Chinese Resources

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In-class Reinforcements

These resources can help you and your child practice what they have learned in Mandarin.  What do you notice that is the same as what we have learned in class?  What is different?

Greetings and Introductions:   你好! Nǐ hǎo! Hello!

宁宁:你好! Nǐ hǎo! Hello!
铃铃:你好! 你叫什么名字? Nǐ hǎo! Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? Hello! What is your name?
宁宁:我叫宁宁。你叫什么名字? Wŏ jiào Níng níng. Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi?” My name is Níng ning. What is your name?
铃铃:我叫铃铃。宁宁再见_! Wŏ jiào Líng ling. Níng ning zàijiàn!” My name is Líng ling. Goodbye, Níng ning!
宁宁: 铃铃 再见! Líng ling zàijiàn!” Goodbye, Líng ling!)


Additional vocabulary:

我是…           Wŏ shì ___.                    (I am ___.)

同学                Tóngxué                         (classmate)

同学们好! Tóngxué men hǎo!    (Hello, Class!)

老师                  lǎoshī                             (teacher )

老师好!       Lǎoshī hǎo!                    (Hello, Teacher!)

Video using these phrases and more:

Classroom Commands and Courteous Expressions:

站起来 Zhàn qǐlái Stand up
坐下 Zuò xià Sit down
安静 ān jìng Be quiet
请举手 Qǐng jǔ shǒu Please raise your hand
注意听 Zhùyì tīng Listen carefully
请看 Qǐng kàn Please Look
说大声点儿 Shuō dà shēng diǎnr Speak a little louder
跟我读 Gēn wǒ dú Repeat after me
谢谢 Xiè xie Thank you
不客气 Bú kèqi You’re welcome
对不起 Duì bùqǐ Sorry
没关系. Méi guānxi That’s alright/ok.


Counting from 1-10:

Counting from 100-1000

General Resources to Enhance Your Study:

Pinyin Pronunciation Chart:

BBC Languages section on Chinese:

You’ll find a variety of resources here:

And more specific resources for kids here:

Videos on learning to write Chinese characters:

ABCs of Chinese introductory videos are helpful in understanding the way characters are formed.  I am not endorsing their product.  However, their videos are very helpful.  This is the first in the series:

Remember It has a shorter, helpful video, but finishes with an advertisement for its computer-based curriculum.  Just ignore that if you have no interest.  I’m not endorsing it here; I just like the explanation of characters:


There are a number of apps for personal devices that can help students learn more Chinese.  The apps that I list here are the ones designed for children who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a Second Language and ages at 5+.  The best way to use the apps:

1. Play with the app yourself first.

2. Play with the app with your child together.

3. Select 3 to 5 words that you have learned, write them down and use them in the next 24 hours with your child.

4. Break down each unit into short sessions according to your child’s needs, so it is not overwhelming with all the new words.

5. Put down the device, go out and use the words, phrases, and sentences that you have learned in real life.  Have fun!

Lingu Pinguin, Chinese Flashcards and Chungaboo are interactive flashcards that teach words.  Piggy Picnic and Rick & Jackie are games that teach words, phrases and basic sentences.

Lingu Pinguin (Mandarin Chinese) – This is an interactive English-Chinese picture dictionary with audio.  The vocabulary themes are animals, transportation, food, face & body, farm, toys, nature, clothes, and house.  There is a quiz section for review. Pronunciation: standard Mandarin Chinese.  Audio options: English and Mandarin Chinese.

Chinese Flashcards (Mandarin Chinese & multilingual) by INKids (Animal set/Mandarin Chinese version) – This is a flashcard app with very nice illustrations for young children.  I like that the Chinese characters are included in each card.  It is important that you select “Mandarin Chinese” in the language setting to hear the correct pronunciation.  Audio options: English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese.

Chungaboo – Language Series (Multilingual including Mandarin Chinese/Words set) – This is a multilingual app for kids including Mandarin Chinese. Touch the pictures and see what happens.  When you select Chinese in language setting you will see Pinyin (pronunciation guide) with tone marks on each card.  This set has 20 interactive cards.  Audio: Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Go beyond words and learn some basic sentences:

Ricki & Jacky  – This is an entertaining and educational app. This app introduces words and basic sentence patterns.

I recommend these for adults:

Chinese Writer and Audio Trainer by Trainchinese

Their apps are free, and come with a good basic vocabulary to begin with.  You canexpand the vocabulary by purchasing banks of new words.

English/Mandarin dictionary:

Pleco – This is a free app, and gives you definitions and audio options to listen to pronunciation.

The Google Translate app can be useful for simple phrases, and has an audio element to listen to pronunciation, but it isn’t consistently accurate.