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Trailblazer [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Complete compound words or work out the meanings of compound words. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify the components or meaning of a Chinese compound word 'motivation' ...

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Trailblazer: level 1 [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Identify the meaning of Chinese compound words. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify the meaning of the Chinese compound word for 'motivation' given the meanings of the ...

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Trailblazer: level 3 [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Identify the missing character in a compound word given its meaning. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify that the Chinese character 'pool' combines with a given first ...

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Trailblazer: kyuukou [Japanese]

Solve nine kanji puzzles as you race through the city to win the set of nine codes and free your friends who have been captured by the enemy. Spot the connections between kanji, create new Japanese compound words, deduce the meaning of unknown compound words. For example, correctly identify the meaning of the Japanese compound ...

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Trailblazer: tokkyuu [Japanese]

Solve twelve kanji puzzles as you race through the city to win twelve codes and free your friends who have been captured by the enemy. Spot the connections between kanji, create new Japanese compound words, deduce the meaning of unknown compound words. For example, correctly identify the meaning of the Japanese compound ...

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Quiz show: wheel of discovery: level 2 [Chinese] [Windows version]

Solve word puzzles in a quiz show. Spin two wheels to make a compound word using two characters. Score points by identifying the meaning of the compound word. Use the meanings of the individual characters to work out the meaning of the compound word. Solve the meaning of enough compound words to win a prize. Review all ...

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Dragon temple: level 2 [Chinese]

Find your way through ancient temple grounds to a hidden treasure room. Solve word puzzles as you go. Identify components of Chinese characters and fit them together in the right order. Identify characters with similar components. Notice that characters are often formed from two or more basic characters. For example, the ...

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Stampede: balloon stampede [Chinese]

Look at the structure of Chinese characters appearing on a series of balloons. Classify the structure of each character. Stamp the characters according to their structures. Correct answers will pop the balloons. Note that there are about 400 components (basic characters) in Chinese writing. These components act as building ...

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Matching kanji

Explore sets of kanji that have similar appearance but contain subtle stroke differences, such as 日, 貝, 月 and 目. Pair up kanji that match exactly. Notice that when kanji look alike they sometimes have related meanings. Spot the subtle differences in strokes that form the different kanji. Build your knowledge of kanji by ...

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Kanji whiz: hanetsuki

Explore ten possible structures of kanji. Look at the structure of kanji appearing on shuttlecocks. Break up each kanji into two parts and classify its structure. Continue to break up the kanji into smaller components if possible. Build your knowledge of kanji components and structures by checking meanings and spoken readings. ...

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Code breaker [Chinese]

Sort well-formed Chinese characters from poorly formed characters. Look for characters that are well-proportioned within a square and have suitable stroke length, angle and size. Use a code-breaking machine to fix poorly formed characters. Adjust the position and proportion of character components. Discover the meanings ...

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Cracking the code: Chinese character catalogue

Explore the structure of more than 2000 Chinese characters via an interactive library. Browse subject categories to find out how character components are combined to form different characters. Investigate relationships of form, sound and meaning between characters which use the same component. For example, notice that the ...

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Radical hunt: island hunt [Japanese]

Search an island for clues to find a rare bird. Find kanji hidden near the things they represent. Notice the kanji are compound kanji that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of kanji. Identify the general pattern that the meaning of a radical will contribute to the meaning of a compound kanji. ...

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Kanji whiz

Explore the structures of kanji on balloons, kites or hanetsuki (shuttlecocks). Match structures to simple or compound kanji choosing from three, six or ten structures. Identify the structures correctly to earn points. Build your knowledge of kanji components and structures by checking meanings and spoken readings. Try ...

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Samurai castle: Shogun [Japanese]

Retrieve the precious treasures locked up in the Shogun's castle. Solve kanji puzzles to elude the Samurai, explore the castle grounds and find the three Keys that unlock the treasure room of the castle. Identify kanji with similar components to pass unseen through guarded checkpoints. Recognise components of kanji and ...

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Flip and match: matching kanji A

Flip cards of simple kanji and pair up the kanji that match exactly. Find the subtle differences in strokes that form the different kanji. Build your knowledge of simple kanji by checking their written and spoken sounds. Work your way through three levels of increasing difficulty. This learning object is the first in a ...

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Using 'Letter planet' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea provides video footage of students using an interactive digital resource L7855 'Letter planet: sh, ch, th' to develop their language skills. It describes and provides access to the digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant resources.

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Dragon temple: level 1 [Chinese]

Find your way through ancient temple grounds to a hidden treasure room. Solve word puzzles as you go. Identify components of Chinese characters and fit them together in the right order. Identify characters with similar components. Notice that characters are often formed from two or more basic characters. For example, the ...

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Teaching about Chinese characters - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea describes how a teacher used the Character catalogue and associated learning objects to help his Chinese language learners understand how Chinese characters are constructed from basic components, including form, shape, structure, stroke order, sound and meaning.

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Trailblazer: level 2 [Chinese]

Follow a trail through underground tunnels to discover hidden treasure. Unlock a series of doors by solving compound word puzzles. Identify the correct Chinese compound word given an English meaning. Use sound and meaning hints to help. For example, identify the combination of two components 'old' and 'hand' that make up ...