Karaoke? Yes! What better way to learn Chinese than to sing! Baby’s Karaoke Song Book features 16 popular children’s songs in Mandarin and comes with a feature where the user can choose to hear the song either with the words or with just the music. This method allows children to just listen to the music and sing out the song that he has learned! A BONUS: It comes with a hard-cover book of lyrics for all 16 songs. Battery included.
This incredibly entertaining and catchy CD will have you tapping the steering wheel of your car as you sing along with your children in Mandarin. Ni Hao- Basho & Friends is a musical ride that will take your child through main elements of everyday life: colors, numbers, and greetings. I was surprised by the breadth of this collection — each song stands on its own from hip hop beats to traditional Chinese New Years songs.
In Speak & Sing Chinese with Mei Mei, the popular Mei Mei sings wonderfully catchy songs about seven language lessons to make learning Chinese easy and approachable. BONUS: A booklet with English, Pinyin, and Chinese characters is included.
Little Dragon Tales: Chinese Children’s Songs is a wonderful collection of traditional Chinese songs, sung to a fun and catchy beat to make learning Mandarin fun! These great songs are easy to sing and if you need a little more help – check out the booklet that comes with the CD that has the songs written in pinyin and English translations.
What a nice way for your child to be lulled to sleep with the music from this CD in the background! Chinese Lullabies is a soothing collection sung in Mandarin and comes with a pamphlet detailing the verses. It is mostly in Mandarin except the chorus in some of the songs are sung in the regional dialect.
Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda! is an instructional CD is taught by Miss Panda – a teacher who speaks in a very clear manner so that both children and parents learning the language can pick up the phrases. The CD covers basic elements that commonly come up in a child’s life – numbers, greetings, body parts, how to ask for things in a Chinese restaurant, etc. Most of the CD is in English as she explains the words and then says them slowly in Mandarin.
In Little Bees Happy Songs, each page of this hardcover book has a beautiful illustration to accompany the 40 cute Chinese songs on the CD. Listen to a few songs a night and your child will get a great early introduction to the sounds and tones of the Chinese language. The CD is about 56 min long.
In 60 Classic Chinese Childrens Folk Songs, the upbeat and catchy tunes of this CD will keep your child dancing along! However, most of titles do not match the actual songs on the CD. If you are just going to listen to CD in the car or have it as background music in your playroom – it is fine. But if you want to use it to teach a class or get a specific song from the list – it is not appropriate. This CD is meant for the child who already has a good understanding of Chinese as the songs are sung fast.
In Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages, this brightly colored book and accompanying cheerful CD take turns between Western and Eastern cultures – one rhyme from China followed by one in English – emphasizing the bridge that language can build between people. The best part about this package is that the Chinese poems are shown three ways: simplified characters, pinyin, and English. The simple acoustic guitar in the background and the clear voices of the singers make this CD a great resource to immerse your child in language.
Teach Me Everyday Chinese is a colorful hardcover book and accompanying CD take traditional American songs (i.e. “The More We Get Together” and “Hush Little Baby” ) and place them side by side with Chinese versions. The book illustrates the lyrics with pictures of real objects alongside drawn pictures with Chinese characters, pinyin and English translations on each page. The songs are clearly sung in both Chinese and English. If you like this collection, there are two more book/CD combos available.