Learn Mandarin Chinese language - online games
The Mandarin Chinese learning materials on Digital Dialects are free to use, do not require any form of registration or the provision of contact or personal details, and were developed for language students of various ages and learning styles. Language learning materials that teachers can use in Mandarin lesson plans or set as a homework assignment. School students and young kids should enjoy some of the colorful and intuitive word games, such as the animal vocabulary game, or the fruit and vegetable quiz. Games include recorded spoken Chinese from a native speaker with a standard accent. For quiet classroom environments or libraries, students are given 'text only' options, which are the games without sound. Games use both pinyin, a romanized Chinese alphabet, and Chinese simplified characters. Travelers and people staying in China for a short time may want to simply brush up on a few simple sentences and phrases, and learn the Chinese numbers using pinyin. Many people in Chinese speaking countries speak little or no English, and a few phrases and words can be essential for everyday basic communication with locals. The educational materials on this website with simplified Chinese characters offer the opportunity to begin to read and write. Characters used are common ones you might see on Chinese menus, metro signs and timetables. Characters for food items can be particularly useful to know in China for reading menus. Choose a Chinese topic to study or brush up on, learn the new words or sentences, and then test your proficiency levels with the fun online quiz.
About the Mandarin Chinese language:
Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken Chinese language and is the first language of two-thirds of Chinese people. Around 920 million people speak Mandarin Chinese as their first language, and around 200 million more people speak Chinese as a second or other language. There are four subgroups of Mandarin Chinese, and the official variant, Modern Standard Chinese (also known as 'national language') is the form spoken in the Beijing region. Mandarin dialects are not all mutually intelligible. Standard Chinese is the official language of China and Taiwan, and one of Singapore's four official languages.
Online Chinese learning games include:
Chinese phrases - common and useful phrases for beginners and travelers. Uses Pinyin (romanized) characters. Exercise and word list includes spoken Chinese audio provided by a native speaker (from China) with a typical Mandarin Chinese accent. Learn to say hello in Chinese along with other important salutations and greetings. If you'd like to brush up on everyday greetings for a weekend trip to Hong Kong or Taipei, or to surprise a Chinese or Singaporean friend, visit our how to say hello in Chinese webpage.
Numbers in Chinese - three quizzes to learn the numbers starting from 1-12 for absolute beginners. Here you have two options - a pinyin 1-12 numbers game and a 1-12 characters game for beginning to learn Chinese script. You will need the numbers from 1-12 to continue on with the 13-20 game, which teaches you to count up to 20. Here you can choose to play either the Chinese characters 13-20 game or the simple pinyin 13-20 game. For learning the multiples of 10 up to 100 play the 0-100 game, again with both pinyin and Chinese script options.
Fruit and vegetable game - 15 words for Chinese fruit and vegetables in a simple quiz with audio included. Vocabulary practice game includes Pinyin, Chinese character and audio options. For elementary level Mandarin Chinese students and kids.
Animals in Chinese - learn the vocabulary for animals and then choose either the game with 17 questions if you are not yet familiar with the vocabulary or the complete 33 question quiz. Fun kids Chinese practice game for learning and memorizing essential vocabulary.
Vocabulary game - game with vocabulary lists and audio containing 33 Mandarin Chinese words. Beginners may wish to first take the simpler quiz with 17 words.
Days and months - learn the seven days of the week and the 12 months of the year in a simple visual quiz that is suitable for kids and elementary students. Chinese practice game use pinyin script only.
Vocabulary builders - as you begin to acquire more vocabulary, these three games each offer 48 additional words. Match the Chinese word with the corresponding English word. Vocabulary builder 1 and the slightly more advanced vocabulary builder 2.
Chinese learning links - a short overview of online Mandarin Chinese learning websites and tools online. Includes online Chinese to English dictionaries and Chinese language media sites.
Mobile and tablet games for Chinese - there are several games with audio on our Chinese for mobile/tablets pages including colors, numbers, phrases, animals, vocabulary. If you come to this site with a mobile device you will be automatically redirected to this page.
The BBC website has a section for learning Chinese, and includes a Mandarin Chinese for children section. The youtube probably has the best collection of online Chinese study materials. Try channels such as Chinese for us or Everyday Chinese.
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