Comparing the differences between the four key models of the portable 有道 Youdao Dictionary pen (Version 2.0, Version 3.0, Pro version, and International Version) , which can all translate from simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and English, from individual words to entire sentences.
Our favourite Chinese literacy apps are iHuman Hong En Literacy (洪恩识字) and Wukong Literacy (悟空数学). Both of these apps are designed for children who have a sound spoken understanding of Mandarin, and are starting to learn characters/words in Simplified Chinese form. This review compares the key differences between these two apps. Note: The entireContinue reading “App comparison: Wukong Literacy (悟空识字) versus iHuman (洪恩识字) for learning Chinese characters”
This posts summarises our favourite animated series from YouTube in Mandarin, for children. These are series which are all originally written in Chinese (i.e not translated from US), and have an subtle educational focus, relevant for aged 4 to 10.
This posts summarises our favourite non-animated Youtube series for children in Mandarin Chinese, suitable for aged 3 to 10 year olds, including drama, current affairs, game shows and lifestyle shows. All links provided within the post.
List of excellent authors of Chinese picture books, which can be found in the Singapore NLB, and which are all Luka compatible.
(above graphic is modified list from Bilingual Kidspot) As the year draws to an end, it marks my one-year anniversary of blogging. In an otherwise-really-bizarre-year for the whole planet, it’s been a haven to be able to write and learn together with so many amazing parents trying to do the Chinese-English bilingual parenting gig, includingContinue reading “My bilingual parenting mistakes, and resolutions for 2021”
This post compares the different schooling approaches to learning Chinese in Singapore (local school vs bilingual immersion), and how this translates into learning outcomes from a native-speaking perspective. It also lists good bridging books to encourage bilingualism and biliteracy.
Luka Mini is a simpler version of the Original Luka Reading Companion, and it stacks up well against its forebears.
It’s a great entry-level reading robot for toddlers / very young children, as it has reduced functionality and optionality, but the same ability to read physical picture books with high audio quality.
This post is a detailed review and comparison of Luka Mini against the Original Luka and Luka Hero.
Maggie and I met online. After chatting, we couldn’t help but realise how similar we are, yet so different when it comes to raising bilingual children. We’re like role reversals – an Aussie mum in Asia (that’s me) and a Chinese mum (Maggie) in Australia, each is doing the same thing – raising bilingual girls and blogging about it. Read more…..
This post covers our favourite things to use Luka Hero for (apart from the obvious book reading function), such as games, night light, dictionary, podcasts and trivia.
Koala Know is an innovative online Chinese language learning service, designed for children
– it’s engaging, cleverly designed, and competitively priced.
Top recommendations for books, apps and learning resources to help your child learn Chinese
Youdao Smart Pen translates any printed text effortlessly and fluently from Chinese into English and vice versa – and it does it miles better than Google Translate.
A comparison of prices for Children’s Chinese books bought directly on Taobao versus through agents; and a guide to show how to order items from Taobao for those of us that cannot read Chinese.
Habbi Habbi is great as a “first Reading Pen”, for toddlers with a bilingual Chinese-English option, hardcover board books, and durable fun design.
Online one-to-one music lessons in Chinese and English, at a fraction of the cost of usual classes! See how we use it for piano.
Co curricular activities which are taught in Chinese are great ways to give your children more language exposure…. learn about great music, dance, drama and art classes conducted in Mandarin in Singapore.
How I taught my eldest daughter to read 1300+ Chinese characters within 6 months, as non-Chinese speaking parents.
List of books which are compatible with Luka Reading Companion, split by age groups.
Review of Luka Hero and comparison with the original Luka Reading robot. Luka Hero can read Chinese children’s books, and recognise any written Chinese characters, including handwriting. Click to learn more!
A quick comparison of five series of Chinese readers for children, to help in your journey of finding books for beginning readers. Compares Le Le, Sage, Scroll, Si Wu Kuai Du, and Pan Asia.
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