Posts Tagged ‘Chinese’

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.

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 (However, please note that the site is no longer updated and some of the links are broken.)

Free Art Appreciation Lessons

June 4th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 4, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art Access

(www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/ArtAccess)

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

 

Develop an understanding of content, style, and historical context of art with this website from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Select from the following to begin your exploration: 

  • African American Art
  • African Art
  • American Art to 1900
  • Chinese Art
  • Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art
  • Indian Art of the Americas
  • Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • Rococo to Realist Art

Each exhibition page begins with an overview of the art type. Use the links of the side bar to dig deeper into the study by selecting from: 

  • Artworks – examples and information about pieces of art fitting the type
  • Lesson Plans – to strengthen the student’s understanding of the pieces studied
  • Family Activities – related art projects and activities to do with easy to follow instructions and common supplies
  • Books and Media – suggested books and websites for further studies
  • Map – interactive map showing the original location of the art piece
  • Glossary – terms used in the study
  • View All Works – a pictorial index of the pieces studied in the art type

Bookmark this website because it is a fabulous resource for all of your art appreciation studies.

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.

Calendars through the Ages

January 7th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 7, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Calendars through the Ages

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger WebExhibits online museum from the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement, this website examines the origins and history of calendars.

When arriving at today’s link, use the upper menu to decide what topic you would like to explore: 

  • Years & Months – Learn about the astronomical events on which a calendar is based then use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the astronomy of calendars, see a perpetual calendar, the phases of the moon within a given month, the history of our calendar, terms used, and more.
  • Various Calendars – Discover the differences in the Gregorian calendar (which most of us use) and the Chinese, Julian, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Mayan, Roman, and other calendars past, present, and future.
  • Our Week – How did the 7-day week come to be? Where did the names of the days come from? What other connotations are associated with the days of the week? These questions and more are answered in this topic.
  • Timeline – Not your typical history timeline, this is a timeline of interesting calendar facts.

Visitors will also notice on the main menu “Node View”. From here you can navigate through a cloud map of the site to narrow your research.

With a new year upon us, this website provides an interesting look into the passing of time and a unique history study unit.

Learn to Speak Chinese

November 14th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, November 14, 2015, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Chinese English Dictionary and Study Center

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

 

Today’s website offers an interactive Chinese dictionary of words and phrases that is perfect for those who want to learn Chinese or improve upon their current skills.

One of our ClickScholars said: “I found a totally cool website for people who want to learn Chinese. Type in any word or phrase to search the database. If it’s in the online dictionary, you will see how it’s written, how it’s pronounced, and you can choose a native speaker (by name) and hear that person saying the word or phrase or long sentence. It’s very clear, and fun. A neat feature of the dictionary is that if you select a word, such as ‘Cat,’ and then select option 5 (longer passages), you will see *all* of the information and language samples available for that word, from single-word translation to short phrases to sentences to longer passages and beyond. There are also stories in English and Chinese (bilingual) and other nice features. For example, a fully interactive family tree. You can toggle between names, ages & genders, and occupations, or familial relationships between all family members and ‘me’ – select your place in the family tree and see how all the familial relationships change with respect to you. You can also create a personal account on the site and create your own flashcard preferences etc., so that you can personalize your web browsing experience to maximize language learning across many repeat visits.”

When you get to the site you will see a menu on the left side of your screen. Click to open the items that include: 

  • Read Me – Complete instructions for using this site, including how to use the Chinese characters (letters)
  • Games – Reinforce Chinese language skills while playing concentration, doing math, and exploring maps.
  • Chinese Experience – See pictures and learn about Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian, and Shanghai. Explore Chinese art such as bronzes, calligraphy, painting, and Ming Dynasty artifacts.

This is a great way to introduce the Chinese language to your children, and/or practice your Chinese language skills.

(There are aspects of this site that will appeal to Chinese language learners of all ages. Non-readers will need assistance, and as always, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content.)

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