Yes. Although there are paid premium plans, Little Chinese Readers offers a lifetime free plan with access to monthly activity packs and a limited number of lessons.
No, only a valid email address is required to join. Credit card is required only if you subscribe to a paid plan.
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Your plan will automatically switch to our free lifetime plan after the 7-day trial, unless you sign up for a paid plan.
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Little Chinese Readers is leveled based on the recognition of Chinese characters. As a language with 100% sight words, we believe this is the best way to acquire Mandarin literacy. After student acquires ~50 new characters per level, he/she can read companion stories written with only characters they’ve already learned, which reinforces learning and builds confidence.
Each lesson comes with clickable sounds for every character, audio-book mode, and the option to turn on or off English translations, pinyin, and zhuyin. Every lesson also has companion writing worksheets, flash cards, activities, and review games designed to help expand and reinforce the new vocabulary learned.
Each story comes with clickable sounds for every character, audio-book mode, and the option to turn on or off English translations. Every story also comes with comprehension worksheets and printable materials to continue the learning offline.
With daily lessons using our program, we believe learners of all ages can learn to read 100 Chinese characters in less than a month.
Little Chinese Readers teaches an average of 50 characters per level. We believe this is an optimal number that students can retain, when such learning is reinforced by spaced repetition and independent reading.
Most of the characters are selected based on their occurrence of frequency in the Chinese language. This way, learners are much more likely to encounter the learned characters in other settings, thus reinforcing their learnings in everyday life.
While we designed our program with children aged 4-10 in mind, we have had learners as young as 2 and as old as… well, old. In essence, anyone can learn with us.
No. We have students from heritage and non-heritage families. Mandarin immersion program students particularly have found the program to be incredibly helpful for non-heritage families who may need the extra support.
We offer a monthly and a yearly subscription plan. Please visit the Memberships page for more details.
We accept secure and safe credit card payments for Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Our site encrypts your private information using a SSL Certificate. We do not accept Paypal at this point. Please contact us if you would like to use an alternate payment method.
To verify your subscription information, please sign in and visit your Account page using the menu in the top right corner. From there, you can see your subscription history and billing information.
For your convenience, your subscription will automatically renew at the end of your term. You can easily change or cancel your membership at any time but visiting your Account page. The change will take place immediately.
We are passionate about learning Mandarin and have built a curriculum that we believe will help every learner improve Mandarin literacy. Hence, we would be happy to refund any paid subscription in full within 14 days if you are unsatisfied in any way — no questions asked! Just send us an email to let us know that you would like to take advantage of our money-back guarantee.
All of our premium plans come with one primary teacher/parent account plus two student accounts. Legacy plans have up to five student accounts.
A primary account controls billing and subscription information and is also the Group Leader of the group consisting of the associated students. From the Progress page, the Group Leader can see and manage the progress (including marking lessons/activities complete) of each student in the group.
For a customized plan with more student accounts, please contact us with the number of seats you need.
On your Account page, there is a unique link to be distributed to your students. Using a different browser (or logging out of your account first), use that link to sign up for each student. Each student will need a different username and password.
All of our lessons and stories come with printable materials, including the lesson/story book, writing worksheets, flash cards (coming soon), and more. Some of them are still in development but will be regularly updated.