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Default How many continents are there?

I always thought there were 6 continents from a socio-political perspective - Africa, Europe, South America, North America, Asia and Australia. Well, from a sports perspective it is 5 continents. I thought I was doing fine with that explanation, but my Chinese students won't buy the idea of six continents and certainly would not buy the idea of 7 continents as taught by others. They have been taught 5 continents only. I learnt something different. What is the deal with these continents? How many are there? I googled and got several conflicting answers. How do you answer this question?
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Default Re: How many continents are there?

Try this out. It's more complicated than I had previously thought:

The seven-continent model is usually taught in Western Europe, Northern Europe, Central Europe, Southeastern Europe, China and most English-speaking countries. The six-continent combined-Eurasia model is preferred by the geographic community, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan. The six-continent combined-America model is taught in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, Iran, Greece and some other parts of Europe. This model may be taught to include only the five inhabited continents (excluding Antarctica)[17][18] as depicted in the Olympic logo[19].

The names Oceania or Australasia are sometimes used in place of Australia. For example, the Atlas of Canada names Oceania,[10] as does the model taught in Latin America and Iberia.

The rest of the article can be found on Wikipedia here:
Continent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

That should pretty much solve the argument, but getting them to accept it is another thing. Good luck!
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Default Re: How many continents are there?

I had the same thing happen here in Japan. I was certain there were 7 and they were sure I was wrong ...
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