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January 13, 2014

Amazing Maps Of The World

The beginning of a new year is a time to look back and a time to look forward, it's also a time to...

...look around and get a sense, a big sense, of who we are and how we got the way we are today.

The Washington Post has a series of maps that show some of the cultural and linguistic migrations across the face of our earth.

I must admit that I am a total map nerd, and I particularly like maps that show far more than geography and roads. These are maps that show population, shifts in religion and cultural trends. They may also give us a sense of where we, as a planet community and as individuals are going. They show what has, and is becoming, important to us.

Here's the first set of 40 maps - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/12/40-maps-that-explain-the-world/?lines.

These maps would be great material for a writing assignment based on trends and personal experience as compared to the larger trends as expressed by these maps.

For 40 more maps that illustrate these trends, take a look here - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/13/40-more-maps-that-explain-the-world/?tid=sm_fb.

Be sure to tell us about any other useful, educational or entertaining websites and let me know what it is about language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.


Posted by mmorf at January 13, 2014 09:54 PM


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