04 May 2012

Another interesting Chinese iPhone app

Found this interesting iPhone app called 虫虫世界 that I'll like to share with you. It is an useful app for children to learn Chinese. There are several versions, so you need to download them one by one.

This app teaches word recognition by showing the word (and pronunciation) and an animated representation of the meaning of the word. It also shows the strokes and their order  (笔画笔顺). After learning the strokes order, your child can practise writing by placing a little creature at the beginning of the right strokes (in the right sequence) for it to eat the strokes.

Included is a memory card game on the words learnt and a colouring exercise.

Shows the word and pronunciation

Shows the meaning of the word

 Shows the strokes and their order

Here's the little creature to guide him where to start eating 

Memory game 

Colouring exercise

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Welcome to Happy Cottage!

I started 开心屋 - Happy Cottage because I have 凯 and 欣 in the house. Together they are the 开心 (sounds like) team.

Mommy loves Chinese language and is a big fan of Chinese story books. Thus the kids often receive interesting children Chinese story books from mommy. Many of the children Chinese story books are so beautifully drawn and well written that I like to read them myself.

Learning and loving the language is not an easy task in Singapore as our environment is not condusive enough for such learning. Thus I believe I have to create such an environment at home. Through daily communication in Mandarin and regular reading of the Chinese materials, I hope to cultivate their likings for the language. You can find many of the books in the Book Store.

Besides introducing children Chinese story books to you, I would also like to share some learning resources and tips on the usage of the language here. I've met some parents, in their best attempt to communicate with their kids in Mandarin, misread some words or used an incorrect sentence structure. You can find the information in the tabs above.

So, why is this blog written in English? I know of many parents who have kinda lost touch with the language. If I were to share in Chinese, then it may not be as effective.

Do come back often for more updates.