This week I am so happy to introduce you to my daughter’s 4th grade C.H.A.R.G.E. class! These students kindly agreed to answer some questions for me about this month’s Mommy Maleta feature country, Oman.
A little birdie told me that these kiddos rolled up their sleeves and got right down to research. Let’s see what they learned.
Q: Hi Class! Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview. You are going to be sharing about the Middle Eastern country of Oman with my readers. I know you are all good researchers, so can you tell us what the capital of Oman is and where I can find it on a world map?
A: The capital of Oman is Muscat. On a world map you can find it at the top of Oman near the Gulf of Oman. Oman is located on the northeast side of Africa.
Q: Could you describe Oman’s national flag? Tell us a bit about the colors and design and why they were chosen.
A: Oman’s national flag is a green, red, and white rectangle. The top is a white rectangle. White shows their religious leader (called an Imam). The middle has a red sideways tee. Red is a common color for flags in this area. The left side of the red area has a dagger (khanjar) with 2 crossed swords. These are the national emblems of Oman. The remaining area is green. Green represents the Green Mountains from northern Oman. The flag looked different before 1975. It used to be just a plain red banner of the native people.
Q: What language(s) is/are spoken in Oman? Can you tell us the words for “Hello, how are you?” in that language? I’ll give you bonus points if you can find a youtube video link with someone teaching us how to say this phrase.
A: The languages spoken in Oman are Omani Arabic, Indian dialects, English, Baluchi, and Urdu. The official language is Arabic.
We found the found the following youtube videos telling us how to speak Arabic. We just weren’t sure if Omani Arabic is different than just Arabic! (nudge time from Mommy Maleta – maybe our readers could do a little research, and help you out by sharing their answers in the comments)
Here is the link to the second youtube video mentioned, in case you want to explore Arabic further!
Q: What are some typical foods eaten in Oman? What would you order if you were going to eat dinner in a restaurant in Oman?
A: Typical foods in Oman are coffee, bread and salad. They also eat whole fish, chicken, turkey, mush, and mutton.
…Ahem. Pardon the interruption class. This is Mommy Maleta talking. I just had to jump in here and show you this photo I found of a Mickey D’s value meal featuring a sandwich called a chicken schwarma. I really get a kick out of seeing how value meals are customized for various countries around the world. I hope you find it interesting too. And don’t worry, there won’t be any more interruptions.
Q: Finally, where would you recommend my readers visit if they were to win a dream vacation to Oman?
A: If I went to Oman I would want to watch the popular sport of camel racing. I would want to watch green turtles lay eggs at Ras Al Jinz. Dolphins are popular. The Natural History Museum in Muscat has artifacts dating back hundreds of millions of years. I would like hiking in the northeastern Hajar Mountains. Scuba diving at Duqm Beach is popular. There is a Children’s Museum. You can find many instruments in the Royal Opera House. You might see people dancing in costumes there too.
Class, thank you so much for this excellent tour of Oman! We have all learned so much. I’m so proud of all of you for the wonderful research you did for the 2nd year in a row! That’s right. This is a veteran class of Mommy Maleta researchers. You can check out their work from last year by exploring Denmark. I hope we haven’t heard the last from you! Thanks again.
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