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International Guessing Game: Language resources in Spanish and other tongues, plus Guess-Their-Country Game

To play the game, or just view the 20-photo gallery, scroll down this post to “Guess-Their-Country.” 

For you HER Helmet Thursdays fans, note an added little challenge: see the PS at the bottom of this post.

LANGUAGE RESOURCES

Bike-related resources in numerous languages, relevant for anywhere, are available on bikemonterey.org. To access them anytime, click the “Resources / Los Recursos” tab under the Bicycling Monterey banner. Included are:
  1. A variety of other languages, along with some history and resources about love of languages and culture in Monterey County.
  2. Spanish is widely spoken here, so Bicycling Monterey created a large compilation of Spanish resources: Información en español sobre las bicicletas
Spanish, for California:
Spanish, for Monterey County:

You may also be interested in a Radio Bilingüe live broadcast from June 20, 2016 of the youth-focused program “Alza Tu Voz / Speak Out.” Co-hosts Felicia Aguilar and Ali Manouchehrizadeh interviewed youth bike advocate Jerry Ramos and Bicycling Monterey founder Mari LynchRadio Bilingüe is referred to as the leading National Latino Public Radio Network.

LANGUAGE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Monterey County boasts being the Language Capital of the World, a trademarked slogan approved by the U.S. Library of Congress, as reported in the Monterey County Herald. In 2015, that was celebrated with a first Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival, and the third festival took place May 7, 2017, on Custom House Plaza, following a 10:30 a.m. procession along downtown Monterey’s “Main Street,” Alvarado Street. 

That festival location is the car-free Custom House Plaza, alongside California’s State Historic Landmark #1. That’s one of many plazas in the City of Monterey; for more, see “Where the Plazas Are in the City of Monterey–and How to Preserve Their Charm.” For more history, see Bicycling Monterey’s tips on “Cycling to Monterey County’s History Spots.”

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If you find the Bicycling Monterey website and projects of value, please make a contribution. For ways to give, see https://bit.ly/GiveFAQsContributions in any amount are meaningful and appreciated. Bicycling Monterey has completed its 8th year—May 1, 2009 to May 1, 2017—and the website and all Bicycling Monterey projects have been provided by an unpaid volunteer.

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Bicycling Monterey’s

GUESS-THEIR-COUNTRY GAME

Although most of these visitors to Monterey County speak English, some fluently, they also speak other languages. Mari met all these people biking in Monterey County, between 2009 and 2017. Photos 1-16 were shot by Mari, and photos 17-20 were provided by the people in those photos; respect copyright

You can play this game alone, or invite children, teens, and adults, including elders, to play with you.  Play just for fun, or—if you who enjoy competition—for points: give yourself one point for each country you guess correctly. The maximum number of points you can earn is 20. Feel free to add a comment, perhaps about something you learned from playing the game.

How to play:

1. Guess what country the people in the photos are from.
2. To find the answer, click on their picture. That will take you to a Bicycling Monterey post where you will see them again—in the very same photo—and the name of the country they’re from.

No hurry, this isn’t a timed game. Enjoy!

And if you think it’s hard to guess, you’re right. It’s virtually impossible to tell by looking at someone just what country they are from. We’re all family! Nonetheless, it can be fun to learn where these people who bike are from.

Okay, begin.

1.  What country do you think the girl on the left is from?  ____________________
(The others in this picture are her friends from Santa Cruz County.)
 2. What country do you think the man below is from?  ____________________
3. What country do you think the woman below is from?  ____________________
4. What country do you think man below is from?  ____________________
5. What country do you think all four women in this photo are from?  ____________________ (And by the way, the man in the photo happens to be from another country too, Germany—which is not where these women are from.)

6. What country do you think the couple below is from?  ____________________
7. What country do you think the woman below is from? ____________________
8. What country do you think the daughter and dad below are from?  ____________________
9. What country do you think the couple below is from?  ____________________
10. What country do you think the little girl below is from?  ____________________
11. What country do you think the woman below is from? ____________________

12. What country do you think the trio below is from? ____________________
13. What country do you think the man below is from? ____________________

14. What country do you think the couple below is from?  ____________________
15. With the photo below, you get two chances! These women are from two different countries. Guess either one or both of them correctly to give yourself one point.  What country do you think they are from—
The woman on the left, in navy blue?  ____________________
The woman on the right, in orange?  ____________________
 16. What country do you think the couple below is from? ____________________
 17. What country do you think the woman below is from?  ____________________

18. What country do you think the couple below is from?  ____________________
19. What country do you think the girl below is from? ____________________
20. And last of all, what country do you think the man below is from?  ____________________
PS: I spy 5 HER Helmet Thursdays businesses/organizations that just happened to be visible in the 20 photos above. Can you spot them too? They’re pretty much hiding, so here are some hints, from top to bottom: (1) one of their windows is prominently visible in the photo; (2) you can barely see their building off to the rear on the left; (3) their business name sign is visible; (4) they had a HER Helmet Thursdays poster in their window; and (5) this participant is the only HER Helmet Thursdays participant that has rotating locations. Recognize 1 or all 5 but don’t remember their name? They’ll be among the hundreds in this guide: HER Helmet Thursdays – Quick Reference Guide – as of 20 Feb 2017.

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