From November 29 to December 6, 2020, take part in the Geographical Dictation! Take the Dictation on November 29 at 12:00 local time at an in-person or remote venue; or take the online version from 14:00 Moscow time on November 29 to 14:00 Moscow time on December 6 on the website dictant.rgo.ru.
The large-scale educational event of the Russian Geographical Society will be held this year for the sixth time. 6450 venues in Russia and 111 venues in foreign countries are registered to participate in the Dictation. This is a record number for the entire existence of the event - last year there were 5469 venues.
In connection with the pandemic, the Dictation has undergone changes. This year we have developed a new format of the event – a remote one. All venues must decide for themselves whether to hold the event in-person or remotely, taking into account the orders of the regional Rospotrebnadzor. For security reasons, the Russian Geographical Society recommends the on-site Dictation venues to transfer the event to the Internet.
For example, in Moscow, following the decree of the Mayor of Moscow "On Amendments to the Decree of the Mayor of Moscow dated June 8, 2020 No. 68-MD" dated November 10, 2020, in-person venues will turn into remote ones, except for several closed venues.
Due to the difficult epidemiological situation, this year the traditional central venue at the Lomonosov Moscow State University is not used. The central venue will open at the Moscow Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society, where up to 5,000 people can remotely test their knowledge. They will receive an individual link from the organizers and take the Dictation without leaving home.
As in the in-person version, all participants of the remote Dictation will see the welcome speech of the moderator Yana Churikova, and then answer the questions. This year they were voiced by musician, People's Artist of Russia Nikolai Rastorguev; travel and TV presenter of the "My Planet" channel Anton Zaitsev; and film actress Agnia Ditkovskite.
A special version has been developed for the visually impaired. Visually impaired people will be able to write the Dictation at 322 venues throughout the country and 11 - abroad.
The Dictation questions are divided into two groups. The first part is 10 fairly simple questions based on well-known facts. The second part includes 30 more complex questions that require logic and ingenuity. The majority of the tasks was developed by the player of the intellectual club "What? Where? When?", the owner of the "Crystal Owl" Rovshan Askerov.
Note that this year, for the first time, a large-scale national competition "Write a question for the Geographical Dictation" was held. Participants from 9 to 83 years old from Russia and abroad sent 430 assignments. The experts of the Russian Geographical Society chose 18 most interesting of them and included them in the forms.
This year, special attention is paid to the online version of the Dictation. The time has been extended. The online Dictation is available for a whole week from 14:00 on November 29 to 14:00 on December 6 (Moscow time) on the website dictant.rgo.ru and in 11 languages at once: Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese and Hindi.
The participants of the online Dictation will see their results immediately after taking it. In in-person and remote versions, your score can be found from January 15, 2021 on the event’s website dictant.rgo.ru.