Instructions for use

Getting started
When you type in your browser you are presented with three maps. Click on the map that you want to try first.

This opens the map. No names are displayed.

When you move your mouse across the map it will open the link of different locations in turn and display its name. Most of the links also display a text. There are around 100 links on each map.

The text usually disappears when the mouse moves on. If not, you can click on an open space, or on the white border outside the map.

To see the texts displayed in another language, click on “Choose language” (in blue) above the map, on the left. This will open the language bar. Click on the language that you want. Only a few languages have so far been completed, including Spanish, Greek and Croatian for the Village map. Other languages are being added all the time.

To return to the English texts, you can open the language bar again and select English, or you can use your browser’s arrow to return to the previous screen. If you click the arrow again you will be back at the screen which displays the three maps so you can select one of the other maps.

Alternatively you can open a new tab in your browser and type again. Then open the map again. This enables you to toggle between the English and Spanish Village maps or between the Sea-side and Ski Resort maps in Greek, depending which maps you wish to keep open.

The purpose of the maps
The maps have been developed as part of an EU project aimed at helping students who are training for the tourism and hotel sectors (and people already employed in them) to improve their language skills.

In particular, it is to help them practise answering questions posed by foreign visitors at the hotel reception desk or the tourism office.

The maps have been developed in conjunction with four computer programs and 4 smartphone apps which contain many hundreds of questions that foreign guests ask. They also offer two alternative answers to each question. Like the digital maps, everything in the computer programs and apps is in 12 languages.

Fo universities, schools and other institutions that teach Tourism and Hotel Management, there is a Learning Platform on the project’s web-site containing a great deal of training and practice material and a wealth of exercises for teachers and students to use.

The maps provide an opportunity for anyone to practise and improve their language skills, or simply learn new vocabulary before going abroad on holiday – or on a business trip.

Others can have fun just clicking on the links in their own language and learning about the places on the maps and the fictitious people who live there.

Web-links in link-texts

I have added a web-link to a few of the English link-texts to test ways of enhancing the maps still further.

You cannot open a web-link by simply clicking on it. You need to slide your cursor over it to highlight the weblink, then right-click on it. This opens a small window with 3 options. Click the middle one:
“Go to …

This opens the picture or the voice-recording or video in a new tab.

To close it, be careful to close “the new web-link tab” and not the entire map.

If you don’t wish to close the web-link but keep it to view again, just click on the map tab to re-display the map. You can keep several web-lliks open and toggle between them

If you open a voice-recording you may find the screen goes black. Just tap on the map’s tab to re-display the map.

In the SkiResort map you will find a photo on “Glacier”. In “Oetzi-bar”. there is a photo and also a test link in Japanese. These are only there while I am testing the possibilities.

In the Village map there is a voice-recording in “Europe hotel”. I plan to re-record it to make it more relevant to the hotel.