Friday, March 8, 2013

Lyrics Training

Lyrics Training is a fun site that uses music videos and games based on the videos to teach you your target language. This is one of Faith's favourite sites because she loves to sing and listen to music. First you will want to select the language you are learning.

Next you will want to select a video with a level of difficulty that won't be too hard for you.
There are three difficulty levels. Easy, Medium, and Hard. At first you may not be sure what level of music video you should be watching but it shouldn't take too long to figure it out.

Follow along with the video as you play a fill-in-the-blank game, earn points, and collect vocabulary words. This one is Dices by Selena Gomez & The Scene. It's Medium.
I recommend watching the music video a few times and then playing the fill in the blank game that goes with it. This is a fun way to get used to listening to the language.

Some researchers also believe that because of the way our brain works we are more likely to retain something that has been sung to us for a long, long time than something that has simply been spoken to us.

There are three game modes. Easy, Medium, and Expert. On Expert you will fill in the full lyrics. You might want to really get to know the song before trying that one!

This site will keep you busy for a while but make sure it's not quiet time when you play with this one!

Languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

123 Teach Me

123 Teach Me is a site with resources, games, and a kid's section for learning Spanish for free online. This site has A LOT of stuff.

Los Elefantes - A Spanish Song For Children
The site has some popular children's songs and nursery rhymes. My favourite is Arroz Con Leche but Olive (one of my little sisters) loves Los Elefantes. We listen to all the songs.


Destination Death: Find Your Missing Sister (Spanish, German, French)

One of my favourite games on the site is Destination Death even though it's not for kids. (So don't tell Faith because she'll tell on me, shhh!) The game is not as scary as they make you think (by saying it isn't for kids). Although, it is a little dark and you are looking for a missing person. So, if those kind of things give you the heebie jeebies you might want to pass.

You just have to be able to read some Spanish (or German or French since the game has those options.) and you'll be able to solve the mystery and find your missing sister in the airport. They give you a multiple choice list of responses which makes the game easier.


A Placement Test Question
 This one is important because you can see how much Spanish you know. I like to take them once a month to see how far I have progressed in my Spanish learning. This is one of my favourite features on 123 Teach Me.

One of my own scores from a placement test. My Spanish isn't perfect!?

There are a lot of other features on the site. You can sort sentences, listen to dialogues, take quizzes. You might want to make sure you have enough spare time when you check it out because you are going to want to spend a while on this one!

Languages: Spanish