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Sunday Photo 09 November 2008

Avignon back streets

Avignon back streets – Autumn 2008

Hi5 Audio Word of the Day Applications

hi5We have just put the finishing touches on our suite of Audio Word of the Day Applications for the social networking site Hi5. If you are interested in added them to your Hi5 profile page just search the applications page for the language you are interested in.

Free Word of the Day Widgets

We have reduced our free Word of the Day widget code to just one line. Website owners can now just cut and paste this one line of HTML code into their website code and get a free Word of the Day with audio every day of the year. A great way to have visitors return to your website again and again. Here is what the French Word of the Day widget looks like for today:

Here are links to the scripts:

Japanese
Korean
Chinese
Chinese (Traditional)
Arabic
French
Italian
German
Russian
Spanish
Indonesian

Japanese Writing – What is kanji?

The word “Kanji” means Chinese letter or character. The kanji script was invented by the Chinese. It was introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks and adopted by the Japanese around the middle of the 6th century AD. Kanji are ideographs meaning that the whole character conveys a meaning rather than just a sound (the hiragana and katakana letters on the other hand convey just a sound). Kanji were originally drawn as pictures from nature but gradually transformed to more generalized representations.

By the end of year nine Japanese students will have learned 1945 kanji as prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education (the Jouyou Kanji). There are many many more less commonly used kanji totaling over 5000. ReadWrite Kanji teaches the 1945 prescribed kanji in the order in which that are taught to Japanese students.

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Kanji can be written in various styles.
This is the character for “good” written in a number of styles.

Italian Word of the Day iPhone App. – Feedback

“My Word!”   (Or iPhone Apps)

I’m studying Italian. Why? Because I want to!  I travelled to Rome in both 2006 and 2007, and found Italy one of the most wonderful travel destination. (It joins the ranks in my mind of places like Vienna; Warsaw, Poland, the Rhine River, Hong Kong, and the Gulf Coast of Florida!) When I’m going to a place like that, I always want to be able to do some communicating in the local language. So, last year I started an informal Italian class and worked on the language on my own. That worked well, and I was able to get along remarkable well. (It helps that the Italians are pleased, when you try to speak their language, instead of insisting that they use your English. They are also very forgiving about your mistakes.)

Along comes the Declan Software application for the iPhone: “Italian Word of the Day.”  Great app!!!  It not only provides the daily word, for the enormous fee of $.99 but what is remarkable is the kind of Word of the Day that you receive. They are phrases that are designed to get you into a conversation mode with the language immediately. I mean phrases like:  “on the left,” “ on the floor,” “on the table,” “instead of”. They are conversation blocks, not just words.

Of course they also have a similar application for words in other languages.  That’s cool but right now it’s Italian that I want, and they’re coming through.  Look them over.

Ken Z.

Sunday Photo – 21 September 2008

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Astronomy Tower, La Sorbonne, Paris. Autumn 2008.

Literary or Classical Arabic

We are often asked what form of Arabic our software teaches. ReadWrite Arabic and Arabic Falshcards use ”Literary” or “Classical” Arabic” (اللغة العربية الفصحى‎ : al-luġatu l-ʿarabiyyatu l-fuṣḥā: meaning “the most eloquent Arabic language”) which is the language of the present-day mass media across North Africa and the Middle East. It is also the language of the Qur’an.

Literary (Classical) Arabic is the official language of all Arab countries and is the form of Arabic taught in schools.

iPhone Apps Now Available

avail_on_app_store_.pngOur Japanese, Chinese, and French Word of the Day iPhone applications are now available in the Apple iTunes App Store.

Here the the direct links to their iTunes pages:

Japanese 
Chinese
French

UPDATE:  German and Korean Word of the Day Apps are also now available. Here are the direct iTunes links:

German 
Korean

UPDATE 2:  Chinese (Traditional) Word of the Day App now available. Here are the direct iTunes link:

Chinese (Traditional)

UPDATE 3:  Russian and Spanish Word of the Day Apps now available. Here are the direct iTunes links:

Russian
Spanish

UPDATE 4:  Italian Word of the Day App now available. Here are the direct iTunes link:

Italian
 

iPhone Word of the Day Application

Here is another sneak preview of our upcoming iPhone Word of the Day Applications. The screen shot is of what the icons look like on the iPhone itself for the Japanese, French, Chinese (Simplified) and Korean versions of the software. These have now been submitted to the iTune App Store and in review for approval.

Declan Software iPhone Word of the Day Application

Our first iPhone Application

Here is a sneak preview of Declan Software’s first iPhone application – a simple word of the day program that will be available for all our regular languages including Japanese, Chinese, French, Korean and more. The software will be available in the iTunes appliction store in a couple of weeks and will cost just $0.99 for a one year subscription.

Declan Software's first iPhone application - Japanese Word of the Day

Declan Software’s first iPhone application – Japanese Word of the Day