AROUND THE WORLD
CURIOSITY: According to “Brilliant Maps”, the longest walk in the world starts in Cape Town, South Africa, and ends in Magadan, Russia. Well, in theory, at least, and following the Google Maps directions. It is a 22,387 km (13,910 miles) walk. Or drive – Google Maps “says” you can also drive it, although there are other routes which seem better… and safer, as this route crosses very unsafe countries.
PROJECT: The Appian Way was an important highway of the Roman Empire that connected Rome to the then fundamental port of Brindisi. Now, the Italian government wants to transform the Via Appia into a pilgrimage route , which crosses many archaeological sites.
(RE-)DISCOVERY: The decrease in the water level due to the severe draughts all over the world brought to the surface hidden objects, bodies… and ancient cities. Zakhiku, a 3800 year-old city, was uncovered on the Tigris River . Archaeologists were aware of such a city and now they have an opportunity to study it.
AT TRANSLATION & TRAVELLING PROJECTS
Learning a new language can be daunting and sometimes enrolling in classes can be difficult due to lack of time. Nowadays, there are many online platforms that can help, but people can also do it by themselves. Watching series and films in the language you are learning (preferably without subtitles), using the language on your smartphone, computer, tablet, or reading out loud are some of the techniques of self-learning. Systematizing grammar rules and grouping vocabulary in topics can help too. Here are some examples from the page On Languages :
- Use of language: VERBS (indicative mood) – verb tenses of indicative mood according with their use
- Use of language: VERBS (conditions and subjunctive) – verb tenses of conditional and subjective mood according with their use
- Vocabulary: TIME – vocabulary tables for searching the right word
- Vocabulary: PLACES – vocabulary tables for searching the right word
- Portuguese: European vs Brazilian – what are the differences between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese?