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Language Learning Space

This is a website to support teachers and students of Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese languages in Australian schools. The section for teachers includes professional learning modules, links to relevant networks and access to resources. It provides teachers with thirty curated learning challenges per language, and gives ...

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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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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 [Chinese]

Search an island for clues to find a rare bird. Find Chinese characters hidden near the things they represent. Notice they are compound characters that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of characters. Sort all of the characters according to their common radicals. Identify the general pattern ...

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Radical hunt: school hunt [Chinese]

Take photos as you move around a school. Find Chinese characters hidden near the things they represent. Notice they are compound characters that share a common radical. Discover the related meanings of each set of characters. Sort all of the characters according to their common radicals. Identify the general pattern that ...

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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 ...

Moving Image

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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FanJian

This resource is an online tutorial program for learning traditional-simplified character equivalencies. The resource consists of two teaching units: simplification types and productivity, and one practice unit. Within each teaching unit there are many tutorials containing written explanations, character examples, video ...

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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 ...

Teacher resource

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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Zou ba! Families: members of other families

Explore the Chinese words for grandparents. Notice that different words are used for paternal and maternal grandparents. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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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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Quiz show: wheel of discovery: level 1 [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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Quiz show: pick a box [Chinese] [Windows version]

Pick boxes in a quiz show to score points. Start by selecting a key character that has a basic meaning. Look at the meanings of three other characters. Select the character needed to complete a given compound word. Complete more compound words. Review all the compound words you have made. Match enough meanings to win a ...

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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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Kanji whiz: balloon

Explore three structures of kanji. Classify kanji appearing on a series of balloons and stamp each kanji according to its structure. Build your knowledge of kanji components and structures by checking meanings and spoken readings. Play the challenge game and sort kanji by structure. This learning object is the first in ...

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Kanji whiz: kite

Explore six structures of kanji. Classify kanji appearing on a series of kites and stamp each kanji according to its structure. Build your knowledge of kanji components and structures by checking meanings and spoken readings. Play the challenge game and sort kanji by structure. This learning object is the second in a series ...