ages 6-12





ages 2-6


Start Learning Mandarin Chinese

PandaTree's Chinese for Beginners is the perfect program for new learners ages 6 to 12.

Engaging, expert tutors tailor every lesson to your child.


Why PandaTree?

Curriculum and lessons are personalized to your child.
Your tutor tailors the program based on your child's Chinese level and interests.

Friendly, expert tutors.
Our native-fluency Chinese tutors are carefully hired and know how to connect with kids. Most have Masters degrees in teaching. Sign in, read their profiles and choose child's new best friend.

Practice between lessons.
Visit the Kid Hub between lessons for Chinese learning games, downloads and personalized vocabulary to accelerate learning.

Parent updates after each lesson.
Get an email update from your tutor after each Chinese lesson. You can also watch the lesson recording to see your child's progress.

Convenient, easy to schedule lesson.
Online lessons easily fit into busy schedules. You choose the frequency.

Did You Know?

Kids who speak a second language outperform their monolingual peers on standardized tests in English and math. (CAL,1981)

Chinese for Beginners Curriculum

The Beginner curriculum is designed for students who don't yet speak any Mandarin Chinese to students who are already speaking on simple sentences. It includes conversation practice as well as writing and reading Chinese. Students earn badges as they learn new skills. Your tutor will assess your child's level and adapt the curriculum to their objectives and learning pace.

Beginner Series 1

Series 1 is the perfect place for new learners to start. It includes greetings, counting, helpful words, family members, colors, foods, weather, classroom objects and more.



Parts of the body

Classroom objects

Beginner Series 2

Series 2 continues the learning. It includes who, what, where, when questions, more counting, activities, clothing, time, days, months, seasons, places to go, rooms in a house and more....


Rooms in a house



It's Easy to Get Started

Book a tutor and time that works for you.

In your first lesson your tutor will discuss your child’s objectives and interests and develop a personalized learning plan.

Get regular progress updates and watch your child's fluency grow.

Meet Some of our Chinese for Beginners Tutors


Chinese Tutor

  • MA in Special Education
  • Teaches Chinese at an enrichment school
  • Originally from Hunan Province, China


Chinese Tutor

  • Masters degree in Education
  • Mandarin Immersion teacher
  • Originally from Shanghai, China


Chinese Tutor

  • Chinese Tutor BA in English and TEFL certificate
  • Teacher at an international school
  • Originally from Hefei, China

Meet Some of our Chinese for Beginners Tutors

What Parents Say

"My daughter has been using Panda Tree for about a year and we love it! Learning a second language can be intimidating but PandaTree makes every class fun and interactive. My daughter is 7 and she loves the playful atmosphere of PandaTree best. She is learning Chinese and is learning fast."

- Shae

"We have been using Panda Tree for over 2 years now and my son loves learning Mandarin. His teacher is excellent and we feel that with every class he gets to know more about the language and the culture."

- Lynette

"My 7.5 year old son started Mandarin lessons 5 months ago and has 1-2 classes per week to help prepare him for a temporary move to China. You have incredible teachers! The teachers are engaging and do an excellent job of reading my son’s body language and signs. My son looks forward to classes with Wen and Li! My son’s favorite part about PandaTree is getting to play games with the teachers during class. Additionally, he loves (and I love) the easy-to-use interface. He can log in and navigate the interface easily."

- Susheela

"My son is 8 years old and an upper beginner in Mandarin. He loves Xin's kind personality, fun games, songs and that each lesson is a little different. She's creative, even bringing her pet dog into the lesson to liven things up. We both love that we can do the lesson from our own home according to our schedule. No more long car rides or missed naps!"

- Michelle

"My eight year old son started taking Mandarin Chinese lessons in September of 2018. He has loved getting to know his tutors. My son particularly has enjoyed learning the numbers and efficient counting system. He loves the games and has told me they make learning more fun."

- Nicole
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Chinese for Beginners FAQs

How does your Beginner Program work?

Students earn badges as they achieve new “I can…” skills. Students are encouraged to visit their student hubs on a near daily basis to practice their personalized word list and play vocabulary games.

My child has already been studying the language. Is the Beginner Program appropriate?

PandaTree’s Beginner Program is designed for students ages 6-12 who don’t speak the language, through to students who are speaking in simple sentences about everyday topics. It is aligned to ACTFL’s Novice level. During your child’s lessons your tutor will assess his or her language level to develop a curriculum pathway appropriate for their language level.

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