Friday, March 20, 2009

Learn the Geography of France


Geography is one of those subjects that I find difficult to learn just by staring at a map. There needs to be some way of integrating the knowledge: either by travelling through a place and studying the maps as you go, or else some sort of kinetic learning tool.


Learning the geography of France was the one area of French class where I performed less than spectacularly. Abject failure. Nothing stuck in my brain. How could I remember what's a département, what's a région, and what is no longer a région officially though it's still referred to that way? And it's difficult not having the French home-court advantage of recognizing cars' provenance by the last two digits of their license plate. Sure, the knowledge began seeping in a bit over the past three years; but for all intents and purposes, I'm a bona-fide French-geography ignoramus.


Ha! Well all that is about to change now that I have discovered Geographix, an educational internet game that tests your geography skills.

It's really fun, even though I failed 100% my first go-round, and the professor figure was making uglier and uglier grimaces at me. I stuck my tongue out at him and carried on. I'm allowed only 10 games per day, but in a year that would be 3,650 lessons. I should be golden by then. Give it a try. Anyone want to challenge me to a French geo-quiz in March 2010?

8 comments:

Evelyn said...

I tried this and you're right...it's really hard! The fact that I don't know French geography and don't speak French is hard enough, but that little professor guy is really fast! I've got a lot of learning to do before I play again.

Starman said...

I got over 1100 points. That's not too bad for regions. I didn't realize it deducts score for wrong answers.

Joan said...

This is fun, even though I am nulle! Starman is a vantard!

Starman said...

@joan - lol, I think I've earned the right, n’est-ce pas?

Alison said...

Ooh, I can't wait to try this!

Polly-Vous Francais said...

I'm nulle too, and am going to have to work really hard to match Starman if he *started* at 1100. Eeek. But maybe Geo-Quiz Challenge 2010 will have to be for departements and their numbers?

ariane said...

we were made to learn all the departements (100) plus their chefs-lieu, plus their number, plus the region they belonged to in 7th grade. i ve always found Americans' moaning about learning their 50 states and their capitals to be pretty lame. and yes, i pretty much know all your 50 states and capitals. we ll play the capital and departement chef lieu name when you come to ny...
1 Ain Bourg en Bresse (Bourgogne), 2 Allier Moulin etc...

Marie Reed said...

This is wonderful! I love his little smirk! You are a gem for posting this:) Marie in Yonne (89)

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