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Best Chinese Learning Apps for Kids

Apps are a great way to learn Mandarin Chinese for kids. Through fun and engaging apps and games, parents and teachers can easily teach children more about Chinese language.

Children who like to speak Chinese will enjoy a rich cultural experience as well as it helps to improve other areas of study, especially music. Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese are tonal languages. There are also lots of Chinese phrases and sentence patterns that make learning the language easier for a child to learn.

Here is a list of apps that will help your kids learn Chinese for both Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices.

Miaomiao's Chinese For Kids

( iPad - £2.99 )

Miaomiao's Chinese is an engaging app offering an introduction to Chinese, specifically how to write and form Chinese characters.  Aimed at younger children encountering Chinese for the first time, this app offers video introductions followed by guided practice. Miaomiao's Chinese has a wide variety of games that teach listening, speaking and pronunciation, character recognition, useful vocabulary and simple sentences. 
 
From a pedagogical standpoint, the app follows a common approach to acquiring new language: dividing the progression into a series of skills, such as numbers, family, introductions, animals, colour, etc. for children to work through at their own pace.  Here, the videos are a fantastic introduction to the characters and have been clearly thought through with emphasis on real-world contexts and visual learning.

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Fun Chinese | Learn Mandarin

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Fun Chinese app is cute and very suitable for kids to learn chinese language. This app includes educational activities and teaches kids to read, speak & spell. It combines a structured Mandarin Chinese language course with engaging and entertaining games. The language course is divided into lessons. Each language lesson teaches core vocabulary and presents words in several contexts to assist learning and retention. Fun Chinese app uses different voices so that the learners can pick up on the subtleties of pronunciation.

Kids Learn Mandarin Chinese

( Android - Free )

Miao Mi is a Mandarin entertainment and educational kids app that encourages children to learn Mandarin Chinese in a creative, fun and interactive way. Kids Learn Mandarin is one title in their extensive library of titles, and it uses progressive mini-games to teach the basic fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese to players ages 2-8. Kids Learn Mandarin starts off with simple numbers and every day vocabulary, like 10 and “tree”.  Across 12 different lessons, the app teaches kiddos to speak, write, and read over 200 words.  The levels get progressively harder to match the skills being learned, and the adorable graphics and voice narration only reinforce the language being taught. 

Miao Mi - Learn Chinese Kids

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

With Kids Learn Mandarin Chinese app, kids can learn new vocabulary words in Mandarin and get lots of exposure to the Mandarin language. Simple videos and songs in Mandarin -- and the English versions of the target words -- introduce specific words or short phrases. Kids can watch the same clips from TV shows in all English or all Mandarin and check comprehension.
 
Over 500 Videos on Demand: A collection of animated series for young children designed to educate, entertain and empower, in Mandarin Chinese & English. Trusted By Parents: A safe and ad-free environment featuring a parent-approved selection of shows enjoyed by millions of kids in Asia to learn Mandarin Chinese skills.
Learn Chinese (Mandarin) - MindSnacks

( iPad - Free )

MindSnacks Mandarin is a one-of-a-kind language game-based learning app. It features six exciting games designed to build essential vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and conversation skills, including an all new game to teach tones.
 
This app is ideal for people just starting out with Mandarin as well as for beginner and intermediate learners! Make your way through 50 levels of language content, playing games and completing fun challenges as you go. Every level features up to 25 Mandarin words and phrases, in pinyin and characters, with pictures and matching audio clips from a native Mandarin-speaker. The app also includes a unique learning algorithm that uses proven methods of memorization training to make sure you don't forget the material you learn as you progress through the app.

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