Make Mandarin simple for children of all ages with interactive lessons that also make learning fun.

Your little ones will love swiping through adorable animations that let them hear and read 28 animal names, plus 5 bonus food words, in Mandarin and English. Older children will find it easy and fun to learn how to write by tracing Mandarin characters on-screen with their fingertips.

::::: FEATURES :::::

• HEARING • Each of our 33 slides speaks its name in Mandarin and English

• READING • Each slide presents the word in English, Mandarin, and Pinyin

• WRITING • Trace the Mandarin characters of each word by fingertip on-screen

• CUSTOMIZING • Tailor our app to your child’s abilities and your sound preferences

Michele Wong McSween is a fourth-generation Chinese-American mom living in Brooklyn. She created the lovable Gordon & Li Li board book series as a way to teach Mandarin to her young sons. Now that they’re not so young — and technology-bound — McSween has taken the leap to tomorrow by turning her books into this smart, simple, and fun app.

What’s New

Version 2.0.1

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

* Updated App Icon
* Minor Code Tweaks

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

CAIS mom ,

We LOVE Gordon and Li Li!

My 6 year old son has been a huge fan of the Gordon and Li Li books for years. He feels a connection to the characters, and has learned so much from reading the books over and over. Now, he is over the moon with this wonderful and educational app. He loves seeing his beloved friends come to life, and he has already learned to read and write all of the animal names! This has been a great addition to the Chinese he is learning in school. We recommend this to all parents who want to expose their kids to Mandarin, and it would be great for beginners as well as those already learning Mandarin. We congratulate the amazingly talented Ms. McSween on creating such an effective, charming, and engaging app, and hope there will be many more to come!

Bigg Dad-io ,

Awesome App

Wow! Cute characters, easy use, and effective interface! My kids love the series in book form but are addicted to this app adaption. The stencil portion of the writing feature seems to be the draw to this inexpensive and effective app. Learning Mandarin with Gordon and Li Li is a fun, educational, and entertaining tool that delivers an amazing introduction to the language. I can wholeheartedly recommend this app. The books are musts for thoughtful gifts or perfect for bed time reading.

Katherine M. 2008 ,

Wonderful App!!

Omg, my kids and I love love love this App!! They can't put it down, and I am just thrilled that they're so engaged in this fantastic language learning tool!! It's just been a couple days with Gordon & Li Li and my kids have already learned so many Chinese words!! I myself am learning Chinese right alongside them!! Great family fun! I give this App my highest recommendation!

App Privacy

The developer, McWong Ink, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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