Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Foreign Language Practice through Games

January 18th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, January 18, 2020, 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.

Scroll down to select the language you want to learn. Then choose the translation you want. 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 watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. And this is sort of like virtual flash cards: 

  • Picture Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct picture.
  • 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.

Say “Merry Christmas” in Different Languages

December 21st, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, December 21, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Holidays: The Voices of Christmas

(http://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
  • French/Creole
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • Welsh
  • Finnish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Hungarian
  • Vietnamese
  • Greek
  • German
  • 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!

Learn to Speak Japanese!

November 30th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 30, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Web Japan

(web-japan.org/kidsweb/language/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website, created by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is designed to foster appreciation of Japan among American children and introduce them to the Japanese language

The simple artwork, the openness of each page, the soft color scheme and intuitive navigation, are all immediately attractive to young ones. And the content is top-notch! Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Lessons 1-8 – Nicely illustrated formal language lessons, complete with audio examples, English and Japanese text, and pronunciation in text form. (Typical lessons contain dialog, vocabulary/grammar, and an exercise.)
  • Hiragana and Katakana Charts – Japanese alphabets. Click any letter to hear it pronounced.
  • Numbers – Learn to speak and read the numbers from 1 to 100.

And under Related Articles – Language: The older kids and adults will appreciate this clear article about the Japanese language

You may also wish to spend some time on the rest of this website. You can learn about folk legends, play games and check out some recipes. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise Internet use.

The Science of Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 26th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, November 26, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving!

(www.wksu.org/news/story/20130%20)

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

 

Visit this website and amaze your Thanksgiving dinner guests with scientific knowledge of the chemical composition and scientific aspects of the feast!

At this site, you will learn The Chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner! Listen to a 3-minute audio clip in which professors talk about proteins, peptides, alkenes, amino acids, tryptophan and more. Discover the chemistry and molecular structure lurking in your Thanksgiving dinner.

Also check out:

How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work
How does this little device imitate a thermometer?
 
Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato or Yam?
Learn the scientific difference between a sweet potato and a yam.
 
The Chemical Make-Up of a Potato
Discover the chemical content and nutritional value of a potato. Do green potatoes really contain a deadly toxin?
 
The Science of Cranberry Sauce
Find out why cranberry sauces that use the same ingredients produce different results. Why does one become a gelatin?

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 19th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 19, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects

(www.digitaldialects.com/)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, 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” including: 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • 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 and/or activities.

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.

UCLA Medical Center Virtual Tours

September 6th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, September 6, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

UCLA Medical Center

(www.uclahealth.org/virtual-tour)

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

 

Hospitals can be scary places especially for young children. These virtual tours of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica may help prepare children for what to expect in the event that they someday need to visit a hospital.

When arriving at the link above, select which tour you would like to view and a window will open. When viewing the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center tour, touch and drag to move around the 360° image or allow the program to take you around. You may turn the auto rotate feature on or off by selecting the gear icon in the upper left of the screen. You may navigate through the slides by selecting the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Click the icon in the upper right for information about the slide you are viewing. Locations include: 

  • Front Exterior
  • Main Lobby
  • Mattel Wall
  • Garden of Peace
  • Nursing Station
  • ICU
  • Maternity
  • Labor & Delivery
  • An Operating Room
  • Maddie’s Room
  • Pediatrics Room
  • Child Life Playroom
  • Child Life Teenroom

The UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica tour is accompanied by an audio guide which also can be turned on or off by selecting the gear icon in the upper left. You may also touch and drag to move around the 360° image. In the images there are blue U’s that are linked to videos, image galleries, and other information text and pages. Available tour locations include: 

  • Main Entrance
  • Harman Garden Plaza
  • Lobby
  • Emergency Room
  • Adult Patient Room
  • Pediatrics Patient Room
  • Pediatrics Playroom
  • Orthopaedic Institute
  • The BirthPlace – LDR (Labor, Delivery & Recovery)
  • The BirthPlace – Postpartum Room
  • ICU
  • Nurses Station
  • Operating Room

These easy-to-navigate tours give visitors a general idea of what a hospital might look like and perhaps make the thought of visiting one a little less frightening for youngsters.

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