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.
The Japanese word is a loanword: churippu チューリップ
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
tachibana? According to the sign anyway. Don’t know this in English.
A variety of lily. In Japanese yuri ゆり
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.
A cherry blossom tree. Yes, I took these photos weeks ago.
The park we often walk to. My son likes to swing.
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.
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.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/cr cbeebies radio-podcasts
http://www.storyteller.net/stories/audio This site is new to me.
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
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?