Mandarin DVD Recommendations

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Let’s Go Guang! Chinese for Children (DVD/Kit)

The highlight of the Let’s Go Guang! DVD/kit is the animated video featuring Chinese-American sister and brother duo, Ling and Kai, and their family. The series revolves around the kids’ special relationship with Guang, the Chinese dragon. The story is broken up by “commercial breaks”– mini-lessons and songs that focus on key phrases taught in the story. This multimedia kit includes this DVD, a hardcover storybook with audio CD that closely mirrors the animated video, flashcards and a helpful parent/educator guide. The package is bundled in a beautiful box making it a wonderful gift for your child or another! The discs can be played on any DVD player.

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Pororo- The Little Pinguin (2 Disc Set)

Pororo is an animated cartoon series that is wildly popular all over Asia for young children. This DVD set includes 26 cute stories that will provide endless hours of laughter for your children and you! I love that the stories are only 5 minutes long so that we can pause the show throughout the DVD and my children don’t feel as if they are getting interrupted or are in the middle of the story when we turn it off halfway through. Pororo, a very inquisitive little penguin, lives ona snow-covered island, with a good-natured polar bear, smug nosy red fox, timid little beaver, and a little mischievous green dragon. Asian Parent, the website that sells this set, is a fabulous source for hard-to-find Mandarin products! The discs can be played on any DVD player.

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Dora The Explorer 1 (Chinese & English Bilingual 5 disc DVD set)

You know the Dora series that is available here in the US – where viewers get to learn a few Spanish words but the series is in English? Well… these are the DVDs that are sold in China for kids to learn a few English words! With this Dora The Explorer 1 (Chinese & English Bilingual 5 disc DVD set), your children can enjoy the adventures of Dora and Boots while picking up Chinese at the same time. The set also comes with a deck of flash cards that feature shapes, colors, numbers, etc. Each card has Chinese, English, pinyin, and a picture. The discs can be played on any DVD player.

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Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Kai-Lan’s Great Trip to China

This series by Nickelodeon is a great introduction to the Chinese language and culture. Kids will learn a few Chinese words and customs along with some great messages about patience, friendship and other values. In Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Kai-Lan’s Great Trip to China, Kai-lan and her friends take a trip to China to meet Kai-lan’s favorite Great Aunt. While they are there, the little ones learn to face new experiences such as foods they have never tried, clothes they have never worn, and adventures they have never faced before. If your child enjoys this series, there are a number of other episodes available with the same characters but your child will learn new Mandarin words in each! The discs can be played on any DVD player.

Monster’s University (Mandarin Chinese Edition)

Choose to listen to Monster’s University (Mandarin Chinese Edition) in Mandarin or English on this DVD – both versions are excellent! Children and adults alike will fall for these creative and hysterical characters. Learn how the Monsters originally met each other and became true friends. See how the Monsters survived through college to become Scarers . *Region-free DVD player required.

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Tangled (Mandarin Chinese Edition)

Disney has taken a hilarious approach to the traditional story of Rapunzel with Tangled (Mandarin Chinese Edition). Viewers have the option of watching it entirely in Mandarin or in English. The voice-overs are fantastic – they sound exactly like the characters. *Region-free DVD player needed.

Despicable Me 2 (Mandarin Chinese Edition)

Watch how Gru, the super dad and all his cute girls team up and save the world! Gru is no longer the grumpy mean villain we saw in the first and he certainty smiles more often in this sequel however he still remains insecure as we see in the first one. The team partners up with the crazy Minions to defeat with a powerful new super villain in this hilarious and unpredictable film! I didn’t think it was possible but I think this movie is better than the first! It’s a hilarious movie for the whole family to enjoy together. *Region-free DVD player required.

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The Adventures of Walker and Ping Ping: The Chinese Market

The Adventures of Walker and Ping Ping: The Chinese Market offers a very basic but approachable introduction to Chinese cultural elements and a few words. The two main characters (Ping Ping – a girl from Hong Kong and Walker – a boy from America who has just moved to China) interact in English while they cook dumplings, practice calligraphy and catch the shadow puppet show in the crowded cobblestone alleyways of a traditional Chinese Market. Little Emperor LLC, the company that produces this series, has a creative and interactive website (www.walkerandpingping.com) to continue to foster the understanding of the words and cultural elements that arise in the story. If your child enjoys this DVD, there is another episode available about going to the Great Wall of China. The discs can be played on any DVD player.

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Smart Tiger Learns Chinese Characters (Mandarin Chinese Edition)

How do you get your kids to learn Chinese characters? This set of 4 DVDs teaches children Chinese SIMPLIFIED characters in an interactive and lively way focusing on Chinese character learning – recognition, pronunciation, and usage. In Smart Tiger Learns Chinese Characters (Mandarin Chinese Edition), children will enjoy company of a central character throughout the series – the big-headed Smart Tiger (Qiaohu), along with colorful animations introducing each Chinese character. Chinese characters are presented in simplified Chinese, and the entire series is presented in Mandarin (no English). If your child enjoys these DVDs, there are 12 other episodes available. *Region-free DVD player required.

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Journeys to the East: The River Dragon King

Journeys to the East: The River Dragon King introduces children to the Chinese language through a fun and challenging adventure through ancient China. By using both English and Chinese, story provides a bridge from an English-only to an immersive Chinese environment. Mandarin words and sentences that children would encounter in everyday life are used throughout the story so that there is greater opportunity for children to use the language immediately, thus reinforcing language learning. Once a word is introduced, it is used in follow-on dialogue about 20 times. The discs can be played on any DVD player.

Turbo (Mandarin Chinese Edition)

Have you ever had a dream? Turbo had a dream to be fast! His friends made fun of him because he’s a snail and how can ever become fast? Turbo turns his dreams into reality in Turbo (Mandarin Chinese Edition). Turbo will attempt to race the Indy 500 in this story. Turbo is a fun movie to watch with the family in Mandarin to teach your kids to dream. *Region-free DVD player required.

Rio (Mandarin Chinese Edition)

In Rio (Mandarin Chinese Edition), a rare and colorful bird named Blu gets kidnapped from his owner and along the road meets certain pleasant and unpleasant characters. Along the story Rio as he strives back to his owner we learn why he’s afraid to fly and how he concurs his feels. The music and colors in this movie is just breathtaking and is a fun movie for the whole family to watch together. *Region-free DVD player required.

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