Getting kids to learn a new language – Little Pim

For the last two weeks, my 20 mth old has demanded every morning ‘Watch Panda’.  Now, I know we live in Greater China but there certainly aren’t pandas roaming around outside my apartment complex. What she is referring to is the wonderful ‘Learn Mandarin’ digital download I received from Little Pim.

I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive at first thinking would my kids really sit and watch this?  Would they ever choose to watch it over Peppa Pig and The Wiggles?  The answer is a resounding yes!  My youngest daughter absolutely loves this video and I am actually happy to let her sit and watch it, knowing that it’s educational.

Little Pim

We tested out the ChineseEating & Drinking‘ video, a 35 minute show which includes a cartoon panda and scenes of families eating and drinking various foods.  The repetitive nature enhances the learning and at 35 minutes, I promise you can sit and drink that cup of coffee and do your emails in peace.

The proof is in the pudding (well cake).  My daughter for the last week has been wandering around saying what sounded like ‘thank you’ every time I asked her what she wanted to eat. However, after watching the video with her, I realised she’s actually saying ‘Dan Gao’ – cake!  This 20 mth old has also been talking about ‘chi pinguo’, eating an apple and muttering ‘zai jian’ – bye bye!

The episodes are easily downloadable for most tablets and smartphones.  They are perfect for travel and my daughters (the 4 yo also enjoys it) will be watching them on the plane!  With over 10 languages on offer, check out Little Pim’s website and read about the benefits of getting young kids starting on learning languages early.



Jetlag & Mayhem was sent a digital download by Little Pim to review.  I was not paid for this review and this opinion is all mine!


  1. 21st Century Mummy (@Mummytweets)

    Great tip! I’m desperate for my kids to learn Mandarin whilst we live in Singapore. My 5 year old was having daily lessons in her preschool, now it’s 1/2 an hour a week in her international school. It would be good for my 2 year old to pick it up and as she is a telly addict, this sounds ideal.

    1. Nicola

      It’s perfect, the sort of TV programme you’re happy to have your child sit in front of!

  2. Dan Jahns

    Great post! It is worth noting that Little Pim is a division of the famous Pimsleur approach language company.

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