Amazon and Fulani people

Good Day,


We would like to thank who works to write comments on the web. It's such an important contribution to our classes, they open perspectives to look through. Writing is very demanding and allows the language to express so much of its potentiality.

I would also like to invite who lives far from here, in English speaking countries and have relationships with our students, to tell us something about their direct experience.

Aussie, Australia, is a universe to discover; having "comments" from there, would be "pioneering" these connections we do believe in, this way to study English, true English thanks to true and authentic people. 

Having photographs too would be great; do not forget all the times you want to upload some, you have to modify them reducing the number of pixels, the minimum possible amount is fine for the Internet.


Let's move to different continents: South America and Africa.


These pages are the beginning and the end of a documentary set in Brazil, it takes place in the Amazon rain forest, home of millions of plants and animals, in danger to be destroyed. The reason is extensive deforestation due to human development and illegal operations to find precious metals. 


What do you know about that? How can it be saved? Who is working to do it? Do you think we could be helpful?


Next photographs are from one more documentary by the "National Geographic". 

Teenager Fulani boys are asked to demonstrate their capability to become adults returning home with a healthy cattle, after finding food for their cows in an arid region near the Sahara desert.



These are passages of the story, can you guess the whole of it?

What do you think of such an experience boys are asked to face?

Do you know any remarkable Assia very well known for her writing?

Do you know the meaning of the name?  


Enjoy your English, it will be a pleasure reading you and working in class,

Anna - Coordinator

Sources: National Geographic Digital Media, "Saving the Amazon Together" and "One Boy's Journey".  


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0 #6 franca landucci 2013-04-17 15:36
The Amazon is the largest remaining forest in the World. An inestimable treature of biodiversity to defend. The Amazon, our forest is in danger because of deforestation and climate change. Greenpeace has been fighting to stop deforestation in the Amazon by 2015 and globally by 2020.
0 #5 franca landucci 2013-04-15 18:00
The satellite Nasa Landsat 8, from space spy to save the forests. The team of the WWF International "climate and forests" based in the USA, will use the data made available to monitor the rates of deforestation of tropical forests most endangered in the world.
0 #4 Lorenza 2013-04-10 21:32
Assia Djebar is the pen-name of Fatima Zohra Imalayen (born 30 June 1936 in Cherchell - Algeria). She is an Algerian writer, novelist, translator and filmmaker. Assia is considered one of the most influential North African writers.
In 1955 she was accepted at the Ecole Normale Superieure, an elite Parisian college, she was the first Algerian woman to be accepted. She is currently a professor at the New York University. Her work talks about women's experience of discriminati0n and she documents the role of women in the Algerian struggle for indipendence. She would like it that every Algerian woman could partecipate in the project of decolonization and nation-building.
Notable work: La Soif, Les Impatients, Les Enfants du Nouveau Monde.
Notable awards: Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Yourcenar Prize
0 #3 Cristina Gianfaldoni 2013-04-10 19:12
hoddu (instrument similar to a banjo) and riti (instrument similar to a violin) in addition to vocal music.
0 #2 Cristina Gianfaldoni 2013-04-10 19:09
The history of the Fulani seems to begin with the Berber people of North Africa. Today the Fulani are 18 milion of people and they live in the countries of West Africa. They are the largest group of nomadic people in the world. They are taller, slimmer and lighter than many of African people. Fulani men wear a solid color of shirt and pants and a long cloth wrapped around their faces. The Fulani women are very graceful. Their clothes often have a background color of yellow and red. The women enjoy wearing many bracelets on their wrists. The men and women have markings on the face: they received them as children. They consider the cows the most treasured of the animals. The cows are so special because a person can't speak Fulfulde if he doesn't own a cow. The women spend several hours preparing the evening meal. Their meals usually consist of some sort of millet porridge with a sauce. The Fulani have a rich musical culture and play a variety of traditional instruments including drums,
0 #1 franca landucci 2013-04-05 10:10
Fulani people of West Africa are the largest group of the World. Fulani were the first group of people in West Africa to convert to Islam. The crossing of the Niger with the herds has been recognized by Unesco as World Cultural Heritage.
Each family chooses 2 or 4 young peaple from 10 to 16 years to accompagny the herds in the journey to the North. At the crossing of these young people review their families after a long time. Is at this time that parents choose who their daughters and soons will be married.
Aissa is the name that Arabs gave to our Jesus.

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