I am a Chinese teacher in Australia and I have been totally astounded with the results your games have produced. Thank you very much for producing these which, despite their simplicity, are so fantastically effective.
Ian Perry, The Gap State High School (Brisbane, Australia)
I am happy to continue recommending the LittleNex site to my students and their parents.
Ann Light, the International School of Beijing (China)
Over 100 teachers around the world are playing with us to teach Chinese.
Explore a mysterious place, hone your language skills well to solve riddles,
and immerse yourself in an adventure like no other!
Inside the Chronicles of LittleNex, you are an apprentice who has to go through a formal language curriculum to survive. Along the way you play educational mini-games or edugames for learning Chinese and English, and enjoy study aids such as flashcards, bilingual eBooks, and vocabulary lists.
You will also find here excerpts or complete edition of well-known literature works in Chinese or English with their vocabulary guides, awesomely cool educational wallpapers for desktop and mobile devices, activities for kids to teach them Chinese and English, bilingual eCards, and many other goodies!
LittleNex leverages addictive game play to help with the mother of all repetitive tasks: learning a new language. LittleNex is a website that takes advantage of gameplay mechanics to have students learn complex language learning concepts while playing simple games.
Well established learning principles are used in the learning process. Repetition may make our mini-games look simplistic but the results are there, and proven by teaching professionals around the world. Using a spaced repetition model echoed throughout the games, the role-playing game, and the curriculum, this site offers a suite of learning games to help English speakers learn Chinese or improve their English.
Unless otherwise stated, Chinese is understood as Mandarin Chinese throughout the website. Cantonese is specifically referred to as Cantonese Chinese.
The Chinese characters we feature are the simplified characters officially used in China. Traditional characters can nonetheless be learned with some of our flashcards, games, and eBooks.
We use Pinyin to represent the standard pronunciation of Mandarin in all of our content. Jyutping is used as the notation system for Cantonese. Read more...
Play the free versions of our mini-games and download many free samples of our educational content at Games2LearnChinese.com or Games2LearnEnglish.com. You can buy our products there, or get a membership to have full access to all our content and the role-playing game.
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are woven into the fabric of the game and the storyline itself. English and Chinese, although seemingly different, present intriguing similarities that can be used to sharpen your ability to understand foreign languages.
Plunge into a journey of discovery in a place where legends and myths of the human world populate that of LittleNex! Learn more about how shared stories and beliefs gradually shape the way we speak with one another.
Look for cultural exhibitions all over the World of LittleNex. All kinds of subjects are documented and explained in an entertaining way. Wallpapers (computer and mobile devices) or eCards are usually attached to each theme being studied.
The Chronicles of LittleNex is an adventure puzzle game in seek-and-find mode. Explore by clicking on locations. Interact with specific objects by clicking or dragging them. Every corner of the World can hide a useful clue that helps to reveal the backstory of the game's characters. But beware, the story also goes on as you retrieve your past.
Know your idioms, grammar and vocabulary if you wish to solve the riddles and play the mini-games! Exit the world and review your lessons if you fail to do so, there's always a path to knowledge. Collect a set of tools, get rewards, find unexpected treasures!
Chinese is a group of related but quite different language varieties.
There are between 7 and 13 main regional groups of Chinese.
Most of them share common terms and some degree of intelligibility or understanding.
A person speaking only Cantonese can still find out what a person from Beijing wants to say, just by following a set of conversion patterns.
For example, most characters pronounced bian in Beijing are converted into bin in Cantonese.
Why is Mandarin always presented as the official Chinese language?
Mandarin or Standard Chinese (also called Putonghua, Guoyu, or Huayu) is the standardized form of the Beijing dialect.
Mandarin is the official language of China and Taiwan, as well as one of the four official languages of Singapore. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. This position on the international scene makes it look like a run-of-the-mill language.
Pinyin is the phonetics developed in the 1950s by Mainland China for transliterating Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet.
Pinyin is not the only transcription system for Chinese. Other systems such as Zhuyin or Bopomofo, the Yale Romanization or the Wade-Giles, which was the system in use in the English-speaking world for most of the 20th century, are also valid and commonly known notation systems.
Two Chinese writing systems are in place. Simplified characters are officially used in Mainland China, Singapore, and the United Nations. Traditional Chinese characters are used in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and in the overseas Chinese communities around the world.
To learn more on Chinese traditional characters, Chinese simplified characters, pinyin and other Chinese languages, subscribe and follow our Chinese curriculum.