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Does anyone remember there only being five continents? Or are you abroad and there are still only 6?

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littleducks Thu 08-Apr-10 23:30:03

Domestic argument here atm.

According to dh he was taught there are 5 continents, he combines the Americas and ignores Antartica.

I was taught 7 (Asia, Antartica, Africa, Australasia, Europe, South america and North America).

Seven appears to be the textbook answer now, but apparently in some parts of the world 'America' is one continent.

PlumBumMum Thu 08-Apr-10 23:34:24

I was taught 5

(sorry to side with your dhgrin)

littleducks Thu 08-Apr-10 23:36:25

Its ok, and when roughly were you taught that? Should have asked in OP blush

According to dh there are only 13 countries in the EU too, i dont think they bothered to teach is a number as it kept changing!

PlumBumMum Thu 08-Apr-10 23:38:37

well I'm 33 now, really should keep up to date with these things, 20 odd years ago

littleducks Thu 08-Apr-10 23:40:34

DH is happy now!

PlumBumMum Thu 08-Apr-10 23:41:16


beagle101 Thu 08-Apr-10 23:43:23

I was taught 7 continents - I guess in the early 80's but I lived abroad - maybe it just all depends! grin

beagle101 Thu 08-Apr-10 23:48:49

Oooh just asked DH as he wandered in - he is adamant there are only 5 - but then he was taught in the mid 70's! He has now disappeared off upstairs (I suspect to google) muttering darkly about shifting sands and change .... grin

Nemain Thu 08-Apr-10 23:51:31

blush I cannot actually remember being taught this at all at school, but when I read the title in Active I thought 6... I missed Antarctica.

So I side with neither and stand alone in the Dunce corner! grin

senua Fri 09-Apr-10 09:06:00

You only have to look at the Olympic rings: the answer is def 5.

Bucharest Fri 09-Apr-10 09:08:25

I was taught 5 (am very old) but I believe there are now 6.

(reason being Antartica is one, the Artic isn't because it's not land) (or something)

I guess Antartica isn't on the Olympic flag because penguins are rubbish at hurdles and horseriding?

Bucharest Fri 09-Apr-10 09:09:12

( and I think the 5 are Asia, Africa, Europe, Australasia and America)

soapboxqueen Fri 09-Apr-10 09:28:15

There are 7 but i do agree I think it all depends on where and when you went to school.

Bucharest you are correct in your reasoning about the antarctic.

Portoeufino Fri 09-Apr-10 09:33:26

National Geographic makes it 7

ZZZenAgain Fri 09-Apr-10 09:37:07

dd learnt seven with a little ditty: there are 7 continents in this world, in this world, yeah etc : Europe, Africa, North and South America, Antartica, Australia, Asia

Dh stuck his oar in here to say that South America is not a different continent but she put him firmly in his place.

I'm siding with dd. I can't remember what they taught us at school, too long ago.

ZZZenAgain Fri 09-Apr-10 09:40:40

Bit like this:

sing it

MissAnneElk Fri 09-Apr-10 09:40:45

I was taught there are 5. I am very old...

Jolibee Fri 09-Apr-10 13:58:21

Just to add to the confusion Australasia since the early '90s has been called Oceania. Have taught in UK and abroad and we teach 7.

Tinuviel Fri 09-Apr-10 14:01:13

I was taught 5 but accept that times change and there are now 7. I suppose we know more about continental plates etc.

However, Australia is a country, not a continent. You can call it Australasia or Oceania!! It includes New Zealand (they get very upset, remember, if you call them Australian grin) and I believe Malaysia/Indonesia (can't remember which!)

They've also changed the number of oceans - it used to be Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific but they've now added Southern which encircles Antarctica!!

ZZZenAgain Fri 09-Apr-10 14:26:06

good point

dd was taught 4 oceans still, southern not included.

IMoveTheStars Fri 09-Apr-10 14:29:23

definitely 7, (I went to school in the UK)

Loving the mental image of penguins doing hurdles and horseriding (although they'd be quite good at luge)

prh47bridge Fri 09-Apr-10 17:21:55

I was taught 5 in the 1950s/60s but I would now say 7. And 27 countries in the EU.

mrz Fri 09-Apr-10 20:14:28

Your dh is correct originally 5 continents (hence the 5 Olympic rings - These five rings represent the five (inhabited) continents of the world: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Australasia.) Spain & Portugal apparently still teach 5 (inhabited) continents.

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 09-Apr-10 20:17:50

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morejuiceplease Fri 09-Apr-10 20:20:09

7, I was taught in the 80s and 90s

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