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Say “Merry Christmas” in Different Languages

November 26th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 26, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holidays: The Voices of Christmas

(www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm)

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

 

This website lets you listen to the different ways “Merry Christmas” is said around the world.

Scroll down through the page, click on the audio play button for country of choice, and hear the Real Audio file of “Merry Christmas” and other related holiday greetings in: 

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Spanish
  • French/Creole
  • German
  • Welsh
  • Romanian
  • Finnish
  • Vietnamese
  • Hungarian
  • Russian
  • Greek
  • And more.

The words are also written out so you can try to follow along. This is a fun way to introduce the whole family to the many languages of the world!

Warning: This is an ad-supported website and there could be pop-up ads on this website. Turn on your pop-up and spam blocker when you visit this site to avoid the nuisance.

Learn to Speak an African Language

September 24th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 24, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UNISA – Learn to Speak an African Language

(www.unisa.ac.za/free_online_course/)

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

 

Through this website from the University of South Africa, learn some basic phrases in five different African languages.

Select to learn: 

  • Northern Sotho
  • Tswana
  • Zulu
  • Southern Sotho
  • Xhosa

Once you have made your choice, review the information about the language on the next page, then select the “start lesson” button to begin or choose a specific theme from: 

  • greetings and courtesies
  • asking for help, emergencies
  • numbers, days, months, seasons
  • question words, quantities, weather and time
  • banks, taxis and restaurants
  • transportation and finding your way
  • touring and socializing
  • at the filling station
  • the human body and ailments
  • shopping and sport

Lessons include information about speaking etiquette; the vocabulary with audios and a video. Please be sure to wait for the lesson to load as it might take a few seconds.

Discover our Centennial President – Benjamin Harrison

August 18th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 18, 2016, and time for Social Studies at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

(www.bhpsite.org/learn)

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

 

Visit today’s website to learn all about our 23rd president, also known as the centennial president because he was inaugurated 100 years after George Washington.

Born August 20, 1833, Benjamin Harrison came from a long line of famous politicians. Great-grandson of founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Harrison V, and grandson of our 9th president, William Henry Harrison, a.k.a. “Old Tippecanoe”, he had big shoes to fill. Using the links on the left hand side bar, dig into the life and times of Benjamin Harrison and discover: 

  • His genealogy
  • The early years
  • His Civil War service
  • His life as a lawyer
  • His presidency
  • His wives
  • And more

Along with concise articles and interesting image galleries, there is a brief audio recording of the president and a quick virtual tour of his home on Delaware Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At the bottom of the menu, locate “Ben’s Brigade for Kids” to print out a coloring page, puzzles and play learning games.

Add this website to your list for presidential studies.

French Games, Lessons, and Activities

July 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 23, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Saber Frances

(www.saberfrances.com.ar/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12 with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free lessons, exercises, games and activities to help students learn and practice the French language. It is designed for a wide variety of ages and ability levels.

FYI: We didn’t find “About” information for this site, so we don’t know who sponsors it. It does have scrolling Amazon.com advertisements, so there are links to outside sources. Parents, as always, should supervise exploration and use of any sites recommended here.

The site is written in both English and French (displayed side-by-side), which may help to increase competency as you navigate the site.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of activities that include: 

  • Vocabulary – Learn a wide variety of words needed for conversational French.
  • Expressions – Learn some idioms and expressions that are used in conversation.
  • Exercises – Practice vocabulary and grammar with interactive worksheets.
  • Lecture – Improve your reading comprehension by reading essays in French about French culture.
  • Grammar – Learn and practice parts of speech including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Chansons or Songs – Learn French through songs! Watch YouTube videos of songs being sung in French. Sing along with Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour and other celebrities. You’ll also find clips of Disney films like AladdinPocahontas, and The Lion King, with the characters singing the songs in French.
  • Jeux or Games – Play Hangman and Wordsearch games to practice and improve your knowledge of French. Fun!

Note: We had some intermittent difficulty with the sound at this website when trying to hear pronunciations of various words or phrases.

The site has something to offer students with varying ranges of ability. If you have young children, head to the “Songs” section first. If your children know some French words they may enjoy playing hangman and wordsearch. More adept students may want to try the reading comprehension and grammar exercises.

Again, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.

French for Beginners

July 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, July 2, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French Language Course

(www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This modest website from Jump Gate helps teach the basics of French for beginners with nine structured lessons and a few bonus lessons.

Lessons include: 

  • Pronunciation Guidelines
  • Articles and Genders
  • Pronouns and Verbs
  • Adjectives and Plurals
  • Sentences Structure
  • The Family
  • Where do you come from?
  • Comparing
  • Time (still under construction)
  • Additional Vocabulary
  • French Expressions and Idioms

Lessons include brief explanations and vocabulary lists. Some also include audio files but you will need to use your back button on your browser to return to the lesson page after clicking the audio link. The main goal of the website is for visitors to be able to understand written French with not much focus on spoken French. However, do not dismiss the value of this site as it will provide an avenue of practice for your French student as well as help hone in on the written aspect of the language.

Free Online Writing Lab for Grades 7-12

June 29th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 29, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Purdue OWL

(owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/677/01/)

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

 

Purdue University offers this Online Writing Lab (OWL) that helps middle and high school students learn and develop writing skills through articles that provide instruction and exercises in the writing process, style and language, different kinds of essay genres, citation, and more. There are no bells and whistles here, just thorough content.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to see the menu that includes: 

  • Starting the Writing Process – Tips for instructors and students on beginning writing.
  • Developing an Outline – Suggestions for developing effective outlines.
  • Paragraphs – Learn to create understandable and coherent paragraphs.
  • Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing – Compares and contrasts the three terms and includes a short excerpt to practice these skills.
  • Creating a Thesis Statement – Includes examples of different types of thesis statements.
  • Writing a Research Paper – How to write research papers including choosing topics and finding sources.
  • Writing About Fiction – Covers pre-writing, thesis development, drafting, and common pitfalls to avoid.
  • Sentence Variety – Tips for varying structure, a discussion of sentence types, and specific parts of speech which can aid in sentence variety.
  • Punctuation – Learn when and how to use various marks of punctuation.
  • Proofreading Your Writing – Finding and fixing common errors.

There are many more topics to choose from, and you can use the menu to explore the rest of the site designed to help improve the writing process.

MUST SEE! Don’t miss the Exercises Page that provides free activity pages for learning:  

  • Grammar – Adjectives, adverbs, nouns, prepositions, and tense.
  • Punctuation – Basics, apostrophes, quotation marks, and commas.
  • Spelling – A few spelling rules and common difficulties.
  • Sentence Structure – Clauses, fragments, verb agreement, etc.
  • Sentence Style – Eliminating wordiness.
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