We are actually a low tech family. We don’t have a TV, microwave, or even a stereo, but we do have a tablet. Our 5 year old gets about 4 hours of screen time each month. My 2 year old still doesn’t have the attention span for shows or apps. She prefers to harass her big brother during his programs. We do load-up the iPad with apps for times when we need back up entertainment for the kids, such as a long flight.
Here are some of the apps we enjoy and continue using to learn Chinese.
Online Mandarin Class Comparison - Looking for more ways your child can learn Chinese? There are several companies offering Chinese classes online, but which one is the best? I’ve created an Online Mandarin Class Comparison chart of four companies, Lingo Ace, Lingo Bus, Panda Tree, and Speaking Duck. The good news is all four of these companies offer a free trial. Continue Reading iHuman Chinese Literacy App - My favorite app for kids learning Chinese characters is the iHuman Chinese Literacy App for ages 4+. I supervise my son’s screen time and I actually enjoy using this app with him. iHuman Chinese is a highly polished, extremely well designed app that teaches 1200 Chinese characters through game based lessons. The illustrations and animations are modern and the main characters are space heroes. The content is not too babyish and suitable for a wider age group. Free Trial iHuman… Continue Reading Apps For Kids With Touch Audio - In this post I am sharing three reading apps for kids with touch audio feature. I have selected Little Chinese Readers, Storyworld, and Joyreader because they specifically offer the touch audio feature in their stories. At our current reading level we can keep reading the free stories on Joyreader. I have a free subscription for Little Chinese Readers from a promotion last year. Storyworld is offering 40% off all yearly packages as a Chinese New Year promotion so I will… Continue Reading Get 40% Off Storyworld - As a special promotion for Chinese New Year, Storyworld is offering a 40% discount on any yearly subscription package. Code MM40CNY is valid from 1/30/2019 until 2/05/2019. Once the promotion ends, please enjoy 20% off with code MM20YR. About Storyworld Storyworld is an interactive learning-through-stories language tool for children two years old and up. Their library of original, fully-illustrated books is leveled by Lexile® and covers over 1200 common words and phrases in Spanish, Chinese and English. They currently offer more than… Continue Reading Storyworld - The Storyworld learn Chinese app is exactly what I’ve been searching for. While preparing vacation without the kids, I started looking for Chinese reading apps they could use without me. There are many apps and podcasts for audio stories but not many options for reading. I tested several reading apps. Some wouldn’t even open for me to test! The rest were unremarkable. Then I stumbled upon the Storyworld app. I absolutely love it! The app features an interactive bilingual story, “Cooking… Continue Reading Decipher Chinese - ***Update: The Decipher app is no longer available*** Decipher Chinese allows you to learn Chinese by reading news articles specifically written by teachers. I find this learn Chinese app easy to use. The interface is straightforward and intuitive. It’s a no frills app but loaded with just the right features for beginners. The articles are short and mostly about Chinese culture with some world news. The best part of the Decipher Chinese app is the touch dictionary/audio feature. This allows me… Continue Reading APPS and Websites to Watch Mandarin Chinese Shows - Dramafever has shut down forever. I had a great run using this streaming app to watch Mandarin Chinese shows. We shared so many 吳慷仁 marathons. Then one day when we were almost done with Substitute Princess and it was kaput. But why??? Who does the Substitute princess choose in the end, 吳慷仁 or that other guy? I had to find out. The good news is that I have an ipad and don't worry too much about getting a virus streaming… Continue Reading