Better YCT is a collection of apps to learn Chinese Mandarin for toddlers and children from 4 to 14 years old. Our learning activities are designed to engage and entertain either in the classroom or at home. This app includes short stories, songs and funny games.
Better YCT methodology is born from the experience of a large group of elementary and primary school teachers based outside of China with a long experience in teaching Chinese to children in schools. Our apps are full of learning and classroom activities.
Discover, Write and Play
Unlike other apps, words, expressions and phrases are presented in a context relevant to the child, ensuring his attention is kept and emphasizing listening over reading/writing activities in the first levels. Every song, story, or game is key in the language acquisition process and contains consistent vocabulary with the child level.
Young Chinese Learners Tests (YCT Tests)
Our course follows the official YCT language certification curriculum. These exams are done in multiple locations across the world by the Confucius Institute.
There will be 16 apps in total, 4 for each YCT level:
- YCT 0 for 4-5 year olds
- YCT 1 (80 words)
- YCT 2 (150 words)
- YCT 3 (300 words)
After completing each set of 4 apps your little child will be ready to pass the corresponding YCT Level exam.
This app corresponds to YCT level 1, Volume 1.
WARNING: Some activities require installing the Chinese handwriting keyboard on the iPad. To install it, Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard -> Chinese Simplified Handwriting.
When on the activity that requires direct text input, the iPad virtual keyboard will be displayed and you will have to select the Chinese keyboard. To do it, tap on the button with a world globe to the left of the space bar. You will have to tap several times until the desired keyboard is displayed.
- iOS11 compatibility
Ratings and Reviews
Could be amazing
Is app could be amazing but it's glitchy, often randomly closes or freezes. The technical difficulties aside there is little instruction on how to play or what exactly you're supposed to do. The vocab and content of material is great especially learning how to write the characters. More instruction and background teaching the vocab as well has how to play would make this a 5 star app. It's also very expensive with all the in app purchases. Not sure if it's worth the high price tag for each separate piece you have to buy.
Best app for learning sentences
My kids and I really like this app, particularly because it is one of the few ones available where you can learn sentences rather than just words. And if you want to really learn a language, you have to learn sentences. I guess it is the immersion method, but it would be helpful if you could at least read a translation to all the vocab they throw at you. I often had to ask for help from Mandarin speaking friends. It is not intuitive. Also, sometimes my kids are afraid to get something wrong, because if they do there is a very loud buzzer that goes off. It does not encourage them to try and learn the immersion way. It scares them a little. On some discovery puzzles there is no way to repeat the question, so it makes it hard to get the correct answer if you didn't catch what they said. Please add a repeat button to every discovery game. Hearing something often helps to learn it. There are other glitches, like after you get the puzzle piece for that puzzle and you want to play it again, you don't know when you are done because you are only rewarded the first time you play it. Also, on a couple there is no way to progress to the next page to complete the puzzle. The button is missing. If they could fix these things it would be great, if you have a Mandarin speaking friend to translate everything. But no other app for kids has taught them to listen as well to conversational Mandarin.
Love this app but...
My 7 year old loves this app. It would be great if it worked. She does the lesson and the puzzle piece does not appear! It also freezes. I would not mind paying for the entire app, if it worked. The individual in app purchases add up. Would love to give this a 5 star since it engages my daughter but can't do with the bugs
- Better Chinese LLC
- 291.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Better Chinese LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Discover (Topic 2) $9.99
- Play (Topic 2) $1.99
- Write (Topic 2) $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.