Posts Tagged ‘Chinese’

Online Language Courses from the Peace Corps

May 1st, 2021

Live Lingua: Free Peace Corps Language Courses

(www.livelingua.com/peace-corps/)

Grades 6-12, with parental supervision

This page at the commercial website, Live Lingua, serves as a repository for the language materials from the U.S. Peace Corps.

Visitors will find over 100 different languages to choose from including many languages non-traditionally studied in schools. Each language provides a downloadable PDF workbook and some also include audio lessons. While the traditional languages of Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and more are available, some of the lesser learned languages that include audios are:

  • Bengali, an eastern Indo-Aryan language
  • Chewa, also known as Nyanja, the Bantu language family
  • Ewe, a Niger-Congo language spoken in southeastern Ghana and southern Togo
  • Hausa, the Chadic language
  • Jahanka, a Manding language of Guinea
  • Jola (Diola), a dialect spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea Bissau
  • Krio, the de facto national language spoken throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone
  • Luganda, the major language of Uganda
  • Marshallese, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in the Marshall Islands
  • Setswana, a Bantu language belonging to the Niger-Congo language family
  • Turkmen, the national language of Turkmenistan
  • Zarma, one of the Songhai languages

Even if you may not be interested in learning some of the lesser-studied languages, this website could provide an interesting addition to your geography studies.

Learn Basic Mandarin Chinese

April 10th, 2021

Free Chinese Lessons 

(www.freechineselessons.com/)

All grades, children with parental supervision

 

This site includes basic lessons that focus on the proper pronunciation of spoken Mandarin.

It also includes the basics for learning Chinese writing which is non-alphabetic and non-phonetic. Learn the meaning of Chinese characters. This site seems to be designed with older students and adults in mind. However, even young children – with parental guidance – could listen to some of the lessons and stories and learn Chinese words and phrases. Non-readers will need assistance.

Be sure to check out the Chinese for Children page for video tutorials presented by a nine-year-old.

Tangrams!

August 10th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, August 10, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Tangram Channel

(www.tangram-channel.com/)

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

 

A Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made with seven flat pieces called tans. By combining these seven tans, thousands of shapes or pictures can be made that help teach geometric concepts including shape recognition, area, perimeter, symmetry, etc. Plus, it improves problem-solving skills.

This website offers terrific information about Tangrams along with free puzzles and solutions. When you get to the site, read what a Tangram is and read its brief history. Scroll down the page to locate free printables (a link to the Teachers Pay Teachers website where you can join for free and download any free resource). 

Then look at the menu at the top of the page and use it to explore: 

  • Tangram Puzzles
  • Tangram Solutions
  • Crafts & Activities
  • And much more!

This site provides a great way to engage in some hands-on geometry with tangrams!

Yo-Yo Math!

June 1st, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 1, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Yo-Yo Math!

(www.barrbunch.com/coverupgames/yoyo.pdf)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Saturday, June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day! It’s also the birthday of yo-yo manufacturer Donald F. Duncan. Here are some fun ways to celebrate with some Yo-Yo-themed math activities and more.

The link above takes you directly to the pdf where you can download and print a Yo-Yo Math Mat. Hang on — there’s more to this site than just the Yo-Yo mat, so read all the way through this review. 

Once you print out the Yo-Yo Math Mat, use it to play a math game with your child(ren). You will need a math mat for each player, at least one die, and tokens (pennies or poker chips work). Let’s say you were going to play a game of number recognition from 1-6. Give each child a math mat and tokens. Each child takes turns rolling the die. If the child(ren) can identify the number on the die, then he/she covers one yo-yo design on the mat. Continue until someone fills all of the squares on the mat. Older or more math-savvy children could roll 2 die and add the numbers together, or multiply the numbers. Those that get the correct answer would cover their yo-yos with tokens.

These mats can also be used to practice letters, sight words, and punctuation marks, etc. It just depends on the ability level and interest of the child. You’ll find all kinds of math mats at this site for just about every topic imaginable. The main math mat page is here.

After doing your math homework, it’s time for some Yo-Yo fun!

Yomega.com: Learn Cool Tricks

At this site you can watch videos that demonstrate popular tricks like “Walk the Dog” or “Shoot the Moon.” Kids can improve coordination and dexterity by trying these Yo-Yo techniques. Yo-Yo ability varies from kid to kid. These tricks look geared for ages 9 and up. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine suitability for your own child.)

Make a Chinese Paper Yo-Yo

A Chinese Paper Yo-Yo may be easier for a young child to use. This site provides instructions on how to make your own.

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!

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.

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