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YellowBridge Chinese-English Dictionary

This is an online bilingual Chinese/English dictionary with options to search for the English meaning of a word or phrase by pinyin, with or without indicating the tone number; by simplified or traditional characters, either entering pinyin or using a writing tool; or by character components, such as selecting from a list ...

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Visual Mandarin: left and right falling strokes

This is an online instructional video on how to write left and right falling strokes used in Chinese characters. The video is delivered by a presenter who speaks in Chinese with subtitles in characters and English at the bottom of the screen. The presenter demonstrates how to write each stroke and then practises using the ...

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Visual Mandarin: horizontal and vertical lines

This is an online instructional video on how to write horizontal and vertical strokes used in Chinese characters. The video is delivered by a presenter who speaks in Chinese with subtitles in characters and English at the bottom of the screen. The presenter demonstrates how to write each stroke and then practises using ...

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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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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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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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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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Explore letters, words and text

This collection of 16 interactive learning objects supports early years learners to recognise upper- and lower-case letters, words and sentences and to create and sequence multimodal texts. The selected items in the collection are representative of others in their series, and they provide strong visual and audio support ...

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Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? - unit of work

In this unit of work students examine a variety of texts that feature a wolf as a key character. They distinguish between fiction and non-fiction texts and focus on storybooks to compare and contrast the interpretations. They use a variety of dramatic techniques to help them understand the characters and develop their own ...

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Growing and changing - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concepts of growing and changing and learn how to write descriptions and explanations.

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Tell it like it is - unit of work

In this unit of work students learn about sequence and detail through recounting and sequencing details of personal events, literary texts and procedures.

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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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Sentence builder: prehistoric: tool

Help a caveman use a sentence builder machine to create past-tense sentences. Spin each rock to see a new word for your sentence. Choose words from five groups: when, who, what, where and setting.

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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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Samurai castle: Daimyo [Japanese]

Retrieve the precious treasures locked up in the Daimyo'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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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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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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Radical hunt: holiday hunt [Japanese]

Take part in a holiday competition on your way to Paradise island. Find kanji hidden at the airport and on the island to win a mystery prize. 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 ...

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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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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 ...