Tablet and smartphone apps
Does Junior love fiddling with your iPad or iPhone? If so, tablet and phone apps geared towards teaching Mandarin might pique his interest. “I’m a big fan of the Dim Sum Warriors iPad app (www.dimsumwarriors. com), a hilarious comic strip featuring gongfu-fighting dumplings. It’s a very fun and engaging tool that helps young children to pick up spoken and written Chinese,” says Dan Feng. The app features interactive word balloons and dual language capabilities, so your little one can toggle between reading the comic in English and Chinese.
Other fun apps you can consider include Lingu Pinguin (www.lingupinguin. elevision-film.com), an iPhone app which focuses on everyday vocabulary for preschoolers, and Piggy Picnic (www.betterchinese. com), which exposes your little one to Mandarin through six fun and interactive games.