I’m trying to improve my Chinese skills, and I need all the extra help I can get! Instagram has been a surprisingly convenient way to study Mandarin Chinese as a busy parent.
A few days per week, I try to review free Chinese flashcards on Instagram to improve my vocabulary and pronunciation.
These helpful Chinese teaching accounts also help me memorize Chinese characters!
Using Instagram to learn Chinese for free
After my kids go to bed, I browse Chinese teaching accounts on Instagram before diving into work.
With little time to spare, I am selective about following feeds with easy-to-read Chinese flashcards which prime my brain to think and speak Chinese.
If you don’t have Instagram, I don’t think you need to go out of your way to sign up.
There are many other free Chinese learning apps, and Instagram can be a time sink like any social media platform.
However, if it’s already part of your routine, you can make your daily scrolling more educational (and follow me @chalkacademy, too!)
Best Instagram Accounts for Chinese Learning
Here are my 5 favorite Instagram accounts for Chinese learning.
These options include both simplified and traditional Chinese characters.
1. Han Characters (@han_characters)
This amazing resource has artistic representations of simplified Chinese characters.
Each post has 2 slides. The first image typically features a beautiful illustration that captures the meaning of the Chinese character.
The second slide shows the simplified Chinese stroke order along with fluent Mandarin narration of relevant phrases containing the character.
Lastly, the caption lists common words containing the key Chinese character along with Pinyin and English translation.
Several sentences are include which help give context for the focus word.
2. So Fun Mandarin (@sofunmandarin)
This is one of my favorite accounts featuring both traditional and simplified Chinese characters.
Each Chinese word is presented with a simple graphic plus Mandarin narration.
In the caption, the focus word has both Chinese scripts, Hanyu Pinyin, and English.
I also love that the teacher’s children are featured in her Instagram stories, and she explains key words in the context of their regular life!
3. Breezy Chinese (@breezychinese)
Breezy Chinese is an Instagram account curated by a Chinese teacher for more advanced Chinese learners.
Each post has a conversation with Pinyin and English translation.
New Chinese words are best learned in various contexts, and Breezy Chinese consistently provides real dialogue with audio!
In addition, she offers mini quizzes in her Instagram stories and actually responds to questions!
4. Chilling Chinese (@chillingchinese)
Chilling Chinese is teaches 1 Chinese phrase per day, which is very manageable for busy parents!
This is one of the few accounts where you can see the teacher talking, which I think helps with remembering the phrases better.
She’s very focused and consistent with each of her lessons.
Captions include simplified Chinese characters, Hanyu Pinyin, and English.
5. Written Chinese (@writtenchinese)
Written Chinese used to be one of my favorite Chinese learning accounts, but they are no longer active.
However, I have kept them on this list because you can still browse their Chinese flashcards.
They include words in both simplified and traditional Chinese with Pinyin and English translation.
The green “S” denotes simplified Chinese, and the red “T” indicates traditional Chinese.
Behind each Chinese character is a beautiful, realistic, and unobtrusive photo which serves as memory aid.
How great are these free Chinese learning resources on Instagram?
I’m so thankful for the free Chinese flashcards, teaching tips, and native Mandarin narration on Instagram!
Of course, Instagram has many other Chinese flashcard accounts.
However, I have not included them if they do not post consistently or if they use distracting images and fonts.
What are your favorite educational accounts on Instagram?
Please leave a comment with your recommendations so we can all see if it would be useful for our learning level!
TIPS ON TEACHING CHILDREN CHINESE
I’m successfully teaching my children Chinese while learning the language with them.
Here are my top tips for jump-starting the bilingual parenting journey!
- Teach Your Child a Second Language at Home with 5 Key Steps
- Raising Multilingual Children as a Non-Fluent Parent: 7 Lessons Learned
- How to Find a Language Teacher for Your Child
- How I Taught My Child 1000+ Chinese Characters as a Non-Fluent Speaker
- How to Find a Foreign Language Teacher for Your Child
- 5 Ways My Child and I Learn Chinese from Audiobooks