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Introducing Kiddy Chinese

If you think that learning Chinese is too difficult, especially for little children, then think again. Applying the theories and methodologies set out by foremost early learning experts, KiddyLearn has devised a way for your young ones, babies included, to pick up the essentials of Chinese in a fun, effective, and progressive way --- the Kiddy Chinese way.

As you may already know, early learning by young kids taps on right-brain learning to a large extent. What you may not know perhaps, is that the Chinese language, in particular, lends itself to the unique methods of early learning. Unlike English which is phonetic in nature, Chinese is logographic, i.e. Chinese logograms or characters make up the entire basis of the Chinese language. So, what are logograms? They are simply visual symbols for representing words, with no relation to the phonetic sounds used to pronounce them. Compared to English words, Chinese characters are more picture-like, and hence far more easily absorbed by the visual-oriented right brain. For young children who are right-brain dominant up to 6 years of age, learning Chinese can be just like a walk in the park..

With oodles of fun thrown in, Kiddy Chinese is your kid’s best learning companion. At the click of a finger, you and your little tot can easily access our online curriculum of daily preplanned lessons, supported by thousands --- well, tens of thousands to be exact -- of eye-catching pictures, lively animations and engaging narrations. All it takes is only about 10 minutes per day (or 20 minutes, if you do 2 sessions per day). At the end of it, your child will be reading Chinese with growing confidence, from simple words, to short phrases, to long sentences and eventually to an entire story.

Benefits of Kiddy Chinese

We have the know-how and tools, you get to reap the rewards. So, what are the benefits of Kiddy Chinese for you and your child? Let us count the ways:

  • You, as a parent, can save up on much time and effort researching on how to teach Chinese to your child, and preparing the relevant teaching materials. With Kiddy Chinese, the process becomes easy, convenient and hassle-free.
  • You, as a parent, can lay your uncertainties to rest, knowing for sure that your kid is learning in an effective and structured way, right in keeping with the established principles of early reading.
  • You, as a parent, will have more time and energy to concentrate on just teaching your little one, and bonding better with him.
  • Your child will gain an early head start over his peers in speaking and reading Chinese. This will translate to an easier and less stressful experience when he starts school.
  • Your child will see an increase in his vocabulary and general knowledge, which will in turn improve his everyday speech and overall understanding of what is spoken or written in the environment.
  • Your child will be able to activate his right brain, which is responsible for many genius capabilities such as photographic memory, speed processing, abstract thinking, creativity, perfect pitch, instant processing of large chunks of information, etc. Indeed, your child will be harnessing his right brain to facilitate the learning of Chinese.
  • Your child will learn to read simple Chinese books, and more importantly, be able to use his reading ability to explore and acquire further knowledge.
  • Your child will invariably be more confident than his peers.

Kiddy Chinese: Our Methodology

  1. Kiddy Chinese is a 14-month-long Chinese reading programme, spread over 4 academic terms of 14 weeks each. In each term, there are 84 content-rich lessons to engage your child in, amounting to a total of 336 lessons by the end of our comprehensive curriculum.
  2. We offer daily preplanned lessons 6 days in a week, with each lesson taking about 2 - 10 minutes.* Keeping every reading session short and sweet not only facilitates the learning of young children with limited attention span, it works out more conveniently for modern working parents with busy lifestyles. Furthermore, we have set aside one rest day per week to provide a breather from the programme, as well as an opportunity for parents and children to catch up on missed lessons.


    *2-10 minutes is based on one lesson mode. Playing two or more lesson modes will take up more time.

  3. Kiddy Chinese applies a number of widely recognised principles of early reading from top experts in the field of early childhood education. We have distilled the best and most effective practices from different schools of thought on early learning into a variety of lesson modes that you and your child can choose from, depending on your specific needs:
    • Picture Mode: for more details, click here.
    • Word Mode: for more details, click here
    • Word-Picture Mode: for more details, click here
    • Multisensory Mode: for more details, click here
    • Quickflash Mode: for more details, click here

    A reading session typically involves  one lesson mode,  but could combine several  of the above modes, if you so desire. 

