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Clara Bonzi Teixeira
El Salvador Infographic: see the text below for more information

 

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El Salvador 

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely packed country in Central America.

Symbols on the Flag

  • National motto “dios, unión, libertad” (“God, union, liberty”)

  • White stripe represents peace

  • Blue stripes represent the two oceans that border Central America

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Isabella Wang
Cambodia Infosheet. Please see the text below the image for the text on the image.

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Cambodia

Cambodia is a country on the Indochinese mainland of Southeast Asia. Its current flag was adopted in 1993.

Symbols on the Flag

  • Red: bravery
  • Blue: liberty and cooperation
  • Angkor Wat temple: integrity and heritage

Fast Facts

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Isabella Wang
Flags of the Week for Spring 2021

This spring, we wrote 13 Flag of the Week articles with countries from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia!

 

Middle East: Israel, United Arab Emirates

Europe: Belarus, Ukraine, Monaco

Africa: Eswatini, Cameroon

South America: Peru, Guyana, Suriname

Asia: Vietnam

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Rebecca Melaku
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Georgia is located in southwest Asia where it is bordered by Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Turkey. Geographically, Georgia is a little smaller than South Carolina, USA. Tbilisi is Georgia's capital and largest city. Most of the population resides in the central valley where Tbilisi is located, as well as in Kutaisi and Batumi.

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Isabella Wang
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This week we visit Suriname, a country on the northern coast of South America.

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Rebecca Melaku
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Located in West Africa, Cameroon is bordered by Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. In addition, Cameroon is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest. Yaoundé is the capital of Cameroon. Christianity and Islam are the major religions. Cameroon’s official languages are English and French, but with about 250 different groups tied to Cameroon, more than 270 languages and dialects are spoken. The Niger-Congo group alone has 169 languages.

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Isabella Wang
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Guyana
This week let’s visit Guyana, a country located in northeastern South America. Indigenous peoples inhabited Guyana before European settlement, and named the land guiana, or land of the water.

 

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Rebecca Melaku

Leping Sun is a Law student participating in the Duke Language Partners (DLP) program this semester, along with Preston Bowman, an undergraduate student studying Neuroscience. DLP matches non-native speakers with native speakers of various languages for weekly conversation exchange. As language partners, Leping is able to practice speaking English, while Preston can practice speaking Chinese. Beyond developing their language skills during their weekly conversations, they’ve been able to deepen their understanding of each other’s culture by conversing about a variety of topics, from anti-procrastination tips to their shared love for music and cooking.

Read their interview below to learn more about their experience as Duke Language Partners.

Where did you grow up and what languages did you grow up speaking?

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Jewish Life at Duke
From funny, personal stories of his mother’s reaction to his research awards – “that’s very nice, Bobby, but it’s not the Nobel” – to wise advice about mentorship and persistence, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz delighted over 200 viewers who tuned in to his virtual interview at Jewish Life at Duke with former Blue Devil David M. Rubenstein ’70 earlier this week. The conversation, introduced by Emma Mehlhop ‘21, a Jewish senior studying Economics and Global Health, was an entertaining and insightful peek inside the life and work of the cardiologist turned legendary scientist whom the Swedish press corps dubbed “the happiest Laureate.” Lefkowitz shared stories of his career path, family and personal life, and how his Jewish values shaped his life.
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Rebecca Melaku
Vietnam Flag

Vietnam is bordered by Laos and Cambodia to the west, China to the north, and the South China sea to the east and south. Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, is located in the northern region of the country where it is home to around 4.7 million people. The rest of Vietnam’s 97 million inhabitants are dispersed across the fertile river delta regions of the north and south. Annam Cordillera, Vietnam’s major mountain range, stretches across the western side of Vietnam.

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