A smart digital pen which teaches a child how to WRITE Chinese characters using traditional pen and paper.
This post is a review of iFlyTek Alpha Egg Reading Pen T10 – a handheld multi-language dictionary and translating pen. It can scan just about any printed text and give an explanation or translation. The Alpha Egg T10 is designed to be kid-friendly and allows the user to accurately and quickly translate from/to different languagesContinue reading “Parent Review: Alpha Egg Dictionary Pen T10”
In edu-tech, nothing stays still. This post is a round up of the new entrants and major upgrades that have happened in the Chinese Learning Apps for Kids space during first half of 2022. The exciting part is that there are some small “mumtrepeneur” businesses, along with homegrown Singaporean startups, that are now rivalling theContinue reading “New Chinese Learning Apps for Kids in 2022”
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”
有道 Youdao Dictionary Pen 3.0 offers quick translation between Chinese, English and Spanish! This is an honest comparison between the 3.0 version and earlier versions.
Super cute little thermal printer, which is ink-less and wireless, and connects to your phone. You can print notes, photos, flashcards, invitations, and much more, including Simplified Chinese character range, with OCR text extraction.
Songs are a great way to learn a language. This post shares catchy and clean Mando pop / C-pop songs for children from across the decades.
Skritter is the BEST way we’ve discovered to practice tingxie. Spaced repetition, customised wordlists, and effortless progress tracking. It includes pronunciation, tones, and much more.
Have you ever struggled to find the perfect Chinese flashcards and wanted to design you own? And what do you do once you find them? This post is about different types and uses for flashcards, including in a Leitner Box.
An interview with Dr Woo Yen Yen, the co-creator of Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Learning System 点心侠. Learn what translanguaging is, and how it can be effective and fun tool on a bilingual journey.
Our 1000 favourite Chinese picture books to read with Luka Reading Robot or Luka Hero, split by age groups, along with tips on how to find great Chinese picture books for Luka.
A detailed comparison of nine Chinese e-Book platforms for Children, including Wawayaya JoyReader, Dudu, Ellabook, Epic, and others. The posts covers the range of books available, ease of use, and key considerations.
This post is a detailed comparison of iFlytek Alpha Egg versus the Youdao Dictionary pen (科大讯飞扫描笔 vs 有道) in terms of design, accuracy, and other key features. They are both excellent options, and the race is clearly on between dictionary pen manufacturers in China.
If you’re feeling the fear (again) of what the next month may look like for homeschooling, then this post is for you. This was a post I had hoped wouldn’t be needed. It’s a simple list of what worked best for us, during a 92 day period where our little family unit didn’t interact physicallyContinue reading “Learning in Lockdown! – Chinese HBL resources”
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!
Comparing the differences between the four key models of the portable 有道 Youdao Dictionary pen (Version 2.0, Version 3.0, Pro version, and International Version) , which can all translate from simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and English, from individual words to entire sentences.
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”
This posts summarises our favourite animated series from YouTube in Mandarin, for children. These are series which are all originally written in Chinese (i.e not translated from US), and have an subtle educational focus, relevant for aged 4 to 10.
List of excellent authors of Chinese picture books, which can be found in the Singapore NLB, and which are all Luka compatible.
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.
This post covers our favourite things to use Luka Hero for (apart from the obvious book reading function), such as games, night light, dictionary, podcasts and trivia.
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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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