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From Teaching Professionals:

 I am a Chinese teacher in Australia and I have been totally astounded with the results your games have produced. Thank you very much for producing these which, despite their simplicity, are so fantastically effective.

Ian Perry, The Gap State High School (Brisbane, Australia)

 

 I am happy to continue recommending the LittleNex site to my students and their parents.

Ann Light, the International School of Beijing (China)

 

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Play & Learn

Learn Chinese or improve your English
while playing games in a fantasy environment!

Explore a mysterious place, hone your language skills well to solve riddles,
and immerse yourself in an adventure like no other!

Inside the world of LittleNex, you are an apprentice who has to go through a formal language curriculum to survive. Along the way, you play educational mini-games or edugames for learning Chinese and English and enjoy language learning tools such as flashcards, bilingual eBooks, and vocabulary lists.

Chinese and English lessons are also offered, but are not necessary for you to play the games. You will also find here excerpts or complete edition of well-known literature works in Chinese or English with their vocabulary guides, awesomely cool educational wallpapers that will help you memorize the most difficult Chinese characters or English expressions, activities for kids and toddlers to learn Chinese and English, and many other goodies!

How We Do It

It's not about finishing the games,
it's about playing them.

LittleNex leverages addictive game play to help with the mother of all repetitive tasks: learning a new language.

Repetition may make our mini-games look simplistic but the results are there, and proven by teaching professionals around the world. Using an SRS (spaced repetition) model echoed throughout the games, the role-playing game, and the curriculum, this site offers a suite of learning games to help English speakers learn Chinese or improve their English. Well established learning principles are used in the learning process.

LittleNex is a website for learning languages that takes advantage of gameplay mechanics to have students learn complex concepts while playing simple games.

What You Will Learn

Mandarin & Advanced English

Unless otherwise stated, Chinese is understood as Mandarin Chinese throughout the website. Cantonese is specifically referred to as Cantonese Chinese.

Simplified Characters

The Chinese characters we feature are the simplified characters officially used in China. Traditional characters can nonetheless be learned with some of our flashcards, games, and eBooks.

Pinyin

We use Pinyin to represent the standard pronunciation of Mandarin in all of our content. Jyutping is used as the notation system for Cantonese. Read more...

Free Content

Play the free versions of our mini-games and download many free samples of our educational content at Games2LearnChinese.com or Games2LearnEnglish.com. You can buy our products there, or get a membership to have full access to all our content and the role-playing game.

Membership

Membership is required to access the world of LittleNex, a role-playing game with Chinese and English lessons, exercises, mini-games, and a whole suite of educational material.

Teachers can request a student login in addition to their membership.

A World of Learning

  • Chinese Learning Games

    Linguistic Concepts

    are woven into the fabric of the game and the storyline itself. English and Chinese, although seemingly different, present intriguing similarities that can be used to sharpen your ability to understand foreign languages.

  • Legends and Myths

    Legends and Myths

    Plunge into a journey of discovery in a place where legends and myths of the human world populate that of LittleNex! Learn more about how shared stories and beliefs gradually shape the way we speak with one another.

  • Educational Wallpapers

    Cultural Exhibitions

    Look for cultural exhibitions all over the World of LittleNex. All kinds of subjects are documented and explained in an entertaining way. Wallpapers (computer and mobile devices) or eCards are usually attached to each theme being studied.

  • Chinese Learning Resources

    How to Play

    The Chronicles of LittleNex is an adventure puzzle game in seek-and-find mode. Explore by clicking on locations. Interact with specific objects by clicking or dragging them. Every corner of the World can hide a useful clue that helps to reveal the backstory of the game's characters. But beware, the story also goes on as you retrieve your past.

  • Chinese eBooks

    Unlock the Secrets

    Know your idioms, grammar and vocabulary if you wish to solve the riddles and play the mini-games! Exit the world and review your lessons if you fail to do so, there's always a path to knowledge. Collect a set of tools, get rewards, find unexpected treasures!

Over 100 teachers around the world are playing with us to teach Chinese.
See Who Joined Us

  • The Chinese Languages

    Chinese is a group of related but quite different language varieties.

    The varieties of Chinese are usually described as dialects for political reasons but they are linguistically as diverse and different as languages.

    For example, somebody from Beijing where people speak Beijing Mandarin would have a hard time understanding somebody from Hong Kong where people speak Cantonese .

  • Mutual Understanding

    There are between 7 and 13 main regional groups of Chinese.

    Most of them share common terms and some degree of intelligibility or understanding.

    A person speaking only Cantonese can still find out what a person from Beijing wants to say, just by following a set of conversion patterns.

    For example, most characters pronounced bian in Beijing are converted into bin in Cantonese.

  • Mandarin is a Standard

    Why is Mandarin always presented as the official Chinese language?

    Mandarin or Standard Chinese (also called Putonghua, Guoyu, or Huayu) is the standardized form of the Beijing dialect.

    Mandarin is the official language of China and Taiwan, as well as one of the four official languages of Singapore. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. This position on the international scene makes it look like a run-of-the-mill language.

  • Transcriptions of Chinese

    Pinyin is the phonetics developed in the 1950s by Mainland China for transliterating Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet.

    Pinyin is not the only transcription system for Chinese. Other systems such as Zhuyin or Bopomofo, the Yale Romanization or the Wade-Giles, which was the system in use in the English-speaking world for most of the 20th century, are also valid and commonly known notation systems.

  • Simplified and Traditional Chinese Characters

    Two Chinese writing systems are in place. Simplified characters are officially used in Mainland China, Singapore, and the United Nations. Traditional Chinese characters are used in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and in the overseas Chinese communities around the world.

    To learn more on Chinese traditional characters, Chinese simplified characters, pinyin and other Chinese languages, see the Chinese language courses at our Member website LittleNex.com

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