Archive for the ‘foreign language’ category

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 15th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 15, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects

(www.digitaldialects.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way. Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions,” represented including: 

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch/Dutch Advanced
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French/French Advanced/French Geography
  • German/German Advanced/German Geography
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian/Italian Advanced
  • Japanese
  • Maori
  • Norwegian
  • Polish/Polish Advanced
  • Portuguese – European & Brazilian
  • Russian/Russian Advanced
  • Spanish/Spanish Advanced/Spanish Geography
  • Swahili
  • Turkish/Turkish Advanced
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games.

Some languages have more than others and the menu may include: 

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.

Say Hello to the World in Many Languages

September 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 3, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Say Hello to the World

(www.ipl.org/div/hello/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website cleverly offers the visitor an opportunity to learn how to say “Hello” in many of the over 7,000 languages of the world – everything from Aleut to Zulu.

This is a great place for foreign language beginners to sample various languages to determine which ones they might like to learn how to speak. The format is simple. You click on the language you want to try and a new page opens where you’ll see: 

  • The word “Hello” in that language
  • A pronunciation key
  • Words in English from that language
  • The alphabet of the language
  • Links to free lessons on learning the language – including audio and video files
  • Information about the culture

Some of the languages include: 

  • Arabic
  • Cherokee
  • Chinese
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mayan
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Zapotec

Non-verbal Languages include Braille and Sign Language.

Bookmark this site now to return often. (However, please note that the site is no longer updated and some of the links are broken.)

Foreign Language Practice through Games

April 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 30, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet Polyglot

(www.internetpolyglot.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Due to the large amount of content on this site, it may require a minute or two to fully load. Then, in the center of the page, read the descriptions for the tools that are available on the site and the instructions on how to use them. It will make overall navigation much easier.

Select the language you want to learn from the language menu on the left side of the page. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also access: 

  • Tutorial Slide Show – Watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. This is sort of like virtual flash cards.
  • Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.
  • Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.
  • Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.

You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on our visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise use of it.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not as the sole method for learning a language.

Learn Hundreds of Foreign Language Phrases

January 16th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 16, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Loecsen (www.loecsen.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

With the help of this website, visitors can learn basic words and phrases for some forty different languages.

When arriving at the website, choose from the most commonly studied languages of Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic (Moroccan), Russian, and Polish or step out of the box and explore some of the lesser studied languages such as: 

  • Burmese
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Lithuanian
  • Romanian
  • Slovak
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • And more.

Through simple visuals and audios, categories of words and phrases include: 

  • Essentials
  • Conversation
  • Looking for someone
  • Parting
  • Restaurant
  • Transportation
  • Family
  • Feelings
  • Colors
  • Numbers
  • In case of trouble

On the home page there is a fun interactive map that you can click on a phrase in the sidebar then select different flags of countries on the map to hear that phrase in that country’s language. An added bonus of this website is that the content is also available in an app for Android and Apple smart devices to take your learning on the go.

Foreign Language Immersion with Hello World

May 30th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, May 30, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Hello World (http://www.hello-world.com/)

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website has free online games, songs, and activities for children in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and many more languages.
When you get to the site you will see an icon menu for each language. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to learn: 
  • The Alphabet
  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Clothes
  • The Calendar
  • The Family
  • Common Descriptions
  • Verbs
  • Time
  • Weather
  • and much more!
Plus, you can learn conversational skills and play games or sing songs to reinforce and practice learning the language of your choice. There is a great deal of content at this site. Not every activity is clearly explained, so expect to spend a little time exploring in order to figure it out. If you ever have a problem – look at the “English” version for assistance.

There is a free “Teachers’ Grade Book” available that provides ideas for instruction, but you must register and then wait up to 7 days or so for approval and a password.

How to Learn Any Language

April 4th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 4, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

How to Learn Any Language

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, children with parental supervision)

 

 This website was recommended by a fellow ClickScholar.
She wrote: 
I know I’ve recommended plenty of sites in the past, but this one is really a goodie! It offers excellent advice for the independent language learner. The site owner is an experienced polyglot and his website is full of information from general advice about choosing and learning a language to more detailed info about each language, its difficulty, related languages, advantages and disadvantages to learning it, and even links to online learning resources for each language. As an experienced language learner myself, I have to say this guy is really on track. Five stars!

She’s right! You’d better bookmark it now, because there is no way you can see all of the resources provided here on one visit. When you get to the site read the introduction and click on the embedded links to further information, or use the drop-down menu at the top of your screen, or the stationary menu on the left to explore the site. You will find suggestions and activities for learning all of the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Czech
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
Use the handy Language Profile page to get a quick overview of the difficulty and popularity of the language.

Under the basic “Guide” on this site, don’t miss the article on “How To Raise Polyglot Kids.” It includes general advice along with suggestions for inexpensive as well as costlier resources you can use. You’ll also find information and advice on how to get the most out of language camps and immersion programs. This site even provides free downloadable software so you can make your own foreign language flash cards!

Note: On some of the pages at the site, the Google ads appear at the top of the page. It can give the illusion that there is nothing else on the page. You have to scroll down the page below the Google ads to find the text and resources. It’s a minor inconvenience.

This site is a fantastic resource that foreign language learners will refer to again and again.

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