Tools, Apps and Reading Robots for learning Chinese

Maomi Stars:  review of the best Chinese literacy app for preschoolers

What is Maomi Stars? Maomi Stars is a Chinese literacy app for children, perhaps an equivalent to the English kindergarten literacy apps like Starfall, ABC Mouse or Reading Eggs.  It’s been meticulously researched, and tested on children, and offers several great advantages over other Chinese learning apps out there. My kids have road-tested A LOTContinue reading “Maomi Stars:  review of the best Chinese literacy app for preschoolers”

Parent Review: Alpha Egg Dictionary Pen Q3

A review of iFlyTek Alpha Egg Reading Pen – a handheld dictionary pen, which can read any printed Chinese or English text.  It’s specifically designed to be kid friendly, accurate, and allows the user to effectively read and/or translate between the two languages, whether printed text or spoken. It’s like the Youdao pen but better!

App comparison: iHuman Hongen Chinese (洪恩识字) versus Wukong Literacy (悟空识字) for learning Chinese characters

Our favourite Chinese literacy apps are iHuman Chinese Hong En Literacy (洪恩识字) and Wukong Literacy (悟空数学).  Both of iHuman app and Wukong Literacy app are designed for children who have a sound spoken understanding of Mandarin, and are starting to learn characters/words in Simplified Chinese form.  These are great apps for learning Chinese characters. This reviewContinue reading “App comparison: iHuman Hongen Chinese (洪恩识字) versus Wukong Literacy (悟空识字) for learning Chinese characters”

Review of Luka Mini vs Original Luka Reading Companion

Luka Mini is a simpler version of the Original Luka Reading Companion, and it stacks up well against its forebears. 

It’s a great entry-level reading robot for toddlers / very young children, as it has reduced functionality and optionality, but the same ability to read physical picture books with high audio quality. 

This post is a detailed review and comparison of Luka Mini against the Original Luka and Luka Hero.

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The Chinese apps and reading pens we love

My three children are learning Mandarin as her mother tongue, despite no parent or grandparent speaking it. This means we cannot understand the homework, or help with weekly spelling revision.

Here’s sharing a few tips on how we’ve been surviving, thanks to a few interesting “robots” in our house. There are many great apps, optical reading pens, and Chinese AI reading robots available in Singapore to equip children to read, write and speak Chinese fluently – and to help parents get involved too!.

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