Games for learning Chinese

Fun, progressive card games and activity packs designed to develop learners understanding of the Chinese language system and proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. EXPLORE


As an experienced primary teacher and trainer with a background in Modern Languages and hundreds of hours of Mandarin lessons under my belt; I’ve spent the last eight years teaching and researching how to best teach Mandarin to beginner learners in the UK.


My own Mandarin journey began in Changchun, Jilin Province, North-East China where I worked as a teacher trainer from 1995-1997. 


The very first phrase I learnt was 没有 (“none”). Joy, who sorted the school mail, repeated this phrase to me daily in my first week and I had to track down one of my students to find out what it meant.


Creating such purposeful interactions for language learning isn’t as easy in the UK in a class with 30 children but I believe that games are as close as we can get to creating genuine and meaningful contexts for language learning in school.


• Develop a series of games and activities that motivate, engage and excite young learners. 


• Encourage deeper learning with resources that teach children to understand how the Chinese language system works as well as developing new language skills.


• Increase the number of teachers able to teach primary Mandarin with time-saving, easy to use resources for specialist and non-specialist teachers.


The development of these resources is grounded in extensive research linking attainment in language lessons to motivation, the efficacy of games as a language learning tool and my own personal belief that young children are naturally linguistically curious.