Saturday, May 10, 2014

Six minute English: Dark Tourism

With the summer holidays now on our radar, many of us are thinking about travel. But where to? Do we go to reliable places we have been to many times before? Or do we try something entirely new?

As I often say, “Forget about Ostia Lido, Tor Vaianica, Santa Marinella. Off to…” and then add the name of some exotic destination.

So if you’re wondering where to go, this week’s Six Minute English with  Rob and Neil may give you some ideas. Read the questions first, then click on the link to the programme. Then post your answers in a Comment or on the Tag Board.

How to answer the questions: after a question mark, ?, just write a short answer. If you see dots (...) complete the sentence in a logical way based on what you hear. Your sentence should be grammatically correct. And if you see __ __, answer with one word for each underlined space or ___.

1) – Official question: Robben Island in South Africa is one dark tourism destination. It's where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. When did it finally close as a prison? Was it:
a) 1991; b) 1996; c) 1999?

2) In ‘dark’ tourism, travellers visit places associated with …

3) Rob has been to …

4) Next month Rob is going to …

5) What does Dr Philip Stone say about why ‘dark tourism’ is popular?

6) In Latvia, you can stay in a ___ ___ and pay to be ___ ___ ___ .

7) In Vietnam you can ….

8) At a ‘dark tourist’ site, what kind of behaviour might be acceptable, and what might not?

9) When visiting some ‘dark tourist’ sites, what would you not write on a postcard?

Now listen to the programmeThen, write your answers in a Comment or on the Tag Board. And let’s have as many people answering as possible! Six people contributed to last month’s Six Minute English on ‘Freedom’. But there could have been many more participants. Have a very good weekend.
Yours,
Mike

4 comments:

Federica said...

1) b)1996.
2) Death brutality and terror.
3) Auschwitz.
4) Chernobyl.
5) We are fascinated by other death and people's suffering, but Doctor Stone says it's all about how these dark trips are packaged. So it depends how they are sold and how tasteful they are.
6) Former prison; treated like a prisoner.
7) Crawling around Vietnamese war tunnels whilst people fire guns outside.
8) You must be respectful. It’s ok taking photos but you shouldn’t take a selfie or buy a souvenir or send a postcard.
9) Wish you were here.

Arthur said...


1) b)1996

2) death, brutality and terror.

3) Rob has been in Auschwitz

4) Chernobyl

5) Dark tourism it's not new,because we are affascinated by other death and people's suffering.

6) former prison, treated like a prisoner

7) in Vietnam you can crawl
around Vietnamese war tunnels while people fire guns outside.

8) you must be respectful, you can take some photos, but not taking a "selfie" and also you can buy a souvenir or a postcard.

9) "Wish you were here"

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Simona said...

1) – b) 1996

2) death brutality and terror

3) Auschwitz

4) Chernobyl

5) Dark tourism it's not new,think about medieval execution, and that's because we are affascinated by other death and people's suffering like

6) former prison - treated like a prisoner

7) Crawling around Vietnamese war tunnels while people fire guns outside.

8) You must be respectful. It’s ok taking photos but you shouldn’t take a selfie or buy a souvenir or send a postcard.

9) Wish you were here