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Cantonese Learning Game App Now Available

Finding a good Mandarin Chinese game app can be difficult, but finding a fun Cantonese learning app can be even more challenging. While Mandarin is our specialty, we made a free Cantonese learning app based on our Dim Sum game app because we’re based in America, where there has historically been a large number of Cantonese speaking Chinese communities in cities like San Francisco and New York.

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Chinese Songs for Kids: 5 Easy Songs to Learn

One of the easiest ways to teach your student Mandarin is by having them learn Chinese songs for kids. Not only are Chinese songs for kids a quick and easy way to learn, there’s also an endless number of free videos that can help teach these songs to kids. To get you started, we’ve hand-picked five of the easiest Chinese songs for kids (videos all have simplified Chinese characters):

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Counting in Chinese for Kids Made Easy

We’ve noticed a lot of parents looking for ways to teach counting in Chinese for kids. Luckily, there are a lot of great resources to explain counting in Chinese for kids, which includes a wide range of free videos. Check these out:

This video not only teaches how to count from 1 to 10 in Chinese, it also includes a common Childrens’ song that helps practice the numbers 1 through 7, as well as a few other words. Includes Chinese characters, pinyin, and English translation.

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Chinese for Kids: 10 Easy Ways to Learn Chinese

Chinese song for kids: Xiao bai tu

When it comes to Chinese for kids, parents are always looking for resources. Learning Chinese can be challenging for kids, and finding good, quality learning materials can be even more of a challenge. With that in mind, we’re always trying to make learning Chinese for kids as simple and accessible as possible. To help you in your quest to learn Chinese, here are ten quick ideas you can use to regularly improve your student’s Chinese:

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Chinese Characters: Simplified or Traditional?

For people who don’t have a background in Chinese, the distinction between simplified and traditional forms of Chinese characters may be unclear. In fact, many people don’t realize that Chinese characters have these two forms of standard writing. So for those contemplating studying Chinese or just starting out, which version is best to learn?

Simplified vs. traditional Chinese characters

It’s important to first note that this can be a very sensitive cultural and political issue for many people, so it may be best to avoid debates around simplified and traditional Chinese. In this post and on this site, we aim to completely avoid taking any side and simply want to provide information to our readers. In fact, our game app Chinese Fridge features both simplified and traditional Chinese characters because both are used by millions of people and have their own desirable aspects.

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Chinese Phrases for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day 2013! Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday in Chinese speaking countries and regions like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and many more. Who wouldn’t like celebrating love with chocolate, roses and other gifts and treats?

To get you started off right, here are some Chinese phrases that might be useful to you this 情人節 (qing ren jie is Mandarin for Valentine’s Day):

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Chinese New Year 2013 Twitter Roundup

Chinese New Year 2013 is under way, starting earlier today in America. We took to Twitter to find the most interesting, funniest, coolest Tweets to share with our friends. Check them out along with our commentary below!

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Happy Chinese New Year 2013

Red Envelopes for Chinese New Year

It’s that wonderful time of year again — Chinese New Year 2013 is coming February 10!

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the centuries-old tradition celebrating the new year in the Chinese lunar calendar. It begins with the first day of the first month in this calendar, and continues until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the holiday. With so many days involved, it’s easy to see why this is the longest holiday in Chinese culture.

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