Monki Chinese Class | kids app for learning Chinese, it’s characters and meanings
✔ iPad + iPhone | kids app for ages 5-8+ years
Monki Chinese Class is a brand new app for learning to write and understand the Chinese language and it’s characters, which had been designed especially for kids and was developed by Monkimun, who have truly published a remarkable educational app for kids. We can honestly say that we have not come across any better educational app, that introduces the Chinese writing, as child-friendly as this app does.
Learning to write Chinese characters
The Chinese writing has one special feature, that will surely attract childrens’ attention: There are some Chinese characters, which fall into the category mnemonic or pictogram, which means that the actual characters look like the meaning of the word. The Chinese character for tree for example looks like a tree 木. If you ask kids, what the Chinese character for a person or people 人 looks like, they’d probably say it reminds them of a stickman.
Monki Chinese Class really knows how to skillfully make use of this fascinating aspect in order to instantly attract kids interest. The app offers kids a total of 22 relatively easy characters including interactive writing games to discover and learn, thereunder also the two examples tree and person, which we have mentioned already.
Each word is presented with a interactive writing instruction, where kids learn the correct direction of the strokes. After the demonstration, kids get to trace the lines themselves with the help of the guidelines. Afterwards as a reward, the meaning of the character is illustrated to the kids with funny animations and sounds, which makes the character come to life.
As you can see on the screenshots, the meaning of the words is also additionally shown underneath the characters. A native speaker is also naming the correct pronunciation of the Chinese words. Kids who cannot yet read will basically learn the meaning of the words through the illustrations and animations, as there is no English narrational translation of the words.
Great value for money
Monki Chinese Class is available for free on the App Store and with this free app, you’re able to use half of the content for free. If you’re happy with the app, you can download the full version via one in-app purchase for $ 1.99, which has also been provided with a child protection.
YouTube video trailer
In our YouTube video, we write our personal favorite characters and demonstrate the three steps, which are used to learn each character with. At the highest level, the auxiliary lines disappear and children write the characters of their memory.
Monki Chinese Class | Kids app rating
Even if you weren’t specifically looking for a Chinese learning app for your kids, we can still highly recommend you this app, as it is free and there is lots to discover. Monki Chinese Class is really good in drawing kids attention to the Chinese characters. There are many Ooh’s and Aaah’s! Lots of experiences are waiting for kids such as the combination of two characters. Example: What’s the meaning for fire 火 and mountain 山 together? The answer can be found in the app.
By the way, the age recommendation of the app developer is 8 years, but we can recommend the app for younger children already.
(+) Draws interest to Chinese language characters/meaning
(+) Chinese characters come to life
(+) Half of the content is available for free
(+) Native narration
(-) Translation is only visible in writing
Top best apps for kids rating: “Editor’s Choice”
Download Monki Chinese Class
➔ App download for – iPad & iPhone on Apple App Store
kids app developer: Monkimun