Canada/Nunavut - Country of the Inuit
Nunavut (/ˈnʊnəvʌt/ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ (Inuktitut(English))) is the newest, largest, and most northerly territory of Canada.
Read the texts under the given links.
- Arctic Kingdom (tour operator)
- Frobisher Inn (hotel website with lots of photos and info about the surroundings
A reading comprehension test with exercises will be published later!
Use of English - Structures
3. Put in words of the same word family.
|CANADA||The Canadian() arctic has become warmer and warmer.|
|LOSS (Verlust)||The ice cover has lost() one fifth of its thickness.|
|TO RELY ON||Because of that the ice isn't as reliable() as before.|
|TO SAVE||Only when the ice is thick enough it is safe() to cross|
|ABILITY||with dog sleds. If not, they're unable() to go fishing and hunting.|
4. Put in the missing words or the correct form of the words in brackets.
The Inuit territory of Nunavut has three official(office) languages: English, French and Inuktitut.
The Inuit have always told stories (story) in their native Inuktitut, but the language was not written(???) down until an alphabet was invented by(???) missionaries in the 19th century.
Inuktitut is not a simple language, even if|even though() it has a rather small number of words. A word can have several different endings (end). Words can be extremely (extreme) long and complex and can express meanings that in other languages would require a whole sentence. Inuktitut is said to be one of(???) the most complex and difficult languages in the world. There are only a few(???) words in Inuktitut which(???) are widely known, and one of these is 'parka', a kind|sort(???) of warm jacket.
Many people fear that Inuktitut could die out. It might not survive|exist(???) in the future despite (trotz) the efforts made to support it. Even if(???) there are Inuktitut newspapers and TV programmes and lessons in schools, there is strong competition from English. When kids surf(???) the internet or watch(???) The Simpsons, they realize that English is the language(???)' of youth culture, and they want to be a part(???) of that culture.
The Inuit have always told stories (story) in their native Inuktitut, but the language was not written(???) down until an alphabet was invented by(???) missionaries in the 19th century.Inuktitut is not a simple language, even if
5. Rewrite the sentences expressing the meaning in a different way.
a. Nunavut is inhabited by only 27,000 people.
Only 27,000 people inhabit Nunavut().
b. Things have changed enormously.
There have been enormous changes (Present perfect!) .
c. They don't regard hunting as an attractive job.
Hunting isn't regarded as an attractive job|is not regarded as an attractive job(active → passive) .
d. Nunavut is five times the size of Germany.
Germany is one fifth() the size of Nunavut.
e. The Inuit are experts at keeping warm.
The Inuit know how to keep warm() .
f. The men used to hunt animals such as seals and whales.
Seals and whales were two of the animals hunted|the animals which were hunted().
Write the text for a leaflet about Nunavut. It is for the tourists staying at any of Iqualuit's hotels, and should make them want to visit the countryside.
Say why …
- they should come to Nunavut
- what can be seen in the capital Iqualuit
- what the season is to come
- Offer a tour that can be taken from the capital.
You have decided to apply for the Work & Stay Program in Nunavut. Write your letter of application. In your letter, ...
- explain why you want to go to the far North
- say which area you have experience in and why
- describe your personal qualities
- ask for further details about the weather
Do not forget to write a suitable beginning and ending. You do not have to write any dates or addresses. Write about 200 words.
Please write your text in the ZUMPad under a nickname and send me a short E-Mail.
Exercises will be published later!