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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

Your Guide to Italian Pronunciation and Grammar

Italian is widely regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful, romantic languages in the world. By providing you with an comprehensive guide to Italian pronunciation and grammar, we will have you on your way to near-native fluency in no time!  We go in-depth into each of the rules involved in accurately pronouncing words and crafting coherent sentences with the goal of getting you to a fluent conversational level. Make sure to get your free Ebook guide download at the end of the article!  ... 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

Arabic Learning Resources

The site Arabic Learning Resources features resources to help you learn both standard Arabic and the Egyptian dialect. The vocabulary lists include standard Arabic, the Egyptian (Cairene) dialect, and transliterations. You'll also find pages devoted to colloquial idiomatic expressions, proverbs, and sayings. The grammar lessons provide information on various topics such as pronouns, verb conjugations and tenses, and more, with examples to show usage. Most of the grammar information focuses on Egyptian Arabic, but some includes equivalent info for standard Arabic. There is also an FAQ page provides general information on the Arabic language.   ... read more

Italian Language Games

Italian language games are part of Digital Dialect's collection of language resources. They include games with numbers, greetings, colors, fruits & vegetables, food, time, clothing, animals and many others. Digital Dialects was launched in January 2007, originally a by-product of a dissertation reviewing web resources for language learning. The site was conceived as an educational tool for learning languages, and as a guide to online resources. The creator of the site, Craig Gibson, has worked for a variety of education and non-profit institutions in the fields of e-learning, educational resource management and information management. He holds an MA in Education and International Development, and an MSc in Web Information Management, and has spent several years studying Dutch, Hindi, Japanese and Spanish. ... read more

Learn Italian in Song

Learn Italian in Song is part of a blog and features many contemporary and classic Italian songs. Each song shows a video of the song, plus Italian and translated lyrics. Alex Britti, Adriano Celentano, Fred Buscaglione and Toto Cotugno are just a few of the singers that are included on the site. The site also has further information about Italian food, culture and education. ... read more

International Corpus of Arabic

"The International Corpus of Arabic (ICA) is an ambitious attempt to build a representative corpus of the Arabic language as it is used all over the Arab world, with the aim of supporting research on such language. The ICA is planned to contain 100 million words. Once finished, the analyzed version will be the first analyzed Arabic corpus available as a linguistic resource for researchers. It is also the first systematic investigation of national varieties within the Arabic speaking community, this should prove very useful for linguists who believe that their theories and descriptions of language should be based on real, rather than contrived, data." ... 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

LearnItalianPod

LearnItalianPod.com specializes in teaching “lovers of all things Italian” how to speak Italian language fast and easily. There are podcasts in different categories and for different levels - beginner, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced. Podcasts cover different topics like news, places, food, fun, romance, verbs, time, descriptions, people, etc. and are typically around 7 minutes long. They can be played online or be downloaded. ... read more

Jisho

Denshi Jisho is an easy-to-use and powerful online Japanese dictionary. It lets you find words, kanji and example sentences by searching in many ways. The dictionaries are also interlinked so that you can check what the kanji in a word mean individually or what context a word can be used in. You can also look up kanji by the parts they contain. The data is publicly available and comes from the excellent WWWJDIC project. (I use this site all the time to find meanings I don't understand, or whenever I'm looking for the right word to use in an essay or homework assignment. This website is a very quick and easy way to look up words/kanji in Japanese) ... read more

Midori

Midori is a Japanese-English, English-Japanese dictionary app. It's the most powerful dictionary and a perfect tool for those who are studying Japanese, with 860,000 entries, 150,000 example sentences, and many features that will make your Japanese learning experience much easier. ... read more

Kotoba App

This application is a multilingual Japanese dictionary for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The dictionary files are embedded in the application so that the dictionary service is available at all times with no additional cost. Kotoba! was created using the amazing JMdict files from the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group based on the work of Jim Breen on the EDICT project. Use the Japanese keyboard to look-up words in kana/kanji. You may use the excellent Traditional Chinese character recognition keyboard for on-screen drawing of Kanjis. Look-up in ramaji is as well supported. This application is 100MB+ large, installation over ITunes/Wifi is recommended. ... read more

Kanji Converter

This Kanji Converter is a neat tool for translating any Kanji that you may come across on a website that you do not understand. Just copy and paste the kanji and the site will give you a variety of options such as furigana, and even the definition. The best use of the site however, is the amazing ability it has to translate kanji on a website. Say you go to a Japanese website, but you don't know 1000+ kanji and want to know what's going on. Well, all you have to do is put the website's url into the translator, and the site will pull up and whenever you scroll over the kanji it will tell you the reading/definition of the kanji itself. It's amazing! ... read more

Japanese Dictionary for iPhone/Ipad

Living and working in Japan, I’ve found the Japanese dictionary  japaneseapp.com  by renzo Inc. to be absolutely fabulous! It’s a dictionary app on my iPhone & iPad. It’s got great depth of words and allows search in English, romaji, and Kanji by SKIP Code, Components, and using Handwriting.  It was a little pricy ($14 or $17 I think) but it’s been invaluable as a resource in communications with my faculty and students. I highly recommend it.                -Edo Forsythe                 Hirosaki Gakuin Univ.                 Hirosaki, Japan ... read more

Learn Japanese

This website features a grammar guide that is also available in a pdf and as an iPhone/iPad app. It also has links to resources and useful tutorials that go over useful tools for learning Japanese. ... read more

Irasshai

Irasshai - Welcome to Japanese! Irasshai teaches Japanese language and culture skills to high school and college students and adult learners and professionals. The 138 Irasshai video lessons get up close and intimate with viewer learners. Dr. Tim Cook, an Emmy award-winning instructor , takes students on a personal journey to where Japanese is spoken. Sometimes it’s predictable – inside a Japanese home or a Tokyo office building. Sometimes it’s less so – a sushi bar in Atlanta, a fishing hole in the Appalachians. Georgia Public Broadcasting set new instructional standards with Irasshai , which was the nations’ number one Japanese language and culture distance learning course from 1996 through 2009. The resources are very comprehensive. They include 138 online video lessons and cover a broad range of topics and everyday situations. ... read more

Yamasa Online Kanji Dictionary

The Yamasa Online Kanji Dictionary allows to search for kanji characters and displays them in their correct stroke order. It also includes the stroke count and provides further links to words containing or starting with the kanji character. The webinterface is straight to the point and links also to an English/Japanese dictionary. ... read more

Web Italian Lessons

Web Italian Lessons A quick and straightforward introduction into the Italian language by Lucio Chiappetti. It covers all the main parts of pronuciation, nouns, verbs, prepositions, numbers, pronouns, etc. including essential notes on grammar. He updates the pages in his spare time, more or less following the template and cadence of the Spanish pages by Tyler Jones. However the author does not guarantee to provide compilation of new pages regularly.  ... read more

A Short History of Italian Comics

This article gives a brief overview of the history of Italian comics Comics were introduced into Italy a few years after their appearance in the United States: from 1908 onwards the weekly paper Corriere dei Piccoli (Children's Courier) published the Sunday pages of Mimmo (Buster Brown), Fortunello (Happy Hooligan), Cirillino (The Newlyweds), Bibi e Bibo (The Katzenjammer Kids), and Bubbi (Little Nemo). The original American drawings were adapted to the style of illustrated children papers of the period: the speech balloons - considered non-educational - were eliminated, and the story was narrated by rhyming captions. In fact many Italians did not realise that in America these characters talked with "little puffs of smoke" or fumetti as they were called ... read more