Posts Tagged ‘languages’

Listen and Learn Some Gaelic

December 8th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 8, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Speaking Our Language: Gaelic

(www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/ionnsachadh/bac/)

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

 

This older website is fun for all, although younger children will need some assistance.

What a great way to learn Irish! Read the phrases in each lesson, listen to the audio (using the .wav sound button), and look at the phonetic transcription, all at the same time! Fanciful cartoon characters illustrate each phrase, so smile while you learn! Each lesson also contains notes about usage, as well as exercises to help you see how much you have learned.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES ON NAVIGATION OF THIS SITE: At the end of each test, DO NOT click “Submit” as it will take you to the wrong page. Instead, use your browser’s “Back” arrow to go back to the page with the lessons menu and select the next lesson.

Other than a few small mishaps, which I’m sure are the fault of some mischievous leprechaun, this is a very simple and useful site for learning some Gaelic.

And, in the words of the young laddie on the first page of each lesson, “Gur math a theid leibh.” Translation: Good luck!

Learn Native American Languages

November 17th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 17, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Languages of the Americas

(www.native-languages.org/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This simple website, presented by the Minnesota non-profit corporation, Native Languages of the Americas, is “dedicated to the preservation and promotion of endangered American Indian languages.”

After arriving at the link above, you will find a huge list of links broken down into the following categories: 

  • Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources
  • Native American Language Families – Explore over 25 Amerindian language families
  • Recommended Books about Native American Languages – links to purchase books about Native American languages
  • Selected Links about Native American Languages – links to other related websites

Each category provides a list of links to more pages with even more links to narrow your search for learning material. Under the “Native Languages of the Americas Online Resources” you will find links to: 

  • An alphabetical list of Native American languages that you can explore
  • Native American language worksheets that include online picture dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and printable body parts worksheets for over 50 different languages
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Geographical index of Native American tribes
  • Maps of Native American culture areas
  • An online collection of Native American myths and legends
  • Native American Facts for Kids
  • And so much more

This website would be an excellent supplemental resource in your studies of Native Americans. While this minimally ad-supported website may not be fancy, there is an abundance of fascinating information and learning material for those seeking a glimpse into Native American languages.

Videos – Kids Stories in Spanish

October 27th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 27, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garabato – Videocuentos

(pacomova.eresmas.net/paginas/videocuentos/videocuentos.htm)

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

 

This page, part of a larger ad-supported Spanish website, provides video presentations of stories for children in Spanish.

We thought that this would be a fun addition to your Spanish class and provide your students with listening and reading practice.

Because this is an all-Spanish website, if you do not read Spanish, you can use the translation function of your browser to change the page content to English. If you are a Chrome user, when you first arrive at the site a pop-up should appear asking if you would like to translate the page. Doing this will allow you to see the story titles in English. Alternatively, you could choose not to have the page translated for more challenging language practice for the student. 

Select a video you would like to watch using the text links under the images. Some of the stories have more than one video breaking them into shorter segments. We did find that a couple of the links brought up error messages on the videos, but the others played fine. Some familiar tales include: 

  • El Patito Feo – The Ugly Duckling
  • La Princesa y el Guisante – The Princess and the Pea
  • Pulgarcita – Thumbelina
  • El Ruiseñor – The Nightingale
  • La Sirenita – The Little Mermaid
  • Caperucita Roja – Little Red Riding Hood
  • El Traje Nuevo del Emperador – The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • La Princesa de las Nieves – The Snow Princess
  • Los Tres Cerditos – The Three Little Pigs
  • La Liebre y la Tortuga – The Tortoise and the Hare
  • La Gallina de los Huevos de Oro – The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

And more.

At the bottom of the page there is a text link that will take you to the website home page (Volver a la página principal). On the home page, visitors can browse through hundreds of stories to read online, all sorted alphabetically. If you had previously selected to have the page translated into English, in order to read the stories in Spanish, you will need to either copy the page link and open in a new window or go back to the video page, and refresh to get back to the Spanish version. The home page has right-click disabled so it is not possible to update language options using that method.

