Mandarin for Kids

10 First Reader Books with Online Audio and 100 Words (Beginning to Learn Chinese Colors, Shapes, Numbers, and More) in Pinyin and Simplified Chinese, Set 1

Mandarin Chinese Books For Kids Set 1
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Mandarin for Kids

10 First Reader Books with Online Audio and 100 Words (Beginning to Learn Chinese Colors, Shapes, Numbers, and More) in Pinyin and Simplified Chinese, Set 1

Mandarin for Kids is a set of 10 first readers for children. Beginners can soon finish these little books with help from the online audio, pinyin and English translation.

Set 1 introduces the building blocks of the Chinese language. Based on extensive linguistic and classroom research, the Spot Color Immersion Method® weaves 100 vocabulary words into beginner Chinese readers that make kids laugh—and forget they are actually learning. Each box set includes:

  • 10 first reader books with thematic vocabulary words (colors, numbers, shapes, etc), high frequency words and expressions, and fun Chinese phrases: 好棒!(Amazing!) • 好吃!(Yum!)
  • Access to online audio narration by native Mandarin Chinese speakers
  • English translation at the back
  • Bilingual vocabulary charts

The text is in pinyin and Simplified Chinese characters. Each reader has a theme: Family, Animals, Clothing, Colors, Face and body, Fruit, Numbers, Shapes, Snacks, and Toys.


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The Spot Color Immersion Method® appeals to young learners while introducing language learning methods that speed language acquisition:

Online audio recording. Each reader includes access to the online audio narration. Kids can listen to the correct pronunciation of each story by a native Mandarin speaker.

Strong visual cues. Color cues and illustrations are used purposefully to make the meaning clear. Appeals to different learning styles. 

Simple sentences. With one line of text per page, these 16-page readers are not too long or overwhelming for a beginner.

English translation. Kids are encouraged to read in Chinese. The English translation is included at the back of each reader for support.

Repetition. Patterned stories with a repetition structure help kids learn new vocabulary.

Context. Each reader presents familiar themes that kids will enjoy with an unexpected humorous twist.

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Listen to the Online Audio

Each reader features an online audio narration by native Mandarin speakers, which can be played on your mobile device or computer. Kids can independently review and enjoy the stories, listening to the correct pronunciation without additional help from adults.

Audio is accessed via the website address/URL or QR code printed in the books and can be streamed or downloaded (in MP3 format). Click to listen to a short audio preview.

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