Learn Chinese Apps

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. I have tested so many apps. So many! Here are some of the learn Chinese apps we enjoy and continue using.


How to add Zhuyin to websites with this Chrome extension How to Add Zhuyin to Websites - Do you ever wish you could implant a microchip in your brain and instantly be able to read as many languages as programmed? Until then we can make reading Chinese for newbies a little easier with the technology available now. Here's how to add Zhuyin (aka Bopomofo) to websites using a Chrome extension. Translating Chinese to English isn't always accurate, add Zhuyin instead and make it possible to shop Chinese sites, read news, and use educational websites. Continue Reading
Google Sheets automatically translate english to chinese Automatically translate English to Chinese with Google Sheets - Use google sheets to automatically translate English to Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Pinyin. Google sheets is free! Continue Reading
Google fonts screenshot Free Chinese Fonts - Google Fonts now has free Chinese fonts. You can use them to create your own worksheets and flashcards. You can even use the fonts for commercial use if you want to resell your creations. Both Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese fonts are available. Just go to Google fonts to get started! How to search for Chinese Fonts on Google Fonts 1. Click the “Language” drop-down menu and select the Chinese language option you are looking for.   2. Click on… Continue Reading
girl in front of laptop smiling during online chinese lessons 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. Online Chinese Class Comparison Chart Review of Online Chinese Classes The four companies were selected based on how legitimate their website looks. All of… Continue Reading
iHuman Chinese App 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
Touch Audio Apps 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
Storyworld Chinese New Year 40% Off 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 Learn Chinese App 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 Learn Chinese APP Decipher Chinese - 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 to practice reading with the pinyin turned off.… Continue Reading
APPS and Websites to Watch Mandarin Chinese Shows 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