact between two carbonate formations (marked by the white dotted line), and to also be on the erosive edge of a bend in the river. Both factors probably contributed to the demise of this particular home, which was eventually set on fire: https://tinyurl.com/nw7mfd2

 

 

One thing to notice is how straight the cliff edge is upon which the house is built.  Knowing that, I'd have to say that if I had a house located on the straight cliff edges within the dotted red squares I've made on the map, I'd be worried.

 

You can read about the geology of Texas here:

https://tinyurl.com/lrcp9yj

 

Image credit here: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/House-on-Lake-Whitney-Cliff-Falling-Into-Lake-262718721.html?partner=nbcnews

Massimo Di Duca's curator insight, June 15, 12:13 PM

E la prospezione geologica da presentare al Comune? Era prevista nel PRG del comune? Esisteva un VIA?

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The Geography of Language

"Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past."


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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, June 2, 7:45 PM

Not really primary geography but so interesting!

Woodstock School's curator insight, June 4, 6:05 AM

A good teaching tool for explaining the diversity of languages.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 12, 9:38 PM

Geografia Cultural

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Why Every Book About Africa Has the Same Cover

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"The 'post-colonialist and Orientalist' undertones of the ubiquitous acacia tree"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 14, 2:35 PM

I'm sharing this article with the idea that we all consider how we think about places and analyze the generalizations and stereotypes that might be embedded in our thinking.  No one can know everything about every place, and we create this mental constructs called regions to lump together bits of information to fill the gaps in our understanding.  Sometimes this serves us well, but often, we are fall for overused tropes.  


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A tour of the British Isles in accents

Got the audio here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01slnp5 The person doing the voice is Andrew Jack who is a dialect coach.

 

Tags: language, culture, English, UK.


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Sascha Humphrey's curator insight, April 6, 4:33 AM

He's really quite good, and the seamless change of dialect is quite impressive!

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 6, 11:32 AM

The diversity of the English language is amazing.  Even in the "motherland" it changes from location to location...aye bay goom.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 9, 10:19 PM

This is a really interesting video for understanding regional dialect differences!