28th February 2013: ENGLISH-CHINESE worksheets: A somewhat-momentous day the 28th of February 2013 has been, with the resignation of the Pope probably overshadowing almost everything else :/
A landmark day it is for us, too, though, in that we're able to announce - finally! - that the first 2400 Chinese-English worksheets (vocabulary) are now on line. The worksheets started going up a few days ago but there has been an incredible amount of work to do, to link them into the network of other dual-language worksheets on the site here - eg see the gold block of links on 'house' on the English-only set - as well as from the very many other pages across the site.
The structuring of the Chinese area has been complex beyond description, but effectively there are six "sets" (English to Simplified Characters, English to Pinyin SC, Pinyin SC to Simplified Characters) (English to Traditional Characters, English to Pinyin TC, Pinyin TC to Traditional Characters) and each worksheet links to its own equivalent in each of the six sets. A little difficult to describe, but a page like house08 (random selection) shows the links (gold bar) to the other Chinese equivalents, and clicking on the underlined 'HOUSE' in the worksheet title takes you to the house index page where there are links to the same house-index page in all the other language sets where the vocabulary worksheets are all available - English, Russian, Urdu, French, Romanian, Polish, Bulgarian, German, Dutch, Arabic, and Turkish, so far.
Effectively this means that not only can children of different nationalities learn English side-by-side in classrooms, but also this can be replicated for any other language combination simply by printing out the requisite matching-English-content worksheets from the different language sets. Chinese, too, can now be taught in this way if wished, by combining its worksheets with any of the other languages.
Our endless thanks for all their hard work go to Shalem Lee (translating) and Ron Lee (checking) who have made possible this incredible interwoven English - Pinyin - Chinese characters resource.
Our thanks must also go to the very many other people who have given up months or even years of their spare time, to help in translating and checking the other language sets now available - see our "Roll of Honour" page - and made possible this whole extraordinary language-learning resource which now goes beyond anything available anywhere else worldwide. And it's *free*.