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Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012: The Year in Review Part 1

2012 was a year of big moments and big changes, from the Olympics games to historical elections and everything in between. In its Zeitgeist site, Google analyzed over one trillion queries to showcase what the world searched for.  
 The video below is one small sample of what is available on the site. 

For more specific information and details take a look at the world's searches that defined  2012 at  Google Zeitgeist: 2012 the World in Review .

Check out which events, people, athletes, videos, performing artists, images, consumer electronics, TV shows, performing artists received the most searches from around the world. 

Then, go the select a country , click on the name of your country, or any other country you are interested in in order to see what people were interested in in your country as compared to the rest of the world. 

For example, if you live in China, go to the country section and click on: China 
If you live in Australia click  Australia on. If you live in Poland click on Poland . If you live in Columbia, click on  Columbia.. etc.

I guarantee that you will  NOT be bored.  As well, it might help to remind you of some of the biggest events of 2012 you may have forgotten about.  

If you want to practice some of your English grammar or writing,  this would be a good time to use some. comparative and contrast expressions.   OR  compare and contrast sentence 
Remember that you are writing about PAST events. You need to use the past tense. 

For more practice go to the WRITING PAGE

Since this is the time to reflect back on some of the most important events of 2012, in my next few posts, I will add a number of other reviews of 2012 from a variety of international  sources.  

What is YOUR opinion?
  •  What are some of the most important national and international events of 2012?
  • What did YOU learn about yourself or life in 2012? 
  • What positive and negative things will 2013 will bring? 

Please leave your comments below, I would love to hear from you. 

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