Posts Tagged ‘languages’

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.

Learn about American Indian Code Talkers

October 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, October 3, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Native Words, Native Warriors

(americanindian.si.edu/education/codetalkers/html/index.html)

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


American Indian “Code Talkers” contributed significantly to the war efforts of World War I and World War II. This archived website, a companion to the Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Native Words, Native Warriors, provides an in-depth lesson plan that explores the lives of Code Talkers.

When arriving at the link above, move through the chapters, which include: 

  • Intro
  • Native Languages
  • Boarding Schools
  • Code Talking
  • Coming Home
  • Survival
  • Recognition

At the end of each chapter, there are thought-provoking questions to encourage further discussion. In the Code Talking chapter, students will use the Navajo’s Code Talker Dictionary online to write coded messages. 


This website provides a thorough and interesting insight into the world of Code Talkers.

Online Flashcards to help learn a foreign language

September 8th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, September 7, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Languages Flashcards

(www.studystack.com/Languages)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, use the menu to find “Study Stacks” of interactive, virtual flashcards for a variety of languages.

When you get to the site, choose a language to study including: 

  • Cantonese
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • and many more!

Then choose the category like alphabet, nouns, common words, etc.

As you flip through the cards, you are given the option to delete from your current stack the ones you’ve mastered and keep the ones you wish to practice again by choosing “Know” or “Don’t Know”.

But that’s not all! Each set of virtual flashcards comes with its corresponding set of activities. There’s a matching game, hangman, a study table (where you can view all of the information in the form of a table), unscramble, crossword, quiz, and more!

Learn Spanish Free Online

August 17th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, August 17, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spanicity

(www.spanicity.com/)

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

 

With the aid of this ad-supported website, students can work on their mastery of the Spanish language. The lessons focus on vocabulary and grammar as well as pronunciation.

When arriving at today’s link, you will find available lessons broken down into four categories: 

  • Learn the Basics of Spanish – includes the alphabet, popular words, numbers, and Spanish verbs
  • Learn Spanish Phrases – Learn useful phrases pertaining to courtesy, greetings and meeting people, the weather, visiting a hotel, hospital, post office, or restaurant, and much more.
  • Learn Spanish Grammar – Lessons in this category are also broken down by beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
  • Learn Spanish Vocabulary – Discover all kinds of vocabulary words regarding food, home, travel, transportation, entertainment, business, family, animals, and much more.

Lessons provide the Spanish word with English translation and are usually accompanied by an audio file.  

This website is simple to navigate and provides a no-frills way to supplement your Spanish studies.

Foreign Language Games, Songs and Activities

July 27th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, July 27, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hello-World

(www.hello-world.com/)

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

 

This website has free online games, songs, and activities for children in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and many more languages.

When you get to the site you will see an icon menu for each language. Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu that allows you to learn: 

  • The Alphabet
  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Clothes
  • The Calendar
  • The Family
  • Common Descriptions
  • Verbs
  • Time
  • Weather
  • and much more!

Some countries have more activities than others. In some, you can learn conversational skills and play games or sing songs to reinforce and practice learning the language of your choice. There is a great deal of content at this site. Not every activity is clearly explained, so expect to spend a little time exploring in order to figure it out.

Songs, nursery rhymes, and poems from around the world

July 13th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, July 13, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mama Lisa’s World

(www.mamalisa.com/?t=eh)

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

 

This website features the largest collection of lyrics to children’s songs, nursery rhymes, and poems popular in countries all around the world.

The songs are in a variety of languages and many songs include downloads and/or videos for your listening enjoyment. Make sure your speakers are on!

When you get to the site you will see a menu including: 

  • Songs by Continent
  • Songs by Country
  • Songs by Language
  • Songs by Type of Song
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • and more

Click on any continent, and a new page opens with a list of countries located on that continent. Click on a country to find a menu of songs and poems. Click on a song. A new page opens with the lyrics to that song, and sometimes a link to an audio file or video.

Can you think of a country not represented? Do you know a traditional song or poem from that country (or any other) that isn’t on this site? You are welcome to send it in; as Mama Lisa says, you don’t have to be a professional to get your contribution included!

There is also a blog that mainly focuses on various world languages and cultures. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often!

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