“Why do we study English?”. European Day of Languages 2017. Jonas Basanavičius pre-gymnasium’s students.

26 September 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the European Day of Languages (EDL) celebrated at the Council of Europe and throughout all of its member states.

Some facts about the event:

The European Year of Languages 2001, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, was successful in involving millions of people across 45 participating countries. Its activities celebrated linguistic diversity in Europe and promoted language learning. 😉 Following the success of the Year of Languages, the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year.

The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:

  • Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase multilingualism and intercultural understanding;
  • Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
  • Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.



My trip to Gothenburg by Giriotas

One day my aunt called me and said that she and my cousin are going on a trip. A trip to second largest city in Sweden – Gothenburg. She asked me if I want to go with them? I accepted their invitation with great pleasure. And after three weeks I traveled to Gothenburg.

In Gothenburg we were at about 17.00 p. m. Swedish time. We found our apartment and watched basketball.

Next day we visiteda botanical garden and saw a great view from the top of the rock garden. The garden was full of smells, colors and interesting plants.

After that we went to the museum of natural history which is full of stuffed animal. Some were made by humans, some were natural. Unfortunately all information was in Swedish and I couldn’t get to know more about the animals and their nature.

And finally we went to Sjöfartsmuseet Akvariet. It’s a sailing museum with lots of different boat models, but again I felt unhappy because all written and audio information was in Swedish.

Next day was the day that I waited for all the summer. This was the day that I went to Liseberg – my first amusement park ever.

But before that we were in an amazing museum called Universeum. There is a green place were birds can fly, fish can swim and sloths can sleep freely. There also were two floors of interesting games and interactive tests. One was for your health and why you need to be healthy and another floor was about space and how astronauts live and survive in space bases.

After that we went to LISEBERG!!! In Liseberg there are about 40 rides of which I visited 7.

First was The Balder. After that ride I lost my voice so I really recommend this ride.

After Balder we went to Lisebergbanan. It looks like kids’ roller coaster, but when you ride it you will love it.

Kållerado – was our third ride but it wasn’t as amusing as previous rides. Especially when I was hit by two shots of water.

FlumeRide – unfortunately my coat’s zip broke and I needed to borrow my aunt’s coat. I recommend to bring a good coat to this ride because if you don’t you will get totally wet.

Hanghaiwas probably my favorite ride in the Liseberg. I rode it 2 times. And I wanted the third one, but the line was terribly long so we passed it.

AtmosFear – lots of people know this ride as free fall. I recommend the AtmosFear because when you are at the top there is a great view of Gothenburg.

And our last ride was The Liseberg Wheel it gave us lots of spectacular pictures and memories.

Then we went to centre and accidentally found 50 minutes boat trip by water channels. In the journey we heard about the floating ships museum Maritiman and we decided to visit it another day.

After the boat trip we went to the shopping mall. We found Starbucks and had some coffee.

The third day was our last day. We visited The Maritiman. From 18 objects 13 are different ships. Maritiman is a floating ships’ museum. There are lightships, cargo ships, barges and a crane. We climbed down to the submarine which was my favorite one. And the interesting fact about the submarines is that before WWII at least 30 persons were needed to sail a submarine.

After exploring the ships we went for another cup of coffee at our beloved Starbucks. And this was the end of our very enjoyable journey. 🙄

1. How many rides did I take at Liseberg?

2. How many ships are there in The Maritiman?

3. What was the name of my favorite ride?

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Capture the moment. Summer 2017 :)

What’s up people? 😉 Summer this year was interesting, so let’s share the moments 😆




My Summer Trip by Miglė Kundrotaitė 7C

This summer I had a long, beautiful and exiting travel around seven states of the USA. They were California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. I love all of them because of their wonderful landscapes which are never the same. I had an opportunity to stand on the native Indian tribe lands, admire majestic views of the nature and explore large cities. I have visited a lot of National Parks. So now I want to tell you about my trip.

