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.
March 12, 2013
Who’s hungry for some dim sum? Our next Chinese game app is in development and the topic is mouth watering!
To give you a little “taste” of what’s to come, check out this prototype art for shrimp dumplings, or 蝦餃 (xia jiao) in Chinese. We hope this next set of vocabulary will help kids learn Chinese characters and words for dim sum, but we can’t guarantee it won’t make them hungry, too!
February 23, 2013
We recently discovered a useful website that features more than 272 educational games that are available online called Spree Games.
The games we tested out were all free to play online, and can be browsed by subject covering everything from Foreign Language (although nothing for learning Chinese as far as we can tell) to English, Science, Math, and much more.
The site is geared towards K-12 students, and also allows you to view games by age level and create lists of games by logging in and saving customized preferences.
February 12, 2013
You can now find Chinese Fridge on Pinterest! In addition to pinning updates and previews of our own Chinese game app, we’ll be pinning and repinning other useful Chinese learning resources on Pinterest.
If you’re on Pinterest too, check us out and help us spread the word about Chinese Fridge by pinning our images! Give us a follow and we’ll follow you back.
February 9, 2013
Chinese Fridge now has an account on Weibo, so if you’re interested in catching all our updates there, head on over to our Weibo account and follow us.
For those who don’t know, Weibo is like the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. It’s a microblogging platform and website that allow people to post short updates to their followers.
January 17, 2013
Part of the reason we developed our Chinese Fridge game app for kids was because we couldn’t find many suitable, fun games for children that could effectively teach kids Chinese.
However, even though the resources are limited, we did find one guy who has some great game concepts on his website, which he built to provide Chinese lessons for his kids.
It looks like he built the website several years ago, because the design and game play appear to be quite dated, but even so, we’re very impressed and by his dedication and passion for Chinese to build these games.