Hi everyone! you have a long, long weekend ahead, a weekend that stretches into the next and takes over Monday. I am very happy with the questions you prepared for Taylor. Congratulations! Thanks to Google maps and google street view, Taylor thought you had been to her hometown very often.
Thanks to Taylor and to your work, you know much more about a place which is very far away from Majorca. Taylor’s home town is situated in that bright area that stretches along the Eastern coast of the United States. You saw that in the map that Vicent posted for you yesterday. That map provides a view of the whole earth and lets you compare different continents and countries.
Now, have a look at a you tube video that zooms in different cities at night. The images are beautiful and they give you a different perspective of cities too, you will see variations in light patterns. You have already analysed in History lessons different city structures. This time you will see what cities look like at night, depending on light. You will have an unusual vantage point: thanks to technological advances you will be orbiting the earth on a sattelite. Enjoy!
The narrator tells us the name of the city, the country and makes some comments on the pattern of lights and the colours.
I do not want you to do any difficult homework, it is a long video, just concentrate on the beauty of the images and get used to how cities are pronounced in English.
I have included a list of the cities and places that appear in the video and grouped them by continents. You have also a map, to give you the opportunity to situate the cities in the map.
Culture, Geography and Technology
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Milan, Italy
- Athens, Greece
- Antwerp, Belgium
- Madrid, Spain
- London, England
- Cairo Egypt
- the pyramids
- the Nile
- Tel Aviv Israel
- Riyahd, Saudi Arabia
- Jedda, Saudi Arabia
- Mecca, Saudi Arabia
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- oil field fires near Kuwait city
- North west coast of India
- Karachi, Pakistan
- Manila, Philippines
- Yangon, Myanmar
- Hong Kong, China
- Busan, South Korea
- Fukuoka, Japan
- a fleet of fishing boats in the Korea Strait
- Tokio, Japan
- Nagoya, Japan
- Brisbane, Australia
- Sao Paolo, Brazil
- Mexico City, Mexico
- El Paso, Texas
- Phoenix, Arizona
- San Francisco Bay area, USA
- Miami, Florida
- Huston, Texas
- Los Angeles and San Diego, USA
- Wahshington DC, USA
- Las Vegas, USA
Here follows some of the sentnces you will hear in the video:
the cities of the Middle East are multicoloured and strikingly beautiful
Cities in Europe display a network of roads that radiate outwards like glowing spider webs
Some north American cities display a clear North,South, East,West grid pattern
We now have a database of 400.000 images of cities at night
Homework: 3rd of November
- Choose a couple of cities you had not heard of and try to locate them in the map.
- Practice the pronunciation .
- Send a post to the blog with the 2 cities you have learnt to situate on the map.
- Which cities, if any, did you miss in the list?
- Any other comments?
- Did you like the images?
- Did you learn any geography?
- Are all the cities that appear on the video reflected in the map that opens this post?
- Which continent/continents are less represented?