May 082014

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Dark tourism with transcript video:
Have you heard of ‘dark tourism’? This is travel to places that are connected with bad or sinister things. Destinations like the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the site of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in present-day Ukraine, and Ground Zero in New York, are all popular places to visit.
Rob and Neil discuss the rise in this type of holiday and why people want to go on them.

Robben Island in South Africa is one dark tourism destination. It’s where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Do you know in which year it finally closed as a prison?
a) 1991
b) 1996
c) 1999


6 Minute English Dark tourism

Vocabulary and definitions
tourism: the business of providing services such as transport, places to stay, or entertainment for people who are on holiday
depressing: making you feel unhappy and without hope
catastrophic: causing huge destruction or suffering
curious: interested in wanting to find out about things
morally wrong: against what is generally believed to be the right way of doing something
morbid fascination: an interest in things to do with death and destruction
macabre: unpleasant or shocking because they are related to death
compelled: doing something because you feel forced to or feel it has to be done
ethics: what is believed to be the right way to behave
exploiting: (here) using something for financial gain
human nature: the natural ways of behaving that most people share:
tasteful: showing good judgement about what is suitable
memorialisation: the act of honouring someone or an event
respectful: feeling or showing admiration for someone

6 Minute English – Dark tourism Transcript Video


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