This list includes ideas for supplements for Chinese independent study so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – self-review is an important part of learning a language even though it is something that native speakers don’t need to do in the same way. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add Songs or rhymes, Audio or video from native speakers, Conversation, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Games, Crafts, Self-review, Fun/ Student Choice, and Grammar.
Finally, once your child is ready, try out the Chinese Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff.
CHINESE SUPPLEMENTS FOR SELF-REVIEW
Brainscape has digital flash cards.
Voxy has digital flash cards.
This is an online, free course. Our library has a subscription so we’re able to get the full course for free. It is said to be for grade school through high school. The website describes the course as such, “Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.” Mango
Memrise is free, but you can purchase a subscription. Available on computer and app. The courses vary by language. It’s very similar to using flashcards or self-quizzing, but you don’t have to hold the cards for your child or pick out what to teach them. Everyone I know hates the speed task, just teach your kids to skip it if they hate it, it’s very frustrating. Many languages are available.
Duolingo is free, but you can purchase a subscription. Duolingo is teaches vocabulary, similar to flashcards or self-quizzing, but adds more games than some other options, and includes more grammar. The vocabulary seems to be presented in a different order than other apps. It teaches beginning skills but does not have conversation practice. Available on computer and app.
Rock and Learn, Learn A Language: Numbers, Colors & More (Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German & English)
Rock and Learn, Learn A Language: Numbers, Colors & More (Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German & English)DVDs in French, Russian, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese. These DVDs are basically like animated flash cards.
Studystack Flash cards
Keeping an Independent Study Notebook is a good way to learn to take notes and improve study skills.
This started out as Chinese characters and has grown to include a lot more, including audio. There is a daily 7 minute Chineasy Podcast. The website has free lessons, or you can also pay for more features. The Chineasy app is good. There is a Chineasy Tiles | Play games to learn Mandarin Chinese! Easy and fun for children and adults. to help learn characters, but it’s pricey at $89, and it only covers 48 characters. I’d love the chance to try it out with my youngest child! You can order cheaper regular character tiles and use the Chineasy game ideas available here. The Chineasy Memory Game is not expensive, and neither are the regular books, like Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese. Chineasy writing has criticisms, and we haven’t personally used it a lot besides doing the Chineasy app, which my children enjoy. It looks like a fun way to do Chinese characters for a while, even if eventually you have to move on from it.