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Your Guide to Japanese Pronunciation and Grammar

Your Guide to Japanese Pronunciation and Grammar If you haven't played our Japanese Alphabet Game yet, make sure you do that first so in order to acquire Japanese reading fluency in a mere matter of hours, something that would typically take days if not weeks by traditional means.  Our guide comes with a FREE Ebook guide download and explains how you can speak and read Japanese properly in a detailed, yet simple way. In doing so, we make one of the hardest aspects of language learning a piece of cake!  ... read more

Japanese Alphabet Game: Hiragana & Katakana

The Japanese Alphabet Game Have you ever wanted to learn Japanese but felt like it was too hard to get your foot in the door due to the completely foreign writing system and alphabet? Our new Japanese Alphabet Game makes it easy for you to learn two of the major writing systems, Hiragana and Katakana, in a fraction of the time!  What would usually take weeks if not months using traditional learning methods can be reduced to a mere matter of days. By learning each individual letter and rule, you can practically apply what you've learned throughout the game. Simply scroll down to the end of the article to start playing!  ... read more

Shufoo

This website is a coupon site for printing advertisements that could be used as an authentic resource in class when discussing shopping, money, etc...  It can be used to pull up authentic advertising for Japanese stores.  Note: It is not possible to purchase anything from that site. ... read more

Linguee

Languages English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Czech, Romanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Bulgarian, Slovene, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Maltese What is Linguee? Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions. The Linguee search results are divided into two sections. On the left hand side you see results from our reliable editorial dictionary. This provides you with a quick overview of various translations of your search term. On the right hand side, you see example sentences from other sources to give you an idea of how your search term has been translated in context. ... read more

Chirp

Chirp is a way to share links, photos, and notes using encoded bits of sound.  While it is not specifically a language-learning application, it could be used to share with students in a classroom, or with anyone in audible range.  The app currently works on iOS and Android.   ... read more

Easel.ly

"Easel.ly is a website that features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share their visual ideas online. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from our extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch. Over 300,000 users have already registered with Easel.ly, and thousands of infographics are produced using the site every month." ... read more

PiktoChart

"Preview and pick themes from our gallery. Select from a range of over 100 categorized themes.  Customize your infographic using our intuitive editing tools. Choose from over 1000 images in our library or upload your own. Bring data to life with a variety of visualization options.  Then unleash your infographic. Make high resolution prints or share it online. Link, embed, email or share it on social media. The possibilities are endless. We now have Slideshare and Evernote integrations. And more to come." ... read more

Metta

With Metta, you can "bring relevant video material to the classroom to help students learn without feeling that they’re being taught." You can "embed polls and quizzes to keep them interested and excited. Get them involved, they’ll love it! It's super-simple. You just assign a single video to your group, the rest is done by Metta: students get an automated notification to complete the task on time and when it's done you'll be notified too. But there is much more: you can string together multiple videos, add captions, pictures, sounds, quizzes or polls to the mix. You can freely combine elements from the web to compelling slideshows with voiceovers, to multimedia presentations or movies." ... read more

BlendSpace

With BlendSpace, you can quickly and easily organize and present digital content from the web for your classes.   ... read more

Zaption

"Teachers, trainers, and content publishers use Zaption’s intuitive web app to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries. The result is an interactive learning tour that transforms video from a “lean back” experience to an engaging “lean forward” activity. With Zaption’s analytics, instructors get immediate feedback on how students interact with the content and understand key concepts." ... read more

Global Language Online Support System (GLOSS)

"GLOSS lessons are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.  Reading and listening lessons are based on authentic materials (articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.) and consist of 4 to 6 activities. In depth Feedback accompanies all motivating tasks, providing learners with thorough explanations and tutoring just like an attentive and experienced teacher would do. NOW AVAILABLE - GLOSS Certificates providing documentation of work accomplished.  With more than 6,000 lessons, GLOSS is a valuable resource in maintaining and improving language ability and proficiency." ... read more

Wordle

"Wordle is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends." Wordle works with multiple languages and has multiple output options.  It requires the Java plugin, which is free to download and install here .   ... read more

StoryBird

"Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories." Storybird is not specifically a language learning application, but could be very easily adapted for language education.   ... read more

Dipity Interactive Timelines

"Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Our mission is to organize the web's content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps." Dipity is not specifically designed for language education, but could easily be used in a language class, especially those oriented towards historical and current events.  ... read more

Aurasma

Aurasma is an augmented reality tool that uses image recognition technology to trigger multimedia experiences.  More information is available on the About Us page, and signing up for a free Aurasma Studio account is possible through the Studio Login page . Aurasma is not specifically intended for the language classroom, but can easily be applied to enhance students' language learning expreriences.  ... read more

Knovio for Japanese Language Students

This is a activity for the third-year Japanese language university students. Their proficiency level is Intermediate. The textbook used in this class is "Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning through Content and Multimedia). Therefore, the goal of this activity is to be able to narrate and describe by combining and interweaving to relate relevant facts in connected, paragraph-length discourse, using conjugations appropriately based on the Advanced level of ACTFL OPI guidelines. This activity introduced here will be conducted when class is covering Chapter 8 "Japanese Traditional Performing Art." At the beginning of this chapter, students learn about Japanese traditional performing art, by reading the passage and listening to the dialogue.  If time permits, the students act out a scene of Kyogen (It is a form of traditional Japanese comic theater.) introduced in the textbook. ... read more

Una cosa importante

This is an assignment I will do in the first week of an online AP Spanish class. It is designed so that the students can learn a bit about one another and to get them used to the idea of recording themselves for presentational speaking assignments.  You could do this with lower level students, but probably it will work best if the students are at least at the intermediate proficiency level.  Directions for students: ... read more

German resources at nthuleen.com

German resources by Nancy Thuleen In the teaching section of the website you'll find materials that Nancy Thuleen has prepared over the last few years while teaching German to undergraduates here at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The pages are a very good compilation of resources and include handouts, exercises, worksheets, videos and quizzes. They are well structured and cover German grammar, vocabulary, writing, culture, videos, lyrics, activities and miscellaneous. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are in German. Some may have English glosses for vocabulary and about half have English instructions. Feel free to use these as handouts or links for your own teaching, or for your own reference -- there's no need to give credit. However, please do drop her a line if you plan on using them for anything other than classroom or instructional use. ... read more

Beolingus

Beolingus is an online dictionary that translates English, Spanish, and Portuguese words into German and also provides explanations. If you have an account, it allows you to save translations and go back to them for reference. ... read more

50 Languages

50languages.com contains 100 lessons that provide you with a basic vocabulary. This free app has 30 lessons. ... read more