Educational studies have shown that children at a young age possess a natural ability to learn multiple languages because they’re highly receptive to linguistic concepts. Mobile devices, with their flexibility and variety, can be a handy tool in the palm for kids to learn, both at home and elsewhere.
Below are three entertaining but useful apps for learning Chinese on an iPhone or iPad, with several base languages to choose from. Tap to start a creative learning journey for your kids!
LinguPinguin (suitable for preschoolers)
LinguPinguin teaches words grouped in different themes, including animals, food, and nature. Each of the words is illustrated with an entertaining short animation. Simple and easy to use, LinguPinguin makes learning a second language full of fun and creativity for the little ones. Language options: English, German, Spanish, French, and Japanese.
Free. Available for IOS 3.0 or later.
Feed Me Chinese (suitable for pre-K students)
This app not only teaches words but also explains concepts to help little ones get ready for kindergarten. Feeding the cute little monster with “knowledge food” covering over 34 subjects makes learning fun and challenging at the same time. Language options: Mexican Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.
RMB 18. Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Chinese Writer by trainchinese (Suitable for all ages)
This app is specialized for writing practice by flash cards. You can select the Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese version on the app. You have up to 60 seconds before a character hits the bottom, and you get marks according to the time you spend finishing the writing and your writing skills. Language options: English, Russian, Spanish.
Free with in-app purchase option. Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
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