If you or your children want to learn Mandarin Chinese, LoopSkool Chinese is a great place to start. This interactive language learning app focuses on helping users learn Chinese a few phrases at a time. The app reads each phrase, explains its meaning, and highlights the word inflections. Kids then practice using each phrase in multiple ways. Designed to be used only 10 minutes a day, the organization and activities in this app provide a solid beginner’s knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
- Overview of Mandarin Chinese
- 50 lessons
- Repetitive lessons
- Chants to help kids learn
The app is organized into three main sections: lessons, activities, and tests. Kids can easily move from one to another. There is also a settings section that gives users the option to display the Chinese characters alongside the phrases and whether to use adult voices. The app only supports one user at a time, but the test scores can be reset for new users.
Developers have thought carefully about the process. Each lesson features a few related phrases. Kids listen to the phrases set to a basic chant, and then go through a basic explanation of each phrase. After completing each lesson, they can go through an activity that focuses on the meaning and order of the words, as well as the tone marks. The same questions from the activities are repeated in the test mode. Kids must successfully complete both a lesson and activity before unlocking the test.
In addition to the 50 lessons, the developers have also included a handy introduction section. This section highlights the main tones and sounds in Mandarin Chinese. For those completely new to the language, it will be helpful to review this content before beginning.
Repetition is the name of the game. There are not any fun games or exciting graphics within the app, but kids will likely find the repetitive nature of the activities enjoyable. As kids go through the practice activities and tests they are encouraged to increase their time and accuracy. In order to unlock each new level, kids must successfully complete the previous level, so they have extra motivation to take the game seriously and get the answers correct.
The app contains 50 different lessons designed to help kids speak Mandarin Chinese and three different activities to help kids practice the content in those lessons. Given the volume of content and the price of similar apps, those looking to learn Chinese will find that this app offers a good value.
Children are able to safely navigate the app. Within the settings, parents can read about the app and its developers, but they will not find any social media, additional apps, or other inappropriate content.
- NO external links
- NO social media
- NO 3rd party ads
- NO in-app purchase