Follow Van Gogh

Follow Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Our journey has begun
• Following the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh
• We observed his work
• We speak of what it must have been like
• Dark moist soil
• Following after his past
• Our senses opening up
• Feeling the connection with nature
• A growing awareness of our day-to-day existence
• Inspired by the past
• The way his work came to life
• This is our story – what does yours look like?

Japan – Endless Discovery

Japan – Endless Discovery

  [Lonely Planet]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Social Communications Manager
  • Culture and Historical Activities
  • There is a real contrast between the old and the new, the hyper-modern and super traditional
  • Top Travel Bloggers
  • A really memorable trip
  • A unique cultural experience
  • Busy financial hub
  • A studio, a café and a shop all combined into one
  • The place where the best artists get together to showcase their work
  • I’m going to step back 600 years to experience some authentic Japanese culture
  • Big bold dramatic moves
  • But what struck me was the concentration
  • I don’t quite know how to put it into words
  • It was just mesmerizing
  • Goes back, since well before the 2nd world war
  • Huge frantic city
  • Natural mineral pigments
  • Working in this particular medium, this is Mecca
  • Brightly colored minerals
  • Grind them down into different particles
  • Over a thousand years of tradition
  • It brings a new level of respect
  • The perfect blend of old and new
  • A walk back in time
  • Focusing on the challenges ahead
  • The tea ceremony
  • No ordinary person would be allowed in; it was a very special place
  • They are worth Splurging and spending money on
  • Once in a lifetime experiences that you have to sample when you come to Japan
  • A bond they have with nature

Job Profile –  Travel Blogger  :

“As a writer or author you would produce a variety of types of creative work, including novels, children’s books, poetry and, travel and technical writing. If you’ve got excellent writing skills, and you’ve got the determination and the self-motivation needed to make it in this career, there could be opportunities for you as a writer.

As a writer you could work for yourself writing novels, short stories, plays and poetry. You may wish to choose a writing specialism such as writing children’s books, travel or technical writing. You could also write features for newspapers, magazines, radio, film or television. You may also write for social media, websites or blogs. Depending on your role your work could include:

  • choosing your subject based on personal interest or on a commission given by agents or publishers
  • coming up with themes, ideas or plots
  • researching information using the internet, libraries and personal interviews
  • submitting your draft to a publisher, either speculatively or through an agent
  • revising your work if necessary, after getting feedback
  • pursuing publishing opportunities
  • developing an understanding of copyright law

You may be interested in working as a travel writer, creating guide books, features, hotel reviews or travel novels. Writing travel blogs, articles for websites and updating travel links on Facebook and Twitter could also be part of your job.

Skills, interests and qualities

To become a writer, you should have:

  • excellent writing skills
  • self-discipline and motivation
  • the ability to develop creative ideas
  • perseverance and determination
  • a willingness to work alone for long periods
  • the ability to accept criticism
  • drawing skills, if you wish to illustrate your own work
  • excellent research skills
  • the ability to meet deadlines
  • IT skills
  • the ability to market and promote your work”
[National Career Service ]
What is culture?

What is culture?

[Hamilton Love Your City]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Festivals and events
  • A thriving art scene
  • Stories and customs
  • A sense of history
  • Creative talent
  • Public art
  • Outdoor places
  • A positive energy known as cultural vibrancy
  • It helps to build community
  • A unique identity
  • They get involved and they talk about it
  • As the word spreads
  • It can promote identity, creativity, tourism, jobs and growth
  • Revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Transforming cities
  • Making communities attractive, open, welcoming and vibrant

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There is no other place that could match it

There is no other place that could match it

  [Green Renaissance]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Existing here is a very fragile existence
  • There’s a balance
  • Mapungubwe is an ancient, ancient band
  • The enormous history
  • Time has carved its way through this area
  • There is no other place that could match it
  • The beautiful magnificent Baobabtrees
  • They’re primordial (existing at or from the beginning of time)
  • They stand dormant and sentinel (watch over so as to protect) in winter
  • There is so much life, it’s in the earth, and it’s in the environment and it’s in the animals
  • Some small experience that is just totally memorable
  • Without this pristine (in its original condition) wilderness, this place would be a much sadder place
  • We need to protect it from industrial development
  • Once we’ve lost this battle, there is nothing left for anybody

“Location – Mapungubwe is set against the northern border of South Africa, joining Zimbabwe and Botswana.



Vanessa Bristow is well acquainted with the traces that ancient life has left behind. She feels that at Mapungubwe there is an overwhelming sense of “enormous history, and evidence of how time has “carved its way” through the landscape.

However, the announcement that authorisation has been given to an Australian company called CoAL to construct an open-cast mine just outside of the boundaries of this conservation area will affect this fragile natural harmony. To Vanessa, without these pristine wilderness areas, “the world would be a much sadder place.”

Vanessa, like many others, believes that Mapungubwe should be preserved and protected from infrastructural development, and allowed to remain pristine for future generations to come, because as she says, “if we lose this battle, there’s nothing left, for anybody.”

[Green Renaissance] 
Read more about this World Heritage Site @ UNESCO : Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Endless Greece

Endless Greece

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(Visit Greece)

The Greek Islands

The islands are the main characteristic of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition. Greek sovereign land includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. This is a truly unique phenomenon for the European continent.

The Greek Archipelago takes up 7,500 km of the country’s total 16,000 km coastline, offering a highly diversified landscape: beaches stretching over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, sandy beaches with sand-dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and dark colored sand typical of volcanic soil and coastal wetlands.

Source : Visit Greece 

Explore Italy

Explore Italy

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Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • To discover a destination where I truly felt at home
  • My kind of place
  • You catch yourself smiling
  • No corners to cut, just bends to explore
  • Feed my curiosity
  • My cup is constantly topped up with knowledge
  • I want to uncover a place for pleasure seekers
  • Where wine pulses through peoples’ veins
  • Where Mother Nature rewards with damp scented truffles
  • Clusters of Medieval villages perched in the distance
  • The hills are always green
  • Like long-lost friends
  • Hungry for life
  • Join me in Lange
  • A place where time passes slowly
  • Every moment is savored