The trip started in San Francisco, California where I got into the car and went down on the Pacific coast of California. As we traveled along the Pacific Ocean, we passed Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo cities. Then, being close to the wall of Mexico, we have driven on the Historic Route 66 which was created in 1926. This road is a 2,448 mile journey to the heart of America which extends through eight states of the USA. It became the principal east-west artery. U.S Highway 66 was proclaimed as a “Mother Road”. By 1984 Interstate 40 was complete and the small communities along route 66 were bypassed. Later that route was forgotten because of the Highway 40 which was the simpler and faster way to people to reach east and west.

We have reached Arizona through the Mojave Desert and Colorado River. Sedona city in Arizona is surrounded with large red rocks. Sunsets and sunrises are the most majestic there. We have visited the Palatki Indian tribe home where they lived on the red canyons about 1000 years ago. We saw a lot of their paintings and buildings on the red walls. Canyons are made of water, wind and sun millions years ago. It was very interesting to finally see and touch these giants.

Next in our plans was the Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon of Arizona was discovered in 1540. It has area of over 1.900 square miles and contains 277 miles of the Colorado River which is (1400 miles or 2253 km long). The Grand Canyon is probably the world’s most spectacular example of the power of erosion-a chasm 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide. The canyon bottom is 730 meters above the sea level. Average depth about one mile (1,6km). The Canyon is cut into a rounded mountain, called the Kaibab Plateau. As the rock walls break down, the chasm gradually widens. Scientists estimate that it has taken from three to six million years to cut the Grand Canyon. The work is by no ways finished. The powerful forces of the rushing river, of rain, snow, heat, frost and wind are still sculpting the fantastic shapes of precipitous bluffs and towering buttes. Many hundred small ruins of ancient Indian pueblos have been discovered in the canyon and on the rims. Five Indian tribes live in the region today: the Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, Paiute and Hualapai. There are about 70 species of mammals there, 250 species of birds, 25 reptiles and 5 amphibians species. We saw a lot of deer, lizards, ground squirrels, a coyote, and colorful birds (there are a lot of rare California Condors which are the largest birds in the world).

Next stop was Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend in Utah.

Then we reached the Antelope Canyon which is an underground canyon. It is practically in a desert where the heat is more than 40C. Of course in the underground it’s about 25C. We have had a guided tour. Our guide was a Navajo Indian girl. It was one of my favorite stops on the trip. Antelope Canyon is a favorite subject of photographers.

Next: Monument Valley National Park. A lot of westerns were created here between large red rock monuments.

Zion National Park.

Voted one of the best places to hike in America, enchanting Zion shows off the best of nature’s power and delicate beauty. The red and white walls of Navajo sandstone from the Jurassic Era rise 2,000 feet (609 meters) to the sky. There are a lot of fantastic rock formations, waterfalls, nature arches and other marvels.

Bryce Canyon National Park.

No place on earth looks like Bryce Canyon. It is more similar to Mars. Among the deeply carved ravines of Bryce Canyon are countless ridges, or fins, eroded into bizarre flame-colored towers as hoodoos. The Paiute Indians described them as “red rocks standing like the men they were before Coyote (Indian God Sinawava) punished them for their bad deeds”.

Arches National Park is the best place to see nature’s created natural arches.

Then we drive through Capital Reef National Park where we saw a lot of petroglyphs, White Canyon National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Canyonlands National Park. That was the last National Park in our trip, but we still had a long trip to Washington (not the D.C).

We have reached the Capital of Utah – Salt Lake City. It got the name from the salt lake which is located near city. After we left the city we stopped in the salt desert which is so large that we couldn’t even see the end of it. That desert is famous for Automobile Speed and Endurance Records. The highest speed recorded there was 800 miles per hour (1287 km/h)!

We have driven through Nevada and Idaho to reach Washington State. We have driven 5,500 miles (8,851 kilometers) total. 😉

Questions:

  1. Which Canyon looks more like Mars than Earth?
  2. What is the highest car speed (km) recorded in the Salt Desert?
  3. Which National Park is voted one of the best places to hike in the United States?

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