Learn Chinese with Cartoons: 5 Movies

In Chinese, Uncategorized by Sarah Heath

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Intro: Getting Comprehensive Input with Chinese Cartoons

Comprehensive input is a useful method for language learners. According to Krashen’s I+1 theory, students should be exposed to language that is slightly above their current level.

So in between watching your favorite C-Drama or the latest movie, it is certainly helpful to find ways to make time for comprehensive input. Which brings us to today’s topic–learning Chinese with cartoons.

Cartoons often contain more graded language, so they are a great option for many students. So let’s take a look at 5 Chinese cartoon movies.

5 Animated Movies to Practice Chinese

There are many movie lists available online for those learning Chinese, so today let’s take a look at 5 modern animated movies to practice Chinese. We hope you are able to find something that piques your interest!

1. Little Door Gods (The Guardian Brothers) 小门神/小門神

This Chinese movie is about a kid named Raindrop and her mother, Luli. After the passing of her grandma, Raindrop and her mother take over a noodle shop and suddenly find that a Door God from the Chinese Spirit World has ventured into the human world.


2. Ne Zha 哪吒之魔童降世

This movie follows Ne Zha, a child born with unique powers. Due to these powers, he is viewed as an outcast who soon finds himself with a difficult decision to make.

3. Monkey King: Hero is Back 电影 西游记之大圣归来

In this movie, the legendary Monkey King helps a young boy save his village.

4. The Magic Brush 神笔马良

This movie is about a kid named Ma Liang. Ma liang has a magic brush that makes everything he paint come alive. Once word gets out of the powers of the brush, he soon finds trouble. Watch the full movie on YouTube 🤫

5. Wish Dragon 许愿神龙

This movie is about Din, a young teen, who longs to see his childhood friend. He then meets a dragon who can grant wishes.

Stay tuned for some more movie suggestions in the future–we are thinking anime next!

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