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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

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

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

Deutsch Lernen by Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle offers a comprehensive website of resources to learn German. They include courses sorted by level, worksheets, grammar exercises, German news (spoken slowly), podcasts / audio lessons and many more resources. Learning and teaching German With the free German courses from Deutsche Welle, you can choose the learning style that suits you best: e-learning at the computer, with short videos, audio courses or podcasts, or with texts and worksheets you can print out. Select from courses for beginners, intermediate learners, and advanced learners. German language teachers are welcome to use our multimedia material in their lessons. The Course Finder helps you choose the best format for each level. ... 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

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

Koohii: Japanese and Chinese

An amalgamation of different sources that help a person with any possible reference needed to learn the language. The forum/wiki is user based where members can discuss and contribute to the website. They can edit and share kanji stories with fellow learners, vote for the best stories, review with scheduled flashcards, and track your progress. ... read more

Redensarten-Index

This website offers a search for German idioms, phrases and colloquial expressions. ... read more

Language Guide.org Deutsch

Practice German vocabulary, expressions, the alphabet and numbers. Within each category, place your cursor over an image or text to hear it pronounced aloud. Then test your audio comprehension and speaking skills. ... read more

English for Peace

EduBlog English for Peace - This educational blog allows students to post articles and comments in different categories and discussion topics. It promotes the use the English language to communicate with studends outside of Japan (e.g. China) to enable inter-cultural exchange and promote peaceful communication.  ... read more

Leo.org online dictionary

Leo.org online dictionary - Leo.org probably is the leading online dictionary for the German language. It offers instant online translation of words and terms for various languages like English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Russian. It is supplemented by an active and very helpful discussion board, e.g. for complex phrases or other questions. Here is the official statement from the website: Willkommen bei LEO, dem Web-Angebot mit den beliebten Online-Wörterbüchern Deutsch-Englisch, -Französisch, -Spanisch, -Italienisch, - Chinesisch und - seit April 2010 - Deutsch-Russisch. Daneben bietet unser Angebot eine Fülle unterhaltsamer und interessanter Links. Viel Spaß (-: ... read more

Japanese Voicethread

Japanese VoiceThread This website is part of the voicethread.com focussing on the Japanese language. Users can comment and extend the existing voice thread as they wish. ... read more

Bayerisch Lernen (Learn Bavarian)

This website is dedicated to the Bavarian dialect of the German language. It explains important aspects of the Bavarian grammer and vocabulary. A thorough understanding of the German language is required. Below is an excerpt of the first chapter of the website: Griàss aich, laidl, gfraid me, dass hergfundn habts. Herzlich willkommen, lieber Bayernfreund und Liebhaber der bayrischen Sprache. Schön, dass Sie den Weg zu uns gefunden haben. Hier sind Sie richtig, wenn Sie sich schon immer mit der bayrischen Sprache beschäftigen wollten, entweder, um endlich zu verstehen, was ein "Buidl" ("Bild") ist oder um dem gepflegten lockeren Plausch zwischen zwei "Gmiaswaiwa" ("Gemüsefrauen") auf dem Münchner Viktualienmarkt verständnisvoll lauschen zu können. ... read more

German/English Language Exchange

Skype Project German/English Language Exchange - I would like to collaborate with a secondary school in a German-speaking country to set up a language exchange between our students. My students would have the opportunity to practice their newly learned German, deepen their knowledge of current culture and make friends abroad! We, of course, would offer the ability for your students to likewise practice their English skills.   Ich möchte mit einer Sekundärschule im deutschsprachigen Raum einen Austausch zwischen unseren Schulen aufbauen. Meine SchülerInnen würde die Gelegenheit haben, ihre neugelernten Fähigkeiten in Deutsch zu üben, und ihre Kenntnisse der aktuellen Kultur zu verbessern und vertiefen. Wir würden natürlich dasselbe Ihnen anbieten! ... read more

Japanese Iruka Class

VoiceThread of Iruka Class - This website is part of the voicethread.com focussing on the Japanese language. This thread shows childrens' drawings of different aspects of the Japanese culture, and includes audio recordings of the Japanese terms. ... read more