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欢乐学习看图词典 Fun Chinese Picture Dictionary (2nd edition) - Bilingual

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This is highly recommended and a must-have resource for every single Chinese-speaking family in Singapore, and I absolutely mean it!

It's definitely useful for child and adult learners of any age in Singapore.

Over the years while observing my 3 kids, I've found that to acquire new vocabulary effectively, it really helps if learning

  • has a context - in a setting with related scenario, place or usage, not introduce random words on their own
  • is experiential - best if it's in real life, something that my child can experience with his or her senses
  • is associated with a memory - best if with family or friends! Perhaps during mealtime, grocery shopping, meal prep, playdate, family outing
  • is tailored to our local setting - I've recently realised the importance of this! There is no confusion on terms used abroad or locally.

This picture dictionary, also an encyclopedia, is written based on the Ministry of Education, Singapore's latest Primary School Chinese syllabus (2015). Every single scenario is tailored perfectly to the local setting, with terms thoughtfully chosen to reflect local lingo and norms.

The book is divided into 10 themes.
Here are some of our favourites and samples of topics covered:

  • 学校 School - 教室 / 课室 Classroom, 食堂 Canteen / Tuckshop
  • Home / House - 家庭树 Family Tree, 家务 Household Chores, 邻里设施 Neighbourhood Facilities
  • About Myself - 身体 Body, 游戏 Games, 爱好 Hobbies
  • 公共场所与设施 Public Places and Facilities - 游乐场 Playground, 小贩中心 Hawker Centre, 地铁站 MRT station
  • 学习之旅 Learning Journey - 动物园 Zoo,新加坡著名景点 Singapore Attractions
  • 节日 / 节庆活动 Festivals / Events - 农历新年 Chinese New Year,中秋节 Mid-Autumn Festival,圣诞节 Christmas Day
  • 其他 Others - Numbers 数字,Directions 方向,Singapore Currency 新加坡货币

Features we love:

  • Montessori-friendly
  • Chinese term, Hanyu Pinyin and English translation included for all nouns featured
  • Includes vocabulary from our local Primary School Chinese curriculum - this will give children a headstart in oral vocabulary to 听 and 说 better, before subsequent 读 and 写 comes along! 
  • 78 daily-life scenarios that are familiar to families in Singapore, especially for kids!
  • About 1000 commonly used nouns 名词, with related measure words 量词collective nouns 集合名词, and verbs 动词
  • Accompanying mobile app (Android & iOs platforms) makes learning intuitive – listening to audio playbacks and learning verbs through animation. The audio especially helpful for parents learning alongside our kids, so that we can use these terms accurately in our daily family conversations
  • English-Chinese index provided at the end of the book - I love that there are 2 versions, index sorted by Chinese words' hanyu pinyin, and another arranged in alphabetical order for English words. The other day I couldn't remember the Chinese term for "Flamingo" and my 6 year old located it on his own through the English index!
  • Contents page is thoughtfully categorised - The other day my 6 year old wanted to look for the page on "Hobbies", so he went to the contents page, to the section "About Myself" and he could locate the information independently!

Ways to use this book, tested and trialed with my kids of ages 1.5, 6 and 8:

  • Let kids randomly flip through and check out any topics. Perfect for on-the-go learning.
  • Zoom into topics or things that we know the child likes eg favourite animal, colour, food, place of attraction
  • Reference what we already experienced to aid in recall and to give a meaningful context - eg learn about fruit after we recently ate fresh rambutan from a tree, compare real banknotes and coins against the specimens in the book after child runs an errand to buy something
  • Gently introduce a new topic, theme, upcoming festival or outing!
    eg before National Day, to learn about our flag, pledge, local tourist attractions, local food. Before Mid-Autumn festival, to look at different types of lanterns, learn that Chinese like to pair mooncakes with Chinese tea etc. This helps us work on increasing intentional and meaningful language input for our kids!
  • Jumpstart deeper learning with intrinsic motivation - Choose any topic you'd like to learn more about!
  • Share stories about my own childhood and past, using pictures as conversation starters - eg while reading the page on Games, I share with the kids that I used to play five stones with my friends in primary school. 
  • Do some hands-on activities - eg make a simple craft after learning about pets, discussing what would make a great pet and why, give it a name. 

The only downside to this book I can think of is that it comes in softcover. If it were hardcover with slightly sturdier pages, this would be perfect!

Recommended for Ages: 1 and up
Pages: 188
Format: Softcover
Language: Bilingual - Simplified Chinese and English, Hanyu pinyin

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Rare find

This book is so amazing, it's not pricey yet it has so many things that one can learn from. My 3 year old enjoys this book. We like that it is based on local context, like attractions and money etc. It'll be able to last him till primary school.


I brought this out to show my 4 yr old. He can’t read any of the words/ han yu pin yin yet. But the pictures made it relatable and got him curious. I like that it’s depicted in very local context so it makes it even more meaningful for him. It was also useful for me as I struggle to find the chinese vocab to use at times.

Xueling Lee
Fantastic book for teaching vocabulary!

My 6yo is very averse to Chinese but this book has been great in getting her interested. She loves learning new words in context and we have fun describing the pictures, learning the Chinese words, and comparing them to English. It’s well made with sturdier paper so it’ll hold up a bit better to rough handling.

Endless learning!

This book has so many pages that it can entertain my two year-old on a train ride followed by a bus ride home (1 hour)! Best part is that she's learning vocab too. Husband also gives this a thumbs-up. Good for grandparents who are not good with Chinese due to English and hanyu pinyin provided.

Very relatable dictionary!

Very relatable scenes for children to learn new words! I wish it was better made though, the pages are tearing a bit from the spine from overuse and the rough hands of a 2yo. Would be great if it came with a plastic cover too! :)