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Re: CHAT: Ability of Americans & Europeans to locate each others cities

From:Tristan <kesuari@...>
Date:Thursday, September 19, 2002, 13:34
Just with all this stuff about Geography classes and countries and cities and

The closest thing I've ever learnt to the capitals of places was in primary
school when we learnt the capitals and the states and major territories of
Australia* in what would best be described as politics (but primary school
isn't divided up into subjects as far as the students are concerned).

Geography at the school I went to in years 7 and 8 didn't exist; it was just a
subset of SOSE (Studies of Society and the Environment, basically History,
Politics and Geography all lumped up into one subject). It exists at the
school I currently go to, although I haven't done it since first semester yr
10 (early 2000).

Here, Geography consists of things like weather and rocks and cyclones and
El Niño/La Niña and stuff like that... mainly with a local focus... It quite
surprises me that Australians go on about how self-centred Americans are when
you consider that the History I did not relating to Australia was basically
in Revolutions...

*To prove that I know these:
Victoria (Vic.): Melbourne
New South Wales (NSW): Sydney
Queensland (Qld): Brinbane
Tasmania (Tas.): Hobart
South Australia (SA): Adelaide
Western Australia (WA): Perth
Nothern Territory (NT): Darwin
Australia (and perhaps the ACT; dunno if it technically has a capital or not):

Other countries I know the capitals of:
Italy: Rome
Greece: Athens
France: Paris
Germany: Berlin
USA: Washington DC
England: London
Japan: Tokyo (btw... is that Normally Pronounced** as two or three syllables
in English?)

And err... that's about it, I'm sorry to say.

**Normally Pronounced is a trademark.


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>Ability of Americans & Europeans to locate each otherscities