Chinese alphabet for kids

Chinese alphabet for kids

Kids are excellent language learners! In fact, start them young enough and they can have perfect pronunciation and native-level fluency by the time they get older. So, how to get your kid started off learning Chinese?

The Chinese alphabet is called “pinyin.” It’s basically using the English alphabet to mimic all the sounds in the Chinese language. Look at the infographic below. This is the entire list of consonants/vowels/whole syllables (though we usually refer to them as initials and finals).

pinyin table, download Chinese pinyin

While these look familiar (it is English after all!) some of the pronunciations are slightly different. Hear them and repeat for yourself with this 5-minute youtube video.

Kids Pinyin Course

However, this is quite fast to learn the whole Chinese alphabet for kids. We offer a Kid’s Pinyin Course that teaches both Chinese pronunciation and tones together. The course only takes 6 lessons. Sign up today if you want to see it for yourself.

We offer some of the PDFs for free on our website, embedded here. Also attached is an example of one of our Chinese teachers teaching a Kids Pinyin lesson with our online virtual classroom. Come to see how easy it is!


Is my child ready for pinyin?

TutorMandarin’s Kid’s Pinyin Course is for learners who are starting with no Chinese language background, or who want to review their Pinyin and basic skills in Chinese pronunciation.

This course will teach you Pinyin. Pinyin is the Romanization of the Chinese characters based on their pronunciation. In Mandarin Chinese, the phrase “pinyin” literally means “spell sound.” In other words, it spells out Chinese phrases from the English alphabet. Learning Pinyin is the first and the most important step to becoming able to speak Chinese. After building a solid foundation at this stage, you can keep moving forward with your Chinese learning!

If you have learned Pinyin before but would like to review and consolidate your Pinyin recognition and pronunciation, or if you are going to learn from zero as a real Chinese beginner, this is the right course for you! Don’t hesitate to enjoy our free trial class and start your journey of Chinese learning today!

Chinese lessons Level Beginner1


What you will learn in Chinese Pinyin for Kids

• The 4 Chinese tones+ neutral tone

• All Chinese phonetics

• Simple phrases

• Simple conversations

Get started today with your Free Kids Trial. This is a 1-on-1 50-minute lessons with a real Chinese tutor. Try it to see if your kid enjoys learning Mandarin!


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