Arabic for English Speakers
When Arabic for English speakers gets added, what do you think the monument on the course page will be? I was thinking either the Pyramids of Giza, the Burj Khalifa, or the Swords of Qadisiyah.
Pyramids of Giza:
Swords of Qadisiyah:
But wasn't the arch built to claim victory over Iran in the Iran-Iraq war, a conflict fought in living memory? That would seem to make it unsuitable!
A victory which wasn't by the way. Iran took back every meter of it's lands and the two countries lost 1.5 million people.
Exactly, war is always awful and victories often false, it would be wrong to use a monument exemplifying a stark example of this.
I wouldn't think that it would be the pyramids because they were made my the ancient Egyptians who didn't speak Arabic, I think it would probably more likely be the Swords of Qadisayah,than the Burj Khalifah because of how recent it is.
But Spanish people did not build the aztec pyramids and latin speakers built the colosseum.
I see your point though- if they do egyptian arabic they will probably do the pyramids
I would say the Burj Khalifa. It seems like an accurate representation of modern Arabic countries, at least the cities anyway.
I would actually think that the monument should be the Kaaba which is located in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. All Muslims are supposed to voyage to see the holy cite once in their life
Vectorised Kaaba would look from a distance like a boring square. I'd prefer something that has some more interesting shape. OP's suggestions are decent, although I think there's some better building hidden somewhere, just no one has suggested it yet.
Maybe I'll try: what about the Dome of the Rock?
I wondered about that - it is a beautiful building (even more so up close, if anyone who's not been there is wondering) and definitely recognisable, I mostly wasn't sure if it would be so popular with an American company given the possibly divisive nature of it being built on the Temple Mound.
I think certain mosques might be a good fit too, since a lot of the famous ones are extraordinarily beautiful.
It makes me wonder what the monument for Mayan would be now since the Mayan pyramids was used for Spanish...or they just move them to the Mayan course and add a Spanish monument for the Spanish course?
I remember these statues! We read a story in Spanish where one came to life and turned the person who bought it into a statue so it could replace him. The narrator was the missing person's friend, who was going through is journal trying to figure out what happened to him.
That sounds like a good story. If you think of the title or author, post it, if you don't mind. That would be fun to read. When I was a kid, I read a book called The Aztec Treasure House. One of the characters, lower class but clever, who spoke in a sort of regional dialect, with lots of apostrophes, as was sometimes done in 19th-century novels, called Chac-mool, "Jack Mullins."
It is called "Chac Mool," by Carlos Fuentes. I found the original Spanish http://www.ciudadseva.com/textos/cuentos/esp/fuentes/chac.htm and an English translation http://web.mit.edu/jikatz/www/ChacMool.pdf
I could also be Petra or the Ka'aba.
Sorry if the pictures are a bit large.
Those swords are amazing...I think I drooled a little O.o The pyramids are pretty sweet and seem like a no brainer, but who knows, maybe Duo is saving them for a future Coptic/Demotic/Egyptian course!
Or the stunning City of Petra
With the confession that I had only ever seen the pyramids of Giza before, out of the three pictures you've posted, my vote would have to be for the Swords of Qadisiyah - without knowing anything about them, again I have to shamefacedly admit, but I just think as course images go, that is spectacular and eye-catching, and would work really well with the kind of graphic Duolingo has previously used. I can't see anyone not being at least mildly intrigued to find out more!
And now I'm off to google, so I will not remain so entirely ignorant about them!
I'm with you flootzavut. Modern buildings are modern buildings - impressive as Burj Khalifa: is for various reasons. However it does not capture the imagination, and whisper of stories old and new, the way the Swords of Qadisiyah do.
I wonder for the Learning French from Arabic course - what would be a good image, from France - hopefully not another Eiffel Tower ...
Maybe the amazing Millau Bridge - an engineering marvel ?
or the Pont du Gard - an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the River Gardon ,
or the natural wonder of Fontaine de Vaucluse where a river emerges from under the cliff face ?
Or does anyone have other ideas ?
Ah now I learn something new :) I had not checked that out before. - well - more to the point - I have not bothered really looking. (sometimes I am a bit blinkered and concentrate on what I am doing - and ignore things - like incidental pictures.
However this discussion has given me some ideas for other things ....
* takes out note pad and cross references with a few tag indexes for future reference * Images can capture peoples interest - engaging them to explore further. Especially when they hint at other stories or bring back memories ( stories of the past ). Hopefully my indexes let me find these references when I need them, for a future story I have not yet written, but I am hoping to be engaged in writing in the handful of months to come ;P ( * roo crosses her paws for luck * )