Learn About Other Lands, the People and their Languages

NEDV Kids Learn about Other Lands, People and Languages

Spanish translation of NEDV Kids Learn a New Language: Los cabritos de NEDV aprenden una nueva lengua
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German translation of NEDV Kids Learn a New Language: NEDV-Zicklein erlernen eine neue Sprache


Fa'a Samoa (the Samoan way). American Samoa (officially Territory of American Samoa, unincorporated territory of the United States, 1990 pop. 46,773), comprises the eastern half of the Samoa island chain in the South Pacific. It consists of several major islands: Tutuila, the Manu'a group (Ta'u, Ofu, and Olosega), Rose and Sand Islands, and Swains Island. Pago Pago, the capital, is on Tutuila. Most of the islands are mountainous, heavily wooded, and surrounded by coral reefs. NOTE

map of American Samoa


map of Armenia

Armenia, officially Republic of Armenia, is in the South Caucasus. Armenia is bounded by Turkey on the west, Azerbaijan on the east, the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan is on its southwestern border, Iran on the southwest, and Georgia on the north. Yerevan is the capital. NOTE


Japan occupies an archipelago off the coast of Eastern Asia. The capital is Tokyo, which, along with neighboring Yokohama, forms the world’s most populous metropolitan region. Japan proper has four main islands, which are (from north to south) Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. There are many smaller islands stretched in an arc between the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea and the Pacific proper. Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu enclose the Inland Sea.

The general features of the four main islands are shapely mountains, sometimes snowcapped, the highest and most famous of which is sacred Mt. Fuji; short rushing rivers; forested slopes; irregular and lovely lakes; and small, rich plains. Mountains, many of them volcanoes, cover two thirds of Japan’s surface, hampering transportation and limiting agriculture. The first European contact with Japan was made by Portuguese sailors in 1542. A small trade with the West developed. NOTE

map of Japan


Perhaps, most famous as "Middle Earth", New Zealand is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi Southeast of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. New Zealand comprises the North Island and the South Island, Stewart Island, and the Chatham Islands. Small outlying islands belonging to New Zealand include the Auckland Islands, the Kermadec Islands, Campbell Island, the Antipodes, Three Kings Island, Bounty Island, the Snares Islands, and the Solander Islands. Dependencies are Tokelau and Ross Dependency.

North Island is known for its active volcanic mountains and its hot springs. The country's longest river, the Waikato, and largest lake, Taupo, are both on the North Island. On the South Island, the massive Southern Alps extend almost the length of the island, and in the southwest are beautiful fjords. NOTE


After World War II, a republic was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a Communist-style government was installed in the north. The Korean War (1950-53) had US and other UN forces intervene to defend South Korea from North Korean attacks supported by the Chinese. An armistice was signed in 1953 splitting the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. Thereafter, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth, with per capita income rising to roughly 20 times the level of North Korea. South Korea has maintained its commitment to democratize its political processes. http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ks.html

The Republic of Korea is important to world energy markets as the fourth largest oil importer, and the second largest importer of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). With no domestic oil reserves, South Korea must import all of its crude oil. Oil makes up the largest share of South Korea's total energy consumption, though its share has been declining in recent years. Coal supplies about 20% of South Korea's total energy requirements. Most of this coal is imported, since the only indigenous coal resources consist of low-quality anthracite used in home heating and small boilers.

map of South Korea

On-line books published by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.Describes and analyzes a country's political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors - the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their common interests and the issues on which they are divided, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward each other and toward their social system and political order. (The book represents the analysis of the authors and should not be construed as an expression of an official United States government position, policy, or decision.)

Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. © 2002 Columbia University Press.

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