  4. We feature words from a diverse range of subject matter, grouped in about 100 subject categories, such as “我的身体” (my body), “野生动物” (wild animals), “衣服与配饰” (clothes and accessories), “动作” (actions), “欢乐时光” (fun time) and “乐器” (musical instruments), to name more than a few. Within each category is a carefully chosen list of 12 or 14 words commonly associated with the subject topic. However, your child will not see all the words from a single category at one go. A typical lesson for the day is a well-balanced mix of words, selected from 3 different categories.
  5. Every word in a subject category is repeated according to a pre-assigned schedule of retiring old words and introducing new ones. Your child would have seen each word several times before it gets rotated within a category. Some of these words will appear yet again, when they tie up with other words to form phrases and later, sentences.
  6. Your child will be introduced to basic Chinese words in the first term. These are typically one-character ( eg “手” for “hand”) or two-character words (eg “巴士” for “bus”), but could be longer in certain situations (eg “巧克力” for “chocolate”). Short phrases will be added in the second term, long phrases and simple sentences in the third term, and finally long sentences and stories in the fourth term. Here’s an illustration of our graduated approach to reading: “眼睛” (two-character word for “eye”) > “两只眼睛” (phrase for “two eyes”) > “我有两只眼睛” (sentence for “I have two eyes”).
  7. Kiddy Chinese comes with a revision segment starting from the third week of every term. This revision schedule allows for all the basic words, phrases and sentences to be revised again. While a child could conceivably read an English word he has never seen before (having discerned certain phonetic rules), it is virtually impossible to do so with Chinese characters, as phonetics are simply not inbuilt within the logographics. Thus it is absolutely crucial that your child learns to recognise and remember Chinese characters, in order for him to read effectively. Revising helps your child to reinforce what he has previously learnt deeper into his memory, thereby increasing his word bank of readily recognisable sight words.
  8. In the fourth academic term, your child will make the progressive leap from reading complete sentences to reading complete stories. For this purpose, we have especially developed 12 short Chinese stories, using certain words, phrases and sentences that your child would already be familiar with. Unlike conventional stories, each sentence from the text of our stories will precede, rather than appear alongside, the relevant animated illustration. This is to encourage children to focus on reading the Chinese text first, as opposed to being distracted by the colourful images.
  9. Though 1 reading session a day works out well for many children, we do recommend that you go through each lesson twice a day with your child for optimum results. However, be it once or twice a day, always bear in mind to pick a time when your kid is in a receptive mood. You will find that you may need to skip a day or two of lessons, when your child is cranky or ill. But worry not, as we have reserved 14 rest days in an academic term to provide for such contingencies that require catch-up lessons.

A Comparison Of Kiddy Chinese, Flashcards, And VCD/DVDs

At present, there are three product types in the market that help to teach young children to read Chinese, namely flashcards, VCD/DVDs and educational websites (here’s where Kiddy Chinese falls into). Below is a comparative table of the three, for your information. Because variety is the spice of life, we at KiddyLearn believe that each product type has a role to play in enriching the learning experiences of your children; and for that matter, Kiddy Chinese will make a great add-on to your current teaching tools and resources.
Kiddy Chinese


A structured curriculum to teach Chinese, from basic one-character or two-character words, to phrases, to sentences and finally to stories.


Only teaches basic words


Usually teaches basic words.


Rare to find a VCD/DVD set with a structured curriculum that builds up from basic words to sentences.



Daily preplanned lessons, already prepared for you; just click on mouse to play; easy and convenient.



Need to spend much time and effort to prepare daily lessons on a continual basis.



Preplanned content, that can be played daily.




Every daily lesson is never the same; even the same lesson plays back differently each time.


Difficult to vary the lesson every day, as flashcards would need to be changed every day.



Lessons contained in each VCD/DVD are fixed, and cannot be varied.


Words are separated from pictures, to put the primary focus on words.


Usually shows pictures together with words on the same side of the cards; this distracts from the words.



Words may appear together with pictures.


Words may be separated from pictures.



Order of words is randomised.


Order of words can be manually changed.



Order of words is fixed.


Varying word fonts and font colours with every lesson played.


Word font and font colour are fixed on the flashcards.



Word font and font colour are fixed and cannot be varied each time the VCD/DVD plays.



5 different randomised pictures used to illustrate a word.


Only 1 picture is used to explain a word.


May have more than 1 picture (but probably less than 5), to illustrate a word, but pictures cannot be randomised.



3 different randomised voice-overs .


Limited to one voice enunciating the words.


May have more than one voice-over throughout the VCD/DVD, but voices cannot be randomised.



Choose from different ways of conducting a lesson, via flash method (with words and/or pictures) or multisensory method (with animations) or Quickflash.




Limited to only one way of presenting a lesson --- by just flashing the cards.


Does not allow for multisensory learning through video clips and animations .



Usually limited to one way of presenting a lesson, either by the flash method or the multisensory way with video clips and animations.


User has no choice as to how a lesson is conducted.



Fast speed of flashing at less than 1 second.



Difficult to consistently flash at less than 1 second.


May have fast speed of flashing at less than 1 second.


Offers a wide range of subject categories --- very comprehensive.


Only basic and general subject categories are available in the market.



May cover a wide range of subject categories.


Value for money, in terms of the wealth of information presented.



Expensive to buy flashcards beyond the basic subject categories.



Affordable option, that could offer plentiful information.


User-friendly feature, such as progress tracking of lessons done.



No progress tracking feature.


No progress tracking feature.


Kiddy Chinese: What Your Child Will Learn

With Kiddy Chinese, your child will learn in a structured way, from reading basic one-character or two-character words, to phrases, to sentences, and finally to stories. Our incremental approach allows your child to strengthen his reading skills gradually, and increases his confidence as an independent reader. At the end of the course, your little one would have little qualms picking off a Chinese storybook from the bookshelf to read on his very own.

As your kid picks up more words with Kiddy Chinese, you will find his vocabulary and general knowledge growing from strength to strength.  As a consequence, so will his communication skills and comprehension abilities. Communication-wise, your kid will have an arsenal of new words to express his feelings and thoughts, to describe things and happenings, and to use in his everyday speech with others.  Comprehension-wise, he will understand much more of what he reads, whether from books, posters or billboards, and much more of what he hears, whether from the television, computer or radio. 

So, what is a by-product of all this? You will be a happy witness to how your little darling is gradually growing into a bright and confident individual --- as you have always hoped.

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