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Learn Chinese with Pleco

This is reblogged from my post at FreeTech4Teachers.

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In the last few years, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) has become a prominent language in American Classrooms. As learning Chinese requires not only learning the spoken word, but learning a new text and character system, touch screen tools have become incredibly helpful in teaching students how to craft Chinese characters.

Source: Pleco

One of the best, free tools for students learning Chinese is Pleco, available in bothPleco iOS and Android Pleco. The free dictionary includes over 100,00 entries that are updated regularly. Students can look up words by…

[Read the complete post at FreeTech4Teachers].

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The New Google Drive Empowers Language Learners

The New Google Drive Empowers Language Learners

This is a guest post from Jennifer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) of EdTechTeacher– an advertiser on this site.

Recently, while demonstrating to a Spanish class how to use Google Drive, I also showed them how to change the overall text to Spanish. By doing this, autocorrect would stop trying to change their text, and they would no longer have that annoying red line appearing under their writing. I then reminded them to switch the language back to English when they returned to working on other classes. A student (7th grader) quickly shot up his hand and taught me something new today about Google Docs.

With the New Drive, not only can you now set your overall language, but you can also include a subset of languages that you understand. This is a great tool for students taking foreign language classes. A first year Spanish student, for example, can easily get confused when their menus switch to Spanish as a result of changing the primary language in Drive. That’s no longer an issue if Spanish is added as anadditional language rather than the primary one!

The addition of more languages is easy. While in the New Drive,  click on Settings(the gear shaped icon in the top right corner) and then select “Settings:”Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 2.21.59 PM

 

You can read the rest of the post via the link:

The New Google Drive Empowers Language Learners.

Google Translate Can Now Handle Handwriting

Next time you get a hand written note from your hostel mate in a language you can’t understand, you can turn to Google Translate. The online version of the translation service has now caught up with the Android app and will support handwriting.

To test it out, just go to the Google Translate page. When you select your language, at the bottom…

Google Translate Can Now Handle Handwriting | Smart News.

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Image: Google Translate

Help the Oxford English Dictionary Solve Dictionary Mysteries

Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 7.11.33 PMThe Oxford England Dictionary (OED) is seeking help from the public in solving some dictionary mysteries. Do you have input on the history of the words or phrase(s): def, suicide (drill), “something for the weekend,” “Meandering of Memory,” Long Island iced tea, mullet, luvvie, demon bowler, and more (see their list of words here).

For information on what constitutes evidence and how to submit it, see their guidelines here.