How to get your children to speak more Mandarin Chinese

  • Post last modified:12 April 2023
  • Post comments:0 Comments

Do you find it hard to start a conversation with your children? I find myself constantly asking my children to do things “Put on your clothes”, “Get ready for school”, “Don’t forget your homework book!” so much so that I forget to have a conversation with them. And when it comes to Mandarin Chinese, it’s either reading Chinese leveled readers or practicing Chinese characters and strokes. It’s time to make a change with these family conversation starter cards!!

I got the idea of Mandarin Chinese conversation cards from an English version I bought from Kmart. I used these Conversation Starter Cards with my clients who has special needs who was always saying the same thing, asking the same questions… Sort of like Da Bao, my 7 year old son. I call him my 问题少年 (literal translation: Problematic Kid. It actually means delinquent children) 😅 Anyhow, while I was looking through the English version, I had the most brilliant idea to create Mandarin Chinese ones for my children!!

Mandarin Homeschool is reader supported. Please note that when you click on the links in this post, we may earn commissions for purchases made, at no cost to you. Thank you.

speak more chinese

Features of the Mandarin Chinese Family Conversation Starter Cards

I created the questions based on common elementary topics that young children will be familiar with, and tried to include a wide range of conversation starters that teaches comprehension, emotional and social skills. 

  • Assist and encourage children to communicate in Chinese
  • Covers a wide range range of elementary topics 
  • Perfect for young children learning basic expressive Chinese 
  • Teach and develop comprehension, emotional and social skills
  • 28 conversation starter cards
  • 4 cards to a page
  • Cute visuals to prompt conversation
  • Four sections of question: Tell Me 告诉我, Think 想一想, If… 如果, Talk about 说一说

How to use these Mandarin Chinese Family Conversation Starter Cards

These cards were perfect for my inquisitive 7 year old son who is CONSTANTLY asking me questions! Because he could read Mandarin Chinese, it was a breeze to chat with him using these cards. With my 2 younger daughters, it was more one-sided, where I would ask them the questions and wait for them to respond.

Don’t be restricted by the questions! You can expand on their response, and have a deeper discussion why; or think of similar questions. For example:

告诉我你最喜欢去的地方 (Tell me your favourite place) – You can expand to ask them why it’s their favourite place, what they like about it, what’s their least favourite place, what they dislike about it etc

想一想一个伤心的记忆 (Think about a sad memory) – You should listen carefully and empatise with their feelings, and ask them why, and maybe problem solve if the same situation arises in the future.

Where to download these Mandarin Chinese Family Conversation Starter Cards

You can download these cute Chinese Family Conversation Starter cards on the Mandarin Homeschool Teachers Pay Teachers Store and print them off for use instantly.

And while you're here, also check out our best-selling bilingual educational flashcards and posters!!

Chinese English Montessori flashcards

Effortlessly learn 300 words across 14 themes (food, transport, vegetables, fruits and so many more!!) in English, Simplified Chinese and pin yin.

These beautifully designed Montessori 3 parts flashcards for learning Chinese and English will be your best and most effective teaching Chinese teaching material.

You can use these cleverly designed flashcards for matching identical pictures, matching picture to label, matching Chinese word to picture, matching pin yin to picture, matching English word to picture….so many ways for you to adjust and use according to your student’s abilities!

For each set (and there are 14!) you will get

*Real Picture Control cards. Why real pictures? Because real images create deeper connection from picture to word.

*Image cards

*Label cards

**BONUS: Chinese characters card & English word cards to effectively learn the vocabulary and words!

All pictures are set against a visually clear background for optimal learning.


4 flashcards per page – Perfectly sized for you to describe in details each label and language components.

Flashcards bundle are available in Simplified Chinese/Pinyin,  Traditional Chinese/Zhuyin and Traditional Chinese/pinyin.

Effortlessly learn over 350++ words across 16 themes (food, transport, vegetables, fruits and so many more!!) in English, Chinese and pin yin/zhu yin.

Beautiful to display in the homeschool or the classroom for an immersive language learning environment.

The perfect learning tool for essential Chinese and English vocabulary words!

FREE!!  in the bundle: 2 bilingual Chinese English educational posters (not for sale and available only in this bundle) for learning days of the week, and months.

Poster bundle are available in Simplified Chinese/Pinyin, Traditional Chinese/Pinyin and Traditional Chinese/Zhuyin.

Now, go start having those lovely conversations in Mandarin Chinese with your children!

Leave a Reply