Scroll under the alphabet selection section to find additional links to pictogram stories, over 150 Hans Christian Andersen stories, over 100 stories from India and more.

Although we suggest using this site as a tool for older language students, younger children may enjoy watching the videos or having the stories read to them by an older student.

Learn a Foreign Language with Linguanaut

October 6th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 6, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Linguanaut

(www.linguanaut.com/index.htm)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in learning some basic foreign language skills, then this ad-supported site might be a good place to start.

Choose from over 50 different languages from around the world and learn important words and phrases as well as alphabets. Some language lessons include verbs, adjectives, ‘survival terms’ (words and phrases used in emergencies), and other important words. Some languages available are: 

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Korean
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • And many more

Using the upper navigation bar you can also select from the following: 

  • Phrases
  • Alphabet
  • Language Tests
  • Videos
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Find Language Tutors
  • Fun Page

Once you click on one of the above sections, you can refine your selection further by selecting from the available languages.

The virtual keyboards are “a keyboard on steroids loaded with characters to help you write” and include international keyboards for Farsi, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and more. There are also printable language tests and videos for some language lessons.

Before leaving this site, be sure to stop by the Fun Page for some learning games such as Morse Code and Encrypt Messages.

Social Studies for Kids

September 27th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, September 27, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Social Studies for Kids

(www.socialstudiesforkids.com/)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this ad-supported website right now! It offers tons of great resources about history, geography, government, different cultures and more that your kids will enjoy.

When you get to the site you will see a headline banner with the name of the website. Below it is a menu that will help you navigate through some of the website. Below the menu bar, you will discover the highlights currently featured at the site in Recent Events, History and featured trivia. For example, if you visited the site when this review was written, you would have seen a feature presentation on “Ancient Greece.”

Content you will find available on the site include:

  • Current Events – Get some insight on what’s taking place throughout the world.
  • Cultures, Holidays, Languages, Religions – an array of links to websites with activities, information, and resources to explore the world’s people and their customs and beliefs
  • Economics – The website description of this section says it best: “Economics is not just money. It’s businesses and how they work. It’s lemonade stands and how many dollars they take in. It’s toy collecting and baseball card collections. It’s taxes and allowances. It’s stocks and bonds. Economics is part of almost everything you could ever think about. Find out how by visiting the links on this page.”
  • Geography – You’ll find more than maps here. You’ll find links to websites with lessons and activities that help kids to have a better understanding of the world, and where they are in relation to the rest of it.
  • Government – Learn everything from how a bill becomes law in the U.S. to how other countries are governed.

You’ll also find selections that contain historical timelines, information on U.S. and World History, activities for learning about every state in the U.S., information about ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Wars, Archaeology, Sports, Explorers, and more. There are even teaching resources and other fun kid sites.

Use this website as a starting point for all your social studies schoolwork.

Learn Japanese Basics

September 15th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 15, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Japanese

(www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/english/)

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

 

Learn basic Japanese grammar and expressions with this website from NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan’s only public broadcaster.

Not only can the 48 lessons be done online, but the audios and lesson PDFs can be downloaded for use offline making it great to use away from your computer.

There are several ways to navigate through the site. Either use the upper menu to locate lessons, syllabaries, materials and information about the site and how to use it or the use the image map on the home page to select: 

  • Lessons
  • Japanese Syllabaries
  • Teach Us, Teacher
  • Vocabulary List & Quiz
  • Sound Words
  • What is “Easy Japanese”

On the right-hand sidebar there is a block of lesson numbers to select a specific lesson plus a link to the lesson download page and more.

Lessons include a brief animated example, the approximately 10-minute audio lesson with the hosts presenting the information, the vocabulary audios and visuals, grammar tips, related “Teach Us, Teacher” selection where specific lesson points are explained, “Sound Words” about Japanese onomatopoeia, and “Anna’s Tweets”, which add fun tidbits of Japanese culture to the lessons. When your student has finished the lesson, they can take a vocabulary quiz or review what they have learned with a multiple-choice quiz.

This site is a wonderful starting point for a student wishing to learn Japanese.

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