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Another New Game Art Update

Hey Chinese Fridge fans, just wanted to share another quick update on new art for the upcoming American Food vocabulary game!

In addition to the foods above, there are a few others that are sure to get your appetite for learning going.

We hope you’re as excited as us for the next app! Can you guess what the other food items will be?

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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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Dim Sum Chinese Game App Officially Released

吃飯! Time to eat! Our latest Chinese game app, Chinese Fridge Dim Sum, has officially been released on the iTunes App Store. As you can probably tell, this Chinese game app aims to teach kids fun dim sum vocabulary words.

As with the original Chinese Fridge app, this version also has game modes to help kids learn pinyin, simplified Chinese characters and traditional Chinese characters. In addition, new dim sum graphics, special blocks and sound effects bring new fun and ‘flavor’ to our game.

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Pinyin: A Chinese Alphabet Learning System

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Chinese teachers and educators almost unanimously agree that Chinese must be learned with Chinese characters, but most are also using the Pinyin Chinese alphabet system to help facilitate learning. While the Pinyin alphabet shouldn’t be used exclusively to learn Chinese or as a writing system, it can definitely help students with memorizing and perfecting pronunciation.

Now that we’ve covered how to explain Chinese characters to kids and why the written Chinese character system is not an alphabet, let’s take a look at a true alphabet that can be used for learning Chinese — the Pinyin alphabet.

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Explaining Chinese Writing to Kids: It’s Not an Alphabet

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Author’s Note: If you’re looking for a Chinese alphabet that resembles English, check out our article explaining Pinyin.

Many parents who visit our website are looking for a guide to help explain written Chinese to kids, often searching for information about a “Chinese Alphabet.” But while English speakers are used to writing using a phonetic system, written Chinese is not an alphabet, but instead a vast set of distinct characters that have an assigned pronunciation (or sometimes more than one pronunciations, based on usage and meaning).

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Chinese Alphabet for Kids Misconception

Author’s Note: If you’re looking for a Chinese alphabet that resembles English, check out our article explaining Pinyin.

We’ve heard parents ask about a “Chinese alphabet for kids” a lot, and each time we have to clarify that Chinese traditionally doesn’t really have an alphabet. But while Chinese people don’t really use an alphabet, there are two predominant phonetic systems that are basically alphabets, but Chinese people never use these to communicate — they’re seen as a learning aid for foreign people and small children. Instead, Chinese people read and write using Chinese characters, which are often comprised of shared base elements known as “radicals”.

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