Watch Chinese language cartoons

A good method for increasing your listening ability is watching cartoons, as unlike news or talk shows, cartoons contain lots of visual cues that will allow you to guess the meaning of various words.

For beginners to Chinese,  Doraemon (多啦A夢/機器貓) is a good choice as each episode is only 5 or 6 minutes long – you might even find that this is a long time when you have no idea what you are listening to!

Once your ability increases, you can start to pick out programmes that are of interest, but start with the simple ones.

Lots of Chinese cartoons and Chinese-dubbed Japanese cartoons can be found on sites like Tudou:

Which cartoons/programmes do you find useful for learning chinese?

  • Gleaves

    I get a kick out of 喜羊羊与灰太狼. It’s about a wolf that is constantly trying to eat a school of sheep. I also watch a good many Japanese shows dubbed into Chinese, like 名侦探柯南 (Detective Conan), 灌篮高手 (slam Dunk), and 太空堡垒 (Robotech). They should all be available on youku.com and tudou.com in 国语 versions.

    Good luck with the site.

  • admin

    Hi Gleaves,

    Thanks for the reply, I’ll make sure to check out 喜羊羊与灰太狼

    I have watched 名侦探柯南 before, although when starting out that was quite difficult, an other one that I watched a lot of was 棋靈王 (Hikaru no Go) which is available with a very good Chinese dub in Taiwan.

    Dave

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  • Pam

    Hi Dave,

    Love the new site – very creative and interactive. I’m sure it will be very successful and helpful to many people learning a very difficult language. All the very best Pam 🙂

  • Hello, i found this site while searching for Chinese cartoons for a dubbing competition. The site got some really nice, educative stuffs. I tried the cartoons mentioned above but is there any famous cartoon (hmm maybe based on Chinese culture or something traditional), that you guys can suggest? Cheers…