The Virtual Picture Album -- Tunisia

The grid below is an annotated index to part of the Virtual Picture Album compiled and distributed by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Project at the University of Minnesota. The pictures in this section of the VPA are of people, places and objects in Tunisia. Each of the pictures is represented by a thumbnail-sized image in the grid, and is accompanied by:

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Due to the number of pictures in this section, the VPA index for Tunisia is divided into three parts.

Part 1 Landscape and scenery
Part 2 Culture
Part 3 People and daily life (this page)

To view or download a full-sized picture from the VPA, click on its thumbnail representation below.


Photo (Thumbnail) Vocabulary Items Topics Grammar Points
books, children, school, parents, teachers, desk, kindergarten, reading; school, education, grades;  number, prepositions;
? dining room, dining table, table cloth, plates, spoons, forks, knives, soup, couscous, salad, chairs, tissue towel, dinner, eggs; pieces of cultery, dish, eating habits, color, meals, guest; past participle, prepositions;
comparison-hot, cold, warm, sweet, salt;
taste, style;
table setting, serving, around, guests, spicy, eating, tasty, prayer (bismillah); food, cuisine, recipe, eating behavior; special word;
locatives-beside, around, next to;
jars, tea cups, tea pot, drink, tea-table, living room, chatting, socializing, relax, conversation; spare time;
kinds of tea, different tastes;
position-front, aisde, close, far, between;
kitchen, stove, kitchen cloth, pot, decorated, couscous, cooking, food can, hot sauce, dinner cooking time, wash, clean, agreement;
kitchen, stove, kitchen wares, sink, dining table, window, cuboards, kitchen towel, light, washsoap, water tap; preparation for meals, traditional cooking;  
eat, dining table, chairs, young men, room mates, pot, plates, glasses, baverage, bread, spoons, dining room, hungry, chatting, decoration, window, tile; table talk, news, daily schedule; describing activities, time schedule;
to celebrate, diploma, to graduate, to hold, happy, high school, smile, students; celebration -graduation;
numbers - many;
bathroom, toilet, shower, bath tub, bathroom sink, mirror, light, shampoo, soap, towel, door; bathroom appliances, parts of residence,  
bedroom, bed, sheets, lamp, light (thuraya), shutter blind, window, curtain, chess, closet, chair, pillow sheet furniture, interior design, lamp;   
bedroom, bed, sheets, furniture, desk, lamp, window furniture;   
boy, children, countryside, girl, mother, woman; family, urban/rural relations;  
parents, kids, brothers, sisters, relatives, gathering, visitor, friend, dinner, friendly, sitting; family, home, visit;
tradition, guests, social etiquette;
number, motion verbs, relative pronouns;
barefoot, boys, children, countryside, to giggle, girls, old, poor, short, to smile, tall, young; urban/rural -children from the countryside;
spatial relations- on the left/right, in the middle; comparatives- older, younger;
boys, dark, evening, two, sandals, shorts, to sit, stairs, t-shirts; clothing --t-shirts, shorts, sandals;
how many? -boys;
barn, child, countryside, cow, woman animals -cows;
animal parts-head, ears, hoofs;
how many?-cows;
blue, boy, brown, carpet, children, girl, green, living room, to play, toys, two, TV-set, to sit, white; body parts;
electronics-tape-recorder, VCR, TV;
house -living room;
how many? -two children;
pastimes -playing;
number-one child/two children;
spatial relations- next to, in front of, on the left/right;
child, cap (shashia), clothes, traditional, standing, playing, dress up, outdoors, garden, residence; white, green, colors; number;
verbs -plural masculine endings;


children, sheep, playing, smiling, playing, house, plants, street, yard; neighbors;
tense, gender, numericals, gender/verb agreement;

blue, chair, to chat, court-yard, evening, floral design, four, gray ,green, men, old, pants, plants, plain, shirt, to sit, striped; colors - blue, white,green;
clothing - pants, shirts, etc.;
how many? -men;
verbs -plural masculine endings;
countryside, farmer, poor, donkey, cart, children, men, to transport, brick house, fense; urban/rural;
-children from countryside;
spatial relations- on the left/right, in the middle; comparatives- older, younger;
desert, by the road, mountain, house; housing, architecture, social class; past participle, plural, inanimate, adjectives;
balcony, view, distance, direction, mountain, low, high, far, close by; environment, view of the house, urban, architecture, parts of house; tanween, singular, masculine, feminine, inanimate;
narrow, street, gateway, wall, houses, animals, walkers, watch, stand, quiet, poor; tradition, transportation, architecture, direction, city, travellers; relative pronouns, locative, plural/how many?
urban area, resident district, neighbor, house modern architecture, urban, neighborhood, location, urban housing, social class; compare/contrast, noun-adjective agreement, colors, inanimate.

animals   adjectives
animal parts   adjective agreement
architecture   agreement
children   comparatives
celebrations   gender
ceremonies   locatives/spatial relations
clothing   near/far
colors   number
culture   numbers
electronic equipment   tense

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