It’s spring!  Here are some flowers that bloom in the spring.  I’m really bad with flower names, but I’ll try to explain a bit in English and Japanese.

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tulips

The Japanese word is a loanword:  churippu チューリップ

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A cherry blossom tree, so a “sakura” tree  (I can’t remember the variety.)

葉桜 hazakura=a cherry tree whose blossoms have fallen, revealing fresh green leaves

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tachibana? According to the sign anyway.  Don’t know this in English.

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A variety of lily.  In Japanese yuri ゆり

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椿 tsubaki

When I lived in Narita City, I used to know an elderly man whose name was Mr. Tsubaki.  He would say, “My name is easy to remember. It means Camellia.”

I wonder what happened to him.  I’m quite sure he has passed away by now.

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A cherry blossom tree.  Yes, I took these photos weeks ago.

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The park we often walk to.   My son likes to swing.

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This is a truly beautiful dog.  I’ve seen it ever since we first arrived in Fukushima, which was years ago (nine?), so this dog must be getting on in years.

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The owner says it is a “Sakhalin” but I don’t know how that can be because I looked up Sakhalin on the net and they don’t resemble this dog.  I might be mistaken.   I’m a bit kooky sometimes.  Although if you regularly read this blog you know that by now.  🙂


In case you don’t like flowers or dogs (and I know many people don’t 😉 ), here are some sites that you and your little one can listen to.

http://www.storynory.com/  This has gotten a revamp!

http://www.storylineonline.net/  I luvs this site.

http://mrsp.com Isn’t this the fantastic actress with the blue eyeshadow from the Drew Carey show?  See, even though I live in Japan, I do know some things!

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories British Council is like totally the awesomest site ever.

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/stories-poems from British Council for older kids

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/onlinestory.htm#read  Although this is great, too.  (Many of these come from British Council.)

http://www.loyalbooks.com/genre/Children  These are public domain books.  They are read by volunteers.

http://www.storyplace.org I listened to this a lot when my not-so-little one was little.

http://www.cbeebies.com  Charming

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/cr cbeebies radio-podcasts

http://www.storyteller.net/stories/audio This site is new to me.

http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/

http://www.magickeys.com/books/

http://kidscorner.reframemedia.com/listen/archives  Bible stories

http://readingisfundamental.org/  Scroll to the bottom for links to other parts of the site. This site is great. (When I clicked on this link, it said page not found.  However, when I scrolled to the bottom, the links were there.)

http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/fiction-nonfiction/load.htm?f Aren’t we all lucky that Starfall exists.

http://www.sesamestreet.org/  Let’s overdose on Sesame Street together.

http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/read-alouds/ one of my favorite authors

http://www.seussville.com/?home#/videopage Dr. Seuss videos

http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/folk/  I command you all to start reading Japanese fairy tales today.

https://www.englishclub/listening/  This is meant for ESL, but I think it is perfect for a lot of native kids. (older kids particularly)

http://www.englishclub.com/listening/ Also ESL, good for older kids

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/  News from America in slow English. (There is also the regular VOA.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround news for kids from CBBC

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/ng-kids-on-youtube/

https://www.funkidslive.com/ Kids radio

http://www.jango.com/music/?l=0 Kids radio (has advertising)


 

https://sites.google.com/site/huntedweb/home3 not listening, but miscellaneous links.

http://www.wegivebooks.org You have to sign up for this.  It’s free and easy.  You either read the book to your little one or he/she read its.  (It’s not audio.)

http://freerice.com/category Not stories, but I am including it because I like it so much.

http://www.gocomics.com/explore/comics lots of kiddy comics

IF ANY OF THE LINKS GET BROKEN, JUST GOOGLE THE URL!

“Raising a Trilingual child” also posted great links on her great website!

Go take a peek!

 

Do you have any favorites?