|Pan-Pan with my Chinese book... |
trying to stay one step ahead of them!
As new learners of Mandarin, I've been hunting down the most helpful places online to help us learn a few characters, figure out the difference between those fiendish tones and let the kids have fun at the same time! Here are the very best websites I found:
1. Poisson Rouge: School of Chinese
We are longtime fans of Poisson Rouge for learning French and creative games, so very thrilled to learn they have a Mandarin area too!
|Schmoo plays with her Semanda flashcards|
At Semanda, you can play with their flashcards online, flipping them at the click of your mouse, or print them out and play offline.
3. Mandarin For Me
This wonderful website has many freebies such as videos, games and links to other Mandarin websites.
4. BBC Mandarin
The BBC has a small but useful free selection of games, videos & vocabulary lists.
5. Panda Mom
A blog for non-native Mandarin speakers wishing to teach their children the language - hey, that's me!
5b. Sweet Plum Fairy
A blog for helping teach Mandarin to children, with lots of handy resources. Hasn't been updated for a while though.
Clever memory tricks using drawings to help you remember those tricky Chinese characters
7. Amazon list of Mandarin resources: a very useful list of well reviewed books, DVDs & games for learning Mandarin
8. Max & Mei
Lovely drawings and some free games.
9. Chinese Learning for Kids
Amazing free online Chinese course!
9b. Better Chinese
Online Chinese course with lovely illustrations
This is a wonderful online shop, full of great Chinese books, DVDs & games. I've bought Kingka from them, a game that helps children (and adults!) learn 54 Chinese characters by the time they've mastered it. It looks great, although we haven't actually put it to the test yet. I'm saving it for Pan-Pan's birthday.
11. Mandarin Poster
This website has wonderful huge posters with the most common 1,500 characters, as well as free downloadable posts of radicals (the strokes you need to make up other characters).
12. English-Chinese dictionary
Translates into simple Chinese characters, perfect for us! There is a traditional Chinese character option too.
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