Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017

Breaking: September 11-17 are the dates for the next Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017 The theme is ‘kia ora te reo Māori.’ Look for details online Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori​ http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz https://www.facebook.com/tetaurawhiri Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori, is a government-sponsored initiative intended …

February 21 is International Mother Language Day

Poster: Ron Mader, International Mother Language Day = Dia Internacional de la Lengua Materna February 21 is International Mother Language Day declared by UNESCO in 1999 to celebrated linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Events, workshops and even tweets on this date promote awareness. Hashtags: #imld17, #dilm17, #LenguaMaterna UNESCO: “Languages are the most powerful instruments …

How to be a Responsible Traveler

Global tourism has matured and offers options for travelers wishing their journeys to be as eco-friendly, people-friendly and place-friendly as possible. While there is no standard definition that used by locals and visitors alike, most travelers simply want to have a good trip that causes no harm and most locals want to please visitors who are …

Vote Now for #Macqwoty

Graphic: Macquarie Dictionary My favorite #woty (word of the year) is #macqwoty, hosted by Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary. Each year they announce a public game in January to choose the best word of the previous year. 2016 is the year of the Freecycle, Norman door, Blockchain, Post-Truth, Fake News, Driverless Car and mmmmm… bush carrots, must be Youlk! …

Māori

The Māori are the Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They arrived from Polynesian islands before 1300 AD. They are the first known inhabitants of New Zealand before the Europeans arrived in the early 1800s. Breaking: September 11-17 are the confirmed dates for the next Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori …

Exploring Responsible Tourism

As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we ask readers how you define responsible tourism. Our view: Responsible tourism is treating others the way they wish to be treated. While tourism campaigns have long touted ‘destinations’ — in fact we are simply entering a place that is someone else’s home. What is responsible travel? Responsible …

Tourism Definitions

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development which prompts the question … what is sustainable tourism? Truth is, we’ve been beleaguered by definitions of tourism long before Planeta.com launched in 1994. Among the goals for 2017 is the compilation of tourism definitions. New terms are springing up such as responsible travel and …

Love Notebook

Poster: Ron Mader, Fall in Love Aroha mai, aroha atu. (Love towards us, love going out from us.) – Maori Proverb What does your heart say? – Mixteco greeting (Na ca anun) Ma sa sa’ laa ch’ool (mah sah sah laa ch’ohl) (literally, is there happiness in your heart?) Sa in ch’ oo’ (sah een …

Death Notebook

Photo: Ron Mader, Bajo el árbol centenario Now it’s over I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want (now it’s over) / Or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do. – They might be giants You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste the afterlife? – Modest Mouse, ocean breathes salty …

Buzzword Bingo

Keen on learning new lingo? Our collection of Buzzword Bingo spotlights colorful slang and new words chosen to educate and inspire. Down with the tedious weasel words and up with new lingo! More about the Buzzword Bingo game on the Planeta Wiki. 2017 Buzzword Bingo 2017 from ron mader 2016 Buzzword Bingo 2016 Buzzword Bingo …