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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

  • With a BA in Children's Learning and Development, Sarah is a creative, cheerful and encouraging teacher who has taught Mandarin globally in different countries. She is passionate about teaching and attends professional development conferences about education and language learning regularly.


Chinese Tutor

  • Jenny is an outgoing, enthusiastic, and high-energy tutor who enjoys working best with beginner and intermediate kids. She engages her students with games, laughter, and using the student's present interests and situation to create a fun, relevant learning experience.


Chinese Tutor

  • With a Master's degree in teaching, Heng has worked with students from various age groups. He is a very creative teacher who can adapt lessons to engage students at all levels. Besides being awarded "Distinguished Teacher of the Year", he also has a variety of interests such as rock climbing, kayaking, drawing, etc.

Meet Some of our Chinese for Beginners Tutors

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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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